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Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Monday, 2-24-14 February 25, 2014

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Dr. Madhu Thangavelu, Monday, 2-24-14

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2194-BWB-2014-02-24.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. Madhu Thangavelu.  Topics:  NEO student intervention & surveillance design projects, advanced technology.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed back Dr. Madhu Thangavelu to discuss current graduate student design projects from his most recent USC class which had a theme dealing with NEOs and mitigation strategies.  During the first segment of this 1 hour 41 minute show, Dr. Thangavelu focused on the future of the ISS, lunar exploration and settlements, a bit on Mars but mostly on NEO issue and surveillance of dangerous items.  He summarized several of the student projects for us including one referred to as “Trojan” asteroids and another referred to as “space rocks to take care of rocks.”  Also in this segment we talked about nuclear rocket technology and propulsion, asteroid mining, and Directed Energy devices.  For the latter, we spoke about the ease of using the technology as a space weapon.  Toward the end of the segment we discussed how to enroll in Madhu ‘s class, especially if you are not a USC graduate engineering student.  Our guest summarized the segment saying that planetary defense will happen and his class helps to train and condition creative minds to deal with the problems.

In the second segment, Professor Thangavelu received a listener question about Earthship Houses and the Cal-Earth Institute.  Madhu also spoke about the recent NASA NIAC Conference held at Stanford University.  Regarding the conference, he spoke about many of the keynote addresses and speakers, plus extremely innovative projects.  One such project was Contour Crafting which he said was now in Phase 2 (see www.contourcrafting.org).  Another listener went into more detail with him on the USC application process to attend his class, then Madhu went back to sharing more with us regarding the NASA conference.  He said keynote speakers were from MythBusters, Google, SETI, SSI, and Dr. Pete Worden of NASA Ames.  Later in this segment, he talked about the space business model with Elon Musk, Stratolaunch, and more.  He fielded a few specific questions on asteroid mining which he did not think was ripe for investor action at this time.  He was asked about green technologies & the student design projects, then about his upcoming article in the Journal of Space Philosophy.  One of the last topics was the introduction to us of co-robotics, suggesting we check it out at the National Robotics Initiative ( Google co-robotics for more information).

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Dr. David Brin, Monday, 9-23-13 September 24, 2013

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Dr. David Brin, Monday, 9-23-13

http://archived.thespaceshow.com/shows/2091-BWB-2013-09-23.mp3

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Guest:  Dr. David Brin.  Topics:  Dr. Brin discussed a wide range of topics including space, potential intelligence, personhood, sci-fi, & much more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  Please visit www.davidbrin.com for more information & his books, www.davidbrin.com.

We welcomed Dr. David Brin to the show for this 1 hour 9 minute wide ranging discussion on a variety of topics.  Dr. Brin started by summarizing his background, then we talked about starships and the story he wrote for the book “Starship Century,” The Heavy Generation.  We talked about this science fiction story without giving away the ending and Dr. Brin said he might later turn it into a full book.  Dr. Brin then talked about fairness and other society interests, some on gender differences, wastefulness of talent, plus the need to err in favor of the stated even if it was false.  Listen to his explanation of this.  This took us to somewhat of a political discussion regarding the state of America, science, the media, education, and more.  We spent lots of time talking about science, scientists and criticism, and he explained that when he write a book, he circulates it to 50 people for harsh criticism, not flattery.  Dr. Brin also talked about competition with science, suggesting it to be a highly competitive field.  He talked about the upcoming Personhood Beyond The Human Conference he will be speaking at in December at Yale University regarding personhood status for dolphins and chimps.  What he had to say might surprise you.  Listeners asked about our media, a topic Dr. Brin had much to say about.  He was also asked why it was so difficult for society to value space and its importance to our future given what we in the industry believe we know and understand about space.  This was part of the overall science and media discussion.  Another topic was adult science literacy.  Surprises await you in this discussion.  Dr. Brin had much to say about cynicism, being negative, and not understanding the gifts we have as a society and nation, and the importance of being uplifting and associating with uplifting people.  We talked about Mars One, Inspiration Mars and learned that he had signed up for Mars One to help further the discussion but does not believe the mission will happen. He is supportive of Inspiration Mars but believes the launch window is too close and that the project should have started 10 to 15 years ago.  We talked about space colonization, the best way to go to Mars for settlement, Apollo 8 as an inspirational model & how uplifting things are in other parts of the world such as India.  Invention and creativity were also discussed and he noted that since 2001 inventing was lacking.  Inventing is uplifting & we need to start inventing again in this country.

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