STEM Spots

Thursdays at 9:45 a.m.

STEM Spots is a weekly look into science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Hosted by Dr. David Cornelison, professor in the department of Physics, Astronomy and Materials Science at Missouri State University, STEM Spots invites local experts to discuss advances, issues and theories dealing with all matters of STEM.

If you have paid attention to the recent predictions of technocrats, you know that a future filled with robots is almost certainly coming.  The only real question is not if they will become ubiquitous (yes, they will), or even when (pretty soon) but what our response will be.  Will the onset of widespread automation displace workers to a problematic extent or will, as in days past, changes in technology result in new and better jobs for those who are willing to retool for the future?  To give us some insight into the potential pitfalls and solutions, we talk with Dr.

While it is true that the path of totality for the latest solar eclipse passed directly over Missouri, not all of the sun was completely obscured. Instead a nebulous region of plasma, called the corona, extends out into space and is not covered by the disc of the moon during totality. But, since the sun's primary surface is covered, some portions of the corona can be studied only during an eclipse. To exploit this fact a group of scientists set up teams across the US to take telescopic observations of the sun during totality.

When scientists discover something, they want to tell the world.  Such was the case in 1939 when word spread that the nucleus had been split.  Such was the state of the world that a group of physicists pushed to develop a weapon based on the new discovery and, in the short span of a few years, the world was changed forever.  When science is coopted for what appear to be essential but destructive needs, what are the  consequences?  In light of developments in North Korea, that question is more pertinent than ever.