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Stories by Steve Mirsky

The Cornucopia Conference: Roundtable on the AAAS Meeting

Podcast host Steve Mirsky talks with Scientific American magazine Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina, news editor Anna Kuchment, feature editor Mark Fischetti and online news editor Robin Lloyd about various sessions at the recently completed annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, DC...

February 24, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

The Spirit of Innovation: From High School to the Moon

Nancy Conrad, chair of the Conrad Foundation, talks about the Spirit of Innovation competition for high school students, and about her late husband, Pete Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon...

February 17, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

Tall order: How to train a giraffe [Video]

How do you get a bear to ride a bicycle? In addition to "very carefully," the answer is operant conditioning. A trainer rewards a particular behavior when performed by a subject, reinforcing the behavior in that subject...

February 17, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

What's New with Science News

Former Scientific American editor in chief and current Gleaming Retort blogger John Rennie, blogger and Scientific American blogs network director Bora Zivkovic, and Scientific American online news editor Robin Lloyd talk about the future of science news...

February 16, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

What Is the Watson Jeopardy-Playing Supercomputer, Alex?

Scientific American editor Michael Moyer talks about the sneak preview he caught of IBM's Watson Jeopardy! -playing computer. And ScientificAmerican.com 's Larry Greenemeier spoke with Ford's Brad Probert about the new all-electric Focus at the Consumer Electronics Show last week in Las Vegas...

January 14, 2011 — Steve Mirsky

Vinod Khosla: Searching for the Radical Solution

Clean technology investor Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, talks with Scientific American editor Mark Fischetti about the energy payoffs to be had by reinventing mainstream technologies...

December 23, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Anna Deavere Smith: Let Me Down Easy

Actor, playwright and journalist Anna Deavere Smith talks about the health care crisis and her play about people dealing with illness, health and the health care system, Let Me Down Easy...

December 20, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

The Spewings of Titan (and More from the AGU Meeting)

Scientific American editor Davide Castelvecchi joins us from San Francisco to talk about some of the highlights of the meeting of the American Geophysical Union, including volcanoes on Titan, x-rays from lightning, the biota of the Sulawesi Sea, and the connection between light pollution and air pollution...

December 16, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face

Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect

November 25, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Let's Talk Turkey!

Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research

November 24, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Why Do Women Live Longer Than Men?

Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and podcast host Steve Mirsky talk about longevity differences in the sexes, the importance of music education, the pros and cons of the Kindle, and other content from the November issue...

November 19, 2010 — Steve Mirsky
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