Virtually Speaking Science

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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U.S. space effort's aversion to risk stunts our expansion into the final frontier and made America more dependent on Russia. Rand Simberg ?recovering aerospace engineer? and author of ?Safe Is Not an Option,? talks with Alan Boyle.

Meet ethicist Kelly Hills the newest Virtually Speaking Science host. She and Jennifer Ouellette talk about nontraditional academic paths, the importance of pop culture to bioethics, why we watch reality TV. Virtually Speaking... more

Tom Levenson talks with Annalee Newitz, founding editor of writer: and author of 'Scatter, Adapt and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction Follow: @annaleen @tomlevenson... more

Jennifer Ouellette talks with astronomer Ray Jayawardhana, author of ?The Neutrino Hunters? about why these ghost particles are so endlessly fascinating to physicists, and why the Higgs boson is soooo 2012. Tweet questions to... more

Theoretical Physicist & Futurist Michio Kaku explores the frontier of neuroscience in "The Future of the Mind." Kaku and Alan Boyle discuss brain science as well as the latest news about the inflationary Big Bang and other mysteries of the... more

Jennifer Ouellette hosts physics science writer Amanda Gefter. They compare notes on writing about physics as non-specialists ; then talk about Amanda's new book ?Trespassing on Einstein's Lawn.? Follow @AmandaGefter... more

Tom's guest is Eileen Pollack, professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan. She is at work on 'Approaching Infinity: A Memoir of Women in Science.'... more

Alan Boyle talks with Jennifer Ouellette about Me, Myself and Why: Searching for the Science of Self in which she turns her attention to the mysteries of human identity and behavior. She draws on genetics, neuroscience, and... more

Tom Levenson hosts a conversation with Katie Hinde — Harvard based evolutionary biologist and "major-domo" of the world-class awesome blog "Mammals Suck…Milk!" A wonderfully accessible hour + about how... more

In the wake of the Feb 4 debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and and creationist Ken Ham (Answers in Genesis), Alan Boyle (NBC News), Award winning filmmaker Antony Thomas (HBO's Questioning Darwin) and Josh... more
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