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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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 Harvard Crimson and for the Women in Astronomy blog about parental leave, values affirmation, and the intelligence of groups. On her website, she also provides some resources for running your own Impostor Syndrome workshop. Follow @hubbahubble @b0yle
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Tom Levenson - filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - talks with science writer and journalist Russ Rymer about writing fiction and non fiction, the relation of writing to science and art to science. The discuss Rymer's third book... more

Transparency, security & privacy David Brin talks about these and more with Jay Ackroyd. Recent work:The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Privacy and Freedom? (Winner of the Freedom of Speech... more

Jennifer Ouellette hosts Caleb Scharf — Director of Columbia University's multidisciplinary Astrobiology Center. They'll talk about observational cosmology, X-ray astronomy, exoplanetary science, Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing... more

SETI Institute Senior Astronomer Seth Shostak talks about aliens and culture with host Alan Bolye (Cosmic Log). Before his involvement with SETI research, Seth used radio telescopes in the USA and the Netherlands, searching for clues... more

Tom Levenson talks with author and science historian Naomi Oreskes, about extreme weather: the 5/20 Oklahoma tornado and the social costs of climate change, carbon policy and inaction. Naomi co-authored - with Erik M. Conway -... more

Jennifer Ouellette hosts Maria Konnikova, author of Mastermind on what we can learn psychologically speaking from Sherlock Holmes Follow @mkonnikova @jenlucpiquant More at... more

Alan Boyle hosts freelance science writer Brian Switek and vertebrate paleontologist Tom Holtz about dinosaurs. Brian specializes in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. His blog Laelaps is part of the Phenomena... more

Tom Levenson - filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - hosts Maryn McKenna. The topic is looming antibiotic disaster. A journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy, Maryn is the author of... more

Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle and CalTech astrophysicist George Djorgovski discuss education in cyberspace: the challenges, opportunities and... more

Jay Ackroyd hosts American evolutionary biologist and sociobiologist Robert L. Trivers, Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University. Trivers stopped by to discuss issues he explores in his new book The Folly of... more
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