Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles

June 27, 2016

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles Wondering whether to vaccinate your children? The decision can feel like a shot in the dark if you don’t know how to evaluate risk. Find out why all of us […]

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Big Picture Science – The Me in Measles: Andrew Maynard / Accurate Data

June 27, 2016

Andrew Maynard / Accurate Data click to listen (trt 12:04) Part 4 of Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles, featuring Andrew Maynard, professor of environmental health science, and director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan, suggesting that more accurate statistics would bolster the trustworthiness of data used to compare the risks […]

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Big Picture Science – The Me in Measles: Adam Korbitz / Risk Assessment

June 27, 2016

Adam Korbitz / Risk Assessment click to listen (trt 6:02) Part 3 of Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles, featuring Adam Korbitz, a lawyer specializing in space law, discussing the psychology of how we assess risk.

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Big Picture Science – The Me in Measles: Neil deGrasse Tyson / Evaluating Risk

June 27, 2016

Neil deGrasse Tyson / Evaluating Risk click to listen (trt 5:40) Part 2 of Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles, featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City, explaining how we evaluate risk (or not) and how science can help.

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Big Picture Science – The Me in Measles: Paul Offit / Vaccine Facts and Fears

June 27, 2016

An 1802 editorial cartoon showing people erupting with “cow pox” after being vaccinated to treat small pox. Paul Offit / Vaccine Facts and Fears click to listen (trt 13:32) Part 1 of Skeptic Check: The Me in Measles, featuring Paul Offit, infectious disease specialist at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, discussing the facts and fears […]

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Big Picture Science – Elements Never Forget

June 19, 2016

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

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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