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SciFri 031111 Hour 2: Human Aging / Sleep / Science Diction: Clone

March 11, 2011 1:38 pm | Comments

Joe Palca talks with researchers about how primates age, Americans' sleep problems, and the origins of the word 'clone.'

SciFri 031111 Hour 1: Tsunami / Sweetness / Robot Opera

March 11, 2011 1:38 pm | Comments

Joe Palca talks with researchers about seismology, taste sensation, and adding robots to a classic art form.

SciFri 030411 Hour 2: Calculating Spaceflight Risks/Data Backup and Storage/Stem Cells and DNA Damage

March 4, 2011 1:35 pm | Comments

Calculating Spaceflight Risks/Data Backup and Storage/Stem Cells and DNA Damage

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SciFri 030411 Hour 1: HPV and Cancer Risk/Navy and Climate Change/Brian Greene on Multiverses

March 4, 2011 1:35 pm | Comments

HPV and Cancer Risk/Navy and Climate Change/Brian Greene on Multiverses

Futures In Biotech 76: It's Time To Proteo Me

February 25, 2011 1:38 pm | Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Vincent Racaniello How mass spectrometry has become one of the most important technologies in our move toward personalized medicine. Guest: Prof. Ruedi Aebersold We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and suggestions on Futures in...

022511 Hour 1: Neurons, Cell Phone and the Brain, 3rd Arm Illusion, Visual Attention

February 25, 2011 1:38 pm | Comments

022511 Hour 1: Neurons, Cell Phone and the Brain, 3rd Arm Illusion, Visual Attention

022512 Hour 2: Bilingual Babies, Turkle on Technology, Transgenic Weeds

February 25, 2011 1:37 pm | Comments

022512 Hour 2: Bilingual Babies, Turkle on Technology, Transgenic Weeds

Futures In Biotech 75: It's Time To Start The Human Proteome

February 21, 2011 9:36 pm | Comments

Host: Marc Pelletier The move to the Human Proteome is the next big transition in modern medicine. Guests: Dr. John Bergeron and Dr. Tommy Nilsson We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and suggestions on Futures in Biotech. Also thanks to Phil Pelletier and...

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Creature Feature: Jumping Fleas, Burrowing Owls

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

Science Friday's video pick is a double feature. Scientists in the U.K. used high-speed photography to reveal how fleas leap. Mac Stone, wildlife photographer and field biologist, stuffed a camera in a traffic cone and got some beauty shots of burrowing owls in south Florida.

Can Science Be Used As A Diplomatic Tool?

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

Some moon craft house instruments from a handful of countries — an example of international scientific collaboration. But how valuable is science in the diplomatic sphere? Biologist Nina Fedoroff, former science adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton, talks about her time in...

Rumbling Underground, An Engineering Feat

February 18, 2011 9:39 am | Comments

In 2009, 1.6 billion people hopped on the New York City subway. But how was it built? MTA Capital Construction president Michael Horodniceanu and historian Clifton Hood discuss the engineering techniques used to tunnel through Manhattan — from sticks of dynamite to a one-million-pound...

Could Gaming Be Good For You?

February 18, 2011 9:38 am | Comments

What if games could help solve, rather than exacerbate, real-world problems? Jane McGonigal, author of the new book, Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, thinks they can. She explains how games fulfill needs that reality doesn't, and how to make...

Science Funding And The Budget

February 18, 2011 9:38 am | Comments

What are President Obama's spending priorities when it comes to science and technology? White House Science Advisor John Holdren discusses the President's proposed 2012 budget. Plus, Congressman Rush Holt on Congress's plans to cut science spending from this year's budget.

Is Preventive Medicine Actually Overtreatment?

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Comments

In Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health, Dr. H. Gilbert Welch argues that modern medicine is looking too closely for disease, and that unnecessary screenings, MRIs and CT scans turn healthy people into diseased patients, by revealing often harmless abnormalities.

Science Diction: The Origin Of 'Antibiotic'

February 11, 2011 8:37 am | Comments

Selman Waksman, the microbiologist who discovered streptomycin, first used the word antibiotic in the medical sense in 1943. Science historian Howard Markel talks about how it was actually a Naval officer who first coined antibiotic in 1860, to describe an opposition to the belief in life...

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