Do you remember when all mainstream news networks had a science correspondent? A fan does, and she wants to know where the coverage of advancements in science has gone. Guest host Bill Nye offers up some alternative sources, but co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astronaut Mike Massimino aren’t letting the networks off the hook that easily.
When a fan asks how we can solve the looming question of energy storage, engineer and guest host Bill Nye explains the science involved in liquid metal batteries… and, with an evil laugh, the potential profit involved for any company that makes them. Bill tells co-host Eugene Mirman and guest Mike Massimino how the batteries, which use magnesium, salastro t and antimony, can be placed in buildings and store renewable wind and solar energy during the day for later use, revolutionizing society and improving the quality of life for everybody.
A fan wants to know if we really have to choose between funding Cassini or Curiosity when it comes to NASA funding. Co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astronaut Mike Massimino sit back and listen as guest host Bill Nye gets passionate about why both are important and why we need to increase NASA’s budget for planetary science.
When a fan asks about investment in STEM education, Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, points out that if we had a robust space exploration program, we wouldn’t need to run around screaming about funding STEM. As comic co-host Eugene Mirman says, “science trickles down.” Guest astronaut Mike Massimino talks about the science objectives of his two shuttle flights to repair the Hubble Space Telescope, including the discovery of dark matter.
Is there any reason why a magnetic field couldn’t be used on a spacecraft to protect astronauts from radiation? In this Cosmic Queries “Behind the Scenes” video, guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and Astro Mike Massimino discuss the enormous amount of energy required to generate a magnetic field of that much power with comic co-host Eugene Mirman. They also review other, more practical methods of shielding spacecraft from radiation.
A fan wants to know if 3D printing and superconductors are on the threshold of ushering in a new industrial age. Watch this Cosmic Queries “Behind the Scenes” video as guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, guest astronaut Mike Massimino and comic co-host Eugene Mirman ponder the possibilities, including the importance of carbon nanotubes.
When a fan asks if a fish could swim in a water bubble floating in zero-g in the ISS, guest astronaut Mike Massimino says, “Yes, we’ve done it with Swedish Fish.” After comic co-host Eugene Mirman points out that candy fish don’t count, guest host Bill Nye and Astro Mike discuss the interaction of water, surface tension, animals and air bubbles in zero-g.
A fan wants to know how long before we can mount a manned mission to explore Titan, Saturn’s largest moon. Bill Nye, the CEO of the Planetary Society, and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, discuss practical issues like radiation shielding and bone loss. But it’s comic co-host Eugene Mirman‘s suggestion that Astro Mike calls “genius.” Decide for yourself in this StarTalk Radio Cosmic Query “Behind the Scenes” video.