Random Walk 6: Astrobiology, beer, travel, the good and bad of research, etc


This is a special episode of Random Walk for a couple reasons. It’s long, it’s a video, it’s with four guests, and it’s not about anything in particular. I got a few drinks with Ben K. D. Pearce, Sian ( ) Ford, Renee-Claude Bider, and Andrew Tupper – all researchers at McMaster’s Origins of Life Institute – and we talked about a whole bunch of stuff. I wanted this to have some structure so I had them answer pre-written questions selected out of a burlap sack. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but so are we. Here’s a quick summary of what we talked about. 1:21 – Introductions 7:01 – Young Researchers’ Night, February 11th 2020 9:20 – What is one part of your research you wish you could offload onto someone else? 12:13 – What is your “Holy Grail” experiment. No budget. No time constraints. 14:18 – What would you have to discover to say “Ok, I’m done, no more science for me”? 16:07 – What is something about your field that you still find hard to believe? 17:59 – Make your research sound as unimpressive as possible. 20:31 – You broke the planet simulator! a) who do you tell first? b) what do you do? 21:47 – Two academic truths and a lie 25:38 – When you work, music ON or OFF? 27:45 – How much travel do you do for your research? (Great stories) These particular researchers are also going to be talking about the big questions surrounding the origins of life on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11th. RSVP by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/692567444613748/

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