science

Math
9:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

The Joy Of Math With Steven Strogatz

Cover of Steven Strogatz's book, "The Joy of X."

How does Google search the Internet? How many people should you date before getting married? And how should you arrange your mattress to get the maximum wear out of it?

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Genetics
12:01 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

George Church: The Harvard Biologist Behind The Personal Genome Project

Professor George Church
Harvard Medical School Photo

George Church says scientists may one day be able to resurrect wooly mammoths and use bacteria to make cups or grow houses. David Hyde discusses the science with professor George Church.

Weather
11:54 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Is Climate Change Responsible For The Coming Frankenstorm?

People watch wave activity at Rockaway beach Monday, Oct. 29, 2012, in New York. Sandy, a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 mph and the center of the storm is expected to be near the mid-Atlantic coast on Monday night.
AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

David Hyde talks to Dan Schrag, a geology professor at Harvard University, who also serves on President Obama's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology about climate change and weather.

Environment
10:00 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Writer Craig Childs On Nature's Cataclysms, Large And Small

Craig Childs
JT Thomas Photo

Earth is an always-changing planet. Earthquakes thrust new mountains upward, sea ice melts, oceans rise, deserts spread, species die, civilizations collapse. Award-winning writer and commentator Craig Childs traveled to the desolate places on Earth where forces of nature are forever remaking the planet. He joins us to discuss his newest book, “Apocalyptic Planet: Field Guide to the Everending Earth.”

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Energy Policy
8:00 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

The Power Of One Election And America’s Energy Future, Hour Two

In the next four years, the United States will have one fundamental energy policy challenge: How to make the country more self-sufficient. Listen to stories about the next frontiers of energy development and the fields of exploration that may help the US produce more energy at home and import less from abroad.

Geology
11:25 am
Fri October 19, 2012

David Montgomery: "The Rocks Don't Lie"

David Montgomery, 2009.
Kvasir Society Photo/Joy Mathew

There are many stories of great floods out there, first and foremost the fable of Noah's ark. But some geologists have found that many of these legends have some basis in historical fact. We talk with University of Washington professor and MacArthur award-winner Dave Montgomery, the author of "The Rocks Don't Lie: A Geologist Investigates Noah's Flood."

Energy Policy
8:00 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

The Power Of One Election And America’s Energy Future, Hour One

BURN: An Energy Journal

President Barack Obama and his opponent, Mitt Romney, share one broad policy goal: greater energy independence for the United States. They differ on how to achieve it.

In this hour of BURN, host Alex Chadwick goes to the sometime swing state of Pennsylvania to examine fracking, the politically volatile exploration technology that has made natural gas the single most important element remaking our energy economy.

Science
11:16 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Scientific Papers Retracted Due To Plagiarism, Not Error

Authors of a new report says error is not the leading cause of scientific paper retractions and that the papers are being withdrawn due to fraud or suspected fraud, duplicate publication or plagiarism nearly 70 percent of the time. Ross Reynolds talks with University of Washington School of Medicine Dr. Ferric Fang about why this happens and what it means. 

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