Posted by: grokscience | November 19, 2014

The Imitation Game

Barry_CooperAlan Turing was one of the most influential mathematicians in the development of computer science and artificial intelligence. On this episode, Dr. Barry Cooper Professor of Mathematical Logic at the University of Leeds, and co-editor of the recently released book Alan Turing: His Work and Impact discusses how Turing’s original work developed into modern computer science and how he contributed to the code-breaking efforts that helped shorten World War II.

What’s the frequency Kenneth? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | November 12, 2014

Communicating Uncertainty

Fischhoff_Baruch_188x220Science is based on accepting uncertainties. In contrast, business and politics tend to aver the unknown. On this program, Baruch Fischhoff discusses how scientists can improve communicating risks and uncertainties.

Roll the dice… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | November 5, 2014

Mars Rover Curiosity

manningCuriosity is the name of the Mars rover that has recently begun exploring the red planet for signs of past habitability.  On this episode, Rob Manning, chief NASA engineer on the project, discusses the challenges of constructing the rover.

Go rover! ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | October 29, 2014

Age of Opportunity

Steinberg-Press-PhotoWhile a select few remember their adolescent years fondly, most of us want to pretend they never happened. But whether we like it or not, adolescence was the time when our brains were at the peak of their malleability and the time when we made some of our strongest memories. On this episode, Temple University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg discussed the neuroscience of adolescence and how the brain changes during this formative time. He’ll also tell us how adolescence has lengthened over time and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Children are the future… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | October 22, 2014

Arrival of the Fittest

220364_wagner_1181255186The theory of evolution explains how the fittest traits survive in a species, but not how those traits arise in the first place.  On this episode, Andreas Wagner discussed the arrival of the fittest.

Here they come… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | October 15, 2014

The Nose Knows

IMG_1099 - Version 2Olfaction plays an important role in our lives. On this episode, David Kern discusses how the loss of smell can predict impending death and affect our love life.

A rose by any other name… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | October 8, 2014

Mantle Plumes

2011Photo3_166According to plate tectonics, volcanoes arise where two plates meet. However, volcano chains like those that form the Hawaii islands occur in the middle of the plates. On this program, Gillian Foulger discusses current theories in intra-plate volcano sites.

Ban plate tectonics… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | October 1, 2014

The Eruption that Changed the World

woodIf you think Mount Pinatubo or Krakatoa was the largest recorded volcanic eruption, then you’re missing an important event in global history. Almost 200 years ago in 1815, the eruption of Mount Tambora precipitated three years of dramatic global events that are only now being traced to the eruption. On this episode, Dr. Gillen D’Arcy Wood discussed the famines, epidemics, and extreme weather that characterized the early 19th century and how it all started with the periodic rumblings of a little island’s long dormant volcano.

Rumble in the jungle… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | September 24, 2014

Trauma Healing

bessel1Mental trauma is a growing issue in society, yet current treatments may not be addressing the issue.  On this episode, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk discussed new methods for healing mental trauma.

Breathe… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | September 17, 2014

Ebola: Science and Politics

MCB portraits September 2006The Ebola virus has been making headlines since early 2014 with news of vaccines, treatments, and failing efforts to control the spread of the virus in West Africa.  On this episode, Dr. Brenda Wilson discusses the science and politics of the Ebola virus. We’ll talk about the biology of the Ebola virus, the three newest treatments for those infected, and predictions about the outbreak’s future

Go immune system! ;)

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