Our 10th Anniversary Celebration Goes out of this World

From space exploration to conversations with the cutting-edge scientists who make it happen, UCTV's astronomy programming will take you out of this world.

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Cosmologist and author of "Losing the Nobel Prize" Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued in this interview with science fiction author David Brin. Keating describes a journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning. Recorded on 04/25/2018.
Date: 5/4/2018 Hits/Views: 51,877
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The first detection of gravitational waves from the cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars, and the observation of visible light in the aftermath of that merger, finally answer a long-standing question in astrophysics: Where do the heaviest elements, ranging from silver and other precious metals to uranium, come from?
Date: 1/19/2018 Hits/Views: 24,943
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Tam O'Shaughnessy, Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego, became the first person in history to accept the award on behalf of a same sex partner when President Obama presented her with the Medal of Freedom honoring the late astronaut Sally Ride. More on Sally and Tam's life together in "Honoring Sally:  Tam O'Shaughnessy Aboard the R/V Sally Ride."
Date: 10/6/2017 Hits/Views: 2,115

So exclaimed Tam O'Shaughnessy, Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@ UC San Diego, when asked by then-Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to sponsor a new research vessel named for her life partner, the late astronaut Sally Ride.  The honor had previously only been offered to surviving heterosexual spouses.  More on Sally and Tam's life together in "Honoring Sally:  Tam O'Shaughnessy Aboard the R/V Sally Ride."
Date: 10/6/2017 Hits/Views: 2,090

What effect does space travel have on our bodies and minds? As NASA looks to explore Mars and beyond, it is critical to understand the impacts of spending extended time in space. Brinda K. Rana, Phd, shares the results of NASA's Twins Study that focused on astronaut Scott Kelly who spent nearly one year living on the International Space Station and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth.
Date: 9/14/2017 Hits/Views: 205,747
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In this candid and heartwarming interview, Tam O'Shaughnessy, the life partner of the late astronaut Sally Ride, describes her long relationship with the first American woman in space. From their days on the teen tennis circuit in California through Sally's historic flights on the Space Shuttle Challenger to their parallel academic careers and later, founding their own company, Tam tells how their deep friendship blossomed over time into a romance that ended with Sally's death from cancer in 2012. As the Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego, Tam continues to inspire girls to embrace STEM, and shares her profound pride as the sponsor of the newly commissioned R/V Sally Ride, the first Naval academic research vessel ever named for a woman, now operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.
Date: 9/1/2017 Hits/Views: 152,733
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Explore the dust between the stars - and why it is so important, see how researchers explore molecules on the nanoscale to improve materials, discover why natural extremes are critical to Mediterranean ecosystems, the fate of California Oak trees, and sustaining the heritage of agriculture in California, all on this edition of On Beyond.
Date: 4/6/2016 Hits/Views: 220,253
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Karin Sandstrom studies the interstellar medium - the dust and gas in galaxies and between stars, and especially how ultraviolet light interacts with soot-like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. That, she says, is key to everything - how stars (and planets) form, how galaxies evolve, and perhaps how life emerged.
Date: 1/29/2016 Hits/Views: 87,016
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Chris Impey is a distinguished professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona whose work has been supported by $20 million in grants from both NASA and the National Science Foundation. His research interests include observational cosmology, gravitational lensing, and the evolution of galaxies. He's also the author of six critically acclaimed books, the most recent of which is called: "Beyond: Our Future in Space." In this edition of Up Next, Professor Impey discusses the prospects for space tourism, colonies on Mars, and new rocket technologies that could take us to the moon in less than four hours.
Date: 12/4/2015 Hits/Views: 194,482
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NASA Engineering and Safety Center is a dedicated team of technical experts providing objective engineering and safety assessments of high risk projects, such as human spaceflight operations on the upcoming Orion mission. This program focuses on frangible joints which are used to connect the protective fairings and different stages of a rocket.
Date: 7/30/2015

Berkeley Lab scientist David Schlegel discusses his research on mapping the universe and understanding dark energy.
Date: 6/12/2015 Hits/Views: 164,809
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Berkeley Lab scientist Haimei Zheng discusses the future of electron microscopy and her breakthrough research into examining liquids using an electron microscope.
Date: 6/12/2015 Hits/Views: 63,873
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UC San Diego astrophysicist Brian Keating presents cosmological observations that have revealed a mysterious universe, pointing to the startling possibility that our cosmos might be just the most insignificant speck of what is now called "the Multiverse." New telescopes such as the BICEP based in Antarctica hint at an infinite universe with the possibility of unimaginable fecundity, yet devoid of life other than here on Earth. Keating explores what this implies about free will in an infinite universe, with infinite degrees of freedom and choices. Recorded on 01/21/2015.
Date: 2/27/2015 Hits/Views: 384,675
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The Game Changing Development Program seeks to identify and rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. NASA X explores a new composite cryotank and a revolutionary Exoskeleton, called X1. Both of these game changing technologies will help not only NASA, but people here on Earth.
Date: 2/26/2015

Unmanned aircraft are flying right now in the National Airspace System (NAS). Since the early 1990s, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have operated on a limited basis in the National Airspace System (NAS). Until recently, UAS mainly supported public operations, such as military and border security operations, but is now rapidly expanding to encompass a broad range of other activities, including aerial photography, surveying land and crops, communications, monitoring forest fires and environmental conditions. Integrating UAS into the NAS is challenging, and to do so safely and effectively requires help from NASA. The agency is providing research to reduce technical barriers associated with integrating these vehicles into our national airspace system.
Date: 2/5/2015

Producer Lisa Bruce and screenwriter/producer Anthony McCarten join host Matt Ryan for a lively discussion of their film "The Theory of Everything." Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, the movie follows the extraordinary story of one of the world's greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.
Date: 11/21/2014 Hits/Views: 386,327
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Saul Perlmutter, UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, describes the research that led to his 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
Date: 10/20/2014 Hits/Views: 675,333
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Eight Berkeley Lab scientists present eight game-changing concepts in eight minutes each. Recorded on 10/29/2013.
Date: 10/3/2014 Hits/Views: 626,218
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NASA's NuSTAR spacecraft, launched in June of 2012, uses technology developed in part by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to take pictures of the sky in the most energetic X-rays ever to be focused. Bill Craig and Michael Pivovaroff talk about the innovative technology at the heart of NuSTAR and discuss some of the exciting science results from the first few months of NuSTAR's mission. Recorded on 02/02/2013.
Date: 12/23/2013 Hits/Views: 760,062
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UC San Diego graduate student Morgan Nunn Martinez presents her research on extracting and analyzing water in extraterrestrial samples. She has measured the oxygen isotopic composition of water found in meteorites from asteroids and Mars, and rock and soil samples from the moon. These studies will be used to refine theories of how water formed and was distributed throughout our solar system.
Date: 12/20/2013 Hits/Views: 50,327
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We live in a time where miraculous medical discoveries are occurring all the time. Regrettably many of the miracle tools, because of their size and complexity, are confined to state of the art medical centers in large cities. Learn about efforts to build new medical tools in the hope of saving lives in remote and hard to reach places in the world. Hear about new efforts to build medical tools to determine life threatening traumatic injuries to the head and torso by using the Micropower Ultrawideband Impulse Radar (MUIR). Recorded on 02/16/2013.
Date: 11/15/2013 Hits/Views: 740,512
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Charles Kennel, Former Scripps Institution of Oceanography director and chair of the National Academy's Space Science Board, reviews what NASA's space program has accomplished, what it is doing now, and what the future holds for human space exploration.
Date: 8/14/2013 Hits/Views: 845,273
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NASA Mars Science Laboratory team geologist Dawn Sumner gives a tour of the Curiosity rover and the instruments the probe carried to the red planet. An array of cameras, lasers and drills will conduct experiments to determine the composition of the planet's rocks.
Date: 6/20/2013 Hits/Views: 11,838
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Seven Berkeley Lab scientists present BIG ideas. Learn about the game-changing concepts scientists work on every day.
Date: 6/7/2013 Hits/Views: 1,180,333
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Berkeley Lab's David Schlegel discusses what's next in the quest to understand dark energy.
Date: 6/7/2013 Hits/Views: 89,803
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Steve Vogt, Professor, Astronomy and Astrophysics, UC Santa Cruz, shares how he got his start in astronomy and gives a tour of the Lick Observatory.
Date: 3/22/2013 Hits/Views: 16,827
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After traveling through the inner solar system for seven years, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft reached Mercury in March 2011 and became the first ever mission to orbit this mysterious planet. Since then MESSENGER has been making measurements with its suite of scientific instruments including gamma-ray, neutron and x-ray spectrometers, magnetometer, laser altimeter, cameras and other instruments. Join Morgan Burks, a physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, to explore the mysteries surrounding Mercury's formation and composition and the instruments that need to work at cryogenic temperatures in one of the hottest places in the solar system.
Date: 3/18/2013 Hits/Views: 942,701
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Why humans explore and how we're doing it in today's modern age.
Date: 2/27/2013

Most of the universe is incredibly hostile, it's a vacuum, it's freezing-cold space or burning hot near a star. The first habitable planet found outside our solar system is in a habitable-zone orbit; it's a place of refuge from the unbelievable harshness of the universe. Steve Vogt, a UC Santa Cruz professor of astronomy and astrophysics, takes you into the Lick Observatory, where he has devoted years of research to find earth-like planets
Date: 12/20/2012 Hits/Views: 60,093
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The study of the origin, evolution and make-up of the universe has made dramatic and surprising advances over the last decades John E. Carlstrom, Professor at the University of Chicago and the deputy director of the UCSB Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics, describes new measurements being carried out with the 10-m South Pole Telescope to test the inflation theory of the origin of the Universe and to investigate the nature of dark energy.
Date: 8/24/2012 Hits/Views: 1,675,554
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In a public talk in front of the Great Pyramid of Kukulcan at Chichen Itza, Berkeley Lab's Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist George Smoot discusses the remarkable precision that ancient Mayan astronomers achieved solely with the naked eye and comments on the significance of the approaching end of the current World Age of the 5,000-year-long Mayan Long-Count Calendar, due to conclude on the 2012 winter solstice. No, the end of the world is not at hand, Smoot says, but it's true that we're undergoing a fantastic transition in cosmology. The Mayan view of the universe was based on the sun and moon, a handful of planets, and a couple of thousand stars. Ours is an evolving cosmos reaching back over 13 billion years, based on a cornucopia of data accumulating almost daily and including hundreds of billions of galaxies.
Date: 4/9/2012 Hits/Views: 1,052,087
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E. Margaret Burbidge is considered to be one of the most renowned observational astronomers and astrophysicists of our time. She has been a co-investigator on the team to build the Faint Object Spectrograph for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Her earliest research work concerned chemical abundance in stars of various types and culminated in the now classic work Synthesis of the Elements in Stars by Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler, and Hoyle (1957). The authors concluded that all the chemical elements were produced in stars.
Date: 2/17/2012 Hits/Views: 283,124
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Is dark energy really accelerating the universe? Join Andrew Fraknoi and three Berkeley Lab cosmologists as they delve into nature's greatest mystery. Greg Aldering explores type 1 supernovae. Shirley Ho measures the cosmos through baryon oscillation and Eric Linder asks out of the box questions about the cosmos; could it be something even stranger than dark energy driving the universe?
Date: 2/6/2012 Hits/Views: 1,427,647
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E. Margaret Burbidge is a renowned observational astronomer and astrophysicist. She was a co-investigator on the team to build the Faint Object Spectrograph for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Her earliest research work concerned chemical abundance in stars of various types and culminated in the now classic work Synthesis of the Elements in Stars by Burbidge, Burbidge, Fowler, and Hoyle (1957). The authors concluded that all the chemical elements were produced in stars.
Date: 1/27/2012 Hits/Views: 176,057
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"Eye on the Sky", Integrating Science and Language Arts: Introduce your students to astronomy in the K4 classroom with this easy-to-use curriculum focusing on the Sun/Earth/Moon system. This curriculum contains engaging inquiry-based and hands-on science activities developed specifically for learners in the primary grades. See "Eye on the Sky" in action in this five-minute video.
Date: 1/13/2012 Hits/Views: 39,490
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David Jewitt, professor of Earth & Space Sciences and Physics & Astronomy at UCLA, gives a modern broad view of our solar system and planetary systems of other stars.
Date: 12/16/2011 Hits/Views: 465,413
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Princeton cosmologist Jim Peebles for a discussion of his intellectual odyssey. They discuss his contributions to cosmology and the future of the field.
Date: 11/11/2011 Hits/Views: 55,204
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Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory physicist and dark energy hunter David Schlegel chats with Sabin Russell, former San Francisco Chronicle reporter turned Berkeley Lab science writer. David Schlegel is an astrophysicist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the principal investigator of Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (BOSS), the largest of four night-sky surveys being conducted as part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS).
Date: 10/14/2011 Hits/Views: 754,016
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Before we get all the way back to the Big Bang, there may have been a time when stars like our Sun and galaxies like our Milky Way did not exist, because the Universe was denser than it is now. Harvard professor Abraham (Avi) Loeb explores how and when the first stars and galaxies formed.
Date: 9/26/2011 Hits/Views: 709,705
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Cornell's Steven Squyres for a discussion of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission. Reflecting on the intellectual journey that led to his role in the Mars mission, Squires reminisces about his early years, his education and his career in geology and astronomy. Discussing the role of leadership in a complex scientific project, he compares the characteristics, skill set, and work of scientists and engineers, and he describes the dynamic process that led to the project's success in exploring Mars. He explains the importance of the mission and what was learned and concludes with thoughts on the future of planetary exploration.
Date: 8/22/2011 Hits/Views: 540,748
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Steven Squyres, Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, has participated in a number of NASA's planetary space flight missions, including the Voyager mission to Jupiter and Saturn, the Magellan mission to Venus, the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission, and the Mars Exploration Rover Project. Here he ponders the future of planetary exploration.
Date: 7/18/2011 Hits/Views: 588,659
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Steven Squyres, Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, was the principle scientist behind the Mars Exploration Rover Project. He discusses the engineering challenges that had to be met in getting the rovers to Mars, as well as the scientific results obtained by both vehicles over more than seven years of exploration.
Date: 7/11/2011 Hits/Views: 463,618
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Learn how the local amateur astronomy community in San Diego, particularly the large San Diego Astronomy Association, can help classroom teachers and what hands-on exercises and instructional material would be useful in the classroom.
Date: 5/25/2011 Hits/Views: 373,000
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As part of UC San Diego's Division of Physical Sciences 50th Anniversary Lecture Series, join UC San Diego's Tom Murphy on an exploration of how his project looking for deviations in Einstein's theory of general relativity led to the discovery of the Soviet Lunokhod 1 lunar rover that vanished mysteriously nearly 40 years ago.
Date: 1/26/2011 Hits/Views: 343,431
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400 years ago, our world-view changed when Galileo proved that the Earth was not the center of the universe but orbits around the Sun. 15 years ago the world shifted again when the first planets were discovered orbiting other stars. Last year, using adaptive optics and the 10 meter W.M. Keck telescope in Hawaii, a Lawrence Livermore National Lab team produced the first ever picture of another solar system. One day, these techniques may even lead to an image with a pale blue dot circling a nearby star - another Earth. Join LLNL astronomer Bruce Macintosh and Lisa Poyneer as they describe the new technologies that made these pictures possible.
Date: 1/25/2011 Hits/Views: 1,107,951
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Megan McArthur, Astronaut and UC San Diego graduate who served on the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, discusses the experience of becoming an astronaut.
Date: 11/5/2010 Hits/Views: 91,025
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Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr., a prominent American astronomer with the University of Cambridge, discusses the hidden universe that can only be studied fully from space-borne telescopes.
Date: 10/11/2010 Hits/Views: 355,200
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Learning about volcanoes, traveling to the world's best observatories, and learning how to use the moon's resources to maintain life in space
Date: 8/4/2010

Sukanya Chakrabarti, UC Berkeley, explains how computer simulations tare used to understand the evolution of galaxies.
Date: 3/15/2010 Hits/Views: 24,578
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Aerogels are a class of materials with fascinating properties but they are hardly materials at all as they can be composed of up to 99.8% empty space. Aerogels are among the most versatile materials available for technical applications due to their wide variety of exceptional properties. This material has chemists, physicists, astronomers, and materials scientists utilizing its properties in a myriad of applications. In this lecture Dr. Gash and Mr. Dean Reese will describe and demonstrate the structure, properties, and advanced applications of aerogels, and even synthesize one.
Date: 2/20/2010 Hits/Views: 517,039
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The solar system formed from a cloud of interstellar gas and dust cloud about 4.6 billion years ago. Life began on earth about 3.5 billion years ago following a period of intense bombardment by asteroid fragments and comets, intense volcanism and finally development of a stable crust and a hospitable atmosphere. Thanks to more powerful telescopes and other state-of-the-art observational methods, we can now see "stellar nurseries" and young stars at various stages of formation. In this talk we'll learn what triggers star formation in clouds, circumstellar disks and planet formation within the disks, and we'll discuss early life on earth.
Date: 2/15/2010 Hits/Views: 395,569
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Every couple of years, the earth is hit by a body with energy near that of the Hiroshima bomb. Deposited high in the atmosphere these events causes little or no damage. On longer timescales, impacts occur with the potential to destroy regions, or whole civilizations. Learn about the impact threat, followed by a systematic development of the requirements to divert such an object.
Date: 2/8/2010 Hits/Views: 378,265
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Leon Lederman was co-winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1988. He recalls his life after being discharged from the U.S. Army after WWII. From a returning troop ship docking at the Battery in New York, he hastened uptown to register as a graduate student in physics at Columbia University. His story sketches major events from there to the Nobel Prize celebration for the discovery of the muon neutrino, proving that there are at least two families of neutrinos.
Date: 2/8/2010 Hits/Views: 300,101
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An inside look at the Kennedy Space Center.
Date: 2/3/2010

Megan McArthur, Astronaut and UC San Diego graduate who served on the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, discusses the experience of becoming an astronaut.
Date: 2/3/2010 Hits/Views: 118,920
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Ed Moses, Director of the National Ignition Facility describes the path to a limitless supply of clean, safe energy. He explains how the world's biggest, most energetic laser works and it's goals. Nearing completion, the NIF will focus its giant laser beams on a tiny target filled with hydrogen. The goal is to replicate the conditions inside our sun and create, at a small size, its life-giving energy. Creating this sun process in the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is fundamental to the vision of developing limitless, clean, carbon-free, safe and environmentally friendly energy to meet the world's increased energy.
Date: 2/1/2010 Hits/Views: 451,145
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No mystery is bigger than dark energy the elusive force that makes up three-quarters of the Universe and is causing it to expand at an accelerating rate. Join a panel of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists who use phenomena such as exploding stars and gravitational lenses to explore the dark cosmos.
Date: 1/4/2010 Hits/Views: 350,421
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Cosmology is in a golden age with advances in technology enabling us to probe the physics of the very early universe. Princeton's David Spergel explains that observations of the microwave background are snapshots of the Universe only three hundred thousand years after the Big Bang. These observations have answered many of the questions that have driven cosmology for the past few decades - but many remain unanswered. Find out what we know and what we hope to learn.
Date: 12/14/2009 Hits/Views: 204,908
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Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman. Tracing his intellectual journey, Professor Lederman discusses the qualities of a scientist, the early years of particle physics, the evolution of his own research interests, the discovery of the muon neutrino, the importance of that discovery and its implications for cosmology. He recalls the dynamism and excitement of his years in particle physics and the experience of winning the Nobel Prize. Drawing on his recent work, Professor Lederman also offers a critique of Secondary school science education and calls for a transformation of the curriculum.
Date: 12/7/2009 Hits/Views: 373,772
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This episode of NASA 360 contains updates on Mars. Highlights include: the Compact Renaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars, or CRISM, mission as it looks for evidence of water on Mars; using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to look at Earth and explore deep space; exploring the "final frontier" of Earth's atmosphere; using satellites to measure the height of the oceans; and the impact of changing sea levels on human civilizations.
Date: 11/4/2009 Hits/Views: 01

From the Mayan ruins to Jamestown Virginia, current NASA technologies are helping archaeologists uncover exciting artifacts. NASA catscan technology helps dissect a 10 million year old dinosaur named Dakota. And, the Lewis and Clark trail is uncovered from Space using remote sensing technologies.
Date: 10/7/2009 Hits/Views: 01

This episode of NASA 360 looks at how NASA tests the equipment needed for our return to the moon. Highlights include: the lunar truck Chariot, NASA's All Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer, or ATHLETE, the rover scarab and new suits for astronauts.
Date: 9/3/2009 Hits/Views: 01

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Gibor Basri, Professor of Astronomy at UC Berkeley, for a discussion of his work in astrophysics. Topics covered include: research methodology, discovery of Brown Dwarfs (stellar objects that are not planets nor stars),and the research agenda of NASA Kepler Mission. Professor Basri also discusses science education and his work (as Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion) in motivating and recruiting minority students for a future in science.
Date: 8/31/2009 Hits/Views: 265,239
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Everyone knows that the universe is huge, but no one could have imagined how staggeringly immense the universe, or multiple universes, may actually be. It stops your breath.
Date: 7/29/2009

Discover how technologies developed for space, aeronautics and general applications can help people here on Earth.
Date: 7/8/2009 Hits/Views: 01

What was the origin of the universe and what will be its fate? UCLA Cosmologist Ned Wright describes the tools used to answer these questions. He has been involved in Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE), COsmic Background Explorer (COBE), the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Date: 3/23/2009 Hits/Views: 194,183
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UC Davis alumna Tracy Caldwell, who earned her doctorate here in 1997, is set to lift off Aug. 8 on the Space Shuttle Endeavour,
Date: 3/16/2009 Hits/Views: 15,990
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For the first time in history, man has a detailed accounting of what makes up the universe. Yet, 95 percent of the universe defies detection. Lawrence Livermore National Lab scientist Steve Asztalos explains how scientists have come to this understanding of the universe and what they think makes up about 25 percent of its mass.
Date: 11/17/2008 Hits/Views: 296,813
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The occasional appearance of comets has awed humans throughout history. But how much do we really know about comets? Did a comet kill the dinosaurs? And, what can comets tell us about our own ancient history? With comet dust from NASA's Stardust mission, scientists like Hope Ishii, a Research Scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, are beginning to answer these questions. She and high school teacher Tom Shefler look at how comets formed, their role in the Earth's history and the clues about what happened over 4 billion years ago.
Date: 5/19/2008 Hits/Views: 408,427
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An overview of the SWIRE survey of the Spitzer Space telescope, designed to understand the evolution of structure in the universe.
Date: 4/2/2008 Hits/Views: 138,190
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A look at two programs of the Spitzer Space telescope, designed to understand how planets like Earth form around stars.
Date: 3/26/2008 Hits/Views: 132,266
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An overview of the SINGS and GLIMPSE programs of the Spitzer Space Telescope that revealed our own and nearby galaxies as never seen before.
Date: 3/19/2008 Hits/Views: 119,580
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An overview of the GOODS and SWIRE surveys of the Spitzer Space Telescope mission.
Date: 3/12/2008 Hits/Views: 328,521
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An introduction to the First Legacy program of NASA's final Great Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope
Date: 1/30/2008 Hits/Views: 131,616
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World-renowned astronomer and prize-winning professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, Alex Filippenko, explores some of the mysteries of the universe at a special lecture at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Filippenko discusses observations of very distant exploding starts called super-novae that provide intriguing evidence that the expansion of the universe is now speeding up. Over the largest scales of space, the universe seems to be dominated by a repulsive "dark energy" of unknown origin, stretching the very fabric of space itself faster and faster with time.
Date: 1/28/2008 Hits/Views: 771,371
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Short piece set to music showing the building of the Keck Telescope.
Date: 4/14/2007

Timelapse to music if the building of the Keck Telescope in Hawaii.
Date: 2/27/2007

Join James Peebles, one of the world's foremost cosmologists, as he explores the universe. Like fossils, thermal radiation carries information about the past, in this case the nature of the early universe. This information has confirmed ideas about the expanding universe, and it has presented us with new challenges. In particular, dark matter and dark energy.
Date: 2/19/2007 Hits/Views: 464,756
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The evidence is that the universe is close to uniform; it has no observable center or edges; and that it is expanding. Cosmologist James Peebles, professor emeritus at Princeton University explores the histories of these ideas and the present state of the evidence for their reliability.
Date: 2/12/2007 Hits/Views: 497,473
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How common are Solar Systems like our own? How common are rocky worlds like our Earth? Are they suitable for life? Join Dr. Alan Dressler, famed for his studies of distant galaxies and of the large-scale structure of the universe, as he searches for life in the universe.
Date: 9/18/2006 Hits/Views: 15,910

Explore our nearest planetary neighbors with Dr. Catherine Johnson as she demonstrates how she uses remote sensing to delve beneath the surface of the terrestrial planets.
Date: 9/12/2005 Hits/Views: 68,801

Roger Wiens and Juan Baldonado, NASA Genesis team members from Los Alamos National Laboratory, discuss the recovery efforts following the crash of the Genesis re-entry in the Utah desert on September 8, 2004. Despite the crash, the mission succeeded in returning samples of solar wind that it collected during its 3 year mission in space.
Date: 9/5/2005 Hits/Views: 2,089

Kathryn Sullivan, president and CEO of the Center of Science and Industry and a UCSC alumna, shares her perspectives as an astronaut, oceanographer, and educator.
Date: 4/26/2004 Hits/Views: 3,915

Conversations host Harry Kreisler speaks with Alexander Dalgarno, Phillips Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, on the subject of astrophysics.
Date: 10/1/2003 Hits/Views: 6,325

Throughout the ages, comets have been both feared and celebrated. In this Hitchcock Lecture presented by UC Berkeley, renowned astronomer and astrophysicist Alexander Dalgarno relates comets and solar winds to molecular astrophysics.
Date: 7/14/2003 Hits/Views: 15,688

Earth is surrounded, and sustained, by molecules of extraordinary complexity and diversity. And yet, in the beginning of the universe there were no molecules of any kind. How did we get from there to here? In this Hitchcock Lecture presented by UC Berkeley, renowned astronomer and astrophysicist Alexander Dalgarno describes the synthesis of molecules in the universe and their unique complexity.
Date: 7/7/2003 Hits/Views: 11,967

Join Charles Kennel, the Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in a fascinating review of how scientific understanding of the Aurora Borealis has developed, from the beginning of the scientific revolution to the modern space age.
Date: 5/8/2002 Hits/Views: 8,658

Explore the difficulties faced with collecting samples and how we are searching for evidence of life on Mars with Scripps Institution's Jeff Bada.
Date: 4/10/2002 Hits/Views: 15,280

Using the known laws of physics and the immense capacities of high performance computers, renowned astrophysicist Mike Norman takes you on an unprecedented journey across space and time to witness the formation of galaxies and cosmic structure as well as the formation of one of the first stars to shine in the universe.
Date: 2/27/2002 Hits/Views: 23,967

Imaging from space has revolutionized our weather forecasting, intelligence gathering, urban planning, resource management, and astronomy. Learn about the development of space remote imaging technology, the potential for new technologies in the future, and how this technology has entered your life in ways you may not realize.
Date: 2/27/2002 Hits/Views: 1,854

In this episode of Cosmos, "Astrobiology and the Origins of Life" are explored to see the relationship between stars, planets, life on earth and life elsewhere.
Date: 1/21/2002 Hits/Views: 65,547

Sandy Faber and Raja Gahu Thakurta, noted professors of Astrophysics and Astronomy at UC Santa Cruz , share their knowledge of galaxies with gifted high-school students from around the country.
Date: 1/14/2002 Hits/Views: 10,321

Go On Beyond with UCSD-TV to see how chemistry and nanotechnology are being used to provide protection against terrorism, meet one of America's newest astronaut candidates, get a one year update on California's bold initiative to encourage technological innovation and explore the science of understanding why materials behave the way they do.
Date: 1/2/2002 Hits/Views: 267,070
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Lick Observatory, the first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory, has been at the forefront of astronomical research for more than 100 years. Enjoy an insider's tour of Mt. Hamilton's major telescopes and hear Lick's astronomers and astrophysicists talk about the Observatory's remarkable accomplishments - from early discoveries to modern day research.
Date: 8/20/2001 Hits/Views: 11,815

From time immemorial the cosmos has comforted humanity with its seemingly placid constancy. However, when science looks closer, we get a different story. From solar flares and thermonuclear burning engulfing the surfaces of neutron stars, to particle beams and collisions of literally extragalactic proportions, UCSD's Rick Rothschild explains why the universe could be Rated "R" for violence.
Date: 6/27/2001 Hits/Views: 20,506

Get ready to re-think your ideas of reality. Join UCSD physicist Kim Griest as he takes you on a fascinating excursion, addressing some of the massive efforts and tantalizing bits of evidence which suggest that what goes on in empty space determines the properties of the three-dimensional existence we know and love, and discusses how that reality may be but the wiggling of strings from other dimensions.
Date: 5/23/2001 Hits/Views: 739,041

Join renowned UC Berkeley astrophysicist Alex Fillipenko and learn why supernovae are among the most fascinating and important objects in the Universe. Presented by the Fleet Science Center.
Date: 9/25/2000 Hits/Views: 5,664

It has been only forty years since humanity has known the existence of the strange and dynamic x-ray universe, an invisible universe of million degree gas, immense jets of radiation, exploding stars and distant quasars. Join Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, as she guides you on the decades long odyssey to reveal this wondrous universe with NASA's largest X-ray telescope.
Date: 6/19/2000 Hits/Views: 133,031

Join the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's James White as he discusses how we think the universe appears, and more importantly, how we know that. Presented by the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.
Date: 2/23/2000 Hits/Views: 103,427

Join UCSD Physicist Kim Griest as he takes you on an exploration of two of the major unsolved questions in the physical sciences: What might be the fate of the universe and what is the nature of the dark matter which ultimately decides this fate?
Date: 2/16/2000 Hits/Views: 127,649

Join Fr. George Coyne, the director of the Vatican Observatory in a very special presentation on the intersection of scientific method and religious faith in the pursuit of humanity's deepest and oldest questions. Presented by the Fleet Science Center.
Date: 1/26/2000 Hits/Views: 66,543
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Explore the people, science, and experience of launching NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer in this fascinating account of its launch and astounding early results.
Date: 5/27/1998 Hits/Views: 122,310
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