Posted by: grokscience | February 3, 2016

Nutrition Problems

christiesquareNutrition research may be fraught with problems.  On this episode, we talk with Christie Aschwanden, the lead science writer for Fivethirtyeight.com about what she found when she used some common tools utilized in nutrition research.

What’s for dinner? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 27, 2016

Confidence Game

mariacrop-e1357441261313-640x472How do con artists ply their trade?  And, who is a potential victim?  On this episode, Maria Konnikova discussed the confidence game.

I got a bridge to sell… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 20, 2016

The Intimate Bond

brian-fagan-190The interaction between humans and animals has varied dramatically throughout human history. Animals have been seen as spiritual figures, servants, food, and pampered pets. On this episode, Brian Fagan discusses how animals have shaped our history and how our conception of them has changed over time.

Where’s Old Yeller… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 13, 2016

L’Accord de Paris

Faculty_David Victor Headshot_2012The international negotiations for addressing climate change has been fraught with rancor but the COP-21 meeting in Paris last month marks a turning point. On this program, David Victor discusses the Paris Agreement, the Intended Nationally Determined Contributions, and what needs to be done to truly address the global climate problem.

Humanity awakens!… ;)

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References

  1. Why Paris Worked
  2. Global climate agreement: After the talks
Posted by: grokscience | January 6, 2016

Ancient Human Civilizations

imagesThe history of ancient human civilization is mysterious almost by definition. While many archaeologists agree with the general timeline taught in school, others believe something is drastically wrong with this theory. On this episode, journalist Graham Hancock presents an alternative story of civilization’s past using evidence from geology, archaeology, and global myths.

Written by the winners? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 30, 2015

Food Security and Climate

MargaretNelsonwebAre we prepared to cope with food shortages? What can we can learn from how societies coped with past climate induced crop disasters? On this episode, Margaret Nelson discusses how social factors plays a role determining the survivability of societies. Plus, the Groks’ review of The Force Awakens!

Have you seen it?… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 23, 2015

Magical Science

matt-kaplan-400535406What does mythology tell us about the scientific environment of those who created them?  On this episode, Matt Kaplan discussed the science of the magical.

Abracadabra… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 16, 2015

Gene Editing

Greely_Hank-400x400Scientists can now make precise changes to the DNA of humans and animals thanks to recent advances in gene editing technology. However a group of concerned scientists have called for a worldwide moratorium on gene editing to discuss its potential risks. On this episode, Dr. Hank Greely discussed the medical promises of this technology and why scientists are so hesitant to use it.

Ctrl-X… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 9, 2015

Forest-Carbon Dynamics

UnknownWhat are the effects of climate change on forests? Do elevated temperatures affect plant physiology and the ability to uptake greenhouse gases? On this program, William Anderegg discusses how global warming affects nighttime plant respiration, how forests play a role in mitigating climate change, and the forthcoming climate agreement.

Run Forest, run… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 2, 2015

Prescribing Placebos

EC-Head-Shot-200x300Throughout history, physicians have made use of the placebo effect. Now, scientists are trying to understand how and why placebos work. On this episode, Professor John Kelley, the Deputy Director of the Program in Placebo Studies & the Therapeutic Encounter at Harvard Medical School discusses the mechanisms of the placebo effect and its role in medicine.

Take the blue pill… ;)

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