Monday, March 28, 2011

Are We Alone for 03/28/11 - ¡A.I. Caramba!

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Are We Alone - ¡A.I. Caramba!

When the IBM computer, Watson, snatched the “Jeopardy” title from its human competition, that raised the question of just how smart are machines? Could artificial intelligence ever beat humans at their own game… of being human?

Hear why an A.I. expert says it’s time to make peace with your P.C.; the machines are coming. Also, why technology is already self-evolving, and presenting its own demands. Find out what technology wants.

And, a man who went head-to-chip with a computer and says machines will never beat the human mind. Plus, we take a voyage into “2011: An Emotional Odyssey.”

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

Are We Alone for 03/21/11 - Skeptic Check: Monsters, Magic, and Music

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Are We Alone - Skeptic Check: Monsters, Magic, and Music

If Bigfoot walks through a forest and no one sees him, does he exist? It’s the job of paranormal investigator Joe Nickell to find out! Discover whether eyewitness accounts are reliable when it comes to tracking down the hirsute big guy and other monsters.

Also, on the subject of “seeing is believing”: how magic fools the brain.

Plus, in our potpourri show: can music boost brain power? A new study says listening to music makes brains happy. Does this support the dubious “Mozart Effect,” that claims listening to Wolfie’s compositions boosts IQ?


And, skeptic Phil Plait on why the so-called “super moon theory” doesn’t predict devastating earthquakes.

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

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

Are We Alone for 03/14/11 - Who's on First?

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Are We Alone - Who's on First?

ENCORE Being first counts in science. Land that coveted spot and you’ll make history, whether it’s with the first steam engine or the discovery of our earliest human ancestor.

But what does “first” mean when technological invention so heavily builds on what’s come before… and evolution represents continuous change?

Find out how “publish or perish” made Darwin famous… why we’ll never find the first human fossil… and how powerful new telescopes are allowing us to see the earliest galaxies.

Plus, the chicken and egg battle it out in line.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Apex Magazine Issue 22 released

Posted on behalf of Jason Sizemore - Apex Book Company:

This month we welcome original fiction from Darin Bradley and Kat Howard. Veronica Schanoes entertains us with a morbidly creepy reprint. Our poetry selections are by Jessica Wick and the trio of Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Are We Alone for 03/06/11 - Eureka!

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Are We Alone - Eureka!

ENCORE From the double-helix to the expansion of the universe, great scientific discoveries reshape our understanding of who we are and how things work. But great discoveries require more than just a great mind. We tour brainy breakthroughs from Archimedes to Darwin, and find out what made their revolutionary insights possible.

Also, why you need more than a stratospheric I.Q. to be a super-achiever. And how the invention of reading re-directed the course of civilization and re-wired our brains in the process.

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