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Podcasts

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.

Water on Other Planets and Moons (Podcast)

April 15, 2014
Dr. Krista Soderlund discusses her research about water on Jupiter's moon Europa and on the planets Uranus and Neptune. (details).

A Little Neanderthal In Us (Podcast)

April 04, 2014
Harvard Genetics Professor Dr. David Reich describes his work comparing the Neanderthal genome to our own DNA. (details).

Superfund Research and Breast Cancer (Podcast)

March 08, 2014
Scientists with the Boston University Superfund Research Program talk about their work with environmental chemicals and breast cancer. (details).

Comet Mission Rosetta (Podcast)

February 26, 2014
Geophysicist Dr. Claudia Alexander describes the Rosetta mission, which is currently en route to a comet where it will study and even land on the comet. (details).

What Happened to Comet ISON? (Podcast)

February 08, 2014
Comet ISON could have been big and bright at the end of 2013, but instead it disappeared. Learn why scientists were initially so excited about it and why it did not live up to its hype. (details).

Studying the Atmosphere of Mars (Podcast)

January 17, 2014
Boston University Professor Dr. Paul Withers describes his work with the MAVEN spacecraft, which is on its way to study the atmosphere of Mars. (details).

Smart Foam May Help to Identify Concussions (Podcast)

January 04, 2014
Graduate student Jake Merrell at Brigham Young University developed a self-sensing nano foam that can measure compression inside of a helmet, which may aid in identifying concussions. (details).

Puzzle of the Bones: Rising Star Expedition (Podcast)

December 20, 2013
Anthropologist Dr. Jeremy DeSilva describes the Rising Star Expedition- a unique way of studying an amazing new early hominid site. (details).

Top 10 Science Stories of 2013 (Podcast)

December 04, 2013
See what stories made our Top 10 list. (details).

Current Space Perspectives from an Astronaut (Podcast)

November 08, 2013
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).

Making Super Strong Materials with Nano (Podcast)

October 25, 2013
Dr. Marilyn Minus from Northeastern University describes her procedure for making cheaper materials that are super strong and super tough. (details).

Good News for Bad Knees (Podcast)

October 11, 2013
Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Martha Murray from the Boston Children's Hospital describes and compares different ways of fixing a torn ACL. (details).

Science on the Space Station: Solar Cells (Podcast)

September 28, 2013
Dr. Jud Ready from Georgia Tech describes his new 3D solar cells that will be tested on the International Space Station next year. (details).

Silencing Chromosome 21 in Down Syndrome Cells (Podcast)

September 14, 2013
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).

Growing Tissues in 3D (Podcast)

September 06, 2013
MIT researchers Dr. Lisa Freed and Marty Kolewe describe their procedure for growing human tissues in three dimensions. (details).

Orion Project: Heat shield (Podcast)

August 22, 2013
Aerospace engineer Brian Hinde describes the development of the Orion capsule heat shield, which will eventually protect humans during space exploration missions. (details).

The Physics of Evolution (Podcast)

August 09, 2013
Dr. Jeremy England, a biophysicist at MIT, describes the natural and artificial evolution of life from a physics point of view. (details).

Orion Project: Human Space Exploration (Podcast)

August 03, 2013
Aerospace engineer Todd Sullivan describes NASA's Orion Project, which is currently being developed to continue human space exploration. (details).

Pushing the Limits of Solar Cells (Podcast)

July 20, 2013
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).

Dead Sea Scrolls Project (Podcast)

June 15, 2013
Leader of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project Pnina Shor, talks about the past, present, and future studies being conducted with these ancient artifacts. (details).

Imaging the Dead Sea Scrolls (Podcast)

June 15, 2013
Dr. Greg Bearman, imaging consultant for the Dead Sea Scrolls, describes the imaging and conservation efforts for these cultural heritage objects. (details).

Puzzle of the Bones Part 2 (Podcast)

May 18, 2013
Anthropologist Dr. Jeremy DeSilva from Boston University gives us an update on the 2 million year old human ancestors. Learn more about their teeth, back, and how they moved. (details).

NanoDays 2013: Photonics (Podcast)

May 07, 2013
Applied physicist Dr. Evelyn Hu from Harvard University discusses the differences and similarities between electronics and photonics. When will light be used to store information? (details).

Doodling in 3 Dimensions (Podcast)

May 03, 2013
Inventor Peter Dilworth describes his latest innovation and the steps he took to go from idea to implementation. The 3Doodler is a pen that allows the user to draw pictures in three dimensional space. (details).

Making a Better Vaccine (Podcast)

March 16, 2013
From MIT, Peter DeMuth, Dr. Paula Hammond, and Dr. Darrell Irvine, talk about a new DNA vaccine technology. This painless, microneedle delivery system could potentially deliver DNA from a wide variety of pathogens. (details).

Super Sensitive Cancer Detection (Podcast)

March 02, 2013
Northeastern University graduate student Asanterabi Malima talks about an ultra-sensitive screening chip that uses nanotechnology to detect colorectal cancer earlier than ever before. (details).

Merging Mind and Machine (Podcast)

February 15, 2013
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).

A Tiny Way to Treat the Brain (Podcast)

January 18, 2013
The blood-brain barrier protects the brain, yet it also makes it difficult to treat in the event of disease. Learn how a nano-sized particle called a dendrimer may provide a pathway into the brain. (details).

Top 10 Science Stories of 2012 (Podcast)

January 04, 2013
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).

Targeted Nanomedicine Cancer Treatment (Podcast)

December 28, 2012
Learn about a new nanomedicine particle that has the ability to target cancer cells, evade the immune system, and slowly release a chemotherapeutic. (details).

Meningitis Crisis (Podcast)

December 07, 2012
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).

Earth-sized planet discovered! (Podcast)

November 23, 2012
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).

My Other Body Is A Robot (Podcast)

November 10, 2012
Graduate student Kate Tsui from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, describes some of the benefits of telepresence robots. She also discusses her research into improving these remote devices. (details).

Science on the International Space Station (Podcast)

October 26, 2012
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).
 

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