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Our purpose is to engage our listeners on a journey through 'Science of Fiction' that is both educational and entertaining.


We investigate the science fiction themes from within popular book, cinema and media titles before exploring these concepts as a reality with experts and scientists.


We source content, books and media from leading publishing houses, book stores and tv/movie/streaming companies. We source our quality content, facts and research from worldwide Universities, labs and academic papers.
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Dr Fiona Kerr discussing the ethical approach to cyborgs.
This week I have a conversation with Professor Tom Drummond that is centred around the ethical dilemmas of Ai and robots governing the world, driving our cars and potentially participating in society alongside humans or even.... as humans.
This week in season 2 episode 4 we launch into parallel universes and multiverses. My conversation with Professor Yasunori Nomura was deep and I did not expect the reality that we are simply waiting on the technology to allow the science to flourish. For us to view inside the 'bubble' of a parallel universe, we will need quantum computing to speed up...the race is on so we couldn't be waiting that long...could we?Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on The Man Who Folded Himself and can be purchased here. See more from Professor Yasunori Nomura:https://vcresearch.berkeley.edu/faculty/yasunori-nomura https://physics.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/yasunori-nomura https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasunori_Nomura https://www.facebook.com/yasunori.nomura.7  Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.com Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
In part 2 of our two-part series we are joined this week by Caroline Mallary a PhD student at the University of Massachusettes and our past guest Dr Gaurav Khanna from Episode 1 on Hyperspace. This episode is more focussed on time travel where last week's episode we dove right into time loops. Caroline Mallary has discovered that her time machine, although in its simplest form, does not need exotic matter... matter once thought to be required if a time machine was ever to be built.Further Reading and Resources:Carolines Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub6PGaygVwA&feature=youtu.beGaurav and Caroline's paper: Closed Timelike Curves and "Effective" Superluminal Travel with Naked Line Singularities  https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.09505Gaurav's article: Time Travel is Technically Possible—But We Need An Object With Infinite Mass. https://www.newsweek.com/time-travel-infinite-mass-einstein-hawking-relativity-time-loop-singularity-1257527 This episode was inspired by the book: The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy -Douglas Adams See more from Dr. Gaurav Khanna at: http://gravity.phy.umassd.eduFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favorite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.coWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford - The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
In part 1 of our two part series we are joined this week by Caroline Mallary a PhD student at the University of Massachusettes and our past guest Dr Gaurav Khanna from Episode 1 on Hyperspace.  The theory of time travel and time loops we discuss require two long spaceships parked in parallel. One moves forward really fast, while the other is parked. Caroline explains that a time loop forms between the two cars such that space and time folds on itself. Although almost impossible to create and imagine right now, the science is now here and we have just witnessed another breakthrough in space-time.  Carolines Videos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub6PGaygVwA&feature=youtu.beGaruav and Caroline's paper: Closed Timelike Curves and "Effective" Superluminal Travel with Naked Line Singularities  https://arxiv.org/abs/1708.09505  Gaurav's article: Time Travel is Technically Possible—But We Need An Object With Infinite Mass. https://www.newsweek.com/time-travel-infinite-mass-einstein-hawking-relativity-time-loop-singularity-1257527
This week in season 2 episode 1 we launch into the Time Travel season with an episode on portals. I first learned of Dr Broussard when I came across an NBC article stating that Dr Broussard from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in eastern Tennessee, is trying to open a portal to a parallel universe. My conversation with Leah did get a little science-y and that is what I love most about my interviews, they introduce me to concepts and ideas that have been itching at me for years. Could there be a parallel universe?  I think yes, but can we prove it? well with the fire in the belly of Dr Leah Broussard. I think yes. Further Reading and Resources:This episode is based on the books in the Narnia series and can be purchased here. See more from Dr Leah Broussard at:Twitter: https://twitter.com/leahjbroussard  Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member-only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.com Widdershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
This week on our episode I discuss Space Stations with Dr Brad Tucker https://www.facebook.com/DrBradTucker an Astrophysicist/Cosmologist at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Mt. Stromlo Observatory and the National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, at the Australian National University.Further Reading and Resources:This episode was inspired by the book: Downbelow Station - CJ Cherryh https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1See more from Dr Brad Tucker at:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrBradTuckerTwitter: http://twitter.com/btucker22Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.comWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
This week on our episode I discuss Space Travel with Dr Seth Shostak #sethshostak. Seth Shostak is involved with the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life at the SETI Institute in California—trying to find evidence that there’s someone out there. He is also committed to getting the public, especially young people, excited about astrobiology and science in general.Further Reading and Resources:Ted talk https://www.ted.com/talks/seth_shostak_et_is_probably_out_there_get_ready?language=enBig picture science http://radio.seti.org/Sex in space https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLwoYUvEi6AHR8799 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIadRr0QX_QThis episode was inspired by the book: Foundations - Isaac Asimov https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1See more from Dr Seth Shostak at: #sethshostakFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.comWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
This week I discuss Wormholes with Dr Jordi Prat-Camps https://www.linkedin.com/in/jordi-prat-camps-a9bba177/ a physicist from Barcelona with a background in electromagnetism, superconductivity, and metamaterials, with a very applied vision.Further Reading and Resources:Contact by Carl Sagan:https://wordery.com/contact-carl-sagan-9781501197987#oid=%202173_1This episode was inspired by the book: Final days - BY Gary Gibson https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1 and the movie Interstellar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z-fCIqm4KYWe also chat about the book 'Contact' by Carl Sagan. You can get your hands on 'Contact' HERE.See more from Dr Jordi Prat-Camps at: https://pratcamps.weebly.com/Follow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.comWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
This week on our episode I discuss Exoplanets with Dr Cassandra Hall Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40cassidentprone&src=typd a Winton Exoplanet Fellow at the University of Leicester, UK. Dr Hall works in the Theoretical Astrophysics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy.Further Reading and Resources:This episode was inspired by the book: Dying of the Light - George R.R Martin https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1See more from Dr Cassandra Hall at: Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%40cassidentprone&src=typdFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.comWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
This week on our first ever Bonus episode I discuss Space Law with Professor Steven Freeland.Steven Freeland https://www.linkedin.com/in/steven-freeland-52081b124/ is a Professor of International Law at the University of Western Sydney, Visiting Professor in International Law at the University of Copenhagen, and a Member of Faculty of the London Institute of Space Policy and Law.In my conversation with Steven, he emphasizes why space is so important from science, to commerce, to politics and why he believes its useful to have education around the use of space and the broader perspective of how human interference can impact on the use of space. A major concern of Stevens’ is space debris, fueled largely by the rapidly increasing number of companies who say they want to go to space. He tells us that this would massively change the dynamics of space not only because of the potential of debris, but for a whole range of legal questions. Steven provides hypothetical examples of these issues and stresses the importance of exercising caution when exploring space.Further Reading and Resources:This episode was inspired by the book: Stranger in a strange land - Robert A. Heinlen and is the story of a boy born on Mars who makes his way back to earth as man only to find his legal entitlement to the whole planet of Mars. https://widdershinspodcast.com/season-one%3A-space-1See more from Professor Steven Freeland at: www.linkedin.com/in/steven-freelandFollow Widdershins and please Rate and Review us in your favourite Podcast app so others can easily find Widdershins!Visit our website: www.widdershinspodcast.com/ for member only access and merchandiseFacebook: www.facebook.com/WiddershinsPodcast/Twitter: https://twitter.com/WiddershinsPInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/widdershins_podcast/Email us: connect@widdershinspodcast.comWiddershins proudly uses the services of Letitia Stafford – The Ultimate Podcasting Virtual Assistant
As part of our launch we are dropping 3 episodes on January 20th, 2020. Here is a sneak peak into our Episode with Steven Freeland on Space Law.
Widdershins Podcast - Coming soon | Trailer #2From the minds of the world's greatest scientific experts, comes the truth hidden within the pages of science fiction.In a NEW Sci-Fi Podcast we present WIDDERSHINS.We take the science fiction themes you know and love and put them under the microscope with the worlds leading engineers, scientists and experts who are developing the technology right not. Technology that you thought was impossible or even magic.COMING JANUARY 2020Support the show
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