Monday, November 24, 2008

Brain Science Podcast #50: Neuroscience 2008

Episode 50 of the Brain Science Podcast is a change of pace from our usual format. In this episode I share a few highlights from this year's Neuroscience 2008, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, which just concluded in Washington, DC.

Listen to Episode 50

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Friday, November 7, 2008

Brain Science Podcast #49: Brenda Milner

Brain Science Podcast #49 is an interview with pioneering neuroscientist, Brenda Milner, PhD. Dr. Milner is known for her contributions to understanding memory and her work with split-brain patients. Her work as an experimental psychologist has been fundamental to the emergence of the field of cognitive neuroscience.

This interview is a follow-up of Dr. Milner's recent interview with Dr. Marc Pelletier on Futures in Biotech. I highly recommend listening to both interviews.

Listen to Episode 49 of the Brain Science Podcast

Listen to Dr. Milner on Futures in Biotech (Episode33)

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Thursday, November 6, 2008

FINAL TAXI: Michael Crichton Writer of "ER & Jurassic Park

Michael Crichton has taken his Final Taxi.

Crichton is best known for his books, penning classics such as The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Sphere, and Jurassic Park among many others. On top of writing these books, he also directed some little-known films in the 70s and early 80s( Westworld, Looker, Coma) and then went on to help write the screenplays for Jurassic Park and Twister and co-create mega-show ER.


FINAL TAXI: Remembering Batman Creator- Bob Kane

Bob Kane was an American comic book artist and writer, credited as the creator of the DC Comics superhero Batman. He died November 3, 1998.


FINAL TAXI: Who is the highest earning dead person?

Who is dead and made the most money in 2007??
The Final Taxi has the answer....

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Final Taxi : Ray Ellis- Composer

An arranger and composer, Ray Ellis, worked on such classics as "Chances Are" by Johnny Mathis, "Splish Splash" by Bobby Darin and "Standing on the Corner" by the Four Lads, Brook Benton "There Goes My Baby", Ben E. King "Spanish Harlem" and Etta James "C.C. Ride

Monday, November 3, 2008

Books and Ideas #23: Nobel Physicist, Frank Wilczek

Episode 23 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Frank Wilczek, PhD from MIT. Dr. Wilczek won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2004 and recently published an excellent book aimed at general readers: Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces. This book provides an excellent review of current ideas about the meaning of both matter and space.

In his interview Dr. Wilczek helps us understand the current evidence that matter is actually made of particles that are massless. He says “I jokingly say that the more important law is Einstein’s Second Law m=E/c² (which is of course just a rearrangement of E=mc²) but this suggests that what we really should be doing is not explaining energy in terms of mass, but explaining mass in terms of energy.”

The second surprisingly concept that Dr. Wilczek helps us tackle in this interview is the idea that space is not empty. “Space is a medium with a variety of properties that make it, not only an important component of reality, but really the primary component of reality.”

These ideas are supported by experimental evidence, but the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland is expected to expand knowledge even further. The purpose of the LHC is a main focus of this interview. Dr. Wilczek has agreed to come back on Books and Ideas to answer questions about dark matter and string theory.

Listen to Episode 23 of Books and Ideas

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