Big Picture Science – Brain Dust

by Gary Niederhoff on December 5, 2016

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Big Picture Science – Brain Dust

Know your brain? Think again. Driven by a hidden agenda, powered by an indecipherable web of neurons, and influenced by other brains, your grey matter is a black box.

To “know thyself” may be a challenge, and free will nonexistent, but maybe more technology can shed light on the goings on in your noggin, and the rest of your body.

Find out how tiny implanted sensors called “brain dust” may reveal what really going on.

Plus, the day when your brain is uploaded into a computer as ones and zeros. Will you still be you?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: David Eagleman / Brain Self
Part 2: The Representative Earthling
Part 3: Michel Maharbiz / Neural Dust
Part 4: David Eagleman / Brain Technology

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Big Picture Science – What Lies Beneath

by Gary Niederhoff on November 28, 2016

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Big Picture Science – What Lies Beneath

What you can’t see may astound you. The largest unexplored region of Earth is the ocean. Beneath its churning surface, oceanographers have recently discovered the largest volcano in the world – perhaps in the solar system.

Find out what is known – and yet to be discovered – about the marine life of the abyss, and how a fish called the bristlemouth has grabbed the crown for “most numerous vertebrate on Earth” from the chicken.

Plus, the menace of America’s Cascadia fault, which has the potential to unleash a devastating magnitude 9 earthquake.

Follow Dr. Sager’s voyage back to Tamu Massif in Fall 2015.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Bruce Robison / Bounty of Bristlemouth
Part 2: William Sager / Tamu Massif
Part 3: Chris Goldfinger / Cascadia Subduction Zone

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Big Picture Science – Weather Vain

November 21, 2016

Big Picture Science – Weather Vain Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. Not that they haven’t tried. History is replete with attempts to control the weather, but we’d settle for an accurate seven-day forecast. Find out how sophisticated technology might improve accuracy, including predicting the behavior of severe storms. […]

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Big Picture Science – Aliens – The Evidence

November 14, 2016

Big Picture Science: Aliens – The Evidence Once again the aliens have landed … in theaters. It’s no spoiler to say that the latest cinematic sci-fi, Arrival, involves extraterrestrials visiting Earth. But for some folks, the film’s premise is hardly shocking. They’re convinced that the aliens have already come. But is there any proof that […]

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Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return

November 7, 2016

Big Picture Science – And To Space We Return Earth may be the cradle of life, but our bodies are filled with materials cooked up billions of years ago in the scorching centers of stars. As Carl Sagan said, “We are all stardust.” We came from space, and some say it is to space we […]

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Big Picture Science – Hidden History

November 1, 2016

Big Picture Science – Hidden History Archaeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. But, what if it did? Its discovery would change ancient history. Sometimes when we dig around in the past, we can change our understanding of how we got to where we are. We […]

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Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law

October 24, 2016

Big Picture Science – Moral’s Law “If it bleeds, it leads” is the tried and true tenet of news. Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities. Yet one man argues that we’re living in the most civilized era in history. And he credits this to scientific thought and reason. […]

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Big Picture Science – Time Travel Agents

October 16, 2016

Big Picture Science – Time Travel Agents Hey, let’s meet last week for coffee. Okay, we can’t meet in the past … yet. But could it be only a matter of time before we can? In an attempt to defy the grandfather paradox, scientists try sending a photon back in time to destroy itself. Also, […]

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Science and the Election

October 10, 2016

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Science and the Election This year’s election is divisive, but one subject enjoys some consensus: science and technology policies are important. So why aren’t the candidates discussing these issues? The answers might surprise you. The organizer of Science Debate, who wants a live debate devoted to science and technology, […]

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Big Picture Science – Venom Diagram

October 3, 2016

Big Picture Science – Venom Diagram We all get defensive sometimes. For some animals, evolution has provided a highly effective mechanism for saying “back off!”. A puncture by a pair of venom-filled fangs gets the point across nicely. But one animal’s poison may be another’s cure. Some dangerous critters churn out compounds that can be […]

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