Science

Understanding the Organ Transplant Process

March 29, 2012

Former Vice President Cheney's recent heart transplant has drawn attention to organ donation. Diane and a panel of experts discuss how recipients are chosen and what potential donors need to know.

Effects of a Mild Winter

Effects of a Mild Winter

March 22, 2012

A mild winter in much of the country has ushered in an early allergy season and an increase in some insect populations: The wide ranging effects of a warmer winter.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley:  "The Emotional Life of Your Brain"

Richard Davidson, Sharon Begley: "The Emotional Life of Your Brain"

March 14, 2012

Neuropsychologist Richard Davidson and science writer Sharon Begley explain how your brain chemistry affects the way you think, feel and live - and whether you can change your emotional style.

Diagnosing and Treating Lyme Disease

February 29, 2012

The CDC estimates about thirty thousand Americans have Lyme disease, but others argue the numbers are higher: the challenges of diagnosing and treating Lyme disease.

The Business of Recycling and Garbage

February 21, 2012

Americans generate some two hundred and fifty million tons of waste every year. Our options are to bury, burn or recycle it. Over half of it is buried in landfills, often after being transported across states lines. This is in part...

Counterfeit Drugs

February 16, 2012

Evidence of a fake anti-cancer drug in the U.S. raises new concerns: Efforts to safeguard prescription medications.

John Horgan: "The End of War"

February 2, 2012

A science journalist debunks the idea that war is a fact of human nature. He describes why people are equally predisposed to peace as violence.

Language, Music and the Brain

January 25, 2012

Learning new skills in adulthood may seem like a daunting task. Over time there is a gradual decline of the brain’s ability to absorb new information. But experts say, with the right tools and a few tricks, we can continue to grasp...

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"  (Rebroadcast)

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2011

Diane and her guest discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

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