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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The dodo bird was probably not as dumb as its reputation would suggest

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NSF-funded Caltech biologist Lea Goentoro and graduate student Michael Abrams discuss a special talent of the moon jellyfish

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What rocks reveal about the history of Earth and how that history has influenced humans

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How those tiny critters that live on and in us also help and protect us

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Seismic activity off the Pacific Northwest coast that may cause a 9.0 earthquake within the next 50 years

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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