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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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 Man from Mars: Health and Nutrition Research at Mars, Inc., and Beyond | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:30:50

Hagen Schroeter, the director of fundamental health and nutrition research at Mars, Inc., talks about research on bio-active food compounds and the search for why a healthful diet is good for you

 The YouTube SpaceLab Competition | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:03:49

If you're 14 to 18 years old, you still have until December 14th to prepare a two-minute video of a suggestion for an experiment to be performed at the International Space Station and upload it to Winners will see their experiment performed in space

 Large Hadron Collider Backgrounder | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:25

Thomas LeCompte of Argonne National Lab was the physics coordinator for the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider. He talks about the instrument and its future, as we await the December 13th announcement as to whether the LHC has found the Higgs particle

 Out of Our Depth: Sea Level on the Rise | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:09:33

Ocean and climate scientist Eelco Rohling talks with Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti about updated calculations of sea-level rise as a function of climate change

 Brian Greene Talks Faster-Than-Light Neutrinos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:05:01

Physicist Brian Greene, host of the NOVA series The Fabric of the Cosmos, addresses the question of faster-than-light neutrinos at a Q&A session after the debut of the PBS series

 The Mind's Hidden Switches | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:28:19

Eric J. Nestler, director of the Friedman Brain Institute at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, talks about his article in the December issue of Scientific American magazine on epigenetics and human behavior, called "Hidden Switches in the Mind"

 The Discovery of Quasicrystals: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:18:41

Listen to the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to Daniel Shechtman of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Then hear comments from the president of the American Chemical Society, Nancy Jackson, of Sandia National Laboratories

 An Accelerating Universe: The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:22:24

Listen to the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, to Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Following the formal announcement comes an explanation of the research, which tracked type Ia supernovae to discover that the expansion of the universe was accelerating, and a phone conversation with new Nobel laureate Brian Schmidt

 Cancer Vaccines | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:24:27

Eric von Hofe, cancer researcher and president of the biotech company Antigen Express talks about his article in the October issue of Scientific American called "A New Ally against Cancer," about cancer vaccines

 Science Legend Christian de Duve | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:21:25

Christian de Duve, 1974 Nobel laureate for physiology or medicine, talks about going from a cell biologist to a theorist on evolution and the origin of life

 Carl Zimmer on Rats, Cats, Viruses and Tattoos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:16:50

In part 2 of our interview, award-winning author Carl Zimmer talks about his latest books, and a new study that shows how Toxoplasma influences the behavior of rats--and maybe of us

 Carl Zimmer on Evolution in the Big City | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:23:20

The annual Scientific American September single-topic issue is all about cities. And award-winning author Carl Zimmer recently penned a piece on evolution research in the urban environment for The New York Times . In part 1 of this interview, he talks about urban evolution

 The City That Became Safe: What New York Teaches about Urban Crime and Its Control | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:27:29

U.C. Berkeley School of Law professor Franklin Zimring talks about his article, "How New York Beat Crime," in the August issue of Scientific American

 Nobel Laureate Avram Hershko: The Orchestra in the Cell | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:25:53

Nobel laureate Avram Hershko, who determined cellular mechanisms for breaking down proteins, talks about his research in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany. And Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina discusses the recent inaugural Google Science Fair

 Nobel Laureate Peter Agre: From Aquaporins to Lutefisk | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:34:58

Peter Agre, 2003 Chemistry Nobel laureate for his work on aquaporins, the proteins that allow water into and out of cells, talks about his research, his upbringing and why he almost ran for the Senate, in a conversation recorded at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany


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