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.
In this Cosmic Query, a fan asks about the worst-case scenario for misuse of a warp drive. Sure enough, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson comes up with one involving backwards time travel that creates a timeline-destroying paradox. Then it gets really weird, when Neil and co-host Eugene Mirman talk about altering history, killing grandparents, sex and jumping out of closets. Watch for yourself.