PNAS Science Sessions Podcast
Summary: Science Sessions is the podcast program of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Listen to brief conversations with cutting-edge researchers, National Academy of Sciences members, and policy makers as they discuss topics relevant to today's scientific community. Learn the behind-the-scenes story of research published in PNAS, plus a broad range of science news and discoveries that affect the world around us.
Deborah Hung talks about identifying new approaches for treating and diagnosing infectious diseases.
Steven Pinker explains the idea of a cognitive niche, which may have facilitated the evolution of human intelligence.
David Laibson describes how behavioral economics can help incentivize positive behaviors.
Harry Klee explains how he is trying to make commercial tomatoes more flavorful.
Nicholas Fisher discusses his recent study investigating the health risks associated with eating seafood contaminated with Fukushima-derived radioactivity.
Nina Mazar discusses her recent study showing that where people sign a form affects how honestly they complete it.
Jeff Lichtman explains the promise and challenges tied to building a mouse connectome.
Matt Sponheimer discusses what our ancient evolutionary ancestors may have eaten.
Andrew Zammit-Mangion, Michael Dewar,Visakan Kadirkamanathan, and Guido Sanguinetti describe their statistical model of conflict dynamics and how they tested it using the WikiLeaks Afghan War Diary.
Janet Braam and E. Wassim Chehab discuss how plants anticipate and defend against insect attacks.
Paloma Gonzalez-Bellido, Hanchuan Peng, and Apostolos Georgopoulos describe their research on how dragonflies catch their prey.
Sean Palecek and Xiaojun Lian describe their efficient method for converting stem cells into heart muscle cells.
Clayton R. Magill and Katherine H. Freeman discuss how water availability and ecosystem changes influenced early human habitats.
Bob MacCallum explores how music can evolve from noise based on listeners' preferences.
Diana Wall discusses how life in the soil may change in a warming world.