Posted by: grokscience | March 4, 2015

Sex Differences in the Brain

RCGurThat male and female brains are wired differently is simultaneously well-accepted and controversial. In his work, Dr. Ruben Gur, Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has studied functional and anatomical sex differences in the brain. On this episode, we discuss his findings and what they mean for the way we think and how we interact.

Men are from…? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | February 25, 2015

The Conversation

photoEnd of life care is rarely discussed, although it is perhaps one of the most important conversations that one must have. On this episode, Dr. Angelo Volandes discussed end-of-life medical care.

The undiscovered country… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | February 18, 2015

Football Physics

indexProfessional football players today play a highly regulated game, but the toughest rules of all are the laws of physics. On this episode, Dr. Timothy Gay, professor of physics at the University of Nebraska, discusses the physics of football.

Hike… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | February 11, 2015

The X-Men

X-rays have come a long way. Since being recognized as the phenomena that led to the first first Nobel Prize in Physics, x-rays are widely used as a medical tool and to elucidate the structure of matter. On this program, Janos Hajdu and Thomas Eckberg, discuss the latest frontier in x-ray imaging.

These goggles do nothing! It burns! ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | February 4, 2015

Hormone Signals in Prostate Cancer

uch_039294-3Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer mortality in American men, with 1 in 6 men being diagnosed in their lifetime. On this episode, Edwin Reyes tells us about the role of the androgen receptor, which senses and responds to testosterone, in circulating tumor cells. He’ll discuss the implications for potential therapies as well as our understanding of the molecular basis for cancer.

Go hormones… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 29, 2015

Touch

220px-DJQLindenTouch is a sensation that may be overlooked, but is essential to our development, everyday language, and emotional well-being.  On this episode, Prof. David Linden discussed the neuroscience of touch.

Best out of five? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 21, 2015

The Quantum Moment

180px-USA_080727_122-1Since the theory of quantum mechanics became accepted, almost a century ago, we’ve had to get used to living in a world of quantum leaps, Schrodinger’s cats and uncertainty principles. But how well do we really understand the major philosophical implications of quantum mechanics? On this episode, we talked with Dr. Robert Crease, professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University, about how terms from quantum mechanics have found their way into everyday discourse and provided a new set of metaphors for life. He tells us how various groups, from physicists to politicians, have integrated the laws of quantum mechanics into their world view… or at least attempted to.

Schroedinger anyone? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 14, 2015

Rational Bargaining

502889_138whA prevailing notion of economics is that individuals act rationally and in their own self-interest. Research has recently shown that this is not necessarily the case, especially among experienced strategists. On this episode, David Victor discusses how experience affects negotiation tactics.

The Dark Side and trade negotiations… ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | January 7, 2015

Dr. Krinsky goes to Washington

ben_krinsky1Can we make government more friendly to science and technology? Yes we can. On this episode, we speak with Dr. Benjamin Krinsky, whose efforts are shifting from scientific research to affecting scientific policy.

DNA House? ;)

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Posted by: grokscience | December 31, 2014

Time Finder

iOJ1JE8I_400x400Finding time to accomplish tasks can be a challenge.  On this episode, Mitzi Weinman discussed strategies for personal management.

Manage time… ;)

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