Modeling

133: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Mercury with Dr. Padovan

Dr. Sebastiano Padovan  talks about the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. He compares the evolution of planets to movies, and says that understanding a planet's history from its current state is like trying to figure out the plot of an entire movie from a single snapshot. He also explains why Mercury is "a favorite" of scientists who do computational modeling.

Dr. Sebastiano Padovan talks about the planet closest to the sun, Mercury. He compares the evolution of planets to movies, and says that understanding a planet's history from its current state is like trying to figure out the plot of an entire movie from a single snapshot. He also explains why Mercury is "a favorite" of scientists who do computational modeling.

121: Solar storms with Dr. Janvier

Dr. Miho Janvier  talks about her work studying solar storms, and tells us about the ways these storms have impacted humans in the past. She explains why they are challenging to model and says why she's interested in "garbage" data from planetary missions.  Folllow Dr. Janvier on  Twitter , and watch her  TED talk !   Image : Miho Janvier speaks at TEDGlobal 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

Dr. Miho Janvier talks about her work studying solar storms, and tells us about the ways these storms have impacted humans in the past. She explains why they are challenging to model and says why she's interested in "garbage" data from planetary missions.

Folllow Dr. Janvier on Twitter, and watch her TED talk!

Image: Miho Janvier speaks at TEDGlobal 2017, Arusha, Tanzania. Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

91: Tectonic hazard on Phobos with Dr. Curren

Dr. Ivy Curren  talks about Mars’ moon Phobos, and how grooves on its surface indicate that the interior may be fractured. This small, mysterious moon is covered in faults, making it a dicey place for future missions to land.  Enhanced-color image of Phobos, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona.

Dr. Ivy Curren talks about Mars’ moon Phobos, and how grooves on its surface indicate that the interior may be fractured. This small, mysterious moon is covered in faults, making it a dicey place for future missions to land.

Enhanced-color image of Phobos, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / University of Arizona.