Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe

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QuantumBanana
 Oct 21, 2021
This podcast is so good I regularly wake up my wife laughing out loud. Hands down the best podcast on the interwebs.


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Description

A fun-filled discussion of the big, mind-blowing, unanswered questions about the Universe. In each episode, Daniel Whiteson (a Physicist who works at CERN) and Jorge Cham (a popular online cartoonist) discuss some of the simple but profound questions that people have been wondering about for thousands of years, explaining the science in a fun, shorts-wearing and jargon-free way.

Episode Date
Why does physics even work?
3296

Daniel talks to Prof. Tim O'Connor about why the craziness of the world around us seems to resolve into things we can understand.

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Sep 29, 2022
What is negative temperature?
3047

Daniel and Jorge talk about hot and cold coffee, weather and desserts and wrestle with whether things can be colder than zero!

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Sep 27, 2022
Is math the language of the Universe?
3572

Daniel talks to Prof. Mark Colyvan, philosopher of mathematics, about whether math is something we invented or discovered.

 

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Sep 22, 2022
What are quantum glasses?
3100

Daniel and Jorge talk about finding order among the messiness of the Universe, and the strange frustration of quantum spin glasses.

 

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Sep 20, 2022
What will the Lucy mission teach us?
3052

Daniel and Kelly walk through the trajectory of the Lucy mission and talk about what it might teach us about our origins. 

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Sep 15, 2022
Why haven't we seen a Milky Way Supernova in 400 years?
3475

Daniel and Katie talk about the mysteries of supernovae, and why we haven't seen a local one since Kepler! 

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Sep 13, 2022
What's inside a neutron star?
3416

Daniel and Jorge take a bite out of "nuclear pasta" and dive into the heart of these strange stars.

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Sep 08, 2022
What's the amplituhedron?
3224

Daniel and Jorge grapple with this hard-to-say word that might make complex quantum calculations much easier.

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Sep 06, 2022
Did the James Webb Space Telescope disprove the Big Bang Theory?
3076

Daniel and Jorge talk about the surprises found in the first science from the James Webb telescope and what it means for our understanding of the early Universe. 

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Sep 01, 2022
If the Universe is infinite, why is the night sky dark?
3222

Daniel and Kelly wrestle with competing infinities to understand why the night sky is not catastrophically ablaze with light. 

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Aug 30, 2022
Listener Questions about discoveries
3160

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners about how discoveries are made, the most important recent discoveries and how to detect aliens.

 

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Aug 25, 2022
Could there be two dimensions of time?
3099

Daniel and Jorge grapple with the possibility that time could flow in more than one direction, at the same time(s).

 

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Aug 23, 2022
How long does a neutron live?
3503

Daniel and Katie talk about how one of the basic building blocks of matter is surprisingly impermanent and mysterious. 

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Aug 18, 2022
Can a gravitational wave pass through a black hole?
3337

Daniel and Jorge talk about what happens when one superstar of physics slams into another.

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Aug 16, 2022
What is superdeterminism?
3006

Daniel and Jorge talk about the lengths people will go to avoid accepting the randomness of quantum mechanics. 

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Aug 11, 2022
Is the speed of light the same in all directions?
3012

Daniel and Jorge break down the differences between the two-way and one-way speed of light.

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Aug 09, 2022
Are black holes hot or not?
3259

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether black holes have a temperature and if we can ever know! 

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Aug 04, 2022
Listener Questions about aliens, black holes and white holes!
2893

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you! Send your questions to questions@danielandjorge.com 

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Aug 02, 2022
What is early dark energy?
3475

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether the Universe got an extra boost of expansion early on, and if it's cartoonists' fault. 

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Jul 28, 2022
What can slime molds teach us about dark matter?
3353

Daniel and Katie talk about where the missing matter in the Universe might be, and how slime molds might help us find it. 

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Jul 26, 2022
What did the first JWST images reveal?
3459

Daniel and Jorge walk through the first images from our fancy new space telescope! 

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Jul 21, 2022
Why is momentum conserved?
3545

Daniel and Jorge talk about why the Universe seems to follow rules, and celebrate the birthday of the woman who revealed the this deep truth.

 

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Jul 19, 2022
What is laser fusion?
3483

Daniel and Jorge break down the science of using huge lasers to zap frozen pellets of hydrogen. Or ice cream. Or cartoonists. 

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Jul 14, 2022
How do galaxies die?
2927

Daniel and Jorge talk about the mysteries of why galaxies stop making stars.

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Jul 12, 2022
What is a quark gluon plasma?
3399

Daniel and Jorge talk about the hottest state of matter ever created, and make up silly names for it.

 

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Jul 07, 2022
How do fireworks work?
3106

Daniel and Jorge blow your mind with the physics and chemistry of how fireworks sparkle and entertain.

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Jul 05, 2022
What happens to event horizons when black holes collide?
3474

Daniel and Jorge take you step by step through the process of black hole mergers .

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Jun 30, 2022
Do photons bump into each other?
3590

Daniel and Jorge bump brains and talk about whether beams of light interact or pass through each other. 

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Jun 28, 2022
Listener Questions about Annihilation
3483

Daniel and Jorge answer questions about anti-muons, Daniel's research, and dimensional weapons.

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Jun 23, 2022
What is Energy?
3403

Daniel and Jorge tackle some of one of the simplest but trickiest concepts in physics.

 

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Jun 21, 2022
Could aliens teach us science?
2736

Daniel talks to Sam Kimpton-Nye about whether aliens do science the same way we do.

 

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Jun 16, 2022
Can the Earth survive when the Sun expands?
3281

Daniel and Kelly talk about how we use our smarts to survive the changing conditions in the far future solar system.

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Jun 14, 2022
What will the next generation of space telescopes reveal?
3440

Daniel and Jorge talk about the plans for a new set of Great Observatories in space, and what it might show us about the Universe.

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Jun 09, 2022
Could the Universe be shaped like a donut?
3547

Daniel and Jorge talk about how much dark chocolate can fit in Universes of various shapes and sizes. 

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Jun 07, 2022
Where is most of Earth's water?
3624

Daniel and Katie drink deeply of the mystery of the Earth's formation and contents and talk about whether Earth's water might be hiding deep within the planet.

 

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Jun 02, 2022
What if gravity were much stronger?
3311

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about gravity, the CMB and distant disappearing objects! 

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May 31, 2022
Tech in the Great Outdoors
1937

We often think of technology as stuff that keeps us sitting at home, wired to our phones or computers or game systems. But there's an entire world of technology designed to inspire you to get outside and go exploring. We look at how tech can play a part in getting back to nature.

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May 26, 2022
What does our black hole look like?
3412

Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent picture of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way 

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May 26, 2022
Is the whole Universe spinning?
3315

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether the whole Universe can spin, and whether it is.

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May 24, 2022
What is a particle?
3555

Daniel and Jorge grapple with this particularly tricky and philosophical question.

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May 19, 2022
Can we defend the Earth from deadly space rocks?
3436

Daniel and Kelly talk about where space rocks come from, how dangerous they are and what humanity can do about it.

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May 17, 2022
What does the NICER telescope study?
3074

Daniel and Jorge explain how an X-ray telescope works and what it reveals about the inside of neutron stars.

 

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May 12, 2022
Can we escape a black hole with a warp drive or wormhole?
3056

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether loopholes and wormholes will let you escape black holes.

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May 10, 2022
Creature Feature: The Physics of Animal Color
3907

An episode of Creature Feature where Daniel and Katie talk about the physics of how animals look so brilliant, and how some people can see in the UV.

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May 07, 2022
Can the human eye see a single photon?
4374

Daniel and Katie talk about the physics of color and whether the eyeball is a quantum measurement device. 

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May 05, 2022
Introducing: Spyology Squad
106

Hi, Daniel and Jorge fans! If the children in your life are as curious as you are, we have the perfect podcast for them. Spyology Squad is an adventurous and educational podcast for kids 6-12 who love science and solving problems. Check out the trailer to see if this show is what the little ones you love will enjoy!

Show description: Packed with adventure every week! In Spyology Squad, you’ll follow Jayden, Ava, and Mr. Jim as they work to defeat Dr. Stinkybreath and his Purple Ninjas! Every week we’ll learn all about a new subject in science, have fun, and save the world together! 

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May 04, 2022
What came first matter or energy?
3143

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about the solar system and the early Universe.

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May 03, 2022
What can neutrinos teach us about supernovas?
3476

Daniel and Jorge explore what we can learn about the Universe's biggest explosions using ghostly particles.

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Apr 28, 2022
Is the W boson too massive?
3518

Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent measurement of the W mass that shocked particle physicists. 

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Apr 26, 2022
Is nuclear power worth the risks?
4056

Daniel and Kelly talk about whether we need nuclear power to reduce carbon emissions, and whether it can be done safely. 

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Apr 21, 2022
The science fiction universe of "Lost in Space"
3134

Daniel and Jorge talk to Kari Drake, writer on "Lost in Space" about the science of that Universe 

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Apr 19, 2022
What are zombie stars?
2968

Daniel and Jorge talk about stars that die, and then come back to shine again!

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Apr 14, 2022
What if the speed of light were slower?
3155

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about ice ages, black holes and the speed of light.

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Apr 11, 2022
Is it dangerous to send messages to aliens?
4539

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether attempts to communicate with extra terrestrial civilizations are worth the risk.

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Apr 07, 2022
Are there particles that don't have anti-particles?
3156

Daniel and Jorge discuss whether Majorana particles are real, and crack a real life mystery about the fate of Ettore Majorana.

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Apr 05, 2022
How big can a comet get?
3087

Daniel and Katie talk about the biggest possible scoop of solar-system gelato, and what it might mean for the future of humanity!

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Mar 31, 2022
What could aliens teach us about the Universe?
3153

Daniel talks to Noam Chomsky about how to communicate with aliens?

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Mar 29, 2022
What will the new probes to Venus reveal?
2740

Daniel and Jorge talk about the mysteries of Venus and what the next generation of probes might teach us.

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Mar 24, 2022
Could we build a particle collider on the moon?
3425

Daniel and Katie talk about what such a huge collider could reveal, and whether it would be a good idea.

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Mar 22, 2022
Can molton salt reactors produce electricity safely?
2818

Daniel and Jorge talk about alternative designs for fission plants that could produce electricity much more safely.

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Mar 17, 2022
How to take over the world
3552

Daniel and Jorge talk to Ryan North about how to use science to become a supervillain

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Mar 15, 2022
Can we put black holes to work for us?
3052

Daniel and Jorge discuss how the twisted spacetime around a spinning black hole can be used to pull energy from a black hole.

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Mar 10, 2022
Why do stars twinkle?
3069

Daniel and Jorge sing a scientific

song about the many reasons a star might twinkle.

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Mar 08, 2022
What is dark radiation?
2993

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether dark matter feels dark forces.

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Mar 03, 2022
What is the future of exoplanet research?
3555

Daniel and Jorge talk to planet hunter Dr. Jesse Christiansen about what we have learned and what we might learn about exoplanets!

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Mar 01, 2022
Where does the Higgs get its mass?
2999

Daniel and Jorge wonder: if the Higgs gives mass to the other particles, how does it get mass itself?

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Feb 24, 2022
Can you roast a marshmallow in space, and other listener questions.
2930

Daniel and Jorge talk about space marshmallows, our cosmic date with Andromeda, and surviving micrometeors.

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Feb 22, 2022
Is there Uranium on Uranus?
3007

Daniel and Kelly probe a heavy question about heavy metals on Uranus.

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Feb 17, 2022
Does the Universe have a preferred direction?
2838

Daniel and Jorge talk about the hypothesis that there is a cosmological Axis of Evil

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Feb 15, 2022
Why does the Higgs boson like Mexican hats?
3077

Daniel and Jorge talk about the strange properties of the Higgs boson, and why its special powers are linked to a sombrero.

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Feb 10, 2022
Can we build a wormhole?
3319

Daniel and Jorge talk about the latest ideas for how to make human portals to distant space.

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Feb 08, 2022
Listener questions about alien tech, the Earth's orbit and its future!
2904

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you. Submit your questions to questions@danielandjorge.com

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Feb 03, 2022
Is there an explanation for the Universe, or is it random?
3492

Daniel and Katie explore the anthropic principle and whether it can provide some understanding of why the Universe is the way it is.

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Feb 01, 2022
The next revolution in theoretical physics
3352

Daniel and Jorge explain Constructor Theory, a new way to approach building theories of everything.

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Jan 27, 2022
Could our galaxy have a dark matter center?
2870

Daniel and Jorge explore the idea that the center of the galaxy might hold a huge blob of dark matter rather than a black hole.

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Jan 25, 2022
Could life have started much earlier in the Universe?
3376

Daniel and Katie talk about what life needs and whether it could have started much earlier in the Universe.

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Jan 20, 2022
The mysterious phenomenon of turning sound into light
3064

Daniel and Jorge talk about sonoluminescence, a mystery that has evaded explanation for almost 100 years.

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Jan 18, 2022
Do we know where dark matter is?
2976

Daniel and Jorge talk about where dark matter is in the Universe.

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Jan 13, 2022
What's happening to the Hyades Cluster?
2690

Daniel and Kelly talk about the dramatic brutal cosmic fate of the Hyades Cluster.

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Jan 11, 2022
Why black holes are actually bright.
3356

Daniel and Jorge talk about the incredible, ironic brightness of black holes.

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Jan 06, 2022
What happens when stars collide?
3164

Daniel and Jorge talk about the chances of two stars smashing, and whether we could survive.

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Jan 04, 2022
Did this particle cause the Big Bang?
3127

Daniel and Jorge talk about the inflaton particle, and whether its responsible for EVERYTHING.

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Dec 30, 2021
What if the asteroid hadn't killed the dinosaurs?
3045

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions and give a special birthday shout out.

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Dec 28, 2021
Could quantum mechanics be deterministic?
3002

Daniel talks to Prof. Valia Allori about the theory of Bohmian Mechanics, a deterministic alternative to traditional Quantum Mechanics.

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Dec 23, 2021
What is Zodiacal Light?
3096

Daniel and Jorge talk about the amazing physics of space DUST.

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Dec 21, 2021
Will starlink spoil astronomy?
2737

Daniel and Jorge talk about how megaconstellations of satellites might spoil our view of the Universe.

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Dec 16, 2021
Can something be both a conductor and insulator?
2984

Daniel and Jorge talk about the recent revolution in solid state physics that has led to weird new materials.

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Dec 14, 2021
Did our Universe evolve?
3039

Daniel and Jorge discuss the theory of Cosmological Natural Selection

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Dec 09, 2021
How should we search for extra terrestrial intelligence?
2639

Daniel talks to Jill Tarter, longtime head of the SETI program, about how to look for alien intelligence

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Dec 07, 2021
Things that glow in the dark
3063

Daniel and Jorge talk about the biology, chemistry and physics of glowing.

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Dec 02, 2021
Kids questions about the Universe!
2805

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from kids about black holes, diamond planets and faster-than-light travel!

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Nov 30, 2021
The Many-Worlds Interpretation of Quantum Mechanics
3342

Daniel talks to Sean Carroll about the quantum multiverse, and whether it is real

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Nov 25, 2021
Could a solar flare wipe out humanity?
2774

Daniel and Jorge explain the physics of our chaotic Sun and why its so hard to predict whether or not it might kill us!

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Nov 23, 2021
How to be a supervillain with physics.
2867

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from aspiring supervillains, helping with their schemes.

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Nov 18, 2021
How do we measure the speed of light?
3030

Daniel and Jorge talk about the history of how we measured this fastest of all velocities!

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Nov 16, 2021
Why do we think dark matter is made of particles?
2741

Daniel and Jorge explore the "WIMP Miracle", which convinced a lot of physicists that dark matter was a particle.

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Nov 11, 2021
How did exotic particles change the Universe?
3261

Daniel and Jorge talk about why all those weird heavy particles might actually be critical to the Universe

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Nov 09, 2021
What is Relational Quantum Mechanics?
2956

Daniel talks to Carlo Rovelli about a fascinating alternative way of thinking about the nature of reality. And aliens.

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Nov 04, 2021
Frequently Asked Listener Questions About the Universe!
2908

Daniel and Jorge's new book "Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe" is out today! Order your copy at universefaq.com

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Nov 02, 2021
Why does gravity slow down time?
2820

Daniel and Jorge explore why time slows down when space is curved

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Oct 28, 2021
How do you spot a wormhole?
3127

Daniel and Jorge ask if it's possible to tell if there's a wormhole nearby

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Oct 26, 2021
Are black holes really black holes?
2606

Daniel and Jorge explore the question of whether black holes are actually "dark stars"

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Oct 21, 2021
Are neutrinos hiding the dark matter?
3083

Daniel and Jorge talk about how dark matter might be hiding under the "neutrino floor"

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Oct 19, 2021
Black Hole Questions!
2677

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about black holes

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Oct 14, 2021
What is a quantum eraser?
2953

Daniel and Jorge step through the details of a mind-boggling version of the double slit experiment. Check out their new book: universefaq.com

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Oct 12, 2021
How many generations of stars will there be?
3069

Daniel and Jorge break down the life cycle of stars and estimate how many more stars will be born in our Universe.

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Oct 07, 2021
Is time pixelated?
3083

Daniel and Jorge talk about how finely sliced time can get.

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Oct 05, 2021
What hidden symmetry is controlling the Universe?
3258

Daniel and Jorge dive deep into quantum theory and explain gauge symmetry, the foundation of all modern physics.

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Sep 30, 2021
Do fission reactors occur naturally?
2661

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether fission reactors are found in Nature

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Sep 28, 2021
Does the Universe need cause and effect?
3004

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether things have to happen in a definite order, or not!

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Sep 23, 2021
Does the weak force attract or repel?
3021

Daniel and Jorge break down this question that stumped Daniel at his public office hours!

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Sep 21, 2021
Is the Universe a hologram?
2852

Could the 3D entire Universe be a projection from a 2D surface somewhere?

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Sep 16, 2021
Listener Questions 17: hamsters, black holes and higgs fields!
2784

Daniel and Jorge dip the french fries of knowledge into the mysterious condiments of the Universe and answer questions from listeners like you!

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Sep 14, 2021
Can you be motionless in space?
3122

Everything is moving and spinning -- is it possible to be totally still in the Universe?

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Sep 09, 2021
Why don't we have electric airplanes?
3129

Daniel and Katie talk about how to get a battery-powered plane into the sky.

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Sep 07, 2021
What will the Giant Magellan Telescope show us?
3475

Daniel and Kelly talk about the exciting science that will be done by this new super telescope.

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Sep 02, 2021
What is a space hurricane?
2614

Daniel and Jorge swirl their minds together into a stormy mix of puns and physics and tackle this spacey topic.

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Aug 31, 2021
What's a proton made of?
2954

Daniel and Jorge crack open the basic building block of matter and find.. anti-matter!

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Aug 26, 2021
What if our particles were different?
3060

Daniel and Jorge consider how the Universe would be different if our particles had different properties

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Aug 24, 2021
What is a light cone?
2823

Daniel and Jorge explain how the speed of light limits how events play out in the Universe.

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Aug 19, 2021
How many particles has the Large Hadron Collider discovered?
2915

Daniel and Jorge reveal that the Large Hadron Collider has found much more than just the Higgs boson!

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Aug 17, 2021
Why is the three-body problem so hard?
2834

Daniel and Jorge talk about why something so simple is one of the oldest and hardest problems in physics.

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Aug 12, 2021
How many stars can a solar system have?
2842

Daniel and Jorge talk about binary star systems, trinary star systems and totally bonkers star systems with even more stars!

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Aug 10, 2021
Listener Questions 16: pictures from space, antimatter stars and Jupiter-eating aliens!
2797

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Aug 05, 2021
Can we use the galaxy as a gravitational wave detector?
2612

Daniel explains how pulsars can be used as a galaxy-sized physics experiment.

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Aug 03, 2021
How does a plasma thruster work?
2729

Will a plasma-based spaceship engine let humanity zoom between planets?

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Jul 29, 2021
Can you outrun a flash of light?
2775

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether its possible to outrun the fastest thing in the Universe

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Jul 27, 2021
How were pulsars discovered?
2786

Daniel recounts the story of how pulsars were discovered and what they tell us about the death of stars.

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Jul 22, 2021
The SF Universe of Cadwell Turnbull's "The Lesson"
3852

Daniel and Jorge talk about the connections between science and art and discuss the science and politics of Cadwell Turnbull's "The Lesson"

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Jul 20, 2021
What's the cosmic gravitational background?
3099

Daniel and Jorge explain how we might be able to listen to a new kind of gravitational hiss and what secrets it could reveal.

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Jul 15, 2021
What do the Navy UFO videos really mean?
4626

Daniel talks to Mick West, expert UFO-video analyzer, to understand what we are seeing in the Navy UFO videos.

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Jul 13, 2021
Is infinity real or just mathematical?
3307

Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin search for examples of infinity in the Universe. Does it only exist in our minds?

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Jul 08, 2021
How many moons does the Earth have?
3265

Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith count the number of moons orbiting the Earth!

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Jul 06, 2021
Listener Questions: photon information, simulated Universes and Daniel's fantasy science budget
2836

Daniel answers questions from real listeners like you. Submit your questions to questions@danielandjorge.com

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Jul 01, 2021
The SF Universe of Essa Hansen's novel "Nophek Gloss"
3450

Daniel and Jorge break down the science in the science fiction novel "Nophek Gloss" by debut author Essa Hansen.

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Jun 29, 2021
Is it possible to have a two-dimensional object?
3069

Daniel and Jorge slice the Universe infinitely thin and talk about the theory and practice of 2D materials

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Jun 24, 2021
Are there stars made of dark matter?
2696

Daniel and Jorge talk about what it takes to make a star and whether dark matter could pull it off

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Jun 22, 2021
Where are all the medium-sized black holes?
2764

Daniel and Jorge search for the missing black holes that are not too small or too big, but right in the middle!

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Jun 17, 2021
How was the cosmic microwave background discovered?
2891

Daniel and Jorge go through the crazy story of missed opportunties, accidental observations that led to one of the greatest science discoveries of all time.

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Jun 15, 2021
How many Higgs bosons are there?
2747

Daniel and Jorge explain why our Universe might have more than just one Higgs boson, and what they should be called.

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Jun 10, 2021
Where did the Earth's atmosphere come from?
2870

Daniel and Jorge explain where the air you breathe came from, and whether there's hope for deep breaths on exoplanets.

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Jun 08, 2021
What did we learn from the Arecibo Radio Telescope?
2646

Daniel and Jorge tell the story of the construction, the scientific insights and the collapse of the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico

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Jun 03, 2021
Why does measuring a quantum object change it?
3547

Daniel chats with Adam Becker about the "measurement problem" in quantum mechanics: does the wavefunction collapse, and what causes it?

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Jun 01, 2021
Can there be life INSIDE a black hole?
3140

Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin talk about astro-blackhole-biology and whether it's possible to have life evolve inside a black hole.

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May 27, 2021
Listener Questions: the expanding observable Universe, what it's like to be a photon and the age of the Universe
2452

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May 25, 2021
What is Frame Dragging?
2579

Daniel and Jorge explain how space can get twisted up around spinning objects.

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May 20, 2021
Is space-based solar power realistic?
3098

Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith talk about getting solar power FROM SPACE!

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May 18, 2021
Does Mars Have a Liquid Center?
2532

Daniel and Jorge crack open the red planet and talk about whether it is totally solid, or whether it still has liquid flowing inside!

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May 13, 2021
What's the most promising theory of EVERYTHING?
3193

Daniel and Jorge talk about string theory, loop quantum gravity, M-theory, p-branes, geometric unity and ice cream!

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May 11, 2021
What's the most powerful volcano in the Solar System?
2805

Daniel and Jorge break down how volcanos work and blow up your idea of what makes a powerful volcano blow.

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May 06, 2021
Can the Universe exist without space?
2766

Daniel and Jorge break down the Universe to its most basic level and ask if space is necessary

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May 04, 2021
The Science Fiction Universe of SB Divya
3472

Daniel interviews SB Divya about her new novel "Machinehood" which explores whether machines can be self-aware.

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Apr 29, 2021
Can brains spontaneously form in space?
2760

Daniel and Jorge talk about the chance that you could be a brain floating in space.

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Apr 27, 2021
Listener Questions: Black Holes, Dark Entropy and a Radio Free Zone!
2568

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Apr 22, 2021
Did CERN just discover a new particle, using penguins?
2615

Daniel and Jorge explain the exciting new results from the LHCb experiment!

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Apr 20, 2021
Did Fermilab just discover a new particle?
2680

Daniel and Jorge talk about the result of the g-2 experiment at Fermilab and what it means!

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Apr 15, 2021
Have we solved the black hole information paradox?
3322

Daniel and Jorge break down recent advances in quantum gravity!

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Apr 13, 2021
What's a Tesseract?
2627

Daniel and Jorge talk about 4-dimensional cubes, life in the 4th dimension and the Infinity Stones!

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Apr 08, 2021
Did Jupiter once have a different orbit?
2786

Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith explore the dramatic story of Jupiter's wandering orbits

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Apr 06, 2021
What's the heaviest stable element?
2798

Daniel and Jorge take a trip to the theoretical Island of Stability and talk about super heavy elements

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Apr 01, 2021
What's the Huge Large Quasar Group?
2495

Daniel and Jorge talk about quasars, large groups of quasars and HUGE LARGE groups of quasars!

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Mar 30, 2021
What is the Space Roar?
2801

Daniel and Jorge talk about the mysterious, unexplained "space roar" and whether its a clue about something new in the Universe.

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Mar 25, 2021
What was the pioneer anomaly?
2701

Daniel and Jorge dig into the mystery of why the Pioneer spacecraft's path surprised scientists.

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Mar 23, 2021
The Science Finction Universe of Lindsay Ellis
2962

Daniel and Jorge talk about the Universe of Lindsay Ellis' novel "Axiom's End"

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Mar 18, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about black holes, antimatter stars and why the Universe exists!
2747

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Mar 16, 2021
Why does our Universe have a Cold Spot?
2796

Daniel and Jorge explain why scientists are puzzling over a massive cold spot in the sky.

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Mar 11, 2021
What are boson stars?
2862

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether its possible to have stars made out of bosons!

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Mar 09, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about the smell of space, the electroweak force and spotting distant aliens.
2688

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Mar 04, 2021
What are globular clusters?
2698

Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin explore the mysteries of these weird, ancient blobs of stars.

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Mar 02, 2021
What is a Quantum Dot?
2486

Daniel and Jorge break down the quantum world into tiny dots that have amazing properties.

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Feb 25, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about diamond rain on Jupiter, travel near the speed of light and the tilt of Uranus.
2200

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Feb 23, 2021
Can we see evidence of a previous Universe?
2452

Daniel and Jorge explain Roger Penrose's Conformal Cyclic Cosmology and what it means about the origins of the Universe.

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Feb 18, 2021
Can we build an invisibility cloak?
3009

Daniel and guest host Kelly Weinersmith break down the science and science-fiction of invisibility.

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Feb 16, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about hawking radiation, 5G networks and wireless phone chargers!
2364

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Feb 11, 2021
What's a Time Crystal?
2718

Daniel and guest host Katie Goldin talk about the crazy and real science of time crystals

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Feb 09, 2021
What's the biggest star in the Universe?
2846

Daniel and Jorge talk about mind-blowingly huge balls of burning gas.

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Feb 04, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about closed time-like curves, force fields, and the lifetime of the Earth's magnetic field
2563

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Feb 02, 2021
How do we know the mass of stars?
2836

Daniel talks about how astronomers can measure or deduce the mass of a star, and why it controls its fate.

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Jan 28, 2021
Listener Questions 14: Black holes, aliens and zombies!
2487

Daniel and Jorge talk about what kind of elements are inside a black hole, how to respond to aliens and whether physicists are useful or useless in a zombie apocalypse.

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Jan 26, 2021
Can a planet be bigger than its star?
2312

What counts as a planet and is it possible for it to outweigh or outsize its parent star?

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Jan 21, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about how to read science headlines, gravitational slingshots, lorentz symmetry and the speed of light!
2769

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Jan 19, 2021
Can we see planets in other galaxies?
2858

Daniel and Jorge talk about how astronomers are trying to detect planets in far away galaxies!

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Jan 14, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about a donut Universe, mirrors and black holes!
2892

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Jan 12, 2021
Why can’t we see quantum effects in everyday objects?
2649

Daniel and Jorge talk about quantum decoherence and why big things don't act like quantum particles.

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Jan 07, 2021
Is space filled with infinite energy?
2661

Daniel and Jorge tackle the confusing conundrum of the Casimir Effect and quantum zero-point energy

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Jan 05, 2021
Daniel answers Listener Questions about energy conservation, inflation and space dust!
2711

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Dec 31, 2020
How was radiation discovered?
2687

X-rays, U-rays, and cosmic rays! Hear the story for how we came to understand that our world is filled with invisible dangers.

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Dec 29, 2020
Are there centaurs in outer space?
2502

Centaurs are real, but not on Earth. Daniel and Jorge talk about the weird objects astronomers call a "space centaur"

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Dec 24, 2020
Is there matter that is not made of particles?
2683

Is it possible that matter could be made of something that's not particles?

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Dec 22, 2020
What will the DragonFly mission find on Titan?
3192

NASA is building an awesome drone to fly around the surface of Saturn's moon. What will it find?

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Dec 17, 2020
What's the fastest spinning thing in the Universe?
2781

Part of their "Extreme Universe" series, Daniel and Jorge make your head spin with all of the crazy spinning objects in the Universe.

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Dec 15, 2020
Daniel answers Listener Questions about the size of the Universe, what's in intergalactic space and why gravity dominates the Universe.
2585

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Dec 10, 2020
Daniel answers Listener Questions about dark matter, black holes and particle colliders
2346

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Dec 08, 2020
What happened in the dark ages of the Universe?
2726

Before the stars and galaxies formed, the Universe was dark and foggy for hundreds of millions of years!

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Dec 03, 2020
Can you undress a black hole?
2696

Daniel and Jorge talk about whether it's possible to observe a "naked singularity"

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Dec 01, 2020
The Sticky Story of the Gluon's Discovery
2532

What is the gluon and how was it discovered? Daniel and Jorge take us through the dramatic events.

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Nov 26, 2020
What's it like to fall into a black hole?
2890

Take a cosmic field trip with Daniel and Jorge, as they guide you on a thought experiment into the heart of the most mysterious objects in the Universe.

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Nov 24, 2020
Listener Questions 13: Space water, wormhole colliders and boxes of dark matter
2518

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Nov 19, 2020
The SF Universe of Max Barry
2985

In Max Barry's new novel "Providence", humanity runs into aliens. It doesn't go well.

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Nov 17, 2020
What's the Oldest Thing in the Universe?
2664

Daniel and Jorge talk about the age of stars, galaxies, black holes and more!

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Nov 12, 2020
The surprising shape of the Milky Way
2617

How do we know the shape of our galaxy, since we're stuck in the middle of it?

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Nov 10, 2020
How to land a robot on an asteroid
2440

NASA sent Osiris-Rex to scoop a cup of dirt from an asteroid ... using a pogo stick!

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Nov 05, 2020
The mysterious sources of the Van Allen radiation belts
2813

Daniel and Jorge talk about the strange belts of particles surrounding the Earth, and the South Atlantic Anomaly

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Nov 03, 2020
What if the Earth Stopped Spinning
3013

What makes planets spin, and what would happen if they stopped?

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Oct 29, 2020
The Quantum Physics of Solar Panels
2483

Daniel and Jorge break down the physics and engineering behind solar panels

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Oct 27, 2020
A discounted dark matter discovery
2481

Why do particle physicists discount the beautiful signal of dark matter from the DAMA experiment?

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Oct 22, 2020
Is all of space magnetized?
2749

Is it possible that there are magnetic fields.... everywhere?

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Oct 20, 2020
Is Energy Actually Conserved?
2630

Daniel and Jorge explore whether energy is actually a fundamental conserved quantity.

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Oct 15, 2020
The SF Universes of Vandana Singh
3711

Daniel and Jorge talk about the creative science in the short stories of Vandana Singh's collection "Ambiguity Machines"

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Oct 13, 2020
Where do comets come from?
2558

Daniel and Jorge talk about the vast and amazing Oort cloud, and whether it is throwing snowballs at us.

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Oct 08, 2020
Will the ITER experiment make fusion feasible?
2766

Will humans figure out how to make fusion work on Earth, to provide plentiful clean power?

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Oct 06, 2020
New discoveries in our cosmic neighborhood
2585

Daniel and Jorge talk about a new massive blob of galaxies discovered right around the corner.

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Oct 01, 2020
How can we bring rocks back from Mars?
3172

How many robots does it take to dig up rocks from Mars and deliver them back to Earth?

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Sep 29, 2020
Can a black hole power a spaceship?
2421

Daniel and Jorge tackle the physics, engineering and safety questions of using a black hole to visit nearby stars.

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Sep 24, 2020
Is there life on Venus?
2566

The internet went crazy talking about phosphine on Venus! What does it mean?

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Sep 22, 2020
The most common listener questions!
2561

Is there dark matter in black holes? Are gravitons and gravitational waves the same thing? Daniel and Jorge answer the most common listener questions!

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Sep 17, 2020
The SF Multi-verse of Adrian Tchaikovsky
3217

Daniel and Jorge discuss the science of "The Doors of Eden", a multi-zooniverse novel by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Sep 15, 2020
What would happen if dark matter and dark energy disappeared?
2805

Dark matter and dark energy are 95% of the energy in the Universe. But do we need them?

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Sep 10, 2020
Elinor Wonders About the Universe
2455

Daniel and Jorge answer questions about the Universe from Jorge's daughter Elinor, and talk about their new PBS Kids TV show: "Elinor Wonders Why". Link: pbskids.org/elinor

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Sep 08, 2020
What is Bose Einstein Condensate
2804

Have you heard of "Bose Einstein Condensate" but never really understood it? D&J break it down for you.

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Sep 03, 2020
What is Mirror Matter?
2852

It's not anti-matter, or supersymmetric matter, but yet another way our familiar particles might be reflected, and could explain a deep mystery of the Universe.

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Sep 01, 2020
The SF Universe of Dr. Karen Lords
3041

Daniel and Jorge talk about the science of the novel "The Best of All Possible Worlds" by Dr. Karen Lords.


https://karenlord.wordpress.com/the-best-of-all-possible-worlds/

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Aug 27, 2020
Listener Questions 12: Higgs Bosons, Black holes and earthquakes!
2602

Does dark matter feel the Higgs? Can particles be black holes? What would happen if the Earth froze?

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Aug 25, 2020
How did we discover black holes?
2797

What convinced people that black holes are real?

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Aug 20, 2020
What happened to the Superconducting Supercollider?
2652

Americans had the biggest colliders in the world, until they tried to build one that was too big. Hear the super story of the superlative supercollider.

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Aug 18, 2020
Do protons live forever?
2697

Electrons can hang out until the end of time. Physicists think that protons should eventually fall apart. But will they?

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Aug 13, 2020
Special 200th episode!
2869

What happened in the first 200 microseconds of the Universe? What can you see within 200 light years from Earth?

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Aug 11, 2020
Did the XENON experiment just discover a weird axion?
2624

Recent results from the XENON experiment could be the first hint of something groundbreaking... or it could be nothing.

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Aug 06, 2020
How did supermassive black holes get so big?
2789

The gargantuan black holes at the centers of galaxies seem impossibly large. How did they grow so large in the short history of our Universe?

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Aug 04, 2020
The Marvelous Mystery of the Muon Magnetic Moment
2532

Can physicists discover new particles by watching how muons wiggle in magnetic fields?

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Jul 30, 2020
Is dark matter hot?
2484

Scientists don't know what dark matter is, but they know if it's hot (or not!)

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Jul 28, 2020
How was the Higgs boson discovered?
2974

Hear the story of the multi-decade trans-Atlantic rivalry that led to the Higgs boson discovery.

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Jul 23, 2020
What are quasi-particles
2477

Daniel and Jorge talk about phonons, magnons, excitons, anyons and explainons.

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Jul 21, 2020
Can neutrinos explain why we have matter?
2809

Daniel and Jorge explore how the new DUNE experiment could unravel secrets of neutrins... and the Universe!

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Jul 16, 2020
Listener Questions 11: Deep questions about gravity and particles.
2564

Can gravity waves kill you? Why do we have particles? Can fission power a star?

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Jul 14, 2020
Does the Universe need dark matter?
2923

Is it possible that dark matter doesn't exist? Could it just be a misunderstanding of gravity?

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Jul 09, 2020
Did NASA discover a parallel Universe?
2716

The amazing ANITA experiment and the bizarre neutrinos they discovered

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Jul 07, 2020
Do black holes destroy information?
3126

Daniel and Jorge tackle the paradox of black holes: do they destroy information or store it forever?

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Jul 02, 2020
What is the axion?
2913

Why do scientists think there might be a wispy mysterious particle? And why did they give it such a silly name?

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Jun 30, 2020
The SF Universe of Alastair Reynolds "Revenger"
3612

Daniel and Jorge talk about solar sails, artificial planets and black holes!

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Jun 25, 2020
What are primordial black holes?
2980

Could mysterious black holes have been formed in the first second of the Universe?

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Jun 23, 2020
Is the impossible drive possible?
2747

Daniel and Jorge dissect the "EMDrive", explain how it's supposed to work and whether it ever might.

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Jun 18, 2020
The long race for the top quark
3132

Daniel and Jorge talk about the twenty-year race to find the top quark, that came down to the wire.

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Jun 16, 2020
Where in the solar system might we find life? (ft. Katie Goldin of Creature Features)
3367

Katie Goldin, host of the Creature Features pod, visits to talk about what's needed for life and where in the solar system it might be hiding.

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Jun 11, 2020
How do you navigate in deep space?
2815

Daniel and Jorge talk about a potential new GPS: the Galactic Positioning System.

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Jun 09, 2020
Can stars eat other stars?
2496

Can a Thorne-Zytkow object, a neutron star inside another star, actually exist? Did we find one?

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Jun 04, 2020
Why are neutrinos so light?
2582

Daniel and Jorge talk about how the weirdest particle gets its mass

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Jun 02, 2020
Can we see the surface of exoplanets?
2504

Could we build a telescope that let us see what planets around other stars look like?

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May 28, 2020
What is the real charge of the electron?
2384

Daniel and Jorge explain how the theory of "Renormalization" tells us that we measure is different from what is real.

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May 26, 2020
Could Jupiter turn into a star?
2261

What is the fate of the largest planet in our solar system?

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May 21, 2020
What are the basic constants of the Universe?
2571

Daniel and Jorge talk about the numbers that control everything, and the number of those numbers!

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May 19, 2020
Listener Question 10: Particles, stars and universe-sized black holes!
2610

Daniel and Jorge answer listener questions about the smallest, biggest and cataclysmic-ist things in the Universe!

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May 14, 2020
Can Dark Matter feel itself
2646

What happens when DM bumps into DM in the dark?

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May 12, 2020
How do LEDs work?
2673

The Nobel-prize winning physics of.... reading lights.

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May 07, 2020
Should we believe any alien abduction stories?
3207

Daniel and Jorge talk about how to be skeptical and open minded.

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May 05, 2020
Does Stephen Wolfram's Theory of Everything Work?
2683

How does Stephen Wolfram's Physics Project work and what have we learned?

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Apr 30, 2020
The SF Universe of Sue Burke's "Semiosis"
2887

Daniel and Jorge talk about what happens when plants can think. Is eating a banana now murder?

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Apr 28, 2020
Can planets lose their atmospheres?
2286

How do planets get atmospheres, and how long do they last? Will Earth one day run out of air?

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Apr 23, 2020
What is the Cosmological Constant?
2537

Was it Einstein's greatest blunder, or smartest prediction?

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Apr 21, 2020
How quarks were discovered?
2585

One day in November 1974 that changed particle physics forever.

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Apr 16, 2020
What is the tallest mountain in the solar system?
2231

Where is the biggest, tallest or widest mountain in the Solar System? Hint: it's not on any planet.

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Apr 14, 2020
The SF Universe of Mary Robinette Kowal's "The Calculating Stars"
3511

Daniel and Jorge discuss the book "The Calculating Stars" and interview the author. Mary Robinette Kowal's science fiction debut, 2019 Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Award for best novel, The Calculating Stars, explores the premise behind her award-winning "Lady Astronaut of Mars."

You can find the book here.

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Apr 09, 2020
Could dark matter be made of quarks?
2657

Learn about hexaquarks with Daniel and Jorge

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Apr 07, 2020
The SF Universe of Becky Chamber's "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet"
3343

Daniel interviews Becky Chambers about her book "The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet. " Volume 1 of the Wayfarers series which won the Hugo award for best series. You can purchase a copy of the book here.

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Apr 02, 2020
Listener Questions 9
2365

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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Mar 31, 2020
What are virtual particles?
2364

Discover virtual particles with Daniel and Jorge

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Mar 26, 2020
The SF Universe of Blake Crouch's "Recursion"
2441

Daniel and Jorge discuss the science fiction book "Recursion" by Blake Crouch. Blake comes on for an interview to discuss his thoughts and method. Pickup your own copy of Recursion. It's a thrilling novel!


First live stream from Daniel and Jorge airing Friday, March 27th at 10am pst or 1pm est.

Streaming at https://www.youtube.com/user/phdcomics

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Mar 24, 2020
How small is an electron?
2773

Shrink down the the quantum realm with Daniel and Jorge and discover the size of the electron

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Mar 19, 2020
Why is strange matter so strange?
2385

Find out why strange matter is so strange with daniel and jorge

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Mar 17, 2020
The science fiction universe of "Ancillary Justice"
2478

In this very special new series of episodes Daniel and Jorge interview famous authors. Today we discuss "Ancillary Justice" the debut novel of the talented Anne Leckie. It's the only novel to ever win the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke awards. You can find it here.

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Mar 12, 2020
What is the biggest explosion in the universe
2507

What is the biggest explosion in the universe that mankind has ever witnessed? Find out with Daniel and Jorge.

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Mar 10, 2020
Is it possible to move the sun?
2572

If we needed to move the sun, could we do it?

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Mar 05, 2020
Is the Universe infinite?
2760

Is the universe finite or infinite?

Article

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Mar 03, 2020
What have we learned from the Spitzer Space Telescope?
2532

The Spitzer Space Telescope is retiring. What have we learned from it?

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Feb 27, 2020
Choose your own physics adventure!
2458

Which of these four physics adventures would you prefer?

  1. Visit the Quantum Realm
  2. See inside a Black Hole
  3. Travel faster than light
  4. Meet intelligent aliens


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Feb 25, 2020
Can quantum gravity save physics?
2927

Daniel and Jorge discuss loop quantum gravity with a special appearance from Bianca Dittrich, a PhD in gravitational physics and an expert in loop quantum gravity and spin foam.

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Feb 20, 2020
Listener Questions 8: Can AI understand humor?
2728

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you!

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Feb 18, 2020
What causes the biggest explosions in the universe?
2602

We're taking a deep dive into the subject of supernovas. What causes them? What do we know about them and can they harm us here on earth.?

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Feb 13, 2020
Are there planets without a star?
2480

Do rogue planets exist? Could they support life?

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Feb 11, 2020
Can you slow down light?
2537

The speed of light is constant but is it possible to slow it down?

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Feb 06, 2020
What is the great attractor?
2539

What is the mysterious force that is attracting our galaxy to it?

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Feb 04, 2020
Can particles travel faster than light?
2382

Is there any way particles can travel faster than light or is it against the laws of physics?

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Jan 30, 2020
4 ways physics could end the world
2985

What would happen if....

  1. Gravity turned off for 3 seconds
  2. The earth started rotating the other way
  3. All electrons within 1 light year suddenly disappeared
  4. Our sun shut off for 2 weeks

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Jan 28, 2020
Is Betelgeuse about to explode?
2745

Betelgeuse appears to be dimming. Is it about to explode?

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Jan 23, 2020
Why can quarks never be alone?
2814

Can quarks ever be free?

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Jan 21, 2020
Is space filled with junk?
2570

Is space mostly empty or full of junk?

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Jan 16, 2020
Why is the universe inflating?
3062

Learn about cosmic inflation with Daniel and Jorge

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Jan 14, 2020
What will the new space telescope reveal?
2629

Daniel and Jorge discuss the James Webb Space Telescope

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Jan 09, 2020
Why do some particles die?
2702

Find out why particles die with Daniel and Jorge

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Jan 07, 2020
Is the universe left-handed?
2613

Why does the universe seem to be left-handed?

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Jan 02, 2020
Can you destroy a black hole?
2963

Is it possible to destroy a black hole?

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Dec 31, 2019
How does relativity affect our perception of time?
2637

Find out how relativity affects our perception of time with Daniel and Jorge

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Dec 26, 2019
How was antimatter discovered?
2681

Learn about antimatter with Daniel and Jorge

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Dec 24, 2019
What are cosmic strings?
2673

Learn about cosmic strings with Daniel and Jorge.

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Dec 19, 2019
What is quantum spacetime foam?
2404

Learn about quantum spacetime foam with Daniel and Jorge

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Dec 17, 2019
What are magnetic monopoles?
2476

Learn about magnetic monopoles with Daniel and Jorge

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Dec 12, 2019
How fast is the universe blowing up?
2770

What is the hubble constant? Find out with Daniel and Jorge

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Dec 10, 2019
Is there a fifth force of the universe?
2536

Scientists recently discovered a supposed fifth force of the universe. Is it real and what does it mean for physics?

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Dec 05, 2019
Listener Questions 7
2751

Could you build a real death star? How do black holes begin? Where the heck is Jorge? Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners like you!

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Dec 03, 2019
The mystery of the missing neutrinos
2679

How did physicists lose trillions of neutrinos? 

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Nov 28, 2019
Where is the coldest place in the Universe?
2354

EXTREME UNIVERSE: Where is the coldest place in the Universe?

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Nov 26, 2019
Is our solar system weird?
2514

Is our solar system similar to others or is it unique?

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Nov 21, 2019
Who ordered the muon?
2481

This mysterious particle is part of our Universe, but not part of the atom

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Nov 19, 2019
Can science predict what you will do?
2860

Does free will really exist?

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Nov 14, 2019
Is it possible to send messages faster than light using quantum entanglement?
2540

With vast distances between habitable planets how will we eventually communicate with aliens?

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Nov 12, 2019
Is there weather in space?
2238

Is space weather something that exists? Can it affect us here on earth. Find out the answer to this and many other questions with Daniel and Jorge.

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Nov 07, 2019
News from the Solar System
2451

Listen for up to date news about suprising developments in our solar system.

Contest for naming Saturn's newly discovered moon.

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Nov 05, 2019
Journey to the Beginning of Time (featuring Dan Hooper)
3095

A conversation with astrophysicist Dan Hooper about his new book, At the Edge of Time

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Oct 31, 2019
What's in the asteroid belt?
1778

What do we know about the asteroid belt and what can we learn from it?

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Oct 29, 2019
Does Quantum Mechanics make sense?
2478

Learn about the concept of quantum mechanics and what our understanding of it is.

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Oct 24, 2019
Can we build a warp drive?
2179

The distance between stars is massive. Can we build a warp drive to allow us to travel between the stars faster?

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Oct 22, 2019
How do we know the photon is real?
1795

What is a photon and how do we know it exists? Particle Physicist Professor Daniel Whiteson explains the photon.

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Oct 17, 2019
Can you imagine a color you've never seen?
2265

What is color and how do we perceive it? How many colors are there? UCI particle physicist Professor Daniel Whiteson explains the science of colors and answers some listener questions as well.

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Oct 15, 2019
What is the cosmic microwave background?
3053

Daniel is joined by guest Dr. Crystal Dilworth to discuss the cosmic microwave background.

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Oct 10, 2019
Listener Questions 6
1859

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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Oct 08, 2019
What are fermi bubbles?
2101

What do we know about fermi bubbles?

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Oct 03, 2019
How many stars can you see in the night sky with the naked eye?
1666

How many stars can we see in the sky? Thousands? Billions?

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Oct 01, 2019
What are fast radio bursts and what causes them?
2233

Learn about the mystery behind fast radio bursts with Daniel and Jorge

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Sep 26, 2019
The shocking mystery of lightning explained
2208

Learn about lightning with Daniel and Jorge

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Sep 24, 2019
Will the Higgs-Boson destroy the universe?
2154

Learn how the Higgs-Boson could unravel the universe with Daniel and Jorge

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Sep 19, 2019
How to see pictures of dinosaurs (featuring XKCD creator Randall Munroe)
2512

Daniel and Jorge are looking into the past with XKCD comic creator Randall Munroe.  You can find his new book "How to: Absurd Scientific Advice for Common Real World Problems" here

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Sep 17, 2019
What is the physics behind skipping stones?
2010

Find out how skipping stones works today with Daniel and Jorge

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Sep 12, 2019
How do microwaves work?
2155

Find out how microwaves work with Daniel and Jorge

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Sep 10, 2019
What are Tardigrades?
2103

How did tardigrades end up on the moon? Today we're joined by special guest Prof. Brian Keating

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Sep 05, 2019
What was the first particle ever discovered? And how was it discovered?
2159

What does it mean to be first? Join Daniel and Jorge to learn about the first ever particle discovered.

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Sep 03, 2019
Why is half of the moon always hidden?
2063

Visit the far side of the moon with Daniel and Jorge

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Aug 29, 2019
What is a graviton?
2112

Join Daniel and Jorge to find out the secrets of the universe.

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Aug 27, 2019
What would happen on earth if the moon disappeared?
2038

The moon has just been deleted from the simulation. What will happen here on earth?

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Aug 22, 2019
Listener Questions 5
2752

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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Aug 20, 2019
What would happen if the sun became a black hole?
1863

Listen to Daniel and Jorge answer a hypothetical question in today's episode

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Aug 15, 2019
What are white holes?
2263

You've heard of black holes but what are white holes?

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Aug 13, 2019
Take a cruise of the exoplanets
2428

Put on your stretchy pants and join Daniel and Jorge while they take you a guided cruise of the exoplanets.

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Aug 08, 2019
How old is the earth?
2466

How do we know the age of the earth?

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Aug 06, 2019
Do aliens exist?
3115

Today Daniel and Jorge answer questions from Karah and Oz, the hosts of the podcast Sleepwalkers.

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Aug 01, 2019
Can you see an electron or other tiny particles?
2557

If you were Ant-Man and shrunk to the quantum realm. What would that actually look like?

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Jul 30, 2019
What is the strongest magnet in the universe?
3020

EXTREME UNIVERSE: What is the strongest magnet in the universe?

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Jul 25, 2019
Why haven't aliens visited us?
2799

What is the best way to explore the galaxy?

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Jul 23, 2019
What is the Weak Force?
2561

Find out about the Weak Force on today's podcast with Daniel and Jorge.

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Jul 18, 2019
What is Cold Fusion?
2559

Will we ever be able to create unlimited energy with cold fusion?

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Jul 16, 2019
How do you make gold?
2304

Where does gold come from? Can scientists make it?

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Jul 11, 2019
How do MRIs work?
1969

What is an MRI and how does it work?

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Jul 09, 2019
What is the hexagon on saturn?
1743

Is it natural or artificial? 

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Jul 04, 2019
What is Quantum Tunneling?
2231

Hint: It's not tunnels in switzerland.

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Jul 02, 2019
Can you sail on light?
2133

How can we travel through the universe without running out of fuel? Find out today with Daniel and Jorge.

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Jun 27, 2019
What is the densest thing in the universe?
2665

EXTREME UNIVERSE! What has the most stuff stuffed into it?

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Jun 25, 2019
What do Quarks taste like?
2345

Quarks have flavor and color but what do they taste and look like? 

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Jun 20, 2019
Listener Questions 4
2367

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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Jun 18, 2019
What is the brightest thing in the universe?
2276

EXTREME UNIVERSE! (Hint: It's not the sun)

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Jun 13, 2019
Is the Earth round?
2516

How do we know the earth is actually round and not just "global conspiracy?"

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Jun 11, 2019
How can we see Dark Matter?
2665

We know it exists but what is it and how can we see it?

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Jun 06, 2019
Listener Questions 3
2543

Daniel and Jorge answer questions from listeners, like you!

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Jun 04, 2019
What Is Radiation?
2579

Is it bad or good or spicy or mild?

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May 30, 2019
What Is the Hottest Thing In The Universe?
2742

How hot can it get? Is there an upper limit to temperature? 

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May 28, 2019
What Is A Dyson Sphere?
2698

We're not talking about your vacuum cleaner!

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May 23, 2019
Bad Science Questions
2820

Daniel and Jorge welcome Ethan, host of the Podcast Bad Science, and answer his questions about the universe.

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May 21, 2019
What Is Quantum Spin?
2433

Everybody talks about it, but what IS it?

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May 16, 2019
What Is The Emptiest Place In The Universe?
2516

What constitutes a vacuum? Can space ever really be empty?

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May 14, 2019
What's In Jupiter's Great Red Spot?
2340

What is the Eye of Jupiter?

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May 09, 2019
Will A Gamma Ray Burst Kill You?
2664

What are gamma ray bursts, and are they dangerous?

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May 07, 2019
What's Inside The Earth?
2740

What would happen if you jumped into a hole that went through the center of the Earth and out the other side?

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May 02, 2019
How Does A Bicycle Balance?
2205

We don't understand bicycles!

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Apr 30, 2019
Why Does Time Go Forwards?
2582