Mar 18, 2018
Physics lost a bright star last week when Stephen Hawking, world-renowned cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and science communicator, died at the age of 76. Although he was only given a few years to live when first diagnosed with motor-neurone disease in 1963, aged just 21 and at the beginning of his graduate...
Mar 15, 2018
Vasili Arkhipov. Stanislav Petrov. Are the names familiar? They
should be: these people saved the world by refusing to use nuclear
weapons under incredible circumstances of extraordinary
Even if you trust every head of state in every country that has nuclear weapons - and even if you feel confident that all...
Mar 8, 2018
We have a special guest on the show today! This one was very fun
to record. Martin Pfeiffer, perhaps more notorious by his Twitter
handle @NuclearAnthro, is a must-follow expert and Anthropology PhD
student who studies the history of nuclear weapons, and how human
societies interact with them.
We discuss folk beliefs...
Mar 1, 2018
Ten apocalypses later, we're finally here.
It's easy to forget, living our comfortable lives, that there are hundreds of nuclear-armed missiles that could destroy civilisation at the drop of a hat... after just one order. Or maybe - an accident.
In this episode, I'll talk about the history of nuclear weapons; some...
Feb 22, 2018
We have a guest on the show today - Ben Franta. Ben is a scientist, science historian, science writer, and activist. He studied for a PhD at Harvard working on solar cells; while he was at Harvard, he became involved in the movement to persuade that University to divest from fossil fuels. After finishing his first PhD,...