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Blue Dot
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Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot.
 
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Blue Dot
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Blue Dot, named after Carl Sagan's famous speech about our place in the universe, features interviews with guests from all over the regional, national and worldwide scientific communities. Host Dave Schlom leads discussions about the issues science is helping us address with experts who shed light on climate change, space exploration, astronomy, technology and much more. Dave asks us to remember: from deep space, we all live on a pale, blue dot. Blue Dot is engineered, co-produced and co-hos ...
 
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Dave talks to longtime friend of the program, Josh Willis, the Principal Investigator for NASA's OMG (Oceans Melting Greenland) program. Josh was flying missions over the places where the glacial ice sheets meet the sea all summer and was joined by several major media outlets (like NBC with Al Roker pictured above) that highlighted the pace at ...…
 
On this Best of Blue Dot we revisit our Father's Day episode that featured three pairs of father's and their kids that went on to careers in science. One of our pairs was famed planetary scientist Alan Stern (Principal Investigator for the New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt) and his father Leonard. Leonard Stern passed away on Se ...…
 
Dave investigates the idea that the boundary between the North American and Pacific tectonic plates may be in the process of "stepping" eastward from the San Andreas Fault to the so called "Walker Lane." He visits with Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology tectonics expert Jim Faulds, who is one of the leading proponents of the new theory. We take ...…
 
Dave traveled to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) earlier this summer where he learned about many of the institute's scientific programs. In this episode we look at the use of sound to study the oceans and the life that inhabits them. MacArthur Foundation Fellow Kelly Benoit Bird uses sonar for her MBARI research to study ho ...…
 
Lassen Volcanic National Park is the latest addition to the University of California Natural Reserve System. The 41 units of the UCNRS represent virtually every ecosystem in this ecologically diverse state and make it the largest university affiliated preserve system in the world. Dave talks to UC Davis's Jeffrey Clary, who will be charged with ...…
 
Dave talks to kindred spirits on this episode of the Dot. First up is fellow broad/podcaster Kara Miller. Her Boston based show Innovation Hub from WGBH looks at the myriad ways in which human beings innovate from technology and art to core concepts of morality and being. Meet the poets. Karla K. Morton and Alan Birkelbach with Lisa Carver on t ...…
 
We examine the complex series of fault ruptures and earthquakes that struck near Ridgecrest in Southern California over the July 4 weekend of 2019. A 6.4 magnitude temblor on the evening of July 4 was followed by in even bigger magnitude 7.1 event just over 24 hours later that may have been triggered in a process called cross faulting during th ...…
 
In this episode Dave visits with Stockton Rush, founder and CEO of OceanGate in Everett, Washington. The company is working on an ambitious plan to make the deep ocean accessible to paying customers as well as scientists starting with a set of expeditions next year to visit the most famous of all shipwrecks -- RMS Titanic. Rush seems like a cha ...…
 
A few degrees of planetary warming may not sound alarming but it is. A few microseconds of error don't sound like much but they can mean the difference between navigating a spacecraft successfully to Mars, or not. In this episode Dave talks to Drew Shindell about a web article called " A Degree of Concern: Why Global Temperatures Matter ." Writ ...…
 
In this very special episode, we pay tribute to two legends: Dr. Christopher Columbus Kraft Jr. and NASA's historic Mission Operations Control Room number 2 (aka MOCR 2). Dr. Kraft passed away on July 22, two days after America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. Kraft was the man who literally invented the concept of ...…
 
Dave talks to Gideon Bradshaw and Andrew Cohen, the BBC filmmakers behind the new NOVA series The Planets on PBS. Part of the "Summer of Space" on PBS, the series features state of the art science combined with cinematic effects featured on major Hollywood films from the special effects artists who created The Curious Case of Benjamin Button an ...…
 
Fred Haise was made famous by the movie Apollo 13, in which he was portrayed by Bill Paxton in the story of the most famous Apollo mission other than Apollo 11. But he was also a member of the Apollo 11 team, serving as back up lunar module pilot in case something happened to Buzz Aldrin prior to the flight. Dave talks to Fred about what it was ...…
 
The Summer of Apollo 11 continues! Find out what Dave's first and second favorite movies of all time are, spoiler alert, one of them is the topic of this show! Dave talks to Australian filmmaker Rob Sitch. His 2000 movie The Dish starred Sam Neill ( Jurassic Park ) and Patrick Warburton ( Seinfeld and A Series of Unfortunate Events ). It tells ...…
 
Robert Stone's three part documentary, Chasing The Moon, airs July 8-10 on the PBS history series The American Experience. After previewing the epic series, Dave interviewed Robert and the pair had an in depth conversation on the project from genesis to final cut. They also discuss the cultural meaning of the Moon landing as we look back at it ...…
 
Dave learns about fighting fire with fire in this episode as he talks to CSU Chico Professor of Geography Don Hankins. Dr. Hankins teaches a course called "Pyrogeography" examining the role of fire on both landscapes and the communities that inhabit them. Hankins is a firm believer in the importance of using prescribed burning techniques to con ...…
 
It's our Father's Day episode! Interviews with scientists and their Dads as Dave talks to planetary scientist David Grinspoon and his father Lester (who also happens to be a world class professor of psychiatry from Harvard University Medical School), his favorite YouTube science communicator Dianna Cowern, aka "Physics Girl" and her tree farmin ...…
 
Dave meets with a kindred soul as Archaeologist and California State University Chico Anthropology Department Professor Lisa Westwood joins him in Studio C to talk about the archaeology of the space age. She's the lead author of the book The Final Mission: Preserving NASA's Apollo Sites with co-authors Beth O'Leary and Milford Wayne Donaldson.…
 
The award winning documentary The Biggest Little Farm is the focus of Dave's conversation with filmmaker turned farmer John Chester. He along with his wife Molly and their rescue dog Todd moved from a Los Angeles apartment onto a rundown 200 acre piece of property in Moorpark, Calif. With the help of their mentor Alan York, they set out to reha ...…
 
In our ongoing series of looks back at Project Apollo 50 years later, we examine the Apollo 10 mission. Dave talks to two of his childhood heroes -- Lieutenant General Thomas Stafford, the commander of Apollo 10 and last surviving crew member (crewmates Gene Cernan and John Young passed away in 2017 and 2018 respectively) and one of the legenda ...…
 
Dave talks to kindred spirits on this episode of the Dot. First up is fellow broad/podcaster Kara Miller. Her Boston based show Innovation Hub from WGBH looks at the myriad ways in which human beings innovate from technology and art to core concepts of morality and being. Then we introduce the brand new song Just Go Around. It's a collaboration ...…
 
The weather: it's the ultimate ice-breaker. That's probably because it impacts us all, all the time. But what about the people who have to not only divine what's going to happen in our atmosphere (a pretty chaotic place, it turns out), but who have to then disseminate that to us everyday folk? And what if they're wrong? To to get a human perspe ...…
 
This week on Blue Dot, we celebrate the upcoming Major League Baseball season by speaking with a few true experts on the science of the game. First, Alan Nathan tells us about the physics of baseball — like why do certain pitches break, what happens when the bat hits the ball, and why hits down the foul line always arc toward foul territory. Th ...…
 
This week on Blue Dot, we talk to Dr. Jennifer Heldmann about the surface, water, and rocket fuel on the moon, and how it might become a staging area to send humans to Mars. We hear from Dr. Pamela Clark about the versatile tiny satellites we’re sending to space — in particular, the ones that will go study the moon. We also talk with Frank Sina ...…
 
Engineers figure out how to implement cool science — things like shooting a rocket to the moon, deploying the sky crane maneuver , sending probes all over the solar system, building space telescopes and much more. On Blue Dot today, we hear from Riley Duren, principal engineer and chief systems engineer for the Earth Science Directorate at NASA ...…
 
Today on Blue Dot, we talk with three scientists who play an integral role in the exploration of the Red Planet. Adam Steltzner, a rock star of a NASA engineer, leads the rovers from space to the Martian surface. Ashwin Vasavada is the project scientist for the Curiosity team, which means he coordinates all kinds of brilliant people to facilita ...…
 
MIT grad, former astronomy researcher and Hawaii native Dianna Cowern also carries another mantle: Physics Girl . Her YouTube channel answers science questions in a fun, engaging way, and she's recently began creating content for PBS Digital Studios. We talk with Dianna about fighting through school struggles, being part of the YouTube renaissa ...…
 
What exactly is El Niño and what does it have to do with the warming planet? How can the Jason satellites help us understand all that? What is Josh Willis's favorite movie? For all that and much more, we talked with Josh Willis, an oceanographer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.By mshilts@csuchico.edu (mshilts).
 
Scientists have detected what may be remembered as the biggest discovery in our lifetimes: gravitational waves. The minute but unequivocal readings are further confirmation of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, and serve to deepen our scientific knowledge of the way the universe ticks.By mshilts@csuchico.edu (mshilts).
 
Phil Plait pens Bad Astronomy for Slate and is an all-around science guy. He hosted the astronomy season of Crash Course on YouTube and regularly takes on pseudo-science.By mshilts@csuchico.edu (mshilts).
 
Amy Mainzer knows a lot about infrared. She was deputy project scientist for the Wide-filed Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), which used infrared to study the entire sky. She's now principle investigator on NEOWISE , a project that uses WISE images to study asteroids and comets. Amy Mainzer joined us for the inaugural episode of “ Blue Dot. ”…
 
It's hard for scientists to study "dark matter" — they can really only learn about it by studying its effects on the things we can see. Gary Prézeau, an astrophysicist with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, has published a study which explains how streams of dark matter pass through the Earth and form extremely dense filaments, or "hairs." The ...…
 
This transcript has been lightly edited Climate change is one of the most daunting problems facing our global civilization. And while world leaders struggle to find solutions, scientists continue to compile the compelling evidence of a planet being warmed by human activity. Climate scientists are people too, and they have to talk to their frien ...…
 
Physics Girl, aka Dianna Cowern, has created a lot of buzz about science and herself online. Her YouTube channel educates and fascinates, aiming to make science interesting and fun (See "How to Make a Cloud in Your Mouth" below). Dave Schlom's conversation with Cowern was going so well that we kept it rolling well past the usual four-minute mar ...…
 
Bill Nye has been communicating science for decades. His hit show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" educated millenials (and their parents) in the '90s, and since then he's been spreading the good word: science rules. His new book is " Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World ," and it aims to do just that: encourage people to address the c ...…
 
In our warming world, Greenland's glaciers are melting at an alarming rate. Recently, NASA scientists announced that one of the continent's major northern glaciers, Zachariae Isstrom , is entering an accelerated rate of retreat after millennia of glacial stability. It's a big glacier, and a big deal since it contains 5 percent of Greenland's ic ...…
 
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 recently completed its first year of operation monitoring carbon dioxide being emitted and absorbed around the planet. It's the first time scientists have been able to accurately assess global carbon levels from space. Annmarie Eldering is deputy project scientist for OCO-2. She spoke with Dave Schlom about ...…
 
We all hear about the weather — "Did you hear that it's going to rain?" — but someone at some point had to actually figure out what the weather looks like. Michelle Mead, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento, and she's one of the folks who does the legwork to let us know that yes, it's going to rain.…
 
Dave Schlom talks with Daniel Stern, project scientist on NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array ( NuSTAR ). The array looks for supermassive black holes, and has recently discovered that there may be many more in the universe than previously thought.By Dave Schlom.
 
Is there water on Mars? Was there at some point? If so, what are the implications for life on the Red Planet? Dave Schlom talks to Leslie Tamppari about the recent findings of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter that point to new evidence for water on Mars, and what that might mean.By Dave Schlom.
 
Bill Nye produced 100 episodes of "Bill Nye the Science Guy" during the 1990s, winning 19 Emmy Awards in the process. Since then, he's continued to be a voice for science and science education. Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado are directing the crowd-funded documentary (with Nick Gordon and Nick Pampanella producing) about Bill, and Sussberg s ...…
 
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