How serious of a problem do you think gender inequality is in the scientific academic world? What would you do to correct it?
You caught a lot of heat for the "Dear Muslima" episode last year. Do you feel you were misinterpreted or misrepresented? Is there anything you regret or would have said differently in retrospect?
First, launch escape systems only work if activated prior to an explosion. It won't save the lives of astronauts after the fact, the abort has to be done prior to the catastrophic event.
Second, of course the the Space Shuttle had Launch abort system. It had "Abort to Landing Site", "Transoceanic Abort Landing", "Abort Once Around", and "Abort to Orbit". Only Abort to Orbit was used in the program (STS-51-F):
Additionally, there was equipment and flight software for crew inflight bailout:
This was not available during powered flight.
- - Frequencies used in security applications have a water penetration depth of on average 0.3mm. So any potential damage is limit to surface layers of skin.
- - A purely mathematical model suggests that photon energies involved have a potential to break bonds in the loaclized sites of the DNA helix which may interfer with RNA transcription. No practical experiments have been done to confirm this.
- - Probabilty of these photon interactions is extremely small due to the tiny photoelectric cross section of the bond sites.
- - You're body is exposed to orders of magnitude more radiation which is actually ionizing from cosmic and terestrial sources daily.
I believe it's available as abandonware now: http://www.abandonia.com/en/games/287/Stunt+Island.html