Curiosity in the time of COVID

If you are looking for Scientists Stuck Inside today, we won’t be here. It’s Memorial Day! We get a day off, too, you know. See you Thursday!

Fun, irreverent conversation. Cool science. Straight talk about what’s real.

Join in live, Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 EDT, 4:30 CDT, 2:30 PDT, or watch later.

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How better to ride out a global pandemic?

  • Episode 012 — What Happens Next?
    The nation is opening up, even as epidemiologists warn of deadly consequences. It seems like a good day to just sit back and take stock.

    Live this afternoon, Monday, May 21 at 5:30 EDT, 4:30 CDT, 2:30 PDT.

Episode 011 — Mental Health: The Other Side of the COVID Coin

We have a guest this afternoon (Monday, May 18). Jennifer Klesman is a therapist at Cityscape Counseling in Chicago. She is a licensed clinical social worker who treats adults and adolescents struggling with issues that include anxiety, depression, trauma, gender identity, relationships, and general life stress. We’ll be talking about the challenges of living in the time of COVID.
 

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Episode 010 — Relativity and Recovery Redux

The world is not always as we imagine it is. Albert Einstein mixed together what for centuries had seemed the immutable concepts of space and time, and in the process reshaped our understanding of reality. And today, COVID has destroyed what had seemed immutable notions of how our society functions. It’s just that for the most part, people have yet to appreciate just how fundamental the change is.

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Episode 009 — What does “recovered” really mean?

Sure, “recovered” beats “dead,” but both are a far cry from “never got sick in the first place.”  It’s like what happened 65 million years ago. Life “recovered” from the KT impact that killed the dinosaurs, but that doesn’t mean it had an easy time of it.
Livestream from Monday, May 11, 2020.

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Episode 008 — From the Cosmos, to Climate, to COVID

Whether talking about the expansion of the Universe or the spread of a disease, the rules that describe how the world works are all about change. It’s one thing to write those rules down. It’s another thing entirely to go from there to a description of what actually happens. In between lies the science and the art of numerical modeling.

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Complexity and Chaos – Episode 007

Live, 5:30 EDT, 2:30 PDT, Monday, May the Fourth Be With You

This afternoon we will be talking about chaos. For those not up on the term, chaos occurs in complex systems where different elements of the system in other than simple ways. The result is a situation where a tiny difference today can result in huge, unpredictable differences tomorrow.  Weather is one example of a complex system. The spread of disease is another.

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Dave Eicher

Dave Eicher

David Eicher Dave is the editor of Astronomy Magazine.
Alison Klesman

Alison Klesman

Alison Klesman Alison is an editor at Astronomy Magazine.
Jeff Hester

Jeff Hester

Jeff is known for his work with Hubble Space Telescope. These days he helps people and organizations grapple with a suddenly even more uncertain future.
  • Dave Eicher
  • Alison Klesman
  • Jeff Hester
  • Dave Eicher

    David Eicher Dave is the editor of Astronomy Magazine.
  • Alison Klesman

    Alison Klesman Alison is an editor at Astronomy Magazine.
  • Jeff Hester

    Jeff is known for his work with Hubble Space Telescope. These days he helps people and organizations grapple with a suddenly even more uncertain future.

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  • Dave Eicher
  • Alison Klesman
  • Jeff Hester