A Journey to the End of the Universe
Could humans ever travel to other galaxies within their lifetime? The immense scale of the Universe seems to prohibit such voyages, after all the nearest galaxy is so far away that it takes light itself - the fastest thing in the Universe - 2.5 million years to complete the trip. Remarkably, there is a trick that might allow humans to accomplish this feat - join us today as we step onboard the constantly accelerating spaceship!
Written and presented by Professor David Kipping.
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0:00 - Prologue
2:57 - A Journey to Alpha Centauri
11:27 - Returning from Distant Shores
21:12 - Onward to the End
Further reading and resources:
► Lee, J. & Cleaver, G., 2015, The Relativistic Blackbody Spectrum in Inertial and Non-Inertial Reference Frames:
► Yurtsever, U. & Wilkinson, S. 2015, Limits and Signatures of Relativistic Flight:
► Margalef-Bentabol, B., Margalef-Bentabol, J., Cepa, J., 2013, Evolution of the Cosmological Horizons in a Concordance Universe:
► Columbia University Department of Astronomy:
► Cool Worlds Lab website:
Music is largely by Chris Zabriskie ( and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license ( in order of appearance;
► Cylinder Five (
► Music from Neptune Flux, The Oceans Continue to Rise
► Music from Neptune Flux, We Were Never Meant to Live Here
► Cylinder Two (
► Cylinder Four (
► Cylinder Eight (
► It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn by Hill, licensed through SoundStripe.com
► Cylinder Two (
► It's Always Darkest Before the Dawn by Hill, licensed through SoundStripe.com
Video materials used:
► Intro/outro video by ESO/Mark Swinbank, Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University, Flying through the MUSE view of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field:
► Voyager 2 footage courtesy NASA JPL:
► Nautilus X videos from f r a g o m a t i k: and
► Ship passing Moon & Mars taken from Beer from Mars by MoonMan Pictures:
► A Journey to Alpha Centauri video by ESO./L. Calçada/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org):
► Relativistic travel through a lattice by Ute Kraus:
► Earth time lapse footage taken onboard the International Space Station by NASA's Earth Science & Remote Sensing Unit
► Fly-through space footage from Space.com:
► A Flight Through the Universe, by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Miguel Aragon & Alex Szalay (Johns Hopkins), Mark Subbarao (Adler Planetarium):
► Galaxy spinning animation by spacetelescope.org:
► Expanding universe animation by EposChronicles:
Films clips used:
► Agora (2009)
► Star Trek (1966 - 1969)
► Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979)
► Interstellar (2014)
► The Expanse (2015 - present)
► 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
► The Martian (2015)
► Passengers (2016)
► Alien (1979)
► Flame over India (1959)
► Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
► Prometheus (2012)
► Alien: Covenant (2017)
► Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 - 1994)
► Planet Earth (2006)
► Elysium (2013)
► Alien: Resurrection (1997)
► Avengers: Endgame (2019)
► What Dreams May Come (1998)
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Nassim Haramein 2015 - The Connected Universe
Nassim Haramein's lecture - The Connected Universe. Recorded from The Modern Knowledge Tour, 2015-08-16 in Toronto. Published by the Nasim Haramein CZ and SK FB page with the kind approval of Modern Knowledge and Resonance Project Foundation. Deepen your connection. Enjoy and share!
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What Is Time? | Professor Sean Carroll explains the theories of Presentism and Eternalism
What is Time? Tackle one of the greatest problems in all of science—the nature of time itself—in Mysteries of Modern Physics: Time, a groundbreaking course by Dr. Sean Carroll, one of the foremost researchers in this field. In this second video from the 24-video series, Professor Carroll approaches time from a philosophical perspective. “Presentism” holds that the past and future are not real; only the present moment is real. However, the laws of physics appear to support “eternalism”—the view that all of the moments in the history of the universe are equally real.
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2018 Reines Lecture: Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves by Kip Thorne
The 2018 Reines Lecture was presented by Kip Thorne, winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the detection of gravitational waves. The discovery, part of the LIGO experiment, validated Albert Einstein’s longstanding prediction that during cataclysmic events the fabric of spacetime can be stretched, sending gravitational tremors across the universe. Thorne is a graduate of Caltech and Princeton University. His research has focused on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and on astrophysics, and he is co-founder of the LIGO Project. Among his many distinctions, Thorne has been awarded the Albert Einstein Medal, the UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal, the Common Wealth Award for Science, and was named California Scientists of the Year. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Academy of Sciences. In addition to his renowned scientific research in theoretical physics, he is involved in writing and movie production. Most notably, he worked on Christopher Nolan’s film Interstellar.
Exploring the Universe with Gravitational Waves: From the Big Bang to Black Holes
There are two types of waves that can propagate across the universe: electromagnetic waves and gravitational waves. Galileo initiated electromagnetic astronomy 400 years ago by pointing a telescope at the sky and discovering the moons of Jupiter. LIGO recently initiated gravitational astronomy by observing gravitational waves from colliding black holes. Thorne will describe this discovery, the 50 year effort that led to it, and the rich explorations that lie ahead.
The Reines Lecture Series honors Frederick Reines, UCI’s Founding Dean of Physical Sciences and co-recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize for discovering the neutrino.
The Real Iron Man: Elon Musk - Documentary 2018 [HD] (Advexon) #Advexon
The Real Iron Man: Elon Musk - Documentary 2018
The South African born, billionaire mega-techpreneur is actually human – but you might not think so after reading Ashlee Vance’s superb biography.
We often think we know someone better after we read a book about them; Elon Musk’s multi-industry disruption, highly complex persona and unbelievable tech smarts destroy this theory. He is incredibly difficult to compare; he has streaks of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Richard Branson but philosophically I thought him much closer to Ayn Rand’s Hank Rearden in her 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged.
A sweeping story of industrialism taking on the establishment, Hank Rearden is a tragic hero; the last defender of a free market and a fearless innovator much like Musk – disrupting big business and vested interests to save the world.
From student days in Canada he [Musk] knew exactly how he wanted to change the world; specifically in three areas that he felt were ripe for disruption: the internet, space travel and the automotive industry. The latter two have clearly been turned upside down. Tesla’s cars have made clean-tech vehicles a reality – exponential organisation Uber might be the world’s favourite transport service app but Musk’s electric cars are the app itself (and fast becoming California’s favourite mode of transport). Space travel for Musk is not just about firing off physics-defying rockets that can also land in one piece, he wants to make humans the first multi-planetary species by colonising Mars. Never mind just changing the world, he is creating a new one.
Along the way he picked up the legendary association of being the real life Iron Man; the Tony Stark of Silicon Valley – indestructible superhero and off-the-charts tech genius. Although Musk himself played down these comparisons, there is no doubt it fuelled a celebrity persona around the products he created and the organisations he built (not that his shareholders are complaining).
Much like Steve Jobs was god-like to Apple employees and genuinely feared in the industries he dominated, Musk is also a contradiction; modern day tech hero on the outside, Victor Frankenstein tendencies on the inside.
He is also an agile evangelist at heart (and exponentially so). He understands the need to fail fast, learn and scale while keeping production cycles as short and iterative as possible. His rocket factories feature the co-location principles of self-organising and multi-functional teams;he insists his top engineers have their desks right next to the production lines on the factory floor. A top NASA executive once remarked; “He’s taken the best things from the tech industry like open-floor office plans and having all this human interaction.”
Some of his latest headline-grabbing ideas are the 1200km/h hyperloop between LA and San Francisco and an orbiting matrix of satellites beaming down free internet to every corner of the globe. It is tempting to dismiss these projects as fanciful dreams but Musk has consistently proved his critics wrong and it would be advisable not to bet against him.
Perhaps he is more like Marty McFly from Back to the Future and is actually trying to build a rocket to get home; after all Elon Musk did say “I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact.”
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From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves - K. Thorne - 3/11/2016
GR100 Public Lecture:
- 100 Years of Relativity: From the Big Bang to Black Holes and Gravitational Waves, by Kip Thorne, Richard P. Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, Caltech
- Introduction by Fiona A. Harrison, Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics; Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Caltech
Learn more about General Relativity at One Hundred: The Sixth Biennial Francis Bacon Conference held at Caltech and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens from March 10 -12, 2016:
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Prof Kip Thorne: My Life In Science (2016)
Interstellar scientist, theoretical physicist and 2017 Nobel Prize for Physics co-winner Kip Thorne's address to UCD Literary & Historical upon reciept of the James Joyce Award.
Born in Logan Utah in 1940, Kip Thorne received his B.S. degree from Caltech in 1962 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1965. He returned to Caltech as an Associate professor in 1967 and became Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1970, The William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor in 1981, The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics in 1991, and The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics, Emeritus, in 2009. Thorne's research has focused on Einstein's general theory of relativity and on astrophysics, with emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and especially gravitational waves. He was cofounder (with R. Weiss and R.W.P. Drever) of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Project, which made the breakthrough discovery of gravitational waves arriving at Earth from the distant universe on September 14, 2015.
Thorne was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1972, the National Academy of Sciences in 1973, and the Russian Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society in 1999. He has been awarded the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the Karl Schwarzschild Medal of the German Astronomical Society, the Albert Einstein Medal of the Albert Einstein Society in Berne, Switzerland, the UNESCO Niels Bohr Gold Medal from UNESCO, and the Common Wealth Award for Science, and was named California Scientist of the Year in 2004. For his book for nonscientists, Black Holes and Time Warps: Einstein's Outrageous Legacy (Norton Publishers 1994), Thorne was awarded the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award, the Phi Beta Kappa Science Writing Award, and the (Russian) Priroda Readers' Choice Award. In 1973 Thorne coauthored the textbook Gravitation, from which most of the present generation of scientists have learned general relativity theory. Fifty-two physicists have received the PhD at Caltech under Thorne's personal mentorship.
In 2009 Thorne stepped down from his Feynman Professorship at Caltech in order to ramp up a new career in writing, movies and continued scientific research. His current research is on the nonlinear dynamics of curved spacetime. His current writing focus is the textbook Modern Classical Physics, coauthored with Roger Blandford (to be published in late 2016). His first Hollywood movie was Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, on which he was executive producer and science advisor. For his role embedding extensive real science in this movie and explaining it in his book, The Science of Interstellar, he was awarded the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Mass Media.
The Age of Exploration: Crash Course European History #4
The thing about European History is that it tends to leak out of Europe. Europeans haven't been great at staying put in Europe. As human beings do, the people of Europe were very busy traveling around to trade, to spread religion, and in a lot of cases to try and conquer other people. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Europeans developed a bunch of tools and techniques that would allow them to travel around the world, in numbers and force heretofore unseen on the planet. And a lot of the results weren't great for the people who already lived in the places Europeans were visiting.
Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe. Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration. New York: W. W. Norton, 2006.
Smith, Bonnie G. Modern Empires: A Reader. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016.
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UFO Sightings in Colorado
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Dinosaur Detectives | Episode 1 | Full Documentary | Reel Truth Science
When the remains of seven dinosaurs were found in Dorset, England, local people were baffled. What were land-dwelling dinosaurs - Scelidosaurus - doing at a location that, 200 million years ago when they were alive, would have been miles out to sea? A team of fossil hunters scour the beach and cliffs for more evidence. The results are extraordinary… could this be a new species altogether?
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The New Astronomy: Crash Course History of Science #13
This week on Crash Course: History of the Scientific Revolution—astronomical anomalies accrued. Meanwhile, in Denmark—an eccentric rich dude constructed not one but two science castles! And his humble German assistant synthesized a lot of new, old, and bold astronomical ideas into a single sun-centered, eccentricity-positive system…
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40 Years of Evolution of Darwin's Finches
Charles Darwin said evolution was too slow to be observed, but modern studies have corrected this assertion. The Grants will discuss their decades of work studying Darwin’s finches on the Galápagos Island of Daphne Major, as chronicled in the Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time. Their research showed that Darwin’s finches evolve repeatedly when the environment changes. They have even observed the initial stages of new species formation!
Dimitrios Psaltis | The Black Hole Test || Radcliffe Institute
As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Dimitrios Psaltis ’17 explores Einstein's General Theory of Relativity and its implication for black holes and neutron stars. Psaltis is one of the key members of the Event Horizon Telescope, which will obtain the first-ever picture of an astrophysical black hole.
Psaltis is a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of Arizona and is the 2016–2017 Shutzer Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute.
The Science of Interstellar: an Illustration of a Century of Relativity with Kip Thorne
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Has anyone seen a black hole? Can we travel to distant parts of the universe through a wormhole? Has anyone even seen a wormhole? Does time run slower or faster depending on the proximity to a black hole?
Kip Thorne, the scientist behind the movie Interstellar is coming to town specially to tell us about all the scientific facts that were depicted in the movie as well as all the work behind the scenes. Interstellar, despite being a Hollywood movie, produced the most accurate picture of a black hole ever made and gave rise to two scientific papers.
For many scientists, Interstellar is the movie which best illustrates many of the concepts and implications of Albert Einstein theory of general relativity. In exactly 100 years ago, Albert Einstein formulated his theory which says that gravity can deform both space and time and that light bends when passing close to the sun.
Einstein’s theory is capable of explaining many of the phenomena happening in the universe such as the fact that the universe is expanding and that black holes exist. When combined with quantum theory they provide a tentative framework for understanding the universe's big-bang birth. Thorne will discuss Relativity's first century, using Interstellar to illustrate many of Relativity's deepest ideas.
Love or Attachment? by Robina Courtin
Love or Attachment?
Wednesday 11th March at 6:30pm - at The Buddhist Society
According to Buddha, attachment is effectively the main source of our suffering in day-to-day life. A big surprise! We usually confuse it with love, which is necessarily altruistic and which is the source of our own happiness and the capacity to help others.
Attachment is necessarily I-based: dissatisfaction, neediness, expectation, manipulating others to get what I want. Love, however, is other-based: open, kind, clear, the wish that others be happy.
How do we distinguish them? That’s the key to practice. Through meditation, becoming our own therapists, as Lama Yeshe would say, we can learn to unpack and unravel our emotions and lessen attachment and the other delusions and grow love, compassion and the rest — for our own sake and the sake of others.
About the speaker
Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.
Debating the Nature of Capitalism with Professor Anwar Shaikh
Episode 13: Anwar Shaikh
On today’s episode John Papola talks to author, economist, and New School professor Anwar Shaikh. Anwar is a political economist whose work offers a synthesis of the economic analysis in Smith, Ricardo, Marx, and Keynes. He is also a well-known critic of neoclassical economics, particularly of the Theory of Perfect Competition.
John and Anwar delve into many topics, such as the Theory of Perfect Competition, Say's Law of Markets, and the morality of advertising. The two agree on some things and deeply (but respectfully) disagree on others, making for a very entertaining and informative conversation.
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Horology Hour on John Harrison and the Corpus Chronophage with Dr John C Taylor OBE
This episode of Horology Hour discusses the work of John Harrison and the Corpus Chronophage presented by Dr John C Taylor OBE.
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Public Lecture: From Mars to the Multiverse - M. Rees
Fifty Years of Quasars: A Symposium in Honor of Maarten Schmidt
Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA - Sept. 9-10, 2013
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Fifty years ago, the discovery of quasars transformed astronomy. Studies of quasars and other active galactic nuclei still are a major, vibrant, and developing part of astronomy, astrophysics, and cosmology. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this discovery, and honor Maarten Schmidt, whose insight into the nature of quasar spectra was a decisive milestone in the rise of this new field of research, in addition to his continued contributions ever since.
The meeting consisted of invited talks only, covering various aspects of the history and the current state of quasar research.
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