Dec 5, 2013 — New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.
Dec 3, 2013 — Imagine stepping into an elevator and bumping into your greatest hero. What would you say? Commentator Adam Frank had this happen with one of the 20th century's greatest astronomers, a seer of sorts.
Dec 2, 2013 — Is the idea that the left hemisphere of the brain is more logical and the right more intuitive a scientific fact or a cultural fiction? Commentator Tania Lombrozo turns to an expert for answers.
Nov 18, 2013 — Recent findings challenge the idea that people are more likely to buy into research that features pretty pictures of the brain. Commentator Tania Lombrozo says our responses to neuroimages may just reflect our conflicting instincts about reductionism and the limits of science.
Nov 14, 2013 — Being bilingual opens up new worlds to speakers. It also appears to hold off the onset of dementia. Commentator Barbara King says that for these reasons, and more, she wishes her language faculty was more robust.
Nov 6, 2013 — The hunt for dark matter started in the 1930s and shows no signs of ending any time soon. But physicist Marcelo Gleiser says our inability to pin down this key component to reality only makes it more alluring.
Nov 5, 2013 — We are awash in the unseen, a fact revealed to us by science. But there is more to discover. The hunt for dark matter is still on, says astrophysicist Adam Frank, despite news of another failed attempt to detect the mysterious stuff.
Oct 24, 2013 — Patricia Wright arrived in the Amazon armed only with intense curiosity about secretive owl monkeys. She emerged from the jungle on a new life trajectory. Since that singular experience, she has gone on to become well known for her work with Lemurs in Madagascar. Commentator Barbara J. King interviews Wright about her new memoir.
Oct 22, 2013 — Science is radical and conservative at the same time, almost as if it exists in a quantum state. Commentator and astrophysicist Adam Frank says this is the tension at play today as his community struggles with whether to keep faith in the laws that determine the one universe we see or jump ship for the promise of the multiverse.
Oct 22, 2013 — You'll get wet if you are out in the rain; that's a given. Will running through the rain get you wetter, or will it save you from a few drops? MinutePhysics illustrates the answer in this entertaining video.