Studio 360 - Science and Creativity
Aha Moment: Star Trek09/15/14
In college, Ronald D. Moore's Captain Kirk dorm room poster prompted teasing, but his passion for the original "Star Trek" has paid off. A few years ago he transformed the sci-fi TV genre when he reimagined the cheesy 1980s "Battlestar Galactica" into...
Method in the Madness
In the official Hollywood template, you pretty much can't be a genius without also being nuts. Is there a connection between great creativity and mental illness? Tamar Brott speaks with Kaye Redfield Jamison and other psychiatrists to separate the...
The painter Alexis Rockman gets worked up by news from the scientific world. He wants his paintings to help people visualize — and get a little freaked out by — big phenomena like genetic engineering and global warming. He doesn’t have a science...
Magic Eye Paintings
As part of Studio 360's series on science and creativity,Sarah Lilleytalks with scientists who admire the impressionist painter Claude Monet not just for his color choices, but for his ability to trick the human eye and brain.
Marc Branchworks at NASAas an aerospace engineer testing instruments used on outer-space telescopes. When he's off the clock, Branch is one of the most sought after hip-hop DJs around the country. Leading a double life as "DJ Scientific" he hopes to...
Annalee Newitz: The Future is Coming to Get You
Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor ofio9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential.
Magic on the Brain
Magicianswow uson stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.
Hollywood Know-How Makes Good Medicine
“Some doctors golf as their hobby,” says Shaun Carpenter, a wound care specialist in Louisiana; “my hobby is to make movies.” But in the process of amateur filmmaking, Dr. Carpenter has stumbled upon a way to improve his medical practice.
The life of the average artist is not known for its sense of security. Most will experience little money, or fame, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is… health insurance....
Imaginary Friends Forever
Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, has been looking at imaginary friends and the children who have them. Taylor is exploring the idea that these children are more creative — in...
Object Breast Cancer
The pink ribbon has been an incredibly successful piece of marketing for breast cancer research. For cancer survivor Leonor Caraballo, though, it's supremely annoying. "I’ve always hated the color pink," she says. "I don’t like the association between...
Viruses At The Movies
What radiation was to the 1950s — a real but poorly understood menace that served as an all-purpose plot device — viruses have become for our era. Viruses explain vampires in Blade, and zombies in I Am Legendand28 Days Later. But viruses aren’t...
Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?
Bill Wasik, an editor at WIRED magazine, and co-author Monica Murphy, a public health veterinarian, trace our responses to rabies over millennia in Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus. Over the years, they say, old Eastern...
Drinking and Smoking: Do They Make You More Creative?
The association of art with altered states of consciousness goes back a long way. Archeological evidence of fermented beverages and some of the oldest musical instruments were found at the same 9,000-year-old sitein China. In modern times, it’s hard...
Why Is Pop Music So Sad?
Pop music's not what it used to be. That’s what every generation of no-longer-kids says about what the kids are listening to, but fogey clichés aren’t necessarily wrong.
Did you ever wonder who decides the color of your shampoo bottle? As part of our on-going series about creativity and science, Lu Olkowskitalks with a polymer chemist who creates pigment formulas for plastics at the Engelhard Corporation.
Understanding Creative Savants
We all know the Thomas Edison line: genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration. But there are those who don't seem to perspire at all. Their extraordinary gifts seem to come from no where. We often call those people savants. And some neuroscientists...
Symmetry and Sex Appeal
Are supermodels more symmetrical? Beauty expert Kelley Quanjoins Kurt and Mario Livioto talk about how symmetry affects human attraction. Quan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online fashion magazine ZooZOOM.com, and she explains how symmetry...
A Dance Piece that Takes You Inside the Heart
“4Chambers” premiered in New York in 2013, and was most recently performed in an abandoned wing of a Brooklyn hospital; the company transformed a tiled room formerly used to prepare bodies of dead patients. The work is a kind of hybrid of a dance...
Philip Seymour Hoffman's Final Performance Will Be Digitally Created
When Philip Seymour Hoffman died last month, he was still in the process of filming the finalThe Hunger Gamesmovie. Hoffman plays Plutarch Heavensbee, the mastermind behind the Games. Instead of a rewrite to accommodate the missing scenes, the film’s...
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