Big Picture Science – Born Legacy: Zeeya Merali / DIY Universe

September 4, 2017

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Born Legacy – DIY Universe click to listen (TRT 9:32) Click above to listen to part 2 of Born Legacy, featuring Zeeya Merali, journalist and editor for the Foundational Questions Institute, and author of A Big Bang in a […]

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Big Picture Science – Born Legacy: A Night with SOFIA

September 4, 2017

Born Legacy – Emma’s SOFIA Adventure click to listen (TRT 16:34) Click above to listen to part 1 of Born Legacy, featuring reporter Emma Bentley’s all night ride aboard NASA’s SOFIA observatory. You can read her account of the adventure here. The guests in this segment include David McAllister, Deputy Program Manager for Operations of […]

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget

August 28, 2017

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 culprits behind a modern-day helium shortage. But it’s not all a disappearing act: be thankful […]

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

August 28, 2017

Big Picture Science – New Elements click to listen (TRT 14:52) Click above to listen to 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

August 28, 2017

Big Picture Science – Nitrogen Ice Cream click to listen (TRT 3:50) Click above to listen to 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

August 28, 2017

Big Picture Science – Oxygen Glut click to listen (TRT 12:10) Click above to listen to 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 […]

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

August 28, 2017

Big Picture Science – Helium Shortage click to listen (TRT 7:54) Click above to listen to 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 […]

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Big Picture Science – Musical Universe: Stephon Alexander / Jazz of Science

August 21, 2017

Big Picture Science / Jazz of Science click to listen (trt 13:01) Part 2 of Musical Universe, featuring Stephon Alexander, professor of physics at Brown University and author of “The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe”.

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Big Picture Science – Musical Universe: Stephon Alexander / Science of Jazz

August 21, 2017

Big Picture Science / Science of Jazz click to listen (trt 8:08) Part 3 of Musical Universe, featuring Stephon Alexander, professor of physics at Brown University and author of “The Jazz of Physics: The Secret Link Between Music and the Structure of the Universe”, describing how John Coltrane incorporated geometry into his music.

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Big Picture Science – Musical Universe: Janna Levin / Songs From Outer Space

August 21, 2017

Big Picture Science / Songs From Outer Space click to listen (trt 14:48) Part 1 of Musical Universe, featuring Janna Levin, physicist and astronomer at Barnard College at Columbia University and author of “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space”, discussing the sounds of the universe, such as colliding black holes.

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