Super Volcanoes

Super Volcanoes Super Volcanoes are rare events that are 1,000x more powerful than a regular volcano.  They may be the most formidable natural phenomenon our species could encounter.  Is one likely to go off soon?  Should we prepare globally for such an event?  Cadell Last and Travis Steffens discuss. Podcast: Super Volcanoes on The Advanced Apes


Thinking About “The Long Now”

Thinking About "The Long Now" Does our society have a short attention span?  The Long Now Foundation thinks so, but they are trying to change it.  They have plans to construct The Clock of the Long Now, a clock designed to operate on a scale of 10,000 years.  The Long Now Foundation hopes that this … Continue reading Thinking About “The Long Now”

Super Volcanoes: Our Biggest Threat?

Super Volcanoes: Our Biggest Threat? There are few natural disasters that pose a threat to our species.  However, super volcanoes have devastated the global biosphere in the past and if one were to occur today, it would seriously destabilize our civilization.  At the moment our knowledge of super volcanoes is impoverished but current evidence suggests … Continue reading Super Volcanoes: Our Biggest Threat?

The Universe’s Adolescent Pictures

The Universe's Adolescent Pictures One of the biggest questions in cosmology today is centered around the accelerated-expansion of the universe.  In order to better understand how the universe expands a team of scientists explored expansion during the “matter dominated” phase of the universe’s earlier history.  Observations from this phase indicate the expansion is more complicated … Continue reading The Universe’s Adolescent Pictures

Rethinking Education

Rethinking Education The current educational structure is deeply flawed.  In an ideal world every student would have a one-on-one tutor.  However, for several reasons this is not a feasible teaching structure.  But with the development of new computer technologies, it may be possible one day for everyone to have a one-on-one personalized computer tutor.  This … Continue reading Rethinking Education

Shoulders of Giants

Shoulders of Giants Everyone is influenced by the accomplishments, thoughts and beliefs of the generations that preceded them.  As Sir Isaac Newton stated “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.  The following is a list of the top 10 modern scientists who have influenced my perceptions, ideas and … Continue reading Shoulders of Giants

Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth

Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth In 1977, NASA launched the Voyager Interstellar Mission (VIM).  During the first stages of this mission the Voyager 1 and 2 were programmed to explore the gas giant planets in the outer solar system.  Today they are still traveling away from Earth and are close to reaching interstellar space.  They will … Continue reading Dear Universe, Sincerely Earth


Exoplanets A recent discovery in astronomy of an earth-sized planet 4.3 light years away may mark a threshold in the history of space exploration. If current trends in astronomy continue we may find an earth-sized planet in the habitable zone within the next few years. Cadell Last and Ryan Burke discuss. Podcast: Exoplanets on The … Continue reading Exoplanets

Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context

Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context An Earth-sized planet was recently discovered in a star system 4.3 light years away from Earth.  Despite being Earth-sized, it is far too close to its host star to be able to support life.  However, this planet represents yet another continuation of an impressive trend in astronomy … Continue reading Recent Discovery of an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Context

The Singularity

The Singularity The Singularity is the concept that predicts humans will completely merge with their technology in the near future (2040s).  Many futurists, including prolific inventor Ray Kurzweil, believes that this is an evolutionary inevitability.  Is the singularity inevitable?  And if it is, what will happen afterwards?  Cadell Last and Scott Rodgerson discuss. Podcast: The … Continue reading The Singularity