Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Stargate Universe - 365 Days of Astronomy: SGU and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation Podcast

Source: 365 Days of Astronomy [follow the link for the complete transcript]


365 DAYS OF ASTRONOMY: March 15th: Stargate Universe and the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation



The 365 Days of Astronomy Podcast is a project that will publish one podcast per day, for all 365 days of 2009 and 2010 -- and now 2011. The podcast episodes are written, recorded and produced by people around
the world.

March 15, 2011

Podcaster: Diane Turnshek

Organization: Carnegie Mellon University

Description: Television shows that speculate on pure science issues are rare. Stargate Universe has that distinction with its second season focusing on the cosmic microwave background (CMB) radiation signal. An outline of both the show and the CMB lead us to speculate on the nature of science.

... The last ten episodes of Stargate Universe are airing now on the SyFy Channel.

With the cancellation of the show’s third season, MGM’s massive Stargate franchise will screech to a halt. The count will stand at ten seasons of Stargate SG-1, five seasons of Stargate Atlantis, three movies, stacks of popular Stargate books and two seasons of this latest spin-off series, Stargate Universe.

Why cancel a great show? As is typically the case with expensive science fiction shows set in space, the lack of opportunity for product placement lost the franchise easy funding. And SyFy is straddling two successful business models, the subscription cable network and the network station that runs ads. The reason for the cancellation aside, the public is losing a thoughtful show, with pure science packed between action and drama...

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