October 01, 2014

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.  
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

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:

September 29, 2014

2:52 PM | Special Episode: Live from DragonCon 2014!
Live from DragonCon 2014! Fraser and Pamela are joined by Les Johnson, Scott Edgington, Erin MacDonald, Roy Kilgard, and Fraser bombards all of these wonderful scientists with the hardest, most complicated questions he can come up with! Dr. Erin MacDonald holds a PhD in Astrophysics and up until this year was working as a postdoctoral […]
12:07 PM | BacterioFiles 184 - Fungus Friends Fabricate Fragrance
This episode: Truffle's microbiome helps produce its attractive aromas! Download Episode (12.5 MB, 13.6 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Microbes in lungs (of mice) seem to help reduce inflammation Link between early antibiotics and asthma may be just correlations with genetics Pancreatic cancer might be detectable by changes in mouth bacteria Understanding pandas' gut bacteria could help us help them Native microbes on grape leaves can resist pesticide […]
10:17 AM | The science of The Simpsons podcast
Al Jean and David X Cohen of The Simpsons and Futurama reveal the maths behind the hit animation series Continue reading...

September 28, 2014

6:50 PM | Cosmic Queries: Funding Space Exploration
How important is it to fund space exploration? Find out when Bill Nye, CEO of the Planetary Society, returns as guest host to answer fan questions, along with Eugene Mirman and NASA astronaut Mike Massimino. Read more and

September 27, 2014

4:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Sept. 27, 2014
This week, we look at: whether we have failed the climate challenge; a new eye in the sky on CO2; why infant cries have universal appeal; how firelight facilitated human culture; and how the dinosaurs' demise led to deciduous dominance. ...
4:00 PM | Failing the Climate Challenge?
The Climate Summit this week may not lead to international agreements, but local efforts are showing how to reduce emissions....
4:00 PM | An Eye in the Sky on CO2
A new NASA satellite will monitor regional carbon dioxide sources and sinks....
4:00 PM | Infant Cries Have Universal Appeal
Experiments show animals respond to the cries of infants of many other species, if the pitch is close to that of their own infants' cries....
4:00 PM | Firelight the Original Social Media?
Fire contributed to our culture by giving us a venue for storytelling....
4:00 PM | Meteorite That Killed Dinosaurs Remade Forests
The global devastation made room for new animals, but remade the plant world as well....
3:47 PM | John Rennie: Crazy Mail
As an editor at Scientific American John Rennie delighted in the weird correspondence they received, but then one letter crossed a line. John Rennie is a science writer, editor, and lecturer based in New York. Viewers of The Weather Channel know him as the host of the original series Hacking The Planet and co-host of the hit special The Truth About Twisters. He is also the editorial director of science for McGraw-Hill Education, overseeing its highly respected AccessScience online reference […]

September 25, 2014

5:14 PM | Cosmic Minute: San Diego Comic-Con – The Final Frontier
With StarTalk Live! as the opening event for NY Comic Con’s #SuperWeek, we’re revisiting Neil deGrasse Tyson’s first trip to SDCC. He talks about sci-fi with Star Trek’s LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner. If you like this track, check out the whole StarTalk Radio “The Best of Both Worlds” episode at: And if you want to pick up tickets for StarTalk Live at NYCC on Oct. 3, click here: […]
3:17 PM | Support The New Token Skeptic Book!
Get the details by heading to the IndieGoGo site: I’m the author of one self-published book on skepticism, secularism and atheism, published in 2013, called The Scope Of Skepticism: Interviews, Essays and Observations From the Token Skeptic Podcast . In 2014, I worked on creating the second book, which is still untitled. However, ...
2:03 PM | Are We Failing the Climate Challenge?
World leaders met this week at the UN Climate Summit in New York, but despite endless summits and conventions, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. But a Canadian researcher says we have the tools to reduce emissions, if only we decide to do it.

September 24, 2014

1:34 AM | SoT 162: The Racist Uncle
Professor Stephen Hawking has written a preface to a book, and his comments have gotten a little misinterpreted. Katie explains why the Higgs boson is absolutely not in any danger of destroying the world.A study of Spinosaurus bones has determined the sail-backed dinosaur had adaptations to make it better suited to swimming than running. This study suggests that Spinosaurus may have been the only known swimming dinosaur. And plesiosaurs and icthyosaurs were technically not dinosaurs. […]

September 23, 2014

9:27 PM | StarTalk SoundBite: How Much Are Apes Like Humans?
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman explore our similarities to apes with primate expert Dr. Ian Tattersall. After that, listen to Neil ask Andy Serkis about the impact of these trait differences on his portrayal of Caesar from "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." If you like this SoundBite, check out the full podcast here:
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