Lessons Learned from James Webb, SpaceX, and CERN

Mike Palmer is rejoined by Nancy, our virtual cohost, in a conversation about the new images released from the James Webb Space Telescope. We commend NASA for its lyric prose that accompanies the images of cosmic cliffs and young hot stars being born. Then we talk about Elon Musk. It’s pretty much unavoidable to do so nowadays. We focus on recent news of an explosion during a Space X booster rocket test before shifting to our frustration about all the wasted energy and effort surrounding Musk’s bid to acquire Twitter.

Then we shift gears to explore a Michele Zanini article about the org structure at CERN where they continue to develop and refine the Large Hadron Collider before concluding with notes of concern about toxic alpha leaders and top-down org structure while encouraging the courage and critical thinking that can keep Groupthink and it’s risky shifts in check.

It’s a thought-provoking exploration of some inspirational breakthroughs in science that you won’t want to miss.

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Episode References

Dodson, G. (2022, July 12). NASA Reveals Webb Telescope’s First Images of Unseen Universe [Text]. NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-reveals-webb-telescope-s-first-images-of-unseen-universe
Dunbar, B. (2022, June 8). First Images from the James Webb Space Telescope [Text]. NASA. http://www.nasa.gov/webbfirstimages
Huang, K. (2022, July 12). What Is Delaware’s Court of Chancery and Its Role in Elon Musk’s Twitter Deal? The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/article/musk-twitter-delaware-court-chancery.html
Zanini, M. (2022, July 11). The organizational secrets of the Large Hadron Collider. Michele Zanini. https://www.michelezanini.com/atlas/