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April 08, 2014

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7:03 AM | BONUS: The Iron Islands – 2,000 Mya
On Earth, nearly all iron ore comes from specific rocks called banded iron formations, the vast majority of which originate around 2,000 million years ago (2,400-1,800 Mya to be more precise).  At this time, the world’s oceans were far more … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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5:41 PM | Ep. 340: Wernher von Braun
When the United States helped defeat Germany at the end of World War II, they acquired the German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. He had already developed the German V2 rocket program, and went on to design all the major hardware of the US rocket program. This week, we talk about von Braun’s life and [...]
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3:47 PM | BacterioFiles Micro Edition 161 - Permafrost Produces Perceptible Pithos
This episode: The largest virus so far has been discovered in ancient Siberian permafrost! Download Episode (9.5 MB, 10.3 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Plants seem to stimulate bacteria to degrade pollutants (paper) Gene therapy with virus could help repair brain damages Phages could soon be important for treating bacterial infections Certain portions of gut microbiome, and inflammation, associated with colon cancer (paper) (TWiM 71) Yogurt […]
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12:00 PM | April 7th: Wernher von Braun
Podcaster: Fraser Cain and Dr Pamela Gay
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5:00 AM | Science Weekly podcast: has personal genome sequencing been overhyped?
What is the true medical value and cost-effectiveness of personal genome mapping? Prof Euan Ashley discusses his latest research Continue reading...

April 06, 2014

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12:00 PM | April 6th: Orion Mystery – The Pyramid Star Chart
Podcaster: Lucas Livingston
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8:58 AM | Cosmic Queries: Venus with Dr. FunkySpoon
Join guest host planetary scientist Dr. David Grinspoon and comic co-host Leighann Lord as they answer your questions about Venus while Neil’s off working on COSMOS.

April 05, 2014

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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for April 5, 2014
This week, we find out about a Polar Dinosaur; how coastal First Nations grew seafood in clam gardens; the discovery of a new, distant dwarf planet; new insights into why zebras have stripes; and the latest report on the...
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4:00 PM | The World's Northern-most Dinosaur
A fossil found in the Canadian Arctic is evidence of the most northerly dinosaur every found....
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4:00 PM | Aboriginal Gardens Make Happy Clams
An ancient form of aquaculture practiced on the West Coast proves to be quite productive....
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4:00 PM | Dwarf Planet
A new, small object, detected orbiting outside the Kuiper belt, suggests there may be much more in this unexplored space....
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4:00 PM | Why the Zebra has Stripes
Zebra stripes may actually exist to discourage biting flies....
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4:00 PM | IPCC Climate Change Report
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has issued its latest report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability....
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12:00 PM | April 5th: Observing With Webb in April 2014
Podcaster: Rob Webb

April 04, 2014

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12:00 PM | April 4th: Uwingu & New Dwarf Planet News
Podcaster: Fraser Cain; Astrojournalists: Morgan Rehnberg, David Dickinson, Dr. Alan Stern

April 03, 2014

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12:00 PM | April 3rd: How The Sky Works
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich

April 02, 2014

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6:44 PM | April 5: Adapting to a Warmer World
The latest climate report from the IPCC came out this week, and its outlook is bleak. It says the impacts have already begun - floods, wildfires, draught, hurricanes - and although we can't stop it, we might be able to slow it down and prepare for it.
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12:19 PM | Amy Cuddy: Passing As Myself
After a terrible head injury, Amy Cuddy wakes up in the hospital to find she's a different person. Amy Cuddy is a social psychologist and Harvard Business School Associate Professor who studies how snap judgments and nonverbal behavior affect people from the classroom to the boardroom. Amy Cuddy's fascinating work on "power posing" reveals how your physical posture affects not only how others see you, but also how you see yourself, your own hormone levels, and your performance and important […]
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12:00 PM | April 2nd: Project MERCCURI
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci, Georgia Bracey, David Coil and Jenna Lang
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4:07 AM | Episode 194 – Hot and Sour
00:00:00 – Whether they formed via troll warfare or via geology, all we know now is that Iceland is covered in lava tubes. A possible explanation for their enigmatic origin is tonight’s first topic! 00:18:47 – We presume that trolls like to drink, so in some ways this segment is for them. But it’s also […]

April 01, 2014

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11:59 PM | Shorts: Straight Outta Chevy Chase
From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.
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12:00 PM | April 1st: Awesome Astronomy’s April Sky Guide
Podcaster: Ralph & Paul

March 31, 2014

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7:21 PM | BacterioFiles Micro Edition 160 - Residents Regulate RNA Response
This episode: Gut microbe communities can help regulate the immune response to pathogens! Download Episode (9.5 MB, 10.3 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal PaperPaper about synthetic small RNA treatment Other interesting stories: Bacteria can convert CO2 directly to liquid compound (paper) Dog-related microbes seem especially good at positively affecting our immune system Bacteria inside insects protect from viruses, but there is a trade-off Soil fungus that kills insects could control […]
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6:10 PM | Ep. 339: Space Conspiracy Theories
Yes, we actually landed on the Moon. No, aliens didn’t crash land at Roswell. What is it about space exploration that leads to so many conspiracy theories? We’ll try to get to the bottom of these conspiracy theories, poke holes in their ridiculous ideas and help you build your baloney detection kit. Ep. 339: Space [...]
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12:00 PM | March 31st: Space Conspiracy Theories
Podcaster: Fraser Cain and Dr Pamela Gay
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10:30 AM | Science Weekly podcast: how to rebuild our world from scratch
Astrophysicist and author Lewis Dartnell reveals why he has written The Knowledge, a handy guide for post-Apocalypse survivors

March 30, 2014

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8:07 PM | Replay - Cosmic Queries: Viruses, Outbreaks and Pandemics
Infectious disease expert Laurie Garrett is back with Neil deGrasse Tyson to answer your questions about deadly viruses and current epidemics like H7N9 influenza and MERS-CoV.
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12:00 PM | March 30th: Monthly News Roundup – Waves, Large and Small
Podcaster: Morgan Rehnberg
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9:49 AM | arXiv trawl: March 2014 - Astrobiology
This month's arXiv trawl brings us to astrobiology.The Habitable Epoch of the Early UniverseIn recent weeks, the world of cosmology has been buzzing with the news that gravitational waves - remnants of the Big Bang - may have been detected by the BICEP2 experiment. But did life come not long afterwards?Abraham Loeb from Harvard University has posited in his paper The Habitable Epoch of the Early Universe that conditions were rife for life just 10 million years after the Big Bang. Life on Earth […]

March 29, 2014

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4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for March 29, 2014
This week, we find out how the Mongol Empire ran on rain; how humans can smell a trillion different scents; why a spider allies with an ant against another spider; how infant planets survive a stellar bully; why fish hit a depth limit; and...
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