A fan wants to know what Cubesats are and how they work — and so does comic co-host Eugene Mirman. Luckily for them, and us, guest host Bill Nye the Science Guy and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino are both big fans of the little satellites and have the facts at their fingertips.
When a fan asks what the most revolutionary engineering challenge humanity will face in the coming decades, former engineer Bill Nye the Science Guy doesn’t hesitate to tell co-host Eugene Mirman that it’s climate change. But NASA astronaut Mike Massimino suggests a few other issues that engineers will need to solve as well.
How can creative arts professionals play along with inventors and scientists to deliver the right messages to the public? To answer the final question from the audience, Balajee Kannan talks about how his team at GE depends on ideas from all perspectives and works with designers and graphic artists as part of what they do. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Ben Kaufman of Quirky focus on the critical need for a complete education for everybody, wherever you get it, including art, music, algebra, general science and civics.
The best ideas are the ones that people keep talking about. Bill Nye discusses the power of a great idea to bubble up in social networks with Elise Andrew of IFLS and Ben Kaufman of Quirky. Balajee Kannan of GE talks about passion, respect and collaboration, while Eugene Mirman talks about the balance between people talking about your jokes and giving you credit vs. people stealing your ideas.
Just because something is published in an academic paper doesn’t make it true. Bill Nye the Science Guy and Elise Andrew of IFLS discuss peer review, public discussion, patents, publishing and the politics of discovery in the Internet age. Ben Kaufman of Quirky talks about the purpose, benefits and misuse of the American patent system.
In this Cosmic Query, a fan asks about the worst-case scenario for misuse of a warp drive. Sure enough, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson comes up with one involving backwards time travel that creates a timeline-destroying paradox. Then it gets really weird, when Neil and co-host Eugene Mirman talk about altering history, killing grandparents, sex and jumping out of closets. Watch for yourself.