September 18, 2014

1:51 PM | Ebola Epidemic: How Bad Can It Get
This week, we speak to Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer who's studied previous Ebola outbreaks, to find out how things got so bad - and how much worse they may still get.

September 17, 2014

5:31 PM | TWiM #87: Avogadro, archaeal fossils, and ICAAC
Vincent, Elio, and Michael explore the fossilization of archaeal lipids, and highlight the recent ICAAC in Washington, D.C.  

September 16, 2014

7:58 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: What Can We Learn From A Black Hole?
Host Neil deGrasse Tyson considers the merits of sending a probe into a Black Hole with co-host Leighann Lord. Find out what would happen and how we know where these outwardly invisible Black Holes are located. If you appreciated this quick lesson and want to learn more about Astrophysics check out the full episode here:

September 15, 2014

10:54 PM | One Hundred And Eighty Seven – On The Society For Science Based Healthcare
It’s been a while! But with this episode comes a new-look website – so check it out at, with huge thanks to Faster Pussycat Productions! The Society for Science Based Healthcare believes that a strong basis in rigorous science is a necessary prerequisite for providing safe and effective healthcare. Decisions ...
12:12 PM | BacterioFiles 183 - Simplex-Sick Stem Cell Salve
This episode: Cancer-killing viruses could work even better when loaded into stem cells! Download Episode (8.3 MB, 9 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Many genes can be swapped in area around fungal mycelia (paper) Fungus could help control invasive tree species Dust storms can have effects by spreading fungal spores (paper) Hand bacteria differ between people in different places Microbiome manipulation seems to be rising as a medical treatment Post […]
6:00 AM | Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - podcast
Ian Sample meets the historian Yuval Noah Harari to discuss his international bestseller, in which he suggests we'd have been better off without agriculture, and puts our species' dominance down to our ability to fantasise Continue reading...

September 13, 2014

10:08 PM | A Tribute to Joan Rivers
Our special tribute features the best of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lynne Koplitz’s interview with the late Joan Rivers, plus new reflections by comedians Eugene Mirman, Chuck Nice and Leighann Lord. Read more and listen to the full episode:
5:35 PM | Meredith White: How To Write A Testimony
Marine scientist Meredith has to navigate a whole new world when she's called upon to testify in front of the Maine legislature in support of a crucial bill. Meredith White is a Postdoctoral Researcher at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. Her research focuses on how Coastal Ocean Acidification affects marine organisms, from phytoplankton to commercially-important bivalves. She is also interested in the fascinating field of marine invertebrate reproduction and […]
4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 13, 2014
On this week's show: Arctic explorers find Franklin's ship; researchers track down the first "aquasaur"; a robot folds itself; Maritimes walrus are distinct but extinct; and fusion power goes big....
4:00 PM | Finding Franklin's Ship
One of the ships from the ill-fated Franklin expedition has been discovered in the Arctic....
4:00 PM | Dinosaur that Made a Splash
A new discovery of a once lost dinosaur suggests it is adapted to water - an "aquasaur."...
4:00 PM | Origami Robot Folds Itself
Scientists develop a robot that can fold itself into shape and then move....
4:00 PM | Mystery of the Maritimes Walrus
The walrus that thrived on the East coast of Canada until a few hundred years ago were distinct from modern Atlantic walrus....
4:00 PM | The Next Big Thing: Fusion power and ITER
Our series on Big Science begins with a look at the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor, ITER....
11:30 AM | Sep 13th: The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope
Podcaster: Rob Sparks and Steven Kahn

September 12, 2014

9:46 PM | Losing Ground ProPublica has an incredible investigation up now...
Losing Ground ProPublica has an incredible investigation up now on the shrinking state of Louisiana. Over the past 80 years, nearly 2,000 square miles of its coastal landscape have been lost to the ocean. The state is shrinking, and this interactive combines amazing data, great reporting and beautiful design. Don’t miss all the tiny details too. » Rose
11:24 AM | Sep 12th: Summer Story Review!
Podcaster: Host : Fraser Cain ; Guest : Morgan Rehnberg, Brian Koberlein, Thad Szabo, Matthew Francis, Nicole Gugliucci

September 11, 2014

2:44 PM | ITER: Too Big to Fail?
The world's largest science experiment - the International Thermonuclear Reactor, or ITER - is meant to demonstrate practical fusion power: a source of clean, plentiful, safe energy for the future. But it's more than a decade behind schedule and billions over budget. What's wrong with ITER, and can it be fixed?
11:55 AM | Sep 11th: Awesome Astronomy’s September Sky Guide
Podcaster: Ralph & Paul
6:27 AM | SoT 160: Fox Found An Alien
Sean Elliot joins us to talk about the origins of life and his upcoming Melbourne Fringe show, Rough Science: Life.Cobi Smith joins us from CERN to talk about her Melbourne Fringe show, Delusions of Slander.The mystery of the ‘Wandering Stones’ of Death Valley may no longer be a mystery. Researchers have used video cameras, GPS units and a weather station to document and track how these large rocks move along the dry lake bed.Researchers at the University of […]

September 10, 2014

3:37 PM | Beepcast, August 2014
In this 1st birthday episode, I find out about some more avian criminals of the animal kingdom. I learn that most birds can’t taste sugar, but hummingbirds can, and I learn how. And in the Scientific Spark, I talk to Marlene Zuk, Professor of behavioural and evolutionary biology at the University of Minnesota. Together with Bill Hamilton, Marlene proposed the good genes hypothesis of sexual selection Download the MP3Quicklinks: Maude Baldwin's Science paper on Hummingbird sweet taste […]
12:16 PM | Sep 10th: Meteorite Man
Podcaster: Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci & Geoff Notkin

September 09, 2014

8:32 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: Motivating Your Brain... with Candy?
Can candy actually make you smarter? Host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the motivating effects of both reward and punishment on behavior and learning with neuroscientists Dr. Heather Berlin and Mayim Bialik of "The Big Bang Theory." They examine the impact of external forces on our brain's ability to learn, as well as some more questionable incentives suggested by Eugene Mirman and Michael Ian Black. If you liked listening to this SoundBite be sure to check out the full episode here: […]
1:05 PM | BacterioFiles 182 - Chloroplast Colonizers' Contradictory Conflicts
This episode: BacterioFiles teams up with The Plant Pathology Podcast to talk about how microbes living in plants sometimes team up with the plants, sometimes with plant pathogens! Download Episode (17.7 MB, 19.25 minutes)Show notes:Journal PaperLee et al. 2009 paper: Fusarium sometimes prevents corn smut Other interesting stories: Deep-sea vent viruses sabotage cell storage Bacteria probably could survive accidental trip to Mars Microbes that survive in petroleum could do well in […]
11:57 AM | Sep 9th: Rosetta Makes Friends with a Comet
Podcaster: Richard Drumm

September 08, 2014

7:34 PM | In The Dust Of This Planet
Horror, fashion, and the end of the world ... the undercurrents of thought that link nihilists, philosophers, Jay-Z and True Detective.
11:30 AM | Sep 8th: Dear Cheap Astronomy, Episode 15
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
12:00 AM | Fish diversity decreases with mountaintop mining
Fish diversity negatively impacted by mountaintop mining activities

September 07, 2014

11:30 AM | Sep 7th: What’s Up Tonight, September Southern Skies Edition
Podcaster: Alice Enevoldsen aka Alice’s AstroInfo
5:10 AM | X-Prize (Part 1)
The X-Prize is motivating engineers, scientists and private industry to “Make the impossible possible.” Get an insider’s look when Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews founder Peter Diamandis. Read more and listen to the full episode at:
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