PNAS Science Sessions
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.
Mimi Kao and Allison Doupe explore song learning in the male zebra finch.
Erik Petigura and Geoffrey Marcy discuss the number of Earth-like planets that may exist in our galaxy.
James "Jay" McClelland describes a parallel distributed processing approach to understanding human cognition.
Alvin Roth discusses how principles of economics can benefit people who need kidney transplants.
Inés Ibañez-Tallon discusses how nicotine and neurons conspire to hamper efforts to quit smoking.
Inder Verma and colleagues describe how a breast cancer-associated gene might be implicated in brain size control in mammals.
Paul Dunk discusses the chemistry of carbon in space following a supernova.
NAS member Gregory Petsko discusses efforts to assess the US postdoctoral workforce.
Ariena van Bruggen and J. Glenn Morris, Jr. discuss their work on citrus greening, a disease that is threatening the global citrus industry.
C. Thomas Caskey and Amy McGuire discuss whole-genome genetic screening for adult-onset diseases.
James Liao talks about engineering microorganisms to synthesize fuels and chemicals from CO2.
Janet Werker describes how exposure to speech and environmental factors can affect language acquisition by infants.
Neuroscientists John Morrison and Yuko Hara talk about the links between estrogen, mitochondria, and age-related cognitive decline.
David Mills discusses regional differences in microbes found in grape must.
Yi Cui discusses how nanometerials are improving the energy storage capacity of batteries.