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January 31, 2015

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12:35 AM | Every Life Has Equal Value (Part 2): 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 2 of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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12:26 AM | 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... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

January 30, 2015

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6:33 PM | What Give the Morpho Butterfly It’s Magnificent Blue?This...
What Give the Morpho Butterfly It’s Magnificent Blue?This isn’t just a gorgeously shot and wonderfully explained piece from KQED’s Deep Look series, it’s also a fascinating look into the unexpected ways that biology produces colors.» Ben
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6:00 AM | The story of computing - podcast
Tony Hey talks to Ian Sample about the Computing Universe, his book with Gyuri Papay, on the evolution of computers Continue reading...
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1:24 AM | Urban Legendary Five – Kinda Thinky
The Fifth 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 patreon.com/kyliesturgess ***** In this episode, I’m talking to Dr Rod Lamberts and Dr Will Grant of Kinda Thinky. It’s a live show from Canberra, which pushes ...

January 29, 2015

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5:00 AM | American Football
The most popular sport in the US is savage, creative, brutal & balletic. Love it or loathe it, it’s a touchstone of the American identity.  
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2:24 AM | Tara Clancy: Adventures In Babymaking
The joys and dangers of getting pregnant for Tara Clancy and her wife. Tara Clancy is a writer and performer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Paris Review and The Rumpus. She is also a winner of The Moth GrandSlam storytelling competition and was recently featured on their podcast. Originally from Queens, Tara now lives in Manhattan with her wife and two sons. More at www.taraclancy.com

January 28, 2015

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1:10 AM | Episode 213 – Astro Boy
00:00:00 – Patrick and Ryan welcome Astrophysicist Steve Healey to the show! We begin with a brief overview of what exactly astrophysics is. Steve claims that by listening to this section, you’ll have completed most of a bachelors in the subject. Congrats! 00:20:15 – To celebrate your recent academic achievement, we all have a drink. […]

January 27, 2015

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12:00 AM | The Stream Biome Gradient Concept published in Freshwater Science
A new concept for examining large-scale biological patterns in streams: now available

January 26, 2015

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5:14 PM | Ep. 364: The COROT Mission
Before NASA’s Kepler mission searched for exoplanets using the transit method, there was the European COROT mission, launched in 2006. It was sent to search for planets with short orbital periods and find solar oscillations in stars. It was an incredibly productive mission, and the focus of today’s show. Ep. 364: The COROT Mission Jump […]
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11:16 AM | How viable is nuclear fusion as an energy source? Podcast
Are scientific and industrial ideas about commercial nuclear fusion reactors in the near future just wishful thinking? Continue reading...

January 25, 2015

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11:26 PM | Episode One Hundred And Nintety Three – On The Unholy Trinity Downunder
The Atheist Foundation of Australia is bringing The Unholy Trinity to Australia. The Unholy Trinity Downunder Tour brings together three atheist activists for an amazing event. Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, and Seth Andrews take the stage to share stories, interact with a live audience (and with each other), and address some ...
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11:26 PM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Three – On The Unholy Trinity Downunder
The Atheist Foundation of Australia is bringing The Unholy Trinity to Australia. The Unholy Trinity Downunder Tour brings together three atheist activists for an amazing event. Matt Dillahunty, AronRa, and Seth Andrews take the stage to share stories, interact with a live audience (and with each other), and address some ...

January 24, 2015

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10:59 PM | StarTalk Live! Water World (Part 1)
Dive into the world of water, on Earth and in the cosmos, when Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman host Robert F. Kennedy Jr., The Gyalwang Drukpa, Dr. Tess Russo and Jason Sudeikis at the Beacon Theater.

January 23, 2015

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10:13 PM | Here’s a fun fact you might not know: the largest organism...
Here’s a fun fact you might not know: the largest organism in the world isn’t the blue whale. It’s a fungus. Here, Kew Gardens gives you a peak into their collection of fungi, one that holds about 1.25 million specimens. (Let’s pause so you can take that number in).  I love this video because it’s incredibly cinematic. The music, the lighting, the pacing, I feel like I’m watching a movie rather than an explainer or a documentary. Plus, fungi are […]
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1:16 PM | Episode One Hundred and Ninety Two – On Art, Vaccinations, Comedy and Cancer
Welcome to episode #192! Just in time for the long weekend here in Australia. The first interview is with Alexia Sinclair, about her work and that of a range of other artists, writers and more world-wide, who have all contributed to the Gates Foundation’s The Art Of Saving A Life. ...
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4:48 AM | Pilot Episode of the AtheistAus Podcast
Something different in the Token Skeptic podcast feed – this is the pilot episode of the AtheistAus Podcast. The official feed will be out soon! Accepting death is never easy. But we don’t need religion to find peace, comfort, and solace in the face of death. In her new collection of ...

January 22, 2015

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5:23 AM | Suze Kundu: A New Pair Of Shoes
Suze Kundu is forced to abandon dancing for materials science, until materials science comes to the rescue. Suze Kundu is a Teaching Fellow at Imperial College London, where she shares her love of Materials Science and Engineering with anyone that will stand still for long enough. In addition she presents many Outreach and Public Engagement workshops and demo lectures, and pops up on TV fairly regularly, getting excited about everything from aerogel to zirconia. She is also fresh off the stage […]

January 21, 2015

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11:08 PM | TWiM #96: A lean, mean sequencing machine
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello. Special guest: Rob Knight Vincent meets up with Rob Knight to talk about the technology that has fueled his drive to sequence the Earth and its inhabitants. Check out the Microbeworld app. Links for this episode Microbes en masse (Nature) Obesity alters gut microbial ecology (PNAS) Sharing microbiome with dogs (eLife) Earth microbiome project (BMC Biology) Stability of gut micobiota (Science) Gut microbes and the brain (J Neurosci) Send your microbiology […]
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4:00 PM | Ep. 363: Where Did Earth’s Water Come From?
Where on Earth did our water come from. Well, obviously not from Earth, of course, but from space. But did it come from comets, or did the water form naturally right here in the Solar System, and the Earth just scooped it up?? Ep. 363: Where Did Earth’s Water Come From? Jump to Shownotes Jump […]

January 19, 2015

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6:20 PM | BacterioFiles 199 - Prokaryote Protein Provokes Problem
This episode: A protein from gut bacteria has been tentatively linked with a human protein related to eating disorders! Download Episode (11.4 MB, 12.4 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Plant virus affects parasitism suffered by insect that carries the virus (paper) Bacteria could help make more powerful lasers (paper) Gut microbes can control gene expression of gut cells somewhat Using bacterial immune system to turn off HPV defenses in cervical […]
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11:44 AM | Ecstasy and tragedy: how to prevent recreational drug deaths – podcast
Four recent deaths in the UK have been linked to a batch of 'Superman' ecstasy pills. Should public facilities for testing drugs without fear of prosecution be made available? Continue reading...

January 18, 2015

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6:40 PM | The Story of Life on Earth with Sir David Attenborough
In our first episode of Season 6, Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the history of life on Earth with naturalist Sir David Attenborough, along with a little help in the studio from Bill Nye and Chuck Nice.
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2:43 AM | SoT Special 17: Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki
SoT Special 17: Dr. Karl Kruszelnickihttp://scienceontop.com/Special17Dr. Karl is one of Australia's best known science communicators. He is the author of 36 popular science books, appears regularly on radio in Australia and the UK, and he is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Science Foundation for Physics at the University of Sydney.Ed sat down with Dr. Karl in December, shortly after the National Skeptics Convention where Karl was a speaker. Together they discussed climate change, […]

January 16, 2015

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3:55 PM | Darwin Tunes
Biologist Armand Leroi created a computer program to transform sounds through a process similar to natural selection, generating melodies. You can listen or play the game here. This week our guest picker is Carl Zimmer. He’s chosen to take us on a tour through some of the more interesting sounds of science.  Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. He is also the author of twelve books about science and […]

January 15, 2015

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3:06 PM | Bat Sounds
Bat Sounds. A 3-D soundscape of a bat colony, from NPR. This week our guest picker is Carl Zimmer. He’s chosen to take us on a tour through some of the more interesting sounds of science.  Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. He is also the author of twelve books about science and articles for National Geographic, Time, Scientific American, Science, and Popular Science and many […]

January 14, 2015

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3:20 PM | Hearing Quakes This is a recording of the 2011 earthquake in...
Hearing Quakes This is a recording of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, taken near Tokyo. The first blast is the main shock, followed by aftershocks as the tectonic plates adjusted themselves. This week our guest picker is Carl Zimmer. He’s chosen to take us on a tour through some of the more interesting sounds of science.  Carl Zimmer is a columnist at the New York Times, where his column “Matter” appears each Thursday. He is also the author of twelve books about […]
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2:03 PM | Urban Legendary Four
The Fourth 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 patreon.com/kyliesturgess ***** For this episode – there’s a distinct trend towards graphic art, comic art, gaming and promoting science, feminism, reason and the love of philosophy. ...
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10:46 AM | Science for kids - Slime
Everyone likes slime! And it's easy to make, in its various forms.Cornflour Slime:All you need is cornflour (made from actual corn - maize - not the "wheaten" version you can get in Australia, which is made from wheat), water, some colouring, a bowl and a spoon. The process is: Pour cornflour into a bowl, Stir in small amounts of water until the cornflour becomes a thick paste. I prefer to have the water coloured at this point, as it helps to more effectively spread the colour throughout […]

January 12, 2015

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7:58 PM | Ep. 362: Modern Women: Carolyn Porco
It hard to think of a more influential modern planetary scientist than Carolyn Porco, the leader of the imaging team for NASA’s Cassini mission exploring Saturn. But before Cassini, Porco was involved in Voyager missions, and she’ll be leading up the imaging team for New Horizons. Ep. 362: Modern Women: Carolyn Porco Jump to Shownotes […]
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