Stem Cell Update / Project Orion


Guests:

Catherine Verfaillie
* Director, Stem Cell Institute
* Professor, Department of Medicine
* University of Minnesota
* Minneapolis, Minnesota

George Dyson
* Author, Project Orion: The True Story of the Atomic Spaceship (Henry Holt, 2002)
* Bellingham, Washington

Freeman Dyson
* Professor of Physics
* Institute for Advanced Study
* Princeton, New Jersey

In the late 1950s, a group of researchers came up with a daring plan for rocket propulsion using nuclear power. Project Orion, as it was called, was a plan to throw small nuclear bombs out the back of a rocket, and let the explosions take you where you want to go. In this hour, we'll talk with Freeman Dyson, one of the plan's authors, and with his son George, who has written a history of the long-abandoned project. We'll also hear about new advances in stem cell research.

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