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Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouellette, who explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences.

Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouellette, who explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences.
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Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Tom Levenson and Jennifer Ouellette, who explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences.

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Episodes

Alan Boyle: Curiosity, 3 years of Mars Exploration

8/5/2015
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Mars missions and the Curiosity landing anniversary

Duration:01:04:17

Alan Boyle & Tom Jones • Celebrating Asteroid Day

6/30/2015
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Former NASA astronaut and planetary scientist Tom Jones and Alan Boyle preview Asteroid Day, an occasion that highlights the threats and opportunities posed by near-Earth objects. Scores of Asteroid Day events are scheduled around the world on Tuesday, which marks the 107th anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska asteroid explosion. Jones is the chairman of the Committee on Near-Earth Objects of the Association of Space Explorers, a supporter of Asteroid Day and signerr of the 100X Declaration.

Duration:01:02:35

Kelly Hills and Kaberi Kar Gupta • Survival of the Slender Loris

6/25/2015
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Kelly talks with Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Principal Scientist of the Urban Slender Loris Project, where citizens and scientists learn about this small nocturnal primate found only in Sri Lanka and Southern India in order to figure out how urban coexistance might be possible. Slender lorises are arboreal and therefore require continuous forest canopy. This continuity is created by either large trees that are close to each other in old forests or by the climbing vines in forests where the...

Duration:01:18:40

Alan Boyle & Matt Strassler • Large Hadron Collider

5/7/2015
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Discuss upcoming plans for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, and the largest single machine in the world – The LHC allows physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics.

Duration:01:17:42

Jennifer Ouellette, Shaun Maguire • Quantum Info, Black Holes, Cyber Security

4/9/2015
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Tensor networks, quantum information, emergent space-time, black hole firewalls, cyber security. J ennifer talks with Shaun Maguire, a mathematical physicist with expertise in control theory, statistics and quantum computing. PhD student working in quantum information at Caltech. Founding member of Escape Dynamics Follow @shaunmmaguire @jenlucpiquant

Duration:01:02:28

Kelly Hills & Alice Dreger • Galileo's Middle Finger

3/26/2015
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Anatomy, identity, intersex. Medical historian/ethicist Alice Dreger (Northwestern) and Kelly Hills discuss Dreger's new book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.

Duration:01:37:54

Kelly Hills & Glenn Cohen • Medical Tourism

2/26/2015
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I. Glenn Cohen talks with Kelly about the multi-billion dollar industry of medical tourism and his recent book Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law and Ethics (Nov. 12th; Oxford University Press) Cohen, Assistant Professor of Law at Harvard Law School is a co-director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics.

Duration:00:41:05

Jennifer Ouellette & Laurie Paul • Empathy & Identity

2/12/2015
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Laurie Paul, philosophy professor at UC-North Carollina, Chapel Hill; 2014 Guggenheim fellow talks with Jennifer Ouellette about empathy, identity and whether having a child can be considered a rational decision (she’s pro-childless despite having two kids of her own). Per her website: "My main research interests are in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, especially temporal phenomenology, time, perception, the ontology of mental states, the philosophy of cognitive science, mereology,...

Duration:00:58:43

Alan Boyle & Don Lincoln • Restarting the Large Hadron Collider

2/5/2015
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A physicist at Fermilab, member of the science team for the Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider and the author of two books about the LHC, “The Quantum Frontier” and “The Large Hadron Collider” Don Lincoln has also written a book about the scientific as well as cultural aspects behind our interest in the search for extraterrestrial life, titled “Alien Universe.” An enthusiastic science popularizer, he shares video, news and events through many media, including Facebook...

Duration:01:02:31

Kelly Hills & Dr Adia Benton • HIV Exceptionalism

1/29/2015
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Medical anthropologist, Adia Benton and Kelly Hills talk about Benton's new book and the spread of and response to Ebola. HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (Feb 15, 2015), is an ethnographic account of how HIV exceptionalism -- the idea that HIV/AIDS is an exceptional disease requiring an exceptional response -- shapes local institutions, cultural and political idioms of development and the lived experiences of HIV-positive individuals. Follow @rocza...

Duration:01:26:15

Jennifer Ouellette & Ainissa Ramirez • Newton’s Football & Science Underground

1/15/2015
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Physicist Ainissa Ramirez, co-author of Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America's Game talks wih host Jennifer Ouellette about Newton's Football, life as a science evangelist and Science Underground, her new micro-podcast with journalist partner, Bill Retherford. Follow @AinissaRamirez @JenLucPiquant

Duration:01:01:04

Alan Boyle & Marc Abrahams • Ig Nobel's & Annals of Improbable Research

1/8/2015
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Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research returns to talk with Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle. B0yle on strange science. "Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel awards. These come with little cash, but much cachet, and reward those research projects that 'first make people laugh, and then make them think'" — Nature Follow @MarcAbrahams @B0yle

Duration:01:02:23

Kelly Hills & SciCurious aka Bethany Brookshire

12/18/2014
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Bethany Brookshire talks with Kelly about science in the kitchen. Follow @rocza @SciCurious Read Kelly at Life as an Extreme Sport Read Bethany at ScienceNews/SciCurious and Eureka!Lab.

Duration:01:12:33

Jennifer Ouellette & Neurologist Jeff Zacks • Your Brain on Movies

12/11/2014
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Cognitive neuroscientist and author of FLICKER, Your Brain on Movies Jeff Zacks talks with Jennifer Ouellette about the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens between your ears when you sit down in the theatre and the lights go out. Zacks is the Director of The Dynamic Cognition Laboratory in the Psychology Department at Washington University in St. Louis. "Research in the lab explores two main areas - how we perceive and represent temporal structure in everyday...

Duration:01:03:27

Jennifer Ouellette, Glen Whitman & James Dow • Zombie Economics

11/13/2014
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Undead characters have terrified popular audiences for centuries, but when analyzed closely, their behaviors and stories—however farfetched—mirror our own in surprising ways. Jennifer talks with Glen Whitman & James Dow about Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Economic recovery after the zombie apocalypse, analyzing vampire investment strategies, illuminating the market forces that affect vampire-human romances....

Duration:01:03:08

Alan Boyle & SETI's Seth Shostak: Interstellar

11/6/2014
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Colonize our solar systerm? Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research – talks with Alan Boyle abut Interstellar and other ideas afloat in the culture. http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/science-interstellar-look-beyond-wormhole-n241441

Duration:01:01:52

Gaius Publius and Michael Mann on Climate

10/27/2014
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Guest host Gaius Publius discusses climate change with Dr. Michael Mann. Gaius has written extensively on climate issues at AmericaBlog and Naked Capitalism. Gaius' write-up of Dr. Mann's Scientific American article, discussed in the interview, is here. The article itself is here. Gaius and Dr. Mann discussed the three most critical topics in climate activism today — Is two degrees warming too much? Is there any remaining "carbon budget" as the IPCC implies? How do we defeat the Big Money...

Duration:00:59:20

Alan Boyle: Commercial Spaceflight & the XPRIZE

10/2/2014
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Ten years after the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE opened up the age of private-sector spaceflight, two XPRIZE pioneers reflect on the past decade and look ahead to the future of innovation prizes. Tune in to hear from Robert Weiss, a Hollywood producer (“The Blues Brothers,” “The Naked Gun”) who is vice chairman and president of X Prize; and energy and space expert, Gregg Maryniak, who helped get the Ansari XPRIZE off the ground. Follow @XPRIZE @B0yle

Duration:01:06:21

Kelly Hills & Raychelle Burks: Forensic Chemistry, Zombies & Science Fiction

9/25/2014
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Analytical chemist Raychelle Burks talks forensic chemistry, using pop culture to explain chemistry, the Curly-haired Mafia, #BlackandSTEM, girls in science, DIY Science Zone with ethicist and science writer Kelly Hills. Follow @DrRubidium @rocza Read Raychelle at Ebony, SkepChick, GeekGirlCon

Duration:01:17:28

Jennifer Ouellette & Spiros Michalakis • Quantum Physics

9/11/2014
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Jennifer Ouellette talks with Caltech physicist Spyridon (Spiros) Michalakis about quantum computing and quantum information. Read quantumfrontiers.com Follow @quantum_spiros @JenLucPiquant

Duration:01:02:18