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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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Is there a virtual Mars in our future? http://cosmiclog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08/01/13060764-is-there-a-virtual-mars-in-our-future?lite Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle and George Djorgovski discuss challenges,... more

Are we alone in the solar system? NBCNews.com Science Editor Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with JPL Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate Dave Beaty. They continue a conversation begun March 7, 2012. Tweet questions to... more

Host Alan Bolye (Cosmic Log) talks with Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View, CA, and the 2004 winner of the Klumpke-Roberts Award awarded by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific in recognition of his... more

Host Tom Levenson talks with Chris Mooney, science and political journalist, blogger, podcaster, and experienced trainer of scientists in the art of communication, Chris is the author of four books, including the New York Times... more

Recorded 10/5/2011 MSNBC's Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist at Caltech. Sean studies the theoretical aspects of cosmology, field theory, and gravitation, learning about fundamental physics by... more

Recorded 12/21/2011 Filmmaker Tom Levenson - Prof of Science Writing at MIT and front pager at Balloon Juice - welcomes filmmaker and science writer Tim Ferris, best known for his books on cosmology: The Red Limit, Coming of Age in... more

Host Tom Levenson talks with physicist and climatologist Michael E. Mann - currently director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University - is a co-founder and contributor to RealClimate.org. Mann was a... more

Two of the biggest astronomical events of the year – May 20's annular solar eclipse and June 5's transit of Venus – are just around the corner. What's the big deal, and how can you get in on the action? Paul Doherty (a.k.a.... more

Tom Levenson talks with American science writer Gary Taubes, about Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, released in December 2010. Taubes is the author of Nobel Dreams (1987), Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times... more

Rerun. No calls. Cosmic Log's Alan Boyle and Space Studies Institute's Robin Snelson explore the often-volatile landscape of science, politics and policy. This weekt: George Djorgovski: Professor of Astronomy; Co-Director of the Center... more
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