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The Wow! Signal Podcast

Paul Carr

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The Wow! Signal Podcast
The Wow! Signal Podcast

The Wow! Signal Podcast

Paul Carr

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Plays
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The Wow!Signal Podcast examines a wide range of issues from a scientific perspective through the lens of the search for intelligent life from other worlds.

Latest Episodes

Extraterrestrial Languages

Released: 16 October 2019 Duration: 54 minutes, 51 seconds Interstellar Languages is a forthcoming book about the human quest to craft messages that can be understood across interstellar distances. We may want to tell ET about ourselves, or it may be help ET send message to us that we will know how to interpret. Daniel Oberhaus is a staff writer at Wired Magazine, where he covers space and energy. His first book, Extraterrestrial Languages, will be released by MIT Press on October 22, 2019. For more information, please visit wowsignalpodcast.com Support the podcast at Patreon.com. Links MIT Press Page for Interstellar Languages Daniela DePaulis The 2017 Sonar message There is Here The Risks of METI and Religious Aliens The Question: the ontological status of mathematics Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Co-Host: Daniela DiPaulis Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, George Hrab Announcer: Erin Carr The Wow! Signal is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license

54 MIN3 d ago
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Extraterrestrial Languages

Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes

Released: 29 September 2019 Duration: 49 minutes, 52 seconds Download Sofia's paper here:https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.02683 A conversation with SETI researcher Sofia Sheikh about how we should evaluate technosignature search strategies. We cover three examples of technosignature searches and their relative advantages. Sofia Sheikh is a third-year graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University working with Dr. Jason Wright. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she became involved with the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. Her work incorporates both theoretical approaches to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and observational radio searches for technosignatures. She intends to be the first woman to complete a SETI PhD thesis. Links The Nine Axes of Merit Andrew Siemion on SETI at the SKA Breakthrough Listen The Truth about Alien Megastructures Sonar Calling GJ273B Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Announcer: Erin Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, Jason Robinson Hardware: Shure, Audio Technica, Pro Art, Behringer, Focusrite, Apple. Software: Skype, Loopback,Reaper, Auphonic Desktop Hosting: Libsyn

49 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes

Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time

Released: 18 February 2019 Duration: 6 minutes, 48 seconds Paul Carr summarizes why we want to know more about this star, and how you can get involved. Links: Please see wowsignalpodcast.com for the most detailed information. The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe (Tabby's TED Talk) Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 1 The Slow and Fast Dimming of Tabby's Star (Brad Schaefer) Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder The KIC8462852_Analysis subreddit Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky

6 MINFEB 19
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Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time

Burst 31 - Beyond the SETI Paradign

Little has been said concerning the possibility of detecting a lightsail as a technosignature in comparison to detecting a “conventional” technosignature such as the radio and laser beacons that SETI searches for. When we look out into the universe for signs of intelligence, if there are technosignatures to be seen, what technologies ought we to expect to be the most common?

16 MINFEB 5
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Burst 31 - Beyond the SETI Paradign

Unseen Podcast announcement

A not quite so short announcement from the producer of the Unseen Podcast and the Wow! Signal. This is for those who have not seen the video. Unseen Podcast Episode Planning Sheet

12 MIN2018 OCT 15
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Unseen Podcast announcement

Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star

Released: 24 April 2018 Duration: 10 minutes, 1 second Paul Carr talks about today's much more accurate distance estimate to Boyajian's Star from Gaia Data Release 2, and what, if anything, this rules out. Links: Clemens+ (2018) -Proper Motion of the Faint Star nearKIC8462852(Boyajian's Star) - Not a Binary System Boyajian+ (2015) - Where's the Flux? Interview with Brad Schaefer Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder Castelaz and Barker (2018) -KIC8462852: Maria Mitchell Observatory Photographic Photometry 1922 to 1991 Gaia DR2 Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson

10 MIN2018 APR 26
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Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star

Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline

Paul Carr reviews what has been happening over the Winter and early Spring with respect to Boyajian's Star. We review the Winter observations, the Castelaz and Barker paper, and the two surprise March dips, Caral-Supe and Evangeline. We also talk about the upcoming Gaia Data Release 2 and what it might mean.

12 MIN2018 APR 24
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Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline

Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III

In order to resolve our cosmic archipelago problem we will have to attempt to reconstruct a history of our universe as a part of a far larger cosmological system, and to do this we will have to extend cosmology beyond the observable universe -- but what, exactly, is the observable universe?

24 MIN2018 FEB 7
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Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III

Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 2

In Part II we focus on cosmological scales of time and what this means for human observation of a very old universe. philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part II we focus on cosmological scales of time and what this means for human observation of a very old universe.

21 MIN2018 JAN 26
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Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 2

Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1.

Released: 21 January 2018 Duration: 19 minutes A hundred years ago cosmologists were struggling to understand the nature and structure of the universe, and at the heart of this struggle was the island universe hypothesis. Today we find ourselves confronted with a similar question posed at a far greater scale. As we confront these great questions of cosmology, whether a hundred years ago or today, we find ourselves faced with as many philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part I we focus on the original problems of constructing the cosmological distance ladder. Links: The Realm of the Nebula, Edwin Hubble Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens, Immanuel Kant The Great Debate The Scale of the Universe, Shapley and Curtis The 1920 Shapley-Curtis Discussion: Background,Issues, and Aftermath, V. Trimble NGC 6822, a remote stellar system, Edwin Hubble F. H. Bradley deep time Stellar Movements and the Structure...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1.

Latest Episodes

Extraterrestrial Languages

Released: 16 October 2019 Duration: 54 minutes, 51 seconds Interstellar Languages is a forthcoming book about the human quest to craft messages that can be understood across interstellar distances. We may want to tell ET about ourselves, or it may be help ET send message to us that we will know how to interpret. Daniel Oberhaus is a staff writer at Wired Magazine, where he covers space and energy. His first book, Extraterrestrial Languages, will be released by MIT Press on October 22, 2019. For more information, please visit wowsignalpodcast.com Support the podcast at Patreon.com. Links MIT Press Page for Interstellar Languages Daniela DePaulis The 2017 Sonar message There is Here The Risks of METI and Religious Aliens The Question: the ontological status of mathematics Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Co-Host: Daniela DiPaulis Music: DJ Spooky, Jason Robinson, George Hrab Announcer: Erin Carr The Wow! Signal is released under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike license

54 MIN3 d ago
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Extraterrestrial Languages

Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes

Released: 29 September 2019 Duration: 49 minutes, 52 seconds Download Sofia's paper here:https://arxiv.org/abs/1908.02683 A conversation with SETI researcher Sofia Sheikh about how we should evaluate technosignature search strategies. We cover three examples of technosignature searches and their relative advantages. Sofia Sheikh is a third-year graduate student at the Pennsylvania State University working with Dr. Jason Wright. She did her undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, where she became involved with the Breakthrough Listen Initiative. Her work incorporates both theoretical approaches to the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) and observational radio searches for technosignatures. She intends to be the first woman to complete a SETI PhD thesis. Links The Nine Axes of Merit Andrew Siemion on SETI at the SKA Breakthrough Listen The Truth about Alien Megastructures Sonar Calling GJ273B Credits Host and Producer: Paul Carr Announcer: Erin Carr Music: DJ Spooky, Erika Lloyd, Jason Robinson Hardware: Shure, Audio Technica, Pro Art, Behringer, Focusrite, Apple. Software: Skype, Loopback,Reaper, Auphonic Desktop Hosting: Libsyn

49 MIN2 w ago
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Episode 39 - Sofia Sheik and The Nine Axes

Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time

Released: 18 February 2019 Duration: 6 minutes, 48 seconds Paul Carr summarizes why we want to know more about this star, and how you can get involved. Links: Please see wowsignalpodcast.com for the most detailed information. The Most Mysterious Star in the Universe (Tabby's TED Talk) Tabby's Star for the Perplexed, Part 1 The Slow and Fast Dimming of Tabby's Star (Brad Schaefer) Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder The KIC8462852_Analysis subreddit Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: DJ Spooky

6 MINFEB 19
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Burst 32 - Become a Boyajian's Star Scientist in Your Spare Time

Burst 31 - Beyond the SETI Paradign

Little has been said concerning the possibility of detecting a lightsail as a technosignature in comparison to detecting a “conventional” technosignature such as the radio and laser beacons that SETI searches for. When we look out into the universe for signs of intelligence, if there are technosignatures to be seen, what technologies ought we to expect to be the most common?

16 MINFEB 5
Comments
Burst 31 - Beyond the SETI Paradign

Unseen Podcast announcement

A not quite so short announcement from the producer of the Unseen Podcast and the Wow! Signal. This is for those who have not seen the video. Unseen Podcast Episode Planning Sheet

12 MIN2018 OCT 15
Comments
Unseen Podcast announcement

Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star

Released: 24 April 2018 Duration: 10 minutes, 1 second Paul Carr talks about today's much more accurate distance estimate to Boyajian's Star from Gaia Data Release 2, and what, if anything, this rules out. Links: Clemens+ (2018) -Proper Motion of the Faint Star nearKIC8462852(Boyajian's Star) - Not a Binary System Boyajian+ (2015) - Where's the Flux? Interview with Brad Schaefer Ben Montet Makes a Star Weirder Castelaz and Barker (2018) -KIC8462852: Maria Mitchell Observatory Photographic Photometry 1922 to 1991 Gaia DR2 Credits: Host and Producer: Paul Carr Music: Jason Robinson

10 MIN2018 APR 26
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Burst 30 - The Gaia DR2 Release and Boyajian's Star

Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline

Paul Carr reviews what has been happening over the Winter and early Spring with respect to Boyajian's Star. We review the Winter observations, the Castelaz and Barker paper, and the two surprise March dips, Caral-Supe and Evangeline. We also talk about the upcoming Gaia Data Release 2 and what it might mean.

12 MIN2018 APR 24
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Burst 29 - Caral Supe and Evangeline

Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III

In order to resolve our cosmic archipelago problem we will have to attempt to reconstruct a history of our universe as a part of a far larger cosmological system, and to do this we will have to extend cosmology beyond the observable universe -- but what, exactly, is the observable universe?

24 MIN2018 FEB 7
Comments
Burst 28 - The Cosmic Archipelago, part III

Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 2

In Part II we focus on cosmological scales of time and what this means for human observation of a very old universe. philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part II we focus on cosmological scales of time and what this means for human observation of a very old universe.

21 MIN2018 JAN 26
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Burst 27 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 2

Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1.

Released: 21 January 2018 Duration: 19 minutes A hundred years ago cosmologists were struggling to understand the nature and structure of the universe, and at the heart of this struggle was the island universe hypothesis. Today we find ourselves confronted with a similar question posed at a far greater scale. As we confront these great questions of cosmology, whether a hundred years ago or today, we find ourselves faced with as many philosophical questions as scientific questions when we challenge the boundaries of our understanding. In Part I we focus on the original problems of constructing the cosmological distance ladder. Links: The Realm of the Nebula, Edwin Hubble Universal Natural History and Theory of the Heavens, Immanuel Kant The Great Debate The Scale of the Universe, Shapley and Curtis The 1920 Shapley-Curtis Discussion: Background,Issues, and Aftermath, V. Trimble NGC 6822, a remote stellar system, Edwin Hubble F. H. Bradley deep time Stellar Movements and the Structure...

19 MIN2018 JAN 22
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Burst 26 - The Cosmic Archipelago, Part 1.