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October 30, 2014

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9:00 PM | Haunted
How a group of paranormal investigators made one man realize what it really means for a house, or a man, to be haunted.
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5:06 PM | Passenger Pigeons Gone, but Giant Tortoises Come Back
This week, we have 2 stories about animals on the brink of extinction. In one case, the passenger pigeon went over that brink 100 years ago; in the other, a giant tortoise in the Galapagos has made a miraculous recovery.

October 29, 2014

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10:46 PM | TWiM #90: Think globally, act locally
  Vincent meets up with Laurene and David at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, where they discuss how the Los Angeles County Department of Health is preparing for an outbreak of Ebola virus infection, and Cepheid’s game-changing, modular PCR system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

October 27, 2014

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7:16 PM | Jeffrey Schell: Caught In The Rip Current
Oceanographer Jeffrey Schell finds himself in a race against time when he encounters swimmers stuck in a dangerous rip current. Jeffrey M. Schell is an associate professor of oceanography with Sea Education Association, a renowned study abroad organization offering academic programs in marine environmental studies. Since 1994, Jeff has guided students through the challenges of oceanographic field research toward the thrill of discovery while teaching on more than 30 Sea Semester programs […]

October 26, 2014

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11:21 PM | BacterioFiles 188 - Rat Residents Relieve Resin Roughness
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes! Download Episode (10 MB, 10.8 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: It can be hard to recover a good microbiota Aphids' bacterial symbionts can activate plant defenses against aphids Probiotic bacterial strain could protect against cadmium toxicity (paper) Predatory bacteria can prey on pathogens (paper) Microbes can prevent some species from […]
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7:58 AM | Cosmic Queries: Superheroes
Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) get their geek on answering questions about Thor, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Magneto and more. Read more and listen to the full episode at: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-superheroes

October 25, 2014

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11:39 PM | SoT 165: As Common As A Toilet Brush
More artifacts have been recovered from the Antikythera wreck, the 1st century BC shipwreck discovered in 1900 off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. None of the newly found artifacts, however, appear to be related to the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, widely known as the first analog computer. It had long been thought that volcanic activity on the moon stopped around a billion years ago. Now high-resolution images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) suggest there […]
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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Oct. 25, 2014
This week, we find out how a mystery dinosaur was reunited with its head; what might slow down the migration of maple trees; how oil rigs can be good for fish; we chat with Chris Hadfield about his snapshots from...
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4:00 PM | Mystery Dinosaur Gets A-head
A mysterious dinosaur, previously only known by its arms, is filled out by new discoveries....
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4:00 PM | Maple Migration Moderated
Warming temperatures may make the North more attractive to some trees, but other barriers may slow down their spread....
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4:00 PM | Oil Rigs Attract Fish
Oil rigs off the California coastline are proving to be a productive habitat for fish....
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4:00 PM | Chris Hadfield: You Are Here
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses his photographs from space....
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4:00 PM | Quirks Question Period: Space Magnets
Magnets ... in ...Space ... !...

October 24, 2014

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7:19 PM | Ebola: Questions and Answers Episode 67 by Cris Felipe-Alves...
Ebola: Questions and Answers Episode 67 by Cris Felipe-Alves (Click here to directly access the MP3) The current Ebola outbreak has claimed the lives of thousands of people in West Africa since February 2014. Just recently, the UN declared the disease as a “threat to international piece and security”. This week, Experimental hit the streets to answer some of the questions the public have about Ebola. Listen to this latest Experimental podcast to learn more about this terrible […]
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11:06 AM | Should the creation of novel viruses be banned? podcast
Do the benefits of creating enhanced viruses to study transmissibility and virulence outweigh the risks? Virologist Wendy Barclay and epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch debate this controversial question Continue reading...

October 23, 2014

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2:08 PM | Putting a Face on a Mystery Dinosaur
A team led by one of Canada's most eminent paleontologists has put together a mysterious dinosaur after rescuing critical parts of the fossil from dinosaur poachers. The story of the fossils is as strange as the dinosaur itself.

October 21, 2014

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9:31 PM | Episode 208 – Camping on a Diamond Sea
00:00:00 – Arthur C. Clarke wrote in 2010: Odyssey Two that the center of Jupiter was one giant diamond. He probably never expected to be right… sort of. A new model suggests that conditions on Jupiter and Saturn may be right to have diamonds forming in the atmosphere and raining down from above. Pretty trippy stuff, […]
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9:21 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: Are Your Cats Making You Crazy?
Listen as Ig@ Nobel Prize founder Marc Abrahams tells Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Leighann Lord about research into the idea that your cat (or the parasites inside it) may be working against you! If you enjoyed this SoundBite be sure to check out the full episode about all the strange research that could land you an Ig Nobel Prize here: https://soundcloud.com/startalk/the-ig-nobel-prize

October 20, 2014

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10:03 PM | Translation
How the right words can have the wrong meanings, and the best translations lead us to an understanding that's way deeper than language. 
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2:35 PM | Ep. 353: Seasons on Saturn
You think we’re the only place that experiences seasons? Well, think again. Anything with a tilt enjoys the changing seasons, and that includes one of the most dramatic places in the Solar System: Saturn, with its rings and collection of moons. Ep. 353: Seasons on Saturn Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: […]
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2:03 PM | BacterioFiles 187 - Bacteria Bolster Bedbug Biotin
This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts! Download Episode (7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Play classic video games with live microbes Bacterial polysaccharides could make better low-fat products Getting rid of H. pylori could be associated with obesity Bacteria fight against bad fungal infection of rice Converting plant parts directly into ethanol Post questions or comments here or email […]
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5:00 AM | Halloween special: the science of scary apparitions podcast
Why are we obsessed with ghosts, werewolves, witches and voices from the other side? Psychologist Chris French and vampire slayer Deborah Hyde explain Continue reading...

October 19, 2014

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8:01 PM | Nisse Greenberg: What's In A Name
While teaching a math class, Nisse Greenberg is troubled by his student's name, and his own. Nisse Greenberg is an educator and storyteller who eats mostly vegetarian. Sometimes he eats wings because wings are really good. When he applied for a visa to go to India he tried to type "atheist" into the proposed slot for religion, but he accidentally typed "matheist." He found it more appropriate anyway. He teaches high-school math to high-schoolers and math philosophy to adults. He creates art […]
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6:18 PM | Cosmic Queries: Primate Evolution
Paleoanthropologist Dr. Ian Tattersall is back to help Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman answer fan questions about where primates came from, and where we’re going. Read more and listen to the full show at: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-primate-evolution
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4:39 AM | SoT 164: Cosmetically Satisfying Penis
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2014 was awarded with one half to John O'Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser "for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain".The Nobel Prize in Physics 2014 was awarded jointly to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources".The Nobel Prize in […]

October 18, 2014

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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Oct. 18, 2014
This week, we find out how birth control residue is harming fish; how plants use teeth and claws for defence; how to make a material bloody slippery; we home in on autism's complex causes; we look into crowd-sourcing science...
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4:00 PM | The Birth Control Pill is Harming Fish
Residue from birth control pills in sewage can cause populations of a minnow species to crash, affecting the species that prey on them....
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4:00 PM | Thornless Plants Defended by Teeth and Claws
African savannah plants forego thorns where the presence of predators discourages browsing....
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4:00 PM | Material is Bloody Slippery
A new slippery material for medical devices prevents blood from sticking and causing problematic clots....
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4:00 PM | Genetics Homes in on Autism
Autism is a complex disorder with multiple causes, but clever genetic "triangulation" is leading to insights into its biology. ...
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