The Science in Sci-Fi, Deepest Dive, and Moon Rush
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 173
- May 21, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:37:02 mins
Seeing the Colors of Music and Hearing the Sound of Light Guest: Annie Dickinson, musician, composer and singer Synesthesia is a neurological condition where people can literally hear colors and see sounds, and it affects approximately 4 percent of the population. Annie Dickinson is a high school student who has been able to use her synesthesia to compose and perform music that she can actually see. What Does Sci-Fi Get Right? Guest: Sidney Perkowitz, author, "Physics: A Very Short Introduction" Some sci-fi movies are openly ridiculous ("Attack of the Killer Tomatoes," anyone?), but in many other films there's a lot of grey in the spectrum between accurate portrayals of science and scientists and complete fiction. In a world where superheros and science fiction reign at the cinema, what are the consequences of inaccurate sci-fi? Extreme Adventurer Victor Vescovo Makes History, Again Guest: Victor Vescovo, American private equity investor, retired naval officer, and undersea explorer Not satisfied with climbing the highest peak on each of the seven continents, Victor Vescovo has now set a depth record, going to the lowest point on earth, piloting a submarine to bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific. After all These Years, Is Our Moon Suddenly a Hot Property? Guest: Leonard David, author, "Moon Rush: The New Space Race" Been there, done that? Humans last set foot on the moon 47 years ago. And all we got for our efforts was a bunch of gray rock and some nice travel photos. Why go back? The answer may be resources: water, hydrogen, helium, oxygen, fuel for rockets, rare earth metals for cell phones and military uses. It may not be long, Leonard David argues, before battles for resources on the moon become major drivers of economics and diplomacy here on earth. Are we ready?