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Lasker Award Winners; Vibraphone VirtuosoGary Burton; "The Muslims Are Coming!"; Brooklyn Book Festival

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Richard Scheller and Blake Wilson talk about the research that’s earned them prestigious Lasker Awards this year. Grammy Award-winner Gary Burton looks back on his 50-year-long career as one of the few openly gay musicians in jazz. Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah talk about their film “The Muslims Are Coming!” And we’ll get a preview of this year’s Brooklyn Book Festival!

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Dying Honeybees

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Time magazine’s environmental editor Bryan Walsh looks at the causes behind mass bee deaths — a mixture of new pesticides, parasitic mites and bacterial disease within the colonies — and what the potential death of the honeybee could mean for our future. His article “The Death of Bees” is in the August 19 issue of Time.  

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Why the Kilogram Is Getting Heavier

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Inside a vault maintained by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France rests a cylindrical chunk of metal known as the kilogram standard, but it turns out that the "standard" is gaining weight. Physicist Richard Davis explains why.

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Expanding the Sign Language Lexicon for Science

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Regardless of the state of the law, people with disabilities have been finding their own way in the able-bodied world for some time. For example, in a highly technical field where terminology and vocabulary are highly specialized, how do you communicate efficiently? Caroline Solomon is a professor of biology at Gallaudet University who is trying to answer this question.

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Oliver Sacks on Hallucinations

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks about hallucinations, which can be linked to sensory deprivation, intoxication, illness, or injury. His new book, Hallucinations, weaves together stories of his patients and of his own mind-altering experiences to illuminate what hallucinations tell us about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all, a vital part of the human condition. 

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Google and Memory

Monday, August 01, 2011

Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow discusses her research into how search engines affect our memory and are changing the way we remember information. Her paper in Science, “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips” is believed to be the first research of its kind into the impact of search engines on human memory organization.

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Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab

Friday, June 10, 2011

Frank Moss talks about how the researchers at MIT Media Lab are creating technologies that will greatly impact our lives over the next 25 years and reveals the highly unorthodox approach to creativity and invention at the Media Lab. In The Sorcerers and Their Apprentices: How the Digital Magicians of the MIT Media Lab Are Creating the Innovative Technologies That Will Transform Our Lives, Moss tells stories of people—from musicians to neuroscientists to visual artists to computer engineers—who are using Media Lab innovations to confront personal challenges.

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Remembering the Titanic, Launched 100 Years Ago Today

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

One hundred years ago today, the Titanic launched. It was designed to carry 3511 passengers and was supposed to be "unsinkable" with lifeboats for less than a third. It was first dropped into the waters in Belfast on May 31, 1911. She got the traditional shakedown and then there was that quick stop in Southhampton on the way to New York and then an unscheduled stop at the bottom of the sea just after midnight on 15 April, 1912, after hitting an iceberg. Less than a third of the people on board survived. The BBC's Mark Simpson reports from Belfast on the anniversary of the launch.

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From Ants to Invasive Potato Beetles: More About Bugs

Friday, May 06, 2011

Today’s Please Explain is a look at bugs with Amy Stewart, author of Wicked Bugs. If you want to learn more about some specific insects—and some of the diseases they carry—here are some of our other insect-related Please Explains we've done in the past:

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