Our first guest was Dr. Mike Pagano, who was featured in E08 during the live-audience recording. Dr. Pagano is a postdoctoral research fellow at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploroation. He looks at elements within stars to determine if a stellar system is likely to be habitable - either by us or something like us. He is an astrobiologist, but he loves the weird planets that are unlikely to harbor life. He wrote an article in Slate Magazine about his research
and participated in the national FameLab competition
, where the goal was to explain his research in less than three minutes. He received second place!