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Severed

April 24, 2015

This week we're looking at our scientific curiosity - and morbid fascination - about the human body and its amazing anatomy. We'll speak to anthropologist and author Frances Larson about her book "Severed: A History of Heads Lost and Heads Found." And we'll discuss the experience of learning anatomy through human dissection, with Laboratory Supervisor Haley Linklater, and masters student Noah Mintz,... Read More

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April 17, 2015

Heavy Metal Birds

This week we're learning about the impact that the byproducts of our industrial societies have on avian populations. We'll speak to filmmaker Matthew Podolsky about his documentary "Scavenger Hunt," that looks at the effects of lead on the California Condor. And we'll talk to conservation scientist Alexander Bond about his research on mercury poisoning in the endangered Arctic Ivory Gull.

April 17, 2015

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April 10, 2015

Impossible Space

This week we're exploring the limits of science exploration in both fictional and fact. We're joined by "lifelong space nerd" Andy Weir, to talk about his debut novel "The Martian," that pits human inventiveness and ingenuity against the unforgiving environment of the red planet. And astrophysicist and science blogger Ethan Siegel returns to explore so-called "impossible space engines," and what news stories about...

April 10, 2015

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April 03, 2015

On Intelligence

This week we're learning about how scientists and society measure intelligence, and the relationship between smartness and success. We're joined by cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman, to talk about his book "Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined." And we'll talk to Nathaniel Barr, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo, about research into the relationship between smartphone use and cognitive skills.

April 03, 2015

Science for the People News

Listener Mail: Where the "Bumblebee Can't Fly" Myth Came From

March 06, 2015

We recently had a great email from one of our listeners, Daniel Schechter in Spokane, Washington, who gave us the backstory about where the "science says bumblebees can't fly" idea came from. A few weeks back, Desiree Schell interviewed Dave Goulson, author of the book "A Sting In The Tale", and this topic came up. While neither our intrepid host nor our excellent guest knew the answer to this, one of our listeners sent us the following: I recently listened to the show about bees, and was surprised when the... Read More

Best Science Books of 2014

December 12, 2014

In this week's episode, Desiree Schell sits down with a panel of avid science readers to discuss the best science of books of 2014. We played a little fast and loose with the 2014 rule: Many of the books we talked about were released in 2014, some are old classics, and all of them would make excellent Christmas gifts for any science enthusiast in your life. Our Panelists Brian Clegg is the author of many popular science and math books, including most recenlty "Final Frontier: The Pioneering Science and Technology... Read More