Tag Archive: Science Friday Podcast

Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Tales of Broken Hearts

  In The Man Who Touched His Own Heart: True Tales of Science, Surgery and Mystery, Rob Dunn considers the heart, from early scientific inquiries by Galen and Leonardo Da Vinci to the birth of cardiology (from a bar room brawl). Along the way, he writes of the creative—and sometimes tragic—ways that scientists and surgeons …

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Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Dogs, They’re Just Like Us

  People expect particular dog breeds to act certain ways. Golden retrievers are friendly, Jack Russell terriers like to dig, pit bulls are aggressive—or so the thinking goes. But animal behaviorist James Serpell wanted to investigate whether those generalizations were really true, so he surveyed tens of thousands of dog owners about their pooches’ behavior. …

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Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: A Love Story, Set in the Multiverse

  In the Broadway play Constellations, a beekeeper and a cosmologist get together, break up, cheat on one another, and get married…across 50 different parallel worlds. This is what a love story looks like set in the multiverse—the infinite number of parallel universes proposed by some string theorists. Ira speaks with Constellations playwright Nick Payne …

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Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: The World’s Oceans Are Overflowing With Plastics Pollution

  Reporting in a new study in Science this week, researchers examined how waste management practices worldwide could be contributing to marine plastics pollution. They found that 4.8-12.7 million metric tons of plastic may have leaked into the ocean in 2010. Oceanographer Kara Lavender Law discusses how plastics make it from land out to sea, …

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Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Medical Fraud Missing From Public Record

  Faked X-rays, fabricated data, unreported amputations—those are just a few examples of the medical misconduct discovered during Food and Drug Administration inspections. But a recent investigation by NYU journalism professor Charles Seife and his students reveals that, in many cases, the FDA never told the public, doctors, or scientists about fraud that the agency …

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Feb 13 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Are Decades-Long Megadroughts on the Horizon?

  California has been locked in a four-year drought that has depleted groundwater reserves, hastened the spread of wildfires, and caused severe crop loss. Reporting in Science Advances, researches say that by the end of the century, the Southwest and Central Plains regions are at risk of experiencing a megadrought—a drought that lasts for multiple …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Remembering ‘The Father of the Pill’

  The chemist Carl Djerassi, often known as “the father of the pill,” passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 91. He came to the United States at 16, an Austrian Jewish refugee from Nazi Europe. He later went on to do research foundational to the development of the birth control pill—for …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: The SciFri Book Club Talks ‘The Lost City of Z’

  Join novelist Jeff VanderMeer and archaeologist Sarah Parcak for the SciFri Book Club’s discussion of David Grann’s tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon. What really happened to Victorian-era explorer Percy Fawcett after he disappeared into the Amazon’s “Green Hell”? Is Fawcett’s “lost city …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Honey, I Shrunk the Lab: Testing for STDs on a Smartphone

  By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state and even their trustworthiness. High-speed scanning and perception experiments by social neurologist Jon Freeman have revealed our brain’s ability to generate character assessments in less than blink of an eye. These first impressions can linger …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Catching Up on Sea Slug Science

  Northern California has seen a population explosion in the bright pink Hopkins’ rose sea slug as a result of warmer waters. Terry Gosliner, senior curator of invertebrate zoology and geology at the California Academy of Sciences, discusses why the nudibranch is a good indicator of the surrounding environment, and fills us in on the …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Fess Up: We’re Taking Your ‘Climate Confessions’

  This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced an Internet regulation plan that he described as “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.” Will the proposal secure an open Internet, or will it stymie innovation, as some critics say? Kevin Werbach, a professor from the Wharton School of the University …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Can the FCC Proposal Protect the Open Internet?

  This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced an Internet regulation plan that he described as “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.” Will the proposal secure an open Internet, or will it stymie innovation, as some critics say? Kevin Werbach, a professor from the Wharton School of the University …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: How Budget Plans on Earth Might Stop Opportunity Rover on Mars

  This week, NASA unveiled its preliminary budget plans for the coming years. The budget request contains $1.36 billion for planetary science. The Mars rover Opportunity, however, is slated to receive no money in 2016. NASA officials said that the budget was a matter of balancing priorities in a time of limited funds, and that …

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Feb 06 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Uncovering the Amazon’s Real ‘Lost Cities’

  This week, the SciFri Book Club concludes its discussion of David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z. The book recounts the life—and mysterious disappearance—of Victorian explorer Percy Fawcett, who once posited the existence of a lost Amazonian city called “Z.” But was “Z” a real place? And could the …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Face Time

  By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state and even their trustworthiness. High-speed scanning and perception experiments by social neurologist Jon Freeman have revealed our brain’s ability to generate character assessments in less than blink of an eye. These first impressions can linger …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Hitting the Sack: Sleep Cycles Can Affect Athletes’ Performance

  Should coaches factor in an athlete’s bedtime when putting together the team roster? In a study out this week in Current Biology, researchers found that an athlete’s performance can vary throughout the day by up to 26 percent. The timing of peak performance depended on the individual’s body clock. Roland Brandstaetter, a co-author on …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Modernizing Money: ‘Chip-and-PIN’ Credit Cards and Mobile Payments

  “Chip-and-PIN” credit cards and mobile payments like Apple Pay and Venmo are changing the security and speed of how we transfer money. Reporters Robin Sidel, of The Wall Street Journal, and Nanette Byrnes, of MIT Technology Review, walk us through the changing technology of credit cards and mobile payments and what the trend means …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Small Drones Raise Big Legal Questions

  Early Monday morning, a small drone—weighing about two pounds—crashed on the White House’s South Lawn. In response to the incident, President Obama told CNN that regulatory bodies need to “make sure that these things aren’t dangerous and that they’re not violating people’s privacy.” As drones become increasingly cheap and accessible to consumers, do we …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: The True Story Behind ‘Spare Parts’

  In 2004, four Arizona teenagers won the MATE Underwater Robotics competition with a rover cobbled together from PVC pipe and spare parts. Three of the four winners were undocumented and risked devportation when they traveled to Santa Barbara to win MATE’s top prize. This month, their story gets the big-screen treatment in Spare Parts, …

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Jan 30 2015

Science Friday Podcast: Scientists and the Public Disagree on Key Issues

  Are genetically modified foods safe to eat? Are humans mostly to blame for climate change? Should vaccines be required? Scientists overwhelmingly answer “yes” to all questions. But the American people don’t agree, according to a survey of thousands of scientists and adults in the United States. Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center unpacks …

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