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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.






Alan Boyle: Curiosity, 3 years of Mars Exploration

Mars missions and theCuriosity landing anniversary

Duration: 01:03:45

Alan Boyle & Matt Strassler • Large Hadron Collider

Discuss upcoming plans for theLarge 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: 01:17:10

Gaius Publius and Michael Mann on Climate

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'sScientific Americanarticle, discussed in the interview,is here. The article itselfis 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 ogre...

Duration: 00:58:20

Jennifer Ouellette & Spiros Michalakis • Quantum Physics

Jennifer Ouellette talks with Caltech physicist Spyridon (Spiros) Michalakis about quantum computing and quantum information. Follow @quantum_spiros @JenLucPiquant

Duration: 01:01:18

Tom Levenson & David Kaiser • How the Hippies Saved Physics

Tom Levenson talks with MIT science historian David Kaiser about the development of physics in the United States during the Cold War and Kaiser's latest book 'How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture and the Quantum Revival.' Follow @TomLevenson

Duration: 01:03:39

Kelly Hills & David Shiffman • Why Sharks Matter

Marine biologist David Shiffman joins Kelly Hills to discuss shark conservation, research, and sharks in the media. Listening live? Tweet questions to @rocza @whysharksmatter @SFriedScience

Duration: 01:08:38

Maggie Koerth-Baker, Tom Levenson - Sep 19,2012

Tom Levenson - Filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - talks with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor at and columnist for @nytmag. Maggie is the author of Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before it Conquers Us. Hosted in Second Life by Cal Tech Virtual Astronomy Group Follow @maggiekb1 @TomLevenson Links

Duration: 01:10:49

Prof. Matt Strassler: The Quest for the Higgs Particle - Sep 08,2012

Prof. Matt Strassler (Rutgers U.) and The Quest for the Higgs Particle A new Higgs-like particle has recently been observed at the Large Hadron Collider. The quest to find this particle goes back nearly 50 years. Slides at More at Matt leads us through this epic journey, explains why the mysterious Higgs field is so crucial to our existence, and how finding the Higgs particle now gives us a tool with which to try to understand the nature of the Higgs field. After covering some of the big...

Duration: 01:01:59

Sean Carroll & Alan Boyle - Sep 06,2012

NBC Science Editor Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with theoretical physicist Sean Carroll about the Higgs boson and Seans new book: • • Sean studies the theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation, learning about fundamental physics by studying the structure and evolution of the...

Duration: 01:02:04

Jennifer Ouellette & Tom Levenson - Aug 29,2012

Tom Levenson - Prof of Writing at MIT - talks with Science Writer and author Jennifer Ouellette. They talk about surviving the zombi apocalypse and other uses of abstract math. Tom wrote about it here: Follow @TomLevenson @JenLucPiquant

Duration: 01:10:03

Alan Stern & Alan Boyle - Aug 16,2012

Cosmic Logs Alan Boyle (Science Editor talks with planetary scientist Alan Stern, principal investigator of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto. July marks the three-year countdown to New Horizons' Pluto more at Cosmic Log: And NASA

Duration: 01:02:34

George Djorgovski & Alan Boyle - Aug 02,2012

Is there a virtual Mars in our future? Cosmic Logs Alan Boyle and George Djorgovski discuss challenges, oppotunities and value of virtual worlds in the sciences, with particular emphasis on the Second Life platform. Djorgovski is Professor of Astronomy; Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech; Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics; a founder...

Duration: 01:03:49

Dave Beaty & Alan Boyle - Jul 26,2012

Are we alone in the solar system? Science Editor Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with JPL Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate Dave Beaty. They continue a conversation begun March 7, 2012. Tweet questions to #askVS Links 3/7/2012 podcast: Listen at...

Duration: 01:01:18

Sean Carroll & Alan Boyle - May 31,2012

Recorded 10/5/2011 MSNBCs Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech. Sean studies the theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation, learning about fundamental physics by studying the structure and evolution of the universe. Sean and Alan reality check some of the stranger scientific concepts bubbling up in popular culture, ranging from time travel to extra dimensions and faster-than-light particles. Alan wrote about this episode...

Duration: 00:59:23

Tim Ferris & Tom Levenson - May 24,2012

Recorded 12/21/2011 Filmmaker Tom Levenson - Prof of Science Writing at MIT and front pager at Balloon Juice - welcomes filmmaker and science writer Tim Ferris, best known for his books on cosmology: The Red Limit, Coming of Age in the Milky Way and The Whole Shebang. Tims films include three feature documentaries on PBS, including, most recently, Seeing in the Dark They talk about Tim's most recent book, The Science of Liberty. Published 2010, it is both a historical essay examining what...

Duration: 00:59:25

Tom Levenson & Michael Mann - May 16,2012

Host Tom Levenson talks with physicist and climatologist Michael E. Mann - currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University - is a co-founder and contributor to Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003....

Duration: 00:59:05

Paul Doherty & Alan Boyle - May 03,2012

Two of the biggest astronomical events of the year – May 20's annular solar eclipse and June 5's transit of Venus – are just around the corner. What's the big deal, and how can you get in on the action? Paul Doherty (a.k.a. Patio Plasma), senior scientist at San Francisco's Exploratorium chats with MSNBC science editor Alan Boyle about eclipse/transit angles; how and where to see this month's eclipse and next month's once-in-a-lifetime transit safely; Explo activities and events and using...

Duration: 00:59:38

George Djorgovski, Alan Boyle Virtually Speaking Science - Apr 19,2012

Rerun. No calls. Cosmic Logs Alan Boyle and Space Studies Institutes Robin Snelson explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy. This weekt: George Djorgovski: Professor of Astronomy; Co-Director of the Center for Advanced Computing Research at Caltech; Director of the Meta-Institute for Computational Astrophysics; a founder of the Virtual Observatory concept; and one-time Chair of the US Natl Virtual Observatory Science Definition Team. His e-Scientific interests...

Duration: 00:59:26

Naomi Oreskes & Tom Levenson - Apr 12,2012

From the VS Science archives, produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics: Tom Levenson talks with Science Historian Naomi Oreskes, author of "Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco to Global Warming," about Big Tobacco, climate science, the establishment of scientific consensus and the role and character of scientific dissent. Follow @TomLevensonNaomi Oreskes | climate science | Merchants of Doubt...

Duration: 00:59:57

Yuri's Night with Alan Boyle Virtually Speaking Science - Apr 05,2012

Feeling down about spaceflight? Lift your spirits with Yuri's Night's Alan Boyle talks with Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, Director of Marketing for Yuri's Night 2012, about spaceflight's past and future. Watch for the pre-show interview at CosmicLog. VS Science is produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics. Follow @b0yle #YurisNightspaceflight | research | NASA | exploration | history

Duration: 00:59:16

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