• New York Academy of Sciences Podcasts

    October 11, 2011

    Now Screening: Life in the Lab

    As a medium, film has the power to bring us into the inner world of science, breaking down misconceptions by creating an alternative narrative. Alexis Gambis, founder of the Imagine Science Film Festival, and filmmaker and scientist Valerie Weiss share their insights.

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    The Columbia University psychiatrist, ethicist, and legal scholar explores behavioral genetics and the causes of crime.

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    A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist explains the morpho-molecular features that render certain neuronal populations of the brain vulnerable to degeneration.

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    Experts in language, literature, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychoanalysis discuss what is known about how we store and subsequently recall the past.

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    May 15, 2009

    Taking Science to Congress

    Former Congressman John Porter offers concrete suggestions on how to get government thinking science, in one of the keynote lectures of our Two Cultures conference.

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    You've heard it once, you've heard it a thousand times: the U.S. has a big problem with obesity. But did you know that there are demonstrated links between obesity and all kinds of serious health problems-—including cancer? In this episode, Science & the City explores the obesity-cancer connection.

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    The author of a recent biography about the greatest classical geometer of the last century talks about the late mathematician Donald Coxeter and his influence on mathematics and the arts.

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    Research only turns into a real-world solution if it becomes something you can buy and use, but there are a lot of challenges to taking a great idea from the lab and making it a viable commercial product. Researchers can become entrepreneurs by studying the marketplace and learning to listen to their potential customers.

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    July 26, 2013

    Greed: Hormones and Moral Behavior

    As part of our Science and the Seven Deadly Sins series, Dr. Paul Zak discusses his work studying the relation of hormones to human behavior. Specifically, his research focuses on oxytocin's role in regulating generosity and greed.

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    Chemist Carl Djerassi, the "father" of the birth control pill, discusses art, science, and his new play, Phallacy, which is about to have its New York premiere.

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    December 4, 2009

    Climate Change in the City

    According to the New York City Panel on Climate Change, global warming could have a big impact on the five boroughs. Three experts discuss the Panel's recent findings, and tell us what weather and policy changes to expect.

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    February 29, 2008

    Science of Chocolate: Jeffrey Blumberg

    A nutrition scientist from Tufts University gives an overview of the health benefits of chocolate. Sponsor: Chocolate Manufacturers Association

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    The author of the new biography of history's most famous genius discusses his work in advance of his June 12th appearance at the Academy.

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    August 13, 2014

    Fighting Food Waste with Creativity

    Leading by delicious example, Josh Treuhaft's Salvage Supperclub tackles the problem of food waste.

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    Three future biologists and their mentor, Dr. Oscar Pineda, share some important lessons from their research in conservation biology.

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    How do we know what's really good for us in an age of information overload? The first installment in our new podcast series on nutrition follows the journey of food from the table through the digestive tract to begin to get to the bottom of that big question.

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    In his new book, The Cosmic Landscape: String Theory and the Illusion of Intelligent Design, physicist and "Father of String Theory" Leonard Susskind aims to debunk what he calls the narrow 20th century view of a unique universe. In this interview, Susskind describes a "megaverse" that is the result of a vast range of mathematical possibilities.

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    Gerard Liger-Belair has been studying the science of champagne bubbles for 10 years. Learn just how important bubbles are to the taste this celebratory drink - and find out the science behind it.

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    November 27, 2009

    Great Science Reads

    Seven scientists and science-lovers—Dean Kamen, Helen Fisher, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more—recommend their favorite science books, fiction and non, for you to wrap up and gift for the holidays (or maybe just read yourself).

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    Get behind the wheel of some of the world's most advanced hydrogen-powered vehicles and learn about the technology, timeline, and real-life potential for H2.

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