Big Picture Science

This one-hour radio magazine takes on big questions by interviewing leading researchers and weaving together their stories of discovery in a clever and off-kilter narrative style.

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Assessing the risks involved with self-driving cars and other technological innovations

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How volcanic activity contributed to the mass extinction that ended the Cretaceous period

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NSF-funded marine geophysicist William Sager describes how he studies the largest volcano in the world, located in the Pacific Ocean

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NSF-funded computer scientist Shawn Douglas describes nanobots that can help the human immune system destroy cancer cells

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Brain Awareness Week: NSF-funded neuroscientist David Eagleman explains tech that may make our descendents foreign to us

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Brain Awareness Week: NSF-funded neuroscientist David Eagleman discusses how the brain makes us who we are

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How and why moon jellyfish shift their remaining limbs to re-establish symmetry when a limb is lost

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NSF-funded geologist Walter Alvarez explains what rocks reveal about the history of the Earth and how that history has influenced humans

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Beth Archie studies the micobiomes of baboons as part of her research on how disease spreads within social groups of wild animals

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Paleoanthropologist Bernard Wood explains how he identifies hominid fossils he discovers and his work on the early human family tree

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NSF-funded bioengineer Christopher Voigt of MIT describes his research on programming living cells and solving problems in biotechnology

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We're kicking off Earth Science Week with Geophysicist Adrian Borsa, who discusses his research on how drought is causing the ground to rise in the western U.S

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NSF-funded physicist and astronomer Janna Levin discusses the sounds of the universe, including colliding black holes

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NSF-funded entomologist Michael Engel discusses how insects construct camouflage out of sand, plant material and even other insects

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Mining for microbes! NSF-funded Jeff Gralnick describes the microbial life in Minnesota's Soudan Iron Mine, an ecosystem that could parallel Mars

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Seismologist Tom Jordan discusses the increasing instability of the southern San Andreas fault--what is known and what remains a mystery

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How do those tiny critters that live on and in us also help us? We have the answer from NSF-funded biological anthropologist Thomas McDade