Sunday, September 25, 2011

Big Picture Science for 09/26/11 - Rend Me Your Ears

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Big Picture Science - Rend Me Your Ears

ENCORE Shh – can you keep it down? Nope. Not unless you want to do away with civilization. Our buzzing, humming, whirling, machine-driven world is a poster child for technological progress, right?

As is hearing loss. It’s driven one man to search the world for silence. We’ll hear what he didn’t hear, and what Einstein predicted we should hear in deep space, where gravitational waves may reveal the hidden sounds of the universe, including the birth of black holes.

Guests:

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Big Picture Science for 09/19/11 - Whodunit, Who'll Do It?

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Big Picture Science - Whodunit, Who'll Do It?

The tools of forensics have moved way beyond fingerprint kits. These days, a prosecutor is as likely to wave a fMRI brain scan as a smoking gun as “Exhibit A.” Discover what happens when neuroscience has its day in court.

Meanwhile, research into the gold standard of identification, DNA, marches on. One day we may determine a suspect’s eye color from a drop of blood.

Plus, why much of forensic science – from fingerprinting to the polygraph – is more like reading tea leaves than science. And will future crime victims be robots?

Guests:
  • Owen Jones – Professor of law, Professor of biological sciences at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville, Tennessee
  • Manfred Kayser – Forensic molecular biologist, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Marc Goodman – Founder, The Future Crimes Institute
  • David Faigman – Law professor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

Big Picture Science for 09/12/11 - Whither the Weather?

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Big Picture Science - Whither the Weather?

We all talk about the weather. And now scientists are doing something about it: providing more accurate warnings before big storms hit. Discover how smart technology – with an eye on the sky – is taking monster weather events by storm.

Plus, why severe weather events caused by a warming planet may trigger social and economic chaos.

Also, meet the storm chaser who runs toward tornadoes as everyone else flees… and why your cell phone goes haywire when the sun kicks up a storm of its own.

Guests:

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Apex Magazine Issue 28 released

Posted on behalf of Jaszon Sizemore - Apex Publications:

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 is issue 28.

Table of Contents

Fiction:
“Namasté Prime” by Grá Linnaea
“Frank” by Betsy Phillips

Classic Revisited:

“Gemphalon” by Elizabeth Engstrom

Poetry:

“And Cut Down a Moment Later” by Erik Amundsen

Nonfiction:

“The Improbable, Inevitable Domestication of the Great Old Ones: H.P.
Lovecraft’s Iconic Influence on 21st-Century Fantastic Literature and
Culture” by John H. Stevens

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

M. Valente.

Our website is
http://www.apex-magazine.com.
Apex Publications - Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
http://www.apexbookcompany.com

Monday, September 5, 2011

Big Picture Science for 09/05/11 - Seth's Tool Shed

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Big Picture Science - Seth's Tool Shed

Anyone who does gardening knows that life is tough. It’s also ancient – the first living things appeared on this planet nearly as soon as our world was habitable. We consider life on real worlds – like Earth and Mars – as well as fictional ones, such as the desert planet from the movie “Dune”. We’ll hear about a new scheme to find Martians, and practical approaches to coping with climate change.

And is Pluto seeking revenge? The unmasking of a fourth moon around this former planet!

We’re making some lively discoveries in Seth’s Tool Shed on Big Picture Science.

Guests:
  • Philip Duffy – Physicist and senior scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Kevin Zahnle – Planetary scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center
  • David Summers – Astrobiologist at the SETI Institute
  • Christopher Carr – Researcher in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Mark Showalter – Research scientist at the SETI Institute

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