The Universe S04E12 – Extreme Energy A look at the energy emitted by the universe, from powerful jets ejected by black holes, to the nuclear fury of the sun; and how the universe maintains this energy in perfect balance through the conservation of energy.

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The Universe S04E11 – Science Fiction, Science Fact A look at fantastic technology concepts, once mocked by physicists, that could be just over the horizon, such as teleportation, anti-gravity, and breaking the light speed barrier. Once only achieved by Hollywood, these concepts are now gaining serious attention within the scientific community.

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The Universe S04E10 – Pulsars and Quasars A look at pulsars – tiny objects with powerful magnetic fields that spin so fast they appear to blink on and off; and quasars – the remnant cores of ancient galaxies that are so distant from us that they may be the oldest […]

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The Universe S04E09 – Liquid Universe A look at places in the universe where it rains droplets of liquid iron, places at hundreds of degrees below zero where there are oceans of liquid methane, and at the center of gas giants where pressure is so great there exists liquid metallic hydrogen.

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The Universe S04E08 – Space Wars A look at military concepts to weaponize space; how such systems would work and how effective would they be, such as an idea of telephone pole-sized rods that could be hurtled down from orbit. Also a look at some more fantastic weapon ideas and defenses against such weapons, such […]

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The Universe S04E07 – The Search for Cosmic Clusters A look at star clusters; how all stars within them are formed from the same material and are approximately the same age; a look at the two kinds of clusters – “open clusters” which are young and exist in the spiral arms of the galaxy, and […]

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The Universe S04E06 – 10 Ways to Destroy the Earth – Scientists discuss 10 different ways of destroying the Earth; including Venus to Earth impact, the Big Burn, Stop the Spin, Black Holes, Turn off the Gravity, Anti-Matter Annihilation, Parallel Worlds Collide.  

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The Universe S04E05 – The Hunt for Ringed Planets A look at planetary rings, especially those of Saturn where house-sized chunks of ice orbit at 53,000 MPH along a chaotic orbital racetrack; how the rings formed and the dangers they pose to spacecraft. Also a look at other rings around Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, and possibly […]

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The Universe S04E04 – Biggest Blasts – The Universe is full of explosions that both create and destroy. The Chicxulub impact on the Yucatan peninsula, which may have wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago, was two million times more powerful than the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated.  

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The Universe S04E03 – It Fell from Space – Every year, thousands of objects both natural and manmade plummet through our atmosphere and crash into the Earth. These menacing messengers from the sky provide scientists with amazing insights into the natural, and not so natural, phenomena.  

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The Universe S04E02 – The Day the Moon Was Gone – The many benefits of the earth’s large moon are explained and the consequences if we did not have a moon.  

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The Universe S04E01 – Death Stars – For most, it’s the deadly centerpiece of the film Star Wars. But in truth, real death stars are in the final stage of life before they explode into supernovae and, occasionally, the biggest blast in the universe–the gamma ray burst .  

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