Posted by: grokscience | September 2, 2015

Autism’s Mysteries

indexDespite increasing awareness about autism, it remains one of the most mysterious topics of this generation. Autism’s controversial biological cause is matched by its convoluted history and the uncertain standing of autistic people in today’s world. On this episode, Steve Silberman addresses some of the mysteries of autism and suggests that we don’t actually need to solve them before we move forward.

What about Wapner? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 26, 2015

Driverless

43e5bc0a98b80a3ae5759f8ebc49edfdSome of us see self-driving cars as futuristic, not likely to become popular in our lifetime. But several companies are getting very close to launching their first lines of unmanned vehicles and many people want them. On this episode, Corey Clothier of Local Motors discussed the state of autonomous vehicles, when they’ll be available, and how they could change the way we commute and travel.

Where’s my jet pack? ;)

Posted by: grokscience | August 19, 2015

Controlling Aging

michael_roizenHow much of the aging process is inevitable and how much can we control? On this episode, Dr. Michael Roizen discussed controlling the aging process.

And taxes too? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 12, 2015

Commencing Transmission

viewImageThe brain works by sending signals between cells through the rapid-fire release of neurotransmitters. For the first time, scientists using synchrotron radiation have observed the molecular complexes that facilitates the signaling. On this program, Axel Brunger discusses how the SNARE and synaptotagmin-1 proteins join to trigger communication between brain cells.

You may fire when ready! ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | August 5, 2015

Supporting Innovation

kathieScience funding is waning in the United States.  On this episode, Dr. Kathie Olsen, the former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation and current head of Science Works, discussed the current budgetary crunch in scientific funding and how it affects researchers in the United States.

Mo money… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 29, 2015

Animal Cannabis

darlpupWatching a pet suffer through an illness can be heartbreaking, but can cannabis be a therapeutic to alleviate pain in animals?  On this episode, Darlene Arden discussed medical cannabis for animals.

420? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 22, 2015

Moore’s Law

indexGordon Moore has perhaps done more to revolutionize our modern world than any other scientist, but few may know about his achievements. On this episode, Arnold Thackray discussed the life and times of Gordon Moore.

Silicon chips, yum… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 15, 2015

A Beautiful Question

330px-Nobel_Laureate_Frank_Wilczek_2007What do movie stars, ocean sunsets, and the fundamental laws of physics all have in common? On this episode, we discussed the concept of beauty with theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek. He explains how the universe embodies beautiful ideas and the ways this realization has affected his work.

In the eye of… ? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 8, 2015

Chemistry of Aging

BelskyWhat exactly is aging? How do we measure it and does everyone age at the same rate? On this episode, Dan Bleksy answers these questions and what our appearances tell us about the age of our organs.

Count the rings… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | July 1, 2015

Zen and the Art of Cytology

J. MuellerHow do we serve underserved populations?  On this episode, we discuss the experiences of Drs. Jeffrey Mueller and Allison Cavallo in their mission trips to Nigeria and other African countries where they guided head and neck surgeons as they provided high level care in underserved populations.

Yay, care! :)

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