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Science Talk

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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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By tatter87 - Jul 22 2019
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This podcast is awesome like it’s topic (SCIENCE)

Good science podcast

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
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Overall a very good science podcast.

iTunes Ratings

365 Ratings
Average Ratings
212
71
30
18
34

WOW

By tatter87 - Jul 22 2019
Read more
This podcast is awesome like it’s topic (SCIENCE)

Good science podcast

By Lisa Gunner - Sep 18 2016
Read more
Overall a very good science podcast.
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Science Talk

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Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Rank #1: Can It Be Bad to Be Too Clean?: The Hygiene Hypothesis

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Johns Hopkins School of Medicine researcher Kathleen Barnes talks about the hygiene hypothesis, which raises the possibility that our modern sterile environment may contribute to conditions such as asthma and eczema
Apr 07 2011
25 mins
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Rank #2: Jacks-of-All-Trades Make the Grade

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Journalist and author David Epstein talks about his new book Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World .
Aug 10 2019
39 mins
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Rank #3: Nuts, Bolts, Photons and Electrons of Solar Energy

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Jeff Wolfe, the CEO and co-founder of groSolar, talks about solar energy's present and future. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include www.grosolar.com
Jul 24 2009
28 mins
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Rank #4: Are We Pushing Earth's Environmental Tipping Points?

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Jon Foley, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment, talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about his article in the April issue of Scientific American, "Boundaries for a Healthy Planet". Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include snipurl.com/foleyplanet
Mar 19 2010
24 mins
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Rank #5: The Juneau Tour: <i>Scientific American</i> Alaska Cruise, Part 3

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Scientific American Bright Horizons Cruise 22 arrives in Anchorage, Alaska, on August 31st, which allows us to post audio from a fascinating taxi trip through Juneau on August 28th.
Aug 31 2014
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Rank #6: Kids JUMP for Math [John Mighton's Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies]

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Mathematician John Mighton talks with Scientific American MIND editor Ingrid Wickelgren about getting math-shy kids interested, via JUMP: Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies
Aug 08 2013
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Rank #7: It's Melting: Science on Ice

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Glaciologist Elizabeth Case of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University’s Earth Institute takes us out near Juneau, Alaska, to study and live on the shifting ice.
Jul 21 2019
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Rank #8: The Man Who Wasn't Darwin: Alfred Russel Wallace on the Centenary of His Death

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Alfred Russel Wallace biographer Peter Raby of the University of Cambridge talks about the great naturalist and co-creator of the theory of evolution by natural selection on the 100th anniversary of Wallace's death
Nov 07 2013
26 mins
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Rank #9: Large Hadron Collider Backgrounder

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Thomas LeCompte of Argonne National Lab was the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He talks about the instrument and its future, as we await the December 13th announcement as to whether the LHC has found the Higgs particle
Dec 11 2011
21 mins
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Rank #10: The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth

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Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.
May 05 2016
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Rank #11: Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and beyond

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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 the Brave New Olympics."
Aug 17 2016
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Rank #12: Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts

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Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).
Apr 29 2016
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Rank #13: The Map in Your Mind: 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

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The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to John O'Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain—an inner GPS. The winning work is explained by Karolinska Institute faculty and Nobel Committee members Göran Hansson, Ole Kiehn, Hans Forssberg and Juleen Zierath
Oct 06 2014
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Rank #14: Physics Nobel: Neutrinos <i>Do</i> Have Mass

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The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass
Oct 06 2015
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Rank #15: Out of Our Depth: Sea Level on the Rise

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Ocean and climate scientist Eelco Rohling talks with Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti about updated calculations of sea-level rise as a function of climate change
Dec 08 2011
9 mins
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Rank #16: <i>The Poisoner's Handbook</i>: The Sinister Side of Chemistry

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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her new work, The Poisoner's Handbook, a look at how easy it used to be to kill someone with poison and the researchers who made poisoning much harder to get away with. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include blog.deborahblum.com
Feb 25 2010
31 mins
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Rank #17: Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 1

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Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur and former physicist Yuri Milner announce a $100-million, 10-year initiative to look for signs of intelligent life in the cosmos
Jul 21 2015
34 mins
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Rank #18: Bill Gates Wants a Miracle

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Scientific American 's energy and environment editor, David Biello, met with Bill Gates on February 22 to discuss tackling carbon emissions while at the same time making necessary energy available to ever more of the globe’s growing population.
Feb 25 2016
35 mins
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Rank #19: Attack On the Internet: Weak-Link Nanny Cams

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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 21 attack on internet service in the U.S. that left millions without connectivity for hours.
Oct 26 2016
18 mins
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Rank #20: Exactly When Is a Person Dead?

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Award-winning science journalist Robin Marantz Henig and podcast host Steve Mirsky discuss Robin's article in the September issue about organ donation and definitions of death. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to this episode include http://bit.ly/ctIDsx; http://bit.ly/9Us1lE
Sep 24 2010
23 mins
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