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  • Gamma Ray Skies | David Barrett Wilson

    Gamma Ray Skies

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    • By David Barrett Wilson
    • Narrated By Barbara Bogaev, David Barrett Wilson
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    Gamma rays are the most intense form of radiation. As the Cold War focused on the spread of nuclear war, a U.S. spy satellite searching for clandestine nuclear weapons tests detected frequent, but brief, bursts of powerful gamma-rays, a possible signal of a hydrogen bomb explosion. Interviewing some of the original researchers of this phenomenon, Producer David Barrett Wilson takes us from that starting point through the beginning of scientific research into these bizarre surges of energy.

  • Fate of the Universe | David Barrett Wilson

    Fate of the Universe

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    • By David Barrett Wilson
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    How old is the universe? How do scientists even begin to answer the question? Producer David Barrett Wilson explores these questions with some of the leading astrophysicists and researchers of their time. Nobel Laureates Arno Penzias and Robert Wilson describe their groundbreaking work at Bell Labs to identify the remnants of the Big Bang. Cosmologist Wendy Freedman discusses how she and her team working with the Hubble Space Telescope narrowed down the age of the universe.

  • Einstein's Blunder | David Barrett Wilson

    Einstein's Blunder

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    When Albert Einstein told us about the relationship between mass, energy, space and time, he assumed that the universe was static. Even though his first equations showed that in fact the cosmos was moving apart from some source, he thought that was a mistake. So he added a fudge factor — what he called the cosmological constant, a way of balancing the force of gravity. Later, he was to call the cosmological constant the biggest mistake of his life.

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