Big Picture Science – Stellar Job: Paul Robertson

July 19, 2014

Stellar Job – Paul Robertson click to listen Part 1 of Stellar Job, featuring Paul Robertson, post doc fellow at Penn State Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds, explaining how famed Earth-like exoplanet Gliese 581g likely does not exist. (TRT 8:47)

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Face to Face

July 14, 2014

In our recent show Skeptic Check: About Face, we interviewed creative technologist Greg Borenstein, who uses FaceTracker software to find the “faces” we often see thanks to a psychological phenomenon called pareidolia. In the above image, you can see the “smiley face” in the key, overlaid with the vectored “face” detected by the software. In […]

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Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: About Face

July 14, 2014

Big Picture Science – About Faceclick to listen! Face it – humans are pattern-seeking animals. We identify eyes, nose and mouth where there are none. Martian rock takes on a visage and the silhouette of Elvis appears in our burrito. Discover the roots of our face-tracking tendency – pareidolia – and why it sometimes leads […]

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Big Picture Science – About Face: Pietro Perona

July 14, 2014

About Face – Pietro Peronaclick to listen! Part 5 of Skeptic Check: About Face, featuring Pietro Perona, professor of electrical engineering, computation and neural systems at California Institute of Technology, discussing computer vision, the means by which we teach machines to assess the world around them, specifically to recognize faces. (TRT 7:05)

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Big Picture Science – About Face: Greg Borenstein

July 14, 2014

About Face – Greg Borenstein click to listen! Part 4 of Skeptic Check: About Face, featuring Greg Borenstein, artist, creative technologist who teaches at New York University, on how face tracking software finds “faces” we don’t see and fails to detect “faces” we do see (like in electrical outlets). (TRT 9:28)

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Big Picture Science – About Face: Nancy Kanwisher

July 14, 2014

About Face – Nancy Kanwisher click to listen! Part 3 of Skeptic Check: About Face, featuring Nancy Kanwisher, cognitive neuroscientist, at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, on why we’re prone to “see” faces in pareidolic visions, rather than other body parts or objects. (TRT 6:18)

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Big Picture Science – About Face: Josef Parvizi

July 14, 2014

About Face – Josef Parviziclick to listen! Part 2 of Skeptic Check: About Face, featuring Josef Parvisi, associate professor, Stanford University, and clinical neurologist and epilepsy specialist at Stanford Medical Center, discussing research that shows how neurological treatment can affect the way subjects perceive faces. (TRT 11:56)

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Big Picture Science – About Face: Phil Plait

July 14, 2014

About Face – Phil Plaitclick to listen! Part 1 of Skeptic Check: About Face, featuring Phil Plait, astronomer, Skeptic, and author of Slate Magazine’s blog Bad Astronomy, addressing pareidolia, the human tendency to see and hear familiar patterns where they do not actually exist. (TRT 9:35)

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Big Picture Science – Deep Time

July 8, 2014

Big Picture Science – Deep Timeclick to listen! Think back, way back. Beyond last week or last year … to what was happening on Earth 100,000 years ago. Or 100 million years ago. It’s hard to fathom such enormous stretches of time, yet to understand the evolution of the cosmos – and our place in […]

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Big Picture Science – Deep Time: Allison Peck

July 8, 2014

Deep Time – Allison Peck click to listen! Part 5 of Deep Time, featuring Allison Peck, scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Charlottesville, Virginia, discussing using the ALMA observatory in Chile to look back to the beginning of the universe to study galaxy formation. (TRT 9:01)

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