Exploration is an hour long radio program on science, technology, politics, and the environment. Topics covered include black holes, time travel, higher dimensions, string theory, wormholes, search for extra-terrestrial life, dark matter and dark energy, the future of space travel, genetic engineering, the aging process, the future of medicine, the human body shop, artificial intelligence, the future of computers and robots, as well as topics from science fiction.
Driverless cars: Regulators in San Francisco have approved two operators for the first wave of RoboTaxi service. It will surely displace some workers but may also take a lot of bad drivers off the road, for example, serving as designated driver for drunken passengers who might otherwise get behind the wheel.
Virgin Galactic: A select group of rich tourists may be blasting into space within a few years in a craft that looks like a cross between a corporate jet and something out of science fiction.
5th fundamental force: Back in 2021, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fermi National Laboratory announced that they had found evidence of particles behaving in a manner that defied the predictions made in the Standard Model. This in turn hinted at the existence of a fifth force, or a subatomic particle unknown to science.
Exploring Mars: The planet Mars has been explored remotely by spacecraft. Probes sent from Earth, beginning in the late 20th century, have yielded a large increase in knowledge about the Martian system, focused primarily on understanding its geology and habitability potential. Eventually, humans will most likely journey to Mars. Getting astronauts to the Martian surface and returning them safely to Earth, however, is an extremely difficult engineering challenge.