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Why Do We Forget?

Timothy Brady, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, answers

July 13, 2010 — Timothy Brady

Status Matters

People try harder to beat a weakling than to topple a higher-ranked opponent

July 8, 2010 — Harvey Black

Will Your Plug-In Car Actually Be Coal-Powered? And Other July Stories

Scientific American Editor in Chief Mariette DiChristina and staff editor Michael Moyer join podcast host Steve Mirsky to talk about articles in the July issue, including: "The Dirty Truth about Plug-In Hybrids"; "How Babies Think"; and "Birds That Lived with Dinosaurs". Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Web sites related to content of this podcast include;

July 8, 2010 — Steve Mirsky

Sports Results Affect Voter Behavior

Local college football wins before elections upped incumbents' vote totals, and college basketball wins influenced presidential ratings. Karen Hopkin reports

July 7, 2010

When Passion Is the Enemy

People with borderline personality disorder endure emotional extremes that can rip apart their lives

July 1, 2010 — Molly Knight Raskin

Terminate the Terminators

Robots are now a fact of war, but the prospect of androids that can hunt and kill on their own should give us all pause

June 29, 2010 — THE EDITORS

The Real Concern When Couples Fight

New research reveals that nearly all fights between romantic partners can be distilled into two fundamental complaints. Christie Nicholson reports

June 26, 2010

"The Strangest Man" of Science, Part 1

Award-winning writer and physicist Graham Farmelo talks with podcast host Steve Mirsky about The Strangest Man, Farmelo's biography of Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Paul Dirac. Part 1 of 2. Web sites related to this episode include and

June 24, 2010 — Steve Mirsky