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Explore Genetic Testing and Gene Bullying, this Friday with Host Neil deGrasse Tyson

Image of dna and a lock for a blog post about the StarTalk Radio episode, "The Promise and Peril of the Genomic Revolution." Credit: wildpixel/iStock. Published: 28 April 2016

We started this season with a look into the future of humanity with Ray Kurzweil, and one important aspect of that future was unlocking the potentials of the human genome. Well, this week we get an update from the frontlines of that genomic revolution from none other than Anne Wojcicki, the co-founder and CEO of […]

Friday: How Driving a NASCAR Racecar Can Help the World Go Green

Leilani Munter Published: 21 April 2016

Can driving a NASCAR racecar help the world go green? Leilani Münter certainly thinks so. She’s a Tesla driving vegan and an environmental activist who refuses sponsorships from companies that are not environmentally responsible. And even though she burns 35 gallons of fuel in every NASCAR race she drives, she also adopts one acre of […]

StarTalk Live! and Bill Nye to Headline Awesome Con’s Science Fair

Announcement Graphic Image for StarTalk Live! at Awesome Con in Washington, DC on June 5, 2016 with host Bill Nye, co-host Eugene Mirman, and special guests. Published: 20 April 2016

Three Days of Science and Technology presented by Science Channel Washington, DC (April 20, 2016) – Awesome Con – Washington, DC’s Comic Con – today announced a new focus on science and technology called the Science Fair set to take place at its 2016 event. Awesome Con is a celebration of comics, movies, television, toys, […]

Friday, Neil Tyson Answers Questions about the Intersection of Science and Morality

Photograph of Operation Upshot–Knothole, a series of nuclear tests in 1953. Credit: Stocktreck Images. Published: 14 April 2016

Can the scientific method be applied to political systems, society, and human behavior? That’s one of the main threads running through this Friday’s episode of StarTalk Radio, Cosmic Queries: Science and Morality. This isn’t your typical Cosmic Queries episode. You asked some very deep, thought provoking questions. Questions that require some very deep, thoughtful answers […]

Let’s All Celebrate Global Astronomy Month: April 2016

Photo of Sidewalk Astronomy public outreach in Bisceglie, Italy, by Astronomers Without Borders. Published: 9 April 2016

Today’s guest blog post about Global Astronomy Month is by Mike Simmons, President of Astronomers Without Borders, the organizers of GAM 2016. To find an event near you, click here.  Global Astronomy Month (GAM) is the world’s largest annual celebration of astronomy, but that grandiose statement doesn’t come close to telling the whole story. Astronomy […]

StarTalk’s April 1st podcast is no joke, regardless of what you may think you hear!

Photograph of Bill Nye, taken by Dan Dion backstage before the start of StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest on Jan 22, 2016. Published: 31 March 2016

Let’s talk about shergottites. And no, this is not an elaborate April Fool’s joke. Now, if you don’t already know what they are, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is a shergottite?” But, if you’re listening to Friday’s new episode, StarTalk Live! from SF Sketchfest 2016 (Part 2) without reading this first, or you happened […]

This Friday, we all get to hear what went on at StarTalk Live! at SF Sketchfest 2016

Photo of StarTalk Live! Cast on stage at SF Sketchfest, taken by Dan Dion. Published: 24 March 2016

I’ll admit it, I love getting to go behind the scenes at StarTalk, watching our recording sessions, hearing the episodes before anyone else, and attending all our StarTalk Live! shows. Well, almost all. Because I have yet to make it out to San Francisco for what’s become our annual appearance at SF Sketchfest. And that […]

Buzz Aldrin Talks March Madness and Basketball on the Moon and Mars

Photo of Dick Vitale and Buzz Aldrin for March Mayhem. Credit: NCAA. Published: 21 March 2016

Today’s guest blog post is by Stacey Severn, the StarTalk Radio Community Manager. Last week, Stacey had the opportunity to interview Buzz Aldrin about his NCAA basketball bracket – and the physics of playing basketball on the Moon or Mars. I recently had the pleasure of interviewing retired astronaut and Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin […]

Can We Escape the Fate of the Dinosaurs? Find out Friday.

Artist's impression of the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs, along with said dinosaurs, for a StarTalk Radio blog post. Credit: estt/iStock. Published: 17 March 2016

Some day, after humanity has patted itself on the back for having successfully deflected an asteroid and done what the dinosaurs couldn’t, even after more than 100 million years on this planet, the movie version of the story might start here: Once upon a time, after a meeting of the Association of Space Explorers where […]