World's Most Precise Clocks Test Relativity

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

The world's most precise clocks can reveal tiny time dilations predicted by Einstein's theory of relativity -- but that's not all. Tom O'Brian of the National Institute for Standards and Technology talks about using these precise clocks in everything from cell phones to satellites.

Defining Human Uniqueness In 'Almost Chimpanzee'

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Humans and chimpanzees share very similar genes -- some analyses peg the differences at just 1 percent. But in his book Almost Chimpanzee, science writer Jon Cohen focuses on our differences, from the way we eat and communicate to our susceptibilities to disease and aging.

Who Decides The Price Of Human Life?

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Personalized medicine promises to deliver more tailored health care. But what if a person's genes reveal he won't get much benefit from the only available treatment? Ethicist Leonard Fleck discusses the tough decisions Americans face in deciding whether to pay for others' expensive treatments.


Drilling Down To Rescue Miners

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Three separate rigs are drilling escape shafts to free the 33 miners trapped half a mile beneath the Atacama desert in Chile. Mine safety advocate Davitt McAteer and drilling engineer Rudy Lyon discuss the technology being used in the rescue and how miners can be kept out of harm's way.

Forensic Artists Use Talent To Solve Crimes

September 24, 2010 2:33 pm Podcasts Comments

Many police departments use forensic artists to help solve crimes. From composite sketches to facial reconstructions, the work of these artists combines creativity, science and detective skills. Artist Karen T. Taylor and anthropologist Mary Manhein discuss the science behind forensic art.

From White Paper To Wanted Sign

September 24, 2010 2:32 pm Podcasts Comments

Stephen Mancusi worked for the New York Police Department for 27 years as a forensic artist. He specializes in composite sketching -- the process of interviewing victims and witnesses to create a drawing of a perpetrator that is released to help police find suspects.

Short Introduction to the MCQs iPhone application

September 20, 2010 11:32 pm Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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.

How We Pay Attention

September 17, 2010 4:37 pm Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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 Podcasts 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.

The Calculus Around You

September 17, 2010 4:36 pm Podcasts 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.


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