Through weekly interviews with guest researchers and our own knowledgeable staff, the Museum's podcasts offer an in-depth look at the latest in science and technology.
- Current Space Perspectives from an Astronaut (Podcast)
- Former Astronaut and current MIT professor Jeff Hoffman gives his unique perspective on space research, both on the ground and on the International Space Station. (details).
November 08, 2013
- Science on the Space Station: Solar Cells (Podcast)
- Dr. Jud Ready from Georgia Tech describes his new 3D solar cells that will be tested on the International Space Station next year. (details).
September 28, 2013
- Silencing Chromosome 21 in Down Syndrome Cells (Podcast)
- Biologist Jeanne Lawrence from UMass Medical School discusses her breakthrough work on silencing the extra 21st chromosome in cells from an individual with Down Syndrome. (details).
September 14, 2013
- Pushing the Limits of Solar Cells (Podcast)
- Find out how graduate students Dan Congreve and Nick Thompson at MIT's Center for Excitonics are boosting solar cell efficiency. Using organic semiconductors, they have shown how to get two electrons from a single photon, breaking past the limits of how much energy a solar cell can capture. (details).
July 20, 2013
- Merging Mind and Machine (Podcast)
- Dr. Jennifer Collinger, a biomedical engineer at the University of Pittsburgh, describes her research on brain-computer interfaces. One particular study looks at a paralyzed individual who can control a robotic arm through an electrode connected to her brain. (details).
February 15, 2013
- Top 10 Science Stories of 2012 (Podcast)
- From the discovery of the Higgs Boson to an exciting new Mars mission, the Current Science and Technology team has been keeping up with innovative research and late-breaking scientific news all year. In an annual tradition, the team will highlight their picks for the 10 most interesting and important science stories of 2012 ... (details).
January 04, 2013
- Meningitis Crisis (Podcast)
- Local neurologist Dr. Don Marks talks about the recent meningitis outbreak, a story of great success and great failure. He describes the quick diagnosis of this rare disease and some of the reasons why this tragedy happened in the first place. (details).
December 07, 2012
- Earth-sized planet discovered! (Podcast)
- What do scientists look for while searching for an earth-like planet? Similar mass and volume, similar star to orbit around, suitable orbit to have liquid water? Scientists recently announced a planet in the nearby Alpha Centauri star system with the first two of these three criteria. (details).
November 23, 2012
- Science on the International Space Station (Podcast)
- NASA scientist Dr. Liz Warren talks about the amazing engineering feat of the International Space Station. Also, learn about just a few of the many varied science experiments being conducted there right now, and how you can get involved. (details).
October 26, 2012
- Gut Bacteria and Our Immune System (Podcast)
- Dr. Esi Lamouse, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Boston Children's Hospital, outlines the link between our gut bacteria and the development of our immune system. Understanding this connection may lead to treatments for a variety of immune-related diseases like allergies, asthma, and diabetes. (details).
October 12, 2012
- Nanocanary: Sensing Small Things With Small Things (Podcast)
- Physicist Dr. Joel Therrien from the Nanomanufacturing Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, describes his research into creating a "nano-canary." This sensing system can detect tiny cellular changes caused by various toxins or diseases. (details).
October 05, 2012
- Curious About Mars! (Podcast)
- The Mars Science Laboratory Mission rover, named Curiosity, has begun its two year mission on our closest planetary neighbor. Curiosity's primary mission is to determine the past habitability of Mars by looking for evidence of liquid water and other building blocks of life. (details).
September 21, 2012
- The Hunt for the Higgs Boson (Podcast)
- Nathaniel Reden, a theoretical physicist at Brandeis University, explains the basics of particle physics and the discovery of the Higgs boson with experiments that smashed particles with the highest energies yet achieved. Find out why this discovery excites so many, and how it fits into our current understanding of the universe ... (details).
September 07, 2012
- QSTORM: Looking Inside Nerve Cells (Podcast)
- Our nerve cells contain thread-like molecular-scale transport systems that ferry essential materials from cell bodies to the tips of their axons and back. Diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's seem to be associated with traffic jams on these sub-cellular highways. Hear how Carnegie Mellon researcher ... (details).
August 24, 2012
- HPV Vaccine is Working (Podcast)
- A new study shows that the prevalence of human papillomavirus (HPV) in women receiving the HPV vaccine Gardasil has significantly decreased. There is also a decrease amongst women who have not had the vaccine, because of their protection through herd immunity. (details).
July 20, 2012
- MIT's Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2012 (Podcast)
- Brian Bergstein, deputy editor of MIT's Technology Review, discusses a few of the top 10 emerging technologies of 2012. From Facebook to DNA sequencing to solar panels, these technologies cover a wide range of fields and have a variety of societal impacts. (details).
July 06, 2012