Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget

June 19, 2016

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget It’s elementary, Watson. Things are in flux – from the elements in the air you breathe to party balloons. We investigate the massive, historic loss of nitrogen from the atmosphere and meet the […]

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget: Mark Stoyer / New Elements

June 19, 2016

Big Picture Science – New Elements click to listen (TRT 14:52) Part 4 of Elements Never Forget, featuring Mark Stoyer, nuclear chemist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, explaining how 4 new elements came to be, if only for a very short time.

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget: Nitrogen Ice Cream

June 19, 2016

Big Picture Science – Nitrogen Ice Cream click to listen (TRT 3:50) Part 3 of Elements Never Forget, featuring a trip to a local ice cream shop which uses liquid nitrogen to freeze their product.

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget: Roland Pease / Oxygen Glut

June 19, 2016

Big Picture Science – Oxygen Glut click to listen (TRT 12:10) Part 2 of Elements Never Forget, featuring Roland Pease, science reporter in the U.K., describing how oxygen suddenly became abundant in Earth’s atmosphere 2.3 billion years ago, leading to lifeforms (like the pond scum pictured above) adapting to metabolize it.

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget: Inna Vishik / Helium Shortage

June 19, 2016

Big Picture Science – Helium Shortage click to listen (TRT 7:54) Part 1 of Elements Never Forget, featuring Inna Vishik, postdoctoral fellow in physics at MIT, discussing how a shortage of helium can affect scientific studies. For instance, helium is used to cool superconducting magnets in medical MRI scanners like the one above.

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Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene

June 13, 2016

Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene The world is hot, and getting hotter. But higher temperatures aren’t the only impact our species is having on mother Earth. Urbanization, deforestation, and dumping millions of tons of plastic into the oceans … these are all ways in which humans are leaving their mark. So are we […]

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Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene: Gaia Vince / Adaptation

June 13, 2016

Glacier growing is a method employed in the Himalayas wherein runoff and ice chunks are used to help build onto existing glaciers. Big Picture Science – Adaptation click to listen (trt 11:53) Part 4 of Surviving the Anthropocene, featuring Gaia Vince, writer, broadcaster, former editor for New Scientist, news editor of Nature, and author of […]

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Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene: Francisco Valero / DSCOVR

June 13, 2016

Big Picture Science – DSCOVR click to listen (trt 8:30) Part 3 of Surviving the Anthropocene, featuring Francisco Valero, emeritus physicist and research scientist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, imparting the history of the recently launched DSCOVR satellite and its mission to collect climate data.

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Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene: David Grinspoon / Biological Inevitability

June 13, 2016

Humans aren’t the first species to influence the earth’s climate. 2.5 billion years ago, the solar gluttony of cyanobacteria and resulting flood of oxygen emissions led to what is known as the Great Oxygenation Event. Big Picture Science – Biological Inevitability click to listen (trt 8:04) Part 2 of Surviving the Anthropocene, featuring David Grinspoon, […]

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Big Picture Science – Surviving the Anthropocene: Jonathan Amos / Human Influence

June 13, 2016

Big Picture Science – Human Influence click to listen (trt 8:05) Part 1 of Surviving the Anthropocene, featuring Jonathan Amos, science writer for the BBC in London, discussing climate scientists’ predictions of a mega-drought in the American Southwest, and the new higher measurements of the amount of plastic dumped into the oceans annually.

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