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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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From the VS Science archives, produced in cooperation with MICA, the Meta Institute for Computational Astrophysics: Tom Levenson talks with Science Historian Naomi Oreskes, author of "Merchants of Doubt, How a Handful of... more

Feeling down about spaceflight? Lift your spirits with Yuri's Night MSNBC.com's Alan Boyle talks with Veronica Ann Zabala-Aliberto, Director of Marketing for Yuri's Night 2012, about spaceflight's past and future. Watch for the pre-show... more

Tom Levenson talks with Maryn McKenna: author of Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010), an investigation of the global epidemic of drug-resistant staph, which received the 2011 Science in... more

Who is John Carter and what have we learned about Mars in the past century? MSNBC's Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with JPL Chief Scientist, Mars Exploration Directorate Dave Beaty. VS Science is produced in cooperation... more

In a science rerun, cosmologist Lee Smolin and host Jay Ackroyd discuss the nature of time, and questions the explanatory power of the multiverse hypothesis. And he does it on the day that the super fast neutrino beat the speed of... more

Recorded Feb 1, 2012 Virtually Speaking Science | How do the US presidential candidates view science and technology issues? Why might politically undeclared scientists join the GOP? MSNBC's Alan Boyle (Cosmic Log) talks with... more

Program recorded Nov 2011 Tom Levenson – Science documentary filmmaker and Director of MIT's Graduate program in writing and humanistic studies — hosts VS Science on the third Wednesday of the month to... more

Recorded Live Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012 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... more
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