Will robots be able to avoid the heat death of the Universe? Can galaxies orbit each other like binary stars? And what are the dangers of space radiation to astronauts on the Moon?
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Could we transfer our consciousness to robots so the human race could survive the destruction of the galaxy and the heat death of the universe?
- Robot Power Regulations — Society of Robots
- Tutorial: How to Build a Robot — Society of Robots
- Ep. 86 End of the Solar System
- Ep. 87: End of the Universe
If galaxies are near to each other, will they orbit each other or collide?
- Colliding Galaxies — UTK
- Dwarf Galaxies Orbiting the Milky Way — PhysOrg
- Tidal Tails are ‘Skid Marks’ from Famous Galactic Collisions — Universe Today
- Binary Galaxies — Caltech
- Ep. 26: Largest Structures in the Universe discusses colliding galaxies.
If solar radiation is a problem on Mars, isn’t it a bigger problem on the Moon?
- Radiation levels on the Moon and Mars — Health Physics Society
- Radiation on the Moon — Universe Today
- Problems with solar flares for people on the Moon — Science@NASA
- Standards for Protection Against Radiation — US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- STEREO Mission
- Study of Radiation Doses Experienced by Astronauts on EVA — NASA
- Radiation Dose Limits for Astronauts (paper, subscription required) — Radiation Safety Journal
If I were located on one of the most distant galaxies from Earth, one that is only exceeded by the Cosmic Microwave Background, what would the sky look like?
Why didn’t you mention Herschel in Ep. #132?
I see pictures of stars with bowshocks around them. Does our sun have one?
I’d like to pursue a career in science journalism — suggestions?
- All about Pamela Gay (from Star Stryder)
- Pamela’s Wikipedia page
- Astronomy Magazine
- Sky and Telescope
- Knight Science Journalism Fellowship
- Carnival of Space
- Fraser’s story
- Universe Today’s 10th anniversary story
- Fraser’s Wikipedia page
- Science journalism: Supplanting the Old Media? –Nature
Would geostationary satellites work on other planets?
- Geostationary Orbits
- Rotation of Mercury
- Retrograde rotation of Venus — Universe Today
- Rotation of Saturn — Universe Today
- Rotation of Jupiter — Universe Today
- Mars’ Rotation — Universe Today
The Universe is expanding at an ever greater rate, so doesn’t this constitute adding energy to the Universe?
- Dark Energy — NASA
- Dark Matter — NASA
- Energy for an Expanding Universe — Department of Energy “Ask a Scientists”
If the redshifting of light indicates all matter is moving away from us, how do galaxies and superclusters collide?
- How do galaxies collide in an expanding Universe? — Cornell U
- Why do galaxies collide if they are moving away from each other? –Naked Scientists Forum