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May 01, 2015

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12:17 PM | Bradford Jordan: The Brain In The Trunk
Bradford Jordan finds there's more to the brain his dad brings to show his class than just how cool it is. Bradford Jordan is an actor, improviser, storyteller and facilitator. He is a lead teacher at the Peoples Improv Theatre in New York, where he has introduced hundreds of students to the art of improvisation. As an actor, director, and teacher with the national arts and literacy organization, The Story Pirates, Bradford teaches creative writing workshops to school kids and works with his […]
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10:53 AM | AtheistAus Podcast – Episode Three
Welcome to the AtheistAus Podcast, episode three! In this show: Sydney Queer Atheists is an organisation of queer, GLBTIAOQQ and gender/sex/sexuality/romanticism diverse atheists, agnostics and other nonbelievers based in Sydney, Australia – though they welcome you wherever you happen to be! It’s a non-autonomous group, for everyone who is queer-friendly ...
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6:00 AM | Unnatural selection - podcast
The team look at the rapid rise of genome editing procedures and the power scientists now have to tinker with human DNA. Where's the technology going? And where should it stop? Continue reading...
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12:18 AM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Seven – On The Escapist – Interview With Lawrence Leung
This show is a rambling, chatty diversion with fellow former-MC of the Global Atheist Convention, Lawrence Leung, at a cafe in Perth! We chat about his new show – The Escapist – about being a performer and the joys of being a skeptic and an atheist. The Escapist show is happening TONIGHT, Friday ...

April 30, 2015

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1:53 AM | SoT 183: Period Pain Is On Special
Two major reports have highlighted the impending dangers of antibiotic resistance. In the UK a government report estimated that an outbreak of a drug-resistant infection in Britain could cause up to 80,000 deaths, while in the US the CDC issued an alert about a new strain of the common Shigella bacteria that is resistant to the usual antibiotics used to treat it. New observations suggest that while the universe is still expanding, and that expansion is accelerating, […]
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12:00 AM | Global intermittent river and ephemeral stream project
Opportunity to join the “1000 Intermittent Rivers Project”

April 28, 2015

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7:50 PM | Sight Unseen
Photojournalist Lynsey Addario captured something that happens all the time but few of us get to see, a soldier fatally wounded on the battlefield. 

April 27, 2015

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12:55 PM | BacterioFiles 212 - Ghosts Get Good Guarding
This episode: Bacterial ghosts could make good vaccines for different things! Download Episode (9.8 MB, 10.7 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: What would happen if all microbes suddenly disappeared? Probiotics help protect children and pregnant women from heavy metal toxicity Using virus-like particles to kill harmful algae (paper) Yeast make nice beer scent to attract fruit flies Algae-powered electric Grand Prix cars Post questions or comments here or email […]

April 25, 2015

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5:03 PM | George Takei and the Legacy of Star Trek
Neil deGrasse Tyson delves into the legacy of Star Trek with George Takei, who played Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise. In studio, co-host Leighann Lord and astrophysicist Charles Liu discuss how the series inspired the future.

April 24, 2015

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1:24 PM | Final post from our guest picker is Eva Amsen. She writes about...
Final post from our guest picker is Eva Amsen. She writes about science and scientists on easternblot.net, The Finch and Pea, and other places. She is currently running a survey to find out to what extent music and science play a role in people’s lives.Short NPR documentary about science rap battles for school kids in NYC, organised by Chris Emdin. The kids are obviously learning science, but the focus of the video is all about the competition, music, culture, and finding a […]
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10:05 AM | The gift of the gab – podcast
The team look at what makes some people brilliant public speakers, and others lost for words Continue reading...
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5:14 AM | TWiM #102: Happiness is the spore-formers in your gut
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson.  The TWiM team discusses evidence that serotonin synthesis is regulated by spore-forming members of the gut microbiota. Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app. Links for this episode When antibiotic resistance in vitro falls short (STC) Gut microbiota […]
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2:47 AM | Renee Hlozek: Who Looks Like A Scientist?
An offhand sexist comment enrages Renee Hlozek, and leads her to dig into how her colleagues really view people who aren't the stereotypical scientist. Dr. Renee Hlozek is the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics in at Princeton University; the Spitzer-Cotsen Fellow in the Princeton Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and is currently a Senior TED Fellow. Her research focuses on theoretical cosmology; as a member of the Atacama Cosmology Telescope she measures […]

April 21, 2015

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12:00 AM | BRIDGES - linking into the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
New BRIDGES cluster highlights the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)

April 20, 2015

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12:54 PM | BacterioFiles 211 - Stenotrophomonas Summons Snare-Setting Saviors
This episode: Bacteria in soil signal to fungi to save them from predatory roundworms! Download Episode (9.9 MB, 10.8 minutes)Show notes:News blog/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Bacteria eat photographs to make cool, creepy art Microbial communities in NYC Central Park are as diverse as anywhere Giant clams catch light just right to disperse it to their symbiotic algae Changing yeast's environment can allow it to tolerate (and produce) more ethanol Hydrothermal vent viruses seem […]

April 19, 2015

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6:03 AM | Cosmic Queries: LightSail with Bill Nye
In May 2015, the Planetary Society will launch its first LightSail spacecraft for a “shakedown cruise” in Earth orbit. So who better to answer fan questions about the program than their CEO, Bill Nye, and comic co-host Chuck Nice?
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12:00 AM | Annual Bibliography Update
SFS Bibliography Update:  The 2013 (for 2012) SFS Bibliography and a historic copy of the Midwest Benthological Society 1959-1964 Bibliography are available. 

April 18, 2015

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1:18 AM | SoT 182: Don't Pick a Baboon's Nose
A new study has been published in the Lancet which suggests babies who were breastfeed were more likely to have higher IQs, spend more time in school, and end up in higher-paying jobs. A study by researchers at the University of Notre Dame looked at baboon social structure and how that affected variation in gut microbiota. A team based in Oxford has published a detailed genetic ancestry map of Great Britain - essentially a country-wide family tree. And that analysis […]

April 17, 2015

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7:11 PM | Death of the Dragon Worm
It’s two for one Friday! I couldn’t resist adding this second pick this week. And I have a third in my back pocket, that I might be able to resist sharing but I might not only time will tell.This is an extra special pick because not only is this a great new video from Anna Rothschild, but it’s a whole new video series! Rothschild has been doing one-off Gross Science videos for a while now, and I’m so excited that someone at PBS finally made it an official […]
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6:57 PM | Where Did The Oil Go?
We’re just a few days away from the five year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, and yet here we are. And Perrin Ireland at OnEarth Magazine has made a really fabulous video looking at some of the questions scientists are still trying to answer about the spill. Like: where did the oil go? I love the animation style here, and the way Ireland uses her paints and canvas in such a fluid, evocative way. >> Rose
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4:48 PM | Elin Roberts: The Bacon Sandwich
A simple interview about a bacon sandwich turns into a national, then international nightmare. Elin Roberts is Head of Public Engagement at the Centre for Life in Newcastle. She is a passionate science communicator producing activities and programs for visitors. She has worked with scientists, presenters and teachers helping them direct their messages. As a hands-on practitioner she still enjoys the sensation of dried PVA on her fingertips and the smell of freshly applied sticky back plastic.
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10:22 AM | Let's talk about sex – podcast
The team discuss the ins and outs of sex surveys, plus the secrets of knuckle-cracking are revealed at last Continue reading...

April 16, 2015

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5:40 PM | Ep. 373: Becquerel Experiment (Radiation)
Antoine Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity completely by accident when he exposed a chunk of uranium to a photographic plate. This opened up a whole new field of research to uncover the source of the mysterious energy. Download the show [MP3] | Jump to Shownotes | Jump to Transcript This episode is sponsored by: Swinburne Astronomy Online, […]
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6:24 AM | Episode 218 – Wrong in Space
00:00:00 – Turns out our excitement of the detection of really old gravity waves was a bit premature, mostly because it didn’t exactly happen. Ben explains. A duck appears. The next segment begins. 00:22:36 – Ryan kicks things off by going with a Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger from his local brewery Altitude (but don’t expect […]

April 13, 2015

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12:54 AM | BacterioFiles 210 - Archaea Acquired Alternative Abilities
This episode: Genes taken from bacteria may have been important for the evolution of distinct groups of archaea! Download Episode (7.4 MB, 8 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Bacterial signals could tell cancer cells to stop causing problems (Sulfite-free) wine could have helpful bacteria Probiotic prevents chickens from carrying human pathogen (paper) Plants keep helpful bacteria in their seeds Bacteria are helping break down drugs in waterways Post questions or […]

April 12, 2015

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2:14 AM | Token Skeptic Finalist For Podcasting in the Ockham’s 2015
Thanks everyone who voted! I don’t think I’ll win (again!) this year but it’s awesome to be considered. Back to podcasting… too many due now!  

April 11, 2015

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4:29 PM | Jon Ronson: Jon Ronson Vs Jon_Ronson
When Jon Ronson discovers a twitter account pretending to be him, he sets off to find it's creators. Jon Ronson is a British nonfiction author, documentary maker and screenwriter. His books, Them: Adventures with Extremists, The Men Who Stare At Goats, The Psychopath Test, and Lost At Sea, have all been international bestsellers. He's a regular contributor to the PRI show This American Life, and has appeared at TED, and on The Daily Show. His new book, “So You’ve Been Publicly […]
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4:06 PM | Autism and Animal Science with Dr. Temple Grandin
Discover how her autism helped Dr. Temple Grandin revolutionize animal science when she sits down with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Chuck Nice, Dr. Paul Wang of Autism Speaks, and Paul Shapiro of the Humane Society.

April 10, 2015

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12:27 PM | The Large Hadron Collider is Back - podcast
The greatest particle accelerator ever built is up and running again - but what will it find this time? Continue reading...

April 09, 2015

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7:18 PM | The Living Room
Producer Briana Breen and the podcast Love + Radio bring us a story about a very eventful year in the life of an accidental voyeur.
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