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.
Guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy has a question of his own for astronaut Mike Massimino: “Do you guys really drink Tang?” The answer isn’t so simple, thanks to NASA rules, regulations and restrictions, but it makes for a surprisingly “generic” Star Talk Radio “Behind the Scenes” video. As co-host Eugene Mirman says, “There’s no branding in space.” Candy covered chocolates, anyone?
A fan wants to know if there are any theoretical limits on the size of a star, but there’s no way he could have anticipated just how theoretical comic co-host Eugene Mirman would get with Bill Nye’s answer involving black holes and gravity.
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.
The last segment of our live show recorded at SF Sketchfest on 1/24/14 is our audience question and answer session. Watch as guest host Bill Nye, comic co-host Eugene Mirman, and guests comedian Dave Foley and SETI Institute Sr. Astronomer Seth Shostak answer questions about amino-acid carrying asteroids, the jelly donut rock the Opportunity Rover just discovered a few days earlier, and what impact new exoplanet discoveries have had on the Drake Equation.
If there is intelligent life out there, why haven’t we heard anything yet — and what form would it take? The answer to that question takes StarTalk Live! guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and their guests comedian Dave Foley and SETI Institute Sr. Astronomer Seth Shostak from Fermi’s Paradox to Martian meteorites to NASA’s office of Planetary Protection. Along the way, the gang explores the concepts of “Second Genesis” and transpermia and exactly what a radio transmission from intelligent alien life would consist of.
Where did we come from? Are we alone? Join guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy, comic co-host Eugene Mirman and their special guests comedian Dave Foley and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute as they attempt to answer these questions on stage at the Marine Memorial Theater in San Francisco on January 24, 2014. In Part 1, Seth outlines the 3 approaches to the search for extra terrestrial intelligence. You’ll learn about Frank Drake, the pioneering astronomer whose work has helped define SETI, and even earlier astronomers like Sir William Herschel, who discovered Uranus.