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A companion to the Are We Alone radio show



Updated: 2017-11-26T04:09:17.891-08:00

 



We've moved!

2010-07-27T13:02:03.937-07:00

Our blog is now located at radio.seti.org/blog. Come visit, update your bookmarks, leave comments, listen to audio, and read the occasional companion pieces to segments from recent episodes.



Are We Alone - Written in Code

2010-06-17T12:17:03.396-07:00

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Genes – what are they good for? Absolutely… something. But not everything. Your “genius” genes need to be turned on – and your environment determines that. Find out how to unleash your inner-Einstein, and what scientists learned from studying the famous physicist’s brain.

Also, the bizarre notion that your children inherit not just your genes, but also the consequences of your habits – smoking, stress, diet, and other behaviors that turn the genes on.

Plus Francis Collins on affordable personal genomes, and a man who decoded his own DNA in under a week.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1 - David Shenk (part 1)
Part 2 - Dean Falk
Part 3 - David Shenk (part 2)
Part 4 - Francis Collins
Part 5 - Stephen Quake






Are We Alone - Written in Code: Dean Falk

2010-06-17T12:15:49.478-07:00

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Part 2 of Written in Code, featuring Dean Falk, anthropologist and Senior Scholar at the School For Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.






Are We Alone - Written in Code: Francis Collins

2010-06-17T12:15:49.487-07:00

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Part 4 of Written in Code, featuring Francis Collins, geneticist, Director of the National Institutes of Health.



Are We Alone - Written in Code: Stephen Quake

2010-06-17T12:15:49.490-07:00

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Part 5 of Written in Code, featuring Stephen Quake, biophysicist, Stanford University.



Interpreting your PhD thesis... through dance

2010-06-08T08:58:44.686-07:00

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What if you were challenged to describe your PhD thesis without words, slides, or anything other than dance? Here are some examples, described in this week's show, which you can review to see how effective their interpretation is.



Are We Alone - Seth's Garage

2010-06-08T08:56:30.973-07:00

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It’s always a surprise to go digging in Seth’s garage – who knows what we’ll find! In this impressive heap of paraphernalia, tucked between boxes of old radio tubes and hydraulic jacks, we stumble upon the secrets to our galaxy’s central black hole… witness the dance of the PhD theses… uncover the genome of milk (while moo-ving boxes) and … hey? Who’s that crunching numbers in the corner? It’s astrophysicist Mario Livio addressing the mathematical mysteries of universe.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1 - Andrea Ghez
Part 2 - Kathryn Denning
Part 3 - Mario Livio
Part 4 - Danielle Lemay
Part 5 - John Bohannon & Katrien Kolenberg



Are We Alone - Seth's Garage: Andrea Ghez

2010-06-08T08:55:28.174-07:00

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Part 1 of Seth's Garage, featuring Andrea Ghez, Astronomer at University of California, Los Angeles.



Are We Alone - Seth's Garage: Kathryn Denning

2010-06-08T08:55:28.181-07:00

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Part 2 of Seth's Garage, featuring Kathryn Denning, Professor of Anthropology at York University.



Are We Alone - Seth's Garage: Mario Livio

2010-06-08T08:55:28.189-07:00

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Part 3 of Seth's Garage, featuring Mario Livio, Senior Astronomer at the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute and author of Is God a Mathematician?.



Are We Alone - Seth's Garage: Danielle Lemay

2010-06-08T08:55:28.194-07:00

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Part 4 of Seth's Garage, featuring Danielle Lemay, Nutrition Scientist at the University of California, Davis.



Are We Alone: Seth's Garage: Bohannon & Kolenberg

2010-06-08T08:59:59.188-07:00

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Part 5 of Seth's Garage, featuring John Bohannon, Gonzo Scientist and Contributing Correspondent for Science, and Katrien Kolenberg, astrophysicist, University of Vienna.

You can see their theses interpretations here.



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!

2010-06-08T08:48:43.128-07:00

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Live forever? Both cancer cells and stem cells can make a claim to immortality. Left unchecked, tumors will grow indefinitely. And stem cells offer the promise of non-stop rejuvenation.

We’ll find out whether the surprising discovery of stem cells in the brain really can keep our thinking organ young. And we’ll hear the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who unwittingly donated tissue to science in 1951, and whose cancer cells are still grown in laboratories around the world today.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1 - The Story of Henrietta Lacks
Part 2 - Randy Schekman
Part 3 - HeLa Cells
Part 4 - Stem Cells
Part 5 - Rebecca Skloot



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!: The Story of Henrietta Lacks

2010-06-08T08:46:58.055-07:00

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Part 1 of Cell! Cell!, featuring Rebecca Skloot, journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!: Randy Schekman

2010-06-08T08:46:58.062-07:00

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Part 2 of Cell! Cell!, featuring Randy Schekman, molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!: HeLa Cells

2010-06-08T08:46:58.068-07:00

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Part 3 of Cell! Cell!, featuring Rebecca Skloot, journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and Randy Schekman, molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!: Stem Cells

2010-06-08T08:46:58.076-07:00

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Part 4 of Cell! Cell!, featuring Fred Gage, neurobiologist at the Salk Institute, and Randy Schekman, molecular and cell biologist at the University of California, Berkeley.



Are We Alone - Cell! Cell!: Rebecca Skloot

2010-06-08T08:46:58.083-07:00

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Part 5 of Cell! Cell!, featuring Rebecca Skloot, journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, discussing the Lacks family's reaction to learning about what became of Henrietta's cells.



Are We Alone - Life of Brain

2010-05-27T15:24:39.685-07:00

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We should award frequent travel miles to your brain. After all, it’s evolved a long way from the days of guiding brachiation from tree-to-tree to become the three pounds of web-surfing, Sudoku-playing powerhouse it is today. But a suite of technologies may expand human brains further still.

From smart pills to nano-wires: discover the potential – and peril – of neuro-engineering to repair and enhance our cognitive function.

Also, how our brains got so big in the first place: a defense of the modern diet.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1 - Bill Leonard
Part 2 - Michael Gazzaniga
Part 3 - Ian Pearson
Part 4 - Steven Rose
Part 5 - Ed Boyden



Are We Alone - Life of Brain: Bill Leonard

2010-05-27T15:22:42.208-07:00

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Part 1 of Life of Brain, featuring Bill Leonard, department chairman and professor of Anthropology at Northwestern University.



Are We Alone - Life of Brain: Michael Gazzaniga

2010-05-27T15:22:42.215-07:00

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Part 2 of Life of Brain, featuring Michael Gazzaniga, neuroscientist and director of the University of California - Santa Barbara’s SAGE Center for the Study of the Mind. Author of Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique.



Are We Alone - Life of Brain: Ian Pearson

2010-05-27T15:22:42.220-07:00

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Part 3 of Life of Brain, featuring Ian Pearson, futurologist at Futurizon.



Are We Alone - Life of Brain: Steven Rose

2010-05-27T15:22:42.227-07:00

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Part 4 of Life of Brain, featuring Steven Rose, biologist and director of the Brain and Behavior Research Group at the Open University in London. Author of The Future of the Brain: The Promise and Perils of Tomorrow’s Neuroscience.