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Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life’s biggest questions. What happens after we die? What is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break ... he’s only 1 ...

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Tai Poole is trying to find answers to life’s biggest questions. What happens after we die? What is love? How can we fix climate change? He may not solve them all, but give him a break ... he’s only 1 ...

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    Special episode: How powerful is NASA's new space telescope?

    Special episode: How powerful is NASA's new space telescope?

    So, there's a MAJOR event happening in space science. NASA is set to launch the enormous James Webb Space Telescope. Why is this such a big deal? Tai's here to tell you why. Here's a hint: the JWST is SO powerful, it should be able to capture the faint light of the universe in its infancy. Guiding Tai on this starlit path of discovery is Dr. Naomi Rowe-Gurney, a James Webb Space Telescope postdoctoral researcher with the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Howard University.

    • 17 min
    Introducing: Unlocking the Fountain

    Introducing: Unlocking the Fountain

    What if there were a pill that could add decades to your life? Would you take it? For thousands of years, people have searched for elixirs that could delay death and extend human life. Could new advances in medicine finally make this a reality? From madcap medicine to cutting-edge science, the quest to unlock the fountain of youth is teeming with dreamers, skeptics and charlatans alike. More episodes are available at: hyperurl.co/unlocking

    • 4 min
    Is it possible to predict the future?

    Is it possible to predict the future?

    These are anxious times, and Tai just wants to know… what’s going to happen? He can’t look into a crystal ball, but there are actually people who spend their lives predicting the future. With their help, he looks towards the great unknown.

    In this episode Tai speaks to:
    - Rose Eveleth, the creator of Flash Forward Presents, a podcast network that demystifies the future, with shows like Flash Forward and Advice For And From The Future
    - Tim Chartier, Professor of Mathematics at Davidson College. He often uses data analytics to predict outcomes in sports
    - Satyan Devadoss, Fletcher Jones Chair of Applied Mathematics at the University of San Diego and author of Mage Merlin's Unsolved Mathematical Mysteries.

    This is the last episode of Season 3, thanks so much for tuning in!

    • 25 min
    How is the universe going to end?

    How is the universe going to end?

    Not to be a downer, but the universe could end any minute. Or it could take a hundred million years. Give or take. So we don't know *when* it will happen, but we can be a bit more certain about *how* the universe will end. In this episode, Tai unpacks the science of the end times.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Katie Mack, theoretical astrophysicist and the author of The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking),
    - Christopher Kochanek, professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University. His current research focuses on "massive stars behaving badly."

    • 23 min
    Where is the internet?

    Where is the internet?

    For Tai, the internet has always been there, and it's hard to imagine life without it. It seems almost like it's everywhere, all at once, like magical little clouds filled with information above us. But he learns there's a very real, physical system that allows him to send memes to friends or submit his homework. And more importantly, not everyone has equal access to it.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Nicole Starosielski, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University
    - Janice Gates, Director of the Equitable Internet Initiative by the Detroit Community Technology Project.

    • 27 min
    How else can we power the planet?

    How else can we power the planet?

    Nothing on our planet could function without pooower! Even though energy is all around us, harnessing that energy and turning it into power is a massive challenge. Powering our day-to-day lives makes up almost half of fossil fuel emissions, which is causing climate change! Tai tries to find out if there's a better way to power the planet.

    In this episode Tai talks to:
    - Richard Randell, engineer and PhD candidate at Stanford's Mechanical Engineering program
    - Daniel Ddiba, research associate at the Stockholm Environment Institute. He conducts research into how poop can be used as fuel for industries and other applications in African cities
    - Jim Green, chief scientist at NASA, who tells Tai how NASA's planning on providing power for future colonies on Mars, 140 million kilometres away.

    • 24 min

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