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Ep 327: The Martian robotic invasion



The Martian robotic invasion

As of yet, no humans have made it to Mars. However, many of our spacecraft, landers and rovers have. Join us as we take a little look at a few missions, and a large look at what we’ve learned about our neighbor, the red planet.
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Ep 326: Hit and miss missions to Mars



Hit and miss missions to Mars

Most of the early missions to Mars failed, but by the mid-70s, orbiters circled the red planet, and some landers sat safely on its surface. We also have a look at a few Martian mirages, when astronomers squinting threw telescopes saw things that weren’t actually there.
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Ep 325: Of time and tides and Mercury



Of time and tides and Mercury

The smallest planet in our solar system is also the fastest and closest to our sun. In fact, on occasion, the sun will reverse direction in Mercury’s skies. Join us for a look at this good thing in a small package.
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Ep 324: The Venus bot trap



The Venus bot trap

Humans have never been to Venus, and a good thing too. Judging by the wreckage of failed automated missions, the Goddess of love, loves to eat robots.
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Ep 323: Robots orbiting the Earth



Robots orbiting the Earth

We’re combining and continuing our episodes on robots, automation, space and space travel with a look at what robots have been up to while orbiting our planet.
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Ep 322: Robots, saving lives and curing cancer



Robots, saving lives and curing cancer

With a side trip to the largest robots in the world, we talk about robots used for search and rescue, and some very small robots being developed to fight illness.
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Ep 321: The robot apocalypse is nigh



The robot apocalypse is nigh

In honor of Halloween, we get just a little bit spooky this week. With more and more robots in the world, and with said robots becoming smarter over time, what happens if they turn against us and start to harm humans? In fact, it has already happened.
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Ep 320: Should robots think for themselves?



Should robots think for themselves?

We get to robot brains today, including an early neural network, made from analog circuits, instead of digital.
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Ep 318: Much to say about nothing



Much to say about nothing

The discovery of vacuum was strangely pivotal in the history of science and technology. From steam engines to electronics, we talk about the power of nothing.
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