Ben Ratner’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice for our Science Predictions 2018 episode. Credit_Ben Ratner
Ben Ratner’s photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice for our Science Predictions 2018 episode. Credit_Ben Ratner

Predictions: This Year in Science

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice ponder what's ahead in 2018. Credit: Ben Ratner.

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Kick off the new year with Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice as they discuss science predictions for 2018 featuring fans and friends of the StarTalk Podcast Network. First, Neil and Chuck reveal some of their past failed predictions involving Star Trek, automatic doors, and Twitter. You’ll then hear why Neil thinks the total solar eclipse, deemed “The Great American Eclipse,” was the most important scientific event of 2017. Of course it wouldn’t be a StarTalk Radio episode if Neil and Chuck didn’t go a little off-topic, and you’ll hear Neil discuss his multiple dealings with people who thought they were right when they were wrong. After that, we get to the predictions. Andy Weir, author of The Martian and Artemis, gives his prediction about commercial spaceflight, primatologist Natalia Reagan gives her prediction on changing human behavior and culture, and SETI Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak shares his prediction about a new planet being added to our solar system – no, it’s not Pluto. Drew Pulley, show runner for StarTalk TV on the National Geographic Channel, gives an interesting prediction about Chuck and his endeavors in the upcoming year. You’ll also hear from fans of StarTalk as they offer their predictions about faster space travel, new particle discoveries, and space mining. Lastly, Neil warns against science censorship in 2018 and the dangers it poses to democracy. Happy New Year!

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  • myokom

    I propose a NEW show category: Chuck and Neil just simply shoot the breeze for an hour! This is great!

  • CJ Leach

    First off, I don’t know what I am talking about so take it easy on me Dr. Tyson. lol However, I have two different possibilities for a theory on dark matter/energy. I’m not sure if these ideas have been addressed or not, but I did submit a comment on http://www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson/contact/general-comments with a request for you to email me.

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