#50: Moon News: July 2018

This week’s stories: Mr. Steven has Even Bigger Arms, Commercial Crew Program is behind schedule (as usual), Ice Cube and Multi Messenger Astronomy.

Show Notes

Mr. Steven—now with more net. (Official Photos)
SpaceX completes vast Mr Steven arm upgrades for quadruple-sized net
NASA Commercial Crew Program: Plan Needed to Ensure Uninterrupted Access to the International Space Station (PDF)
The IceCube Neutrino Detector at the South Pole Hits Paydirt
IceCube neutrinos point to long-sought cosmic ray accelerator

#49: More Stolen Moon Rocks

It’s been one year of Moon Law, so Alan and Kris are returning to their favorite subject: Stolen Moon Rocks. Including updates on U.S. V Davies, A woman suing NASA over a vial of moon dust, and more.

Show Notes

Los Angeles Times: Sheer Lunacy
Neil Armstrong gave her a vial of moon dust, she says. She’s suing so NASA won’t take it.
How much is a moon rock really worth?
Apollo Astronauts Meet with NASA to Clear Claims on Space Mementos

#48: Immigration Policy

This week we’re discussing the US immigration system, and reacting to the horrors of the current administration’s policies.

#47: Absolute Temperature and the Future of Measurement

Continuing the discussion from last week, Kris explains how thermometers actually work, what absolute zero means, and how the definitions of temperature scales have changed in the past, and are once again being redefined.

Show Notes

Court holds that police will generally need a warrant for sustained cellphone location information
Swarm Seeks Fresh FCC Satellite Launch Clearance While Still in Penalty Box
Swarm’s latest Application to the FCC (PDF)
Gas Laws
Practical Engineering – Why Bridges Move
Reproducibility of the Temperature of the Ice Point in Routine Measurements (PDF)
Resolution 3 of the 13th CGPM (1967/68)Resolution 10 of the 23rd CGPM (2007)

#46: The History of Temperature

Fahrenheit, Celsius, Kelvin – these are of course the names of temperature scales, and also the names of men who made important advancements in the study of temperature.

Show Notes

Evolution of the thermometer 1592-1743
Thermoscopes, thermometers, and the foundations of measurement (pdf)
GradianGradians, Not Degrees: How to Measure Navigational Velocity Using the Metric System (pdf)

#45: What is a Trial?

This week we break down the differences between civil and criminal law by discussing the trial process.

Show Notes

Civil Law vs. Criminal Law: Breaking Down the Differences
Jurisdiction: Equity
The Discovery Stage

#44: The FCC

The question of why the FCC has the authority to regulate satellites and their orbits has come up a couple times recently. Alan tries to explain by giving a history lesson of the FCC’s authority.

#43: Cell Phone Tracking & Privacy

Last month, the New York Times revealed a commercial service, offered to law enforcement across the country, which is able to locate virtually any US cell phone in real time. One of the companies involved has been leaking location data for at least a year. Will the United States ever get data protection laws?


Show Notes

NASA head Jim Bridenstine, once doubtful, confirms he believes humans are the leading cause of climate change
Service Meant to Monitor Inmates’ Calls Could Track You, Too
Mississippi County Sheriff Indicted on Charges of Identity Theft
Sen. Ron Wyden’s May 8th letter to the FCC (pdf)
Sen. Ron Wyden’s May 8th letter to AT&T (PDF). Nearly identical letters also written to T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
Hacker Breaches Securus, the Company That Helps Cops Track Phones Across the US
Tracking Firm LocationSmart Leaked Location Data for Customers of All Major U.S. Mobile Carriers Without Consent in Real Time Via Its Web Site
Robert Xaio: LocationSmart API Vulnerability

#42: The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything

This week we’re celebrating the life and work of the late, great Douglas Adams. Topics include BBC’s Dirk Gently, the various adaptations of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and more.


Show Notes

BBC America: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Radio 4: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Hexagonal Phase
Radio 4’s old Hitchhiker’s Guide website
The confusing iTunes UI

#41: Moon News: May 2018

It’s been a big month for space news. This week we’re talking about the Mars InSight mission, the surprise announcement of the Mars Helicopter, Falcon 9 Block 5, Google Duplex and more.


Show Notes

Google Duplex: An AI System for Accomplishing Real-World Tasks Over the Phone
MarCO Cubesats to Mars
Mars InSight Mission
Mars Helicopter
NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration (Video)
2014 Robotics Activities at JPL
Boeing 787 conducts fatigue testing (Video)
SpaceX Test-Fires New Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket
Highlights from Elon Musk’s Block 5 Press Conference