March 02, 2015

4:24 PM | Ep. 368: Searching for the Aether Wind: the Michelson–Morley Experiment
Waves move through a medium, like water or air. So it seemed logical to search for a medium that light waves move through. The Michelson-Morley Experiment attempted to search for this medium, known as the “luminiferous aether”. The experiment gave a negative result, and helped set the stage for the theory of General Relativity. Ep. […]
3:23 PM | BacterioFiles 204 - Animalcules Assist Agave Amino Accumulation
This episode: Bacteria living in plants seem to be contributing to plants' nutrition, possibly reducing the need for fertilizer! Download Episode (17.5 MB, 19.15 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Certain gut bacteria associated with lower risk of food allergy in mice Bacteria produce antifungal compounds, could protect crops (paper) Plant partner microbes knock on roots to signal their presence Microbes in your home form unique community, move with you to new […]

February 28, 2015

11:22 PM | StarTalk Live! Evolution with Richard Dawkins (Part 1)
Science and rationality take the stage when Neil deGrasse Tyson welcomes Richard Dawkins and Bill Nye to NYC’s Beacon Theater to discuss evolution, with help from comics Eugene Mirman, Jim Gaffigan and Maeve Higgins.
3:14 PM | Urban Legendary Six
The Sixth Urban Legendary Show! Remember, if you’d like to support the show (and get behind-the-scenes content and rewards – check out the Patreon site at ***** Earlier this year, Lars Andersen – a self-described painter and writer from Denmark,who first became interested in ancient archery practices about ten years ...
3:14 PM | AtheistAus Podcast – Episode Two
Second episode of the AtheistAus Podcast! We would like to open this show with our thoughts and sympathies to the family and friends of Dr. Avijit Roy from Bangladesh. Dr. Roy was a role model for rationalists worldwide and a courageous and eloquent defender of reason, science, and free expression, in a country ...

February 27, 2015

6:43 PM | Erin Barker: Plants And People
Erin Barker's attempt to save a college relationship leads her to a plant biology class where the professor brought an ax to class. Erin Barker is senior producer of The Story Collider and a host of its live show in New York. She is the first woman to win The Moth's GrandSLAM storytelling competition twice and has appeared in its Mainstage and shows in cities across the country, as well as on its Peabody Award-winning show on PRX, The Moth Radio Hour. One of her stories was included in The […]
6:00 AM | Can we trust the claims made in scientific research findings? – podcast​
What does the mathematical model of accuracy of research papers say and is CIA studying climate control as a potential weapon? Ian Sample reports from the AAAS meeting in San Jose Continue reading...

February 26, 2015

9:40 PM | SoT 177: Kraken Mare
Scientists are 'baffled' by strange cloud-like plumes spotted 250km above the surface of Mars. Genetic analysis shows penguins can only taste salty and sour things, and they lost the other taste receptors a long time ago. Drinking three cups of coffee could reduce DNA strand breakages, which could lead to a lower risk of cancer and other illnesses. A NASA animation shows a high-tech submarine concept that could one day explore the liquid methane oceans on Saturn's […]
9:39 AM | Episode 215 – Good Enough For Now
00:00:00 – This week Ryan is joined by Mara Grunbaum, author of the popular Tumblr blog and now book, WTF, Evolution?! The conversation begins with how Mara got started writing about science, and the challenges that come with writing science for adults and kids alike. 00:17:40 – Trying to make excuses for evolution is enough to drive […]
1:43 AM | Farewell Darren
It is with great sadness that I let you know that my friend and co-Beer Drinking Scientist, Darren Osborne, passed away in January after a brave battle with brain cancer.I've put a few words up over on the BDS website, so I'll direct you over there if you would like to have a look or if you would like to make a charitable donation to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. The clips in this show might not be new to Mr Science Show listeners, but they are new to those who listened to BDS and are a […]

February 24, 2015

5:50 AM | La Mancha Screwjob
This episode we pierce the spandex-ed heart of professional wrestling, and travel 400 years into the past to walk the line between reality and fantasy.

February 23, 2015

3:55 PM | BacterioFiles 203 - <i>P. putida</i> Promotes Plant Pollutant Purification
This episode: Bacteria living in plants could help plants clean up cancer-causing pollutants! Download Episode (6.9 MB, 7.5 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Amphibian skin bacteria can fight deadly infectious fungus (paper) Human skin fungus surprisingly found in harsh ocean environments Using bacteria to remove stinky compounds from wastewater Making painkillers from microbes instead of plants Fungal parasites only influence behavior of their specific […]

February 22, 2015

9:21 PM | SoT 176: An Echoing Amphitheater of Taste
The UK parliament has voted to allow so-called 'three-person babies", a controversial method of IVF using with DNA from two women and one man. Scientists at a US conference have said it is time to actively try to contact intelligent life on other worlds. Researchers at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core inside it. An inner core in an inner core. The Conservation Canines program […]
12:45 AM | Cosmic Queries: Star Trek
Join Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord as they boldly go where no one has gone before: answering fan questions about “Star Trek,” from transporter beams and warp drives to Klingons and the Borg.

February 21, 2015

2:00 AM | Science Goes To the Movies: A New TV Program
Heather Berlin, assistant professor of psychiatry and of neuroscience at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, is the co-host of the new CUNY TV program Science Goes to the Movies.   -- Read more on

February 20, 2015

6:54 PM | Two landsRobert Sapolsky wrote that “The purpose of...
Two landsRobert Sapolsky wrote that “The purpose of science is not to cure us of our sense of mystery and wonder, but to constantly reinvent and reinvigorate it.” This time-lapse takes you to what seems like the far corners of the Earth, to reinvigorate a sense of wonder and discovery in some mind-blowing natural landscapes. Our planet is seriously amazing.This is the second pick from our guest picker Vanessa Hill, host and creator of Brain Craft, a PBS series exploring psychology, […]
6:38 PM | Obehi Janice: Gather And Murmur
Obehi Janice's family struggles to understand a death their doctors can't explain. Obehi Janice is a writer, actress, and comedian. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has trained with Shakespeare & Company and ImprovBoston. Her essays include "To Sasha, Malia, and Bo," which appeared in Kinfolks: a journal of Black expression. She is a performer of stage and screen and can also be heard as a voice actress on radio, TV, and video games. Obehi was recently named "Boston's Best […]
6:00 AM | Norman Doidge on how the brain heals - podcast
Norman Doidge talks about the implications of neuroplasticity and his new book 'The Brain's Way of Healing', and from San Jose in California Ian Sample gives a roundup of key issues discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Continue reading...

February 19, 2015

9:56 PM | The secret life of passwords
As you enter your next password, consider what’s behind that string of characters—perhaps more than your Amazon order history or bank details. This series of short videos explores our relationship with technology, and how our humble passwords unlock our hopes, dreams and memories. This is from our guest picker Vanessa Hill, host and creator of Brain Craft, a PBS series exploring psychology, neuroscience and human behavior.
2:39 AM | TWiM #98: Bacteria and eukaryotes get horizontal
  The TWiM crew ponders the question of how a bacterium finds its middle when dividing, then divulge the transfer of interbacterial antagonism genes to eukaryotes, where they may function in innate defense.   Links for this episode:   Size independent symmetric division (Nat Commun) How does a bacterium find its middle? (Nat Struct Biol) Genes transferred from bacteria augment eukaryotic defenses (Cell) Antibacterial gene transfer (eLife) Letters read on TWiM #98 on TWiM […]

February 18, 2015

11:45 PM | SoT 175: I Broke The Scorpion!
The President's 2016 budget proposal has some big news for NASA - finally a mission to Europa! We look at some of the good and bad (but mostly good!) proposals made in NASA's FY2016 Budget Request.Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered fossilised remains of bacteria from 1.8 billion years ago that, when compared to modern bacteria, doesn't appear to have evolved in that time.Many creatures can sever part of their tails, or their legs or other […]

February 17, 2015

4:35 PM | Ep. 367: Spitzer does Exoplanets
We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about different ways astronomers are searching for exoplanets. But now we reach the most exciting part of this story: actually imaging these planets directly. Today we’re going to talk about the work NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has done viewing the atmospheres of distant planets. Ep. 367: Spitzer does […]

February 16, 2015

2:52 PM | BacterioFiles 202 - Controlling Coliform Computers
This episode: Programming bacteria to sense and keep genomic records of environmental inputs! Download Episode (15.9 MB, 17.4 minutes)Show notes:News item 1/News item 2/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Biocontrol fungus responds offensively to plant pathogen (paper) Fungi that zombify ants lurk in wait outside ant colony for fresh victims We need caution interpreting microbiome data Algal viruses can have big impact on algal blooms, and thus on CO2 Some cyanobacteria can grow using […]

February 14, 2015

12:20 AM | Rocket City Rednecks
Get ready to blow up some stereotypes when Neil deGrasse Tyson meets aerospace engineer and Rocket City Redneck Travis S. Taylor. Co-hosted by Chuck Nice and guest starring Bill Nye the Science Guy.

February 13, 2015

4:01 PM | Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated...
Watch how the measles outbreak spreads when kids get vaccinated – and when they don’tThere’s no shortage of journalism about the current vaccine debates, but I thought this really simple graphic, from the folks over at The Guardian, did a great job of showing how herd immunity works. (You really have to click on the link for this one to get it, I’ve posted a screenshot, but the piece is an animation that you’ll want to see all of.) You can see how different rates […]
3:01 PM | Cat Eyes for Climate Change
Flora Lichtman is hosting a new podcast on the innovative, risky, and, well, downright weird ways people are trying to actually do something about climate change called The Adaptors. This one is my favorite so far, just because the idea is so out there. Lichtman interviews Matthew Liao about his plan to help us handle the changing climate through engineering humans to have things like fur, or cat eyes, or meat allergies to help us kick the meat habit. It’s weird, but Lichtman manages to […]
6:00 AM | Steven Weinberg on the history of science - podcast
Theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Prof Weinberg talks about his new book, To Explain The World, and explains how we learn to learn about the world Continue reading...

February 12, 2015

5:03 PM | Indre Viskontas: The Man Chart
Neuroscientist Indre Viskontas and her friends turn to science to find the right way to date. Indre Viskontas is a neuroscientist and opera singer. She is also the host of Inquiring Minds, an in-depth exploration of the place where science, politics, and society collide.

February 10, 2015

9:12 PM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Five – On Profs And Pints At The Perth Fringe Festival
As promised at the event! With many thanks to SciTech’s Renae Sayers for allowing me to record the show, the whole SciTech and backstage team for helping make this happen. The Profs and Pints Fringe World show was sold out on the 10th February, but I was given the opportunity ...
8:09 PM | Robin Ince Australian Tour Promo
Robin Ince is coming to Australia! He will not be bringing zombies, but will be bringing his science/comedy A game, with “Happiness Through Science”. Proudly presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia. More details and links to tickets at 8pm Thursday 9 April | Perth | Astor Theatre 8pm ...
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