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Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast

Groks Science Radio Show is a weekly science radio program heard on radio stations across the country and also as a podcast. Each week, the hosts, Dr. Charles Lee, Dr. Frank Ling, Dr. Joanna Rowell and Forrest Gulden take an in-depth look at recent events in the world of science and technology, and examine the effects of recent discoveries on our daily lives.



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Are current trends in food production and consumption sustainable? To understand the challenges that humanity faces, we look back at how past societies adapted to food shortages. On this program, Junko Habu discusses findings from the Jomon civilization from the perspective of cultural anthropology and its implications for global climate change.
Topic: food, Jomon, sustainability, diversity, adaptation, climate change, starvation
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You don't need to be a scientist to know that the Earth is round or that 2 + 2 = 4. So why are some scientific discoveries, like the geologic age of the Earth, discounted by so many people? On this episode, Dr. Phil Plait, Slate's "Bad Astronomy" blogger, joins us to discuss how science is presented in the media and why people sometimes believe very strange things.
Topics: Phil Plait, Science, Media, Rubio, Astronomy, Groks, Politics
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What is shaking in California? Our resident geotech join us to talk about the leaning tower of San Francisco, the California High Speed Rail, Techron gas, and renewables in Texas.
Topics: geotech, pile driving, San Francisco, Bush, Renewables, Texas, High Speed Rail, Chevron, Techron
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Ittai Eres and Unjin Lee discuss this year's Ig Nobel prizes, and review some of the most interesting award recipients from the past.
Topics: science, ig nobel, nobel, prize, award, darwin, groks, groks science show
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Affordable and efficient energy storage is the holy grail of energy technology. To date, a breakthrough chemistry has yet to materialize but scientists are working hard on this challenge. On this program, Maher El-Kady join us to talk about the science and synthesis of graphene based storage devices.
Topics: batteries, super capacitors, energy storage, graphene, Mg04, energy storage, graphene, MgO4, super...
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The life and times of mathematician John F. Nash Jr. have garnered a great deal of attention since the release of the popular movie, A Beautiful Mind, chronicled events in his life. This show featured an interview with Sylvia Nassar, the author of Nash's biography, who discussed Nash's struggles with math, schizophrenia, and the Nobel Prize.
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What do movie stars, ocean sunsets, and the fundamental laws of physics all have in common? Today we discuss the concept of beauty with theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate Frank Wilczek. He’ll explain how the universe embodies beautiful ideas and the ways this realization has affected his work.
Topics: quantum physics, physics, Frank Wilczek, beauty, groks science show, science
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Why would a fish have lungs and breathe air? What can a live fish tell us about the evolution of tetrapods? Heather King joins us to discuss how lungfish walk, and what this strange fish can teach us about the 'water-to-land' transition.
Topics: evolution, lungfish, groks, science
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The progress of modern science owes much to the formulation of precise mathematical models of simple natural events. But, how do we accurately describe complex phenomena? On this program, Dr. Stephen Wolfram discussed intrinsic complexity in nature
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Artificial intelligence and robotics will change the economy of the future.  On this episode, Kip Marlow discussed the economics of AI.
Topics: AI, robotics, groks, science
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Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be a debilitating condition, but how do we improve the lived os those with ADHD?  On this episode, Tamara Rosier discussed her new book, Your Brain is Not Broken.
Topics: science, ADHD, psychology, psychotherapy, brain, groks
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Most approaches to curing ADHD rely on medications. On this program, Dr. Stanley Greenspan discussed overcoming ADHD without a pill. And on the second half of the program, Dr. William Forstchen discussed the detrimental effects following the detonation of an electromagnetic pulse.
Topics: science, ADHD, attention deficit, EMP, electromagnetic pulse, groks
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a commonly diagnosed in young children. However, alternatives exist to the common treatments. On this program, Nancy O'Dell and Patricia Cook discussed stopping ADHD.
Topics: science, ADD, ADHD, groks
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Every December, the largest gathering of scientists in the world takes place in San Francisco.   On this episode , Grok's geotech correspondent joins us to discuss this year's fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Topics include coal power, carbon sequestration, and Mekong River Delta monitoring. 
Topics: AGU, American Geophysical Union, carbon, emissions, Mekong, geography, oceans, hazards, mitigation,...
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Artificial intelligence has expanded greatly, such that it has reshaped the modern world.  What is the future of AI?  On this episode, Michael Kanaan discussed his book, T-Minus AI.
Topics: science, computers, AI, artifical intelligence, groks
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Narcissism and psychopathy are not generally well regarded personality traits, but how do we identify those personality types.  On this program, Dr. Frieda Birnbaum discussed these aberrant personality types.
Topics: psychology, groks, science
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Quantum mechanics may seem to be an intimidating topic, yet it is fundamental to understanding the everyday world. On this program, Prof. Michael Fayer discussed how quantum theory explains our everyday world.
Topics: science, quantum mechanics, physics, groks
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The effects of evolutionary pressures on recent human development have often been overlooked. Yet, within the past ten thousand years, modern humans may have been evolving under enormous selective pressures. On this program, Prof. Gregory Cochran discussed how civilization accelerated human evolution.
Topics: science, evolution, biology, anthropology, genetics
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Traversing a career in science can be somewhat daunting, even for those who reach the highest levels.  On this episode, Dr. Robert Lefkowitz discussed his adventures as an accidental scientist.
Topics: science, Nobel, adrenaline, receptors, groks
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Attention Deficit Disorder is a condition that is thought to mainly affect children. However, more adults are being diagnosed with the condition. On this program, Dr. Lara Honos-Webb discussed the gift of adult ADD.
Topics: science, ADD, ADHD, psychology
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Good ideas are often overlooked, while bad ideas may flouirsh. How does one insure that the best ideas are used? On this program, Prof. John Daly discussed the skills of advocacy.
Topics: science, advocacy, management, technology, groks
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How do aerosols, or tiny particles, affect the climate? Do they block solar radiation or warm the planet? On this program, John Moore discusses the science of dust in the sky and how we could mitigate the effects of hurricanes.
Topics: aerosols, atmospheric chemistry, carbon, NOX, SOX, geoengineering, hurricanes
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The afterlife is generally the subject of theology, but what can science contribute to the issue? On this program, Mary Roach discussed the science of the afterlife.
Topics: science, afterlife
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Advances in the science of aging are revealing new approaches to extending and enhancing the lifespan.  On this episode, Dr. Michael Roizen discussed his book, The Great Age Reboot.
Topics: science, aging, longevity, medicine, health, vitality, groks
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Empathy is an emotion that is often thought to be uniquely human. However, studies of non-human primates are changing that view. On this program, Prof. Frans de Waal discussed the age of empathy.
Topics: science, empathy, biology, sociology, groks
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While a select few remember their adolescent years fondly, most of us want to pretend they never happened. But whether we like it or not, adolescence was the time when our brains were at the peak of their malleability and the time when we made some of our strongest memories. Today, Temple University Professor of Psychology Laurence Steinberg joins us to discuss the neuroscience of adolescence and how the brain changes during this formative time. He’ll also tell us how adolescence has...
Topics: Adolescence, psychology, neuroscience, memory, Laurence Steinberg
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Why do our bodies age?  Is it due to natural wear and tear or are our bodies programmed to age on a schedule?  On this episode, Dr. Josh Mitteldorf discussed the science of aging.
Topics: science, aging, groks
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The normal decline of our cognitive abilities is one of the hallmarks of the aging process. But, what is the dividing line between normal and abnormal memory loss? On this program, Martha Weinman Lear discussed normal memory loss.
Topics: science, memory, neuroscience
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Airplanes are modern marvels whose ingenious development is the result of decades of innovation from numerous pioneers, thinkers, and tinkerers. On this program, Mr. Jay Spenser discussed the history of the airplane.
Topics: science, aviation, airplanes, aeronautics, commercial airplanes
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Alan Turing was a prominent figure in the development of the computer, and is well known for many important computing concepts, including the famous Turing Test. On this program Prof. David Leavitt discussed the life of Alan Turing.
Topics: science, computers, Turing
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Has technology improved our lives or just made it more complicated? That is the question posed in the new play, Alarms and Excursion. This episode featured the director discussing this play.
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Although the advances in artificial intelligence have been striking in recent years, has as much thought been given to the ethical issues surround the design of these systems? On this episode, Brian Christian discussed his new book, The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values.
Topics: science, AI, artificial intelligence, human values, ethics, groks
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The alimentary canal is a structure that most would rather not explore to deeply, metaphorically or literally. Yet, on this program, Mary Roach discussed her adventures through the alimentary canal.
Topics: science, alimentary canal, gulp, biology, groks
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Particle entanglement is one of quantum mechanics’ strangest predictions. In fact, physicists have been trying to disprove it ever since they predicted it about 80 years ago. Here to untangle the issue for us is Dr. Jason Gallicchio, postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. He’ll help us understand exactly what it means for particles to be entangled and how he proposes to use quasars to test one of the only remaining alternative explanations for this counterintuitive phenomenon...
Topics: quantum mechanics, entanglement, groks, quasars
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As oil resources begin to dwindle, the search for alternative energy sources is already yielding promising results. However, the application of these various alternatives will rely strongly on the regions where they are implemented. These economic and environmental factors were discussed on this episode with Prof. Toshihiko Nakata
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Developing alternative energy sources will require extensive capital resources. On this program, Matthew Feller discussed methods for carbon sequestration. In addition, Miriam Horn discussed developing capital infrastructure for alternative energy technology.
Topics: science, environment, alternative energy
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Altruistic behavior is seemingly at odds with the classic notion of evolution. How can altruism be reconciled with the survival of the fittest? On this program, Prof. Lee Alan Dugatkin discussed the altruism equation.
Topics: science, altruism, evolution
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Alzheimer research has rapidly advanced in the past several years, yet simple daily habits may be even more important for preventing the onset of the disease. On this program, Mark Underwood discussed Alzheimer research and prevention.
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Topics: science, alzheimer, neuroscience, disease prevention, groks
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Degenerative diseases of the brain such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's have until recently been accepted as a normal possibility of old age. However, recent advances in modern medicine are changing this view. Preventative measures can reduce the chance of developing these diseases, and effective treatments are being developed. On this program, Dr. Marwan Sabbagh discussed methods for preventing Alzheimer's disease.
Topics: science, alzheimer's disease
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Alzheimer's disease has become a major issue among the elderly, but how much of the progression of the disease is preventable through lifestyle choices?  On this episode, Drs. Dean and Ayesha Sherzai discussed the Alzheimer's Solution.
Topics: science, Alzheimer's, dementia, lifestyle, groks
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Symmetry or parity is intriguing, not only in the arts and music, but also in science and the natural world. Interestingly, parity may not be conserved between the mirror images of molecules and consequently their energies would not be equivalent. On this program, Professor Harris and Gina discussed how parity violation could be observed using sum frequency generation experiments.
Topics: science, symmetry, parity violation, physics
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Mathematics may appear to be constructed on absolute foundations derived from first principles. But, are mathematical tenets as absolute as they seem? On this program, Gaurav Suri discussed the philosophical implications of ambiguity in math.
Topics: science, math, ambiguity
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America is already great, as President Obama has reminded us. But does the country have a strategy? Perhaps militarily but does the country have a grand vision for prosperity, security, and sustainability? On this episode, Joel Makower discusses America's path to a brighter future in his new book The Grand Strategy.
Topics: America, sustainability, environment, energy, Pentagon, strategy, policies, walkable communities
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Treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias continue to be developed, but with poor outcomes.  What is the best way forward? On this episode, Dr. Daniel R. George discussed his book, American Dementia.
Topics: science, dementia, Alzheimer's, sociology, groks
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Eliot Ness is perhaps best known for his efforts to enforce prohibition laws in Chicago, but his efforts tracking down the American Jack the Ripper in Cleveland are less recounted.  On this episode, Daniel Stashower discussed his new book, American Demon.
Topics: science, history, true crime, Cleveland, Mad Butcher, Eliot Ness, groks
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The history of ancient human civilization is mysterious almost by definition. While many archaeologists agree with the general timeline taught in school, others believe something is drastically wrong with this theory. On this episode, journalist Graham Hancock presents an alternative story of civilization’s past. using evidence from geology, archaeology, and global myths
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Topics: Graham Hancock, geology, archaeology, history, ancient, civilization, comet, atlantis
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The field of anesthesiology is opaque to many, even including some of the practitioners.  On this episode, Dr. Henry Jay Przybylo discussed the field of anesthesiology.
Topics: science, anesthesia, groks, medicine
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Anger may be one of the most difficult emotions to manage, but how can we manage healthy and destructive anger?  On this episode, Bernard Golden discussed anger management.
Topics: science, anger, psychology, groks
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Watching a pet suffer through an illness can be heartbreaking, but can cannabis be a therapeutic to alleviate pain in animals?  On this episode, Darlene Arden discussed medical cannabis for animals.
Topics: cannabis, pets, groks, science
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What is intelligence? Do animals possess some form of it, or are humans unique? On this show, we addressed these questions of animal intelligence.
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The animal kingdom is a diverse and exciting place, but how much of what we know about it is true?  On this episode, Nick Caruso discussed the truths and myths about the animal kingdom.
Topics: science, animals, biology, groks
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Animal research is fundamental to the remarkable advances in medical science. Yet, controversy continues to exist regarding the role of animals in medical research. On this program, Prof. P. Michael Conn discussed the animal research war.
Topics: science, animal research
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The bond shared with animals defines much of what makes us human, but how can empathy and shared destinies with animals affect our physical, mental, and societal health?  On this episode, Dr. Ayshar Akhtar discussed our symphony with animals?
Topics: science, medicine, animals, empathy
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Annihilation, the new film by Alex Garland, explores the self-destructive capacity of humans in a unique alien landscape.  On this episode, Dr. Adam Rutherford discussed his contributions to the development of Annihilation.
Topics: science, groks, Annihilation
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The sense of smell may often seem to be expendable, yet it has a pivotal role in both our survival and hedonic enjoyment of food. On this program, Molly Birnbaum discussed the role of smell in our daily lives.
Topics: science, smell, olfaction, neuroscience, cooking, groks
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Scientists estimate that one-third of today's increase in greenhouse gas emissions come from changes in the land-use. One way to sequester the carbon emissions is plant more trees but are other crops out there better? On this program, special correspondent Terry Yen talks about the promise of anthropogenic peat.
Topics: science, greenhouse gas emissions, peat, carbon
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The human need to have pets continues, despite their declining utilitarian value.  On this episode, John Bradshaw discussed the animals among us.
Topics: science, anthrozoology, groks
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Ants are amazing creatures due to their variety, ubiquity, and complexity of behavior. And, they share many unique features with humans. On this program, Mark Moffett discussed his adventures among ants.
Topics: science, ants, myrmecology, entomology, biology, natural history, groks
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Anxiety can be a debilitating issue for many, but how can we manage anxiety effectively?  On this episode, Elke Scholz discussed her book, Anxiety Warrior.
Topics: science, anxiety, psychology, groks
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The Apollo program is a landmark in the history of space exploration and perhaps the most successful mission of the series was Apollo 15. On this program, Ret. Col. Al Worden discussed the space program and Apollo 15.
Topics: science, NASA, space program, Apollo 15, groks
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Apollo 13 holds a unique place in the history of the early space missions.  The lunar pilot on the flight had a unique perspective on the mission and the evolution of the space program.  On this episode, Fred Haise discussed his new book, Never Panic Early.
Topics: science, Apollo 13, NASA, space program, moon, groks
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The 50th anniversary of the first landings on the moon mark a notable landmark in the technological achievements of humanity.  But, what is the legacy of the Apollo missions?  On this episode, Dr. Roger Launius discussed the legacy of the moon landings.
Topics: science, technology, space flight, Apollo missions, moon landings, NASA, groks
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Archaeological misconceptions are common, and have been promulgated by movies. Actual archaeological expeditions require more intensive work. On this program, we debunked many of these myths with our guest Eric Powell, editor of Archeology magazine.
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The Arctic Ocean is important politically, environmentally, and socially. However, the rapid melting of ice in the arctic is quickly changing the dynamics of humans and wildlife in the region. On this program, Dr. Alun Anderson discussed the future of the Arctic Ocean after the ice melts.
Topics: science, environment, arctic ocean, conservation, wildlife, copenhagen summit, groks
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Technology often comes into conflict with nature.  How has technology changed how we interact with the world? On this episode, Lawrence Millman discussed issues in his book: At The End of the World.
Topics: science, groks, technology
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The theory of evolution explains how the fittest traits survive in a species, but not how those traits arise in the first place.  On this episode, Andreas Wagner discussed the arrival of the fittest.
Topics: science, evolution, biology, groks
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Can art exist without human observers? Or, is art wholly an expression of the unique capacities of the human brain? On this program, we examined how the organization of the human brain could give rise to artistic expression with Prof. Semir Zeki from University College London.
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Is risk taking a natural behavior?  What are the biological underpinnings of risk behavior?  On this episode, Kayt Sukel discussed the art of risk.
Topics: science, risk, groks
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The creation of artificial female robots traces back to the Pygmalion myth.  On this episode, Prof. Julie Wosk discussed the history of female robots.
Topics: science, groks, robots
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Artificial Intelligence is a concept that has reemerged in the spotlight. New developments in this field are promising novel applications for the future. This show featured a discussion of the new possibilities in artificial intelligence.
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The world would be a very different place had FDR, Churchill, and Stalin not been the leaders during World War II.  This almost would have happened had a Nazi assassination plot succeeded.  On this episode, Howard Blum discussed his new book, Night of the Assassins.
Topics: science, groks, WWII, FDR, Churchill, Stalin, groks
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Recent discoveries from the Mars and Titan landings have rekindled interest in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. On this program, Prof. David Grinspoon discussed these findings, astrobiology, and his book, Lonely Planets.
Topic: Science
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How can a scientific perspective on the world inform us about non-scientific issues?  On this episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed his new book, Letters from an Astrophysicist.
Topics: science, astrophysics, science, groks
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Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast
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The asymmetric structure of biologically active molecules has confounded those interested in replicating their structures. However, novel chemical methods are being developed to attack this synthetic problem, as revealed on this week's episode.
Topic: Science
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The video game industry of the early 80s was dominated for a time by the Atari VCS.  But, the fall of the industry has been attributed to one video game, E.T.  On this episode, Howard Scott Warshaw discussed his new book, Once Upon Atari.
Topics: science, computers, video games, Atari, ET, groks
Source: Groks Science Radio Show and Podcast