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Science & the City brings you a weekly podcast featuring cutting-edge research and science from New York City and beyond. Leading scientists tell their stories in a mixture of documentaries, interviews, and lectures. Visit

Science & the City brings you a weekly podcast featuring cutting-edge research and science from New York City and beyond. Leading scientists tell their stories in a mixture of documentaries, interviews, and lectures. Visit
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Science & the City brings you a weekly podcast featuring cutting-edge research and science from New York City and beyond. Leading scientists tell their stories in a mixture of documentaries, interviews, and lectures. Visit




Reevaluating Clinical Trial Design

Clinical trials to evaluate new drugs are typically built around one design, the randomized controlled trial, but this method has come under scrutiny in recent years for being expensive, lengthy, and cumbersome. In this podcast you'll hear from experts asking if alternative designs would be better for determining the safety and efficacy of new therapies. This podcast was produced following a conference on this topic held in partnership between the NYU School of Medicine and the Academy. It...

Duration: 00:48:59

Proof of Concept Centers: Tackling Industrial Waste

The management and removal of industrial waste is a concern that faces companies and governments around the world. In this podcast you'll hear from entrepreneurs in New York participating in the state's Proof of Concept Centers program, who are creating technologies focused on the handling of industrial waste. This podcast is made possible by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), PowerBridgeNY, and NEXUS-NY.

Duration: 00:23:20

Working Together for People, Planet, and Prosperity

When the UN announced its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, it was clear that the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were even more ambitious than the previous Millennium Development Goals. It was also clear that collaborative partnerships will be the key to achieving them. In this podcast you'll hear how the Academy, business leaders, academia, and government are working together to help make the world a better place for all. You'll also hear from young...

Duration: 00:32:06

Proof of Concept Centers: Meeting the Market

Proof of Concept Centers allow emerging technologists to try out their ideas, work with mentors, and develop marketable products. One of the key challenges participants face is turning a product into a viable business. In this podcast you’ll hear from participating teams as they pitch their products to potential commercial customers and investors in the clean energy sector.

Duration: 00:21:29

Finding the Nutritional Key to Longevity

You see the headlines all the time linking nutrition to health and aging, but it's not so easy figuring out where the science is behind them. This podcast examines the connections between nutrition and longevity through the eyes of scientists researching the question.

Duration: 00:20:57

A Cross-Fertilization of Ideas: 200 Years of the New York Academy of Sciences

In this special podcast, learn about the stories that shaped the Academy's 200 year history. From the emergence of the Academy on a bustling street in downtown Manhattan of 1817 to the professionalization and expansion of the sciences through the 1800s. From our early efforts to help disseminate and share scientific research long before the internet to our efforts today to expand who has access to scientific careers around the globe.

Duration: 00:40:42

The Face of Science: Mentors and Connections

The Academy's After School STEM Mentoring program improves science education and brings science out of the lab and into the community by placing early-career STEM professionals in public middle schools to serve as mentors to students. This is the last podcast in a three-part series.

Duration: 00:25:50

A Quantum State of Mind

Are physicists on a path to upend some of the time-tested fundamental theories of physics? This podcast explores the interplay between quantum theory and general relativity, and how these phenomena may be exploited, from black holes to quantum computing.

Duration: 01:27:40

The Face of Science: Teaching Teachers

So many of our misconceptions about science come from where we first encountered them—the classroom. How can we do a better job of teaching science, both so we make sure we have a new generation of STEM professionals, but also a STEM-literate public? The second of the three-part series.

Duration: 00:20:42

Are We Alone in the Universe?

According to Enrico Fermi, there's a high probability of extraterrestrial life, but we haven't found any yet. Why is that? Listen in as top scientists discuss the question of what and who else might be out there.

Duration: 01:16:54

The Face of Science: Myths and Misconceptions

Even in the 21st century, there's a significant percentage of people who deeply mistrust science and scientists. Why? And what can we do about it? The first of a three-part series.

Duration: 00:30:56

The Rise of Human Consciousness

Advances in physical sciences, biology, and neuroscience have dramatically enhanced our knowledge of the human species. But can physical sciences solve the biggest mystery—the emergence of human consciousness?

Duration: 01:17:04

Proof of Concept Centers: From Proof to Product

Research only turns into a real-world solution if it becomes something you can buy and use, but there are a lot of challenges to taking a great idea from the lab and making it a viable commercial product. Researchers can become entrepreneurs by studying the marketplace and learning to listen to their potential customers.

Duration: 00:23:38

Our Complex Futures

Today, more than ever, we can better understand just how complex our world is, from social groups to economic markets to neurons in the brain and our immune systems. But will these new complexity frontiers complement contemporary physics or upend it completely?

Duration: 01:26:41

Understanding the Biological Basis of Pediatric Cancer

Advances in genomic medicine indicate that pediatric cancers may be quite different from their adult counterparts. Hear from experts on why this might be and what scientists are doing to understand it better.

Duration: 00:28:59

Where Physics and Philosophy Intersect

Listen in to a discussion with writer Jim Holt, philosophers David Z. Albert and Hans Halvorson, and science writer Kate Becker about the realms where physics and philosophy intersect.

Duration: 01:16:02

Bioethics Meets R&D: The Ethics of Pre-approval Access

The Division of Medical Ethics at NYU School of Medicine and the Academy bring together patients, regulators, manufacturers, journalists, and experts to debate the difficult ethical issues surrounding “compassionate use” of pre-approved medicines.

Duration: 00:50:28

Is There a Limit to Human Knowledge?

Featuring cosmologist Neil Weiner, string theorist Eva Silverstein, and physicist Vijay Balasubramanian, with moderation from philosopher of science Jill North, this podcast explores what the future holds for physics.

Duration: 01:17:39

Little Beans, Big Opportunities

For 2016, the International Year of Pulses, our Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is looking at the many opportunities provided by pulsesedible seeds like dried, lentils, and chickpeas.

Duration: 00:30:03

Building an Evidence Base for Effective Obesity Policy

We explore research methodologies for building an evidence base for nutrition and obesity policy that are emerging across disciplines.

Duration: 00:34:14

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