Neuroscience has given us fleeting insights into our own intuition, habits and seemingly unexplainable preferences, often with profound implications. Will we ever solve the mysteries of the brain? Two leading neuroscientists examine the issue.
Using exceptionally large scale superconductors, Boaz Almog and Barak Deutscher from Tel-Aviv University demonstrated a phenomenon called "Quantum Levitation" or "Quantum Locking" in a way never seen before.
You could almost say that Shannon Bennett's career as a virologist found her after she became infected with parasites while on a volunteer stint in Liberia. Listen as she talks about her research into the evolution and adaptation of viruses.
NASA scientist Jennifer Heldmann teaches us all about earth's trusty sidekick, the moon. She discusses theories on its formation, predictions about its future, its geological past and present, and the many ways in which it affects the earth.
The incredible feats that athletes accomplish fascinate us, but what is the impact of doping on sports? A panel of experts explore the science of doping, advances in detection, and what the doping debate says about sports, society, and human nature.
"Dark matter" is what physics calls the invisible, theoretical stuff that makes up the majority of the universe. In a way, says biologist Jonathan Eisen, biology also has its own "Dark Matter" -- the tiny yet vast world of microbes.
Space is often thought of as a frontier for exploration and colonization, but it also holds enormous potential for economic investment. In this program, a panel of aerospace experts join NPR's Ira Flatow to discuss the business of space.
Donald Johanson changed our understanding of the past with his 1974 discovery of a 3.2 million year-old skeleton now known as "Lucy." In this talk, Dr. Johnanson explains how paleoanthropology has established Africa as the crucible for human evolution.
"Scientists are discovering viruses faster than they can make sense of them," says science writer Carl Zimmer of the most rapidly-evolving organism on the planet. Zimmer explores how little we really know about these mighty, miniscule lifeforms.
Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? And can learning new ways to talk change how you think? Stanford psychologist Lera Boroditsky examines these questions and more in this insightful look at the developing field of cognitive linguistics.
In this captivating lecture, Lord Martin Rees, President of the Royal Society and England's Astronomer Royal, brings a lifetime of cosmological inquiry to a crucial question: What if human success on Earth determines life's success in the universe?
While we may aspire to live a century, Rachel Sussman documents creatures who don't bat an eye at a millennium or two. In this presentation, Sussman exhibits her work photographing creatures with stories longer than all of recorded human history.
They may be small, but assassin spiders are among the most dangerous spiders on the planet –- if you're another spider, that is. Join arachnologist Hannah Wood as she talks about her field expeditions to Madagascar and other remote places in the world.
From pills in your medicine chest to a viper in the wilderness, join California Poison Control System MD Patil Armenian for this lecture on all the various toxic substances you can ingest, inject, drink, get stung by, or be bitten with.
What happens when you've been in space for a year? Is it possible to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour? From the space shuttle training toilet to NASA's crash simulation tests, Mary Roach examines the curious science of space exploration.
How are science and skepticism related? Is skepticism a part of science, or is science a tool of skepticism? Science educator Dr. Eugenie Scott discusses these questions, and explores the importance of teaching both science and critical thinking.