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Podcast Profile: Science Talk

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Site: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/science-talk
500 episodes
2007 to present
Average episode: 25 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: Science Talk takes you deeply into the world of science audio. Sometimes we travel deep into the wilderness. Sometimes deep into the mind of a scientific expert. The experience will always stimulate your auditory neurons, even if you don't know quite where you're headed at the start. Also check our podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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List Updated: 2022-Sep-28 12:10 UTC. Episodes: 500. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Apr-26 • 5 minutes
Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast
Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast
2021-Dec-14 • 40 minutes
Top 10 Emerging Tech of 2021
Top 10 Emerging Tech of 2021
2021-Nov-08 • 5 minutes
Listen to This New Podcast: The Lost Women of Science
Listen to This New Podcast: The Lost Women of Science
2021-Oct-21 • 20 minutes
An Unblinking History of the Conservation Movement
An Unblinking History of the Conservation Movement
2021-Sep-28 • 19 minutes
Inside the Nail-Biting Quest to Find the 'Loneliest Whale'
Inside the Nail-Biting Quest to Find the 'Loneliest Whale'
2021-Sep-08 • 3 minutes
Listen to This: 'Hope Lies in Dreams,' a New Podcast from Nature Biotechnology
Listen to This: 'Hope Lies in Dreams,' a New Podcast from Nature Biotechnology
2021-Sep-03 • 21 minutes
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 4: Navigating Loss and Hope with Nature
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 4: Navigating Loss and Hope with Nature
2021-Aug-27 • 26 minutes
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 3: Abandoned and Underground but Not Lost
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 3: Abandoned and Underground but Not Lost
2021-Aug-13 • 21 minutes
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 2: Life beneath Our Feet
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 2: Life beneath Our Feet
2021-Aug-06 • 21 minutes
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 1: The Many Mysteries of Fish
Summer of Science Reading, Episode 1: The Many Mysteries of Fish
2021-Jul-30 • 33 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 10: The Otherworldly Sounds of an Elk Rut
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 10: The Otherworldly Sounds of an Elk Rut
2021-Jul-16 • 28 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 9: Inside a Migratory Bird Sanctuary
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 9: Inside a Migratory Bird Sanctuary
2021-Jul-02 • 29 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 8: The Blue Oaks of Sequoia
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 8: The Blue Oaks of Sequoia
2021-Jun-18 • 29 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 7: Into the Wilderness by Canoe
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 7: Into the Wilderness by Canoe
2021-Jun-04 • 35 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 6: Yellowstone Bison and Marsh Birds
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 6: Yellowstone Bison and Marsh Birds
2021-Apr-22 • 27 minutes
The Deepest Dive to Find the Secrets of the Whales
The Deepest Dive to Find the Secrets of the Whales
2021-Apr-16 • 35 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 5: A Northwoods Voyage
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 5: A Northwoods Voyage
2021-Apr-12 • 23 minutes
First in Space: New Yuri Gagarin Biography Shares Hidden Side of Cosmonaut
First in Space: New Yuri Gagarin Biography Shares Hidden Side of Cosmonaut
2021-Apr-09 • 36 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 4: Beautiful Swamp
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 4: Beautiful Swamp
2021-Apr-02 • 25 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 3: Where Lewis and Clark Trod
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 3: Where Lewis and Clark Trod
2021-Mar-26 • 33 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 2: Sequoia Heights
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 2: Sequoia Heights
2021-Mar-19 • 36 minutes
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 1: Rocky Mountains
National Park Nature Walks, Episode 1: Rocky Mountains
2021-Mar-17 • 14 minutes
AI Can Now Debate with Humans and Sometimes Convince Them, Too
AI Can Now Debate with Humans and Sometimes Convince Them, Too
2021-Feb-12 • 14 minutes
Climate Change Could Shred Guitars Known for Shredding
Climate Change Could Shred Guitars Known for Shredding
2021-Feb-04 • 15 minutes
On Finding Yourself in a Butterfly's Wings
On Finding Yourself in a Butterfly's Wings
2020-Dec-30 • 41 minutes
A Breakdown of Beavers
Environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb talks about his book Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter .
2020-Dec-14 • 40 minutes
America on Dialysis
America on Dialysis
2020-Dec-11 • 29 minutes
What Science Has Learned about the Coronavirus One Year On
What Science Has Learned about the Coronavirus One Year On
2020-Dec-09 • 47 minutes
2020's Top 10 Tech Innovations
2020's Top 10 Tech Innovations
2020-Dec-03 • 25 minutes
Inventing Us: How Inventions Shaped Humanity
Materials scientist and science writer Ainissa Ramirez talks about her latest book The Alchemy of Us: How Humans and Matter Transformed One Another .
2020-Aug-29 • 31 minutes
175 Years of Scientific American: The Good, the Bad and the Debunking
We look back at some highlights, midlights and lowlights of the history of Scientific American, featuring former editor in chief John Rennie. Astrophysicist Alan Guth also appears in a sponsored segment.
2020-Aug-24 • 45 minutes
Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation
Bread Science: A Yeasty Conversation
2020-Aug-13 • 27 minutes
The Coming or Possibly Nearly Here Storm
The Coming or Possibly Nearly Here Storm
2020-Aug-06 • 24 minutes
COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues
COVID-19 Vaccine Ethics: Who Gets It First and Other Issues
2020-Jul-30 • 34 minutes
How Your Homes and Buildings Affect You
Journalist and author Emily Anthes talks about her book The Great Indoors: The Surprising Science of How Buildings Shape Our Behavior, Health, and Happiness .
2020-Jul-21 • 29 minutes
African-Americans, Nature and Environmental Justice
Journalist Bob Hirshon reports from the Taking Nature Black conference, reporter Shahla Farzan talks about tracking copperhead snakes, and nanoscientist Ondrej Krivanek discusses microscopes with subangstrom resolution.
2020-Jun-27 • 30 minutes
How Nature Helps Body and Soul
Journalist and author Florence Williams talks about her book The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier and More Creative .
2020-Jun-25 • 37 minutes
The Messenger Is the Message
The Messenger Is the Message
2020-Jun-20 • 25 minutes
Air, Sea and Space: Ocean Health, Atmosphere Insights and Black Holes
Air, Sea and Space: Ocean Health, Atmosphere Insights and Black Holes
2020-Jun-18 • 60 minutes
Science on the Hill: Calculating Climate
Science on the Hill: Calculating Climate
2020-May-29 • 42 minutes
Your Brain, Free Will and the Law
Stanford University neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky talks about human behavior, the penal system and the question of free will.
2020-May-19 • 43 minutes
No, No Nobel: How to Lose the Prize
No, No Nobel: How to Lose the Prize
2020-May-05 • 26 minutes
Galileo's Fight against Science Denial
Galileo's Fight against Science Denial
2020-Apr-27 • 22 minutes
Where Is Everybody Else in the Universe?
Where Is Everybody Else in the Universe?
2020-Apr-24 • 30 minutes
Why Exercise Is So Good For You
Health journalist Judy Foreman talks about her new book Exercise Is Medicine: How Physical Activity Boosts Health and Slows Aging .
2020-Apr-23 • 16 minutes
COVID-19: What the Autopsies Reveal
Pathologists are starting to get a closer look at the damage that COVID-19 does to the body by carefully examining the internal organs of people who have died from the novel coronavirus.
2020-Apr-03 • 15 minutes
COVID-19: The Need for Secure Labs--and Their Risks
COVID-19: The Need for Secure Labs--and Their Risks
2020-Mar-27 • 34 minutes
Flat Earthers: What They Believe and Why
Michael Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society in the U.K., talks about flat earth belief and its relationship to conspiracy theories and other antiscience activities.
2020-Mar-24 • 16 minutes
COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity
COVID-19: Predicting the Path and Analyzing Immunity
2020-Mar-23 • 14 minutes
COVID-19: How and Why the Virus Spreads Quickly
Scientific American contributing editor W. Wayt Gibbs reports from the original U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak: Kirkland, Wash. In this installment of our ongoing series, he talks with researchers about the properties of the virus and why it spreads so quickly.
2020-Mar-19 • 12 minutes
COVID-19: The Wildlife Trade and Human Disease
Christian Walzer, executive director of global health at the Wildlife Conservation Society, talks about how the wildlife trade, especially for human consumption, can lead to disease outbreaks.
2020-Mar-18 • 35 minutes
David Quammen: How Animal Infections Spill Over to Humans
David Quammen: How Animal Infections Spill Over to Humans
2020-Mar-16 • 14 minutes
COVID-19: Dealing with Social Distancing
Judy Moskowitz, a professor of medical social sciences at Northwestern University, talks about ways to cope during this time of missing out on our usual diet of social interactions.
2020-Mar-14 • 14 minutes
Coronavirus Hot Zone: Research and Responses in the U.S. Epicenter
Coronavirus Hot Zone: Research and Responses in the U.S. Epicenter
2020-Mar-10 • 17 minutes
Coronavirus Hot Zone: The View from the U.S. Epicenter
Coronavirus Hot Zone: The View from the U.S. Epicenter
2020-Mar-08 • 34 minutes
The New Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan
The New Cosmos: A Conversation with Ann Druyan
2020-Feb-27 • 22 minutes
Advancing Efforts in Disease Interception
Advancing Efforts in Disease Interception
2020-Feb-12 • 24 minutes
Kirk, Spock and Darwin
Duke University evolutionary biologist Mohamed A. F. Noor talks about his book Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds .
2020-Jan-30 • 40 minutes
How to Make a Mass Extinction
How to Make a Mass Extinction
2019-Nov-21 • 37 minutes
Air Pollution: An Unclear and Present Danger
Air Pollution: An Unclear and Present Danger
2019-Nov-11 • 34 minutes
150 Years of the Journal Nature
150 Years of the Journal Nature
2019-Oct-09 • 16 minutes
Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Win Chemistry Nobel Prize
Lithium-Ion Battery Creators Win Chemistry Nobel Prize
2019-Oct-07 • 23 minutes
How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
2019-Oct-02 • 24 minutes
Talking Health and Energy at U.N. Climate Action Summit
Talking Health and Energy at U.N. Climate Action Summit
2019-Sep-27 • 21 minutes
Kicking Climate Change: Wins for Health, the Economy and Security
Kicking Climate Change: Wins for Health, the Economy and Security
2019-Sep-24 • 34 minutes
The Mathematical Language of Nature
Physics historian Graham Farmelo talks about his latest book, The Universe Speaks in Numbers: How Modern Math Reveals Nature's Deepest Secrets.
2019-Aug-10 • 40 minutes
Jacks-of-All-Trades Make the Grade
Journalist and author David Epstein talks about his new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World .
2019-Jul-21 • 25 minutes
It's Melting: Science on Ice
It's Melting: Science on Ice
2019-Jul-17 • 48 minutes
Joseph Lange's Campaign against HIV
Joseph Lange's Campaign against HIV
2019-Jun-25 • 45 minutes
Bone Up on What's Inside You
Author and self-described fossil fanatic Brian Switek talks about his new book Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone.
2019-Jun-19 • 35 minutes
Solving Our Plastic Problem
Solving Our Plastic Problem
2019-May-23 • 37 minutes
Secrets of the Universe Revealed!
Cornell University applied mathematics professor Steven Strogatz talks about his new book Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe.
2019-Apr-29 • 22 minutes
How the Black Hole Said Cheese
Scientific American 's chief features editor Seth Fletcher talks about his book Einstein's Shadow, an account of the long effort to image a black hole that recently came to fruition.
2019-Apr-22 • 36 minutes
A Tree and Its People in a Warming Landscape
Conservation scientist Lauren Oakes discusses her book about Alaska ecology and sociology, In Search of the Canary Tree: The Story of a Scientist, a Cypress, and a Changing World.
2019-Mar-13 • 35 minutes
Science Couple Phages Out Superbug
Medical researcher Steffanie Strathdee needed to save the life of her husband, researcher Tom Patterson, when he contracted one of the world's worst infections. She turned to phage therapy: using a virus to kill the bacteria.
2019-Feb-20 • 25 minutes
Vaccine Rejection: Truth and Consequences
Kent State epidemiologist Tara Smith talks about vaccines, recent preventable measles outbreaks and her 2017 journal article on vaccine rejection.
2019-Feb-12 • 15 minutes
On the Origin of Darwin
On this 210th anniversary of Darwin's birth we hear evolution writer and historian Richard Milner perform a brief monologue as Charles Darwin, and former Scientific American editor in chief John Rennie and Darwin's great-great-grandson Matthew Chapman read excerpts from The Origin of Species .
2019-Jan-31 • 16 minutes
Warming Arctic on Thin Ice
Scientific American collections editor Andrea Gawrylewski talks to managing editor Curtis Brainard about how warming in the Arctic affects us all. And glaciologist Elizabeth Case takes us out near Juneau to study and live on the shifting ice.
2019-Jan-14 • 28 minutes
Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy
Fake Whiskeys and Octo-Ecstasy
2019-Jan-03 • 7 minutes
Ultima Thule and the Apes of Earth
As the New Horizons mission approached Ultima Thule, Rowan University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara put our close-up study of the Kuiper Belt object into a deep-time perspective.
2018-Dec-18 • 38 minutes
Meet the Real Ravenmaster
Meet the Real Ravenmaster
2018-Nov-22 • 21 minutes
The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 2
The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 2
2018-Nov-21 • 30 minutes
The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 1
The Crusade against Dangerous Food, Part 1
2018-Oct-31 • 33 minutes
Bones and Stones: Cemetery Geology
A tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., focuses on the geology of the landscape and the mausoleums.
2018-Oct-17 • 26 minutes
Tinder for Cheetahs; and an Unusual Blindness
Scientific American assistant news editor, Tanya Lewis, and collections editor, Andrea Gawrylewski, host a new podcast that takes a deeper look at short articles from the Advances news section of the magazine.
2018-Oct-03 • 14 minutes
Better Living through Evolution: Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using evolutionary principles to create highly efficient enzymes and antibodies, with numerous practical applications.
2018-Oct-02 • 29 minutes
Laser Advances That Changed Our Lives: Nobel Prize in Physics
Laser Advances That Changed Our Lives: Nobel Prize in Physics
2018-Oct-01 • 21 minutes
Unleashing Immunity against Cancer: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
James P. Allison and and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize for their discovery of inhibition of negative immune regulation, the basis of new drugs against cancer.
2018-Sep-30 • 31 minutes
Where There's a Wills There's a Way to Explain the Home Run Rise
Astrophysicist and sports data scientist Meredith Wills talks about why a subtle change in Major League baseballs may be behind the jump in home runs after 2014.
2018-Sep-25 • 27 minutes
More People, but Less Hardship?
More People, but Less Hardship?
2018-Sep-05 • 25 minutes
Here's Looking at Humanity, Kid
Senior Editor Gary Stix talks about the September special issue of Scientific American , devoted to the science of being human. And Brown University evolutionary biologist Ken Miller discusses human chromosome 2 and what it tells us about us.
2018-Aug-16 • 41 minutes
Life at the Improv: The Power of Imagination
Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago, talks about his two latest books, The Evolution of Imagination and Why We Need Religion .
2018-Aug-02 • 38 minutes
Out with the Bad Science
NPR science journalist Richard Harris talks about his book, Rigor Mortis: How Sloppy Science Creates Worthless Cures, Crushes Hope and Wastes Billions .
2018-Jun-18 • 31 minutes
AI, Robotics and Your Health
AI, Robotics and Your Health
2018-May-23 • 36 minutes
Dinosaurs: From Humble Beginnings to Global Dominance
Dinosaurs: From Humble Beginnings to Global Dominance
2018-Apr-30 • 40 minutes
Humans Evolved but Are Still Special
Brown University biologist and author Ken Miller talks about his new book The Human Instinct: How We Evolved to Have Reason, Consciousness and Free Will .
2018-Mar-30 • 30 minutes
A Brain Deprived of Memory
Michael Lemonick, opinion editor at Scientific American , talks about his most recent book, The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory and Love , about Lonni Sue Johnson, who suffered a specific kind of brain damage that robbed her of much of her memory and her ability to form new memories, and what she has revealed to neuroscientists about memory and the brain.
2018-Feb-28 • 12 minutes
Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: The Energy Sector
Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: The Energy Sector
2018-Feb-19 • 39 minutes
Enrico Fermi: The Last Man Who Knew Everything
Enrico Fermi: The Last Man Who Knew Everything
2018-Jan-29 • 40 minutes
A Future for American Energy
A Future for American Energy
2017-Dec-11 • 38 minutes
The Skinny on Fat
Biochemist Sylvia Tara talks about her book The Secret Life of Fat: The Science behind the Body's Least-Understood Organ and What It Means for You .
2017-Nov-27 • 32 minutes
Your Brain Is So Easily Fooled
Your Brain Is So Easily Fooled
2017-Nov-11 • 30 minutes
Come On and Zoom (through the Universe)
Come On and Zoom (through the Universe)
2017-Oct-25 • 39 minutes
Monsters: Not Just for Halloween
Stephen Asma, professor of philosophy at Columbia College Chicago and author of On Monsters: An Unnatural History of Our Worst Fears, talks about our enduring fascination with monsters.
2017-Oct-18 • 19 minutes
Maryn McKenna's Big Chicken, Part 2
Award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna talks about her latest book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats . (Part 2 of 2)
2017-Oct-17 • 30 minutes
Maryn McKenna's Big Chicken, Part 1
Award-winning journalist Maryn McKenna talks about her latest book, Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats . (Part 1 of 2)
2017-Oct-04 • 11 minutes
Nobel Prize Explainer: Catching Proteins in the Act
The 2017 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy that can determine high-resolution structures of biomolecules in solution.
2017-Oct-03 • 17 minutes
Nobel Prize Explainer: Gravitational Waves and the LIGO Detector
The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Kip Thorne for their contributions to the LIGO detector and the observation of gravitational waves.
2017-Oct-02 • 17 minutes
Nobel Prize Explainer: Circadian Rhythm's Oscillatory Control Mechanism
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young for discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms.
2017-Sep-27 • 43 minutes
Does Evolution Repeat Itself?
Does Evolution Repeat Itself?
2017-Aug-08 • 38 minutes
The Great American Eclipse
In advance of the big solar eclipse on August 21, author and journalist David Baron talks about his new book American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World .
2017-Aug-01 • 25 minutes
Curiouser and Curiouser
Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio ventures deep into the human mind in his new book, Why? What Makes Us Curious .
2017-Jul-21 • 39 minutes
The Shark That Conquered the Whorl
Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil . (And we'll discuss how Helicoprion is not technically a shark, but it's really close!)
2017-Jul-11 • 24 minutes
Undersea National Monument Could Be Left High and Dry
Undersea National Monument Could Be Left High and Dry
2017-Jun-19 • 32 minutes
Wacky Florida's Weird Science
Wacky Florida's Weird Science
2017-Jun-01 • 39 minutes
The Gestation Equation: Testing Babies' Genes
The Gestation Equation: Testing Babies' Genes
2017-May-30 • 18 minutes
5G Wiz: What's on the Horizon for Mobile
5G Wiz: What's on the Horizon for Mobile
2017-May-03 • 30 minutes
Take the Tube: Underground as a Way of Life
Emory University paleontologist, geologist and ichnologist Anthony J. Martin talks about his new book, The Evolution Underground: Burrows, Bunkers and the Marvelous Subterranean World beneath Our Feet .
2017-Apr-24 • 24 minutes
Killer Cats Bash Biodiversity
Conservation biologist Peter Marra talks with journalist Rene Ebersole about the threat of outdoor cats to wild animals and to human health. Marra is the co-author, with writer Chris Santella, of the book Cat Wars: The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer .
2017-Apr-18 • 33 minutes
Dogging It: Turning Wild Foxes into Man's Second-Best Friend
Evolutionary biologist and science historian Lee Dugatkin talks about the legendary six-decade Siberian experiment in fox domestication run by Lyudmila Trut, his co-author of a new book and Scientific American article about the research.
2017-Mar-28 • 11 minutes
What's Driving the Self-Driving Cars Rush
Scientific American technology editor Larry Greenemeier talks with Ken Washington, vice president of Research and Advanced Engineering at Ford, about self-driving cars.
2017-Mar-21 • 21 minutes
Biology's Lessons for Business
Biology's Lessons for Business
2017-Feb-15 • 12 minutes
Churchill's Extraterrestrials
Churchill's Extraterrestrials
2017-Jan-30 • 14 minutes
Rapid-Response Vaccines for Epidemic Outbreaks
Trevor Mundel, president of global health at the Gates Foundation, talks to Scientific American editor-in-chief Mariette DiChristina about the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the efforts to create vaccine platforms for rapid responses to epidemics.
2017-Jan-19 • 33 minutes
Exit Interview: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren
Exit Interview: Presidential Science Advisor John Holdren
2017-Jan-17 • 38 minutes
We're Taking You to Bellevue
We're Taking You to Bellevue
2016-Dec-31 • 13 minutes
Best Science Books of 2016
Barbara Kiser, books and arts editor at Nature , talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three works about the little-known history of women mathematicians.
2016-Dec-21 • 19 minutes
Getting Robots to Say No
Getting Robots to Say No
2016-Nov-15 • 14 minutes
How Myths Evolve over Time and Migrations
How Myths Evolve over Time and Migrations
2016-Oct-26 • 18 minutes
Attack On the Internet: Weak-Link Nanny Cams
Paul Rosenzweig, former deputy assistant secretary for policy in the Department of Homeland Security and founder of Red Branch Consulting, PLLC, talks about the October 21 attack on internet service in the U.S. that left millions without connectivity for hours.
2016-Oct-17 • 19 minutes
Flint's Water and Environmental Justice
Flint's Water and Environmental Justice
2016-Oct-05 • 20 minutes
Chemistry Nobel Prize: Machines Too Small to See
Chemistry Nobel Prize: Machines Too Small to See
2016-Oct-04 • 19 minutes
Physics Nobel Prize: Buns, Bagels and Pretzels Help Explain Exotic Matter
Physics Nobel Prize: Buns, Bagels and Pretzels Help Explain Exotic Matter
2016-Oct-03 • 9 minutes
Nobel Prize Explainer: Autophagy
Nobel Prize Explainer: Autophagy
2016-Sep-26 • 28 minutes
They Do What?!: The Wide Wild World of Animal Sex
They Do What?!: The Wide Wild World of Animal Sex
2016-Aug-16 • 34 minutes
Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and beyond
Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and beyond
2016-Aug-15 • 34 minutes
Grand Canyon Rapids Ride for Evolution Education
Each summer, the National Center for Science Education organizes a boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to bring visitors face to wall-face with striking examples of geologic and evolutionary processes.
2016-Aug-04 • 37 minutes
The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach's Grunt
The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach's Grunt
2016-Jun-27 • 14 minutes
Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True
Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True
2016-Jun-16 • 25 minutes
Tiger, Tiger, Being Tracked
Tiger, Tiger, Being Tracked
2016-Jun-14 • 7 minutes
Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--by Your Interest
Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--by Your Interest
2016-May-12 • 30 minutes
Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture
Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture
2016-May-05 • 35 minutes
The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth
The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth
2016-Apr-29 • 37 minutes
Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts
Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts
2016-Apr-14 • 34 minutes
The Perfect Bet: Taking the Gambling out of Gambling
The Perfect Bet: Taking the Gambling out of Gambling
2016-Feb-29 • 5 minutes
Gorilla's Hum Is a Do-Not-Disturb Sign
Gorilla's Hum Is a Do-Not-Disturb Sign
2016-Feb-25 • 35 minutes
Bill Gates Wants a Miracle
Bill Gates Wants a Miracle
2016-Feb-16 • 18 minutes
From AI to Zika: AAAS Conference Highlights
From AI to Zika: AAAS Conference Highlights
2016-Feb-11 • 16 minutes
Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains
Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains
2016-Feb-10 • 30 minutes
The Big Gath Dig: Goliath's Hometown
The Big Gath Dig: Goliath's Hometown
2016-Jan-12 • 7 minutes
Roman Sanitation Didn't Stop Roaming Parasites
Roman Sanitation Didn't Stop Roaming Parasites
2015-Dec-20 • 32 minutes
Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover
Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover
2015-Dec-15 • 15 minutes
Lifting the Visor on Virtual Reality
Lifting the Visor on Virtual Reality
2015-Dec-10 • 33 minutes
The Epic History of the Horse
The Epic History of the Horse
2015-Nov-20 • 31 minutes
Math Can Equal Fun
Math Can Equal Fun
2015-Nov-10 • 6 minutes
Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own
Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own
2015-Oct-07 • 20 minutes
Chemistry Nobel: Keeping DNA in Good Repair
Chemistry Nobel: Keeping DNA in Good Repair
2015-Oct-06 • 35 minutes
Physics Nobel: Neutrinos Do Have Mass
The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass
2015-Oct-05 • 19 minutes
Medicine Nobel: Sifting Nature for Antiparasite Drugs
Medicine Nobel: Sifting Nature for Antiparasite Drugs
2015-Sep-16 • 32 minutes
The Hunt for the Fat Gene
The Hunt for the Fat Gene
2015-Sep-02 • 20 minutes
The Errors of Albert
The Errors of Albert
2015-Aug-31 • 16 minutes
Public Health Hero Jimmy Carter; SA Turns 170
Public Health Hero Jimmy Carter; SA Turns 170
2015-Aug-06 • 35 minutes
Olympics Loser Boston Wins Big Economically
Olympics Loser Boston Wins Big Economically
2015-Jul-21 • 36 minutes
Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 2
Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur and former physicist Yuri Milner announce a $100-million, 10-year initiative to look for signs of intelligent life in the cosmos
2015-Jul-20 • 34 minutes
Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 1
Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 1
2015-Jul-15 • 5 minutes
Pluto Mission Finally Calls Home
Pluto Mission Finally Calls Home
2015-Jul-14 • 25 minutes
Pluto, Ready for Your Close-Up!
At just before 7:50 A.M. today, July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto. After a 9.5-year, three-billion-mile voyage, the ship got within about 7,750 miles from the surface
2015-Jun-23 • 30 minutes
Restore Research to Preserve the American Dream
Restore Research to Preserve the American Dream
2015-Jun-18 • 21 minutes
Migratory Birds: What a Long-Range Trip It's Been
Migratory Birds: What a Long-Range Trip It's Been
2015-Jun-02 • 21 minutes
Take a Bite out of the Math of Math
Take a Bite out of the Math of Math
2015-May-16 • 28 minutes
Animals Don't Use Facebook but They Have Social Networks, Too
Animals Don't Use Facebook but They Have Social Networks, Too
2015-May-06 • 23 minutes
Mississippi Mound Builders Meet the 33rd Legion
Mississippi Mound Builders Meet the 33rd Legion
2015-Mar-26 • 11 minutes
The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future
The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future
2015-Mar-20 • 18 minutes
Humans and the Amazon: A 13,000-Year Coexistence
Humans and the Amazon: A 13,000-Year Coexistence
2015-Mar-12 • 17 minutes
The Placement Excitation: Scientific American on The Big Bang Theory
The Placement Excitation: Scientific American on The Big Bang Theory
2015-Feb-20 • 9 minutes
Science Goes to the Movies: A New TV Program
Science Goes to the Movies: A New TV Program
2015-Jan-30 • 21 minutes
Every Life Has Equal Value, Part 2: Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann
Every Life Has Equal Value, Part 2: Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann
2015-Jan-30 • 32 minutes
Every Life Has Equal Value, Part 1: Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann
Gates Foundation CEO Dr. Susan Desmond-Hellmann and Scientific American Editor in-Chief Mariette DiChristina talk about the foundation set forth in its recently released annual letter. Part 1 of 2
2014-Nov-27 • 13 minutes
Best of Thanksgiving, Part 2: Let's Talk Stuffing—Your Face!
Best of Thanksgiving, Part 2: Let's Talk Stuffing—Your Face!
2014-Nov-27 • 9 minutes
Best of Thanksgiving, Part 1: Let's Talk Turkey!
Best of Thanksgiving, Part 1: Let's Talk Turkey!
2014-Nov-14 • 20 minutes
Doctors Without Borders Fight on Ebola's Front Lines
Doctors Without Borders Fight on Ebola's Front Lines
2014-Nov-05 • 25 minutes
Ebola Expert Update
Ebola Expert Update
2014-Oct-15 • 32 minutes
Let's Get Small: A Panel on Nanoscience
Let's Get Small: A Panel on Nanoscience
2014-Oct-08 • 23 minutes
Building a Better Microscope: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Building a Better Microscope: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
2014-Oct-07 • 13 minutes
Blue Light Special: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
Blue Light Special: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
2014-Oct-06 • 19 minutes
The Map in Your Mind: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The Map in Your Mind: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
2014-Sep-02 • 25 minutes
Kodiak Update: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 4
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 is in port in Kodiak, Alaska, on September 2nd. We talk about our last few stops and hear from passenger and Manhattan Project veteran Margaret Asprey
2014-Aug-31 • 14 minutes
The Juneau Tour: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 3
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 31st, which allows us to post audio from a fascinating taxi trip through Juneau on August 28th.
2014-Aug-28 • 12 minutes
Juneau Where I Am: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 2
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Juneau, Alaska
2014-Aug-26 • 8 minutes
Catch Me If You Ketchikan: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 1
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Ketchikan, Alaska.
2014-Aug-19 • 45 minutes
Shakespeare and Science, Part 2
Shakespeare and Science, Part 2
2014-Aug-19 • 32 minutes
Shakespeare and Science, Part 1
Shakespeare and Science, Part 1
2014-Aug-03 • 24 minutes
Furious New Science Fiction from Mark Alpert
Furious New Science Fiction from Mark Alpert
2014-Jul-22 • 16 minutes
Under the Dome: Scientific American Editor in Chief Talks to the Senate
Under the Dome: Scientific American Editor in Chief Talks to the Senate
2014-Jul-15 • 31 minutes
Wild Sex: Beyond the Birds and the Bees
Joy Reidenberg , comparative anatomist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, talks about her new PBS series Sex in the Wild , about the sex lives of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and dolphins. The series debuts July 16, 2014
2014-Jul-07 • 33 minutes
What's So Funny?: The Science of Humor
Cognitive neuroscientist Scott Weems talks about his book HA!: The Science of When We Laugh and Why
2014-May-23 • 22 minutes
Hunting the Wild Neutrino
Astrophysicist Ray Jayawardhana , of the University of Toronto, talks about his new book Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Chase for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
2014-Apr-30 • 32 minutes
Sometimes the Hoofprints Are from Zebras
David J. Hand , emeritus professor of mathematics at Imperial College London, talks about his new book The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles and Rare Events Happen Every Day
2014-Apr-24 • 22 minutes
The First Nuclear Arms Race: Churchill's Bomb, Part 2
The First Nuclear Arms Race: Churchill's Bomb, Part 2
2014-Apr-24 • 28 minutes
The First Nuclear Arms Race: Churchill's Bomb, Part 1
The First Nuclear Arms Race: Churchill's Bomb, Part 1
2014-Mar-18 • 38 minutes
Take Me Out to the Run Expectancy Matrix Analysis
Smith College economics professor Andrew Zimbalist talks about his latest book, The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball (co-authored with Benjamin Baumer), at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, with proprietor Jay Goldberg
2014-Feb-27 • 20 minutes
Found in Space, Part 2
Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars , Part 2 of 2
2014-Feb-26 • 20 minutes
Found in Space, Part 1
Journalist Lee Billings Talks about his book Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search For Life Among the Stars , Part 1 of 2
2014-Feb-10 • 20 minutes
From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports
From Gadgets to Galaxies: Conference Reports
2014-Jan-27 • 26 minutes
Fighting Cancer with Physics
Fighting Cancer with Physics
2013-Nov-07 • 27 minutes
The Man Who Wasn't Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace on the Centenary of His Death
Alfred Russel Wallace biographer Peter Raby of the University of Cambridge talks about the great naturalist and co-creator of the theory of evolution by natural selection on the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death
2013-Oct-29 • 39 minutes
Perv-View: Jesse Bering's New Book PERV
Psychologist Jesse Bering talks about his latest book PERV: The Sexual Deviant in All of Us .
2013-Oct-09 • 20 minutes
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Karplus, Levitt and Warshel
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for applying both quantum and classical physics to develop computer models of chemical systems that show details of chemical reactions
2013-Oct-08 • 23 minutes
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics: Englert and Higgs
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics: Englert and Higgs
2013-Oct-07 • 18 minutes
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Rothman, Schekman and Südhof
The 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine: Rothman, Schekman and Südhof
2013-Sep-30 • 33 minutes
Alan Alda Communicates Science
At the Learning in the Digital Age summit at Google's New York City offices, Scientific American editor in chief Mariette DiChristina talked with Alan Alda about communicating science to the general public.
2013-Sep-20 • 19 minutes
Ira Flatow and the Teachable Moment
At the Learning in the Digital Age summit at Google's New York City offices, Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talked with Science Friday host Ira Flatow about the "teachable moment in science and culture"
2013-Aug-29 • 25 minutes
Adam Rutherford's Creation Science (The Real Kind) Part 2
Science journalist, author and Nature editor Adam Rutherford talks about new book Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself , which looks at the science of the origin of life and at the emerging science of synthetic biology.
2013-Aug-07 • 31 minutes
Kids JUMP for Math [John Mighton's Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies]
Mathematician John Mighton talks with Scientific American MIND editor Ingrid Wickelgren about getting math-shy kids interested, via JUMP: Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies
2013-Jul-31 • 33 minutes
Adam Rutherford's Creation Science (the Real Kind), Part 1
Science journalist, author and Nature editor Adam Rutherford talks about new book Creation: How Science Is Reinventing Life Itself, which looks at the science of the origin of life and at the emerging science of synthetic biology
2013-Jul-25 • 18 minutes
Nobel Laureate Harry Kroto: The Threatened Enlightenment
Nobel laureate Harry Kroto, who shared the 1996 chemistry prize, talks with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl at the recent Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting, about the role of science in society
2013-Jun-27 • 34 minutes
Penis Enlightenment: Bering Straight Talk
Jesse Bering discusses his 2012 book Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (And Other Reflections on Being Human)
2013-Jun-18 • 15 minutes
Close Shave for Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye the Science Guy ponders Superman's tonsorial travails, and science education
2013-Apr-29 • 14 minutes
Is There a Doctor in the Spaceship?
NASA astronaut and medical doctor Michael Barratt spoke to schoolkids at the Family Science Days event at this year's meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston
2013-Apr-16 • 31 minutes
Mary Roach Cruises the Alimentary Canal
Mary Roach talks about her new book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, which traces what she calls "the whole food chute"
2013-Apr-03 • 13 minutes
Start Talking: Synthetic Biology and Conservation Biology Meet, Part 2
Conservation biologist Kent Redford talks about the issues facing the intersection of synthetic biology and conservation biology and a conference that starts April 9th called "How will synthetic biology and conservation shape the future of nature?"
2013-Apr-02 • 24 minutes
Start Talking: Synthetic Biology and Conservation Biology Meet, Part 1
Conservation biologist Kent Redford talks about the issues facing the intersection of synthetic biology and conservation biology and a conference that starts April 9th called "How will synthetic biology and conservation shape the future of nature?"
2013-Mar-29 • 16 minutes
Imagine All the People Turning Blue and Green
Science writer Dennis Meredith talks about his new science fiction book The Rainbow Virus, in which a bioterror plot turns people all the colors of the rainbow
2013-Mar-27 • 16 minutes
Biotech's Brave New Beasts, Part 2
Journalist and author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
2013-Mar-26 • 20 minutes
Biotech's Brave New Beasts, Part 1
Journalist and author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts
2013-Mar-15 • 32 minutes
CSI: 19th-Century France and the Birth of Forensic Science
Reporter and storyteller Steven Berkowitz talks to science journalist and author Douglas Starr about his book The Killer of Little Shepherds: A True Crime Story and the Birth of Forensic Science
2013-Feb-28 • 21 minutes
John Rennie Hacks the Planet
Former Scientific American editor in chief John Rennie talks about his new six-episode Weather Channel TV Show, Hacking the Planet, which debuts February 28
2013-Feb-25 • 21 minutes
Inside Isaac: A Discussion of Newton, Part 2
A panel of physicists, science historians and playwright Lucas Hnath discuss Newton following a performance of Hnath's play about Newton, called Isaac's Eye, at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City on February 20th. The play runs through March 10, 2013
2013-Feb-24 • 28 minutes
Inside Isaac: A Discussion of Newton, Part 1
A panel of physicists, science historians and playwright Lucas Hnath discuss Newton following a performance of Hnath's play about Newton, called Isaac's Eye, at the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York City on February 20th. The play runs through March 10, 2013
2013-Feb-14 • 23 minutes
Extinction: New Sci-Fi from Mark Alpert
Mark Alpert is a former editor at Scientific American who has gone on to become a best-selling science fiction writer. We talk about his latest book, Extinction , an apocalyptic tale hinging on brain-machine interfaces.
2013-Feb-13 • 14 minutes
Science and Tech in President Obama's SOTU
Science and Tech in President Obama's SOTU
2013-Jan-24 • 28 minutes
Michael C. Hall Analyzes His Dexter's Mind, Part 2
Michael C. Hall Analyzes His Dexter's Mind, Part 2
2013-Jan-23 • 37 minutes
Michael C. Hall Analyzes His Dexter's Mind, Part 1
Michael C. Hall Analyzes His Dexter's Mind, Part 1
2012-Dec-29 • 16 minutes
Psychopathy's Bright Side: Kevin Dutton on the Benefits of Being a Bit Psychopathic, Part 2
Kevin Dutton is a psychologist at the University of Oxford. He talks about his latest book, The W isdom of Psychopaths : What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us about Success
2012-Dec-28 • 26 minutes
Psychopathy's Bright Side: Kevin Dutton on the Benefits of Being a Bit Psychopathic, Part 1
Kevin Dutton is a psychologist at the University of Oxford. He talks about his latest book, The W isdom of Psychopaths : What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us about Success
2012-Dec-25 • 32 minutes
Creativity's Dark Side: Dan Ariely on Creativity, Rationalization and Dishonesty
Dan Ariely is professor of behavioral economics at Duke University. He talks about the subject of his most recent book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone--Especially Ourselves . Also see: Unveiling the Real Evil Genius
2012-Dec-18 • 16 minutes
Darwin in Space: How Multigenerational Missions Could Shape Human Evolution
Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith talks with Scientific American 's John Matson about how multigenerational space exploration missions and colonization might change the human genome and thus shape human evolution
2012-Nov-18 • 33 minutes
David Quammen: The Spillover of Animal Infections to Humans
David Quammen: The Spillover of Animal Infections to Humans
2012-Oct-31 • 6 minutes
Scientific American after Sandy
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina brings us up to date on the state of our New York City-based operation after Sandy. Recorded October 31 at 2:30 P.M Eastern time
2012-Oct-10 • 20 minutes
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka for studies of G-protein-coupled receptors, which are the portals by which information about the environment reaches the interior of cells and leads to their responses. About half of all drugs work by interacting with G-protein-coupled receptors
2012-Oct-09 • 3 minutes
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems
2012-Oct-08 • 11 minutes
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to John B. Gurdon and Shinya Yamanaka for the discovery that mature cells can be reprogrammed to become pluripotent
2012-Sep-28 • 26 minutes
The Climate of Climate Science
James McCarthy , Alexander Agassiz professor of biological oceanography at Harvard, talks about climate science and testifying before Congress, and the collaborations between climate scientists and the national security community as well as with evangelicals. And the Union of Concerned Scientists releases a report about the misleading coverage of climate science at Fox News and The Wall Street Journal
2012-Aug-20 • 33 minutes
The Flynn Effect: Modernity Made Us Smarter
The Flynn Effect: Modernity Made Us Smarter
2012-Aug-07 • 10 minutes
What's Next for Curiosity on Mars
Scientific American contributor David Appell talks with Mars Science Lab Project leader John Grotzinger, professor of geology at Caltech, about the plans for the rover on the Martian surface
2012-Aug-06 • 28 minutes
Curiosity Lands on Mars
Less than an hour after NASA received confirmation that the Curiosity rover was safely on the Martian surface , some principal members of the mission briefed the press. This is an edited presentation of that briefing, which started at about 11:20 P.M, Pacific time on August 5th.
2012-Jun-29 • 32 minutes
Plants Know Stuff
Daniel Chamovitz , director of the Manna Center for Plant Biosciences at Tel Aviv University, talks about his new book What a Plant Knows .
2012-Jun-21 • 37 minutes
Super-Earths: Bigger, and Maybe Better
Dimitar Sasselov, professor of astronomy at Harvard University and the founder and director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative, talks about his new book The Life of Super-Earths: How the Hunt for Alien Worlds and Artificial Cells Will Revolutionize Life on Our Planet
2012-May-31 • 13 minutes
The Transit of Venus, Part 2
Mark Anderson, author of the book The Day The World Discovered the Sun , talks about the transit of Venus coming up on June 5th or 6th in different parts of the world and how it will be of use to astronomers searching for exoplanets
2012-May-30 • 27 minutes
The Transit of Venus, Part 1
With a transit of Venus coming up on June 5th or 6th in different parts of the world, Mark Anderson, author of the book The Day The World Discovered the Sun, talks about the great efforts to track the transits of Venus in the 1760s and the science they would produce
2012-May-29 • 38 minutes
Virus Victors: People Who Control HIV
Virus Victors: People Who Control HIV
2012-May-15 • 32 minutes
The Football Concussion Crisis
NFL Hall of Famer Harry Carson joins former NBC anchor Stone Phillips and pathologist Bennet Omalu for a discussion of chronic traumatic encephalopathy among football players. Recorded May 12th at the Ensemblestudiotheatre.org, site of the new play Headstrong about the brain injury issue
2012-Apr-27 • 14 minutes
Killer Chimps and Funny Feet: Report from the AAPA Conference
Scientific American editor Kate Wong talks about the recent conference of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists in Portland, Ore., where subjects included killer chimps, unprecedented fossil sharing among researchers and divergent hominid foot forms
2012-Apr-26 • 16 minutes
Getting Guinea Worm Gone: Report from the AHCJ Conference
Scientific American editor Christine Gorman talks about the recent conference of the Association of Health Care Journalists, including Jimmy Carter's efforts against guinea worm and trachoma, and Rosalynn Carter's mental health initiatives
2012-Apr-04 • 20 minutes
Food Poisoning's Lasting Legacy
Scientific American Science of Health columnist Maryn McKenna talks about the new understanding that food poisoning can have long-lasting negative health effects
2012-Mar-11 • 11 minutes
Fukushima Anniversary: We Listen Back
Scientific American editor David Biello takes us through newly released audio from the first week of the nuclear meltdown crisis at Fukushima Daiichi
2012-Mar-07 • 15 minutes
AAAS Report: Fracking, Whale Rights, Higgs Evidence and Twitter Truthiness
Scientific American editors Mark Fischetti and Michael Moyer discuss some of the sessions they attended at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Subjects covered include fracking, cetacean rights, the Higgs boson and Twitter 's truthiness
2012-Feb-22 • 8 minutes
If You're Happy, How You Know It
Social scientist Roly Russell, of the Sandhill Institute in British Columbia, talked with Scientific American 's Mark Fischetti at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science about potentially better measures than GDP of a nation's well-being
2012-Feb-15 • 36 minutes
The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis
Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl about the technological "Entanglement" and the attempts to build the other, hardier Internet
2012-Feb-02 • 29 minutes
More with Maryn: McKenna on Antibiotic Resistance
In part 2 of our conversation with journalist and author Maryn McKenna, she talks about antibiotic resistance in agriculture and human health, MRSA, and offers a brief coda on the subject of fecal transplants
2012-Jan-31 • 19 minutes
Fecal Transplants: The Straight Poop
Journalist and author Maryn McKenna talks about fecal transplants, which have proved to be exceptionally effective at restoring a healthy intestinal microbiome and curing C. diff infections, yet remain in regulatory limbo
2012-Jan-25 • 7 minutes
State of the Union: Research, Technology and Energy
About six minutes of President Obama's State of the Union address dealt with research, technology and energy
2012-Jan-16 • 18 minutes
A Second Science Front: Evolution Champions Rise to Climate Science Defense
Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, long the nation's leading defender of evolution education, discusses the NCSE's new initiative to help climate science education
2012-Jan-14 • 35 minutes
Anna Deavere Smith: Let Me Down Easy
Actor, playwright and journalist Anna Deavere Smith talks about the health care crisis and her play about people dealing with illness, health and the health care system, Let Me Down Easy
2012-Jan-05 • 31 minutes
Man from Mars: Health and Nutrition Research at Mars, Inc., and Beyond
Hagen Schroeter, the director of fundamental health and nutrition research at Mars, Inc., talks about research on bio-active food compounds and the search for why a healthful diet is good for you
2011-Dec-12 • 4 minutes
The YouTube SpaceLab Competition
If you're 14 to 18 years old, you still have until December 14th to prepare a two-minute video of a suggestion for an experiment to be performed at the International Space Station and upload it to youtube.com/spacelab. Winners will see their experiment performed in space
2011-Dec-11 • 21 minutes
Large Hadron Collider Backgrounder
Thomas LeCompte of Argonne National Lab was the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He talks about the instrument and its future, as we await the December 13th announcement as to whether the LHC has found the Higgs particle
2011-Dec-08 • 10 minutes
Out of Our Depth: Sea Level on the Rise
Ocean and climate scientist Eelco Rohling talks with Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti about updated calculations of sea-level rise as a function of climate change
2011-Nov-23 • 5 minutes
Brian Greene Talks Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos
Physicist Brian Greene, host of the NOVA series The Fabric of the Cosmos, addresses the question of faster-than-light neutrinos at a Q&A session after the debut of the PBS series
2011-Nov-22 • 28 minutes
The Mind's Hidden Switches
Eric J. Nestler, director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, talks about his article in the December issue of Scientific American magazine on epigenetics and human behavior, called "Hidden Switches in the Mind"
2011-Oct-05 • 19 minutes
The Discovery of Quasicrystals: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Listen to the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to Daniel Shechtman of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Then hear comments from the president of the American Chemical Society, Nancy Jackson, of Sandia National Laboratories
2011-Oct-04 • 22 minutes
An Accelerating Universe: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics
Listen to the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Following the formal announcement comes an explanation of the research, which tracked type Ia supernovae to discover that the expansion of the universe was accelerating, and a phone conversation with new Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt
2011-Sep-30 • 24 minutes
Cancer Vaccines
Cancer Vaccines
2011-Sep-09 • 21 minutes
Science Legend Christian de Duve
Christian de Duve, 1974 Nobel laureate for physiology or medicine, talks about going from a cell biologist to a theorist on evolution and the origin of life
2011-Aug-26 • 17 minutes
Carl Zimmer on Rats, Cats, Viruses and Tattoos
In part 2 of our interview, award-winning author Carl Zimmer talks about his latest books, and a new study that shows how Toxoplasma influences the behavior of rats--and maybe of us
2011-Aug-24 • 23 minutes
Carl Zimmer on Evolution in the Big City
The annual Scientific American September single-topic issue is all about cities. And award-winning author Carl Zimmer recently penned a piece on evolution research in the urban environment for The New York Times . In part 1 of this interview, he talks about urban evolution
2011-Aug-09 • 27 minutes
The City That Became Safe: What New York Teaches about Urban Crime and Its Control
U.C. Berkeley School of Law professor Franklin Zimring talks about his article, "How New York Beat Crime," in the August issue of Scientific American
2011-Jul-27 • 26 minutes
Nobel Laureate Avram Hershko: The Orchestra in the Cell
Nobel laureate Avram Hershko, who determined cellular mechanisms for breaking down proteins, talks about his research in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. And Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the recent inaugural Google Science Fair
2011-Jul-20 • 35 minutes
Nobel Laureate Peter Agre: From Aquaporins to Lutefisk
Peter Agre, 2003 Chemistry Nobel laureate for his work on aquaporins, the proteins that allow water into and out of cells, talks about his research, his upbringing and why he almost ran for the Senate, in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany
2011-Jun-25 • 14 minutes
Let's Make a Probabilistic Deal: A Fresh Look at the Monty Hall Problem
Scientific American math and physics editor Davide Castelvecchi revisits the Monty Hall problem, so you can know whether you're better off holding on to your original pick or switching when new information presents itself
2011-Jun-17 • 26 minutes
How Physics Limits Intelligence
Award-winning author Douglas Fox talks about his cover story in the July issue of Scientific American on The Limits of Intelligence, placed there by the laws of physics
2011-May-26 • 23 minutes
Dying for Science: The 100th Anniversary of the Doomed Scott Antarctic Expedition
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson talks about his article "Greater Glory" in the June issue of Scientific American on the forgotten science of the doomed Scott expedition a hundred years ago
2011-May-17 • 21 minutes
Skirting Steak: The Case for Artificial Meat
Journalist Jeffrey Bartholet talks about his June Scientific American magazine article on the attempts to grow meat in the lab, and Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the cover piece in the May issue on radical energy solutions
2011-Apr-28 • 16 minutes
Astronaut Love: An Interview with Spacewalker Stanley Love
On the eve of the launch of the penultimate space shuttle mission, STS-134, Scientific American astronomy editor George Musser talks to veteran astronaut Stanley Love about being in space and the future of spaceflight
2011-Apr-21 • 35 minutes
Editors' Roundtable: Science Conference Reports
Scientific American editors Christine Gorman, Robin Lloyd, Michael Moyer and Kate Wong talk about their recent trips to different science conferences: the meetings of the Association for Health Care Journalists, the Paleoanthropology Society, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and an M.I.T. 150th-anniversary conference called Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything
2011-Apr-06 • 25 minutes
Can It Be Bad to Be Too Clean?: The Hygiene Hypothesis
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine researcher Kathleen Barnes talks about the hygiene hypothesis, which raises the possibility that our modern sterile environment may contribute to conditions such as asthma and eczema
2011-Mar-02 • 14 minutes
Self-Aware Robots?
Journalist Charles Choi talks about work being done to make robots self-aware. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2011-Feb-24 • 33 minutes
The Cornucopia Conference: Roundtable on the AAAS Meeting
Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina, news editor Anna Kuchment, feature editor Mark Fischetti and online news editor Robin Lloyd about various sessions at the recently completed annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.
2011-Feb-17 • 19 minutes
The Spirit of Innovation: From High School to the Moon
Nancy Conrad, chair of the Conrad Foundation, talks about the Spirit of Innovation competition for high school students, and about her late husband, Pete Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon
2011-Feb-16 • 33 minutes
What's New with Science News
Former Scientific American editor in chief and current Gleaming Retort blogger John Rennie, blogger and Scientific American blogs network director Bora Zivkovic, and Scientific American online news editor Robin Lloyd talk about the future of science news
2011-Jan-26 • 28 minutes
Jefferson's Moose: Thomas's Fauna Fight against European Naturalists
Biologist and author Lee Dugatkin talks about his article "Jefferson's Moose" in the February issue of Scientific American, the story of Jefferson's battle against the European theory of American biological degeneracy. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2011-Jan-14 • 20 minutes
What Is the Watson Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer, Alex?
Scientific American editor Michael Moyer talks about the sneak preview he caught of IBM's Watson Jeopardy! -playing computer. And ScientificAmerican.com 's Larry Greenemeier spoke with Ford's Brad Probert about the new all-electric Focus at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas
2010-Dec-23 • 25 minutes
Vinod Khosla: Searching for the Radical Solution
Clean technology investor Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, talks with Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti about the energy payoffs to be had by reinventing mainstream technologies
2010-Dec-22 • 18 minutes
How You Gonna Keep Flu Down on the Farm?: Pig Farms and Public Health
Journalist Helen Branswell discusses her January Scientific American article, "Flu Factories," about the attempts to monitor new strains of flu that can originate on pig farms and the difficulties of balancing economic and public health constituencies
2010-Dec-20 • 34 minutes
Anna Deavere Smith: Let Me Down Easy
Actor, playwright and journalist Anna Deavere Smith talks about the health care crisis and her play about people dealing with illness, health and the health care system, Let Me Down Easy
2010-Dec-16 • 17 minutes
The Spewings of Titan (and More from the AGU Meeting)
Scientific American editor Davide Castelvecchi joins us from San Francisco to talk about some of the highlights of the meeting of the American Geophysical Union, including volcanoes on Titan, x-rays from lightning, the biota of the Sulawesi Sea, and the connection between light pollution and air pollution. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2010-Nov-25 • 13 minutes
Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect
2010-Nov-24 • 9 minutes
Let's Talk Turkey!
Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research
2010-Nov-19 • 24 minutes
Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and podcast host Steve Mirsky talk about longevity differences in the sexes, the importance of music education, the pros and cons of the Kindle, and other content from the November issue. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2010-Nov-15 • 17 minutes
Physics Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg
Nobel physicist Steven Weinberg spoke to an audience of science journalists, and then to podcast host Steve Mirsky
2010-Nov-05 • 37 minutes
Photograph 51: Rosalind Franklin and the Race For The Double Helix of DNA (Part 2 of 2)
Photograph 51 is a new play about Rosalind Franklin, Watson and Crick, and the race to determine the structure of DNA, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, running through November 21st. A panel discussion about the play on November 2nd featured crystallography expert Helen Berman, biologist and Franklin scholar Lynne Osman Elkin, science journalist Nicholas Wade, playwright Anna Ziegler and moderator Stuart Firestein
2010-Nov-03 • 41 minutes
Photograph 51: Rosalind Franklin and the Race for the Double Helix of DNA, Part 1 of 2
Photograph 51 is a new play about Rosalind Franklin, Watson and Crick, and the race to determine the structure of DNA, at the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York City, running through November 21st. This November 2nd, a panel discussion about the play and the issues it raises featured crystallography expert Helen Berman; biologist and Franklin scholar Lynne Osman Elkin; science journalist Nicholas Wade; playwright Anna Ziegler; and moderator Stuart Firestein
2010-Oct-29 • 21 minutes
The Quest for the Giant Pumpkin
Susan Warren, author of the book Backyard Giants, talks about "the passionate, heartbreaking and glorious quest to grow the biggest pumpkin ever." Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2010-Oct-20 • 24 minutes
Not Your Grandfather's Scientific American
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the new look and new outlook of Scientific American magazine and of ScientificAmerican.com Plus, we discuss the results of a poll of the readers of Scientific American and Nature
2010-Oct-15 • 28 minutes
The Harlem Science Renaissance
Molecular geneticist Sat Bhattacharya talks about his creation, the Harlem Children Society, which gets underprivileged kids involved in scientific research. And 13-year-olds Mitchell Haverty and Angus Fung talk about their research on algae as alternative fuel. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2010-Oct-08 • 3 minutes
Totally Bogus: The Science Talk Quiz
In this special stand-alone edition, see if you know which of four science news stories is Totally Bogus.
2010-Sep-23 • 23 minutes
Exactly When Is a Person Dead?
Award-winning science journalist Robin Marantz Henig and podcast host Steve Mirsky discuss Robin's article in the September issue about organ donation and definitions of death. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://bit.ly/ctIDsx; http://bit.ly/9Us1lE
2010-Sep-21 • 36 minutes
Could Time End?
Scientific American staff editor George Musser joins podcast host Steve Mirsky to discuss his article in the September issue about the possibility of time itself coming to an end
2010-Sep-14 • 36 minutes
The End: Death, Endings and Things That Should End
Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and issue editor Michael Moyer talk with podcast host Steve Mirsky about the September single-topic issue of Scientific American --endings in science. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2010-Sep-03 • 24 minutes
Cooking for Geeks: Jeff Potter on Experimenting in the Kitchen
Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food, talks with daily podcast correspondent Cynthia Graber, and podcast host Steve Mirsky tests your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.cookingforgeeks.com
2010-Aug-21 • 17 minutes
Mary Roach Is Packing for Mars, Part 2
Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with author Mary Roach about her new book "Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void." Part 2 of 2. (Part 1 is at http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=mary-roach-is-packing-f... Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.maryroach.net.
2010-Aug-20 • 32 minutes
Mary Roach Is Packing for Mars, Part 1
Podcast host Steve Mirsky recently attended a talk by author Mary Roach about her new book Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void . In part 1 of this two-part episode, we'll hear that talk. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.maryroach.net
2010-Aug-12 • 32 minutes
When Humans Almost Died Out; Earthy Exoplanets; And Scientific American's 165th Birthday
Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with human evolution expert Kate Wong about the small group of humans who survived tough times beginning about 195,000 years ago and gave rise to all of us, a story told in the cover article of the August issue of Scientific American, our 165th anniversary edition. And Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the rest of the contents of the issue, including our coverage of the search for rocky exoplanets. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the n...
2010-Jul-28 • 20 minutes
Arguing with Non-Skeptics, Part 2 of 2
A panel discussion on arguing with non-skeptics at the recent Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York City featured James Randi, George Hrab, D. J. Grothe and podcast host Steve Mirsky. Julia Galef moderated. Part 2 of 2. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.necsscon.org
2010-Jul-27 • 33 minutes
Arguing with Non-Skeptics, Part 1 of 2
A panel discussion on arguing with non-skeptics at the recent Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism in New York City featured James Randi, George Hrab, D. J. Grothe and podcast host Steve Mirsky. Julia Galef moderated. Part 1 of 2. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.nature.com/nature/podcast and www.necsscon.org
2010-Jul-19 • 33 minutes
Whiz Kids: Intel Science Talent Search Documentary
The new documentary film Whiz Kids follows three high school student-scientists as they attempt to get their projects accepted into the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Scientific American podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with the film's writer and editor, Jane Wagner, and with two of the stars of the documentary, Ana Cisneros and Hermain Khan. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.nature.com/nature/podcast and ...
2010-Jul-08 • 28 minutes
Will Your Plug-In Car Actually Be Coal-Powered? And Other July Stories
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and staff editor Michael Moyer join podcast host Steve Mirsky to talk about articles in the July issue, including: "The Dirty Truth about Plug-In Hybrids"; "How Babies Think"; and "Birds That Lived with Dinosaurs". Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to content of this podcast include www.scientificamerican.com/sciammag; http://bit.ly/cwcTtR
2010-Jun-25 • 23 minutes
Paul Dirac: "The Strangest Man" of Science, Part 2
Award-winning writer and physicist Graham Farmelo talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about The Strangest Man, Farmelo's biography of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Paul Dirac. Part 2 of 2. Web sites related to this episode include www.thestrangestman.com and http://bit.ly/dirac1963
2010-Jun-24 • 34 minutes
"The Strangest Man" of Science, Part 1
Award-winning writer and physicist Graham Farmelo talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about The Strangest Man, Farmelo's biography of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Paul Dirac. Part 1 of 2. Web sites related to this episode include www.thestrangestman.com and http://bit.ly/dirac1963
2010-Jun-15 • 26 minutes
Physics Now and Then: From Neutrinos to Galileo
Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, director of the Origins Initiative at Arizona State University, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about neutrinos and gravity waves. And Cynthia Graber talks with Paolo Galluzzi, director of the newly reopened Museo Galileo, the science museum in Florence, Italy. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to content of this podcast include http://www.museogalileo.it
2010-Jun-02 • 26 minutes
The Big Dozen: 12 Events That Will Change Everything
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and news editor Philip Yam join podcast host Steve Mirsky to talk about the cover story of the June issue of the magazine, "12 Events That Will Change Everything". How things like the first human clone, an asteroid impact or the discovery of extra dimensions will change the world and our view of our place in the universe
2010-May-24 • 27 minutes
Remembering Martin Gardner, with Douglas Hofstadter
Remembering Martin Gardner, with Douglas Hofstadter
2010-May-19 • 35 minutes
More from MacMania: Kindle v. iPad, Mac v. PC and App Development
MacWorld editorial director Jason Snell and app developer Peter Watling talk with podcast host Steve Mirsky about the iPad, computer culture and apps, aboard a cruise ship in the Atlantic during MacMania, produced by insightcruises.com
2010-May-10 • 27 minutes
David Pogue on Tech, Twitter and Transgenic Goats
The ubiquitous David Pogue, author of the Missing Manual series and tech columnist for The New York Times, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky aboard a cruise ship in the Atlantic during MacMania, produced by insightcruises.com. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2010-May-01 • 30 minutes
Your Inner Healers: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and More
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about the contents of the May issue, including articles on induced pluripotent stem cells, high-speed and maglev trains, and blindsight. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2010-Apr-22 • 27 minutes
Bill McKibben's Eaarth, Part 2
Writer and activist Bill McKibben talks to Scientific American 's Mark Fischetti about his new book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet . Part 2 of 2. Edited and produced by podcast host Steve Mirsky
2010-Apr-21 • 38 minutes
Bill McKibben's Eaarth, Part 1
Writer and activist Bill McKibben talks to Scientific American 's Mark Fischetti about his new book Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet Part 1 of 2. Edited and produced by podcast host Steve Mirsky
2010-Apr-20 • 24 minutes
Invisible Ink and More: The Science of Spying in the Revolutionary War
John Nagy, author of Invisible Ink: Spycraft of the American Revolution, discusses the codes, ciphers, chemistry and psychology of spying in the American Revolution, in a talk recorded by podcast host Steve Mirsky at the historic Fraunces Tavern in New York City. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://snipurl.com/vnhy8
2010-Apr-07 • 24 minutes
The Science of Staying in Love; and Scientists as Communicators--and Heroes
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and psychology researcher Robert Epstein, a contributing editor to Scientific American MIND magazine, talk about falling in love and staying that way. And science communicator Dennis Meredith discusses his book Explaining Research, and the importance for scientists of reaching the public. Web sites related to this episode include www.explainingresearch.com
2010-Mar-30 • 32 minutes
From Eternity to Here: Sean M. Carroll's Quest to Understand Time
Sean M. Carroll, theoretical physicist at the California Institute of Technology talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new book From Eternity to Here: The Quest for the Ultimate Theory of Time . Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include preposterousuniverse.com
2010-Mar-19 • 25 minutes
Are We Pushing Earth's Environmental Tipping Points?
Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his article in the April issue of Scientific American, "Boundaries for a Healthy Planet". Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include snipurl.com/foleyplanet
2010-Mar-18 • 3 minutes
The Science Talk Quiz: "Totally Bogus"
Here are four science stories, but only three are true. See if you know which story is TOTALLY BOGUS
2010-Mar-17 • 37 minutes
Where's My Fusion Reactor?
Scientific American staff editor Michael Moyer talks about his article "Fusion's False Dawn" in the March issue, and Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the rest of the issue. Web sites related to this episode include www.sciamdigital.com; www.snipurl.com/mikefusion
2010-Feb-27 • 29 minutes
Algae, Art and Attitudes: A Roundtable about the AAAS Conference
Scientific American staffers Mark Fischetti and Robin Lloyd talk with podcast host Steve Mirsky about sessions they attended--including those about algae for energy, dissecting the astronomy in art, and attitudes about climate change--at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.aaas.org, www.aven.com
2010-Feb-25 • 31 minutes
The Poisoner's Handbook: The Sinister Side of Chemistry
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her new work, The Poisoner's Handbook, a look at how easy it used to be to kill someone with poison and the researchers who made poisoning much harder to get away with. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include blog.deborahblum.com
2010-Feb-18 • 28 minutes
Ice, Ice, Baby: The Physics of Curling
Mark Shegelski of the University of Northern British Columbia talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about the physics of curling, currently taking its turn on the world stage at the Vancouver Olympics. (Shegelski is also the author of the new sci-fi collection "Remembering the Future.") Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2010-Feb-10 • 26 minutes
Whaddaya Do with a Dead Whale?
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about some of the articles in the February issue, including one on the ecosystems that arise around the carcasses of whales that die and fall to the ocean floor; the warfare between our cells, our allied microbes and disease-causing organisms; and ways to improve the internal combustion engine
2010-Jan-31 • 28 minutes
Cleopatra's Alexandria Treasures
Renowned archaeologist Franck Goddio talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his efforts to recover artifacts from the ancient cities of Alexandria, Heracleion and Canopus, with special attention to discoveries related to Cleopatra and her reign. The exhibit Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt opens at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on June 5th. Web sites related to this episode include www.underwaterdiscovery.org
2010-Jan-25 • 4 minutes
The Science Talk Quiz: "Totally Bogus"
Here are four science stories, but only three are true. See if you know which story is TOTALLY BOGUS
2010-Jan-23 • 21 minutes
Creating Darwin's Biopic; and Consumer Electronics
Science Talk correspondent John Pavlus talks with Jon Amiel, director of the new Darwin biography movie Creation, and with Randal Keynes, Darwin's great-great-grandson and one of the film's scriptwriters. Then we'll hear from a few of the exhibitors who spoke to ScientificAmerican.com 's Larry Greenemeier at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas
2010-Jan-18 • 4 minutes
The Science Talk Quiz: "Totally Bogus"
Here are four science stories, but only three are true. See if you know which story is TOTALLY BOGUS.
2010-Jan-15 • 23 minutes
Mining for Online Game Gold and Other Amazing Stories
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the January issue, including articles on the chances of conditions conducive to life elsewhere in the multiverse and the growing practice of virtual gold farming, in which legions of online game players in developing countries acquire currency in the game that they sell to other players for real money. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/nobelfrank; www.redcross.org; www.pih.org
2010-Jan-08 • 22 minutes
Alan Alda's Human Spark, Part 2
Alan Alda, host of the new PBS science series The Human Spark, talks to podcast host Steve Mirsky about his experiences as a fictional physican, a real patient and an amateur scientist. Web sites related to this episode include www.pbs.org/humanspark
2010-Jan-07 • 35 minutes
Alan Alda's Human Spark
Alan Alda, star of stage, screen and science, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his new PBS science series The Human Spark as well as his strong interest in science and long association with Scientific American
2009-Dec-29 • 4 minutes
The Science Talk Quiz: "Totally Bogus"
Here are four science stories, but only three are true. See if you know which story is TOTALLY BOGUS.
2009-Dec-23 • 16 minutes
Christmas Season Science
Scientific American daily podcast contributor Karen Hopkin talks about a few recent studies related to the science of the Christmas season
2009-Dec-20 • 3 minutes
Bonus Bogus Brainteaser
The Totally Bogus Quiz for this week
2009-Dec-18 • 36 minutes
Copenhagen and Everywhere Else
ScientificAmerican.com 's David Biello is in Copenhagen at the climate conference, and he'll tell us what's going on there. And the Wildlife Conservation Society's Steven Sanderson discusses his Foreign Affairs article, "Where the Wild Things Were," worldwide conservation and the Everglades. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/sanderson; www.twitter.com/dbiello
2009-Dec-11 • 26 minutes
World Changing Ideas: December's Scientific American
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and editor Michael Moyer talk about the "World Changing Ideas" feature as well as other contents of the December issue. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2009-Dec-04 • 4 minutes
Bogus Brainteaser
The Totally Bogus Quiz for this week
2009-Dec-03 • 40 minutes
John Rennie's 7 Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense
On the eve of the United Nations Global Warming Conference in Copenhagen and in the wake of the hacked climate researchers' e-mails, former Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses his ScientificAmerican.com article "7 Answers to Climate Contrarian Nonsense," available at http://bit.ly/8bg9Fx
2009-Nov-24 • 14 minutes
Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought
On the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, we review Darwin's influence on the the modern world, as analyzed by Ernst Mayr, one of the 20th century's most prolific evolutionary theorists. We review Mayr's July 2000 Scientific American article, "Darwin's Influence on Modern Thought". The original, complete essay is temporarily available free of charge at http://snipurl.com/darwinsciam
2009-Nov-18 • 24 minutes
Tree Ring Science and Tomorrow's Water
Tree ring expert Kevin Anchukaitis, of the tree ring lab at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, part of Columbia University's Earth Institute, talks about the information available in tree rings. And Colin Chartres, the director general of the International Water Management Institute, talks to Lynne Peeples about water issues. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news, specifically the November issue of Scientific American magazine. Web sites related to this episode include http://sn...
2009-Nov-03 • 35 minutes
Human Evolution II: Recent Evolution; and "Becoming Human" NOVA Preview
Anthropologist John Hawks of the University of Wisconsin - Madison talks about recent human evolution, especially of our ability to digest lactose. And producer Graham Townsley discusses his three-part PBS NOVA premiering on November 3rd called "Becoming Human". Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/t1ivr
2009-Oct-23 • 35 minutes
Human Evolution: Lucy and Neandertals
Anthropologist Chris Stringer of the Natural History Museum in London talks about Neandertals. And Scientific American 's Kate Wong, co-author with Donald Johanson of Lucy's Legacy, talks about the discovery and impact of the famous Lucy fossil. Plus, we test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/lucyfinder; http://bit.ly/bntu0
2009-Oct-14 • 26 minutes
Brain Enhancement: October Issue of Scientific American
In this episode Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the contents of the October issue of Scientific American, including articles on brain enhancement, lost cities of the Amazon and a century-old plan to make subway rides more entertaining
2009-Oct-05 • 23 minutes
New Nobel Laureate Jack Szostak and Surrogates Film Director Jonathan Mostow
Jack Szostak, who just shared the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, talks about his latest research on the origin of life. And Scientific American editor George Musser talks to Jonathan Mostow, director of the new Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller Surrogates . Web sites related to this episode include www.snipurl.com/surrogates; www.snipurl.com/telomere; www.snipurl.com/origin
2009-Sep-28 • 28 minutes
Clean Energy Contest; and Counting Crickets and Katydids
Scientific American podcast correspondent Cynthia Graber talks about the M.I.T. Clean Energy Prize Competition. And we take part in the recent Cricket Crawl, an effort to take a census of crickets and katydids in the New York metropolitan area. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.amnh.org and www.discoverlife.org/cricket
2009-Sep-08 • 22 minutes
Where There Was Smoke, There's Science
Wake Forest University School of Medicine neuroscientist Dwayne Godwin talks about the the Winston-Salem area's adoption of biomedical research as well as meetings with Congress about science funding and his comic strip contributions to Scientific American Mind . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Aug-31 • 27 minutes
Origins of Everything: The September Scientific American Magazine
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the September special single-topic issue of Scientific American magazine, which covers origins, from the universe to the horse stirrup. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.thelongtail.com
2009-Aug-25 • 18 minutes
Colony Collapse and Ruptured Ribosomes; Minding Darwin's Beeswax
John Williams, the beekeeper at Down House in England, talks about Darwin's bees. And May Berenbaum, entomologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, talks about the latest publication related to colony collapse disorder and ribosome damage in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences . Web sites related to this episode include www.bee-craft.com
2009-Aug-21 • 23 minutes
To Bee or Not to Bee
In part 2 of our bee podcast, we talk with May Berenbaum, entomologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and inspiration for the X Files fictional entomologist Bambi Berenbaum, about bees, other insects and how life history analysis can make us rest easy during scary sci-fi invasion movies. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2009-Aug-14 • 22 minutes
Bee Afraid, Bee Very Afraid
May Berenbaum, entomologist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and inspiration for the X Files fictional entomologist Bambi Berenbaum, talks about colony collapse disorder and disappearing bees as well as the importance of honeybees in agriculture
2009-Jul-31 • 31 minutes
Swimming In Spacetime and Other Stories
Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and staff editor Kate Wong talk about the contents of the August issue, including articles on some of the odd consequences of general relativity, life as a Neandertal, and the latest research on celiac disease. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Jul-23 • 28 minutes
Nuts, Bolts, Photons and Electrons of Solar Energy
Jeff Wolfe, the CEO and co-founder of groSolar, talks about solar energy's present and future. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.grosolar.com
2009-Jul-14 • 30 minutes
Movie Magic (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Part 3
In this series of episodes, we talk to many of the scientists at Blue Sky Studios, which created the Ice Age series of animated features, including the recently released Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs . In episode 3, we hear from co-director Mike Thurmeier, art director Mike Knapp and head of lighting Andew Beddini. Special thanks to Hugo Ayala. Web sites related to this episode include www.blueskystudios.com and www.iceagemovie.com
2009-Jul-11 • 20 minutes
Movie Magic (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Part 2
In this series of episodes, we talk to many of the scientists at Blue Sky Studios, which created the Ice Age series of animated features, including the recently released Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs . In episode 2, we hear from the research and development team about their backgrounds, the kinds of technical challenges they face and the ways they use math and computers to solve those problems. Web sites related to this episode include www.blueskystudios.com; www.iceagemovie.com; www.scientificamerican.com...
2009-Jul-10 • 22 minutes
Movie Magic (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs), Part 1
In this series of episodes, we talk to many of the scientists at Blue Sky Studios, which created the Ice Age series of animated features, including the recently released Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs . In episode 1, we hear from company founders Carl Ludwig and Eugene Troubetzkoy and senior research associate Hugo Ayala. Web sites related to this episode include www.blueskystudios.com and www.iceagemovie.com
2009-Jul-01 • 29 minutes
Atul Gawande Redux
While Steve's at the conference of the World Federation of Science Journalists in London, we look ahead to some of the programming coming your way in the coming weeks, and we replay our 2007 interview with surgeon Atul Gawande, whose recent research in The New England Journal of Medicine and writing in The New Yorker have caused a big stir in the medical and health care reform communities. Web sites related to this episode include http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_gawande?yrail... ...
2009-Jun-26 • 29 minutes
Hello Moon, Good-Bye Rennie
We look at the contents of the July issue of Scientific American magazine, the last under outgoing Editor in Chief John Rennie, including an article by moon explorer Harrison Schmitt, a piece on the fight against superbugs, a report on the potential of biofuels such as grassoline, and a recollection of the pernicious effects of chess! Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Jun-17 • 27 minutes
Panamania!: A Visit to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
We take a walking tour of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute on Barro Colorado Island in Panama, with the STRI's Beth King and Harilaos Lessios. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web Sites related to this episode include www.stri.org
2009-May-29 • 27 minutes
The Truth about Cats and Dogs
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the contents of the June issue, including articles on the evolution of cats and the physiology of sled dogs. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-May-19 • 28 minutes
High Achievement High Schoolers
High school scientists Sruti Swaminathan, Maia ten Brink, Alyssa Bailey, Moyukh Chatterjee and Fedja Kadribasic, all winners of state competitions sponsored by the American Junior Academy of Sciences, talk about their research. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-May-11 • 21 minutes
Beauty Is Truth (and Science)
Procter & Gamble scientists Greg Hillebrand and Jay Tiesman talk about scientific research related to beauty products and cosmetics. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.pg.com/science
2009-May-01 • 30 minutes
People, Pan Troglodytes (Chimps) and Pigs
Scientific American editor Christine Soares discusses the swine flu situation and Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the May issue--topics include the specific genetic differences between humans and chimps, side-channel hacking, food shortages, and our leaky atmosphere. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Apr-23 • 30 minutes
Sherwin Nuland's Tales from the Bedside
Surgeon and author Sherwin Nuland talks about his new book The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside, a Chaucerian take on doctors and their relationships with patients and each other. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Apr-17 • 27 minutes
Life Goes on within You and without You: Health and the Environment
In this episode, we'll hear parts of three talks from the recent symposium, Exploring the Dynamic Relationship Between Health and the Environment, organized by the American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Speakers include Penn State's Peter Hudson, who talks about disease transmission; Oxford's Oliver Pybus, on how genome analysis exonerated health care workers accused of infecting children with HIV; and N.Y.U.'s Martin Blaser on our disappearing stomach flora. Plus, we...
2009-Apr-10 • 25 minutes
Why People Believe What They Do
University of California, Berkeley, psychologist Tania Lombrozo talks about why people believe what they do, especially regarding evolution or creationism. Author Steve Miller discusses his new book The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Science of Everything . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include psychology.berkeley.edu/faculty/profiles...
2009-Apr-02 • 29 minutes
From Dark Energy to Lone Star Lunacy
Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about articles in the April issue, covering dark energy, bee colony collapse and post-traumatic stress. And Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, discusses anti-evolution-education efforts by the Texas School Board. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.ncseweb.org; www.youtube.com/NatCen4ScienceEd
2009-Mar-26 • 23 minutes
What Shape Is Your Galaxy?
Yale astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski talks about Galaxy Zoo, a distributed computing project in which laypeople can help researchers characterize galaxies. And we tour Kroon Hall, the new green home of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.galaxyzoo.org; www.environment.yale.edu/kroon
2009-Mar-19 • 33 minutes
In Search of Time
Journalist and writer Dan Falk talks about his new book In Search of Time, about the cultural, physical and psychological aspects of the mysterious ticking clocks all around us. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.danfalk.ca
2009-Mar-13 • 20 minutes
Phrasing a Coyne: Jerry Coyne on Why Evolution Is True
During a Scientific American cruise in the Caribbean, University of Chicago evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne talks about his new book Why Evolution Is True . And we hear a brief example of what it's like to attend science lectures at sea. Plus, we'll test your knowlege of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.insightcruises.com; www.whyevolutionistrue.com
2009-Mar-04 • 28 minutes
From Spooky Action to Tiny Radios
Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the contents of the March issue of the magazine, including articles on quantum entanglement, nano radios, fresh brain cells and more. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2009-Feb-25 • 22 minutes
Remarkable Creatures (and Getting Them Fixed)
University of Wisconsin evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll talks about his new book, Remarkable Creatures, which chronicles the derring-do of some of natural history's brightest stars. And FoundAnimals.org 's Katy Palfrey discusses the Michelson Prize, for the development of a nonsurgical pet-neutering technique. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include foundanimals.org; seanbcarroll.com
2009-Feb-19 • 33 minutes
Stars of Cosmology, Part 2
In part 2 of this podcast, cosmologists Alan Guth from M.I.T., Arizona State University's Lawrence Krauss, John Carlstrom from the University of Chicago, and Fermilab's Scott Dodelson take reporters' questions at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th
2009-Feb-18 • 17 minutes
Stars of Cosmology, Part 1
In part 1 of this podcast, cosmologists Alan Guth from M.I.T., Arizona State University's Lawrence Krauss, John Carlstrom from the University of Chicago, and Fermilab's Scott Dodelson discuss the state of cosmology--and the universe's possible dismal future--at a press conference at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago on February 16th
2009-Feb-13 • 28 minutes
Darwin Day Special, Part 3: Origins of Paleontology and the Impact of Religion on the Development of Evolutionary Theory
In part 3 of this special Darwin Day podcast, the Reverend Thomas Goodhue, executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches and author of the book Curious Bones: Mary Anning and the Birth of Paleontology, talks about Anning and how religion informed Darwin and the scientists who led to him.
2009-Feb-12 • 23 minutes
Darwin Day Special, Part 2: Evolutionary Psychology and Religion
In part 2 of this special Darwin Day podcast, Hofstra University religion professor John Teehan discusses the study of religion from an evolutionary psychology perspective
2009-Feb-11 • 36 minutes
Darwin Day Special: Bicentennial of the Birth of Charles Darwin
In part 1 of this special Darwin Day podcast, celebrating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin on February 12th, Richard Milner performs part of his one-man show about Darwin; Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie and Darwin descendant Matthew Chapman read from The Origin of Species ; and Chapman talks about his book 40 Days and 40 Nights, about the Dover intelligent design trial as well as about his efforts to get presidential candidates to discuss science--a project called ScienceDebate ...
2009-Feb-04 • 31 minutes
The Naked Singularity Meets Social Media
Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie talks about the content of the February issue, including naked singularities and the greenhouse hamburger. N.Y.U. journalism professor Jay Rosen discusses social media. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.SciAm.com/sciammag; journalism.nyu.edu/pubzone/weblogs/press...
2009-Jan-28 • 34 minutes
CO2 Rising: Follow the Bouncing Carbon Atom
Scientist and author Tyler Volk talks about his new book CO 2 Rising: The World's Greatest Environmental Challenge . Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://pages.nyu.edu/~tv1/Volk.htm
2009-Jan-22 • 27 minutes
Darwin: Ghostbuster, Muse and Magistrate
Darwin historian Richard Milner shares some of the lesser known aspects of Darwin's life. And Scientific American columnist Michael Shermer talks about the stock market, religion and other belief systems. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.darwinlive.com; www.michaelshermer.com
2009-Jan-14 • 34 minutes
From Astronomy to Zune
Scientific American astronomy expert George Musser discusses the recent meeting of the American Astronomical Society and SciAm.com 's Larry Greenemeier reports on the Consumer Electronics Show. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2009-Jan-07 • 22 minutes
The Evolution of Evolution
Scientific American Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses the special January issue of the magazine, which focuses on evolution--2009 being the 200th anniversary of the birth of Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origin of Species . Subjects in the issue include the importance of natural selection, the sources of genetic variability, human evolution's past and future, pop evolutionary psychology, everyday applications of evolutionary theory, the science of the game Spore, and the ong...
2008-Dec-31 • 46 minutes
The Manhattan Project and the Met
The Metropolitan Opera's production of the new opera Doctor Atomic aired on PBS on December 29th. We'll hear from Manhattan Project veterans Roy Glauber (Nobel laureate), Murray Peshkin, Leonard Jossem, Al Bartlett, Hans Courant, Harold Agnew, Benjamin Bederson, who spoke at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. And we talk to the Metropolitan Opera's Patricia Steiner. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include tinyurl.c...
2008-Dec-24 • 29 minutes
Christmas at the Moon; and Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind
Scientific American editor Michael Battaglia discusses the online In-Depth-Report on Apollo 8, which orbited the moon 40 years ago this week. And author Emily Anthes talks about her new book, Instant Egghead Guide: The Mind . Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.SciAm.com/report.cfm?id=apollo8; www.SciAm.com/report.cfm?id=science-movies; www.pbs.org/wnet/gperf/tag/doctor-at...
2008-Dec-19 • 25 minutes
From Carbon to the Cretaceous: Report from the American Geophysical Union Meeting
Scientific American editor Davide Castelvecchi reports from the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. Subjects include the extinction of the dinosaurs and the Orbiting Carbon Observatory. And CNET Senior Associate Editor Michelle Thatcher gives us the lowdown on netbooks and tablet PCs. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.agu.org; crave.cnet.com
2008-Dec-10 • 23 minutes
Klaatu's Back and He's Not Happy
Scott Derrickson, director of the new version of The Day the Earth Stood Still, talks about his take on the iconic sci-fi movie. And Nobel laureate Richard Roberts discusses the importance of open-access science publishing. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news
2008-Dec-03 • 32 minutes
The Science of Pain
Stanford University pain expert Sean Mackey talks about the modern take on pain, how to treat it, why treatment is so important, and the relationship between pain and empathy. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include sciencegeekgirl.wordpress.com/2008/10; paincenter.stanford.edu
2008-Nov-26 • 24 minutes
Viruses against Disease; Going Batty for Bats
Scientific American editor in chief, John Rennie, talks about the contents of the December issue, including bat evolution and how magicians are helping neuroscience. And Boro Dropulic of Lentigen talks about converting viruses into disease fighters. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://www.sciam.com/report.cfm?id=bat-guide;... http://www.sciam.com/report.cfm?id=thanksgiving...
2008-Nov-19 • 28 minutes
Approval of Seals: Wildlife Docs and Their Exotic Patients
Some veterinarians treat animals much more exotic than the family pet. Jeffrey Boehm, executive director of the Marine Mammal Center, talks about the challenges of caring for sick sea mammals. And Alisa "Harley" Newton, a pathologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, discusses how vets figured out that a pathogen attacking humans was in fact West Nile Virus. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.tmmc.org; www.wcs.org
2008-Nov-12 • 27 minutes
Kayaking Antarctica with Jon Bowermaster
How a warming climate leads to freezing penguins, with journalist and author Jon Bowermaster, who has kayaked the world's seas, most recently in Antarctica. And Cynthia Graber takes us on a tour with a new M.I.T. underwater autonomous vehicle. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites related to this episode include www.jonbowermaster.com
2008-Nov-05 • 23 minutes
The Day After: Science in the Obama Administration
Stanford University biologist Sharon Long, a science advisor to the Barack Obama campaign, talks about science in the upcoming administration. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.SciAm.com/report.cfm?id=election2008
2008-Oct-30 • 37 minutes
Cemetery Science: The Geology of Mausoleums
For Halloween, we take a tour of Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, N.Y., with geologist Sidney Horenstein and Woodlawn expert Susan Olsen, concentrating on the geology of the rock used in the memorials. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.bigpumpkins.com; www.thewoodlawncemetery.org
2008-Oct-22 • 29 minutes
Today's Alternative Energy; and November Issue Topics, Including Computer-Brain Interfaces and DNA Computing
Scientific American magazine editor in chief, John Rennie, talks about the November issue's contents, including computer-brain interfaces, DNA computing, the ongoing attempts to find an HIV vaccine and getting closer to the Star Trek tricorder with portable NMR. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include snipurl.com/4LJ71; SciAm.com/sciammag
2008-Oct-15 • 20 minutes
More Than Pickles and Ice Cream: The Link Between Diet and Fertility
Harvard School of Public Health epidemiologist Walter Willett talks to SciAm correspondent Cynthia Graber about his latest book, The Fertility Diet as well as about the links between nutrition and health generally. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2008-Oct-09 • 22 minutes
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about E. Coli, Part 2
Carl Zimmer continues his discussion of E. coli, the bacteria that are the subject of his new book Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life . Plus, we'll test your knowledge about the Nobel Prizes awarded this week. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.carlzimmer.com; improbable.com; nobelprize.org
2008-Oct-08 • 27 minutes
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about E. Coli, Part 1
Author and journalist Carl Zimmer talks about E. coli, the bacteria that are the subject of his new book Microcosm: E. Coli and the New Science of Life . Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.carlzimmer.com
2008-Oct-01 • 28 minutes
Searching for Intelligence
Author and journalist Carl Zimmer talks about the search for the physiological and biological basis of intelligence, the subject of his article in the October issue of Scientific American magazine. And Editor in Chief John Rennie discusses other articles in the issue, including the cover story on the possibility of a big bounce instead of the big bang and the science of the World Wide Web. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www....
2008-Sep-24 • 28 minutes
Earth 3.0
Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti talks about Earth 3.0, a new SciAm publication concerning energy, sustainability and the environment. And ScientificAmerican.com writer Larry Greenemeier discusses the interface between nanotech and biology. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.sciamearth3.com
2008-Sep-11 • 31 minutes
The Large Hadron Collider Goes to Work
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek and Scientific American editor George Musser talk about the Large Hadron Collider, the most powerful particle accelerator ever built, which went online this week. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.frankwilczek.com; www.youtube.com/watch?v=j50ZssEojtM; http://www.sciam.com/report.cfm?id=lhc-countdown...
2008-Sep-09 • 29 minutes
Tom Friedman's New Book--Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times columnist Tom Friedman discusses his new book, Hot, Flat, and Crowded: Why We Need a Green Revolution--And How It Can Renew America . Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.thomaslfriedman.com
2008-Sep-03 • 28 minutes
Who's Watching You: The Future of Privacy
Scientific American editor in chief, John Rennie, discusses the future of privacy and security, the subject of the September single-topic issue of Scientific American magazine. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.SciAm.com/sciammag; www.snipurl.com/sciamfootball
2008-Aug-27 • 29 minutes
Return of a Killer: Tuberculosis in Russia
Veteran journalist Merrill Goozner, director of the Integrity in Science project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, discusses his series of articles for SciAm.com on the rise of tuberculosis in Russia. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.gooznews.com; www.snipurl.com/goozner
2008-Aug-20 • 20 minutes
What's the Buzz: A Conversation with Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, talks about solar energy, buses between the planets, the Constellation program, his time on the moon and his new animated movie, Fly Me to the Moon . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.snipurl.com/aldrin; www.sciamdigital.com; www.flymetothemoonthemovie.com
2008-Aug-13 • 20 minutes
Superdove!: The Straight Poop on Pigeons
Courtney Humphries talks about her new book, Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan...And the World . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.birds.cornell.edu/pigeonwatch; chumphries.org
2008-Aug-08 • 14 minutes
Inside SciAm: The August Issue
In this special edition of Science Talk, Scientific American editor in chief, John Rennie, talks to Steve about the August issue of the magazine, which features articles on migraine, solar superstorms and self-cleaning materials
2008-Aug-06 • 29 minutes
Inside China: Science, Technology, Energy and the Environment
Former Washington Post Beijing bureau chief, Philip Pan, author of Out of Mao's Shadow: The Struggle for the Soul of a New China, discusses the science, technology, environment and culture of China with Scientific American 's David Biello, who recently spent almost a month reporting from the country. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2008-Jul-30 • 28 minutes
Outsmarting Bombers; and A Warless Future?
IEEE Spectrum editor in chief, Glenn Zorpette, talks about high-tech attempts to battle improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq as well as the state of reconstruction of Iraq's electricity grid. And journalist John Horgan talks about the possibility of eliminating war. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include: www.saferoadmaps.org, www.thomaslfriedman.com; www.spectrum.ieee.org
2008-Jul-23 • 18 minutes
Visit to the Fair: Inside a Tech Expo
In this episode we feature five interviews conducted at the Digital Experience! computer and electronics expo that took place in New York City in June. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include: www.eye.fi; www.skype.net; www.synaptics.com; www.jakkspacific.com; www.m-audio.com
2008-Jul-16 • 30 minutes
The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory
George Musser talks about his new book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to String Theory . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news
2008-Jul-07 • 30 minutes
The Long and Winding Road: DNA Evidence for Human Migration; Plus July Issue Highlights
Gary Stix discusses his July Scientific American cover article on DNA evidence for the history of human migration. And editor in chief, John Rennie, talks about the neuroscience of dance, the quantum cosmos and Rubik's Cubes. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com/sciammag
2008-Jun-25 • 23 minutes
Gott Ya: Astrophysicist J. Richard Gott on Time Travel and Presidential Polling
Princeton astrophysicist J. Richard Gott discusses some of the realities and speculations of time travel (one human holds the record for time travel--1/48 of a second) as well as how best to evaluate presidential election polling data. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.colleyrankings.com, snipurl.com/2oorv
2008-Jun-18 • 23 minutes
One Singular Sensation: Will We Upload Our Brains, and Other Questions Related to "The Coming Singularity"
Glenn Zorpette, executive editor of IEEE Spectrum magazine, and journalist John Horgan discuss various ideas related to what some call "the coming singularity," a point where computers will allegedly attain consciousness and superintelligence. Or not. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity
2008-Jun-12 • 24 minutes
The Happening: A Conversation with Director M. Night Shyamalan
M. Night Shyamalan's new film, The Happening, involves an environmental backlash, the limits of reason and the beauty of math. SciAm editor George Musser discusses the film with the director. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com/daily
2008-Jun-04 • 24 minutes
Fact and Fiction: James Randi's "Amaz!ng Meeting" and Mark Alpert's Physics Novel, Final Theory
James Randi, famous debunker of frauds, talks about the "Amaz!ng Meeting" coming up in Las Vegas, and SciAm editor Mark Alpert discusses his new physics novel, Final Theory . Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com/daily, www.badscience.net, www.randi.org, www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4vgsZmleoE
2008-May-28 • 27 minutes
The Feral Biologist: A Talk with George Schaller; A Look in the June SciAm
The Wildlife Conservation Society's George Schaller talks about his new book, "A Naturalist and Other Beasts," which covers his 50 years of documenting important large animal species in the field. And Scientific American editor in chief, John Rennie, offers a look at some articles in the June issue. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.SciAm.com/daily, www.wcs.org
2008-May-21 • 22 minutes
Little Brains, Big Brains: Latest Flores Hobbit News and the Intel Science Fair
Kate Wong brings us up to date on the ongoing research into fossils of the tiny human, called the Hobbit, found on the island of Flores. And Ivan Oransky reports from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Plus, Nobel laureate Gerald Edelman illustrates problems with reductionism and refrigerators. And we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.SciAm.com/daily, www.nybg.org/darwin/symposium.php, www.intel.com/education/ISEF
2008-May-14 • 23 minutes
China Quake Update; Fictional Scientists; What's New at SciAm.com
David Biello reports from China on the aftermath of the major earthquake that struck this week. Mark Alpert talks about the portrayal of scientists in fiction. And new online managing editor Ivan Oransky discusses what's up on the Web site. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com/daily, www.snipurl.com/madsci, www.snipurl.com/hotpepper
2008-May-07 • 29 minutes
Evolution Enclaves: Darwin the Botanist and Origins of Life Research
David Kohn, curator of the Darwin's Garden exhibit at the New York Botanical Garden, discusses Darwin's botanical studies. And Harvard Medical School's Jack Szostak talks about research into the origins of life. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.nybg.org/darwin; www.hhmi.org; www.sciam.com/daily
2008-Apr-30 • 22 minutes
Plasma Physics: From Black Holes to Radio Reception
Plasma plays a big role from the ionosphere to black holes. Stanford physicist Roger Blandford explains plasma and its connection to black holes in a conversation with Scientific American 's JR Minkel. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.snipurl.com/26dun-sciam1; www.snipurl.com/26dv2-sciam2; www.nybg.org/darwin
2008-Apr-23 • 24 minutes
Can Science Save the Banana?
The banana is the world's most important fruit. But it's under threat from a disease spreading around the world. We'll hear from Dan Koeppel, author of the book "Banana: The Fate of the Fruit That Changed the World." And we'll visit a Guatemala banana plantation with guide Julio Cordova. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.bananabook.org
2008-Apr-16 • 27 minutes
On The Shoulders of Giants: John Wheeler and Salome Waelsch
Physicist John Wheeler and geneticist Salome Waelsch both had incredibly long and fruitful careers, providing numerous fundamental insights in their respective fields. We'll hear from Kenneth Ford, former director of the American Institute of Physics, about Wheeler, who died April 13th at 96. And Princeton's Lee Silver talks about Waelsch, who died last fall at 100 and who was memorialized on April 14th at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recen...
2008-Apr-09 • 29 minutes
Expelled Explained
A new movie, Expelled, claims that intelligent design is good science that is being censored by adherents to evolution, which is nothing but Darwinian dogma. Scientific American's editor-in-chief, John Rennie, and podcast host Steve Mirsky discuss the movie. And Eugenie Scott, director of the National Center for Science Education, talks about being interviewed for the film as well as her organization's efforts to provide correct information about the claims in Expelled. Plus we'll test your knowledge of som...
2008-Apr-02 • 28 minutes
A Scientists' Bill of Rights?
Francesca Grifo from the Union of Concerned Scientists talks about the need for legislation to protect federal scientists. We'll also hear from the UCS's Kurt Gottfried and Anthony Robbins, who spoke at a press conference in Boston in February. And Scientific American's editor-in-chief, John Rennie, previews the April issue of the magazine. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.ucsusa.org
2008-Mar-26 • 23 minutes
Baseball Science
Dan Gordon, editor of the new book "Your Brain On Cubs" from the Dana Foundation, talks about the neuroscience of baseball players and their fans. And statistician Shane Jensen of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School discusses attempts to get a statistical handle on defense in baseball. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.dana.org, www.snakejazz.com
2008-Mar-19 • 26 minutes
For the Birds: A look at birds, habitat conservation and environmental economics
Ornithologist and conservation biologist Jeffrey Wells talks about birds and their roles as markers for environmental health. He also discusses the Boreal Forest, the Boreal Birdsong Initiative, the eBird research project (that you can assist) and his new book, The Birder's Conservation Handbook. We also have a brief tribute to the late Arthur C. Clarke. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.ebird.org; www.borealbirds.org
2008-Mar-12 • 29 minutes
Science and America's Future
Argonne National Laboratory director Robert Rosner talks about the role of science in keeping America an economic leader. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.anl.gov
2008-Mar-05 • 18 minutes
A Mars Rovers Once-Over
We look at the state of the rovers currently on Mars, the big accidental discovery by the Spirit rover, and the next-generation device slated to join them in 2010, the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Interviews with Cornell's Melissa Rice, the payload downlink lead for the rover cameras, and the Jet Propulsion Lab's Michelle Viotti, about the Mars Science Laboratory Rover. Also press conference clips featuring Cornell's Steve Squyres, principal investigator for the science instruments on the Mars Exploration...
2008-Feb-27 • 24 minutes
Arachnophilia! And War...What Was It Good for (in Human Evolution)?
Spider expert Greta Binford, from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and her student MG Weber talk about the fascinating world of spiders. And economist Samuel Bowles, from the Santa Fe Institute, discusses the co-evolution of war and altruism. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include www.santafe.edu/~bowles
2008-Feb-22 • 24 minutes
Science, Science Everywhere: AAAS Conference Highlights
In this episode, we'll hear about the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which took place last week in Boston. Nobel Laureate and AAAS President David Baltimore talks about the ongoing challenges of HIV vaccine research; NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Director Charles Elachi discusses the lab's next batch of missions; and Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti summarizes a few sessions he went to covering the environment. Plus we'll test your knowledge of...
2008-Feb-13 • 27 minutes
Fat Chance: Do Dietary Guidelines Actually Contribute to Obesity?
In this episode Albert Einstein College of Medicine public health researcher Paul Marantz questions whether dietary guidelines are counterproductive, and talks about the philosophy of recommendations based on population studies. We'll hear a Valentine's Day poem. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned on this episode include sciammind.com, sciamdigital.com, snipurl.com/sing-sciam, snipurl.com/paul-sciam, snipurl.com/paul2-sciam, snipurl.com/paul3-sciam.
2008-Feb-06 • 23 minutes
You Say Potato, I Say Cassava: Language, Culture and Perception
In this episode, University of California, Berkeley, linguist Alice Gaby talks about the relationships among language, culture, cognition and perception. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include geekcruises.com
2008-Jan-30 • 26 minutes
Knock, Knock, Hal's There: Teaching Computers Humor; and the 50th Anniversary of America's First Satellite
In this episode, University of Cincinnati researchers Lawrence Mazlack and Julia Taylor discuss their efforts to improve human-computer communications by teaching computers about contextual humor. And Carl Raggio, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about the efforts to launch Explorer 1, the first US satellite, which went into orbit on January 31st, 1958, exactly 50 years ago this week. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2008-Jan-23 • 27 minutes
What's The Matter?: Cold Dark Matter and the Milky Way's Missing Satellites
In this episode, Scientific American editor George Musser talks with Caltech Astronomer Josh Simon about dark matter, and about the efforts to try to locate the so-called missing satellites of the Milky Way--small galaxies that have yet to be found in the numbers that the cold dark matter theory predicts. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: tinyurl.com/27g9op; www.astro.caltech.edu/~jsimon
2008-Jan-16 • 23 minutes
Mindful Motion: Miguel Nicolelis and Mind-Powered Robots; and Creating Science Cities in Brazil and Beyond
In this episode, Scientific American editor Christine Soares talks with Duke University neuroengineer Miguel Nicolelis about his groundbreaking work in controlling robot movement using only thoughts, as well as efforts to create science cities in Brazil and national development through education, especially in science and technology. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: www.weforum.org
2008-Jan-09 • 23 minutes
Whose Phone Is It, Anyway: Did Bell Steal The Invention?
In this episode, journalist and author Seth Shulman talks about his new book, The Telephone Gambit, in which he produces compelling evidence that Alexander Graham Bell plagiarized a key element of the telephone. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: sethshulman.com
2008-Jan-02 • 23 minutes
Pay Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain: Sci Am's History of Debunking
In this episode, Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie talks about the magazine's history of involvement with efforts to debunk medical quakery and paranormal fakery, which included a fistfight between a Sci Am editor and Harry Houdini. And we'll hear an 1883 Sci Am editorial on the relative merits of the telephone and telegraph. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: gutenberg.org; ssrn.com/abstract=970413
2007-Dec-26 • 27 minutes
What's In A Latin Name: The Legacy of Linnaeus
In this episode, Harvard naturalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author EO Wilson talks about Linnaeus and the continuing effort to classify life on earth. From a talk given at the New York Botanical Garden on November 8th. Websites mentioned on this episode include: www.nybg.org; tinyurl.com/2botqy; eol.org
2007-Dec-19 • 26 minutes
Here Comes the Sun--A Grand Plan for Solar Energy; and Sci Am's New Body
In this episode, Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti talks about an audacious new plan, featured in the January issue of Scientific American, for turning the US into a solar-powered country. And editor-in-chief John Rennie talks about a new Sci Am health publication, Scientific American Body. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.sciam.com/sciambody; tinyurl.com/2vygvs; tinyurl.com/39spft; bccp.lbl.gov
2007-Dec-12 • 27 minutes
Are There (Microbial) Aliens On Earth?
In this episode, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist Paul Davies ponders the question of whether life originated more than once on earth, and how to find examples of a second origin if it did. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.sciam.com/sciammag or tinyurl.com/3b8voo; www.beyond.asu.edu; www.sciam.com/sciambody; www.mayoclinic.com
2007-Dec-05 • 26 minutes
Three Whiz Kids, Two Winning Projects And A Nobel Laureate
In this episode, Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology solo winner Isha Himani Jain and team titlist Janelle Schlossberger (who shared the win with Amanda Marinoff) discuss their projects. And lead judge Joseph Taylor, winner of the Nobel Prize in physics, talks about the competition and his life and work. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.siemens-foundation.org
2007-Nov-28 • 24 minutes
Neuroscience and the Law
In this episode, neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga talks about neuroscience's impact on legal practice, and The Law and Neuroscience Project, a new MacArthur Foundation effort, which he directs, to delineate the issues surrounding neuroscience and the law. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.lawandneuroscienceproject.org; www.tinyurl.com/292rq3
2007-Nov-21 • 26 minutes
The Science of Cheese; and Scientific American's New Community
In this episode, University of Wisconsin-Madison cheese researcher Carol Chen explains the physics, chemistry and biology of cheese. And Scientific American's Christie Nicholson talks about our new web community. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.cdr.wisc.edu; www.cheese.com
2007-Nov-14 • 27 minutes
Need For New Nukes?; and News From Neuroscience
In this episode, Scientific American's David Biello discusses his article on nuclear weaponry in the November issue of the magazine. And Scientific American Mind's Karen Schrock talks about some of the highlights of the Neuroscience 2007 conference that she attended last week in San Diego. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.sciam.com/sciammind; www.sfn.org
2007-Nov-07 • 28 minutes
The Ethics of Climate Change; and NOVA Does Dover
In this episode, University of Wisconsin-Madison public health expert Jonathan Patz talks about the ethical issues raised by climate change--who's causing it and who suffers most from it. Also, writer and producer Joseph McMaster talks about the upcoming episode of the PBS science program NOVA devoted to the 2005 Dover intelligent design trial. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.pbs.org/nova/id
2007-Oct-31 • 22 minutes
Quest for the Giant Pumpkin
In this episode, journalist Susan Warren, author of the new book Backyard Giants, talks about the art and science involved in the Quixotic quest to grow the world's biggest pumpkins. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: bigpumpkins.com; 60secondscience.com
2007-Oct-24 • 26 minutes
Good Germs, Bad Germs
In this episode, journalist Jessica Snyder Sachs, author of the new book Good Germs, Bad Germs: Health and Survival in a Bacterial World, talks about the complex relationships between you and the numerous single-celled critters that live on and in you. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: jessicasachs.com
2007-Oct-17 • 26 minutes
Chickens and Pigs and Yeast, Oh My!: The Public Health Threat of Animal Diseases; and Gene Duplication in Evolution
In this episode, Scientific American news editor Phil Yam discusses how veterinarians, physicians and multinational food companies need to work together in the global fight against animal-borne infectious diseases; and University of Wisconsin evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll talks about recent research tracking the evolution of yeast genes with specific functions descended from a single, duplicated gene with multiple functions. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites m...
2007-Oct-10 • 25 minutes
When Worlds Collide: The Ig Nobel and Nobel Prizes
In this episode, Ig Nobel Prize maven Marc Abrahams discusses this year's crop of "winners." And we'll review the recipients of the 2007 real Nobel Prizes in science. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this podcast include: www.improbable.com; tinyurl.com/3bblmt; www.amnh.org; tinyurl.com/26z8wv
2007-Oct-03 • 23 minutes
The Final Frontier: Our Future in Space
In this episode, Scientific American editors George Musser and Steven Ashley discuss the special section of the October issue devoted to the future of space exploration. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2007-Sep-26 • 30 minutes
Who Do You Think You Are: Chatting With Bots, and the Sexuality Spectrum
In this episode, pyschologist Robert Epstein talks about his articles in the upcoming issue of Scientific American Mind, on being fooled by a chatterbot--a computer program designed to make you think you're communicating with a human--and on the spectrum of human sexuality. And he has some comments about the CBS TV program "Kid Nation." Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites related to this episode include www.audible.com/sciencetalk; www.drepstein.com; www.sciammind.com...
2007-Sep-19 • 23 minutes
What's In A Rose: Ethnobotany and the Search for Useful Plants
In this episode, ethnobotanist Nat Bletter talks about his field and his recent article about the new plant family Simulacraceae--the phony plants. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites related to this episode include www.audible.com/sciencetalk; www.simulacraceae.org; www.tinyurl.com/2gqgnb; www.tinyurl.com/2obv6k
2007-Sep-12 • 24 minutes
Can Fat Be Fit?
In this episode, award-winning journalist Paul Raeburn talks about his article in the September issue of Scientific American, called "Can Fat Be Fit?" as well as another piece he wrote as a sidebar to a feature, about losing weight and keeping it off. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites related to this episode include www.audible.com/sciencetalk; www.paulraeburn.com
2007-Sep-05 • 24 minutes
Putting Food on the Table: What to Eat
In this episode New York University's Marion Nestle talks about her article in the September issue of Scientific American, called "Eating Made Simple." Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.sciam.com/issue.cfm; www.whattoeatbook.com; www.foodpolitics.com
2007-Aug-29 • 22 minutes
Another Look at The World Without Us; and What's New At Scientific American
In this episode, journalist Alan Weisman continues his discussion (started on the June 27th podcast) about his bestselling book "The World Without Us," a massive thought experiment about the aftermath of humanity's sudden disappearance. And Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie discusses what's up at the magazine. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2007-Aug-22 • 22 minutes
The World Is Fat: Obesity Now Outweighs Hunger WorldWide
In this episode University of North Carolina Chapel Hill nutrition epidemiologist Barry Popkin discusses the growing problem of obesity, even in developing countries that only recently faced hunger as their primary diet challenge. Popkin is the author of the article The World Is Fat in the September Scientific American. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: www.nutrans.org; wwwtheskepticsguide.org
2007-Aug-15 • 22 minutes
Is Your Food Contaminated; New Orleans Now; And the Science of Dogs
In this episode Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti talks about the challenges of keeping the food supply safe and about the state of New Orleans hurricane preparedness. And journalist Jackie Mow discusses her new TV show about the science of dogs. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/e... www.theskepticsguide.org
2007-Aug-08 • 29 minutes
Better Brains: The Revolution in Brain Science
In this episode Scientific American correspondent Christie Nicholson talks to journalist Sharon Begley about the changing landscape of brain science. Begley is the author of the book "Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain." Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2007-Aug-01 • 24 minutes
Is Privacy Dead? Technological Approaches to the Technological Threat
In this episode Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist Latanya Sweeney talks about the changes in privacy due to data collection and approaches to protect privacy in the future, with Scientific American contributor Chip Walter. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned in this episode include privacy.cs.cmu.edu; www.chipwalter.com
2007-Jul-25 • 28 minutes
Saddle Up That Stegosaurus--A Visit to the Creation Museum
In this episode Columbia College Chicago's Stephen Asma discusses the new antievolution Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., as well as his books on natural history museums and monsters, both mythological and teratological. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites mentioned in this episode include www.skeptic.com, www.stephenasma.com
2007-Jul-18 • 25 minutes
Space For Both?--Human Vs. Robotic Space Missions
In this episode Cornell University astronomer Jim Bell talks about future space missions and why people need to be part of them. Bell is the leader of the team operating the color cameras on the Mars rovers, and the author of the book Postcards From Mars and of an opinion piece in the August issue of Scientific American on humans in space. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned in this episode include www.itswild.org; http://marsrovers.nasa.gov
2007-Jul-11 • 20 minutes
Systems Biology: The Future of Biomedical Science?
In this episode eminent biologist Leroy Hood, founder of the Institute for Systems Biology, talks about systems biology, an approach to understanding complex biological systems in their entirety, with major implications for the future of medicine. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned in this episode include www.systemsbiology.org
2007-Jul-04 • 19 minutes
Benjamin Franklin the Scientist
In this Fourth of July episode, historian Joyce Chaplin discusses Benjamin Franklin the scientist, and how his science paved the way for his future career as a diplomat and elder statesman of the Revolution. She is the author of the book "The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius." Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
2007-Jun-27 • 26 minutes
The World Without Us: Suppose Humans Just Vanished--Then What?
In this episode, journalist Alan Weisman, Laureate Associate Professor in Journalism and Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona, discusses his new book "The World Without Us," a massive thought experiment about the aftermath of humanity's sudden disappearance. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. For info on and articles by Alan Weisman, go to www.homelands.org/producers/weisman.html
2007-Jun-20 • 23 minutes
Why We Eat, Eat and Eat Some More; and Remembering Mr. Wizard
In this episode, Brian Wansink, eating behaviorist and director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, talks about "Mindless Eating" habits; and Doug Lane, who was once a youngster on the Mr. Wizard TV series, remembers his time with the late Don Herbert. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.mindlesseating.org; www.mrwizardstudios.com
2007-Jun-13 • 22 minutes
Jared Diamond on the State of the World Environment
In this episode, biologist, ecologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jared Diamond discusses the environmental state of the world and the relationship between the environment and economics and politics in remarks at a recent benefit for the organization Conservation International. We'll also hear from CI's president, Russell Mittermeier. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.conservation.org
2007-Jun-06 • 28 minutes
Mark Twain: Fossil Hunter and Science Writer
In this episode, Mark Twain scholar Michael Pratt from Elmira College talks about Twain's paleontological activities and his general interest in science and technology. And host Steve Mirsky reads from a Twain essay rebutting some anthropocentric views of Alfred Russel Wallace and a Twain short article published in Scientific American in 1870. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.elmira.edu; www.store.cornell.edu
2007-May-30 • 23 minutes
How Cargo Containers Shrank the World and Transformed Trade; and Smart Skylights
In this episode, Maritime History Professor Arthur Donovan talks about cargo containerization and how it transformed world markets. And architect Paul Topogna discusses skylights that change shape for more effective heating, cooling and UV control. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.joc.com; www.fxfowle.com
2007-May-23 • 24 minutes
Lying in Weight: The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women (And A Few Men)
In this episode, molecular biologist and journalist Trisha Gura discusses her new book, Lying In Weight, about eating disorders in adult, even elderly, women, as well as a small percentage of men. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.trishagura.com; www.sciam.com/podcast
2007-May-16 • 28 minutes
The Encyclopedia of Life; and the End of John Horgan's Pessimism
In this episode, Pulitzer Prize-winning scientist and writer E.O. Wilson talks to award-winning journalist John Horgan about the Encyclopedia of Life project and finding common ground between science and religion. And Horgan, the Director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ, talks about his research into whether war might someday become a thing of the past. Plus we'll test your knowedge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episod...
2007-May-09 • 26 minutes
Beer Science; And A Cancer Research Report
In this episode, University of California, Davis, professor Charles Bamforth talks about beer science. And journalist Kevin Begos discusses the centennial meeting of the American Association For Cancer Research. Plus we'll test your knowedge of some recent science in the news. Website mentioned on this episode include www.aacr.org.
2007-May-02 • 25 minutes
Small Matters: Microbes In Us And The Environment
In this episode, Stanford's David Relman talks about the microbial life that lives on and in humans. Princeton's Andrew Dobson discusses the importance of parasites to an ecosystem. And former National Science Foundation director Rita Colwell mentions a low-tech practice with big public health implications. All from a conference on microbes and the environment at the American Museum of Natural History. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode incl...
2007-Apr-25 • 24 minutes
Peer Review of Peer Review; and the Franklin Institute Awards
In this episode, Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie discusses peer review of scientific literature, the subject of a panel he recently served on at the World Conference of Science Journalists. He also talks about some out-of-the-box thinking about burial rites. And physicist Bo Hammer talks about the awards being presented this week at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Plus we'll test your knowledge about recent science in the news. Website mentioned on this episode include www.fi.edu. To...
2007-Apr-18 • 29 minutes
Atul Gawande, Author of Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
In this episode, surgeon, writer and MacArthur grantee Atul Gawandee talks about his new book Better, which focuses on performance as a science. Plus we'll test your knowledge about recent science in the news. Website mentioned on this episode include http://www.fi.edu/tfi/exhibits/bower/07/schedule.html... and www.hbo.com/realsports. To vote for the Scientific American podcast in the podcast category of the Webby Awards, go to www.webbyawards.com.
2007-Apr-11 • 24 minutes
Catching Corrupted Photos; and Big Bird Brains
In this episode, animal behavior expert Bernd Heinrich discusses his article in the April issue of Scientific American on animal intelligence, and Adobe Systems scientists David Story and Martin Newell talk about methods in development to enable investigators to spot phonied-up digital images. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news.
2007-Apr-04 • 25 minutes
Baseball Science
In this episode, former big league pitcher Dr. Dave Baldwin talks about his run-in with Ted Williams, his life in science, the physics of the gyroball versus the slider, and how he finally made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some baseball science. Websites mentioned on this episode include http://www.dartmouth.edu/~chance/chance_news/recent_news/chance_news_13.04.html;... http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=3486;... http://www.americanscientist.org/...
2007-Mar-28 • 27 minutes
Alcoholism and Genetics; and Why Aren't the Pioneer Spacecraft Where They Should Be?
In this episode, psychiatric geneticist Laura Jean Bierut talks about her article in the April Scientific American about the influence of genes on alcoholism. And Scientific American editor George Musser discusses the March 26th Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History that dealt with the discrepency between the calculated and actual positions of the Pioneer spacecraft. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news.
2007-Mar-21 • 23 minutes
Naturally Speaking: Finding Nature's Treasure Trove with the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition; and Natural Products Chemistry
In this episode, the J. Craig Venter Institute's senior computational biologist Douglas Rusch talks about the Global Ocean Sampling Expedition's genomic treasure hunt and the first batch of research results that just came out. We'll also talk about an analysis of pharmaceutical agents in the Journal of Natural Products that showed that the majority of approved agents in the last quarter century are still derived from natural products. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web...
2007-Mar-14 • 23 minutes
Made To Stick: Crafting Memorable Messages; and Cycling For Days On A Gallon Of Gas
In this episode, Stanford University's Chip Heath talks about his book Made To Stick, which discusses the secrets behind crafting messages and ideas that capture the imagination; and Nick Goddard discusses the experiment he did to find out how far he could bike on the energy equivalent to that in a gallon of gasoline. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned include www.madetostick.com; /www.transalt.org; www.betterworldclub.com
2007-Mar-07 • 22 minutes
Leave It To Beaver (To Return To New York City); and AccesScience '07, Communicating Science To Everyone
In this episode, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Stephen Sautner and John Delaney talk about the appearance of a beaver in New York City for the first time in 200 years and journalist and author Alan Weisman talks about our reaction to the event and other similar stories. Elaine McSherry, winner of the AccesScience '07 competition, explains why it's good to be explain science. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news.
2007-Feb-28 • 23 minutes
Who Speaks For Science?
In this episode, Scientific American contributing editor Wayt Gibbs talks about a session at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science devoted to the question of scientific authority: who has it, how they got it and what the public should know about it. Plus we'll read listener mail, talk about the movie Something The Lord Made (which depicts the first heart surgeries) and test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode includ...
2007-Feb-21 • 28 minutes
No Laughing Matter: Mo Rocca On Humor Theory; Report From the AAAS Conference
In this episode, TV essayist and radio host Mo Rocca talks about the science of comedy and vice versa; and journalist Corinna Wu reports on the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.sirius.com; www.aaas.org; www.tinyurl.com/33x2ww
2007-Feb-14 • 27 minutes
My Unfunny Valentine: The Truth About Online Dating; and The Myelin Repair Foundation--A New Model For Outcome-Oriented Biomedical Research
In this episode, Scientific American Mind contributing editor Robert Epstein talks about the pitfalls and potential of online dating. And Myelin Repair Foundation founder Scott Johnson talks about how the foundation is accelerating the search for multiple sclerosis therapies, as well as serving as a model for a new kind of biomedical research approach. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com; www.sciammind.com; www.myelin...
2007-Feb-07 • 27 minutes
The Heat IS On: International Global Warming Consensus; and Academy Award Winning Audio Science
In this episode, SciAm.com associate editor David Biello discusses the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released last week in Paris; Academy Award Winner and Dolby Laboratories Senior VP Ioan Allen talks about the cyan dye audio track innovation that will be honored Saturday at the Scientific And Technical Academy Awards ceremony. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com; blog.sciam.com; www.sciamm...
2007-Jan-31 • 25 minutes
TV Of Tomorrow; Battle Of The Science Journals; US Budget Crunch Threatens National Lab
In this episode, journalist Michael Antonoff, author of the article Digital TV At Last? in the February issue of Scientific American, talks about the upcoming switch to all digital television broadcasting, scheduled to take place February 17, 2009; SciAm.com associate editor David Biello discusses the war being waged between open access science journals and those that charge readers; and Scientific American magazine editor Mark Alpert gives us the lowdown on how the last Congress's failure to pass a budget ...
2007-Jan-24 • 23 minutes
Good News About Coffee And Amazing Skeptic Conference
In this episode, food ingredient expert Roger A. Clemens discusses research suggesting that coffee drinking has numerous beneficial health effects. Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie talks about pseudoscience and paranormal debunker The Amazing Randi's skeptic conference last weekend in Las Vegas. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.ift.org; blog.sciam.com; www.sciam.com/news
2007-Jan-17 • 24 minutes
Better Ways To Cut A Cake and To Pick A Champion
In this episode, mathematician Michael Jones talks about improved methodologies for cake cutting. (It involves the equitability of the division, not the sharpness of the knife.) Los Alamos National Laboratory theoretician Eli Ben-Naim talks about relative competitiveness of professional team sports and devising more efficient schedules. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include www.sciam.com/podcast; http://cnls.lanl.gov/~ebn; http://www...
2007-Jan-10 • 23 minutes
The Inevitability Of Cancer's Commonality; and High School Math Whiz
In this episode, author and journalist Carl Zimmer talks about his Scientific American article Evolved For Cancer?, which looks at how natural selection has led to what appears to be an inevitable tendency for human beings to develop the disease. Dmitry Vaintrob, winner of the 2006-07 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology for high school students, talks about his project in string topology. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode...
2007-Jan-03 • 23 minutes
Tears And Other Traits That Make Us Human; What Color Is Your Placebo Parachute
In this episode, journalist Chip Walter, author of Thumbs, Toes and Tears, takes us on a tour of the physical traits that are unique to humans, with special attention to crying, the subject of his article in the current issue of Scientific American MIND. The University of Cambridge's Gordon Smith discusses the alarming lack of any randomized, controlled trials to determine the efficacy of parachutes. Plus we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode inc...