Sailing on an Alien Sea - Dhaya Lakshminarayan

“There are some solutions that don't have to be rational.”

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Sailing on an Alien Sea

In this hour we explore stories relating to STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering and MATH): we travel from the laboratories of the Antarctic to the icy seas of Saturn’s moon Titan - we learn that predisposition does not mean predestined and sometimes A is larger than C.

James McClintock, a scientist researching at McMurdo Station in Antarctica makes an interesting discovery. 

Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics.

Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.

Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.


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09:31
Butterflies Beneath the Ice

by James McClintock

James McClintock, a scientist researching at McMurdo Station, Antartica makes an interesting discovery. 

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13:30
My Genes, My Selves

by Lone Frank

Lone Frank deep dives into personal genomics.

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12:42
To Sail on an Alien Sea

by Ellen Stofan

Ellen Stofan sets her sights on exploring an alien sea.

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06:40
Mother of Nerds

by Dhaya Lakshminarayan

Dhaya Lakshminarayan gets entangled in the language of math.

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Extras From This Episode

Jim McClintock

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Dr. James McClintock (circa 1986) wearing a dry suit prepares to dive below the sea ice in to a -1.8 degree C sea near McMurdo Station, Ross Sea, Antarctica. Visibility under water has been measured up to 500 feet.

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Adelie Penguin rookery near Palmer Station, Antarctica.

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Leopard seal. Photo by Christopher Srigley.

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Sunset in the Lemaire Channel south of U.S. Lemaire Channel. Sometimes called Kodak Alley - one of the most scenic regions of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Two nesting chinstrap penguins on the South Shetland Islands off the northwest coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Dr. James McClintock standing in front of 'ghost rookery' (former Adelie colony site near Palmer Station essentially wiped out by rapid climate change).

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Gentoo penguin rookery on the western Antarctic Peninsula.

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One of the many islands that make up the south Shetland islands along the northwest coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Dr. James McClintock on one of the many South Shetland Islands off the northwest coast of the Antarctic Peninsula.

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Dr. James McClintock crouched below a chuck of ice at Brown Bluff at the northern tip of the Antarctica Peninsula.

Lone Frank

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Lone Frank.

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Visit Lone's website.

Lone Frank's new Book, The Pleasure Shock, is available now.

Ellen Stofan

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Ellen Stofan.

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Saturn's largest moon, Titan.

Dhaya Lakshminarayan

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Dhaya and her mother enjoying a swing ride in the Fall. Dhaya's mother writes: “Wherever Dhaya sees a swing set, we have to stop immediately. So this is one of the parks that she decided to use the swing set.”

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1-year-old Dhaya and her mother. Dhaya's mother writes: “This is the proudest day of my life. My baby's very first birthday!! “

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Dhaya and her Mom attending a cousin's wedding.

The music in this story

  • Ludovico Einaudi - Elegy for the Arctic
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  • Bill Frisell - Lift Off
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  • Duke Levine - Soft Lick