Is Cosmology in Crisis?
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by Christine Sinatra, Marc Airhart
1M ago
For a deeper dive into some of the issues raised in this episode, head over to this recently released video from the American Museum of Natural History’s Isaac Asimov Panel Debate, titled: “JWST’s Cosmic Revolution.” It features Mike Boylan-Kolchin, UT alum Neil DeGrasse Tyson and others. Research related to today’s debate: James Webb Space Telescope Images Challenge Theories of How Universe Evolved Cosmic Dawn: The JWST is Changing our Calculus of the Cosmos Hobby-Eberly Telescope Reveals Galaxy Gold Mine in First Large Survey Did the James Webb telescope ‘break the universe’? Maybe not Episo ..read more
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A Once-in-Many-Centuries Event
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by Marc Airhart, Christine Sinatra
2M ago
Resources for watching the April 8, 2024 solar eclipse April 8 Total Solar Eclipse (McDonald Observatory) Interactive Solar Eclipse Map for April 8 Total Eclipse of the Horns (UT Austin) Totality (free, interactive phone app that tells you what the eclipse will be like for any location, which locations will experience totality and for exactly how long) How to View a Solar Eclipse Safely (American Astronomical Society) Solar Eclipse Across America (American Astronomical Society) Dig deeper into eclipse science Lunar and solar eclipses make animals do strange things Episode credits Select b ..read more
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The Heartbeat of the Estuary
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by Christine Sinatra, Marc Airhart
3M ago
Read a Q&A with Philip Souza See a map of the Mission-Aransas Estuary Learn more about the Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve Our theme music was composed by Charlie Harper Other music for today’s show was produced by: Podington Bear ..read more
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Right Time, Right Place
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by Christine Sinatra, Marc Airhart
3M ago
First images from the JWST: https://www.nasa.gov/webbfirstimages Caitlin Casey’s full interview with KUT’s Texas Standard: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/a-ut-researcher-is-behind-the-james-webb-telescopes-biggest-project-of-2022/ Read more about COSMOS-Web: https://arxiv.org/abs/2211.07865 Our theme music was composed by Charlie Harper Other music for today’s show was produced by: Podington Bear ..read more
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Neutralizing Crazy Ants
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by Christine Sinatra, Marc Airhart
3M ago
LeBrun studies invasive species at the University of Texas at Austin’s Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Watch a related video from UT News: Defending Texas from the Next Invasion Our theme music was composed by Charlie Harper Other music for today’s show was produced by: Podington Bear ..read more
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A Physicist’s Search for Beauty
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by Marc Airhart, Christine Sinatra
3M ago
In addition to original interviews, today’s episode features excerpts from three interviews: On the Shoulders of Giants: Steven Weinberg and the Quest to Explain the World (2021), World Science Festival Physicist Steven Weinberg on His Search for a "Final Theory" (1993), Fresh Air The Bill Moyers Interview: Steven Weinberg (1990), Bill Moyers Our theme music was composed by Charlie Harper Other music for today’s show was produced by: Podington Bear On Monday, March 21, UT Austin is hosting a memorial lecture in honor of Steven Weinberg, featuring his fellow Nobel Laureate, MIT’s Fran ..read more
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Frog Pandemic
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by Marc Airhart, Christine Sinatra
3M ago
Until COVID-19, few people alive today had experienced the chaos and destruction of a really bad pandemic, one that has at times ground businesses, schools and social lives to a near standstill and killed millions globally. But did you know that we aren’t alone in being battered by a global infectious disease? Frogs are also struggling through their own pandemic that, according to biologist Kelly Zamudio, has several eerie parallels with COVID-19. Perhaps our own encounters with a pandemic will give us new sympathy for our slimy, bug-eyed friends. A 2019 study in Science found that a chytrid f ..read more
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Remembering Steven Weinberg
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by Marc Airhart, Christine Sinatra
3M ago
On Monday, March 21, UT Austin is hosting a memorial lecture in honor of Steven Weinberg, featuring his fellow Nobel Laureate, MIT’s Frank Wilczek. This event is free and open to the public, both in-person and virtually via Zoom. Find out more and register here. Donate to the Physics Theory Group, in memory of Steven Weinberg In addition to original interviews, today’s episode features excerpts from two videos: On the Shoulders of Giants: Steven Weinberg and the Quest to Explain the World (2021), World Science Festival Interview with Professor Steven Weinberg (2001), Nobel Prize Committee Our ..read more
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The Case Against Spanking
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by College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin
3M ago
Physical punishment, or spanking, is widely practiced in the U.S. and around the world, although it appears to be decreasing. Parents, caregivers and school administrators who use it say the goal is to prevent unwanted behaviors and teach children to make better choices. But does it actually work? And what long term effects does it have on the physical and mental health of people who are punished this way? In today’s special episode, we’re teaming up with Ike Evans, producer of the Into the Fold podcast, to jointly interview one of the world’s experts on physical punishment, Liz Gershoff. She ..read more
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BONUS: Presenting the Texas Podcast Network
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by Marc Airhart
3M ago
To hear the full TX512 show, go to the episode from July 21, 2021 titled “The Texas Podcast Network”     Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2LENTUXmG4TTNhbc5mSNu2     Apple: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-texas-podcast-network/id1541588194?i=1000529545464     Google: https://txsci.net/tx512   Texas Podcast Network: https://www.utexas.edu/texas-podcast-network   Music for today’s show was produced by: Podington Bear -  https://www.podingtonbear.com/   About Point of Discovery Point of Discovery is a producti ..read more
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