Science

Insights from New Research into Autism

Insights from New Research into Autism

April 11, 2012

The diagnosis of autism in the U.S. has almost doubled in the past decade. Join guest host Susan Page to discuss new research on factors that might contribute to this complex condition.

Cutting Back on Unnecessary Medical Tests and Procedures

Cutting Back on Unnecessary Medical Tests and Procedures

April 9, 2012

A number of medical and consumer groups make the case less is better: a new effort to encourage doctors and hospitals to cut back on routine medical tests.

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

April 9, 2012

Tennessee's legislature approved a bill that allows teachers to challenge theories of evolution and global warming. An update on the debate over science education.

The New World of Massive Data Mining

The New World of Massive Data Mining

April 2, 2012

Private and government groups are finding new ways to mine massive troves of digital data. Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts look at the implications for national security, education, science, medicine, as well as privacy concerns.

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...

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