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Sunday, August 25, 2013


The StarTalker

Issue 44, August 22, 2013
This Week's New Podcast
The Science of Sx (Part 2)
August 25, 2013, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Neil and Dr Ruth  

The Science of Sx comes to its inevitable climax this week. From the start, when Neil deGrasse Tyson and sx therapist Dr. Ruth discuss whether size matters in planets and penises, to the finish, when the pair discuss aliens and sx under the stars, you’re in for a satisfying experience. Where else would two astrophysicists, Neil and Charles Liu, discuss arousal in terms of pupil dilation and norepinephrine release, and ejaculation in terms of sperm volume and velocity, in the same episode that Kristen Schaal goes bananas over sx-crazed bonobos? Plus, Mary Roach describes how she and her husband “took one for the readers” by becoming the first couple to have sx recorded with 4-D ultrasound imaging, and tells us who has better sex and why according to Masters and Johnson. Listen on our website, this Sunday, August 25th at 7:00pm ET and on iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher by 7:30.

(Note: Portions of this podcast appeared previously in a StarTalk Radio video on The Nerdist.)
Photo Credit: David Gamble. 

Labor Day Weekend's Classic Podcast
Cosmic Queries: Asteroids, Comets and Meteor Storms
September 1, 2013, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

White Dwarf and Asteroid  

Since we're taking a week off from the newsletter next week, we wanted to give you a heads up that on Labor Day, you can catch up on this popular episode from our archives. In it, Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Chuck Nice answer your questions about asteroids. “Why are some asteroids mineral rich and some just big rocks?” “Is the asteroid belt actually the debris from a failed planet?” “What’s the difference between comets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, meteorites, planets, dwarf planets and more?” “Are there interstellar asteroids?” “Does Earth have an asteroid season?” You’ll also learn about Abe Lincoln and the Leonid Meteor Storm of 1833, and the practicality of deflecting asteroids to use as weapons. Listen now.
Photo Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. 

Catch Up on Last Week's Podcast
The Science of Sx (Part 1)
August 18, 2013 

Science of Sex  

Listen in as StarTalk Radio trades the cosmic for the orgasmic. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and comic co-host Kristen Schaal, author of The Sexy Book of Sexy Sx, tread not so lightly into taboo territory with guests Mary Roach, author of Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sx, famed sx therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and astrophysicist Charles Liu. But it’s still StarTalk, so Neil and guests focus on the science, not the lasciviousness, of sx. You’ll learn that females can have nocturnal erections just like men, what the other erectile tissue in the human body is (it’s not the nipples!), and why pharmaceutical research has moved on to developing pills for post-menopausal women with flagging sx drives. Listen now
(Note: Portions of this podcast appeared previously in a StarTalk Radio video on The Nerdist.)

Best of the Blog
Attending the Reopening of the Enterprise Space Shuttle Pavilion at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Posted August 20, 2013 

Space Shuttle Enterprise  

After nearly a whole summer of working as an instructor for Camp GOALS for Girls I am still not used to walking across a plank to clock in. I’m also not used to walking passed aircraft such as the Piasecki or Skyhawk along my path to the education offices. Today I’m writing about one of my favorite days this summer, July 10th, which started out as a normal day (as normal as it gets working at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex) and soon became an exceptional one as I was swept away to the reopening of the Space Shuttle Pavilion. Read more.
Photo Credit: Megan Bednarz.

Have You Seen Our Latest "Behind the Scenes" Video?
Neil deGrasse Tyson on Magnetic Pole Reversal and Extinction 


Magnetic Pole Reversal  

Could the Earth's magnetic poles reverse in the near future, and what would that mean for humans biologically and technologically? Could humanity even face extinction? Neil deGrasse Tyson explains magnetic pole reversal to comic co-host Chuck Nice in this Cosmic Query. Watch now

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