Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution: Jake Lowenstern / Super Volcano

October 20, 2014

Tale of the Distribution – Jake Lowenstern click to listen Part 2 of Tale of the Distribution, featuring Jake Lowenstern, geologist, USGS, Scientist-in-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, discussing the history of eruptions in Yellowstone. (TRT 7:01)

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Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution: Donald Prothero / Rare Events

October 20, 2014

Tale of the Distribution – Donald Prothero click to listen Part 1 of Tale of the Distribution, featuring Donald Prothero, paleontologist, geologist, and author of many books, including Catastrophes!: Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Tornadoes, and Other Earth-Shattering Disasters. (TRT 11:24)

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?

October 13, 2014

Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?click to listen! A single ant isn’t very brainy. But a group of ants can do remarkable things. Biological swarm behavior is one model for the next generation of tiny robots. Of course, biology can get hijacked: a fungus can seize control of an ant’s brain, for example. So […]

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?: Athena Aktipis / Gut Decisions

October 13, 2014

Who’s Controlling Whom? – Athena Aktipis click to listen Part 5 of Who’s Controlling Whom?, featuring Athena Aktipis, cooperation theorist at Arizona State University and director of Human and Social Evolution at the Center for Evolution and Cancer at University of California, San Francisco, describing research on how microbes in our digestive system may influence […]

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?: Wendell Wallach / Moral Machines

October 13, 2014

Who’s Controlling Whom? – Wendell Wallach click to listen Part 4 of Who’s Controlling Whom?, featuring Wendell Wallach, bioethicist and chair of the Technology and Ethics Study Group at Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, detailing research on programming morality into robotic systems. (TRT 11:57)

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?: Mike Rubenstein / Kilobots

October 13, 2014

Who’s Controlling Whom? – Mike Rubenstein click to listen Part 3 of Who’s Controlling Whom?, featuring Mike Rubenstein, roboticist at the Self-Organizing Systems Research Group of Harvard University, describing his work with a swarm of tiny robots called kilobots. (TRT 7:09)

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?: Attack of the Zombie Ants!

October 13, 2014

Who’s Controlling Whom? – Zombie Ants! click to listen Part 2 of Who’s Controlling Whom?, featuring a spine-chilling encounter with a marauding colony of zombie ants. (TRT 1:13)

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Big Picture Science – Who’s Controlling Whom?: David Hughes / Zombie Ants

October 13, 2014

Who’s Controlling Whom? – David Hughes click to listen Part 1 of Who’s Controlling Whom?, featuring David Hughes, biologist and entomologist at Penn State University, describing how a parasitic fungus can take over the brain of an ant. (TRT 8:48)

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Big Picture Science – What’s the Difference?

October 5, 2014

Big Picture Science – What’s the Difference?click to listen! We make split second decisions about others – someone is male or female, black or white, us or them. But sometimes the degrees of separation are incredibly few. A mere handful of genes determine skin color, for example. Find out why race is almost non-existent from […]

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Big Picture Science – What’s the Difference?: Steven Wise / Nonhuman Rights Project

October 5, 2014

What’s the Difference? – Steven Wise click to listen Part 4 of What’s the Difference?, featuring Steven Wise, lawyer at the Nonhuman Rights Project, describing his work to have rights granted to nonhuman species. (TRT 11:46)

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