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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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The Planetary Society's Emily Lakdawalla, Space.com contributor Rod Pyle and journalist and author Marc Kaufman look back at the first two years of the Curiosity Rover's mission on Mars, and look ahead to the future of Mars exploration. Pyle is the author of the newly published book ?Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen.? Lakdawalla is working on a book tentatively titled ?Curiosity on Mars: Design, Planning and the First Mars Year of Operations,? due to be published in 2015. Marc Kaufman writes for the Washington Post and is the author of "First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth" and Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission, published August 5, 2014. NBC News science editor Alan Boyle is the host for this episode, which marks the second anniversary (in Earth years) of Curiosity's Mars landing. Follow @B0yle @elakdawalla @chryseplanatia #CuriosityRover
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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

Science Writer Jennifer Ouellette talks with complexity theorist Simon DeDeo, Research Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute, about the basis for approaching an understanding of complex social systems, e.g. Wiki.

Phil Plait comes by to talk with Alan Boyle about the Apollo 11 anniversary, moon hoaxes you have known, and the outlook for lunar science and exploration. Follow @BadAstronomer @B0yle

Tom Levenson talks with David Dobbs about the current crazed, crazy-making, intensely exciting state of the study of genetics and the false choice betwen nature and nurture. Follow @David_Dobbs @TomLevenson More

Neuro.... prosthetics. Jennifer Ouellette talks with Malcolm MacIver, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern about robotics, neuroscience, bio-inspired robotics, and robotics-inspired... more
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