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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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 They Do What?!: The Wide Wild World of Animal Sex | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:05

Carin Bondar talks about her new book Wild Sex, which covers the strange, surreal and sometimes scary sex lives of our animal cousins.    

 Big Bang of Body Types: Sports Science at the Olympics and beyond | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:20

David Epstein talks about his 2013 bestseller The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance and his recent Scientific American article "Magic Blood and Carbon-Fiber Legs at the Brave New Olympics".    

 Grand Canyon Rapids Ride for Evolution Education | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:31

Each summer, the National Center for Science Education organizes a boat trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon to bring visitors face to wall-face with striking examples of geologic and evolutionary processes.

 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.  

 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.  

 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.  

 Lifting the Visor on Virtual Reality | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:54

Ken Perlin, a New York University computer science professor and virtual reality pioneer, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the state of virtual reality , its history and where it's heading  

 The Epic History of the Horse | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:41

Science journalist and equestrian Wendy Williams talks about her new book The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion  

 Math Can Equal Fun | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:30

Harvey Mudd College math professor Arthur Benjamin talks about his new book The Magic of Math: Solving for x and Figuring Out Why  

 Teaching Machines to Learn on Their Own | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:06:27

Stephen Hoover, CEO of Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the revolution underway in machine learning, in which the machine eventually programs itself  


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