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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Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research returns to talk with Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle. B0yle on strange science. "Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel awards. These come with little cash, but much cachet, and reward those research projects that 'first make people laugh, and then make them think'" — Nature Follow @MarcAbrahams @B0yle
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Bethany Brookshire talks with Kelly about science in the kitchen. Follow @rocza @SciCurious Read Kelly at Life as an Extreme Sport Read Bethany at ScienceNews/SciCurious and Eureka!Lab.

Cognitive neuroscientist and author of FLICKER, Your Brain on Movies Jeff Zacks talks with Jennifer Ouellette about the history of cinema and the latest research to explain what happens between your ears when you sit down in the theatre and... more

Undead characters have terrified popular audiences for centuries, but when analyzed closely, their behaviors and stories—however farfetched—mirror our own in surprising ways. Jennifer talks with Glen... more

Colonize our solar systerm? Seth Shostak – Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research – talks with Alan Boyle abut Interstellar and other ideas afloat in the culture.... more

Guest host Gaius Publius discusses climate change with Dr. Michael Mann. Gaius has written extensively on climate issues at AmericaBlog and Naked Capitalism. Gaius' write-up of Dr. Mann's Scientific American article, discussed in the... more

Ten years after the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE opened up the age of private-sector spaceflight, two XPRIZE pioneers reflect on the past decade and look ahead to the future of innovation prizes. Tune in to hear from... more

Analytical chemist Raychelle Burks talks forensic chemistry, using pop culture to explain chemistry, the Curly-haired Mafia, #BlackandSTEM, girls in science, DIY Science Zone with ethicist and science writer Kelly Hills. Follow @DrRubidium... more

Jennifer Ouellette talks with Caltech physicist Spyridon (Spiros) Michalakis about quantum computing and quantum information. Read quantumfrontiers.com Follow @quantum_spiros @JenLucPiquant

Life on planets orbiting low mass stars. Dr. Sarah Ballard completed her PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Harvard University in 2012 and is now a NASA Carl Sagan fellow at the University of Washington. She's written articles for the... more
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