Science

Nuclear Contamination in Japan

March 29, 2011

High levels of radioactivity in water in and around one of Japan's damaged reactors complicate ongoing clean-up efforts. Diane and a panel of experts provide an update on the nuclear contamination crisis and implications for the industry worldwide.

Japan's Nuclear Crisis and Its Impact on the Nuclear Industry

March 17, 2011

Japan's crisis prompts new questions about the safety of nuclear power. An update on efforts to contain the risks in Japan and how the disaster could affect the nuclear power industry worldwide.

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"

March 16, 2011

Diane and her guest will 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.

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

Neal Bascomb: "The New Cool"

March 3, 2011

What the world's fiercest robotics competition means for America's future. Best-selling author, Neal Bascomb, follows the story of a team of high school seniors and their mentors as they race to built a robot. How their success may herald a new kind of cool that rewards brains over brawn.

Environmental Outlook: Light Bulbs

March 1, 2011

The Clean Energy Act of 2007 requires general all-purpose bulbs to be about 25% more efficient than they are today. The myths and facts about what this will mean for consumers and the environment.

Vaccines and Autism: A Story of Medicine, Science and Fear

February 2, 2011

The deadly consequences of fraudulent vaccine research: How a now-discredited study on a possible link between a childhood vaccine and autism became widely known and continues to incite debate and fear.

Serious Psychiatric Disorders Among Young Adults

January 11, 2011

President Obama is traveling to Tucson tomorrow to attend a memorial service for the victims of Saturday’s shooting. As more details about the deadly rampage come out, investigators are looking at the mental state of the twenty-two year...

Wrongful Convictions and DNA Evidence

January 6, 2011

In the past 21 years, more than 250 convicted felons have been exonerated by DNA evidence. Diane and her panel talk about the causes of wrongful convictions and ongoing efforts to free the innocent.

DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomics (Rebroadcast)

DNA Sequencing & Personal Genomics (Rebroadcast)

December 31, 2010

Growing access to personal genome sequencing.

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail" (Rebroadcast)

Grace Pundyk: "The Honey Trail" (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2010

Honey is a global food -- part of tradition, culture and trade. But it's not all sweet: The story also involves smuggling, deforestation and climate change. One woman explains what she found out when she went around the world in pursuit of...

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