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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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Discuss upcoming plans for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) – the world's largest and most powerful particle collider, and the largest single machine in the world – The LHC allows physicists to test the predictions of different theories of particle physics and high-energy physics.
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The Exploratorium's Paul Doherty shares the latest news about NASA's Mars Curiosity mission from the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco – and joins NBCNews' Alan Boyle in a year-end, year-ahead survey of the... more

Science writer Jennifer Ouellette talks with evolutionary neurobiologist Mark Changizi, about the ultimate foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. Mark's research focuses on questions such as why we see in color,... more

Recorded Jan 4, 2012 (Marc & Alan return Jan 2, 2013) Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle talks with Marc Abrahams, creator of the Ig Nobel Prize ceremony and editor of the Annals of Improbable Research. "Last, but not least, there are the Ig Nobel... more

How do the US presidential candidates view science and technology issues? MSNBC's Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with ScienceDebate.org's Shawn Lawrence Otto, author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in... more

Tom Levenson - Filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - talks with Nancy Hopkins, Amgen professor of biology at MIT about molecular biology, cancer research, Jim Watson, Rosalind Franklin, the 'leaky pipeline' for women in the... more

Science Writer and author Jennifer Ouellette welcomes Annie Murphy Paul, author of The Cult of Personality Testing (why the Myers Briggs and similar tests are little more than modern horoscopes); Origins, about how... more

Robert Gould, MD, San Francisco Bay Chapter President of Physicians for Social Responsibility, briefed a group of writers on the importance of California's historic Proposition 37 – and why the labeling of genetically engineered food and... more

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Director of the Sustainable Food Systems Program and Senior Scientist for Pesticide Action Network briefed a group of writers on the science of genetically engineered foods and why California's historic Proposition... more

Tom Levenson - Filmmaker and Prof of Science Writing at MIT - talks with Maggie Koerth-Baker, Science Editor at Boingboing.net and columnist for @nytmag. Maggie is the author of Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the... more

Prof. Matt Strassler (Rutgers U.) and The Quest for the Higgs Particle A new Higgs-like particle has recently been observed at the Large Hadron Collider. The quest to find this particle goes back nearly 50 years. Slides at More at Matt... more
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