This week, we talk making science accessible with NASA’s New Horizons mission, which flew past Pluto this summer: and we have an archive show from Science Faction discussing the physics of fire ants.
Alan Stern and New Horizons
Whether you’re banding birds or testing for mercury… Being able to explain your work is one of the most important skills a scientist can have in their toolkit these days. Even more so when you’re the head of a multimillion dollar solar system-crossing mission to explore an icy world. Alan Stern is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s New Horizons mission, which flew past Pluto and its moons in the summer of 2015. Dr. Stern spoke about his team’s work at the University of Alberta this October. And our reporter Chris Chang-Yen Phillips reached him in Boulder, Colorado to see how the New Horizons team is spreading the word about their little spacecraft.
The Physics of Fire Ants
In this episode, the Science Faction team speaks with mechanical engineer and biologist Dr. David Hu from the Georgia Institute of Technology about the fascinating physics of fire ants and how these tiny creatures are inspiring new branches of robotics.