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Pavlov

March 06, 2015

This week, we're learning about the life and work of a groundbreaking physiologist whose work on learning and instinct is familiar worldwide, and almost universally misunderstood. We'll spend the hour with Daniel Todes, Ph.D, Professor of History of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University, discussing his book "Ivan Pavlov: A Russian Life in Science."  Read More

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February 27, 2015

Superstorm

This week, we're exploring the evolving frontier of extreme weather, and how it's influenced by our warming planet. We'll talk about the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded with writer Kathryn Miles, author of "Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy." And we'll talk about the relationship between climate change and hurricane strength and frequency with Christopher Landsea, Ph.D, Science and Operation...

February 27, 2015

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February 20, 2015

Struck By Genius

This week we're looking at brain injuries, and the ways they change the lives of patients. We'll talk to Jason Padgett and Maureen Seaberg, authors of "Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel." And we'll speak to neuroscientist Dr. Adrian Owen about his brain imaging research detecting awareness in vegetative patients. Note: The article Accidental Genius by Darold A. Treffert can be fou...

February 20, 2015

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February 13, 2015

Alan Turing

This week, we're learning more about the groundbreaking work and too-short life of Alan Turing, the brilliant mathematician, codebreaker and philosopher who laid the groundwork for the modern age of computing. We'll spend the hour with Oxford University Senior Research Fellow Andrew Hodges, talking about his book "Alan Turing: The Enigma."

February 13, 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