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  1. Back Off Man, I’m A Scientist: User Generated Discovery

    Broad access to vast amounts of raw data, along with evermore powerful tools, have given everyday people the ability to make significant contributions to scientific inquiry and enrich our understanding of the Universe. See how passionate amateurs are addressing the fundamental questions of our world.

    Jon Wiley Sr User Experience Designer, Google

    Kevin Schawinski Postdoctoral Assoc, Yale University

    Darlene Cavalier Founder, Science Cheerleader

    Matthew Shindell PhD Candidate, University of California San Diego

    From http://2009.sxsw.com/node/1694

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  2. Seth Lloyd on Quantum Life

    Big Ideas presents Seth Lloyd of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology on Quantum Life, how organisms have evolved to make use of quantum effects.

    Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcXSpXyZVuY

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  3. Alice Gaby - on linguistics

    Talk about the relevance of linguistics and implications for neuroscience

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  4. Guardian Science Weekly podcast: How blogs are changing science

    In a special podcast from North Carolina, Alok Jha goes right to the heart of global science blogging at Science Online 2011.

    Hundreds of scientists, students, journalists, librarians, bloggers and programmers met to discuss how the web is changing the way science is communicated, taught and carried out.

    We look at how this relatively new medium has evolved over the past few years and ask: what role does it now play and where does it fit into modern science? Is it changing how science is reported?

    Are there additional challenges for women who want to blog about science? Why do some choose to remain anonymous?

    There’s even a Star Wars joke thrown in for good geeky measure.

    Ed Yong tells us about Britain’s blogging scene - and lets us in on the secret of how much money there is to be made from it.

    Did Alok finally get to meet the enigma who is Bora Zivkovic? Is he even real?

    Finally, after making the acquaintance of one half of NPR’s Radiolab programme, Jad Abumrad, a few weeks ago, we get to speak to the other half, Robert Krulwich.

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  5. RSA - How Intelligence Happens

    http://www.thersa.org/events/audio-and-past-events/2010/how-intelligence-happens RSA Thursday Human intelligence is among the most powerful forces on earth. It builds sprawling cities, vast cornfields and coffee plantations, complex microchips; it takes us from the atom to the limits of the universe. Understanding how brains build intelligence is among the most fascinating challenges of modern science. How does the biological brain, a collection of billions of cells, enable us to do things no other species can do?

    Professor John Duncan FRS, a scientist who has spent thirty years studying the human brain, visits the RSA to elaborate on an adventure story - the story of the hunt for basic principles of human intelligence, behaviour and thought

    Using results drawn from classical studies of intelligence testing; from attempts to build computers that think; from studies of how minds change after brain damage; from modern discoveries of brain imaging; and from groundbreaking recent research, Duncan unravels one of the most enigmatic scientific mysteries of all.

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  6. Science Times: The Collider, the Particle and a Theory About Fate

    Composites literally take to the road, multitasking teens, and can the future really prevent the present?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/13/science/space/13lhc.html

    From http://www.nytimes.com/ref/multimedia/podcasts.html

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  7. Particle Pings: Sounds Of The Large Hadron Collider : NPR

    Deep beneath the border of France and Switzerland, the world’s most massive physics machine is sending subatomic particles smashing into each other at speeds nearing the speed of light. Physicists working with the 17-mile-long Large Hadron Collider hope it will help solve some of the universe’s mysteries.

    But first, researchers must overcome two very mundane hurdles: how to handle all of the data the LHC generates, and how to get non-scientists to care.

    One physicist has a novel way to solve both problems: sound.

    http://www.npr.org/2011/01/02/132415764/particle-pings-sounds-of-the-large-hadron-collider

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  8. David J Linden - The Accidental Mind

    http://www.pointofinquiry.org/david_j_linden_-_the_accidental_mind/

    David J. Linden, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His laboratory has worked for many years on the cellular substrates of memory storage in the brain, among other topics. He has a longstanding interest in scientific communication and serves as the Chief Editor of the Journal of Neurophysiology.

    In this broad discussion with D.J. Grothe, David Linden challenges widespread beliefs about the brain, such as that people only use ten percent of it and that it is amazingly designed, arguing instead that the brain is "accidental." He talks about why, as a brain scientist, he writes about topics such as love, God and sexual orientation. He describes the downsides of how the brain has evolved by including systems from previous brain "models," and how this has given rise to those qualities that most profoundly shape our human experience. He discusses the neuron, and how it is a "lousy processor of information," describing how evolution has nonetheless used it to build "clever us." He talks about how our brains have constrained us, and may have physically led to the necessity of marriage, family and long childhoods. He surveys various claims regarding the enhancement of our cognitive capacities, such as playing Mozart to babies in utero, vitamins, smart drugs, mental exercises, and physical exercise. He talks about the brain science of homosexuality. And he argues that the brain has evolved to make everyone a "believer," describing the similarities between belief in science and in religion, that both are similar "branches of the same cognitive stream."

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  9. Thinning Brain Cortex May Signal Depression

    A new study suggests that a thinning of the brain cortex is associated with an increased risk of developing depression. Psychiatrist and MRI expert Brad Peterson explains what the cortex does and what the study results may mean for people with a family history of depression.

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  10. Radiolab - Musical Language

    What is music? How does it work? Why does it move us? Why are some people better at it than others? In this hour, we examine the line between language and music, how the brain processes sound, and we meet a composer who uses computers to capture the musical DNA of dead composers in order to create new work. We also re-imagine the disastrous 1913 debut of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring…through the lens of modern neurology.

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