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How do you identify human remains? Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice explore DNA and the task to identify the remains of missing soldiers with biomedical scientist Tim McMahon and forensic anthropologist Franklin Damann. What is the DPAA?  NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://startalkmedia.com/show/forensics-dna-and-identifying-missing-soldiers/Thanks to our Patrons Jon Scherer, Thibault Deckers, Jimmy Jam, Evan Cooper, Barnato, Justin Ross, James Nichols, Lori, Emilie Talles, and Roy Slettbakk for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Doctoroftcm, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
Is Western science always the best science? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Marcia Belsky discuss Indigenous methods to combat climate change with Indigenous scientist and author Dr. Jessica Hernandez. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Jennifer E Carr, Ruben, Peter Kellner, Michele Bontemps, eric secrist, Zebulon C, Travis Ryan Otter, Matthew Young, SevereFLIPPER, and Cleo K for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Antonio Campoy, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
How fast does cheese roll down a hill? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly walk us through the physics behind the weirdest sports: cheese rolling, belly flopping, face slapping and more with astrophysicist Charles Liu. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Scott Schekk (shek), Kristine May, Jacob godman, Chelsea Dolloff, Daniel Lopez,Dustin G, Michael McManus, Genesis Martinez, Kinetik Plastik, and Pavel Bains for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Coyau / Wikimedia Commons
What properties are fundamental to the universe? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice take a deep dive into multiverses, inflation theory, wormholes, and quantum entanglement with particle physicist Brian Cox.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Tony Thompson, Kevin the Sommelier, Verne Thomas Inman, PhD, Claudio Carletti, James Weldon, Satoshi Watanabe, Keegan Matthews, Sandy Moir, Jim Flatt, and Mason Grogan for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Pablo Carlos Budassi, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
What is the science behind meditation? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Marcia Belsky discuss mental health, meditation, and the theory of consciousness with former news anchor, Dan Harris and neuroscientist Heather Berlin, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free herehttps://www.startalkradio.net/show/mind-over-matter-with-dan-harris-and-heather-berlin/Thanks to our Patrons Mikaël Boisvert, James Cleghorn'lee, Chris Lee, Jason Sanders, Ozzzy, Ryukote, Denese Washam, Autumn McCuen, Bill Kervaski, and Keoni for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: GerryShaw, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Say it with us: mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly discover the original horse power, equine physiology, and the science behind the Kentucky Derby. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/horsepower-with-dr-sarah-white-springer/Thanks to our Patrons Cosmic Scapegoat, Tom Kearns, Valeri Williams, Zeki Majed, Ethan Fink, Mariano Quiroga, John Marc Roberson, Fredrik Östervald, Crimson, and Colt for supporting us this week.Photo Credit:  Bill Brine, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
What if the dinosaurs had a space program? Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice explore what Earth Day meant for the dinosaurs, how batteries work, and changing our infrastructure, with creator of Atlas Obscura, Dylan Thuras. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/things-you-thought-you-knew-dinosaurs-batteries/Thanks to our Patrons Renee Morss, Rob L, Peter Stinchcomb, Larry Kwartowitz, Samii McLendon, Michaela Negus, Michael Henderson, Jun Del Rio, Ana Davidson, and Dominick Marciano for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: ​​Don Davis (work commissioned by NASA), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
What solutions exist to fix climate change? On this Earth Day, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice answer Qs about real-world solutions and aspects of climate change you might not be thinking about, with atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-climate-solutions-with-katherine-hayhoe-phd/Thanks to our Patrons Georgeanne Lavery, Pete Key, Barbara Perlik, Taurohylax, Matt Berry, Frank B, Scott Allen, Jason Cidras, Alan Of Wales, and kathy jo kroener for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA
Are human bodies good for space? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly discover the effects of space on the human body and if we are ready for long-haul missions with astronaut Leland Melvin and space doc, Dr. Sheyna Gifford. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/humans-in-space-with-astronaut-leland-melvin-and-dr-sheyna-gifford/Thanks to our Patrons John Moehrke, Scott Williams, Mike Trujillo, Josue Diaz, Walter Flaat, Semyon Torfason, Craig Smart, Elissa DiPierro, OnlineBookClub.org, and Nic Stock for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
What kinds of ologies are out there? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice explore and answer questions about the vast world of niche sciences with science communicator and host of “Ologies,” Alie Ward. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Mike S, Luke, Frank (Hopper) Cross, Timur Sultanov, Skyeletta Ramona, Matt W, Bennett Saunders, Vincent Lee, George Gao, and Bob Soltys for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Chocolateoak, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
What science concepts have we not seen in fiction? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice sit down with actor and national treasure LeVar Burton to discuss future science, storytelling, and to answer fan questions. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Gabriel Paavola, Robert Marchal, DarenW, Im The Wiener Dog, vamsee krishna jayanthi, Stan Russell, Balackey, Chris Page, Paul Anderson, and Angy Phillips for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA/Don Pettit, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
What are Van der Waals forces? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly explore the fascinating world of surfaces, biomimicry, and Formula 1 with physicist and author of Sticky: The Science of Surfaces, Laurie Winkless. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/sticky-science-the-force-be-with-you-with-laurie-winkless/Thanks to our Patrons Artist formerly known as James Smith, Joseph Strasser, Salvatore Scuiri, Kyle Dagg, Luke Ehlers, Paul Bowe, Jason R.Y. Rankin, Ann Young, Jasam Mohammed, and Jan Bojarp for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Peter Heeling, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
What does your brain do when watching movies? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice discover the field of neurocinematics and the difference between fiction and reality with neuroscientist Heather Berlin, PhD. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Adrian Flores, Zack Floyd, Martina Quinlan, HARRY SPRAGUE V, john lopez, Brody Eckstein, Adam Hudson, Anthony Harker, Scruffshroom, and Duy Tran for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA Hubble, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Who proved the existence of dark matter? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice learn about hidden figures of science you need to know about with author and science communicator Danni Washington. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/science-pioneers-with-danni-washington/Thanks to our Patrons Robert Anderson, Meagan Patrice, cael maurer, Marc-Anthony Serrano, Emily McKnight, Dave Fulton, lily_neko739, Josh Wyner, Tyler Mutchie, and Vanefede for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Acagastya, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons
How do you bowl a perfect 300? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly discover Euler’s Equations of Motion and the cheat codes to bowling with physicist Dr. Dave Alciatore. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/equations-in-motion-bowling-with-dave-alciatore/Thanks to our Patrons Shivam Gagad, Arnav, Madalina, Amy A., Ryan Fawley, Ashley Grace, Junior Verhelst, Dominique Monroe, Mai, and Kay Trajkovski for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Nan Palmero from San Antonio, TX, USA, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Is anything at the end of the rainbow? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice break down how rainbows work, the history behind zero, and what Zoom calls and Einstein’s Theory of Relativity have in common.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/things-you-thought-you-knew-somewhere-over-the-rainbow/Thanks to our Patrons Vincent Marsland, Brittany Welborn, L. Ali Campbell, David Kern, amjad, Steven Michaelis, Lady Anne ^^ö^^(Jessica M. Kandal, PhD), Christian Anderson, Nathan Hogue, and Marc Libman for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Chandra Chakradhar, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Is anything real? Is time just a construct? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Matt Kirshen answer your far-out questions about black holes, dark matter, and the universe with astrophysicist Janna Levin. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-stoner-edition-with-janna-levin/Thanks to our Patrons Ivan Masjuk, c, Nathan Mitchell, Conner Kemmsies, Dustin Dewayne Hart, Kyle Reinsberg, Andrew Magri, Virginia Cohen, Cathleen Corrie, and David Claassenfor supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Les Bossinas (Cortez III Service Corp.), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
Can artificial intelligence predict the future? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-hosts Chuck Nice & Gary O’Reilly explore algorithms, computing, and how to win Warren Buffett’s March Madness money and beyond with AI expert, Matt Ginsberg.NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/winning-that-money-with-ai-with-matt-ginsberg/Thanks to our Patrons Robert Bork, Nick Fugal, James Trager, Brian S, Nightfall, Chris Hernandez, Mithat Sezgin, Luke Fertal, Rhett Hogan, and Patrick Creech for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Tracy O, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
How does NASA combat climate change? Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Chuck Nice answer questions about renewable energy, geoengineering, and how science is helping us battle the climate crisis with NASA Chief Scientist Katherine Calvin. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free.Thanks to our Patrons Marco Currin, Tyler Pitts, Jeffrey Bradley, Matthew Gottschalk, Austin Munson, Gabriela Dijkhoffz, David M, Sandra Pagliani, Brian Lacey, and Nalani Ritchie for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: NASA
What will life be like on other planets? On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice explore the origins of life on alien planets and extremophiles right here on Earth with astrobiologist Kennda Lynch. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/alien-worlds-and-extremophiles-with-kennda-lynch/Thanks to our Patrons Alex Chadwick, Eric Gross, Tamara Michael, Gerald Johnson, Jordan Shelley, Brendan Barbieri, David Bell, Costa Cad Creations, Tim Costella, and Adam Baker for supporting us this week.Photo Credit: Sharanbhurke, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
Comments (457)

Elliot Daly

you can tell NTLB is the #1 hero of our two hosts whenever he comes on the show - this is the guy both Chuck and Neil look to whenever they think to themselves "i could be doing more" and i love it whenever we get some time with this legend.

Apr 26th
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Elliot Daly

i've been following StarTalk since the beginning and "oh my god are you READING?" is still one of my favorite moments/soundbites especially from the last 5 years

Apr 24th
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Stoic Spaceman

The latest episode about humans in space was great, I wish I had listened to it before I wrote my book about keeping muscle mass whilst travelling to and staying on the surface of mars. If you want to check it out, it’s free currently: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09X1TRPWC

Apr 17th
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ID20900353

I’ve been listening to this podcast for years… and this is my first comment… but I have to say this. The podcast has become 50% “wow I’m leaning and really enjoying this” and 50% “why is Chuck Nice screaming?!”… I’m trying my best to not go off but dude, you’re not really all that funny and you interrupt the show so often. Okay I’m done venting.

Apr 17th
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Elliot Daly

Apologies, but did the neuroscientist Dr. Berlin just discretely describe the function of the brain as a system of 1s and 0s and cover it up in an episode about Ted Lasso?

Apr 15th
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Elliot Daly

42:50 ahahahahahahahhahahahahhahahaha

Apr 5th
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Elliot Daly

wow

Mar 25th
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Larry Jones

Neil, Mangrove comes from Portuguese "mangue" (tree) and English "grove". :)

Mar 23rd
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Brian Groves

yes, several

Mar 19th
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ID19168967

Hi, I just listened to this episode of your podcast and like always it was super. In Europe, specially Austria, Italy, Germany and Slovenia there is very nice card game called Tarock (Tarok in Slovenia my homeland) with cards having Roman numbers on them. https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/Tarock Thank you for all the knowledge and fun. Best regards

Mar 16th
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Savannah M

love the content!

Mar 13th
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Splinky

She said so much without saying anything at all ...

Mar 1st
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Krishna Priyanka Bh

wondering how old is this species Dinococcus Radiodurans, if it can survive so many extreme conditions?

Feb 23rd
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Sam Ghorbani

hope to see the day in which we rely more on scientists rather than politicians.

Feb 22nd
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Teno amani

#StarTalk is great . do you know that persoan calendar is beagin in first day of spring and persian ancient astronomers have a good understand of earth travel

Feb 11th
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Richard Sutich

Hi Neil. Love the show, love the format. recently found the star talk podcast and started from the beginning. Just finished the June 17, 2016 Al Gore climate change episode. Just have one issue. In 200+ episodes it's my only issue. You were giving him a hard time over saying we could power the world economy off the suns energy. You said if we collected the suns energy the the world would die, everything on earth needs it. What Al Gore said was "all the suns energy in one hour" I think we could do without for one hour. We go without for several hours every night depending on season and latitude. I could put a plant in a closet for an hour without it dying. Just felt the need to pull your chain a little. Love you and all your shows. I especially loved your explanation of the difference between climate and weather using the analogy of a dog on the beach. I use that all the time. PS: I forgive you for Pluto. lol. Rick Sutich St Charles, Illinois

Feb 7th
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SPYDOR

Shatner may be pushing 90 but his wit is still sharper than most folks in their 70's! A lively and amusing chat.

Jan 25th
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Mike

Neil is blessing for humanity

Jan 15th
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Alex De Marco

I was really hoping this would be about time, not yet another story about sports. Way too many stories about sports. I miss the really awesome modern science you used to have here. We need a new cosmic queries episode.

Jan 15th
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tonywlsn

Very enlightening intersection of medicine and technology.

Jan 10th
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