Big Picture Science – Cosmic Conundra: Mark Showalter / Manic Moons

March 6, 2017

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! Cosmic Conundra – Manic Moons click to listen (TRT 6:37) Part 2 of Cosmic Conundra, featuring Mark Showalter, senior research scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California, on the unusually fast rotation rates of some of Pluto’s […]

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Big Picture Science – Cosmic Conundra: Mike Rampino / Catastrophic Collision Cycles

March 6, 2017

Cosmic Conundra – Catastrophic Collision Cycles click to listen (TRT 9:31) Part 1 of Cosmic Conundra, featuring Mike Rampino, professor of biology and environmental studies at New York University, explaining how the movement of our solar system within the milky way may lead to periodic collisions with comets that cause mass extinction events.

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

February 27, 2017

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet Obesity, diabetes, heart disease … maybe even Alzheimer’s. Could these modern scourges have a common denominator? Some people believe they do: sugar. But is this accusation warranted? We talk with a journalist who has spent two decades reporting on nutrition science, and while he says there’s […]

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Big Picture Science – Not So Sweet: Naomi Oreskes / Confection Confusion

February 27, 2017

Not So Sweet – Confection Confusion click to listen (TRT 12:53) Part 4 of Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet, featuring Naomi Oreskes, professor of the History of Science and Affiliated Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University, and the co-author of Merchants of Doubt, describing how industry corruption of scientific studies sows public […]

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Big Picture Science – Not So Sweet: Cristin Kearns / Sugar Politics

February 27, 2017

Not So Sweet – Sugar Politics click to listen (TRT 3:45) Part 3 of Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet, featuring Cristin Kearns, postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, discussing how nutritional studies done at Harvard in the 1960’s were corrupted by the sugar industry.

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Big Picture Science – Not So Sweet: Gary Taubes / Fat Misdiagnosis

February 27, 2017

Not So Sweet – Fat Misdiagnosis click to listen (TRT 11:15) Part 2 of Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet, featuring Gary Taubes, investigative reporter and the author of The Case Against Sugar, recounting the failures in nutritional science that let sugar off the hook for a suite of diseases arising in the western world.

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Big Picture Science – Not So Sweet: Gary Taubes / Sugar Epidemic

February 27, 2017

Not So Sweet – Sugar Epidemic click to listen (TRT 11:52) Part 1 of Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet, featuring Gary Taubes, investigative reporter and the author of The Case Against Sugar, tying the rise in insulin resistance and related diseases to the ubiquity of sugar availability in the western world.

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Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking

February 20, 2017

Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking Congratulations, you have a big brain. Evolution was good to Homo sapiens. But make some room on the dais. Research shows that other animals, such as crows, may not look smart, but can solve complex problems. Meanwhile human engineers are busily developing cogitating machines. Intelligent entities abound – […]

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Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking: Jeff Welser / Cognitive Computing

February 20, 2017

Thinking About Thinking – Cognitive Computing click to listen (TRT 6:55) Part 3 of Thinking About Thinking, featuring Jeff Welser, Vice president and Lab Director, IBM Almaden Research Center, discussing the frontiers of thinking machines, such as IBM’s Watson.

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Big Picture Science – Thinking About Thinking: Anil Ananthaswamy / Brain Disorders

February 20, 2017

Thinking About Thinking – Brain Disorders click to listen (TRT 11:13) Part 4 of Thinking About Thinking, featuring Anil Ananthaswamy, science journalist, correspondent for “New Scientist,” and author of The Man Who Wasn’t There: Investigations into the Strange New Science of the Self.

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