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Rob Irion

Science Communication Program, UCSC in Santa Cruz

Bits of Elsewhere

PRESENTED ON FEB 21, 2014
IN SANTA CRUZ, CA @ VOL 7

Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He's been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. In his talk, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 9, 2014.

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For the Love of Astronomy

BY NEIL GHOSH
@ VOL 9 ON JUN 30, 2012

Neil Ghosh shares his love for astronomy, and takes us on a tour that covers different aspects of the science, tying it to his own personal learning of it. (in English)

We have visited and moon and come back, sent space crafts beyond the edge of solar system which are still sending us signals. We have seen beyond our galaxy through telescopes and even discovered earth like planets in alien solar systems. Human being's quest for celestial outreach has began thousands of years ago and increased dramaically ever since.

This is a small tour of how it typically started with absolutely no scientific background and why does the space thrills people every time we talk about it. The nature has always surprised us beyond our wildest imagination. The scale of numbers and units are literally astronomical.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 15, 2014.

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Cartografiando el Universo desde Teruel

BY JESÚS VARELA
@ VOL 1 ON JUN 14, 2013

Jesús Varela shows us how, from the summit of Pico del Buitre in  Teruel, Spain, scientists are able to map a huge volume of the universe; so much can be seen in fact, that will help cosmologists to shed light on the darkest side of  the universe. (in Spanish)

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The World's Most Powerful Battery

BY JANNA LEVIN
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Professor of physics and astronomy Janna Levin is fascinated with the idea of using black holes to make elctronic circuits. With a magnetic field one trillion times the size of the earth, a black hole has the potential of producing one quintillion volts. Janna discusses what would be neccessary to carry out such a monumental task. 

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The Colors of the Sky

BY GUENTHER HASINGER
@ VOL 20 ON APR 18, 2014

Dr. Günther Hasinger speaks about astronomer's perspective of the sky and earth's atmosphere. He also describes the role of X-ray astronomy in science and in the study of black holes.

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Astronomical Transits

BY DON SPAIN
@ VOL 8 ON JUN 05, 2012

Don Spain speaks about the discovery of the Planet Venus and its beautiful eclipse. He also briefly talks about other wonders of the universe. 

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We Live in Outer Space

BY BARB GRAHAM
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 17, 2016

Barb Graham discusses the need to realiz that "Outer Space" is not "out there" somewhere, but that we live on a small palnet swirling in the middle of it all.

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Solar system

BY NEIL E ARUNRAJ
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 17, 2018

Neil is six years old and loves to presents for his friends. He thought it was about time to reach out to a bigger audience so he gave us a presentation about 'the wonderful solar system'

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Pregnancy Test Kits, Sex Changing Trout, Life on Mars, Humans in Shoeboxes and Bamboo on Gardeners Question Time

BY DAVID CULLEN
@ VOL 12 ON APR 25, 2019

With possibly the longest presentation title to date, David Cullen, Professor of Astrobiology and Space Biotechnology at Cranfield University takes us from a random list of things and cleverly ties them all together giving insights about his role in human space exploration development.

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Astronomy with Emily Freeland

BY EMILY FREELAND
@ VOL 66 ON JUN 12, 2019

The astronomer Emily Freeland gives her second PechaKucha and it is just as mind-blowing as the previous one!