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New York, NY

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Join host Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists.

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English


Episodes

The Great American Eclipse

8/8/2017
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In advance of the big solar eclipse of August 21st, author and journalist David Baron talks about his new book American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:38:09


Curiouser and Curiouser

8/1/2017
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Astrophysicist and author Mario Livio ventures deep into the human mind in his new book WHY? What Makes Us Curious. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:25:04


The Shark That Conquered the Whorl

7/22/2017
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Journalist and author Susan Ewing talks about her new book Resurrecting the Shark: A Scientific Obsession and the Mavericks Who Solved the Mystery of a 270-Million-Year-Old Fossil. (And we'll discuss... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:39:09


Best Science Books of 2016

12/31/2016
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Barbara Kiser, Books and Arts Editor at the journal Nature, talks about her favorite science books of 2016, especially three books about the little-known history of women mathematicians. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:13:23


Getting Robots To Say No

12/21/2016
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Gordon Briggs, a postdoc at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, talks about the article he and Matthias Scheutz, director of the Human Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University, wrote in the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:18:30


How Myths Evolve Over Time and Migrations

11/15/2016
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Julien D’Huy, of the Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, talks about the use of evolutionary theory and computer modeling in the comparative analysis of myths and folktales, the subject of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:14:09


Attack On the Internet: Weak-Link Nanny Cams

10/26/2016
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Paul Rosenzweig, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security and founder of Red Branch Consulting PLLC talks about the October 21st attack on internet service... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:18:27


Flint's Water and Environmental Justice

10/17/2016
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The University of Michigan's Paul Mohai, a leading researcher of issues related to environmental justice, talked about the Flint water crisis at a workshop sponsored by the Institute for Journalism... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:18:31


Chemistry Nobel Prize: Machines Too Small To See

10/5/2016
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The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded today to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir James Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa for the design and synthesis of molecular machines. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:20:10


Physics Nobel Prize: Buns, Bagels and Pretzels Help Explain Exotic Matter

10/4/2016
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The Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded today to David J. Thouless, F. Duncan Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:18:51


Nobel Prize Explainer: Autophagy

10/3/2016
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The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded today to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for his discoveries concerning autophagy. Following the announcement, journalist Lotta Fredholm spoke to... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:08:54


They Do What?!: The Wide Wild World of Animal Sex

9/26/2016
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Carin Bondar talks about her new book Wild Sex, which covers the strange, surreal and sometimes scary sex lives of our animal cousins. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:28:05


Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and Beyond

8/17/2016
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David Epstein talks about his 2013 bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance and his recent Scientific American article Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:34:19


Grand Canyon Rapids Ride For Evolution Education

8/16/2016
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Each summer, the National Center for Science Education organizes a boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to bring visitors face to wall-face with striking examples of geological... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:33:31


The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach's Grunt

8/4/2016
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Best-selling science writer Mary Roach talks about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:36:36


Electric Eels Versus Horses: Shocking But True

6/27/2016
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Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:14:19


Tiger, Tiger, Being Tracked

6/16/2016
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Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Ullas Karanth talks about his July, 2016, Scientific American article on state-of-the-art techniques for tracking tigers and estimating their populations and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:24:34


Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--By Your Interest

6/14/2016
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Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:06:44


Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture

5/12/2016
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Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself. (Dutton, 2016) -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:30:25


The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth

5/5/2016
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Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science thriller The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Duration: 00:34:39

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