Posts

September 11, 2014

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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?
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11:55 AM | Sep 11th: Awesome Astronomy’s September Sky Guide
Podcaster: Ralph & Paul
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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

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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 […]
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12:16 PM | Sep 10th: Meteorite Man
Podcaster: Pamela Gay, Nicole Gugliucci & Geoff Notkin

September 09, 2014

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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: […]
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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 […]
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11:57 AM | Sep 9th: Rosetta Makes Friends with a Comet
Podcaster: Richard Drumm

September 08, 2014

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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.
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11:30 AM | Sep 8th: Dear Cheap Astronomy, Episode 15
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
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12:00 AM | Fish diversity decreases with mountaintop mining
Fish diversity negatively impacted by mountaintop mining activities

September 07, 2014

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11:30 AM | Sep 7th: What’s Up Tonight, September Southern Skies Edition
Podcaster: Alice Enevoldsen aka Alice’s AstroInfo
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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: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/x-prize-part-1

September 06, 2014

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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 6, 2015
This week, we find out how the Ebola genome decodes the disease; how life thrives under Antarctic Ice; how Tyrannosaurs hunted in packs; how drooling moose neutralize plant poisons; and how illegal poaching of ivory threatens elephants;...
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4:00 PM | Genome of a Killer
Scientists hope decoding the genome of the Ebola virus will help fight the disease....
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4:00 PM | Life Under Antarctic Ice
Water samples from lakes sealed under Antarctic ice are full of life....
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4:00 PM | Tyrannosaurs Roamed in Packs
A Tyrannosaur trackway discovery in B.C. suggests the great dinosaur predators moved in groups....
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4:00 PM | Moose Saliva Reduces Toxins
Moose drool neutralizes toxic plant defenses to make grazing safer....
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4:00 PM | Elephants Slaughtered for their Tusks
Elephant poaching for ivory has reached a critical level and the mighty pachyderms seem on the road to extinction....
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11:30 AM | Sep 6th: Observing With Webb in September 2014
Podcaster: Rob Webb

September 05, 2014

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5:12 PM | Nelson Lugo: A Simple Magic Trick
Nelson Lugo has a brilliant idea for his grade school talent show -- use chemistry to do a simple magic trick. It did not go over well. Nelson Lugo is a Magician, Sideshow Artist, and Batman enthusiast. He was featured by TimeOut NY as a New York Entertainer to Watch and co-hosts a podcast called "The EPIC PIEcast" for NerdyShow.com. He's been a guest speaker for The Sunday Assembly NYC, a guest singer for the BTK Band, an invited storyteller at Adam Wade's Whatever Happened to the Nerds as […]
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4:10 PM | Episode 205 – Chemical Free Sasquatch
00:00:00 – Chad Jones, host of The Collapsed Wavefunction, joins us because apparently a story about chemicals was a better fit for here than his own show. That’s fine, we’re happy to have him. The story is about a new chemical that may help catalyze carbon fixation reactions. Don’t worry, we make Chad explain all of […]
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11:30 AM | Sep 5th: Mysterious Outer Solar System Series – The Kuiper Belt
Podcaster: Samir Dhurde

September 04, 2014

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11:35 AM | Sep 4th: Apollo 14 Astronaut, Dr. Edgar Mitchell
Podcaster: Andy Poniros
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12:00 AM | Congruence of community thresholds in Great Lakes wetlands
FWS Featured Article: Congruence of community thresholds in Great Lakes wetlands

September 03, 2014

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5:06 PM | TWiM #86: Blurring the line between organelle and endosymbiont
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson.  Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele consider whether our eating behavior is manipulated by gastrointestinal microbiota, and an aphid gene of bacterial origin whose gene product encodes a protein that is transported to an obligate endosymbiont.  Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with […]
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12:11 PM | SoT 159: Everything's A Chemical
About ten years ago an entomologist at the University of Colorado found 250 forgotten boxes in a storage cupboard. Inside were 13,000 grasshopper specimens collected more than 40 years ago, which provide a fascinating insight into climate and other environmental changes in that time. A chance observation has led to the discovery that the blood of certain abalone has antiviral properties, which could lead to better treatments for the herpes simplex virus. The vitamin K injection at birth helps […]
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11:30 AM | Aug 3rd: Science on the ISS, Episode 6. Lasers
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
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11:30 AM | Sep 3rd: Science on the ISS, Episode 6. Lasers
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich

September 02, 2014

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10:05 PM | Kodiak Update: Scientific American Alaska Cruise, Part 4
Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 is in port in Kodiak, Alaska, on September 2nd. We talk about our last few stops and hear from passenger and Manhattan Project veteran Margaret Asprey. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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