We’ve moved!

by Gary Niederhoff on December 31, 2019

Well, sort of. Segments for Big Picture Science episodes will now be found on their show page at bigpicturescience.org, and all links will lead there. This page will eventually disappear, likely before the end of 2020. Thanks for listening!

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BiPiSci – Handling the Holidays

by Gary Niederhoff on December 23, 2019


Big Picture Science – Handling the Holidays

The stress of the holidays can make you want to hide under the covers with a warm cup of cocoa. From gift buying to family gatherings, the holidays can feel like being inside a pressure cooker. But don’t despair! Science can help make the holidays a little brighter, from some gift-giving tips from our animal friends to embracing pessimism before a challenging social event to stopping that annoying merry melody on repeat in your head.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Adam South / The Season for Giving
Part 2: Mitch Ratcliffe / A Bad Wrap
Part 3: Julie Norem / Positively Pessimistic
Part 4: Steve Ilardi / Candy Crash
Part 5: Elizabeth Margulis / Tis the Earworm

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BiPiSci – Waste Not

December 16, 2019

Big Picture Science – Waste Not Why create more landfill? Perhaps you should resist the urge to toss those old sneakers, the broken ceiling fan, or last year’s smart phone. Instead, repurpose them! Global junk entrepreneurs are leading the way in turning trash to treasure, while right-to-repair advocates fight for legislation that would give you […]

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BiPiSci – Skeptic Check: Betting on Pseudoscience

November 25, 2019

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Betting on Pseudoscience Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in hundreds of millions of dollars every year. But the harm from pseudoscience can go far beyond your wallet – especially when it promotes unscientific treatments for serious disease. Find […]

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Big Picture Science – Stopping Ebola

November 18, 2019

Big Picture Science – Stopping Ebola A new vaccine may help turn Ebola into a disease we can prevent, and a new drug may make it one we can cure. But the political crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo has fueled violence against health workers and Ebola treatment centers. Find out why context matters […]

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Big Picture Science – Supercomputer Showdown

November 4, 2019

Big Picture Science – Supercomputer Showdown Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to tackle it. Summit tops the petaflop heap – at least for now. But Frontier and Aurora are catching up as they take aim at a new performance benchmark called exascale. So why […]

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Big Picture Science – Nobel Efforts

October 21, 2019

Big Picture Science – Nobel Efforts For two Swiss astronomers, it’s “Stockholm, here we come.” Their first-ever discovery of a planet orbiting another star has been awarded the most prestigious prize in science. Find out how their exoplanet discovery led to 4,000 more and how that changes the odds of finding life beyond Earth. Also, […]

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Big Picture Science – Go With the Flow

October 14, 2019

Big Picture Science – Go With the Flow Solid materials get all the production credit. Don’t get us wrong, we depend on their strength and firmness for bridges, bones, and bento boxes. But liquids do us a solid, too. Their free-flowing properties drive the Earth’s magnetic field, inspire a new generation of smart electronics, and […]

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Big Picture Science – Battling Bacteria

October 7, 2019

Big Picture Science – Battling Bacteria We can’t say we weren’t warned. More than 75 years ago, bacteriologist Rene Dubos cautioned that misuse of antibiotics could breed drug-resistant bacteria – and he has been proved prescient. In this episode: the rise of superbugs, why we ignored the warnings about them, how some are enlisting an […]

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Big Picture Science – Headed For Trouble

September 30, 2019

Big Picture Science – Headed For Trouble The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they abandoned and destroyed? The old ideas about cultural collapse are yielding to new ones based on careful investigation on the ground – but also from above. What surprising explanations have […]

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