Virtually Speaking Science

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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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Urban ecology, citizen science, Earth Day and the two-body problem. Kelly talks with Madhusudan Katti (Fresno State) and Kaberi Kar Gupta (Urban Slender Loris Project; organizer, new Citizen Science society).
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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

Anatomy, identity, intersex. Medical historian/ethicist Alice Dreger (Northwestern) and Kelly Hills discuss Dreger's new book, Galileo's Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science.

What questions are scientists asking about the existence of intelligent extraterrestial life? Alan Boyle taks with Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI – and Don Lincoln... more

I. Glenn Cohen talks with Kelly about the multi-billion dollar industry of medical tourism and his recent book Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law and Ethics (Nov. 12th; Oxford University Press) Cohen, Assistant Professor of Law... more

Laurie Paul, philosophy professor at UC-North Carollina, Chapel Hill; 2014 Guggenheim fellow talks with Jennifer Ouellette about empathy, identity and whether having a child can be considered a rational decision (she's pro-childless... more

A physicist at Fermilab, member of the science team for the Compact Muon Solenoid at the Large Hadron Collider and the author of two books about the LHC, ?The Quantum Frontier? and ?The Large Hadron Collider? Don... more

Medical anthropologist, Adia Benton and Kelly Hills talk about Benton's new book and the spread of and response to Ebola. HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone (Feb 15, 2015), is an ethnographic account of... more

Physicist Ainissa Ramirez, co-author of Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game talks wih host Jennifer Ouellette about Newton's Football, life as a science evangelist and Science Underground, her new micro-podcast with... more
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