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The Science of Thanksgiving

The answers to all your questions about the big bird: Does turkey make you sleepy? What's the difference between white and dark meat? And, stories about the bird itself

  • November 25, 2008

Tiny Technology and Talking Turkey

In this episode, Scientific American's "SA 50" research leader of the year, MIT's Angela Belcher, discusses her work using viruses and other organisms to help create nanoelectronics. Animal behaviorist and turkey expert Richard Buchholz brings us up to date on some turkey science. And we'll test your knowledge of some recent turkey science in the news and outer boroughs. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

November 22, 2006 — Steve Mirsky

Eat, Exercise and Be Merry

Research shows that people who write down what they are grateful for may exercise more. Rachel Mahan reports

November 24, 2008

Taming the Wild Turkey

Turkey expert Richard Buchholz explains how the bird on your table Thursday is much different from the ones they had at the first Thanksgiving

November 22, 2006

For the Birds: A look at birds, habitat conservation and environmental economics

Ornithologist and conservation biologist Jeffrey Wells talks about birds and their roles as markers for environmental health. He also discusses the Boreal Forest, the Boreal Birdsong Initiative, the eBird research project (that you can assist) and his new book, The Birder's Conservation Handbook. We also have a brief tribute to the late Arthur C. Clarke. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

March 19, 2008 — Steve Mirsky

When the Virtual You Changes the Real You

Imagine a future where a digital you is influencing the real you; where a communicating clone can convince us to alter our decisions and behavior. Research underway at Stanford University's Virtual Human Interaction Lab has shown that our digital self can persuade our real self to exercise more. (A good thing after gorging on mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie!)

November 22, 2007

Lying in Weight: The Hidden Epidemic of Eating Disorders in Adult Women (And A Few Men)

In this episode, molecular biologist and journalist Trisha Gura discusses her new book, Lying In Weight, about eating disorders in adult, even elderly, women, as well as a small percentage of men. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;

May 23, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

2008 Gadget Guide presents some of this year's most exciting high-tech toys as well as gadgets to make the planet greener and inventions designed to deliver the most basic needs to developing countries

November 18, 2008

Starting Thanksgiving

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