Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:01:08 PDTDiscoveries of planets around other stars have now become commonplace. But, the composition of these planets is anything but ordinary. On this episode, Michael Summers discussed the discovery of exoplanets.
Wed, 08 Mar 2017 08:01:08 PDTSecond part of our discussion on the phases of water with Gerald Pollack. On this program, he joins us for the Groktron 5000.
Wed, 01 Mar 2017 08:01:08 PDTDoes water only have three phases? It turns out the answer is a little more complicated. On this program, Gerald Pollack discusses an intermediary phase between liquid and solid water and what this means for biology.
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:01:08 PDTOrdinary citizens are now contributing in extraordinary ways to the scientific enterprise. On this episode, Caren Cooper discussed citizen science.
Wed, 08 Feb 2017 08:01:08 PDTThe fight over GMO foods is more complicated than just the question of their safety. On this issue, McKay Jenkins discussed the fight over GMO foods.
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 08:01:08 PDTOn this episode, Beth Shapiro discussed some elements of her book, How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction.
Wed, 04 Jan 2017 08:01:08 PDTThere is much excitement about the future of humans in space. On this episode we are joined by the authors of Beyond Earth, Amanda Hendrix and Charles Wohlforth.
Wed, 14 Dec 2016 08:01:08 PDTWe discuss topics from the American Geophysical Union meeting. Topics include coal power, carbon sequestration, and Mekong River Delta monitoring.
Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:01:08 PDTOn this episode, Marta Zaraska discussed the biological, cultural and historical reasons behind our obsession with meat.
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:01:08 PDTViscose rayon has been manufactured for over a century, but it continues to be a major health hazard to those involved in its production. On this episode, Paul D. Blanc discussed the lethal history of viscose rayon.
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:01:08 PDTWearable technology has changed the way we interact with our mobile devices. On this episode, Nile Nickel reviewed the new Apple watch.
Wed, 09 Nov 2016 08:01:08 PDTA cure was beyond reach. On this program, Larry Brilliant discusses how his quest to find himself lead to the disappearance of smallpox.
Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:01:08 PDTThere are many species on our planet which use venom for a diversity of survival situations. These creatures have fascinated scientists and amateurs alike. On this episode we chat with toxin biologist and science blogger Christie Wilcox about her new book Venomous.
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe dinosaurs that roamed South America have generally not been well studied. On this episode, Donald Prothero discussed these Giants of the Lost World.
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 08:01:08 PDTWhat do ice core bubbles tell us about the past earth? On this program, Takuro Kobashi joins us to discuss the last 4000 years.
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn this episode, we interview Steve Silberman about his book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:01:08 PDTAlthough vaccinations have cured several diseases, many parents are now choosing not to have their children vaccinated. On this episode, Jennifer Reich discussed why parents decide not to vaccinate their children.
Wed, 21 Sep 2016 08:01:08 PDTIttai Eres and Unjin Lee discuss this years Ig Nobel prizes, and review some of the most interesting award recipients from the past.
Wed, 14 Sep 2016 08:01:08 PDTWhat is shaking in California? Our resident geotech join us to talk about the leaning tower of San Francisco, the California High Speed Rail, Techron gas, and renewables in Texas.
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn this episode we interview Lydia Pyne about her new book Seven Skeletons The Evolution of the Worlds Most Famous Fossils. It is an exploration of the many facets of scientific communication and knowledge as highlighted by seven famous ancient human skeletons.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 08:01:08 PDTAlthough technology is often accepted unquestioningly, the potential for unethical use of technologies is always present. On this episode, Prof. Sheila Jasanoff discussed the ethics of invention.
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:01:08 PDTMedical mishaps are becoming more common, but what can be done to prevent them? On this episode, RJ Austin discussed dealing with medical mistakes.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:01:08 PDTMatt Wilkinson discussed his book, Restless Creatures, an exploration of the diversity life though the lens of locomotion.
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 08:01:08 PDTJoseph Henrich discussed his book, The Secret of Our Success, How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 08:01:08 PDTHow can Nordic society inform the construction of our own society in the United States? On this episode, Anu Partanen discussed the Nordic Theory of Everything.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn this interview with Marcelo Gleiser we talk about his 2014 book, The Island of Knowledge and then hear a little about his new book, The Simple Beauty of the Unexpected.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:01:08 PDTIs your inclination to socialize guided to your allergies? On this program, Anthony Filiano discusses how interferon, an immune molecule, is needed to socialize in a variety of different animals.
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn this episode, Unjin and Ron discuss the second event detected by LIGO, gene changes in a cadaver, Space X and what Brexit means for Horizon 2020.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe Zika virus has become an epidemic in Brazil, so much so that it has caused many to question holding the Olympic games there. On this episode, Dr. Joe Alton discussed the Zika Virus and the Olympics.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 08:01:08 PDTCamera traps have enabled a fascinating view of animals in their native habitat. On this episode, Roland Kays discussed the creatures observed by camera traps.
Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:01:08 PDTTopics include gravitational waves, a potential pollution solution, resilience of coral in the Great Barrier Reef, and chiral molecules in space.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:01:08 PDTAmerica is already great, but does the country have a strategy? On this episode, Joel Makower discussed the path to a brighter future in his new book, The Grand Strategy.
Wed, 25 May 2016 08:01:08 PDTFrom extremophillic bacteria to the Search for ExtraTerrestrial Intellegence, there is a long history of fascination with weird life. On this episode, we discuss Weird Life with David Toomey.
Wed, 18 May 2016 08:01:08 PDTIs risk taking a natural behavior? What are the biological underpinnings of risk behavior? On this episode, Kayt Sukel discussed the art of risk.
Wed, 11 May 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn our fast paced world of modern dating, what does it take to succeed? On this episode, Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk discussed how open postures improves the chance of getting a first date.
Wed, 04 May 2016 08:01:08 PDTAll living things are regulated from the molecules in our bloodstream to the populations of animals on the African Savanna. On this episode, Sean Carroll joins us to discuss the logic of regulation.
Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:01:08 PDTHow can traumatic events be passed down to subsequent generations? On this episode, Mark Wolynn discussed identifying and treating generational trauma
Wed, 20 Apr 2016 08:01:08 PDTare all born curious and a healthy sense of curiosity can benefit a person in many ways. On this episode, Ian Leslie tells discussed the benefits of this trait, why it is in danger, and how you can strengthen your own natural curiosity.
Wed, 13 Apr 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe evolution of microbial communities and viruses have broad implications on human health and how animals and plants change. On this episode, Michael Shapira and Lulan Wang discuss microbiota and Zika.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016 08:01:08 PDTWhat is in a face? On this episode, Jason Rogers discussed the science of RBF.
Wed, 30 Mar 2016 08:01:08 PDTAre child prodigies and those with autism related? On this episode, Kimberly Stephens discussed prodigies and autism.
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:01:08 PDTMeat is a staple of the diet of many cultures, but its use may be outweighed by many factors. On this episode, Marta Zaraska discussed the history of our obsession with meat.
Wed, 16 Mar 2016 08:01:08 PDTIn January 2016, the World Health Organization predicted that Zika virus would spread through most of the Americas by the end of the year. On this episode, Dr. Brenda Wilson discussed the Zika virus.
Wed, 09 Mar 2016 08:01:08 PDTFor most grown ups, a foreign language may seem unintelligible. But, human languages may be more similar than one might think. On this program, Tanmoy Bhattacharya discusses a common structure underlying word meaning.
Wed, 02 Mar 2016 08:01:08 PDTPredicted 100 years ago by Albert Einstein and his general theory of relativity, gravitational waves have finally been detected. On this episode, Dr. Marco Cavaglia explained these waves and what they can tell us about the universe.
Wed, 24 Feb 2016 08:01:08 PDTNarcissism and psychopathy are not generally well regarded personality traits, but how do we identify those personality types. On this program, Dr. Frieda Birnbaum discussed these aberrant personality types.
Wed, 17 Feb 2016 08:01:08 PDTWhile we may be born with some innate food preferences, most of our eating habits are learned and vary dramatically across cultures. On this episode, Bee Wilson discusses how we learn to eat and whether we can change our approach to food.
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe recents events guided to terrorism have renewed the debate on balancing individual privacy and public security. On this program, Michael Kearns discusses algorithms that could ensure privacy while maintaining public security.
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:01:08 PDTNutrition research may have problems. On this episode, we talk with Christie Aschwanden about what she found when she used some common tools utilized in nutrition research.
Wed, 27 Jan 2016 08:01:08 PDTHow do con artists ply their trade? And, who is a potential victim? On this episode, Maria Konnikova discussed the confidence game.
Wed, 20 Jan 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe interaction between humans and animals has varied dramatically throughout human history. On this episode, Brian Fagan discussed how animals have shaped our history and how our conception of them has changed over time.
Wed, 13 Jan 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe international negotiations for addressing climate change has been fraught with rancor but the COP21 meeting in Paris last month marks a turning point. On this program, David Victor discusses the Paris Agreement.
Wed, 06 Jan 2016 08:01:08 PDTThe history of ancient human civilization is mysterious almost by definition. On this episode, Graham Hancock presents an alternative story of the past.
Wed, 30 Dec 2015 08:01:08 PDTAre we prepared to cope with food shortages? On this episode, Margaret Nelson discusses how social factors plays a role determining the survivability of societies.
Wed, 23 Dec 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhat does mythology tell us about the scientific environment of those who created them? On this episode, Matt Kaplan discussed the science of the magical.
Wed, 16 Dec 2015 08:01:08 PDTScientists can now make precise changes to the DNA of humans and animals thanks to recent advances in gene editing technology. On this episode, Dr. Hank Greely discussed the medical promises and perils of this technology.
Wed, 09 Dec 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhat are the effects of climate change on forests? On this episode, William Anderegg discusses forest carbon dynamics.
Wed, 02 Dec 2015 08:01:08 PDTThroughout history, physicians have made use of the placebo effect. On this episode, Professor John Kelley discussed the mechanisms of the placebo effect and its role in medicine.
Wed, 25 Nov 2015 08:01:08 PDTTraumatic brain injury can result in the emergence of severe psychiatric symptoms. On this episode, Dr. Sandeep Vaishnavi discussed the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatic problems associated with traumatic brain injury.
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 08:01:08 PDTThe connection between scent and memory is powerful and can be startling. On this episode, Dr. Virginia Barry, Chicago psychoanalyst and discussed the neuroscience behind memory and scent.
Wed, 11 Nov 2015 08:01:08 PDTHow do aerosols, or tiny particles, affect the climate? On this program, John Moore discusses the science of dust in the sky.
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 08:01:08 PDTn 1922, two famous men publically debated the nature of time. On this episode, Jimena Canales discussed the debate of Albert Einstin and Henri Bergson.
Wed, 28 Oct 2015 08:01:08 PDTThe history of neuroscience is still in a relative infancy compared with other sciences. On this episode, Tom Jackson discussed an illustrated history of the brain.
Wed, 21 Oct 2015 08:01:08 PDTRichard Feynman is known as one of the most imaginative and beloved physicists in history. On this episode, Michelle Feynman discusses quotes from her father and memories she has of him.
Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhen is a coincidence not a coincidence? On this episode, Dr. David Hand discusses his book, The Improbability Principle, and why miracles and coincidences happen much more often than we would expect.
Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:01:08 PDTNarcissism may have become more prevalent and even celebrated in society. On this episode, Dr. Joseph Burgo discussed the narcissist you know.
Wed, 23 Sep 2015 08:01:08 PDTMixed severity fires help to rejuvenate the forests, but how will current policy shifts affect the health of the forests. On this episode, Dominick DellaSalla discussed the importance of mixed severity fires.
Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:01:08 PDTGames are great at activating our motivation and putting us in a problem solving mindset. On this episode, Jane McGonigal discussed SuperBetter, a method of using a gameful mindset to approach challenges in life.
Wed, 09 Sep 2015 08:01:08 PDTScientists have long known and taught that mercury is a neurotoxin in humans and animals. On this program, Jennifer Cossaboon talks about a surprising source of mercury in the seas.
Wed, 02 Sep 2015 08:01:08 PDTDespite increasing awareness about autism, it remains one of the most mysterious topics of this generation. On this episode, Steve Silberman addresses some of the mysteries of autism.
Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:01:08 PDTSeveral companies are getting very close to launching their first lines of unmanned vehicles. On this episode, Corey Clothier discussed the state of autonomous vehicles.
Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:01:08 PDTHow much of the aging process is inevitable and how much can we control? On this episode, Dr. Michael Roizen discussed controlling the aging process.
Wed, 12 Aug 2015 08:01:08 PDTThe brain works by sending signals between cells through the rapid-fire release of neurotransmitters. On this episode, Alex Brunger discusses how specific proteins trigger communication between brain cells.
Wed, 05 Aug 2015 08:01:08 PDTDr. Kathie Olsen discussed the current budgetary crunch in scientific funding and how it affects researchers in the United States.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 08:01:08 PDTWatching a pet suffer through an illness can be heartbreaking, but can cannabis be a therapeutic to alleviate pain in animals? On this episode, Darlene Arden discussed medical cannabis for animals.
Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:01:08 PDTGordon Moore has perhaps done more to revolutionize our modern world than any other scientist, but few may know about his achievements. On this episode, Arnold Thackray discussed the life and times of Gordon Moore.
Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhat do movie stars, ocean sunsets, and the fundamental laws of physics all have in common? On this episode, Frank Wilczek discussed how the universe embodies beautiful ideas and the ways this realization has affected his work.
Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:01:08 PDTHow do we measure aging and does everyone age at the same rate? On this program, Dan Bleksy answers these questions and what our appearances tell us about the age of our organs.
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:01:08 PDTDrs. Jeffrey Mueller and Allison Cavallo discuss their mission trips to Nigeria and other African countries where they provided care in underserved populations.
Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:01:08 PDTOur food supply is so integral to our lives that few may notice the degree of processing involved. On this episode, Megan Kimble discussed unprocessed foods.
Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:01:08 PDTAuthor and journalist Rachel Swaby discussed a few of the substantial contributions that women have made to science.
Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:01:08 PDTChronic stress causes negative impacts to the brain but caffeine can help to mitigate these effects. On this program, Rodrigo Cunha discusses the relationship between caffeine, stress, emotions
Wed, 03 Jun 2015 08:01:08 PDTArtificial intelligence and robotics will change the economy of the future. On this episode, Kip Marlow discussed the economics of AI.
Wed, 27 May 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhat will the future bring? On this episode, Steven Kotler discusses how science fiction ideas have moved from the imagination of authors to real innovations that will impact our lives
Wed, 20 May 2015 08:01:08 PDTThe countries of the world have not yet come to a global agreement on limiting the greenhouse gases climate change. On this program, Nobel Laureate Yuan T. Lee discusses the Future Earth program.
Wed, 13 May 2015 08:01:08 PDTDespite years of research, we still do not understand much about the actual development of Alzheimers disease. On this episode, Dr. Melissa Murray joins us to discuss some of the recent research implicating two different proteins, tau and beta-amyloid.
Wed, 06 May 2015 08:01:08 PDTMillions of people paid to watch the Mayweather Pacquiao boxing match. Why? On this episode, we talk with English professor and cage fighter Dr. Jonathan Gottschall.
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhat is epigenetics and how can our lifestyle influence the expression of our genes? On this episode, Dr. Mitchell L. Gaynor discussed the gene therapy plan.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:01:08 PDTIn different earth periods, scientists have speculated that the planet was covered in glacier. On this program, Daniel Herwartz shows how the past climate can be reconstructed through oxygen isotope analysis.
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:01:08 PDTIn their pursuit of truth and understanding of the natural world, scientists have been known to step on some toes. On this episode, Professor Alice Dreger discussed the conflicts between social justice activists and scientists.
Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:01:08 PDTAffordable and efficient energy storage is the holy grail of energy technology. On this program, Maher El-Kady discussed the science and synthesis of graphene based storage devices.
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:01:08 PDTHave you ever wondered if it is okay to get all 13 essential vitamins from a gummy bear? On this episode, Catherine Price discussed the history of American confusion and obsession with vitamins.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:01:08 PDTParenting is a daunting task, but separating science from pseudo-science in child rearing is even more challenging. On this episode, Dr. Stephen Hupp dispelled the great myths of child development.
Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:01:08 PDTAdvances in genomics are allowing us to see how a person and DNA interacts with their environment and lifestyle to influence his or her health. On this episode, Dr. Eric Green discussed genomic technology and precision medicine.
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:01:08 PDTWhile medical advances have helped to overcome many life threatening illnesses, cancer still strikes fear in many. On this episode, Sanjiv Gambir discusses the detection of tumor cells using blood sampling.
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:01:08 PDTThat male and female brains are wired differently is simultaneously well-accepted and controversial. On this episode, Dr. Ruben Gur discussed functional and anatomical sex differences in the brain.
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:01:08 PDTEnd of life care is rarely discussed, although it is perhaps one of the most important conversations that one must have. On this episode, Dr. Angelo Volandes discussed end-of-life medical care.
Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:01:08 PDTProfessional football players today play a highly regulated game, but the toughest rules of all are the laws of physics. On this episode, Dr. Timothy Gay discusses the physics of football.
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:01:08 PDTX-rays have come a long way. On this program, Janos Hajdu and Thomas Eckberg, discuss the latest frontier in x-ray imaging.
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:01:08 PDTProstate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in American men. On this episode, Edwin Reyes tells us about the role of the androgen receptor in circulating tumor cells.