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Specific Brain Damage Stops Nicotine Addiction

Smokers who sustain damage to the part of the brain called the insula have their addiction to nicotine virtually vanish. The finding could point the way to better treatments for nicotine addiction and addiction in general.

January 26, 2007

Cutting Back On Surgical Errors

Researchers are developing a system for constant monitoring of nerves during surgery to set an alarm if a scalpel goes somewhere it doesn't belong.

January 10, 2007

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

Scientific American Magazine single topic issue--Energy's Future: Beyond Carbon; and Well-Read Doctors.

In this episode, Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie talks about the September, single-topic issue of the magazine, the focus of which is Energy's Future: Beyond Carbon. He also explains the Emmy Award in his home. And University of East Anglia School of Medicine professor Christopher Cowley discusses his proposal of new requirements for medical school candidates. Plus, we'll test your knowledge about some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include,;; and Professor Cowley's article at

August 23, 2006 — Steve Mirsky

Demon-Haunted Brain

If the brain mediates all experience, then paranormal phenomena are nothing more than neuronal events

February 10, 2003 — Michael Shermer

Technology against Terror

Biologists and engineers are devising early-warning systems that can detect a bioterrorist attack in time to blunt its effects

September 16, 2002 — Rocco Casagrande

Keeping the Mad Cows at Bay

Veterinarian Linda A. Detwiler helps to ensure that a fatal brain disease that can afflict humans doesn't appear in U.S. cattle. It can be a thankless task

June 17, 2002 — Philip Yam