The Star Spot

Our guest is Dan Falk, an award winning science journalist and broadcaster. He's been published very broadly, including in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Cosmos Magazine, and New Scientist, and has contributed to CBC and TV Ontario science programming. Dan Falk is also the author of two books, including In Search of Time: Journeys Along a Curious Dimension and The Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything, which was the winner of the 2002 Science in Society Journalism Award from the Canadian Science Writers' Association. He is currently at MIT pursuing a Knight Science Journalism Fellowship.

In their broad conversation, Dan Falk and Justin Trottier discuss the importance of astronomy and science literacy, why life may be rare in the galaxy but the SETI project is still important, how time might be just an illusion, the greatness of Galileo, and the endlessly fascinating scientific adventure.

In Current in Space, we discuss new insights on merging spiral galaxies, the Kepler planet hunting mission getting an extension, and a contrary view for the prevalance of life in the universe from Marc Kaufman, author of "First Contact."

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Our pilot episode has featured guest Dr. David Lafreniere, an astrophysicist and an assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Montreal. His pioneering work relates to the detection of exoplanets, which are planets beyond our solar system for which he's won multiple awards. His work has been published in Time Magazine, the National Geographic, ABC News and many other publications. Our Current in Space segment focuses on the Canadian Aerospace Review.

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