PNAS Science Sessions Podcast show

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.


 Genetic screening for adults | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:31

C. Thomas Caskey and Amy McGuire discuss whole-genome genetic screening for adult-onset diseases.

 Synthesizing fuels and chemicals from CO2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:40

James Liao talks about engineering microorganisms to synthesize fuels and chemicals from CO2.

 Speech perception and language acquisition in infants | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:29

Janet Werker describes how exposure to speech and environmental factors can affect language acquisition by infants.

 Menopause, mitochondria, and memory | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:37

Neuroscientists John Morrison and Yuko Hara talk about the links between estrogen, mitochondria, and age-related cognitive decline.

 A microbial map for wine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:35

David Mills discusses regional differences in microbes found in grape must.

 Building better batteries | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:34

Yi Cui discusses how nanometerials are improving the energy storage capacity of batteries.

 History of alcohol in human diet | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:06

Steven Benner discusses the interaction between early humans and alcohol.

 Tracing development in color | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:44

Scott Fraser discusses tools to glean a multicolored view of embryonic development.

 Changing the way we think about antibiotics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:31

Deborah Hung talks about identifying new approaches for treating and diagnosing infectious diseases.

 How humans may have evolved intelligence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:59

Steven Pinker explains the idea of a cognitive niche, which may have facilitated the evolution of human intelligence.

 Incentivizing positive behaviors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:27

David Laibson describes how behavioral economics can help incentivize positive behaviors.

 Making commercial tomatoes taste better | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:03

Harry Klee explains how he is trying to make commercial tomatoes more flavorful.

 Health risks from eating Fukushima-contaminated seafood | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 04:38

Nicholas Fisher discusses his recent study investigating the health risks associated with eating seafood contaminated with Fukushima-derived radioactivity.

 Curbing dishonest form-filling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:34

Nina Mazar discusses her recent study showing that where people sign a form affects how honestly they complete it.

 Mapping the mouse connectome | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 05:58

Jeff Lichtman explains the promise and challenges tied to building a mouse connectome.


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