Sunday, July 31, 2011

Big Picture Science for 08/01/11 - Cell! Cell!

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Big Picture Science - Cell! Cell!

Live forever? Both cancer cells and stem cells can make a claim to immortality. Left unchecked, tumors will grow indefinitely. And stem cells offer the promise of non-stop rejuvenation.

We’ll find out whether the surprising discovery of stem cells in the brain really can keep our thinking organ young. And we’ll hear the remarkable story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who unwittingly donated tissue to science in 1951, and whose cancer cells are still grown in laboratories around the world today.

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE - Are We Alone is now Big Picture Science!  You can find out more here: http://radio.seti.org/blog/2011/05/the-names-they-are-a-changin/

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Big Picture Science for 07/25/11 - Water the Chances

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Big Picture Science - Water the Chances

Water, water everywhere. But most of it is sea water – you can’t drink it. Discover the most promising technologies for desalination and why solar cells are key. Also, how astronauts filter “water-closet water” to drink it, and how to turn a salt pond back to a wetland.

Plus, from Roman aqueducts to modern-day pumps: a history of quenching human thirst. And, why NASA strives to “follow the water.”

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE - Are We Alone is now Big Picture Science!  You can find out more here: http://radio.seti.org/blog/2011/05/the-names-they-are-a-changin/

Monday, July 18, 2011

Big Picture Science for 07/18/11 - Know Laughing Matter

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Big Picture Science - Know Laughing Matter
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. It’s nearly impossible to fake a laugh. Yet, humans will laugh even if something isn’t funny. Discover the evolutionary function of cracking up and meet the other species that love to giggle (and monkey around).

Also, hilarious science comedy. Yes, science comedy. Plus, teaching machines to write punch lines… and stretching – and splitting – your sides with laughter yoga.

Guests:


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.

NOTICE - Are We Alone is now Big Picture Science!  You can find out more here: http://radio.seti.org/blog/2011/05/the-names-they-are-a-changin/

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Big Picture Science for 07/11/11 - The Big Picture

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Big Picture Science - The Big Picture: Science’s Biggest Questions

How did life begin? What’s the universe made of, and what’s the nature of consciousness?

These are truly some of the biggest puzzlers in science, but answers are in the offing.

We consider the modern-day hunt for life beyond Earth, as well as a new theory of consciousness: could it be merely an illusion to entertain us and make our lives more worthwhile?

Also, after thousands of years of examining the heavens, are we finally learning the true nature of the cosmos?

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE - Are We Alone is now Big Picture Science!  You can find out more here: http://radio.seti.org/blog/2011/05/the-names-they-are-a-changin/

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Apex Magazine Issue 26 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.

This month we bring three outstanding stories to our dedicated readers. "The Neighborly Thing to Do" by T.J. Weyler starts as a classic Gothic tale, but a wicked twist adds a memorable dynamic. "The Widow and the Xir" by Indrapramit Das explores the pain of grief and how difficult it can be to let go of a deceased loved one. In Theodora Goss's powerful "The Rapid Advancement of Sorrow," fiction editor Catherynne M. Valente completes a three story cycle of loneliness, sorrow, and loss.

Rounding out this month's content is a nonfiction piece from Paul Jessup. Jessup lists some outstanding weird reads in his "The Top 10 Experimental Genre Books You've Never Heard Of."


Apex Magazine is edited by award-winning author and editor Catherynne M. Valente.

Apex Magazine website:
http://www.apex-magazine.com.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Are We Alone for 07/04/11 - Ultimate Hook Up

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Are We Alone - Ultimate Hook Up

Imagine moving things with your mind. Not with telekinesis, but with the future tools of brain science. Meet a pioneer in the field of computer-to-brain connection and discover the blurry boundary where the mind ends and the machine begins.

Plus, how new technology is sharpening the “real” in virtual reality. And, whether our devotion to digital devices is changing what it means to be human.

Guests:

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

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.

NOTICE: "The Names They are a-Changin’" - Coming in July, "Are We Alone" will change to "Big Picture Science!"

Apex Publications Signs with Diamond for US/UK Book Distribution

(LEXINGTON, Kentucky) — (June 28, 2011) — Apex Publications has signed an agreement with Diamond Book Distributors (DBD) to have its books placed in U.S. and U.K. bookstores.
One of the U.S.’s leading distributors, Diamond sells to a variety of bookstores and vendors including Barnes & Noble, Ingram, Baker & Taylor, WaldenBooks, Amazon.com, Borders, and more. The company represents a number of acclaimed book and comic publishers, including Borderlands Press, Night Shade Books, Subterranean Press, and Random House UK.
“Apex Publications has been building to this for the past five years,” says Apex owner and publisher Jason Sizemore. “Diamond will bring our books and authors to a national audience and allow us to grow our unique brand of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They are among the best in the business when it comes to selling genre works.”

The partnership caps a highly successful year for Apex Publications that includes signing multi-award winning authors such as Gary A. Braunbeck and Brian Keene, the release of the highly acclaimed and Stoker nominated anthology Dark Faith, and hiring NYT bestselling author Catherynne M. Valente to helm Apex Magazine.

“We’re extremely delighted to add Apex to our list of growing science fiction, horror, and fantasy publishers,” said Kuo-Yu Liang, said Kuo-Yu Liang, DBD’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “They have been a terrific source of groundbreaking stories that has not only been widely acclaimed, but has also proven to have tremendous commercial appeal. We look forward to finding homes for their new releases among new audiences and across a range of book buying outlets.”

Current plans call for Apex Publications titles to be available in U.S. and U.K. bookstores by late 2011.


ABOUT APEX PUBLICATIONS—Apex Publications (http://www.apexbookcompany.com/) is an independent press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the online professional fiction ezine Apex Magazine. In 2006, Apex Publishing branched into producing novellas, collections, and anthologies, earning a Bram Stoker Award for the company’s first  title, Aegri Somnia.

ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS (DBD)—DBD is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise available to bookstores, online retailers, libraries, schools, mass merchants and other retailers globally. DBD is the home to a number of world class publishers including Dark Horse Comics, publisher of award-winning and best-selling creators & series including Joss Whedon, Janet Evanovich, Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan and the Star Wars franchise; IDW, publisher of Transformers & True Blood; Image Comics, publisher of Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead; Oni Press, publisher of the Scott Pilgrim series; and many others.  For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.


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