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A podcast about the wonders of the universe and how science helps us illuminate our lives by discovering them together. A conversation about science as a creative activity at the heart of human culture. An attempt to bring science out of the ivory tower laboratory into the cafes and pubs and streets to be part of our cultural discourse.

A podcast about the wonders of the universe and how science helps us illuminate our lives by discovering them together. A conversation about science as a creative activity at the heart of human culture. An attempt to bring science out of the ivory tower laboratory into the cafes and pubs and streets to be part of our cultural discourse.
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A podcast about the wonders of the universe and how science helps us illuminate our lives by discovering them together. A conversation about science as a creative activity at the heart of human culture. An attempt to bring science out of the ivory tower laboratory into the cafes and pubs and streets to be part of our cultural discourse.

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Episodes

18: The Beginning And End Of The Universe

11/21/2018
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 18: The Beginning And End Of The Universe Airdate: 22 November 2018 Hosts: Dr. Madhu Katti, Dr. Katie Mack Summary: In our first exciting episode after the recent reboot, listen to Dr. Madhu Katti and new co-host Dr. Katie Mack discuss such events as the beginning of the universe, destruction of our solar system, and the end of the known cosmos. This is one podcast you will never forget! Image courtesy of wikipedia.org

Duration:00:43:01

Science: A Candle In The Dark-Reboot!

11/17/2018
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Science: A Candle In The Dark - Reboot! Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Airdate: 17 November 2018 Summary: Dr. Madhusudan Katti gives an update about the ScienceCandle podcast, covering topics such as a new upload schedule, new co-host, and much more!

Duration:00:08:33

17. The Urban Slender Loris Project

7/10/2016
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 16: The Urban Slender Loris Project Airdate: 28 June 2016 Host: Vic Bedoian Guest: Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, The Urban Slender Loris Project. Summary: This month, we had co-producer Vic Bedoian in the host seat. He interviewed Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta about her remarkable effort to bring together ordinary citizens, naturalists, and scientists to study and help conserve the Slender Loris, a tiny nocturnal primate (pictured above), within the megacity of...

Duration:00:26:52

16. Planets, Moons, Magnets – with Alain Plattner

4/28/2016
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 16: Planets, Moons, Magnets Airdate: 26 April 2016 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Alain Plattner, Dept of Earth and Environmental Sciences, CSU, Fresno. Summary: This month, we look at planets and moons from a different perspective – a magnetic view, if you will. Dr. Alain Plattner, a magnetic geographer of sorts, who uses measurements made by satellites orbiting planetary bodies to map the magnetic fields generated by the planet or moon,...

Duration:00:29:40

15. Evolution and Ecology of Bird Diversity

3/27/2016
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 15: Evolution and Ecology of Bird Diversity Airdate: 22 March 2016 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Christopher Trisos, Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Duration:00:29:07

14. Postmodern Winemaking – a #ScienceCandle birthday celebration

3/1/2016
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 14: Postmodern Winemaking Airdate: 23 February 2016 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Matt Brain, Fresno State’s Winemaker Topic: In this episode we celebrate the first anniversary of this podcast, with a look back at the wide range of topics covered since our first episode aired in February 2016. With Fresno State’s winemaker Matt Brain in the studio, we raise a glass of some wine he created, and learn a bit about the science and art of...

Duration:00:32:45

13. Sexual Harassment in Science – a #ScienceCandle Radio Roundtable

2/13/2016
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Episode 13: Sexual Harassment in Science – a roundable Airdate: 12 February 2016 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Dr. Kathryn Forbes, Dr. Amanda Mortimer, Dr. Janet Stemwedel, Dr. Katie Hinde, and Dr. Karen James. Topic: This special hour-long episode of the show features an interview with Congresswoman Jackie Speier who is shining a bright light on the longstanding issue of sexual harassment in science and academia, and leading the...

Duration:01:02:50

12. Charles Darwin in 2016

1/27/2016
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 12: Why do we need Charles Darwin in 2016? Airdate: 26 January 2016 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Dr. Dawn M. Digrius Topic: With Darwin Day 2016 coming up, science historian Dr. Dawn Digrius talks to Dr. Madhusudan Katti to share stories about Charles Darwin, and how his work remains relevant to our concerns in 2016. Birthday card courtesy of the artist Carl Buell.

Duration:00:31:01

11. Birds in the City

12/31/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 11: Birds in the City: social and ecological drivers of urban biodiversity Airdate: 22 December 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Pedro Garcia Topic: Cities have become the primary habitat for most of humanity. They are also habitat for many other species even as we continue to fragment and destroy and disrupt natural ecosystems across the planet. How well other species manage to survive or not in our cities depends on how we manage the...

Duration:00:30:19

10. Joshua Trees

12/4/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 9: Joshua Trees: the science of listing a threatened species. Airdate: 27 October 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Chris Clarke. Topic: You may recognize this iconic tree of California and Arizona deserts the Joshua Tree. Perhaps because you’ve seen images, perhaps because you’re familiar with that rock album, or perhaps you’ve even seen these strange beautiful trees in person. But how well do you know Joshua Trees? Not as well as our guest...

Duration:00:27:01

9. A Biologist and a Sociologist talk about CRISPR! – #ScienceCandle

10/30/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 9: A Biologist and a Sociologist talk about CRISPR! Airdate: 27 October 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Dr. Tricia Van Laar and Dr. Andrew Rhys Jones Topic: The new DNA editing technique called CRISPR has been much in the science news feeds lately because of its exciting and perhaps frightening potential to enable the editing of genomes at levels of precision that may very well exceed the imaginations of some science fiction writers of...

Duration:00:28:45

8. Updates from the Autism Spectrum – #ScienceCandle

9/23/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 8: Updates from the Autism Spectrum Airdate: 22 September 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Dr. Amanda Mortimer Topic: During last week’s Republican Presidential Primary Debate, medical science made a rare appearance in the nation’s political media discourse, when Jake Tapper raised the question about appropriate schedules for childhood vaccinations. This was triggered by candidate Donald Trump’s reassertion of a new long-discredited link...

Duration:00:35:40

7: Fear and Learning in Science & Mathematics – Science: A Candle In The Dark

8/31/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 7: Fear and Learning in Science & Mathematics Airdate: 25 August 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Dr. Amanda Mortimer and Dr. Beth Weinman. Topic: Are you afraid of science? Do you suffer from Maths Anxiety? And are you transferring some of these fears to your children, even as you are anxious for them to do well in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines? In this episode, neuropsychologist Dr. Amanda...

Duration:00:22:11

6: Humans and Nature in the City – Science: A Candle In The Dark

8/3/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 6: Humans and Nature in the City Airdate: 28 July 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guests: Dr. Charles Nilon and Dr. Paige Warren. Topic: This month, while the Café Scientifique is on its summer break, we bring you a wide-ranging conversation about how humans interact with nature in cities, and how scientists study this human-nature relationship. As Dr. Paige Warren notes early in the conversation, Dr. Charlie Nilon, an African American ecologist,...

Duration:00:36:51

5: Urban Ecology – Science: A Candle In The Dark

6/24/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 5: Urban Ecology Airdate: 23 June 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Special Correspondent: Stephanie Slonka Guests: Dr. Emily Minor, Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Dr. John Marzluff, and Kim Eierman. Topic: This special summer episode explores our growing understanding of urban ecology, of all the non-human species that inhabit and adapt to urban spaces, and what we can do in our own backyards to reconcile urban development with biodiversity...

Duration:00:39:14

4: Exoplanets – Science: A Candle In The Dark

5/27/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 4: Exoplanets Airdate: 26 May 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Fred Ringwald Topic: Four hundred years ago, Galileo pointed a simple telescope up at Jupiter and discovered moons orbiting around that planet. That was the first time any human had seen such a moon orbiting another planet, and it upended our entire conception of the universe and our place within it – a seminal moment in the history of the enlightenment. It took until just...

Duration:00:30:49

3: Biology through the lens of a high-speed camera – Science: A Candle In The Dark

4/29/2015
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. Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 3 Airdate: 28 April 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Ulrike Müller Commentary: Dr. Andrew Rhys Jones Topic: Biomechanics applies principles from physics and engineering to understand how living organisms move and function as living machines. At the same time, an engineering perspective can be quite limiting in understanding how living systems evolve, because engineers are often focused on finding and designing optimal solutions,...

Duration:00:30:11

2: More Gaps Than Record in Reconstructing Earth’s History – Science: A Candle In The Dark

3/25/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 2 Airdate: 24 February 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Mara Brady Commentary: Dr. Paul Crosbie Topic: Earth sciences and the insights we have gained into the history of our planet including the evolution of life leading up to our own species. In a wide ranging discussion, Dr. Brady talks about the tools used to study the age of rocks and of the earth itself, about the history of the earth sciences, especially over the past century, and...

Duration:00:30:43

1. Science: A Candle In The Dark – episode 1

3/2/2015
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Science: A Candle In The Dark Episode 1 Airdate: 24 February 2015 Host: Dr. Madhusudan Katti Guest: Dr. Doug Singleton Topic: Particle fever: its a particle zoo inside that atom! What do we know about the structure of matter at the most fundamental level? Theoretical physicist Doug Singleton explains our current understanding of subatomic particles and the recent excitement over the discovery of the Higgs Boson particle. For more information: Watch Particle Fever, the wonderful...

Duration:00:32:30