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Robert Montenegro

Ideafeed Editor
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Ray Jayawardhana

Dean of Science and Professor of Physics & Astronomy, York University
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Michael Garfield

Paleontologist, Poet, and Philosopher
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Joel Primack

Distinguished Professor of Physics Director, UC Santa Cruz
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Ramez Naam

Technologist and Author
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Lee Smolin

Founding & Senior Faculty Member, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
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Kas Thomas

Big Think Contributor
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Ed Lu

Chairman & CEO, B612
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Lawrence M. Krauss

Director, Arizona State University Origins Initiative
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Leon Yen

Chief Information Officer, NewSpaceGlobal
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Fred Krupp

President, The Environmental Defense Fund
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Nicholas Clairmont

Editorial Contributor
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NewSpace Global
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Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd

Big Think Video Producers
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Gernot Wagner

Economist
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Rob Martienssen

Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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Bill Nye

The Science Guy
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Margaret Wertheim

Author, Physics on the Fringe
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Brian Hoffstein

Contributing Writer
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James Lawrence Powell

Author, The Inquisition of Climate Science
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Steven Mazie

Professor of Political Studies, BHSEC-Manhattan | Supreme Court Correspondent, The Economist
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Megan Erickson

Associate Editor, Big Think
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Jason Gots

Editor, Big Think
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Jim Kakalios

Professor of Physics, University of Minnesota
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Daniel Honan

Managing Editor, Big Think
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Michio Kaku

Professor of Theoretical Physics, CUNY