Big Picture Science – Friends Like These: Matthew Hutson / Luck and Curses

October 26, 2014

Friends Like These – Matthew Hutson click to listen Part 2 of Skeptic Check: Friends Like These, featuring Matthew Hutson, author of The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking: How Irrational Beliefs Keep Us Happy, Healthy, and Sane. (TRT 9:21)

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Big Picture Science – Friends Like These: Steven Novella / Medical Misconceptions

October 26, 2014

Friends Like These – Steven Novella click to listen Part 1 of Skeptic Check: Friends Like These, featuring Steven Novella, physician at Yale University, host of the podcast, “Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe”. (TRT 16:35)

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Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution

October 20, 2014

Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distributionclick to listen! We all have at least some musical talent. But very few of us can play the piano like Vladimir Horowitz. His talent was rarefied, and at the tail end of the bell curve of musical ability – that tiny sliver of the distribution where you […]

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Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution: Dawn Balmer / Black Swans

October 20, 2014

Tale of the Distribution – Dawn Balmer click to listen Part 5 of Tale of the Distribution, featuring Dawn Balmer, ornithologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, on the not-so-rarity of actual black swans. (TRT 2:00)

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Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution: Andrew Maynard / Risk Assessment

October 20, 2014

Tale of the Distribution – Andrew Maynard click to listen Part 4 of Tale of the Distribution, featuring Andrew Maynard, director of the Risk Science Center at the University of Michigan, explaining how we came to be so bad at assessing risk. (TRT 8:59)

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Big Picture Science – Tale of the Distribution: Hank Heasler / Yellowstone

October 20, 2014

Tale of the Distribution – Hank Heasler click to listen Part 3 of Tale of the Distribution, featuring Hank Heasler, Yellowstone National Park geologist, describing the geological activity in Yellowstone. (TRT 7:47)

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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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