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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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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Jennifer Ouellette talks with Dave Goldberg about Ask a Physicist & THE UNIVERSE IN THE REAR VIEW MIRROR Follow @askaphysicist @jenlucpiquant Tweet questions to #AskVS Give us a hand: check out Audible's free 30 day... more

Tom Levenson talks about The Poisoner's Handbook poison, the emergence of systematic chemistry as a tool, the issues we face of our ignorance of so much of the chemical universe — the West Virginia spill will be our proof... more

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... more

Host Tom Levenson (MIT) talks with Maryn McKenna and Janet Stemwedel about about sexual harassment, gender discrimination and science writing. Follow @docfreeride @marynmck @TomLevenson Links, bios at more

MIT's Tom Levenson (Inverse Square and Balloon Juice) talks with theoretical physicist Matt Strassler about the Higg's Field, the Large Hadron Collider, the large data problem and what all this means for our understanding of physical... more

Theoretical physicists Sean Carroll & Matt Strassler comment on spreading scientific knowledge to a diverse and diversely informed public. They respond to a question asked during this hour-long conversation with Alan Boyle: Why the... more

Once again, Sean Carroll – author The Particle at the End of the Universe – & Matt Strassler talk particle physics, time and space and the importance of the Higgs Boson particle with Host Alan Boyle. Hosted in Second Life by... more

Tom Levenson hosts Allan Adams, a theoretical physicist working at the intersection of fluid dynamics, quantum field theory and string theory. His latest work uses the physics of black holes to study turbulence in quantum liquids.... more

Maia Szalavitz – neuroscience journalist at TIME – specializes in drug and alcohol addiction. She and Jennifer Ouellette begin with the recent MDMA ("Molly") deaths. Follow @JenLucPiquant @maiasz

Alan Boyle, science editor, NBC News Digital talks with David Brain about the MAVEN orbiter mission and what it means for Mars science and exploration. Dr. Dave Brain - Co-Investigator on the MAVEN science team -serves as a science... more
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