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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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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

Tom Levenson - filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - hosts Emily Anthes. They'll discuss animals and biotechnology. In her just released Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts, Emily explore's... more

Jennifer Ouellette hosts theoretical astrophysicist Janna Levin. They'll be chatting about the latest on black holes, the sounds of the early universe, Alan Turing and Kurt Godel, how writing fiction is different from nonfiction science writing, her... more

Note: Sound distortions in first 15 min. Alan Boyle - Science Editor, NBC.com - hosts Golden Spike Board members Doug Griffith and Taber MacCallum. They'll talk about achieving affordable, reliable, and frequent human expeditions to... more

Host Tom Levenson - filmmaker, author and professor of science writing at MIT - talks with print and radio journalist Cynthia Graber. She writes about science, food, culture, international development and the environment. They talk... more

Science writer and author Jennifer Ouellette welcomes Jim Kakalios - author of THE PHYSICS OF SUPERHEROES and THE AMAZING STORY OF QUANTUM MECHANICS. They talk about his experiences with Hollywood consulting, his... more

Sean Carroll & Matt Strassler talk particle physics, time and space with Host Alan Boyle. Hosted in Second Life by the Exploratorium. Follow @seanmcarroll @mattstrassler @b0yle Links Alan writes about it here... more
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