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Science Talk

Summary: Science Talk is a weekly science audio show covering the latest in the world of science and technology. Join Steve Mirsky each week as he explores cutting-edge breakthroughs and controversial issues with leading scientists and journalists. He is also an articles editor and columnist at Scientific American magazine. His column, "Antigravity," is one of science writing's great humor venues. Also check our daily podcast from Scientific American : "60-Second Science." To view all of our archived podcasts please go to

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 The Science of Soldiering: Mary Roach's Grunt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:37

Best-selling science writer Mary Roach talks about her latest book Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War.  

 Electric Eels versus Horses: Shocking but True | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:20

Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University talks to Cynthia Graber about electric eel research that led him to accept 19th-century naturalist Alexander von Humboldt's account of electric eels attacking horses.    

 Tiger, Tiger, Being Tracked | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:34

Wildlife Conservation Society researcher Ullas Karanth talks about his July, 2016, Scientific American article on state-of-the-art techniques for tracking tigers and estimating their populations and habitat health.  

 Gravitational Wave Scientists Astounded--by Your Interest | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:44

Caltech’s Kip Thorne and Ronald Drever and MIT’s Rainer Weiss were the founders of the LIGO experiment that detected gravitational waves. They were just awarded the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and two of them spoke with Scientific American 's Clara Moskowitz about LIGO and the public's reaction.  

 Sean M. Carroll Looks at The Big Picture | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:26

Caltech theoretical physicist Sean M. Carroll talks about his new book The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself . (Dutton, 2016)  

 The Bowling Ball That Invaded Earth | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:39

Former Scientific American editor Mark Alpert talks about his latest science fiction thriller, The Orion Plan, featuring the method whereby aliens most likely really would colonize our planet.  

 Different Minds: The Wide World of Animal Smarts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:36:45

Primatologist Frans de Waal discusses his latest book, Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016).  

 The Perfect Bet: Taking the Gambling out of Gambling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:29

Mathematician and author Adam Kucharski talks about his new book The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling (Basic Books, 2016).  

 Gorilla's Hum Is a Do-Not-Disturb Sign | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:30

If a socially prominent gorilla is in the midst of a meal, it may hum or sing to tell others nearby that it's busy at the moment and will get back to you later.  

 Bill Gates Wants a Miracle | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:21

Scientific American 's energy and environment editor, David Biello, met with Bill Gates on February 22 to discuss tackling carbon emissions while at the same time making necessary energy available to ever more of the globe’s growing population.  

 From AI to Zika: AAAS Conference Highlights | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:49

Scientific American editors Mark Fischetti, Dina Maron and Seth Fletcher talk about the info they picked up at the just-concluded annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. Subjects covered include gravitational waves, whether there's really a war on science, the growing concern over Zika virus, sea level rise and advances in artificial intelligence.  

 Gravitational Waves Found: Kip Thorne Explains | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:42

Scientific American 's Josh Fischman talks with renowned astrophysicist and general relativity expert Kip Thorne about the discovery of gravitational waves by the LIGO Project, co-founded by Thorne.  

 The Big Gath Dig: Goliath's Hometown | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:29:47

Freelance journalist Kevin Begos talks with archaeologist Aren Maeir, from Bar Ilan University in Israel, at his dig site in Gath, thought to be Goliath's hometown and a major city of the Philistine civilization.  

 Roman Sanitation Didn't Stop Roaming Parasites | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:07:15

The University of Cambridge's Piers Mitchell, author of the 2015 book Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations, talks about the counterintuitive findings in his recent paper in the journal Parasitology titled "Human parasites in the Roman World: health consequences of conquering an empire."  

 Evolution Still on Trial 10 Years after Dover | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:31:33

Evolutionary biologist Nicholas Matzke talks about the Kitzmiller v. Dover evolution trial on the 10th anniversary of the decision. He advised the plaintiffs while working for the National Center for Science Education. He also discusses the continuing post- Dover attempts to get creationist narratives taught in public school science classrooms.  


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