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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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 Let's Make a Probabilistic Deal: A Fresh Look at the Monty Hall Problem | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:13:54

Scientific American math and physics editor Davide Castelvecchi revisits the Monty Hall problem, so you can know whether you're better off holding on to your original pick or switching when new information presents itself

 How Physics Limits Intelligence | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:26:12

Award-winning author Douglas Fox talks about his cover story in the July issue of Scientific American on The Limits of Intelligence, placed there by the laws of physics

 Dying for Science: The 100th Anniversary of the Doomed Scott Antarctic Expedition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:50

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Larson talks about his article "Greater Glory" in the June issue of Scientific American on the forgotten science of the doomed Scott expedition a hundred years ago

 Skirting Steak: The Case for Artificial Meat | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:55

Journalist Jeffrey Bartholet talks about his June Scientific American magazine article on the attempts to grow meat in the lab, and Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina talks about the cover piece in the May issue on radical energy solutions

 Astronaut Love: An Interview with Spacewalker Stanley Love | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:15:53

On the eve of the launch of the penultimate space shuttle mission, STS-134, Scientific American astronomy editor George Musser talks to veteran astronaut Stanley Love about being in space and the future of spaceflight

 Editors' Roundtable: Science Conference Reports | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:29

Scientific American editors Christine Gorman, Robin Lloyd, Michael Moyer and Kate Wong talk about their recent trips to different science conferences: the meetings of the Association for Health Care Journalists, the Paleoanthropology Society, the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and an M.I.T. 150th-anniversary conference called Computation and the Transformation of Practically Everything

 Can It Be Bad to Be Too Clean?: The Hygiene Hypothesis | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:11

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine researcher Kathleen Barnes talks about the hygiene hypothesis, which raises the possibility that our modern sterile environment may contribute to conditions such as asthma and eczema

 Self-Aware Robots? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:14:16

Journalist Charles Choi talks about work being done to make robots self-aware. Plus, we test your knowledge about some recent science in the news

 The Cornucopia Conference: Roundtable on the AAAS Meeting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:33:15

Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina, news editor Anna Kuchment, feature editor Mark Fischetti and online news editor Robin Lloyd about various sessions at the recently completed annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC.

 The Spirit of Innovation: From High School to the Moon | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:26

Nancy Conrad, chair of the Conrad Foundation, talks about the Spirit of Innovation competition for high school students, and about her late husband, Pete Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon

 What's New with Science News | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:46

Former Scientific American editor in chief and current Gleaming Retort blogger John Rennie, blogger and Scientific American blogs network director Bora Zivkovic, and Scientific American online news editor Robin Lloyd talk about the future of science news

 Jefferson's Moose: Thomas's Fauna Fight against European Naturalists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:54

Biologist and author Lee Dugatkin talks about his article "Jefferson's Moose" in the February issue of Scientific American, the story of Jefferson's battle against the European theory of American biological degeneracy. Plus, we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news

 What Is the Watson Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer, Alex? | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:12

Scientific American editor Michael Moyer talks about the sneak preview he caught of IBM's Watson Jeopardy! -playing computer. And 's Larry Greenemeier spoke with Ford's Brad Probert about the new all-electric Focus at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas

 Vinod Khosla: Searching for the Radical Solution | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:48

Clean technology investor Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, talks with Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti about the energy payoffs to be had by reinventing mainstream technologies

 How You Gonna Keep Flu Down on the Farm?: Pig Farms and Public Health | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:17:45

Journalist Helen Branswell discusses her January Scientific American article, "Flu Factories," about the attempts to monitor new strains of flu that can originate on pig farms and the difficulties of balancing economic and public health constituencies


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