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Insomnia Means More Than A Bad Night's Sleep

September 3, 2010 4:38 pm Podcasts Comments

A new study says men who reported having insomnia and who slept less than 6 hours a night were four times more likely to die over a 14-year period when compared to men who reported sleeping well. Sleep researcher and psychiatrist Alexandros Vgontzas explains the finding.

Can Cognitive Exercise Speed Up Dementia?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

New research suggests that seniors who did mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles postponed the loss of thinking skills, but had an accelerated rate of decline once dementia set in later in life. Neuropsychologist Robert S. Wilson explains the finding.

Stocky Dinosaur With Menacing Toes Unearthed

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe a new predatory dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period in Europe. Balaur bondoc (Romanian for "stocky dragon") is huskier than its relative the Velociraptor.

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Is Organically Produced Food More Nutritious?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

Reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers write that organically grown strawberries contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than conventional berries. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the findings, and whether the differences would have any meaningful impact on Americans' health.

Studying Computers To Learn About Ourselves

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

Clifford Nass, a communications professor at Stanford University, has been studying the ways humans interact with computers to tease out some of the intricacies of how people relate to each other. He talks about those findings in his new book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop.

Futures in Biotech 65: Tackling Genetic Disease

August 31, 2010 1:33 am Podcasts Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Dave Brodbeck Progress in molecular biology and the latest strategies for tackling genetic disease. Guest: David Thomas, professor and chair, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University; Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics We invite you to read, add to,...

What Now For Federally Funded Stem Cell Work?

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm Podcasts Comments

A federal judge has blocked President Obama's 2009 executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGett (D-Colo.) and stem cell researcher Rudolph Jaenisch discuss the ruling's impact on scientists, and whether Congress can pass stem cell legislation.

Regulators Give Green Light To Solar, Wind

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm Podcasts Comments

Construction is now under way on the world's biggest wind farm in California's Mojave Desert. Federal and state regulators have given the green light to several large solar thermal projects in the Mojave as well. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of clean energy in the U.S.

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Conquering Your Fear Of Bedbugs

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm Podcasts Comments

With daily reports of bedbugs in movie theaters and clothing stores -- let alone apartment buildings -- bedbug hysteria seems to be reaching new heights. Psychologist Kevin Ochsner studies how people regulate emotion and shares tips for how to get your bedbug fear under control.

Sci-Fi High Tech Comes To Life

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm Podcasts Comments

The future as imagined in science fiction sometimes becomes a reality. Michael and Denise Okuda, graphic designers for Star Trek, and John Underkoffler, science adviser on Minority Report , talk about envisioning the future.

Gulf Spill Reveals New Oil-Eating Bacteria

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

Researchers reporting in the journal Science say they have discovered a new species of oil-eating bacteria living half a mile down in the Gulf of Mexico. Study author Terry Hazen discusses the finding and what these bacteria might mean for future oil spills.

Sniffing Out The Science Of Smell

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts Comments

There are hundreds of receptors in the human nose that can pick up thousands of odors with each sniff. But how do we make sense of the scents? Smell researchers Stuart Firestein and Donald Wilson discuss the complexities of olfaction and how the brain sorts out what the nose picks up.

Images Show A Shrinking Moon

August 20, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

Scientists say images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been circling the moon for more than a year, show that the moon contracted about a billion years ago, relatively recently in geologic time. Space scientist Thomas Watters describes the lunar images.

Should Science Take Sides In The Gulf?

August 20, 2010 2:34 pm Podcasts Comments

Some scientists say they're being locked out of research on the oil spill because they refuse to sign confidentiality agreements. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the problems of doing scientific research when a lawsuit is pending. Is there a way to keep science independent?

Meditation For A Stronger Brain

August 20, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Researchers say a type of meditation called integrative mind-body training can strengthen connections in certain areas of the brain, even when practiced for as little as 11 hours. Psychologist Michael Posner describes the study, and explains the brain changes he documented.

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