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The Good Nuclear

Friday, November 07, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has embraced nuclear power as part of the solution to the climate crisis, and an antidote to America’s dependence on foreign oil. According to psychiatrist Robert DuPont, the biggest hindrance to nuclear power may be fear itself. DuPont tries a little cultural therapy on ...

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The Day After

Friday, November 07, 2008

Exactly 25 years ago this month, the largest audience ever for a TV movie tuned to ABC to watch a simulated nuclear holocaust. “The Day After” focused on a group of survivors in the heartland of Kansas. Studio 360's Derek John grew up nearby. He ...

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Music, Language, and Memory

Friday, October 31, 2008

A recent study of stroke victims with damaged language abilities found that those who listened to music recovered better than those who listened only to audio books. Music plus words trumped words alone. Studio 360’s Gideon D’Arcangelo has witnessed this phenomenon first hand–with his mother ...

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Computer Art

Friday, September 26, 2008

The visual arts world has been slow to embrace computers. Some forward-thinking collectors hope to change that. Rebecca Cascade talked to one connoisseur who loves the technical challenges that come with owning computer-based art.

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Aha Moment: Arthur Ganson

Friday, September 19, 2008

Today Jeff Lieberman is a musician, a photographer, and getting his PhD in Robotics. He’s also the host of “Time Warp” on the Discovery Channel. But years ago, when Lieberman was a teenager, he was unsure whether to choose a creative or scientific path. Then ...

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Telford

Friday, September 19, 2008

Studio 360 commissioned the author Lydia Millet to write a short story inspired by the LHC’s “grand opening.” Her acclaimed 2005 novel Oh Pure and Radiant Heart was about the physicists who created the atomic bomb. Actor Martha Plimpton reads “Telford.” And ...

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Janna Levin

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kurt checks in with a Columbia University physicist (and novelist) who’s anxiously awaiting the LHC’s first particle collisions. Janna Levin is the author of How the Universe Got Its Spots and A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

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The Largest Machine on the Planet

Friday, September 19, 2008

In a 17-mile long tunnel underneath the Swiss-French border, a particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) recently fired its first proton beams. In a few months, it's due to start smashing particles together. Scientists hope these experiments might solve some of the mysteries of the universe, ...

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You Say You Want an Evolution

Friday, September 12, 2008

The new computer game “Spore” lets users create single-celled microbes and, as the game progresses, they “evolve” into complex creatures and highly developed civilizations. The game’s creator, Will Wright, who also invented “The Sims,” weighs in on the intelligent design debate, and gives ...

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Biophony

Friday, August 29, 2008

Biologist Bernie Krause believes animals communicate with each other on their own frequencies, and when you put all those frequencies together, they interact in a way not unlike a symphony orchestra. He calls it "biophony." Jill DuBoff talked to Krause about his research in ...

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Christopher Alexander

Friday, August 15, 2008

His groundbreaking book A Pattern Language urged architects consider emotional and spiritual ideas when designing. It was the beginning of an elaborate, nuts-and-bolts philosophical system. Christopher Alexander failed to revolutionize the practice of architecture, but he inspired a movement in computer programming that affects how ...

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"Little House" the Musical

Friday, August 15, 2008

In the 1930s Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote books about her childhood on the American frontier in the late 1800s. In the 1970s Michael Landon and Melissa Gilbert starred in a hugely successful TV show based on the stories. A zillion ...

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Cheetah Legs

Friday, August 01, 2008

South African Oscar Pistorius runner failed to qualify for the Olympic games by just 7/10 of a second. Pretty good -– especially for a man without legs. But his state-of-the-art prosthetics, called "Cheetah legs," have caused controversy in the world of sports: for some, they raise questions ...

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Ask a Harvard Psychologist

Friday, July 18, 2008

Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of multiple intelligences, joins Kurt and Sarah Jones on stage for a session of free advice. He analyzes audience members’ big life-changing moments, and gets Sarah to fess up about how her impersonation skills came in ...

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Bell Labs

Friday, July 04, 2008

In the second half of the 20th century, it was a hotbed of unfettered creativity, churning out inventions, patents, and Nobel Prizes. From the TV to the fax machine, to the telephone itself -- if Bell Labs didn't invent it, they probably perfected it. Michelle ...

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Alexis Rockman

Friday, July 04, 2008

Alexis Rockman wants his paintings to help people visualize big scientific phenomena like genetic engineering and global warming. But Rockman, who has an exhibition at The Rose Art Museum through July 27th, sticks to real science when it comes to freaking his viewers out. Produced by

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Patient and Portraitist

Friday, June 27, 2008

David Welch blogs about living with brain cancer. On his site, you’ll find a section called "Tumor Art" with a series of striking portraits of him in different stages of treatment, by the artist Rosemary Feit Covey. Karen Sosnoski talked ...

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Hedy Lamarr

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hollywood likes to cast stars as pioneering scientists; it really happened in the 1940s. Hedy Lamarr was once billed as the most beautiful woman in the world, and she’s partly responsible for the telecom innovation behind cell phones, GPS, and WiFi. Produced by Eric ...

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When Particles Collide

Friday, May 23, 2008

This summer, in a 17-mile long tunnel outside Geneva, Switzerland, a particle accelerator called the Large Hadron Collider is gearing up to smash protons at nearly the speed of light. Physicists hope it will help solve mysteries of the universe and lead to an elusive Unified Theory. Studio ...

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Janna Levin

Friday, May 23, 2008

Kurt talks with a Columbia University astrophysicist who's eagerly awaiting data from the Large Hadron Collider. Janna Levin, also an author, wrote the historical novel A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines.

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