November 07, 2014

9:01 PM | The Infinite Golden Record
We love Lily Bui’s work (we even had her on as a guest picker here recently!) and this most recent bit of magic is no exception. You might know that NASA’s Voyager is carrying two golden records with it, to show any alien civilizations what we humans sound like and care about. Now you can listen to those records, infinitely! Bui set up a site that plays the tracks from the records for you on a loop.  Bui explains a bit more about the background for the project here. […]
8:56 PM | Earth View from Google Maps
Okay, so, this is a weird one. But I think it’s really cool so hear me out. This is a Chrome extension. It’s called Earth View from Google Maps, which is pretty self explanatory. The premise is this: Every time you open up a new tab in Chrome, instead of seeing a blank white page, you see an image from Google Earth. This seems simple, and it really is, but it has made my internet usage incredibly more pleasurable.  Allow me to wax poetic about this for a moment longer. […]
4:26 PM | Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books - podcast
Which is the best popular science book of the year? Robin McKie and Nicky Clayton discuss the six shortlisted. Plus, Rosetta's moment in space and Cern gets its new leader Continue reading...
9:42 AM | This is how you do optimisation
Press Release: Kellyville Ridge Man scores a perfect 15 in OpalKellyville Ridge NSW. Local resident Tim Surendonk is celebrating today after scoring the coveted perfect 15 in Opal. As Tim explains it, a perfect 15 occurs when a user of the Opal card pays the absolute minimum amount for unrestricted travel for 6 days in a week (Tuesday-Sunday).The Opal rules allow unlimited travel after reaching 8 paid journeys, something which the average commuter will only attain after 4 days of […]

November 06, 2014

3:14 PM | Harpooning a Comet
After a 10-year voyage through space, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally caught the comet it was launched to chase. And next Wednesday, it will release a lander that will dock with the comet's icy surface by harpooning it.
1:38 AM | Ebola Expert Update
Scientific American health and medicine correspondent Dina Fine Maron talks about Ebola with tropical medicine and infectious disease expert Daniel Bausch of Tulane University at the annual meeting... -- Read more on

November 05, 2014

12:33 PM | SoT 167: Sticky Feet
Virologist Dr. Grant Hill-Cawthorne joins us to discuss Ebola. Everything you need to know about the current outbreak.Researchers in Florida have noticed than in just fifteen years a particular species of lizard has grown larger, stickier feet as an evolutionary response to an invading Cuban lizard.In the lead up to the attempted landing of Philae on a comet in a few weeks, the Rosetta probe has taken some readings. And now we know what a comet smells like, and it's not […]

November 04, 2014

9:23 PM | Matineh Eybpoosh: Being Good
Married young and used to giving up her own dreams, Iranian student Matineh Eybpoosh moves to the U.S. to study computer science—and a whole new world opens up. Matineh Eybpoosh was born in Oroumieh, a town that carries the scent of apples and the generosity of grapes, and shelters happy flamingos. She holds a masters in Construction Engineering and Management from the Middle East Technical University in Turkey, and a B.A. in civil engineering from Tabriz University in Iran. She is […]

November 03, 2014

2:58 PM | BacterioFiles 189 - Saliva Slows Sprout Supporter
This episode: Fungi living in grasses make toxic compounds to defend against herbivores, but some animals can overcome this defense with their saliva! Download Episode (5.4 MB, 5.9 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Early-life exposure to microbes seems linked to less asthma Bacteria help tomato plants tolerate salt (paper) Bacteria infecting mosquitoes could control malaria transmission Phages are increasingly of interest for treating infections Feeding […]
7:00 AM | The science of food and drink - podcast
Food author Harold McGee reveals the chemistry of cooking and what is it like to work with Heston Bluementhal. And finally we find out why James Bond prefers his Martini shaken, not stirred Continue reading...

November 02, 2014

8:50 AM | A Conversation With Hank Azaria
Neil deGrasse Tyson chats with Captain Kirk, Sylvester Stallone, Woody Allen, Johnny Carson, Carl Sagan, Chief Wiggum, Moe Szyslak and Apu – a.k.a. Hank Azaria. Read more and listen to the full track:

November 01, 2014

4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Nov. 1, 2014
This week, we find out how Giant Tortoises came back from near extinction; how early South Americans got high; why the Earth's magnetic field is about to flip out; how a virus invades from the past; and we mourn the passing...
4:00 PM | Slow and Steady Tortoise de-Extinction
A subspecies of giant tortoise from the Galapagos has been rescued from the brink of extinction....
4:00 PM | Andean Pioneers Were Up Early
Early South Americans moved high into the Andes, soon after arriving on the continent....
4:00 PM | The Fast Flip of the Earth's Magnetic Field
The Earth's magnetic field may flip soon and quicker than had been imagined....
4:00 PM | Return of a Virus
A plant virus frozen in northern ice for centuries has been reconstructed and shown to be infective....
4:00 PM | A Message from Martha
A new book looks at the fate of the passenger pigeon, a century after the extinction of the species....
10:55 AM | SoT 166: That's No Moon
Defence giant Lockheed Martin has announced it wants to build a truck-sized nuclear fusion power-plant in the next ten years. They just don't appear to have a plan.The microbes in our guts have their own body clocks, and they too get messed up when we get jetlagged.The giant kangaroos that used to roam the Australian continent were three times the size of their modern descendants. And new research shows they used to walk, rather than hop.NASA's Messenger spacecraft has provided […]

October 30, 2014

9:00 PM | Haunted
How a group of paranormal investigators made one man realize what it really means for a house, or a man, to be haunted.
5:06 PM | Passenger Pigeons Gone, but Giant Tortoises Come Back
This week, we have 2 stories about animals on the brink of extinction. In one case, the passenger pigeon went over that brink 100 years ago; in the other, a giant tortoise in the Galapagos has made a miraculous recovery.

October 29, 2014

10:46 PM | TWiM #90: Think globally, act locally
  Vincent meets up with Laurene and David at the Annual Meeting of the Southern California Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, where they discuss how the Los Angeles County Department of Health is preparing for an outbreak of Ebola virus infection, and Cepheid’s game-changing, modular PCR system for the diagnosis of infectious diseases.

October 27, 2014

7:16 PM | Jeffrey Schell: Caught In The Rip Current
Oceanographer Jeffrey Schell finds himself in a race against time when he encounters swimmers stuck in a dangerous rip current. Jeffrey M. Schell is an associate professor of oceanography with Sea Education Association, a renowned study abroad organization offering academic programs in marine environmental studies. Since 1994, Jeff has guided students through the challenges of oceanographic field research toward the thrill of discovery while teaching on more than 30 Sea Semester programs […]

October 26, 2014

11:21 PM | BacterioFiles 188 - Rat Residents Relieve Resin Roughness
This episode: Gut bacteria in Mojave desert woodrats help them detoxify and eat toxic creosote bushes! Download Episode (10 MB, 10.8 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: It can be hard to recover a good microbiota Aphids' bacterial symbionts can activate plant defenses against aphids Probiotic bacterial strain could protect against cadmium toxicity (paper) Predatory bacteria can prey on pathogens (paper) Microbes can prevent some species from […]
7:58 AM | Cosmic Queries: Superheroes
Neil deGrasse Tyson and co-host Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live) get their geek on answering questions about Thor, Captain America, Batman, Superman, Wolverine, Magneto and more. Read more and listen to the full episode at:

October 25, 2014

11:39 PM | SoT 165: As Common As A Toilet Brush
More artifacts have been recovered from the Antikythera wreck, the 1st century BC shipwreck discovered in 1900 off the coast of the Greek island Antikythera. None of the newly found artifacts, however, appear to be related to the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism, widely known as the first analog computer. It had long been thought that volcanic activity on the moon stopped around a billion years ago. Now high-resolution images from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) suggest there […]
4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Oct. 25, 2014
This week, we find out how a mystery dinosaur was reunited with its head; what might slow down the migration of maple trees; how oil rigs can be good for fish; we chat with Chris Hadfield about his snapshots from...
4:00 PM | Mystery Dinosaur Gets A-head
A mysterious dinosaur, previously only known by its arms, is filled out by new discoveries....
4:00 PM | Maple Migration Moderated
Warming temperatures may make the North more attractive to some trees, but other barriers may slow down their spread....
4:00 PM | Oil Rigs Attract Fish
Oil rigs off the California coastline are proving to be a productive habitat for fish....
4:00 PM | Chris Hadfield: You Are Here
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield discusses his photographs from space....
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