Monday, December 19, 2011

Big Picture Science for 12/19/11 - Sensor Sensibility

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Big Picture Science - Sensor Sensibility

Have you lost your senses? You’ll find them everywhere you look. Sensors respond to external stimuli – light, sound, temperature and much else – to help us make sense (ha!) of our universe. And more are on their way. “Ubiquitous sensing” is the term that describes a world blanketed by tiny sensors: on bridges, in paint and medicine bottles, and even in our brains!

Discover where you’ll find sensors next. And, has the world’s largest detection device found the elusive particle that will help explain the universe? Where are you, Higgsy-wiggsy?

Also, out-of-this world sensors have detected a possibly Earth-like planet. What’s next for the Kepler planet-hunters?

Plus, DIY sensor kits, and, if computers can do all that, why can’t we send the odor of, say, freshly-baked bread over the Internet? The case for a smell-o-meter.

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Sensor_Sensibility

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Apex Magazine issue 31 released

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror
magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of
the top pros of the field. Visit http://apex-magazine.com for more
information.

Table of Contents

Fiction:
“The 24 Hour Brother” by Christopher Barzak
“Faithful City” by Michael Pevzner (first professional sale!)

Classic Revisited:

“The Yellow Dressing Gown” by Sarah Monette

Poetry:

“To a Gentleman Who Is Visited” by Sandi Leibowitz
“A Woman of a Certain Age” by FJ Bergmann

Nonfiction:

“Editorial: Blood on Vellum” by Lynne M. Thomas
“Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Genre All the Way” by EE Knight

Interviews:

Jennifer Pelland

Apex Magazine is edited by Hugo Award-winning editor Lynne M. Thomas.


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EMP Museum’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival: Feb. 4, 2012 Tickets On Sale Now!

EMP Museum’s Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival: Feb. 4, 2012
Tickets On Sale Now!

SEATTLE— EMP Museum in partnership with Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), is pleased to present the 7th annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival (SFFSFF) at the historic Cinerama Theatre in Seattle on Saturday, February 4, 2012. SFFSFF brings together industry professionals from both the filmmaking and science fiction and fantasy genres to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema.

Tickets are on sale now through the SIFF website at www.siff.net.  Tickets are $10 for a single session, $18 for both sessions. For more information, please call 206.464.5830.

From a field of more than 140 films from all over the world, 21 entries were selected for inclusion in the festival. All films were required to be no longer than 15 minutes in length, and produced after January 2007. Entries included animated or live-action films in science fiction (examples: futuristic stories, space adventure, technological speculation, social experiments, utopia and dystopia) and fantasy (examples: sword and sorcery, folklore, urban fantasy, magic, mythic adventure). Some films may contain adult material, parental discretion advised.

A nationally recognized panel of distinguished film, television, literature, and science fiction industry professionals, peers and film critics, will review qualifying submissions and determine the winners.  This year’s judges include Academy Award and two-time Golden Globe winning producer Jon Landau; filmmakers Simon Cartwright, Jessica Cope, Howard McCain, Ilona Rossman Ho, and Adam Sekular; and writers Paul Constant and David Goldberg.

The judges will award Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, and the Douglas Trumbull Award for Best Special Effects. The audience will determine the Audience Favorite Award during the festival.

During the festival on Saturday, February 4, 2012, 11 short films will be screened in the first session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and ten short films will be screened in the second session from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  An awards ceremony follows the second session.  This year’s festival includes a world premiere film screening with several others being shown in North America and Seattle for the first time.

The mission and objective of the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is to promote and encourage an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.

The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival is generously sponsored by Cinerama Theatre, Vulcan Inc. and NORWESCON.

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival 2012 FILMS:
For more information, including film stills and director bios, please visit www.empmuseum.org/filmfestival

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Screening

ATTACK OF THE KILLER MUTANT CHICKENS (MURGI KENO MUTANT) - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Nayeem Mahbub
Running Time:15 minutes
Country: Bangladesh
Year: 2011
In the near future, Bangladesh is terrorized by killer mutant chickens. A team of kung-fu fighting chefs must fight to keep chicken on their menu. But one chicken sets its sights on revenge. It's time for the ultimate poultry showdown.

CHOREBOT - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Greg Omelchuck
Run Time: 8.5 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Chorebot is set in the near future where humans use robots to do chores and take care of the pets. In a modern neighborhood, Chorebot and the dog Simon spend their days together as the human owner spends his days surfing the Internet and chatting on-line. Will Chorebot and Simon even notice when their human owner mysteriously disappears?

THE COMET CHRONICLES - World Premiere!
Director: Wade Chitwood
Run Time: 12 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Set in Seattle 2139 AU, The Comet Chronicles is a tongue-in-cheek, retro-futuristic, Harryhausen-ish, science fiction story involving Galactic Patrol Officer Ashley Comet. The story opens with Ashley Comet narrating the circumstances that led her to become a private detective. Flashing back to that day, we find Ashley off-duty and heading home from her daily patrol when she answers a distress call from the Planet Andar 5. Warned by her commanding officer to be alert, the planet holds secrets that Ashley Comet is not aware of.

DEAD HAPPY - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Nicky Lianos
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: UK
Year: 2010
The Grim Reaper is depressed. She's fed up with her daily routine of guiding the dead and wishes the guy she sees every day would acknowledge her. But when her chance for love and happiness finally comes it's not quite what she expected.

DECAPODA SHOCK - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Javier Chillon
Run Time: 9 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2011
An astronaut returns to Earth after a fatal accident on a distant planet. When he discovers he has been the victim of a sinister plot, he decides to take vengeance on those responsible for the death of his family.

DOLLS FACTORY (FÁBRICA DE MUÑECAS) - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Ainhoa Menéndez
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
Anna works in a doll factory. Her whole life revolves around performing mechanical motions to insert the dolls' eyes. But a small change at her work changes her life forever.

MAHAHULA THE GIANT RODENT OF HAPPINESS
Director: Nomint Motion Design
Run Time: 1 minute
Country: UK
Year: 2011
Happiness is a very serious matter, definitely worthy of an awesome deity like Mahahula, a gigantic ancient infant rodent born from an alien space travelling seed that crash-landed on primordial earth.

MATTER FISHER - Seattle Premiere!
Director: David Prosser
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: UK
Year: 2010
A perplexed fisherman becomes united with a fragment of estranged matter.

OLIVER BUMP'S BIRTHDAY - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Jordan Canning
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2011
On the eve of his 13th birthday, child prodigy Oliver Bump is about to die -- unless his mysterious plan can save him from his impending demise.

TIME FREAK
Director: Andrew Bowler
Run Time: 11 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2010
A neurotic inventor creates a time machine only to get lost traveling around yesterday.

TERMINUS
Director: Trevor Cawood
Run Time: 8 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2007
A businessman inadvertently offends a concrete megalith and has trouble ridding himself of his unlikely stalker.

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Screening

BIRDBOY
Director: Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vasquez
Run Time: 13 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
A terrible industrial accident changes Little Dinki's life forever. Now Dinki's fate may ride on the wings of her eccentric friend Birdboy, a misfit who hides in the Dead Forest lost in his fantasies.

THE CAPTIVUS - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Casey Tebo
Run Time: 14 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
For six years, two humanoid men have sat aboard a tiny, cramped, rescue ship, searching deep space for a lost freighter.  When the ship receives transmission that one of them is finally leaving the mission, they have no choice but to spend their last moments reflecting on their relationship. What has being in this small place for this long, done to these men?

CARTA A JULIA - Seattle Premiere!
Director: David González Rúdiez
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
Maria and Paco, a retired couple, have decided to leave behind the noisy and stressful city and move to the countryside. One day Paco comes from his morning walk telling an incredible and odd story. Maria needs to share it with her best friend Julia and writes her a letter.

CRYSTAL JAM - North American Premiere!
Director: Leonie Savvides
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: Australia
Year: 2010
Crystal and James fell in love in an online fantasy world, but never met in real life. When James suddenly dies, Crystal travels to attend his funeral. But some residue of James is still alive online.

THE DUNGEON MASTER
Director: Rider and Shiloh Strong
Run Time: 13 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Shane and his friends thought it would be fun to recapture their geeky youth with a game of Dungeons and Dragons. But then someone showed up in a cape.

THE EPIPHANY
Director: SJ Chiro
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: USA
The Epiphany, Earth's subtlest, secretest, most selfless superhero, finds himself strapped to the chair of death by his nemesis: the snide, jaded, and callous French Supervillain Le Petit Mort! Based on a short story by Jonathan Lethem, which is based on a painting by Scott Alden.

THE HUNTER AND THE SWAN DISCUSS THEIR MEETING - Seattle Premiere!
Director: Emily Carmichael
Run Time: 8 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2010
A Brooklyn couple have dinner with a hunter and his girlfriend, a magical swan woman. It doesn't go well.

MADAME PERRAULT'S BLUEBEARD - Seattle Premiere!
Director: A.J. Bond
Run Time: 6 minutes
Country: Canada
Year: 2010
A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, in which Perrault's young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust.

PROTOPARTICULAS
Director: Chema Garcia Ibarra
Run Time: 7 minutes
Country: Spain
Year: 2010
The experiment was almost a success: protomatter exists.

THE SIERRA PROJECT -  Seattle Premiere!
Director: Gabriel de Urioste
Run Time: 15 minutes
Country: USA
Year: 2011
Scientist Sam Newman has dedicated his life to researching and unlocking the secret of how the human brain functions.  When his latest attempt to copy the neural network of a human brain into a computer construct fails, he must come to terms with his personal sacrifices and the strange consequences of his work.

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ABOUT THE SCIENCE FICTION + FANTASY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
The Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival promotes and encourages an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the art of science fiction and fantasy cinema. Its mandate is to create a forum for creative artistry in science fiction and fantasy film and recognize the most outstanding short films produced.

ABOUT EMP MUSEUM
EMP is a non-profit organization dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in music, science fiction, and popular culture. EMP combines interpretative, interactive exhibitions with state-of-the-art technologies, and educational programming to offer visitors of all ages a first-hand, multi-dimensional experience of the creative and artistic process.

EMP is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

FEATURED EXHIBITIONS AT EMP
Battlestar Galactica: The Exhibition
Open now through March 4, 2012

AVATAR:  The Exhibition
Open now through September 3, 2012

Can’t Look Away:  The Lure of Horror Film
Open now

EMP MUSEUM HOURS
Winter Hours: September 6, 2011 – May 24, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

CONTACT INFO
325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109
206-770-2700, main line
206-770-2702, box office
1-877-367-7361, toll-free

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Big Picture Science for 12/12/11 - Going Viral

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Big Picture Science - Going Viral

The term “bird flu” is a misnomer, scientists say, because almost all human influenza originates in our feathered friends. How it lands in you and spreads is another matter …

Hear what it takes for a virus to go global, from a virus hunter who plans to stop epidemics in their tiny DNA tracks with an innovative global surveillance system.

Also, why your genome is littered with fossil viruses of the past … the two largest viruses discovered so far, Mimi and Mega, square off … and, what it takes for ideas to “go viral.”

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Going_Viral

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Big Picture Science for 12/05/11 - Science's Alliances

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Big Picture Science - Science's Alliances

Mom and apple pie. Computers and silicon. Martians and death rays. Some things just go together naturally. But how about science and politics? Science and religion? Science and fiction? These pairings are often unnatural and contentious … but they don’t have to be.

Discover how science can team up with other endeavors in productive, if surprising, symbiosis.

Meet a particle physicist, turned U.S. Congressman, who calls for more scientists on Capitol Hill. Also, a tour of the Golden Age of Islamic Science.

Plus, scientists named Elmo and Super Grover 2.0 teach small children to conduct experiments with the help of chickens and dancing penguins.

And, it’s not quite science but it’s not entirely ficition either: how sci-fi helps shape our cultural debates about the future.

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Science_s_Alliances

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/28/11 - Skeptic Check: Dubiology

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Big Picture Science - Skeptic Check: Dubiology

There’s no harm talking to your houseplant, but will your chatter really help it grow? We look at various biological claims, from whether plants feel pain to the ability of cats to predict earthquakes. Feline forecasters, anyone?

Also, when does understanding biology have important implications for health and policy? The arguments for and against genetically modified foods, and the danger of “pox parties” as a replacement for childhood vaccination.

Plus, the history and current state of scientific literacy in the United States. When did we stop trusting science?

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Skeptic_Check_Dubiology

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Apex Magazine subscription drive update

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Publications:

As you might know, Apex has teamed up with Weightless Books for an Apex Magazine subscription drive. Our goal is 200 new or renewed subscriptions by the end of November.

We've done well so far, gaining 44 toward 200.

Subscribe now for $14.95 and save $5 off our standard yearly price ($19.95). Now is a great time to join. The magazine's new editor, Lynne M. Thomas, just released her first issue (that received a rare "Highly Recommended" from Locus Magazine reviewer Lois Tilton).

If you subscribe or renew, you will receive eBook version of volume 1 and 2 of Descended from Darkness. Ten random subscribers will win a trade paperback copy of Dark Faith.

What happens if we reach 200?

Somebody wins a Barnes & Noble NOOK Tablet!
We want to give away that Tablet, but we still need 156 more subscribers. I know it can be done, so subscribe, tell a friend, and let's make this happen!

Go here to subscribe for $14.95.



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Big Picture Science for 11/21/11 - We've Got You Made

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Big Picture Science - We've Got You Made

ENCORE Wish you could ditch computers? There’s no escape button for that. Computers are not only a part of your daily grind, they may soon be a part of you. We’ll hear from the world’s first cyborg about why we should make nice in our arms race with machines.

Also, the secret behind the extraordinary breakthroughs that DARPA scientists are making – from building autonomous cars to wiring robotic surgeons.

Plus, making space for humans… and their bodily functions: the engineering tricks of toiletry. And, a carbon-based astronaut on the view of Earth from orbit.

Guests:

First aired August 23, 2010.
Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/We_ve_Got_You_Made

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/14/11 - Blame it on Bacterio

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Big Picture Science - Blame it on Bacterio

Think small! Microbes are tinier than the dot at the end of this sentence, yet they can make humans sicker than dogs, dogs sicker than humans, jump from animal to human and keep scientists guessing when and where the next disease will appear.

Discover how doctors diagnosed one man’s mysterious infection, the role that animals play as hosts for disease, and why the rate of emerging diseases is increasing worldwide.

Also, why your kitchen is a biosafety hazard, and how the Human Microbiome Project will tally all the microbes on – and in – you.

Plus, the extreme places on Earth where microbes thrive and what it suggests for the existence of alien life. And, how one strain of bacteria helped a farmer grow a pumpkin the weight of a small car!

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Blame_it_on_Bacterio

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Big Picture Science for 11/07/11 - NASA or What?

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Big Picture Science - NASA or What?

“Making space for everyone” could be NASA’s motto. But as commercial spaceships get ready to blast off, that populist idea is being tested. Space cowboys in the private sector say they’re the ones who can provide unfettered access to space, for tourists and scientists alike.

Meet a scientist who already has a ticket to ride on SpaceShip Two and discover what he hopes to learn about asteroids during his five minutes of weightlessness.

Plus, NASA in motion: it’s back to the moon as the GRAIL mission probes the interior of our lovely lunar satellite. Also, can you dig it? The rover Curiosity can. It’s headed to Mars to hunt for clues to alien life … with a jackhammer.

Also, as the Hubble Space Telescope shuts down, the James Webb Space Telescope revs up. Or does it? The telescope is designed to study the birth of galaxies and hunt for evidence of water on far away worlds. But will Congress pull the plug?

Guests:

Permalink: http://radio.seti.org/episodes/NASA_or_What_

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Apex Magazine is giving away a NOOK color

To welcome our new editor—2010 Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas—and to honor the magnificent accomplishments of departing editor Catherynne M. Valente—subscriptions are 25% off the regular price at Weightless Books.

At the end of the drive, every new subscriber will receive two free eBooks, Descended from Darkness Vol 1 AND Descended from Darkness Vol 2, the anthologies that gathered year one and year two of Apex Magazine into print—including work from Genevieve Valentine, Ekaterina Sedia, Maurice Broaddus, Peter M. Ball, Alethea Kontis, Aliette de Bodard, J.M. McDermott, Seanan McGuire, Mary Robinette Kowal, Theodora Goss, and many more.

And: Ten random subscribers will win a trade paperback of Apex’s Stoker Award-nominated anthology DARK FAITH (Featuring Jay Lake, Catherynne M. Valente, Mary Robinette Kowal, Brian Keene, Lavie Tidhar, Ekaterina Sedia, Tom Piccirilli, Alethea Kontis, and 23 others!)

And Also! If we reach 200 new subscriptions (this will count people who add 12 months to their current subscription and new subscribers), Apex will award one random subscriber a Barnes & Noble Nook Color!!

Twelve issues of Apex Magazine, plus two anthologies AND the chance to win a Nook Color all for just $14.95! Subscribe!

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Jeff Carlson short fiction collection - Long Eyes

Jeff Carlson has just released an all-inclusive SF/F short fiction collection called “Long Eyes” with sixteen stories, two essays, and afterwords discussing each story's inspiration and circumstances.  It's on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks for a whopping $2.99.

"Long Eyes" is also available in trade paperback on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Long-Eyes-Jeff-Carlson/dp/1466362286/
Cover art, blurbs, and more are posted on Jeff's blog at http://www.jverse.com/blog/
Meanwhile here’s the back jacket copy:

From the mind that brought you Plague Year and The Frozen Sky...
      
Sixteen stories about strange worlds, biotech, commandos, and the girl next door.


"Striking." --
Locus Online      

"Exciting." --
SF Revu

"Chilling and dangerous." --
HorrorAddicts.net

First published in top venues such as
Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and cult 'zines like The Vampire's Crypt, these stories have been translated into fourteen languages worldwide. Several received honorable mentions in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction or in Ellen Datlow's Year's Best Fantasy and Horror. As part of the Fast Forward 2 anthology, "Long Eyes" was also a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award.

The first complete collection from international bestseller Jeff Carlson, this ebook is 80,000 words and packed with artwork from award-winning illustrators such as Frank Wu and Billy Tackett.

Apex Magazine Issue 30 -- Welcomes new editor-in-chief, new fiction from Elizabeth Bear and Catherynne M. Valente

Apex welcomes new editor-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas (a 2010 Hugo Award-winner for the nonfiction anthology Chicks Dig Timelords)!

This issue contains 30k of content, including new short stories by Elizabeth Bear and Catherynne M. Valente.

Subscriptions to the magazine can be bought for $19.95 (12 issues) or single copies are $2.99. More information at
http://apex-magazine.com.

Full table of contents below:
Table of Contents
Fiction:

"The Leavings of the Wolf" by Elizabeth Bear
"The Bread We Eat in Dreams" by Catherynne M. Valente
Classic Revisited:
 "This Creeping Thing" by Robert Shearman
Poetry:
"Lion Heart" by Tim Pratt
"Swallowing the Moon" by Bryan Thao Worra
"Wight" by Bryan Thao Worra
Nonfiction:
"Editorial: Blood on Vellum" by Lynne M. Thomas
"Editorial: Good-bye" by Catherynne M. Valente
"The Australian Dark Weird" by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Interviews:
Lynne M. Thomas
Scott Murphy
Elizabeth Bear

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Big Picture Science for 10/31/11 - Bug Off!

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Big Picture Science - Bug Off!

ENCORE: What you can’t see … can make you sick. Humans have been battling viruses and bacteria since the beginning of time. The malaria parasite has been keeping deadly company with us for 500,000 years. King Tut had it and so did Julius Caesar. What’s keeping this bug going today?

Also, how disease almost halted the most ambitious engineering project in the world … how elite disease detectives puzzle out perplexing epidemics … And – could tiny bugs from spaaace, ace, ace be our ancestors?

Guests:

First aired August 2, 2010

Permalink:  http://radio.seti.org/episodes/Bug_Off_

You can listen to this and other episodes at http://radio.seti.org/, and be sure to check out Are We A Blog?, the companion blog to the radio show.