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Science Island

Leah Hitchings and Grant Burningham

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A science show for the East Bay and beyond by Leah Hitchings and Grant Burningham.

Latest Episodes

Bitcoin Doesn't Add Up

I talk to Dr. Nicholas Weaver about the structural problems with Bitcoin, its historical parallels, and why now probably isn't the best time to throw your money at it.

28 MIN2018 APR 23
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Bitcoin Doesn't Add Up

The Physics of Too Small to See

If you get small enough, to the size of atoms and electrons, things stop making sense to our Newtonian minds. We take a look at what's next in physics. Things like desktop particle colliders and superconductors.

28 MIN2018 APR 14
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The Physics of Too Small to See

Self-Driving Cars Are About to Run Over Our Economy and Other Facts

Just 2 years ago, the wait for automated vehicles seemed shorter than wait at the valet stand. But since then, cars that drive themselves seem to be about where they were, with a few major setbacks, and deaths. When will be freed from the menance of driving?

28 MIN2018 APR 3
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Self-Driving Cars Are About to Run Over Our Economy and Other Facts

F as in Facebook and Fake News

At the core of the fake news epidemic is a story about new technologies and how they can upturn our world in unexpected places. It's a story about ISIS, algorithms and stock prices.

28 MIN2018 MAR 29
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F as in Facebook and Fake News

Your Brain on Football

We're not trying to rain on anyone's SuperBowl party, but we're talking about head injuries and football for the conflicted sports fan with "Diehards" author Chip Scarinzi.

28 MIN2018 FEB 6
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Your Brain on Football

Kim Stanley Robinson on Fixing the Future

Global warming, run away capitalism, ecosystem collapse. Kim Stanley Robinson's futures aren't always happy, but they're grounded in hard science, and we might have to start thinking about them seriously for our own sake.

54 MIN2018 FEB 3
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Kim Stanley Robinson on Fixing the Future

Meteor Strike!

Ryan Ogliore studies meteorites — they fall all over the Earth, but, if you're looking, they're easiest to find in the desert and the ice caps, where they stand out. Inside, the tell us how our solar system came to be.

28 MIN2018 JAN 27
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Meteor Strike!

NASA's Science Fiction Dream Lab

It turns out NASA has a whole department dedicated to dreaming big -- taking giant chances on sci-fi technology. Leah Hitchings talks to Ariel Waldman from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program.

28 MIN2017 DEC 18
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NASA's Science Fiction Dream Lab

Air Pollution and Class in America and a Canada Lakes Project

Quartz journalist Zoë Schlanger talks about her award-winning Newsweek article on pollution in Detroit. And Pauline Gerrard is the deputy director of a very special project in Canada's far North to monitor pollution's effects on our ecosystems.

28 MIN2017 DEC 2
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Air Pollution and Class in America and a Canada Lakes Project

Anthony Myint on Restaurants That Can Save the World

Anthony Myint, a world-class restaurateur behind Perennial in San Francisco, talks about how we choose to eat our food can actually reverse global warming.

28 MIN2017 NOV 20
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Anthony Myint on Restaurants That Can Save the World

Latest Episodes

Bitcoin Doesn't Add Up

I talk to Dr. Nicholas Weaver about the structural problems with Bitcoin, its historical parallels, and why now probably isn't the best time to throw your money at it.

28 MIN2018 APR 23
Comments
Bitcoin Doesn't Add Up

The Physics of Too Small to See

If you get small enough, to the size of atoms and electrons, things stop making sense to our Newtonian minds. We take a look at what's next in physics. Things like desktop particle colliders and superconductors.

28 MIN2018 APR 14
Comments
The Physics of Too Small to See

Self-Driving Cars Are About to Run Over Our Economy and Other Facts

Just 2 years ago, the wait for automated vehicles seemed shorter than wait at the valet stand. But since then, cars that drive themselves seem to be about where they were, with a few major setbacks, and deaths. When will be freed from the menance of driving?

28 MIN2018 APR 3
Comments
Self-Driving Cars Are About to Run Over Our Economy and Other Facts

F as in Facebook and Fake News

At the core of the fake news epidemic is a story about new technologies and how they can upturn our world in unexpected places. It's a story about ISIS, algorithms and stock prices.

28 MIN2018 MAR 29
Comments
F as in Facebook and Fake News

Your Brain on Football

We're not trying to rain on anyone's SuperBowl party, but we're talking about head injuries and football for the conflicted sports fan with "Diehards" author Chip Scarinzi.

28 MIN2018 FEB 6
Comments
Your Brain on Football

Kim Stanley Robinson on Fixing the Future

Global warming, run away capitalism, ecosystem collapse. Kim Stanley Robinson's futures aren't always happy, but they're grounded in hard science, and we might have to start thinking about them seriously for our own sake.

54 MIN2018 FEB 3
Comments
Kim Stanley Robinson on Fixing the Future

Meteor Strike!

Ryan Ogliore studies meteorites — they fall all over the Earth, but, if you're looking, they're easiest to find in the desert and the ice caps, where they stand out. Inside, the tell us how our solar system came to be.

28 MIN2018 JAN 27
Comments
Meteor Strike!

NASA's Science Fiction Dream Lab

It turns out NASA has a whole department dedicated to dreaming big -- taking giant chances on sci-fi technology. Leah Hitchings talks to Ariel Waldman from NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts Program.

28 MIN2017 DEC 18
Comments
NASA's Science Fiction Dream Lab

Air Pollution and Class in America and a Canada Lakes Project

Quartz journalist Zoë Schlanger talks about her award-winning Newsweek article on pollution in Detroit. And Pauline Gerrard is the deputy director of a very special project in Canada's far North to monitor pollution's effects on our ecosystems.

28 MIN2017 DEC 2
Comments
Air Pollution and Class in America and a Canada Lakes Project

Anthony Myint on Restaurants That Can Save the World

Anthony Myint, a world-class restaurateur behind Perennial in San Francisco, talks about how we choose to eat our food can actually reverse global warming.

28 MIN2017 NOV 20
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Anthony Myint on Restaurants That Can Save the World
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