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Telford

Friday, May 23, 2008

Studio 360 commissioned the author Lydia Millet to write a short story inspired by the LHC's "grand opening." What happens if the worst happens? Millet's acclaimed 2005 novel Oh Pure and Radiant Heart was about the physicists who created the atom bomb. Actor

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My Speech To The Martians

Friday, May 16, 2008

In Jack Handey's new humor collection, he has some tough words for our enemies.

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Biomimicry

Friday, May 09, 2008

Natural historian Janine Benyus believes that imitating nature’s best ideas can provide solutions to human problems. Could we store electricity like an electric eel to build a nontoxic battery? Benyus told Studio 360's Sarah Lilley how copying nature’s design is the key to our ...

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Smell You Later

Friday, May 09, 2008

Biophysicist Luca Turin and perfume critic Tania Sanchez take Kurt Andersen on a tour of the drugstore to unlock the mysteries of body spray, handiwipes, and crayons. 

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Bacteria Biofuel

Friday, April 18, 2008

Frances Arnold is a biochemical engineer at Cal Tech working on one part of the energy crisis. In a process called “directed evolution,” Arnold’s team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and excrete biofuel.

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Eco Art

Friday, April 18, 2008

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360’s Trey Kay.

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Green Rockers

Friday, April 18, 2008

Corn-based shrink wrap on the CDs, biofuel buses, organic hair spray: this is the greening of rock n’ roll. Sarah Lemanczyk talked to the indie rock band Cloud Cult, which manages its carbon footprint and has fun at the same time.

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William McDonough

Friday, April 18, 2008

He's a grand old man in the young field of green architecture. In the 1970s, William McDonough built one of the first “green roofs” in America –- a corporate headquarters with a meadow on top -- and now works on projects all over the world.

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Coney Island Sunshine

Friday, April 18, 2008

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof. Kurt checked it out with architect Greg Kiss.

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Cal-Earth

Friday, April 18, 2008

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony. Then he realized that his “superadobes” could take root on Earth. Studio 360’s

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Power Cart

Friday, April 18, 2008

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who’s always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances.

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Forgive Me Father

Friday, April 18, 2008

The Vatican recently called pollution of the environment a modern-day sin. Kurt calls Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, to ask what kind of penance polluters are in for.

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On the Spectrum

Friday, March 28, 2008

Jonathan Mitchell is a writer in Los Angeles. He’s written a novel about his life experience with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism-spectrum disorder. Independent producer Tamar Brott met Mitchell in a writing class a few years ago.

And Kurt begins his conversation with researcher Blythe Corbett, ...

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Autism and Creativity

Friday, March 28, 2008

Documentaries like “Autism: The Musical” are showing how the arts can help autistic children express themselves and interact with others. Blythe Corbett explores the connection between autism and forms of creativity. She also addresses some of the controversies surrounding autism including the debate on childhood ...

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Windows to the Soul

Friday, March 28, 2008

Scientists are looking for ways to better understand an autistic person’s perception of the world. In a recent study, Ami Klin and Warren Jones of the Yale School of Medicine tracked autistic viewers’ gazes as they watched the 1966 film “Who’s Afraid ...

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Lucy

Friday, March 28, 2008

In a new play by Damien Atkins, an anthropologist gets custody of her severely autistic daughter. Vivian's approach to Lucy's condition leads her to an extreme hypothesis: autism isn't a disorder –- it's the evolution of the species. "Lucy" was premiered in the US by ...

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Big Eyes

Friday, March 14, 2008

Big eyes are appealing on anything -- babies, cartoon characters, Jake Gyllenhaal. But our fondness for big eyes is the work of nature, not Disney. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky found out how evolutionary psychology muscled its way into pop culture.

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Not Losing His Religion

Friday, February 22, 2008

He was the godfather of science writing. Sir Thomas Browne's exacting observations and gorgeous prose anticipated modern science writers like Rachel Carson, Stephen Jay Gould, and Oliver Sacks. But Browne lived in the 1600s, and his way of reconciling the scriptures with science looks surprisingly like what we ...

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Synesthesia for the Rest of Us

Friday, February 01, 2008

Synesthesia causes people to hear music -– or see letters or numbers -– in color. Neuroscience is beginning to unravel what’s going on in the brains of people with this cerebral phenomenon, but hasn’t yet explained why the genetic mutation exists. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center ...

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Garage Inventors

Friday, January 25, 2008

All over the country, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. Matthew Cavnar talked to inventors in garages, basements, a Quonset hut, even NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to see what home inventors are doing in the 21st century.

 

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