Rerouting... Rerouting

Big Picture Science Radio Show - Rerouting... Rerouting

With GPS, we can navigate unfamiliar cities. Without GPS, we might not find our way home. Scientists say that our reliance on dashboard devices is eroding our ability to create cognitive maps, even to see landmarks or the scenery. But a GPS-dependent app can also turn a ho-hum flight into a geology expedition, and animals tagged with GPS sensors reveal their surprising migration routes. Find out where crocodiles go, and even where phytoplankton wander. Plus, a man who is still creating new paper maps.
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Previously Featured

a signal at space aliens
Humankind just beamed a signal at space aliens. Was that a bad idea?
In a valley eight miles southeast of the Norwegian city of Tromsø, a radar antenna has just transmitted a short bit of radio programming to potential alien listeners: some specially composed electronic music and a tutorial about geometry and the use of binary numbers.
November 22, 2017
Why is it so cold on Pluto?
A new paper in Nature, co-authored by SETI Institute scientist Hiroshi Imanaki, lead author, Xi Zhang, University of Santa Cruz, explains that haze is the cause of Pluto’s cold temperature.
November 20, 2017
November 20, 2017
SETI Institute Fellow, Edna DeVore, Named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
AAAS is recognizing Edna for her distinguished contributions to astronomy education and to the professional communities working to increase appreciation for and understanding of the universe.

Where in the Worlds has SETI Institute Been? - November 6 – November 12, 2017
A roundup of SETI Institute in the media.
November 15, 2017
fyberonmars November 14, 2017
The Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and FYBR Solutions Inc. (FYBR) are announcing a new partnership with the NASA Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) for the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) or drone technologies and applications for future Mars exploration.

October 2017 SETI Institute Activity Report
This newly expanded activity report covers all work of the SETI Institute to provide a more holistic overview of the impact of our work.
November 09, 2017

News and Announcements

  Geminids Meteor shower Dec. 12 -15, 2017
The Geminids should be visible from December 12-15, peaking on the 13th. Additionally, on December 16, the asteroid Phaeton will pass so close to Earth that it will be possible to see it moving between stars.
  CAMS detected unexpected meteor activity from alpha Monocerotids in Nov 2017
  Seeing Pluto With Your Own Eyes From Your Backyard With Unistellar's eVscope
One of the biggest challenges in popular astronomy is finding specific objects in the night sky. Most nebulae, galaxies, and asteroids are invisible to the naked eye, and locating them in the immense vastness of space has frustrated people for centuries.
Peter Jenniskens and Esko Lyytinen report that the dust trail of 700-year comet Borisov, who just passed perihelion in 2014, will be in the Earth's path on 2017 July 29 at 00:22 UT.
  FDL Call for Applications - Planetary Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  FDL Call for Applications - Data Science
The 2017 8-week program is still accepting qualified participants and will run June 26 - August 18, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the closing date of the 19th of May.
  Moonlet of Saturn, Pan
Everyone has been talking about this new image from Cassini showing a close up of the Saturn moonlet Pan – stunning!
  New class of metal-organic compounds found in meteorites
  Meteors radiating from the constellation of the Little Dipper Dec. 22, 2016
CAMS video cameras recorded an rare outburst of meteors radiating from the constellation the Small Dipper late in the night of December 22, 2016.
  NASA’s New Horizons, IAU Set Pluto Naming Themes
NASA’s New Horizons and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) have announced naming themes for surface features on Pluto and its moons.