Explore different areas of science through guest interviews, blog posts, and join host Chris Jung in full-episode productions.
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Saha and Bose in The Golden Age of Indian Science
In 1905, India’s air was filled with the throbbing pulse of rebellion, the cobblestone streets of Bengal dreaming of freedom and enlightenment. Science was no longer reserved for those brilliant white men in stiff wigs and a few titles in front of their name - through science it was possible to do things and improve them. At the forefront of this flame were two men, one of them an only son of a middle-class Bengali Kayastha family, and the other the fifth child of a poor shopkeeper. Their names were Satyendra Nath Bose and Meghnad Saha, who would pass on their legacy to the namesake bosons that structure our universe, theoretical Bose-Einstein condensate and statistics, and the Saha equation used by astrophysicists around the world.
Today on the Helyx Show, Chris examines how the paths of Meghnad Saha and Satyendra Nath Bose crossed and how both men revitalized India's scientific revolution and cemented their names in the history of science for the years to come.
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"Amar Sonar Bangla" sung by Sraboni Sen from the film Nirbashito
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Newton's Year of Wonders: Pandemics and Productivity
In 1665, The Great Plague of London ravaged England, killing around 100,000 people - a quarter of London's population - in eighteen months. It spread through rat-infested alleys in the bites of fleas with the Yersinia pestis bacterium all the way to the walls of the great burgeoning city. When the bubonic plague spread throughout the city, one soon-to-be-world-famous college student, Isaac Newton, was finishing his bachelor's at Cambridge. In response to the plague, he withdrew to his childhood home, Woolsthorpe Manor and began what is known as his "Year of Wonders".
Today on The Helyx Show, join Chris for a dive into the life of a genius and what aspects apply to us today.
Music: "It's Only a Lifetime" by FINNEAS
Tygers and Lambs - What can Evolution tell us?
In 1794, William Blake asked one of the most famous questions in all of poetry - "Did he who make the lamb make thee?". In this episode, Chris dives into the question of what makes ferocious tigers and innocent lambs so different from each other from an evolutionary view, and what that means for humans today with one of the species verging on extinction.
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Colleen Golja: Can we engineer our way out of climate change?
In the 2013 film Snowpiercer, directed by Bong Joon Ho, humanity has been reduced to a segmented caste system on a single train that travels through the unhabitable, icy world. In order to combat global warming, scientists in the movie launched a compound called CW7 into the atmosphere. The intention of CW7 was to reflect the sun's heat and reverse global warming, but instead, the CW7 sent the planet into an ice age. Could this plot happen in real life?
On today's episode, Colleen Golja, a PhD student at the Harvard John A Paulson School of Engineering, talks about her work on the controversial ScopEx project and the radiative forcing of aerosols for use in geoengineering. Colleen also talks about her inspiring journey with science and her personal concerns and outlook on solar geoengineering research.
Find more about ScopEx here: https://www.keutschgroup.com/scopex
Colleen's Twitter: @colgol9
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Trivia, Teaching, and Talent with (Jeopardy) Jason Zuffranieri + September Giveaway
Math teacher Jason Zuffranieri broke headlines when he won $532,496 in a 19-Game Winning Streak on Jeopardy! in 2019. He joins host Chris Jung to tell his story competing in the show and his thoughts as a Quizbowl, Science Bowl, and Math Team coach, as well as being a math teacher and a competitive puzzle solver.
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Analyzing Pseudoscience with Dr. James and Alison Kaufman
Who can we trust when it comes to scientific integrity in a headline-chasing, "fake news" world? Dr. James and Alison Kaufman, esteemed psychology professors at the University of Connecticut and authors of Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science, join host Chris Jung for a conversation about pseudoscience in the history of science, social media, and even established journals.
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