Science

  • More than 100 years ago, Golgi staining on nerve cells opened the gates to modern neuroscience. Scientists recently developed the Technicolor version of Golgi staining, Brainbow, allowing more detailed reconstructions of brain circuits.
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    9:55pm Mar 31, 2013
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    Somewhere Over The Brainbow: The Journey To Map the Human Brain

    The government-funded plan could cost $3 billion, take 10 years and involve hundreds of scientists. The hope is the project can unlock the secrets of conditions such as Alzheimer's, schizophrenia and Parkinson's disease. But progress will likely be slow, and in the end, will it be worth the cost?
  • 9:26am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Secret Life Of the Sonoran Desert

    The Sonoran Desert, which spans some 100,000 square miles in southwestern North America, is one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss some lesser known desert creatures, and explore the secret life of that American southwest icon, the saguaro cactus.
  • 9:21am Mar 30, 2013
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    How Cosmic Collisions Have Shaped Our Solar System

    From the rocky fragments in Saturn's rings to Earth's own moon, our solar system bears signs of an ancient demolition derby. Planetary scientist Erik Asphaug describes the role of impacts in our planetary neighborhood, and looks ahead to a possible comet collision on Mars.
  • 9:19am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Arts

    Gripping Science Tales Need Not Be Science Fiction

    When does a story about science become science fiction? Cosmologist Lawrence Krauss and theoretical physicist Brian Greene discuss how to spin a yarn about string theory or the Big Bang, without hyping the science. And novelist Ian McEwan, whose books touch on neurosurgery and quantum field theory, talks about what science offers to fiction.
  • 9:11am Mar 30, 2013
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    Studying Rocks Found On Earth For Clues About Space

    With samples from over 1,800 separate meteorite falls around the world, ASU's Center for Meteorite Studies claims the world's largest university-based meteorite collection. Meenakshi Wadhwa explains how meteorites can teach researchers about the history of the solar system.
  • Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif., in 2012.
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    9:55pm Mar 27, 2013
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    Is The Sky The Limit For Wind Power?

    Building huge turbine farms too close together might significantly reduce their power, some atmospheric scientists say. The problem is "wind shadow" — the turbulence created by one big cluster of turbines that steals wind from another cluster down the road.
  • 9:30am Mar 27, 2013
    Sports Sports National Science

    Good Luck With That 'Perfect' March Madness Bracket. You'll Need It

    Millions of basketball fans will fill out NCAA tournament brackets this week and try to correctly predict the outcomes of every game. The chances of succeeding are about 1 in 150 quintillion. A group of computer scientists are trying to beat those odds by writing programs that learn to pick winners.
  • Same-sex marriage advocates protest outside the county clerk's office in San Francisco on Feb. 14.
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    8:42am Mar 25, 2013
    Science Science Politics & Government

    Shift In Gay Marriage Support Mirrors A Changing America

    The latest polls indicate 58 percent of Americans support same-sex marriage. In 1977, that number was 13 percent. One researcher says that jump in support isn't the result of a generational gap — it's that many who once opposed gay marriage have changed their minds or softened their opposition.
  • Future Robot's FURo robot acts as a host.
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    6:34pm Mar 23, 2013
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    Four Robots That Are Learning To Serve You

    Robots are moving further from sci-fi into everyday reality. They can now assist with doing housework, giving directions and even performing surgery. They're still a few years off, but here are a few robots we may live with someday.
  • 2:58pm Mar 22, 2013
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    The Abnormally Normal Science Of Sinkholes

    When a Florida man vanished into a massive sinkhole that opened underneath his home in February, the case garnered national attention. But geologists say sinkholes occur regularly without much notice.