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April 02, 2014

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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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4:00 PM | The Rain Allowed the Mongols to Leave the Plain
Warm, wet years on the Steppes of Central Asia provided the resoursces for the Mongol armies to conquer Asia...
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4:00 PM | Smelling like a Trillion
New research suggests that humans may be able to detect and discriminate a trillion different odours....
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4:00 PM | Spider Uses Ants as Protection
Weaver ants normally kill spiders, but one jumping spider lives dangerously near ants in order to avoid even more dangerous spitting spiders....
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4:00 PM | Planets Survive a Stellar Bully
New results from the ALMA telescope show that planets can form in the vicinity of a destructively radiant star....
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4:00 PM | Fish go Deep but no Deeper
Marine fish are found as deep as 8000 meters below the surface, but the pressure disrupts their proteins if they go deeper,...
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4:00 PM | Salamanders Shrink as the Climate Warms
Dryer conditions have caused salamanders in the Appalachians to shrink by 8% in a few decades....
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12:00 PM | March 29th: Why is it that Mercury and Venus didn’t have a moon?
Podcaster: Avivah Yamani

March 28, 2014

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12:25 PM | March 28th: Weekly Highlight on Cosmos & Gravitational Waves!
Podcaster: Fraser Cain; Astrojournalists: Matthew Francis, Nicole Gugliucci, Brian Koberlein, Morgan Rehnberg, Mike Simmons

March 27, 2014

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5:00 PM | Celebrating Decades of Great Science
Listen to the Editor of Cell, Emilie Marcus, explore the history of the journal and the roots of Cell's ongoing commitment to a strong editorial voice, as well as the new horizons of biology, in an interview with long-time Cell author, reviewer, and reader, Tony Hunter from the Salk Institute (0:00) (Cell). Learn about the possible links between retroviruses and cancer, with John Coffin (9:40) (Cell Host and Microbe). Hear from multiple scientists who study drivers of cancer and discover how […]
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12:19 PM | March 27th: Two Brothers & The Pointer Stars
Podcaster: Avivah Yamani
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12:30 AM | TWiM #75: Pellicles on pickle jars
Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michelle discuss a symbiosis between two bacteria that increases the virulence of oral biofilms, and the assembly of amyloid fibers, which are needed for biofilm formation.  

March 26, 2014

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4:07 PM | March 29: The Rain of the Mongols
In the 13th century, the Mongols, led by Genghis Khan, were ruthless and brutal warriors with great military prowess, who conquered much of Asia and the Middle East. But according to new research, their real secret weapon might have been - rain.
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12:15 PM | March 26th: Global Astronomy Month
Podcaster: Nicole Gugliucci, Georgia Bracey, and Mike Simmons
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12:17 AM | Shannon Cason: The perfect solution
Shannon Cason turns to science to save his tumultuous marriage. Shannon Cason is a writer and storyteller. He has shared his stories on large stages, in dive bars, and in small living rooms all around the country. Shannon is a Moth GrandSlam winner; a contributor to NPR’s Snap Judgment; and host of his own storytelling podcast called Homemade Stories. He is originally from Detroit. Find out more at http://shannoncason.com Help keep us going! If you love the podcast, please donate here: […]

March 25, 2014

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10:59 PM | Shorts: KILL 'EM ALL
They buzz. They bite. And they have killed more people than cancer, war, or heart disease. Here’s the question: If you could wipe mosquitoes off the face of the planet, would you?
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12:16 PM | March 25th: Dear Cheap Astronomy – Episode 12
Podcaster: Steve Nerlich
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12:01 PM | Deadly Ninja Shrimp Kick Ass! Episode 58 by Scott Unger (Click...
Deadly Ninja Shrimp Kick Ass! Episode 58 by Scott Unger (Click here to directly access the MP3) (Access the full text transcript) The true badasses of the sea, Ninja Shrimp, also known as Mantis Shrimp, can lash out with their claws with such force that they momentarily generate temperatures similar to the surface of the sun due to friction! And that’s not all - listen to the podcast to find out more about these ferocious and beautiful beasts! For More on Ninja Shrimp: Vicious Sea […]
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