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SkyTruth

Thursday, August 08, 2013

John Amos, President of SkyTruth, talks about using public domain satellite imagery to monitor environmentally harmful developments.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Saving Florida's Oranges

Thursday, August 01, 2013

The Florida orange crop has been under attack by an incurable disease. New York Times reporter Amy Harmon looks at the pursuit of a genetically modified orange that will save the Florida crop. She wrote about it in her article "A Race to Save the Orange by Altering Its DNA," in the New York Times.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Rabies

Friday, July 26, 2013

Rabies is a virus most often transmitted through the bite of an infected animal, and it has been around as long as humans have. Veterinarian Monica Murphy and  journalist Bill Wasik, authors of Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus, explain the history, science, and cultural mythology surrounding rabies—and how it has spawned stories of pandemic, werewolves, and zombies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Solar Airplane

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Earlier this month Andre Borschberg flew the first 100 percent solar-powered airplane across the United States. He and Bertrand Piccard, founders of Solar Impulse, talk about the plane, the flight, and their plans to fly it around the globe in 2015.

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Life of the Law

Forensics in Flames

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Over the past 20 years, there’s been a revolution in the science of arson investigations. Many of the clues that had been used for decades to determine that a fire was not accidental, especially the analysis of burn patterns on walls and floors,

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Journalist and cancer survivor Clifton Leaf looks at why we have made such limited progress fighting the disease. In The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It describes why the public’s immense investment in research has been badly misspent, why scientists seldom collaborate and share their data, why new drugs are so expensive, and why many scientists are abandoning the search for a cure.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jaron Lanier Asks Who Owns the Future?

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jaron Lanier, the father of virtual reality and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy. In his new book Who Owns the Future? he asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. He looks at why and charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology talks about the rapid scientific progress that is about to change our world. In Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization he explains that the result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jaron Lanier on Technology and the Future; the Life and Work of Eric Fromm; Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill; Nanotechnology

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Jaron Lanier, the father of virtual reality and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy. In his new book Who Owns the Future? he asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. He looks at why and charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow.

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Man of Misconceptions

Monday, July 01, 2013

John Glassie tells the unconventional story of Athanasius Kircher, the legendary 17th-century priest-scientist whose interests ranged from optics to music to magnetism to medicine. His inventions and theories for everything made him famous across Europe. Glassie’s book A Man of Misconceptions: The Life of an Eccentric in an Age of Change traces Kircher's rise, success, and eventual fall as he attempted to come to terms with a changing world.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Sink Holes

Friday, June 28, 2013

After a Florida man disappeared into a sinkhole that swallowed his bedroom, many people began wondering how stable the ground beneath our feet really is. On this week's Please Explain, Randall Orndorff, Director of the USGS Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center, explains what sinkholes are, why they form, where and when they are most likely to occur and how best to prevent them or predict and prepare for them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Alzheimer's Disease and New Alzheimer's Research

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dr. Jerome Groopman, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and staff writer for The New Yorker, explains new approaches to Alzheimer’s research for this week’s Please Explain. Three decades of Alzheimer’s research has brought few results in changing the course of the disease, and there have been few developments in drugs to reverse or slow cognitive decline. In his latest article, “Before Night Falls,” in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker, he looks at the potential of new studies.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Like the Foods We Like

Friday, June 07, 2013

Tom Vanderbilt explains new research into why we like the foods we like, why we crave certain flavors or textures while we’re disgusted by others. His article “Accounting for Taste” is in the June 2013 issue of Smithsonian magazine.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is Science Enough?

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Curtis White, novelist, essayist, English professor at Illinois State University, and author of the Science Delusion: Asking the Big Questions in a Culture of Easy Answers, defends poetry and philosophy against the culture of "scientism," despite his own atheism.

Event: Curtis White in conversation with with Lewis Lapham at Melville House 145 Plymouth St. in Brooklyn (DUMBO) tonight at 7pm,

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Big Data Revolution

Friday, May 24, 2013

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explores big data and how it will affect the economy, science, and society at large. “Big data” refers to our increasing ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think shows how this emerging science can translate data—from the price of airline tickets to the text of millions of books—into searchable forms, and lead to breakthroughs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Philadelphia Chromosome

Monday, May 13, 2013

Science journalist Jessica Wapner tells the story of how an accidental discovery of what's called the Philadelphia chromosome was the starting point of modern cancer research In The Philadelphia Chromosome, Wapner reconstructs more than 40 years of crucial breakthroughs based on the chromosome, including successful treatment of cancer at the genetic level.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Philadelphia Chromosome; the Beatles in the USSR; Buddy & Jim; Photojournalists on War

Monday, May 13, 2013

We’ll hear the story of how the accidental discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome led to the first successful treatment of a cancer on a genetic level three decades later. Leslie Woodhead tells how the Beatles helped to inspire an entire generation of Soviet youth. Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale talk about their new album, “Buddy & Jim.” And Michael Kamber and photojournalists Alan Chin and Ashley Gilbertson talk about covering the Iraq War.

The Leonard Lopate Show

How Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology talks about the rapid scientific progress that is about to change our world. In Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization he explains that the result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jaron Lanier and Eric Drexler on Technology and the Future, the Influence of Eric Fromm, Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Jaron Lanier, who has been called the father of virtual reality, explains how technology continues to transform our culture. We’ll look at the life of philosopher Erich Fromm, who wrote about both political and personal relationships and was a major founder of Amnesty International. Nathaniel Philbrick talks about how the Battle of Bunker Hill ignited the American Revolution. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology, discusses the future of that science.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Jaron Lanier Asks Who Owns the Future?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Jaron Lanier, the father of virtual reality and one of the most influential thinkers of our time, examines the effects network technologies have had on our economy. In his new book Who Owns the Future? he asserts that the rise of digital networks led our economy into recession and decimated the middle class. He looks at why and charts the path toward a new information economy that will stabilize the middle class and allow it to grow.

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