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Could Humans Be Too Heavy For Mars?

11 September - 31 mins
Podcast Series Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea

Over the course of the last 20 years, and over many missions, we have inched ever closer to the day of getting humans to Mars.

But of the many issues that lie ahead in that pursuit, one is perhaps unexpected - humans and all the things that go with them are heavy.

And that's a serious problem.

Dr. Philip Metzger, Planetary Scientist at the Florida Space Institute from the University of Central Florida joined Jonathan to discuss.

Dr. Ruth Freeman and Dr. Shane Bergin also joined Jonathan to run through this week's top science news stories.

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31 mins

Series Episodes

Futureproof Extra: Super Fast Computers

Futureproof Extra: Super Fast Computers

In this increasingly digitized world, it’s all about making things faster and more efficient. And this is no more exemplified than in the field of computers. Well, things could be getting a lot faster, as an international team has discovered a new molecule that could give computers an extra boost. Professor Damien Thompson,  Professor from the Department of Physics in the School of Natural Sciences, University of Limerick joined Jonathan to discuss. Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.     You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

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Brain HQ - Helping People Living with mTBIs

Brain HQ - Helping People Living with mTBIs

Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries impact the lives of thousands of people every year with rehabilitation lasting anything between a few days to a number of months - or even years. And despite the growing awareness of the damage mTBIs can have on a person’s life - new and effective therapies are still being developed. But could a new spin on brain training make the difference? Dr. Henry Mahncke CEO of Posit Science & Brain HQ joined Jonathan to discuss. Dr. Ruth Freeman & Dr. Shane Bergin also joined us to discuss the top science news for Newsround. Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.     You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

32 mins

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Futureproof Extra: How Can Machines Learn Human Values?

Futureproof Extra: How Can Machines Learn Human Values?

Brian Christian - Visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and author of The Alignment Problem: How Can Machines Learn Human Values? Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.     You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

15 mins

20 September Finished

Do Other Planets Have Violent Volcanoes Like Earth?

Do Other Planets Have Violent Volcanoes Like Earth?

On this week's Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea -  he asks if other planets have volcanoes that are violent as those on Earth? To answer this he is joined by Natalie Starkey - Author of Fire and Ice: The Volcanoes of the Solar System Also on the show, Jonathan is joined by Dr Share Bergin and Dr Susan Kelleher of UCD to look at the science news stories of the week. Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.     You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

37 mins

18 September Finished

Why Do We Dream?

Why Do We Dream?

Now, when you lay your heads down to sleep at night, you might do so with the lingering hope that you’ll have sweet, and pleasant dreams. But so often dreams are bizarre and non-sensical,  but why do we do it? What is it that causes us to hallucinate while unconscious? Is it some sort of biological inheritance that serves no function or are we being trained by our minds to expect anomaly and change? Erik Hoel is a neuroscientist, neuro-philosopher and author of the novel ‘The Revelations’. He joined Jonathan to discuss Dreams and how they are more than simply images that accost us when we go to sleep. He argues that dreams serve a much more important purpose than they have previously been credited with, not so much random images and scenarios but something else entirely. Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.     You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'. Photo by Merlin lightpainting from Pexels

18 mins

16 September Finished

Futureproof Gold: The Trouble with Moon Dust

Futureproof Gold: The Trouble with Moon Dust

With no gravity or atmosphere to speak of, and temperatures lurching from 127C to minus 173C - the Moon is a dangerous place. That being said, certain death, if exposed to its environment, isn’t stopping us from trying to get back up there - far from it. But there is one tiny thing that might put a spanner in the works if we do ever manage to land on the Moon’s surface again...and it isn’t the lack of oxygen or the solar radiation. Dr Philip Metzger, Planetary Scientist at the Florida Space Institute from the University of Central Florida joined Jonathan to discuss. Listen and subscribe to Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.    Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App.    You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by adding the Newstalk skill and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'.

18 mins

14 September Finished

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