October 10, 2014

10:17 AM | Beepcast, September 2014
Dieter Hochuli from the University of Sydney, tells me what life’s like for a caterpillar, and how one has evolved a cool mechanism to avoid being attacked. I find out how personality might influence your decision making, if you’re a stickleback. And in the scientific spark, I talk to Leigh Simmons who is managing editor of the scientific journal Behavioral Ecology, and Professor at, and Director of, the Centre for Evolutionary Biology at the University of Western Australia, about […]
6:00 AM | How the brain navigates: science Nobel prize special podcast
We speak to the three winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, who discovered 'the brain's GPS' Continue reading...

October 09, 2014

6:13 PM | Karen Hopkin: Who's The Donor?
A panicked day leads Karen Hopkin to wonder if her sperm donor really is the father of her child. Karen Hopkin is a freelance writer and the creator of the Studmuffins of Science calendar. Karen received a PhD in biochemistry in 1992, and then traded in her test tubes for a keyboard. A former producer for NPR's Science Friday, Karen currently voices stories for Scientific American's daily podcast, 60-Second Science. She is a coauthor of the textbook Essential Cell Biology and has written for […]
5:58 PM | Cosmic Minute: “You Cannot Leave” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek's Lt. Uhura, describes how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. personally responded to her desire to leave the show. Listen as she recounts history in the making to Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you like this track, check out the whole StarTalk Radio “A Conversation with Nichelle Nichols” episode at
2:02 PM | Seeing What Can't Be Seen
The Nobel Prizes were awarded this week, and the Chemistry Prize went to a physicist and engineer who, along with two colleagues, has developed new microscopes capable of seeing individual molecules in a living cell - something thought to be impossible only a decade ago. We'll speak to the new Laureate.

October 08, 2014

5:30 PM | Building A Better Microscope: 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry is awarded to Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy. The winning work is explained by chemistry... -- Read more on
3:24 AM | SoT 163: The 2014 Ig Nobel Prizes
The Ig Nobel Prizes honour achievements that first make us laugh, then make us think. We take a look at this year’s winners: from banana peels to people dressed as polar bears! PHYSICS PRIZEA team from Japan for measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin, and between a banana skin and the floor, when a person steps on a banana skin that's on the floor.Banana peel slipperiness wins IgNobel prize in physics NEUROSCIENCE PRIZEScientists from China and […]

October 07, 2014

11:01 PM | Sarah Boseley asks if the latest guidelines on drugs for MS sufferers are good news or bad
With Nice announcing its latest guidelines on drugs and clinical care, the Guardian's health editor is joined by an expert panel to discuss the implications for those who suffer from MS Continue reading...
8:10 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: Is Earth Weightless?
Did you know that you are heavier than the Earth? Host Neil deGrasse Tyson breaks down the difference between mass and weight on a planetary scale, as well as discussing the Sun, Earth, asteroids, orbits, and freefall with Leighann Lord. If you enjoyed this SoundBite or just want to learn more about Astrophysics in general, be sure to check out the full episode here:
4:53 PM | Blue Light Special: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura for the invention of efficient blue light–emitting diodes, which has enabled bright and energy-saving... -- Read more on
12:13 PM | BacterioFiles 185 - Bacteroid Builds Beta-lactam Buffer
This episode: Antibiotic-degrading probiotics protect mouse gut microbes from hostile pathogen takeover after antibiotic treatment! Download Episode (7.8 MB, 8.5 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Insect bacterial symbionts can pass to offspring through sperm (paper) Studying human history thru microbes in fossilized feces Fungi can clean up composting-resistant pollutants in soil Microbes could make useful product from industrial wastewater Bacterial […]

October 06, 2014

5:22 PM | The Map in Your Mind: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain—an... -- Read more on
4:39 PM | Ep. 352: Water, Water Everywhere!
Where ever we find water on Earth we find life. And so, it makes sense to search throughout the Solar System to find water. Well, here’s the crazy thing. We’re finding water just about everywhere in the Solar System. This changes our whole concept of the habitable zone. Ep. 352: Water, Water Everywhere! Jump to […]
5:00 AM | Do antibiotics cause obesity? - podcast
Professors Nick Finer and Tim Spector consider the possible role of gut microbes in human disease, including a study linking childhood obesity to antibiotic use Continue reading...

October 05, 2014

7:18 PM | Cosmic Queries: Pseudoscience
Put on your thinking caps, because in this episode Neil deGrasse Tyson and Leighann Lord answer fan questions about pseudoscience, from creationism to crystals to alternative medicine. Read more and listen to the full episode at

October 04, 2014

4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Oct. 4, 2014
This week, we look into the controversy over neonicotinoids; how chimps share knowledge; how plastic pollution contaminates the St. Lawrence; how far a big volcano spreads its ash; and why the Leatherback turtle has a third eye. ...
4:00 PM | The Birds, and The Bees - and the Pesticides
We look into the controversy over Neonicotinoid pesticides and their impact on pollinators and other wildlife....
4:00 PM | Chimps Share Thirst For Knowledge
Scientists observe chimps learning the use of a new tool, and then sharing that knowledge....
4:00 PM | Plastic Pollution Plagues the St. Lawrence
Microplastic beads have been found in St. Lawrence River sediments for the first time....
4:00 PM | Big Ash Volcano
Volcanic ash from an Alaskan eruption is found in Europe, suggesting large eruptions may be worse than we thought....
4:00 PM | Leatherback Turtle's Third Eye
A pink spot on the Leatherback's head turns out to be a window on a light-sensitive part of the brain....
10:58 AM | Episode One Hundred And Eighty Nine – On Ada Lovelace Day – Interview With Suw Charman-Anderson
Tuesday 14 October 2014 is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. For this interview, I speak to Suw Charman-Anderson. A committed digital rights advocate, in 2005 Suw founded the UK’s Open Rights Group and is the driving force behind Ada ...

October 03, 2014

8:27 PM | John Luther Adams
What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.
1:55 PM | The Clockwork Saw
This is the first episode of Dr Lindsey Fitzharris’s new show called “Under the Knife”, a YouTube series dedicated to the horrors of pre-anaesthetic surgery, and I am already in love. In this episode, she introduces us to her favorite old medical device: the clockwork saw. It’s about as weird and gruesome and awesome as you might expect, and Fitzharris’s delivery is great. Really looking forward to seeing more disgusting and delightful episodes. » Rose
1:50 PM | ‘Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible’
We’ve featured the work of Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck before, and we’re unabashedly doing it again. This piece, the latest in their Animated Life series, documents the story of Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the man who discovered the tiny world of microbes. I just love the paper cutouts in these pieces, and their really beautiful storytelling. »Rose

October 02, 2014

10:01 PM | Cosmic Minute: Bionic Cities by 2040
How will technology change cities in the future? The “cities of the future” could be closer than you think as futurists Jason Silva and Melissa Sterry take Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman on a bionics-driven ride into the coming decades. If you like this track, check out the whole StarTalk Radio “Building the Future” episode at:
1:47 PM | The Birds and the Bees - and the Pesticides
Neonicotinoids are now the most common insecticide on the planet. The makers say that neonics are safer, greener and better than previous pesticides. But a flood of studies this summer pointed to alarming effects of neonics on both birds and bees.
12:00 AM | Water politics must adapt to a warming world
Changes are needed to address water shortages across the globe

October 01, 2014

6:34 PM | TWiM #88: A century of excellence in microbiology
Michele speaks with members of the Department of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, on the occasion of its designation as a Milestones in Microbiology site, where they discuss how the department has advanced the science and teaching of microbiology.  
1:45 PM | Episode One Hundred And Eighty Eight – On An Honest Liar With James Randi
James Randi is the founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). Formerly a professional stage magician, he began to use his considerable experience in illusions and deceptions when studying the techniques, strategies and tricks used by charlatans who pretend to have real supernatural powers. An eighty-six year old secular humanist, atheist and ...
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