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Questions answered in the video series:
How can we interest more young women in science? So much of physics is proven by math. Is math something we discovered, or a language we invented? What attracts you to the study of stars and planets? How has technology affected the discovery of exo-planets? How do you discover planets around distant stars? How to define a planet has come under debate. What's your definition? What does your research focus on? How do you search for the galaxies needed for your research? How do you deduce the age of a galaxy? What's the prevailing wisdom on how galaxies form? What are the biggest challenges you face in your research? How old are the oldest galaxies? What is the connection between astronomy and physics? What impact does the study of pulsars have on physics and astronomy? What are pulsars and how do you study them? What would accelerate the study of pulsars? We've been searching for Extraterrestrial Intelligence for 50 years. Why haven't we found anything yet? Why does it take so long to search for aliens? What got you interested in searching for aliens? How far away might the nearest alien civilization be? Is it important for the public to understand science and specifically what you do at SETI? What is "SETI" and the SETI Institute? Do you agree that we shouldn't actively search for aliens? How do you search for aliens? What kind of alien signal are you looking for? Are we close to finding an intelligent alien civilization? How do radio and infrared astronomy differ?How do we know dark energy exists? What is a "high red-shift" galaxy? What have we learned about the first stars? What does the re-ionization of the universe mean? What does "red shift" mean? How far back in time are we looking when we look into space? What do you mean by "Einstein's Telescope?" How do you use "Einstein's Telescope?" What is the significance of dark matter and dark energy? What is the "cosmological constant?" What types of galaxies does your research focus on? How did you become interested in studying star formation? What are interstellar clouds (are they like Earth clouds)? What do you hope to learn through your research? How do stars form and are there special "incubator" galaxies? Do you believe we'll learn what dark energy is in your lifetime? What is dark energy and how do we measure it? If we can't see dark matter, how do we detect its presence? Which technological advances have most affected the study of dark matter and dark energy? If we detect dark matter by looking at "mirage" galaxies, how do we know it's a mirage and not a strange galactic formation?
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