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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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A Research Scientist in Applied Physics at Los Alamos National Laboratory, Cathy Plesko uses the supercomputers there to study what happens when asteroids and comets hit a planet and how to prevent them from hitting Earth. Follow @b0yle @LANL

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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

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
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