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Flying Cars and Tricorders: How Sci-Fi Invented the Present

Friday, January 24, 2014

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to George Orwell’s 1984 to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated Her, artists have imagined what the future will look like. In this week’s episode, Kurt Andersen explores how science fiction has shaped the world we’re living in right now. The inventor of the cell phone gives credit to

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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, January 24, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

Video: Hadfield sings “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station

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Science Goes to the Movies: Her

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

From Science Friday's series "Science Goes to the Movies"

Could you fall in love — develop a real relationship — with a computer?  In Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated movie Her, a lonely Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix) falls hard for his operating system. Part of the film’s power is that its premise isn’t so improbable ...

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Studio 360 Parties in 3D: featuring Javelin

Monday, December 23, 2013

3D printers make it possible to print almost anything. So we wanted to see what our listeners might do with this new technology, so we teamed up with the 3D printer maker MakerBot to give them a challenge: to create a holiday ornament. Last week, we threw a party in WNYC's Greene ...

Video: Javelin, "Airfield" (live)

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Makerbot and the Holiday Ornament Challenge

Friday, November 22, 2013

If a button’s missing on your remote control, your kid’s toy car has a broken wheel, or the temple tips fall off your eyeglasses, you’d probably just throw your hands up and say, well there goes that. Those days could soon be over thanks to a cutting-edge technology: 3D printing ...

Enter the 3D Printing Challenge

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Andrea Barrett's Literary Science

Friday, November 01, 2013

Andrea Barrett dropped out of a graduate program in zoology, but has never left science behind. Nearly all of her books, including the National Book Award-winning story collection Ship Fever, are set in moments when the grand sweep of science intrudes upon the inner lives of individuals. In Barrett’s new book Archangel ...

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Darwin Got It Wrong

Friday, November 01, 2013

Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein, and Lord Kelvin are remembered as unimpeachable geniuses. But over the course of their careers, they each made tremendous errors — not just faulty equations but fundamental misunderstandings. In Brilliant Blunders, Mario Livio showcases those failures and the surprising discoveries ...

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Drone Art

Friday, September 27, 2013

Movies and TV are absorbing drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called) as plot devices in The Bourne Legacy and Homeland, for example. But some fine artists are also trying to sway this national conversation. Adam Harvey designs burqas and hijabs that make the wearer invisible ...

Video: Dancing with Robots

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Making Friends with Drones

Friday, September 27, 2013

Missy Cummings saw the dawn of the age of drones — sorry, “unmanned aerial vehicles” — firsthand from the deck of an aircraft carrier. As one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, flying an F-18, Cummings realized that improvements in GPS were going to obviate her job. So she switched gears ...

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David Brooks: What Our Words Tell Us

Friday, August 09, 2013

New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote that our word choice proves that we’ve become a more individualistic society.  Brooks cited Ngram studies which showed that in the last 50 years, words like “self” and “unique” have been on the rise while “community" and "share” ...

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Big Data and Culturomics

Friday, August 09, 2013

Big Data — and how we use it — is changing the way we understand our culture and history.  Research scientists Erez Lieberman Aiden and Jean Baptiste Michel teamed up with Google to create the (highly addictive) Ngram Viewer: it sifts through millions of digitized books and charts the ...

Send us your Big Data discoveries

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Six-Second Movies: From Soldiers to the Suburbs

Friday, August 09, 2013

What can you accomplish in six seconds? Unwrap a piece of gum, tie your shoes, or make a very short movie. That’s the premise of Twitter’s video app, Vine — recording video and audio for no more than six seconds. Since the platform launched earlier this year, millions of users have ...

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The Art and Science of De-Extinction

Friday, July 19, 2013

Bringing extinct animals back has usually been left to the world of science fiction. But a group of biologists is attempting it in the real world. The organization Revive & Restore, a project of the Long Now Foundation, held a day-long TEDx conference on de-extinction a few months ago ...

Slideshow: Isabella Kirkland's paintings of endangered and extinct species

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Will Apple Get Its Mojo Back?

Friday, June 14, 2013

Apple has just unveiled a new iOS, the software that powers its mobile devices, for a fall release. In a major shift of the company’s aesthetic, the look is “flattened.” “There was a fake three-dimensional quality to everything that really started in 1984,” Bonnie Siegler tells Kurt Andersen. Siegler runs ...

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Beauty in the Search for Dark Matter

Friday, May 10, 2013

Right now, one of the biggest races in science is the search for dark matter. “It's really very very scary to know that after all these years of civilization we still don't know 95% of our universe,” says experimental physicist Elena Aprile. “It makes you feel very small.” Aprile heads a research ...

Slideshow: Inside the lab

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Gary Marcus: Defining Creativity

Friday, April 26, 2013

Kurt Andersen talks with Gary Marcus about what science knows, and doesn’t know, about creativity. Marcus is the director of New York University’s Center for Language and Music, and the author of Guitar Zero, a book about how the brain learns. Marcus is skeptical of tests that measure ...

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How Creative Are You?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Psychologist E. Paul Torrance was nicknamed “the father of creativity.” In the 1940s he began researching creativity order to improve American education. In order to encourage creativity, we needed to define, measure, and analyze it. The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking are still ...

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So You Think You're Creative?

Friday, April 26, 2013

We're always talking about creativity, but what do we mean? Can we find creativity, can we measure it, can we encourage it? Kurt talks with professor and author Gary Marcus (Guitar Zero) about what science tells us about creativity. A researcher shoves jazz musicians into an fMRI machine and has ...

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The Neuroscience of Jazz

Friday, April 26, 2013

Charles Limb is a professor of otolaryngology at Johns Hopkins Medicine who has a sideline in brain research; he’s also on the faculty at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He wants to know what happens in our brains when we play piano. Simple: stick a musician in an fMRI machine ...

Video: "Your Brain on Improv"

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Jaron Lanier: You Are Not A Network

Friday, April 26, 2013

Jaron Lanier is a pioneering computer scientist, a creator of virtual reality, a musician, and the author of You Are Not a Gadget, which takes a skeptical view of the role we have given technology in our lives. Lanier worries that it discourages originality and uniqueness in the generation ...

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