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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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 Whitman about Economics of the Undead: Zombies, Vampires, and the Dismal Science. Economic recovery after the zombie apocalypse, analyzing vampire investment strategies, illuminating the market forces that affect vampire-human romances. http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/22/the-ethics-and-economics-of-vampire-re-ensoulment/ http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/07/20/profs-glen-whitman-and-jim-dow-guest-blogging-about-economics-of-the-undead-zombies-vampires-and-the-dismal-science/
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Jennifer Ouellette talks with JPL planetary scientist Kevin Hand -- consultant on the new film "Europa Report" -- about the science behind the film, his own work recreating conditions on Europa in the lab, why hydrothermal vents are so... more

Alan Boyle hosts a free-wheeling conversation about the first year of Curiousity on Mars, with reminiscences of what the landing was like, how the mission has been going, and what lies ahead. Alan is joined by Science Fiction writer Doug... more

Host Tom Levenson - filmmaker, author and professor of science writing at MIT talks with David Epstein. An investigative reporter writing about sports science & medicine for Science News and Sports Illustrated, David Epstein is author of... more

NBC Digital Science Editor Alan Boyle visits with NBC News 'Space Analyst' James Oberg talk about the upcoming Apollo 11 anniversary, myths surrounding Apollo, and perhaps the ?no girls allowed? issue.... more

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
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