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Space News: For the History Books or the Front Pages?

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Anticipation began building two weeks ago, after NPR quoted Mars rover Curiosity mission chief scientist John Grotzinger as saying that the rover had recently gathered data "for the history books." Was the anticipation worth it? Is there really new information that will go down in history? Denton Ebel knows a lot about the solar system, meteorites and outer space in general. He’s chair of the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Physical Sciences.

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There Are No Prophets in Science: The Vision and View of J. Robert Oppenheimer

Monday, December 03, 2012

WNYC

In this 1954 talk, J. Robert Oppenheimer surmises that today's pressing questions "will be transmuted before they are answered" and that "the very process of discovery will shatter the concepts that we today use to describe our puzzlement."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hunt for the Higgs Boson

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Caltech physicist Sean Carroll explains the greatest scientific achievement of our time—finding the Higgs boson, the key to understanding why mass exists. In The Particle at the End of the Universe: How the Hunt for the Higgs Boson Leads Us to the Edge of a New World, he not only explains the importance of the Higgs boson but also the Large Hadron Collider project itself.

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Radiolab

Brain Fodder Vol. 5

Monday, November 19, 2012

It appears the Radiolab staff is giving thanks for a lot of videos this week, spanning the spectrum from sand to origami to baseball to dying cartoons (accompanied by folk music, of course). Intrigued? Check it...

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Radiolab

If These Walls Could Talk

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Pipes get metaphysical when a historian (of medicine) and a plumber meet inside one tiny midtown Manhattan apartment...

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Radiolab

The Power of Coffee is Not in the Cup

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

To answer a listener's foodie questions, Molly Webster dives deep into the least likely part of your morning coffee ... the stain it leaves behind.

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The Takeaway

A Planet Made of Diamonds

Monday, October 15, 2012

A planet made out of diamonds? Sounds like the plot of a weird science fiction film that would star some of the “real housewives,” or the Kardashians. But this is no fantasy.

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The Takeaway

Physicists Win Nobel Prize for Quantum Observation

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

It was announced this morning that this year’s winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics are Serge Haroche and David Wineland "for ground-breaking experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual quantum systems."

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Radiolab

What a Slinky Knows

Monday, September 10, 2012

"Hey kids," said physicist Tadashi Tokieda, "Wanna see a magic trick?" He pulled out a Slinky and did something that amazed the kids, & their dad Steve Strogatz. Steve, along with Neil deGrasse Tyson, explains what the gravity-defying Slinky trick reveals about the nature of all things great and small (including us).

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Physics: Illuminating the Universe

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Lisa Randall, Professor of Physics at Harvard University, and author of Knocking on Heaven's Door: How Physics and Scientific Thinking Illuminate the Universe and the Modern World and Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions, talks about the new discoveries in field of physics, including new evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson. She’ll explain what it is and why it matters. Her most recent book is the Kindle Single Higgs Discovery: The Power of Empty Space.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: The Higgs Boson

Friday, July 20, 2012

Early this month, researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, announced that they found convincing evidence of a new particle called the Higgs boson. Sometimes called the “god particle,” the Higgs boson gives mass to the elementary particles that make up the universe. Brian Greene, Professor of Mathematics and Physics and author of The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos, and The Hidden Reality, and Kyle Cranmer, Assistant Professor of Physics at New York University, help us decipher what the Higgs is and why it matters, and explain how the Large Hadron Collider works.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Existential Detective Story

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jim Holt, essayist, critic, and author of Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story, discusses his new book, which investigates the age-old mystery of why is there something rather nothing.

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The Takeaway

The Higgs Boson: Closer Than Ever Before

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Higgs Boson has eluded scientists for centuries. Modern physicists believe that the discovery of the Higgs Boson could possibly be the most important molecular discovery of our time, and we may have found it.

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The Takeaway

CERN Announcement: Continuing Coverage

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Scientists reporting from the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland say they have discovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs Boson. The particle has been the subject of a 45 year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

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The Takeaway

CERN to Unveil New Evidence for "God Particle"

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

On Wednesday, scientists from the CERN lab in Switzerland will announce the latest evidence about the existence of Higgs Boson particle, otherwise known as the "God particle." Dr. Michio Kaku discusses the basics of the Higgs Boson particle and what makes Wednesday's announcement so significant.

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The Takeaway

The Quantum Kid: High School Senior Authors a Groundbreaking Physics Paper

Monday, June 11, 2012

The physics journal Physical Review A has recently published a paper whose lead author is only 18-years-old. Ari Dyckovsky recently graduated from high-school, but his recent work on quantum entanglement may set the stage for the next generation of quantum computers.

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On Being

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth [remix]

Thursday, May 31, 2012

With physicist Janna Levin, we explore echoes between mathematics and great existential questions -- the nature of truth, free will, and how science informs the meaning of life.

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On Being

[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 31, 2012

With physicist Janna Levin, we explore echoes between mathematics and great existential questions -- the nature of truth, free will, and how science informs the meaning of life.

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Radiolab

Is There an Edge to the Heavens?

Monday, February 20, 2012

Cosmic laws are rewritten, and a spacecraft launched three decades ago races to become the first human-made object to leave the solar system.

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Radiolab

Escape!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Stories about traps and getaways ... about getting stuck, and breaking free.

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