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Wednesday, April 20, 2011
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“Deep Impact,” but with an unhappy ending: Who will watch for Earth-bound asteroids in an era of budget cuts?
As Congress and the White House debate ways to slash spending and reduce the federal debt the first thing that comes to mind when considering diminished or lost government services is probably not asteroid hunting. And yet with funding for NASA and other space exploration programs becoming scarce, the ability of government-funded astronomers and scientists to monitor deep space for approaching “near Earth objects,” or NEO’s as earth-bound comets and asteroids are known, becomes very limited. Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut and current administrator of NASA, admitted as much when he said that NASA probably couldn’t afford to deflect a NEO—the annual federal budget for “planetary defense” is a mere $5.8 million. The job of defending planet Earth from a malicious asteroid is officially up for grabs and nobody seems excited to grab the mantle. Enter Dana Rohrabacher, a long-time Southern California Congressman who has made the detection and avoidance of NEO’s one of his pet projects. Can Rep. Rohrabacher help to keep government attention focused on monitoring the skies for approaching asteroids of doom?
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-California’s 46th District (
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Michael J. Drake, director, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,
2:06 – 2:19
Ask the Chief – update from LAPD’s top cop, Charlie Beck
Fans at Dodger Stadium are seeing more blue than usual in the last few days, and it’s not Dodger blue. LAPD has increased its presence at the stadium since a Giant’s fan was severely beaten in the parking lot after the game on opening day, but are they there to stay? And a “flash mob” on
LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
2:41:30 – 2:58:30
Why is it that no matter how many madres are in a room, even if it’s thousands, when one padre enters, the collective noun for the group becomes padres? Or that the phrase “Que padre!” means “What a great father,” and “Me vale madre” means “It’s worthless?” Liza Bakewell asks these questions in her new book and examines sexism in the Spanish language and how it interacts with Mexican culture. She makes convincing arguments that the gender of Spanish nouns influences mental perceptions of the objects—which is ironic with masculine nouns like childbirth and pregnancy and is weighty with masculine nouns like love and marriage. Patt sits down with Bakewell to explore the evolution of the Spanish language.
Liza Bakewell, Research Professor at Brown University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies; author of Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun
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