Big Picture Science – Stellar Job: Anthony Zee

July 19, 2014

Stellar Job – Anthony Zee click to listen Part 4 of Stellar Job, featuring Anthony Zee, theoretical physicist at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, explaining how neutrinos could be used to cause stars to blink in patterns that would facilitate communication with civilizations on other worlds. (TRT […]

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Big Picture Science – Stellar Job: Nathalie Cabrol

July 19, 2014

Stellar Job – Nathalie Cabrol click to listen Part 3 of Stellar Job, featuring Nathalie Cabrol, planetary scientist, SETI Institute, describing how she discovered extremely high levels of ultraviolet radiation at the top of Lincancabur crater on the border between Chile and Bolivia, which is considered a Mars analog on Earth. (TRT 9:18)

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Big Picture Science – Stellar Job: Mike Joner

July 19, 2014

Stellar Job – Mike Joner click to listen Part 2 of Stellar Job, featuring Mike Joner, research professor of astronomy at Brigham Young University, describing the science of locating black holes. (TRT 4:33)

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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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