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Short Introduction to the MCQs iPhone application

September 20, 2010 11:32 pm | Comments

A short Introduction to the Multiple Choice Questions iPhone app which you can find a link to on our website along with our other iPhone Apps

Futures in Biotech 67: Triceratopping Egg Mountain

September 18, 2010 2:32 am | Comments

Host: Marc Pelletier Dinosaur hunting with the man who inspired Jurassic Park. Guest: Dr. Jack Horner, curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies and Montana State University Regents' Professor of Paleontology We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and...

Teaching Doctors To Be Better Listeners

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

If doctors listen more carefully to patients' conversations about work and family life, they can pick up clues that lead to better treatment, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Author Dr. Alan Schwartz talks about training doctors to be better listeners.

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How We Pay Attention

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Can you remember everything you see when you walk into a room? Why does our memory deceive us, even when we're confident we're paying attention? Psychologists Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons discuss what grabs our focus, and why.

To Spur Innovation, Offer Millions In Cash Prizes

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Just as Charles Lindbergh was tempted to fly nonstop to Paris in hopes of winning a $25,000 prize, the U.S. government is offering millions of dollars in prize money to lure innovators into building better lightbulbs, cheaper satellite-launching spacecraft and more fuel-efficient cars.

Why Are These Crows So Good With Tools?

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

New Caledonian crows are among only a handful of species that have been shown to use tools. They use twigs to fish out beetle larvae from dead trees. Reporting in Science, Christian Rutz and colleagues explore why the birds evolved this rare trait.

White House Says ‘No’ To Solar Panel

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm | Comments

Environmentalist Bill McKibben was hoping the Obama administration would reinstall a solar panel President Jimmy Carter once had on the White House. McKibben took the panel to Washington, D.C., but administration officials declined to put the panel back on the White House roof.

Does The Universe Have a 'Dark Flow?'

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm | Comments

Using measurements of the cosmic microwave background, researchers say, there’s evidence that galaxy clusters are being pulled along by a force outside the visible universe. Theoretical physicist Michael Turner explains this “dark flow” and other recent cosmology news.

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The Calculus Around You

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm | Comments

In her new book The Calculus Diaries, writer Jennifer Ouellette describes the development of calculus, from Archimedes to Newton, and shows how calculus is a part of everyday life -- from amusement park rides and Vegas craps tables, to dieting and figuring out gas mileage.

The Origins Of The Word 'Cell'

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm | Comments

In the 1660s, Robert Hooke looked through a primitive microscope at a thinly cut piece of cork. He saw a series of walled boxes that reminded him of the tiny rooms, or cellula, occupied by monks. Medical historian Dr. Howard Markel discusses Hooke's coining of the word "cell."

Futures in Biotech 66: The Homebrew Genomics Club

September 12, 2010 8:33 am | Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Andre Nantel A first hand account on the genesis of the Human Genome Project. Guest: Dr. David Botstein, Director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and...

Tracking Coastal Erosion From Storms

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Comments

New data from sensitive airborne altimetry combined with undersea sensors is giving scientists better insight into how major storms can rapidly reshape coastlines. Reporter Sid Perkins discusses his Science News article on the scouring power of major storms.

When To Test For Prostate Cancer?

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Comments

Ads urge men of a certain age to get screened for prostate cancer. But is "test early, test often" the best approach? Otis Brawley of the American Cancer Society and Mark Scholz, author of Invasion Of The Prostate Snatchers, discuss other approaches.

Happy Birthday, Buckyballs!

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Comments

Twenty-five years ago this month, researchers first identified buckminsterfullerenes -- a previously undiscovered form of carbon shaped like a tiny soccer ball. Harry Kroto, who shared the Nobel Prize for the discovery, explains what's been learned about fullerenes since.

Scientists Study What Makes A Man A Good Dancer

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Comments

Evolutionary psychologist Nick Neave filmed men dancing, converted the videos into dancing avatars and asked women to rate the avatars' dancing ability. The researchers found that the highly rated male dancers had some moves in common. Some advice: Shake that right knee.

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