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Stories by Steve Mirsky

An Earth Without People

A new way to examine humanity's impact on the environment is to consider how the world would fare if all the people disappeared

June 17, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Jared Diamond on the State of the World Environment

In this episode, biologist, ecologist and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jared Diamond discusses the environmental state of the world and the relationship between the environment and economics and politics in remarks at a recent benefit for the organization Conservation International...

June 13, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Mark Twain: Fossil Hunter and Science Writer

In this episode, Mark Twain scholar Michael Pratt from Elmira College talks about Twain's paleontological activities and his general interest in science and technology. And host Steve Mirsky reads from a Twain essay rebutting some anthropocentric views of Alfred Russel Wallace and a Twain short article published in Scientific American in 1870...

June 6, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Dumb Cup

Recipe for a steaming cup of something

May 20, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Beer Science; And A Cancer Research Report

In this episode, University of California, Davis, professor Charles Bamforth talks about beer science. And journalist Kevin Begos discusses the centennial meeting of the American Association For Cancer Research...

May 9, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Small Matters: Microbes In Us And The Environment

In this episode, Stanford's David Relman talks about the microbial life that lives on and in humans. Princeton's Andrew Dobson discusses the importance of parasites to an ecosystem. And former National Science Foundation director Rita Colwell mentions a low-tech practice with big public health implications...

May 2, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Catching Corrupted Photos; and Big Bird Brains

In this episode, animal behavior expert Bernd Heinrich discusses his article in the April issue of Scientific American on animal intelligence, and Adobe Systems scientists David Story and Martin Newell talk about methods in development to enable investigators to spot phonied-up digital images...

April 11, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Baseball Science

In this episode, former big league pitcher Dr. Dave Baldwin talks about his run-in with Ted Williams, his life in science, the physics of the gyroball versus the slider, and how he finally made it to the Baseball Hall of Fame...

April 4, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Alcoholism and Genetics; and Why Aren't the Pioneer Spacecraft Where They Should Be?

In this episode, psychiatric geneticist Laura Jean Bierut talks about her article in the April Scientific American about the influence of genes on alcoholism. And Scientific American editor George Musser discusses the March 26th Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate at the American Museum of Natural History that dealt with the discrepency between the calculated and actual positions of the Pioneer spacecraft...

March 28, 2007 — Steve Mirsky

Made To Stick: Crafting Memorable Messages; and Cycling For Days On A Gallon Of Gas

In this episode, Stanford University's Chip Heath talks about his book Made To Stick, which discusses the secrets behind crafting messages and ideas that capture the imagination; and Nick Goddard discusses the experiment he did to find out how far he could bike on the energy equivalent to that in a gallon of gasoline...

March 14, 2007 — Steve Mirsky
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