A Physics Medley: Panspermia, Weather Forecasting, and General Chaos, with Daniel Brener

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A self-described "cloud guy", Daniel Brener has been fascinated by weather forecasting for years. But he is also an all-around physics nerd (a compliment we do not bestow lightly). As part of Prof. Arjun Berera's group at the University of Edinburgh, Daniel has been working out whether panspermia — the idea that particles from Earth could be knocked out of the upper atmosphere and seed life on other planets — is theoretically possible. We delve into these two topics, stopping to examine the difficulties of bridging the gap between theory and observation, the competitive nature of physics research, and how to communicate ambiguity.

Daniel is on Twitter @daniel_brener. To find out more about him, make sure to check out his website: https://www2.ph.ed.ac.uk/~s1704203/

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