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October 06, 2014

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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 […]
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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

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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 http://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-pseudoscience

October 04, 2014

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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. ...
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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....
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4:00 PM | Chimps Share Thirst For Knowledge
Scientists observe chimps learning the use of a new tool, and then sharing that knowledge....
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4:00 PM | Plastic Pollution Plagues the St. Lawrence
Microplastic beads have been found in St. Lawrence River sediments for the first time....
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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....
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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....
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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

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8:27 PM | John Luther Adams
What's the soundtrack for the end of the world? We go looking for an answer.
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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
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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

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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: http://www.startalkradio.net/show/startalk-live-building-the-future/.
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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.
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12:00 AM | Water politics must adapt to a warming world
Changes are needed to address water shortages across the globe

October 01, 2014

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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.  
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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 ...

September 30, 2014

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7:52 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: The Hunt For A Real Medical Tricorder
Would you want to build a real life medical Tricorder for 10 million dollars? StarTalk Radio host Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the reasons why X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis has teams competing to build a working Star Trek medical tricorder and how it could change the world. If you enjoyed this SoundBite, be sure to check out the full episode here: https://soundcloud.com/startalk/x-prize-beyond-space-part-2
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