Are We Alone? Galactic Civilization Challenge | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

Are We Alone? Galactic Civilization Challenge | Space Time | PBS Digital Studios

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Are We The First Advanced Civilization in The Solar System?

Are We The First Advanced Civilization in The Solar System?

Humans are believed to be the most technologically advanced civilization that’s ever set foot on Earth, or really anywhere in the Solar System. But are we the first? Could there have been an advanced civilization that walked the Earth millions or even billions of years ago, and then died out long ago, their technology and […]

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Did Reagan’s Real Star Wars Bankrupt the Soviet Union ?

Did Reagan’s Real Star Wars Bankrupt the Soviet Union ?

In the 1980s science fact and science fiction looked as though they may become one when the American president Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative or Star Wars missile defense system. The program was designed to break the nuclear deadlock between the u.s. and the Soviets and move beyond the threat of M.A.D or […]

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Fermi Paradox: Intelligent Civilizations

Fermi Paradox: Intelligent Civilizations

The problem with intelligent aliens is that once your civilization becomes technologically advanced enough to wipe them out, it’s already too late. Today we will be beginning my Fermi paradox series. In this episode, we will be looking at intelligent aliens or technologically advanced civilizations, tied in with the Fermi paradox. The question that asks: […]

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10 Civilizations Wiped Out By Nature

10 Civilizations Wiped Out By Nature

10 Civilizations Wiped Out by Nature – Simon checked 10) Tell es-Sa’idiyeh The Old Testament is full of stories in which God smites an entire population because he’s hangry or stubbed his toe or something. The most memorable of these tales is that of Sodom and Gomorrah, the two cities zapped off the face of […]

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What Would A Civilization 1 Billion Years Older Than Us Be Like?

What Would A Civilization 1 Billion Years Older Than Us Be Like?

If we were to meet an extra-terrestrial civilization, the chances of them being the same age as humanity are slim to none. If they’re much younger than us then it will be difficult or impossible to communicate with them, but if they’re older, say, a billion years more advanced than us, then what might they […]

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Why Alien Life Would be our Doom – The Great Filter

Why Alien Life Would be our Doom – The Great Filter

Imagine NASA announced today that they found aliens. Bacteria on Mars, weird alien fish in the oceans of Europa, and also ancient alien ruins on Titan. Wouldn’t that be great? Well, no. It would be horrible news, devastating even. It could mean that the end of humanity is almost certain and that it might be […]

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Could alien civilizations predict the fate of our planet?

On Earth we’re very concerned about developing a sustainable version of civilization, but the question we can ask if we step back and take the 10,000 light year view is, how do we know if that’s even possible? Unless the university is very biased against it, we are not the first civilization that has occurred […]

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How to Build a Dyson Sphere – The Ultimate Megastructure

How to Build a Dyson Sphere – The Ultimate Megastructure

Human history is told by the energy we use. At first we had to use our muscles, then we learned to control fire. We industrialized the world using coal and oil and entered the Atomic Age when we learned how to split a nucleus. At each step, we increased our energy harvest to a scale […]

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