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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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 Chemistry Nobel: Keeping DNA in Good Repair | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:40

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar for discoveries of the mechanisms by which cells maintain the integrity of their DNA sequences  

 Physics Nobel: Neutrinos Do Have Mass | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:11

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics goes to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for the discovery of neutrino oscillations, which shows that neutrinos have mass

 Medicine Nobel: Sifting Nature for Antiparasite Drugs | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:19:03

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine goes to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura for their discoveries of a medication against roundworm parasites and to Youyou Tu for her discoveries concerning a novel therapy against malaria. Some 3.4 billion people are at risk for the diseases these drugs treat  

 The Hunt for the Fat Gene | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:32:20

Medical researcher Richard Johnson, of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, talks about his October Scientific American article "The Fat Gene," co-authored by anthropologist Peter Andrews of University College London and the Natural History Museum in London. Their piece is about how a genetic mutation in prehistoric apes may underlie today’s pandemic of obesity and diabetes  

 Olympics Loser Boston Wins Big Economically | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:05

Smith College sports economist Andrew Zimbalist talks about why the Olympics is almost always a big financial hardship for the host city, a subject he treats at length in his book Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup . Recorded at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in New York City  

 Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 2 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:55

Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur and former physicist Yuri Milner announce a $100-million, 10-year initiative to look for signs of intelligent life in the cosmos

 Betting Lots of Quatloos on the Search for Alien Civilizations, Part 1 | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:05

Stephen Hawking and entrepreneur and former physicist Yuri Milner announce a $100-million, 10-year initiative to look for signs of intelligent life in the cosmos  

 Pluto Mission Finally Calls Home | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:04:41

At 8:52 P.M. Eastern time, July 14, 2015, an all's-well signal from the New Horizons spacecraft finished its 4.5-hour, three-billion-mile trip from near Pluto through the solar system to alert mission control on Earth that it was in working order and had succeeded in gathering data  

 Pluto, Ready for Your Close-Up! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:18

At just before 7:50 A.M. today, July 14, 2015, the New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto. After a 9.5-year, three-billion-mile voyage, the ship got within about 7,750 miles from the surface

 Restore Research to Preserve the American Dream | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:03

Norman Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin and former undersecretary of the Army talks about the report he co-chaired for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, "Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream"      

 Migratory Birds: What a Long-Range Trip It's Been | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:08

Ornithologist Eduardo Inigo-Elias, senior research associate with the conservation science program at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, talks about the challenges of studying migratory birds and how improved relations between the U.S. and Cuba will help his field     

 Take a Bite out of the Math of Math | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:20:34

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng, tenured in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. and currently Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago talks about her new book How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics      

 Animals Don't Use Facebook but They Have Social Networks, Too | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:21

Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist and behavioral ecologist at the University of Louisville, talks about his article in the June Scientific American called "The Networked Animal," about how social networks in disparate animals species affect the lives of the entire group and its individual members. His co-author is Matthew Hasenjager, a doctoral candidate in his lab     

 Mississippi Mound Builders Meet the 33rd Legion | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:45

Astronomer Alan Smale spends his days at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center exploring celestial objects, but he's also the author of Clash of Eagles, an alternate-history novel in which a Roman Legion invades North America  

 The Ebola Outbreak: Past, Present and Future | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:11:28

Scientific American ’s Dina Maron talks with Keiji Fukuda, assistant director general for health security at the World Health Organization, about the current Ebola outbreak, the threat of sexual transmission and the hope for a vaccine. They were both at an Institute of Medicine Forum on Microbial Threats held at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, D.C., concentrating on Ebola in west Africa  


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