Monday, February 28, 2011

The Great Apex Nebula & Stoker Award Sale!

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Book Company:

On the tail of receiving two Nebula nominations and two Stoker nominations within the last two weeks, Apex is having a two-week sale starting… now… on works by our authors who have received (or contains work receiving) Stoker & Nebula nominations.
The discount is 40% off the following books when ordering direct.
Dark Faith — $11.97 (Buy Here)
To Each Their Darkness — $11.37 (Buy Here)
Taste of Tenderloin — $8.37 (Buy Here)
Mama’s Boy and Other Dark Tales — $9.57 (Buy Here)
I Remember the Future — $13.17 (Buy Here)
Unwelcome Bodies — $8.97 (Buy Here)
Aegri Somnia — $8.97 (Buy Here)
The digital versions of these books are also 40% off.
Issue 18 of Apex Magazine containing Amal El-Mohtar’s Nebula-nominated story is also 40% off at all our vendors.

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Are We Alone for 02/28/11 - Skeptic Check: Diluted Thinking?

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Diluted Thinking?

The weaker the mixture, the stronger the potency. That paradox is a central tenet of homeopathy. More than 200 years old and developed long before germ theory, the practice is the fastest growing form of alternative medicine worldwide.

Proponents say its diluted remedies cure disease. Most scientists maintain there’s nothing in homeopathic solution but water. We’ll hear the arguments, and also the role placebos might be playing in the cure.

Plus, skeptic Phil Plait voyages to the edge of the solar system where a new planet has been discovered … maybe!

And, consider our brains: the product of millions of years of evolution. So why aren’t we more consistent in our reasoning?

It’s Skeptic Check…. but don’t take our word for it.

Guests:

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

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, February 20, 2011

Are We Alone for 02/21/11 - Nano Nano

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Are We Alone - Nano Nano

Think small to solve big problems. That, in a nutshell, is the promise of nanotechnology. In this barely visible world, batteries charge 100 times faster and drugs go straight to their targets in the body. Discover some of these nano breakthroughs and how what you can’t see can help you… …or hurt you? What if tiny machines turn out to be nothing but trouble? We’ll look at the health and safety risks of nanotech.

Plus, scaling up in science fiction: why a Godzilla-sized insect is fun, but just doesn’t fly.

Guests:
  • Bill Flounders – executive director of the Marvell Nanofabrication Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley
  • Joseph DeSimone – professor of chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chemical engineering at North Carolina State University
  • David Guston – political scientist at Arizona State University where he directs The Center for Nanotechnology in Society
  • Stan Williams – Senior Fellow and founding director of the Information and Quantum Systems Lab at Hewlett-Packard
  • Michael LeBarbera – Professor in organismal biology, anatomy and geophysical sciences, University of Chicago

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

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, February 13, 2011

Are We Alone for 02/14/11 - Outta This World

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Are We Alone - Outta This World

Earth may not be rare after all. New data from NASA’s Kepler mission suggests that the universe is chock-a-block with planets. More than a thousand new possible planets have just been found, and more than fifty of these might be suitable for life. Ready for cosmic company? We discuss the results of the Kepler mission in a roundtable with some of its top scientists.

Meanwhile, the Voyager spacecraft continues to be humanity’s point man in the race to interstellar space. Poised to leave our solar system, we reflect on the mission – including its on-board messages for aliens.

Plus, out-of-this world science. From lab coats to warp speed: does Hollywood get it right? Does it matter?

Guests:
  • Jon Jenkins – Co-principal investigator for the Kepler Mission
  • Doug Caldwell – Co-investigator and instrument scientist for the Kepler Mission
  • Jessie Christiansen – Data scientist working on the Kepler mission
  • Ed Stone – Professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, and former Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Jennifer Ouellette – Writer and former director, National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange

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

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, February 7, 2011

Apex Magazine Issue 21 released--Cat Rambo, Forrest Aguirre, Nalo Hopkinson

Posted on behalf of Apex Book Company:

This month editor Catherynne M. Valente has put together an all-star issue of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We welcome first-timers Cat Rambo, Forrest Aguirre, Nalo Hopkinson, and Nicole Kornher-Stace. Welcome back to FJ Bergmann!
This issue marks the second issue following our new distribution model. In short, we wanted to give a premium to those who subscribe digitally and/or purchase each issue by making the content available to them one month prior to its release on our website. This means that full text of the stories and poetry will be available the first Monday of March right here, along with sneak peeks of this issue’s contents.
Purchase this issue to get a taste of some great speculative fiction.



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Sunday, February 6, 2011

Are We Alone for 02/07/11 - Better Mousetrap

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Are We Alone - Better Mousetrap

It’s the perennial dream: build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door. We go to San Jose’s famed Tech Museum to learn what it takes to turn a good idea into a grand success.

Remember the Super Soaker squirt gun? Hear how its inventor is now changing the rules for solar energy.

Where do good ideas come from? A Eureka moment in the bathtub? We’ll find out that it doesn’t happen so quickly – or easily.

And finally, the life cycle of society-changing technologies, from the birth of radio to the future of the Internet.

Inventions, inventors and innovation: all part of the mix on “Better Mousetrap.”

Guests:

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

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.