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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Plastics Piling Up In Atlantic Ocean

August 20, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Tiny pieces of plastic are aggregating hundreds of miles offshore in concentrations equivalent to those in the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch," according to a Science study. Oceanographer and study author Kara Lavender Law talks about the new questions the study raises.

Going Green At College

August 20, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

It's back-to-school season and college kids have a lot on their minds: can you compost pizza? What's more sustainable: kegs or cans? Can you have a party with low-flush toilets? Ira Flatow and guests discuss how students and universities are making the college life greener.

Atwood On Science, Fiction And 'The Flood'

August 20, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Margaret Atwood's new book The Year of the Flood describes a dystopic world full of evil corporations, barbaric criminals and science gone wrong. She talks about the real science in the novel and what can be done to keep her fiction from becoming reality.

White Shark Sightings On The Rise On East Coast

August 13, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Marine biologist Greg Skomal of the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries says the increase in white shark sightings on the East Coast may be due to booming gray seal populations, which lure the sharks closer to shore, as well as bigger crowds on beaches -- meaning more potential...

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