July 18, 2014

7:36 PM | Ten Thousand Years Roman Mars calls his podcast 99 Percent...
Ten Thousand Years Roman Mars calls his podcast 99 Percent Invisible “a tiny radio show,” but in this episode they tackle a gigantic time scale. Here, they take a trip both back to 1990 and forward to ten thousand years in the future, when all of us are gone and the waste at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant is still there. How do you explain radioactivity to people who won’t have the same language or culture you do?  » Rose
5:59 PM | Ainissa Ramirez: Science Vs Football
Materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez never connected with her brothers' love of football until she unexpectedly ends up writing a book about it. Ainissa G. Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist, who is passionate about getting the general public excited about science. She co-authored Newton's Football (Random House) and authored Save Our Science (TED Books). She has appeared on NPR and CNN; gave a TED talk in 2012; and blogs for The Huffington Post. She was a mechanical engineering professor […]
11:40 AM | July 18th: Meteorite Men
Podcaster: Andy Poniros, Geoff Notkin & Steve Arnold

July 17, 2014

9:58 PM | Galapagos
Today, the strange story of a small group of islands that raise a big question: is it inevitable that even our most sacred natural landscapes will eventually get swallowed up by humans? And just how far are we willing to go to stop that from happening? We are dedicating a whole hour to the Galapagos archipelago, the place that inspired Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. 179 years later, the Galapagos are undergoing rapid changes that continue to pose -- and possibly […]
11:30 AM | 17th July: What’s Up Tonight, Southern Skies Edition
Podcaster: Alice Enevoldsen aka Alice’s AstroInfo

July 16, 2014

12:30 PM | July 16th: Science Journalism and Communication
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci, Georgia Bracey and Anita Heward
9:59 AM | SoT 154: Epic Pie Fights
We’re not comfortable being bored, according to a study published in the journal Science. The paper suggestedpeople would rather give themselves electric shocks than be left alone with their thoughts. Where humans detect colours via three receptors in our eyes, the mantis shrimp have twelve. And a new study indicates six of those detect five different wavelengths of ultraviolet light. The mantis shrimp has adapted “nature’s sunscreens’ – mycosporine-like […]
1:00 AM | Wild Sex: Beyond the Birds and the Bees
Joy Reidenberg, comparative anatomist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, talks about her new PBS series Sex in the Wild, about the sex lives of elephants, orangutans, kangaroos and... -- Read more on

July 15, 2014

12:38 PM | July 15th: Fading Astronomy, the Cost of Light Pollution
Podcasters: Carmen Austin, Lindsay Small, Calvin Ortega, Zachary Watson, and Kathie Coil
2:48 AM | BacterioFiles 174 - Synthetic Cells Sense and Send Signals
This episode: Bacteria with engineered circuits and detect and keep a record of stuff in their environment, like in the gut! Download Episode (14.6 MB, 15.9 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Bacteria turn lots of city waste into useful energy Antibiotics may sometimes be more harmful than helpful It's important to take care of gut bacteria Gut bacteria are important for immune system development Gut microbes may influence the development of type 1 […]

July 14, 2014

1:35 PM | Universe Splitter
Here is the final pick from Sean Carroll, this week’s guest picker! It’s part two of an exploration of the many world’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Part 1 is here, part 2 is here.) We’ll close out with something a little different: an iPhone app called “Universe Splitter.” You type in two alternatives (e.g. “go to the gym” and “eat ice cream”). The app pings a laboratory in Geneva, which sends a particle down a […]
1:23 PM | Can science explain consciousness? Science Weekly podcast
Three leading researchers and thinkers discuss the emerging scientific understanding of this mysterious human faculty Continue reading...
11:30 AM | July 14th: Mars Curiosity Mission
Podcaster: The Telescope Man, a.k.a. Joe Lalumia & Kelley Miller

July 13, 2014

7:36 PM | Ep. 350: Space Ship One
SpaceShipOne is the spacecraft created by Scaled Composites to win the $10 million Ansari X-Prize in 2003. It was the first privately built spacecraft to reach 100 km in altitude, twice in two weeks, carrying the equivalent of 3 people. It’s the prototype of the upcoming SpaceShipTwo, created for Virgin Galactic to carry paying passengers [...]
7:32 PM | Ep. 349: Mercury 7 and How the US Picked the First Astronauts
Before the Apollo Program, there was the Gemini Program, and before Gemini came the Mercury Program. 7 elite astronauts chosen from a pool of military test pilots. How did NASA choose these original 7 men? Ep. 349: Mercury 7 and How the US Picked the First Astronauts Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes [...]
11:25 AM | July 13th: Fresh Look at a Young Star Cluster
Podcaster: Richard Drumm
10:53 AM | Ep 155: Fact or Fiction with ANSTO
The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation undertakes research and development in nuclear science and technology. This has wide application including nuclear medicine, atmospheric monitoring, materials engineering, neutron scattering and climate change research.ANSTO is also very active in science communication, and one of their major community engagement projects is Fact or Fiction, a 90 minute show where the audience watch clips of classic sci-fi hits before voting on […]

July 12, 2014

3:25 PM | Cosmic Queries: Space Probes with Dr. Amy Mainzer
JPL astrophysicist Dr. Amy Mainzer is back as guest host for this week’s podcast, and together with comic co-host Chuck Nice she answers your questions about space probes. Read more and listen to the full show:
11:30 AM | July 12th: The CANDELS Project
Podcaster: Rob Sparks, Dr. Janine Pforr

July 11, 2014

3:46 PM | Annalise Kaylor: A Room Full Of Odds
A cancer diagnosis is only the start of the collapse for Annalise Kaylor, but she finds support in an unexpected community. Hailing from the northwoods of Wisconsin, Annalise Kaylor planned to live in an RV and travel around the country when she made a pit stop in Atlanta and decided it was home. By day, Annalise is one of the country's foremost authorities on social media, helping companies concoct ways for you to loathe Facebook even more. By night, she's an anti-social pilot who loves beer, […]
11:30 AM | July 11th: Science on the ISS: Overview
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
1:59 AM | SoT 153: Electric Cats
The announcement earlier this year that the BICEP2 team had discovered gravitational waves is now mired in controversy. Dr. Alan Duffy joins us to explain why 'the biggest announcement' is now probably meaningless. In 2012, Facebook manipulated the newsfeed of 689,003 users as part of a psychological experiment. The company claims it was able to alter the moods of some users, but the study's methodology and ethical concerns have drawn widespread criticism. The electric eel - described by one […]

July 10, 2014

11:05 PM | Talking Science Ficton with Stewie (Seth Macfarlane)
Just how important is science to Family Guy? StarTalk Radio’s host, Neil deGrasse Tyson, discusses the influence science fiction has had on Family Guy with Stewie's alter ego, Seth Macfarlane. Find out how Neil was first introduced to the show. Listen to Neil and Seth share their honest opinions on the scientific accuracy of Family Guy, as well as their take on popular Science Fiction such as Star Wars (i.e., The Kessel Run). If you enjoyed this track, be sure to hear the full interview […]
10:02 PM | Episode 200 – The Big Two-Hundo
00:00:00 – Since we spend so much time promoting everyone else’s work, we decided to be a bit selfish and spend the first segment talking about our own science. Charlie has a paper coming out in Nature Climate Change about moving forward into a low-carbon, sustainable energy future. No big deal. Patrick has 2 papers […]
12:43 PM | July 10th: Awesome Astronomy’s July Edition
Podcaster: Ralph & Paul
5:09 AM | TWiM #82: Betrayal and compromise
Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, Elio Schaechter and Michele Swanson. Vincent, Michael, and Michele discuss how iron might disperse bacterial biofilms in carotid arterial plaques, and controlling Salmonella by modulating host iron homeostasis.   Subscribe to TWiM (free) on iTunes, via RSS feed, by email or listen on your mobile device with the Microbeworld app. Links for this episode Endosymbiont […]

July 09, 2014

5:24 PM | Quantum Mechanics (an embarrassment) Here is the second pick...
Quantum Mechanics (an embarrassment) Here is the second pick from Sean Carroll, this week’s guest picker! It’s part two of an exploration of the many world’s interpretation of quantum mechanics. (Part 1 is here, part three is coming Friday.) Next we have one from Sixty Symbols, which is a combination of live interviews and demonstrations from Brady Haran in the UK. This one actually features me, but I recommend it anyway. See more from Sixty Symbols » Sean Carroll […]
12:00 PM | July 9th: Challenger Learning Center
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci, Georgia Bracey and Libby Norcross

July 08, 2014

4:59 PM | Cosmic Minute: Wine Making 101
Did you remember to toast the yeast who died making your wine? From chardonnay to champagne, Master of Wine, Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, helps describe the biological processes involved with fermenting wine in this effervescent StarTalk Radio clip hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. If you like this track, be sure to check out the whole “Wit and Wisdom about Wine” episode at
1:00 PM | Beepcast, June 2014
Professor Robert Hinde, the Emeritus Royal Society Research Professor of Zoology at the University of Cambridge is this month's Scientific Spark. Robert talks about the early days of ornithology research just after the war, and his memories of David Lack and Niko Tinbergen. The rest of the episode is an anti-predator defence special! I talk to Jolyon Troscianko from project nightjar about his research on the camouflage of eggs and chicks of African birds. I also find out about an animal that […]
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