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Audio Extras: Ethan Siegel on Red Flags of Pseudoscience

June 06, 2015

A while back, we did an interview with the wonderful astrophysicist and science writer Ethan Siegel, about the so-called "Impossible Space Drive", which you can listen to in our archives as part of the episode "Impossible Space". During that conversation, we talked about red flags of pseudoscience and how a science-savvy layperson can sort the new, exciting, on-the-fringe science from the pseudoscience. We ran over time, so this section was ultimately cut out of the final episode that aired, but we wanted to share this "cutting-room floor" section with you. Ethan provides an excellent summary and great thoughts in response to my question. If you're a big fan of watching science headlines – in particular, the physics headlines – this...

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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 interviewee said he didn't know the origin of the old saw about bumblebees being unable to fly. The way I've heard it expressed is "According to science, bumblebees can't fly."...

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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 of Exploring the Universe", "The Quantum Age: How the Physics of the Very Small has Transformed Our Lives", and "Extra Sensory: The Science and Pseudoscience of Telepathy and Other Powers...

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Science for the People appears in Science Studio 2012

October 17, 2013

We're excited to share that an episode of Science for the People, "Spider Silk", has made the final cut in the Science Studio 2012 Best of Science Audio collection! Science Studio is a "best of" anthology for online audio and video science communication. We're honoured to be included alongside some fantastic science-focused media. Next time you're looking for some great science content online, you should definitely visit Science Studio and check out their collection.

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Caffeinate In Style

October 10, 2013

Being a gigantic nerd science enthusiast can play havoc with your sleep schedule. Whether you're getting up at 3 am to catch a meteor shower, or staying up 'til 3 am following links across Wikipedia, chances are you've surrendered to the siren song of a caffeinated beverage after sacrificing a night's sleep to learn about something super cool. Fortunately, we share your affection for science and coffee, and we've designed a mug that lets your declare your love for both. Check out our Zazzle store to order a stylish Science For The People coffee mug, available in sizes Regular (11 oz) and Desiree (15 oz). Let us stimulate your brain chemically, as well as sonically. Stay tuned for more from...

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