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  1. 5by5 | Supercharged #140: Human Psychology and Predictive Data

    This week on Supercharged we’re diving into human behavioral patterns and predictive data to figure out how weird mind tricks can actually result in practical applications.

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    http://5by5.tv/supercharged/140

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  2. Radiolab - Dark Side of the Earth

    200 miles above Earth’s surface, astronaut Dave Wolf — rocketing through the blackness of Earth’s shadow at 5 miles a second — floated out of the Mir Space Station on his very first spacewalk. In this short, he describes the extremes of light and dark in space, relives a heart-pounding close call, and shares one of the most tranquil moments of his life.

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  3. Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems? : NPR

    As the search for cheap, safe and non-carbon emitting sources of energy continues, a band of scientists say the answer may be nuclear reactors fueled by thorium. Others caution that thorium reactors pose waste and proliferation risks. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the pros and cons of thorium reactors.

    http://www.npr.org/2012/05/04/152026805/is-thorium-a-magic-bullet-for-our-energy-problems

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  4. Darwin in Space: How Multigenerational Missions Could Shape Human Evolution: Scientific American Podcast

    Portland State University anthropologist Cameron Smith talks with Scientific American’s John Matson about how multigenerational space exploration missions and colonization might change the human genome and thus shape human evolution.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=darwin-in-space-how-multigeneration-12-12-18

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  5. Rationally Speaking 50 - Neurobabble

    The media is increasingly bombarding us with reports of advances in neuroscience which claim all sorts of amazing feats, like allowing us to read our thoughts and intentions. It sounds like neurobabble. Most of these reports though are either based on bad science, reach false conclusion, or are based on conceptual misunderstanding of how our psychology works. To be fair, much of this is manufactured by the popular media but, unfortunately, some of it comes from the neuroscience community itself. So, what information can we really get from fMRIs? As with the misunderstanding of what genes are (like whether there is a God or a conservative gene), are there really parts of the brain dedicated to categories of thoughts like some of these reports claim? And, perhaps more importantly, what are the ethical implications of this neurobabble, should we arrest people who we can tell, based on this research, will be committing a crime?

    http://www.rationallyspeakingpodcast.org/show/rs50-neurobabble.html

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  6. Teachers’ Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

    Teachers’ expectations about their students’ abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback. But training aimed at changing teaching behavior can also help change expectations.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/09/17/161159263/teachers-expectations-can-influence-how-students-perform

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  7. Nikola Tesla: Strange Genius

    The astounding mad scientist life of Nikola Tesla. Just who was this pioneer of radio, radar, and wireless communication? We discover his legacy in the work of today’s scientists and artists. Samantha Hunt’s novel The Invention of Everything Else is a fictional portrait of Tesla. Monologist Mike Daisey tells us how Tesla X-rayed Mark Twain’s head. And across the country, garage inventors toil in obscurity at the next breakthrough that will change the world.

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