205 episodes

Hosted by planetary scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Michael L. Wong, Strange New Worlds examines science, technology, and culture through the lens of Star Trek!

Strange New Worlds: A Science & Star Trek Podcast miquai

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    • 4.7 • 36 Ratings

Hosted by planetary scientist and astrobiologist Dr. Michael L. Wong, Strange New Worlds examines science, technology, and culture through the lens of Star Trek!

    Episode 167: Of Hope, Optimism, and Tomorrows

    Episode 167: Of Hope, Optimism, and Tomorrows

    Guest: Kayla Smith

    Getting accepted to grad school isn't something that happens every day. Episode 167 of Strange New Worlds is dedicated to celebrating Kayla Smith, an undergraduate who works with Mike, and her recent acceptances to PhD programs in planetary science. Kayla talks about watching her first Star Trek episode, her journey in academia, her research on Mars, her aspirations to look for life on exoplanets, and why studying planets is both a science and an art.

    Mike's Carnegie Postdoc Spotlight: https://epl.carnegiescience.edu/michael-l-wong-explores-strange-new-worlds

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    • 51 min
    Episode 166: Subspace Rhapsody

    Episode 166: Subspace Rhapsody

    Guest: Elise Cutts

    Science journalist Elise Cutts returns to reflect on Caltech's 2016 Star Trek musical, "Boldly Go!", and dissect the 2023 Star Trek: Strange New Worlds musical episode, "Subspace Rhapsody."

    Watch "Boldly Go! A Star Trek Parody Musical": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdtBArmWHdY&ab_channel=BoldlyGo%21

    "The Simple Geometry That Predicts Molecular Mosaics" by Elise Cutts: https://www.quantamagazine.org/the-simple-geometry-that-predicts-molecular-mosaics-20230621/

    "The Mysterious Case of Ireland’s Missing Earthquakes" by Elise Cutts: https://eos.org/articles/the-mysterious-case-of-irelands-missing-earthquakes

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    Elise: https://twitter.com/elisecutts

    • 54 min
    Episode 165: Mike on Dice in Mind

    Episode 165: Mike on Dice in Mind

    On the first episode of 2024, we present Mike's interview on the Dice in Mind podcast, where hosts Jason and Brad ask Mike about his scientific journey, his podcasting journey, and his Star Trek journey.

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    • 44 min
    Episode 164: Data as a Strategist, Part III

    Episode 164: Data as a Strategist, Part III

    Guests: Jason von Stietz & David Smith

    Sport psychologists Jason von Stietz and David Smith return for the final installment of our trilogy about Data as a strategist. In this episode, we analyze how Data defeats Lore in PIC: "Surrender" and saves the galaxy with his gut instinct in PIC: "The Last Generation."

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    David: twitter.com/StonewallFit

    • 28 min
    Episode 163: Data as a Strategist, Part II

    Episode 163: Data as a Strategist, Part II

    Guests: Jason von Stietz & David Smith

    Sport psychologists Jason von Stietz and David Smith return for part two of our trilogy about Data as a strategist. In this episode, we examine how Data deals with prejudice from his subordinates while commanding of the U.S.S. Sutherland in TNG: "Redemption, Part 2." Then, we talk about how Data foils the Borg Queen's plans in "Star Trek: First Contact."

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    Jason: twitter.com/CBTSportPsych
    David: twitter.com/StonewallFit

    • 32 min
    Episode 162: Data as a Strategist, Part I

    Episode 162: Data as a Strategist, Part I

    Guests: Jason von Stietz & David Smith

    Sport psychologists Jason von Stietz and David Smith join Mike to explore Data's evolution as a strategist. In Part I of this conversation, they focus on TNG: "Peak Performance," where Data faces off against Strategema master Sirna Kolrami and learns how to deal with defeat.

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    David: https://twitter.com/StonewallFit

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

rttrrttr ,

All Science, All Fun!

Do you like Star Trek? Do you like science? If yes to both, just stop reading this and start listening!

ST-1of5 ,

Love this podcast and its positive vibes

What a wonderful way to engage so many talented people. The podcast is inclusive of all topics Star Trek, and individuals of different backgrounds, scientists and non-scientists alike. Listening to it conjures up images of a fertile garden (Star Trek) with thriving plants (host and invited guests) sharing their beautiful colors (thoughts) and reciprocating one another with their delicious fruits (stories). Look forward to many more episodes. 🖖

JuliaV927 ,

So cool!

If you have ever enjoyed any episode of a Star Trek series, you will love this podcast. It's nerdy and entertaining and educational all at the same time. Mike talks about real science in a completely accessible way while also geeking out about the coolest parts of science fiction and Star Trek and why we all love it. The interviews are great too! Definitely give this a try - you will be hooked!

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