All About Cosmic Rays

All About Cosmic Rays

Podcast Transcript Who matter where you are right now, no matter what time you are listening to this, there is one thing that I can safely say about you right now. Your body is being bombarded with cosmic rays.  In fact, pretty much every moment of your life since you’ve been born, you’ve been hit …

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The Port Chicago Disaster

The Port Chicago Disaster

Podcast Transcript On July 17, 1944, one of the worst disasters to befall the American military during World War II occurred. It didn’t occur in Europe or the Pacific, however. It took place on US soil.  The events leading up to this calamity and its aftermath permanently shaped the United States military.  Learn more about …

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How Göbekli Tepe Changed History

How Gobekli Tepe Changed History

Podcast Transcript In 1994, a German archeologist named Klaus Schmidt was investigating a site in southeastern Turkey which had been know to be a source of ancient stone tools.  What he found was far greater.  His discovery totally upended the world of archeology and has changed everything we thought we knew about early human civilization. …

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Fusion Power

Podcast Transcript Ever since humans have understood the workings of the atom, the potential has existed for humanity to exploit the energy source which powers the stars: fusion power. Yet, for decades fusion power has been just out of our grasp. Some have said fusion is the power source of the future, and always will …

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All About the Island of Saint Helena

All About the Island of Saint Helena

Podcast Transcript Located 1,500 miles south of the nation of Cote d’Ivoire and about 2,500 miles east of Rio de Janeiro, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, lies one of the most remote human settlements on Earth: The island of St Helena. Given its remote location, St. Helena has had a history unlike most …

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The New York World Trade Center

The New York World Trade Center

Podcast Transcript Prior to their destruction in 2001, the World Trade Center in New York was a wonder of architecture. It was a collection of seven different buildings which served as a hub of commerce in New York’s financial district.  The planning for the complex was decades in the making and during its brief history, …

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The Unlikely Survival of Phineas Gage

The Unlikely Survival of Phineas Gage

Podcast Transcript On September 13, 1848, a 25-year-old man named Phineas Gage received a horrific brain injury while working on a railroad in Vermont. The odds of anyone surviving such an accident were a million to one.  Yet, despite astronomical odds, he survived his injury and he became a case study for neuroscientists ever since.  …

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The Geologic Timeline

The Geologic Timeline

Podcast Transcript The Earth is pretty old. Our current, best estimate is that it is 4.54 billion years old, plus or minus 50 million years. Since then, however, a lot has happened. To help clarify the Earth’s timeline, geologists have divided the Earth’s history into various eras and periods. Each division of time represents a …

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The Ride of Sybil Ludington

The Ride of Sybil Ludington

Podcast Transcript It is the American Revolutionary War. A rider on horseback sets out on an all-night ride to warn the militia of nearby towns that the British were coming. I am of course talking about the ride of Paul Revere, right? Nope. I’m talking about the ride of Sybil Luddington.  Learn more about Sybil …

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