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Informal conversations hosted by science writers Alan Boyle, Jennifer Ouellette, Kelly Hills and Tom Levenson, who, with their guests, explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy, the history and economics of science, science deniers and its relationship to democracy, and the role of women in the sciences. Produced by Sherry Reson. Hosted in Second Life by the Exploratorium.

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Kelly Hills talks to Madhusudan Katti about reconciliation ecology: managing urban ecosystems for biodiversity; which includes managing the impact of droughts. Read Dr. Katti on water management in cities in the American West,... more

Former NASA astronaut and planetary scientist Tom Jones and Alan Boyle preview Asteroid Day, an occasion that highlights the threats and opportunities posed by near-Earth objects. Scores of Asteroid Day events are... more

Kelly talks with Dr. Kaberi Kar Gupta, Principal Scientist of the Urban Slender Loris Project, where citizens and scientists learn about this small nocturnal primate found only in Sri Lanka and Southern India in order to figure out how... more

The science of swaying popular opinion: think vaccines. Dartmouth political scientist/psychologist Brendan Nyhan specializes in the cognitive biases that come with identity politics. Jennifer and Brendan talk about the psychology of... more

Alan Boyle talks with Mark Showalter, a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, about the latest findings about Pluto and its moons, next month's flyby of the dwarf planet by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, the "Our Pluto" program to... more

Discuss upcoming plans for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, and the largest single machine in the world – The LHC allows physicists to test the predictions of different... more

Tensor networks, quantum information, emergent space-time, black hole firewalls, cyber security. J ennifer talks with Shaun Maguire, a mathematical physicist with expertise in control theory, statistics and quantum computing. PhD student... more

What's up at Virgin Galactic? Five months after the tragic loss of SpaceShipTwo and one of its pilots, the company is building a new SpaceShipTwo – and moving ahead with a project called Launcher One to put small satellites in orbit.... more
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