The SETI Institute offers a 49 minute lecture (March 25, 2016) by Michael Carroll, heavily illustrated with artist drawinsg,, of Titan, by Michael Carroll, author of the 2015 science fiction novel “On the Shore of Titan’s Farthest Sea”.
Carroll provides a simulation of exactly what the cameras on Huygens saw over two minutes as it landed in 2005, along with stunning renditions of dunes, lakes, and an explanation of how submarines would work in extremely cold hyrdrocarbon lakes (methane evaporates, creating rain, but leaving ethane). Ice cliffs are as hard as concrete, and enormous sand dunes are forced from hydrocarbon soot that falls from the sky.
(Continuing discussion from Nov. 12, 2015.)
Wikipedia attribution link for NASA photo map of a lake on Titan similar to the lecture (p.d.)
Wikipedia attribution link for diagram of Titan’s internal structure by Kelvinlsong, CCSA 3.0
Here’s another lecture, “It’s Life, Jim, but Not as We Know it”, by Jason Barnes
Smithsonian “Air & Space” has a 2016 section “Life in the Universe” with two chapters: “Life among the Gas Giants” (including Titan), and “Would We Know Alien Life If We Saw It”? about Mars, going back to 1976 (why Dan Fry thought there was evidence of life).
(Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 11:45 PM EDT)
The following is sample of the Q and A from a session Sunday, April 24, 2016 in the auditorium at Founder’s Hall at the Law School of George Mason University in Arlington VA, maybe 70 people in attendance.
The first film was a short “One Story of Basketball: War and Peace” about a Phoenix Suns player emigrated from Ukraine.
The second was about young classical pianists, “Pianino for Peace”, by Max Rydow, about to enter college, who did QA with other filmmakers.
CBS News has aired a 25 minute short film “Faith, Spirituality, and the Future”, narrated by Roland Smith, directed by John Blessington, link here.
The film starts with commentary by the new pastor at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington DC (which shared the link on Facebook) , Julie Pennington-Russell, and Diana Butler Bass. There is a general idea that churches need to reach people where they are, rather than open the doors and say you’re either “in” or “out”. The documentary covers several groups (including Unitarian) in Washington DC and New York City, including one pastor who also plays as a hip-hop musician.
I appear in this film, sitting in the FBCDC congregation, about four minutes in.
The following is some excerpts from the QA of producer Mark Weber of the film “Poverty, Inc.” (2014), shown Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Cato Institute in Washington DC.
The film takes the position that conventional foreign aid programs typically destroy incentives of local businesses and farms overases to produce for themselves, and that what people in other countries need is stable government, “rule of law”, and infrastructure. A complete review is here.
Here are three excerpts
(Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 11:15 PM EDT)
Ellie Hassenfeld discusses “Give Well” for Harvard Effective Altruism
Here are some videos of the QA for the film “Containment” by Peter Galison and Robb Moss, shown as part of the DC Environmental Film Festival in the Communications school auditorium, 2nd floor, at American University in Washington DC, March 25, 2016.
The film deals with the storage of nuclear waster (main review).