Science & Health

Space
11:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Are We There Yet? Voyager 1 Finally Answers 'Yes'

Transcript

IRA FLATOW, HOST:

This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. It's one of the most enduring questions in modern space exploration, a puzzle scientists have been trying to solve for years. Are we there yet? Where is the Voyager 1 spacecraft? Where is it right now in relationship to where we are?

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED SHOW)

FLATOW: Well, it's 11 billion miles out...

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN #1: Voyager 1 will be leaving the region called the Helio...

FLATOW: Tell us where it is? How do you know that it's at the edge of our solar...

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Interviews
11:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Stephen Hawking Looks Back

Stephen Hawking is known for his research into relativity, black holes, and quantum mechanics, as well as for the disease that has left him almost entirely paralyzed. But the theoretical cosmologist says that, were he to start from scratch, he wouldn't focus on physics.

Science
11:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Chemistry Research Roundup

Why are bed bugs so resistant to pesticides? How do whiskey, rye, and bourbon develop their unique flavor profile? What compounds in the natural world could be used for insect repellant or for treating AIDS? For the answers, we turn to the American Chemical Society conference. We'll discuss a few of the highlights presented at this week's meeting.

Environment
11:01 am
Fri September 13, 2013

World's Largest Volcano Discovered on Pacific Seafloor

Researchers discovered the largest volcano on earth a thousand miles off the coast of Japan. Tamu Massif rivals some of the biggest volcanoes found in the solar system. Volcanology researcher Kayla Iacovino discusses what this giant can tell us about the inside of our planet.

The Two-Way
9:06 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Mount McKinley's Gotten Shorter Again

Mount McKinley. There's a bit less of it than we thought.
Tim Rains/National Park Service Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 9:36 am

Could Alaska's Mount McKinley be in danger of developing a Napoleon complex?

Well, it's still said to be the tallest peak in North America, so perhaps it won't need to worry about its height just yet. But for the second time in recent decades, the mountain's been shortened.

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

How Personalized Will Medicine Get?

Ryan Lash TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nina Tandon's TEDTalk

Call it extremely personalized medicine. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon explains how in the future, we'll be able to grow replacement organs from our very own cells. In the future, that same technology will help develop custom designed drugs.

About Nina Tandon

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Will Sequencing Your Genes Change The Way You Live — And Die?

"Everybody ... could live an extra five, 10, 20 years just because of this one thing" — Richard Resnick
Mike Ritter TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Richard Resnick's TEDTalk

In this talk, Richard Resnick shows how cheap and fast genome sequencing is about to turn health care (even insurance, and politics) upside down.

About Richard Resnick

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Does The Future Of Crime Look Like?

James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Marc Goodman's TEDTalk

Marc Goodman paints a portrait of a grave future, in which technology's rapid development could allow crime to take a turn for the worse.

About Marc Goodman

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

How Do You Predict The Future?

"I do spend time trying to think about what I cannot imagine" — Nicholas Negroponte
courtsey of TED

Originally published on Thu December 26, 2013 1:16 pm

Part 7 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nicholas Negroponte's TEDTalk

How do you predict the future? Technology leader Nicholas Negroponte accurately predicted some of the most prevalent devices we use to day — back in 1984. Negroponte explains how he makes predictions with great confidence.

About Nicholas Negroponte

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

What Predictions From 1984 Came True?

Nicholas Negroponte at an early TED conference in 1984.
Courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:42 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Nicholas Negroponte's TEDTalk

Back in 1984, technology leader Nicholas Negroponte was able to predict, with surprising accuracy, e-readers, face to face teleconferencing and the touchscreen interface of the iPhone.

About Nicholas Negroponte

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Will GPS Change Our Standards for Privacy?

courtesy of TED

Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 8:42 am

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Todd Humphreys' TEDTalk

Todd Humphreys forecasts the near-future of geolocation when millimeter-accurate GPS "dots" will enable you to find pin-point locations, index-search your physical possessions — or to track people without their knowledge. And the response to the sinister side of this technology may have unintended consequences of its own.

About Todd Humphreys

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TED Radio Hour
8:40 am
Fri September 13, 2013

When Will Driverless Cars Be A Part Of Our Everyday Lives?

"I'm really looking forward to a time when generations after us look back at us and say how ridiculous it was that humans were driving cars" — Sebastian Thrun
James Duncan Davidson TED

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 8:52 am

Part 6 of the TED Radio Hour episode Predicting The Future.

About Sebastian Thrun's TEDTalk

Researcher Sebastian Thrun helped build Google's amazing driverless car, which he says will not only revolutionize how we get around, but also save lives.

About Sebastian Thrun

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TED Radio Hour
8:39 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Predicting The Future

Will the predictions of today turn into the reality of tomorrow?
Thinkstock

"I do spend time trying to think about what I cannot imagine." -- Nicholas Negroponte

Visions of the future don't just have to come from science fiction. There's very real technology today giving us clues about how our future lives might be transformed. So what might our future look like? And what does it take for an idea about the future to become a reality? In this hour, TED speakers make some bold predictions and explain how we might live in the future.

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Science & Health
8:28 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Bug Boom Leads to Explosion of Spiders in Alabama

www.insectidentification.org

A cooler and wetter than normal summer has led to an explosion in the spider population in Alabama.

   The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/18ajH8F) that the weather conditions have led to more bugs, which means the arachnids have more to eat.

   Pest control companies in the Montgomery area say they've seen a stream of calls from new customers complaining about more spiders around their homes and in their yards.

Science
2:07 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Living Gears Help This Bug Jump

An image from an electron microscope of the back legs of a planthopper insect.
Gregory Sutton

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 12:21 pm

Greg Sutton was closely inspecting the back legs of a planthopper nymph — a small green, flightless insect — when he noticed something odd.

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