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Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Jill Tarter: Carl Sagan Contacted Me

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Jill Tarter is an astronomer and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and that's exactly what Jill's been doing for almost her entire professional life. She was also the basis for the main character in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact" and the character played by Jodie Foster in the film adaptation.

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Simon Singh: Science and Religion Shake Hands

Don't think it's possible? Simon Singh explains how.

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Simon Singh: Science and Religion Shake Hands

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Simon Singh: It All Started with the Big Bang

One of Simon Singh's books inspires the Barenaked Ladies to write a sitcom theme.

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Simon Singh: It All Started with the Big Bang

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Simon Singh: D'oh = mc²

Simon Singh discovers that there is an insane amount of math in "The Simpsons."

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Simon Singh: D'oh = mc²

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Matt Denton: How to Make a Lovable Robot

Matt Denton makes BB-8 so lovable that they both wind up on the red carpet.

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Matt Denton: How to Make a Lovable Robot

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