Science & Technology

What is the science behind epigenetics? 🔊

For many years geneticists and psychologists have worked separate labs on factors such as our genetic codes and our experiences that they each thought were affecting our physical and mental health respectively. But it may be that our experiences are affecting our epigenetics which can then get handed down for generations to come contributing to diseases and behaviors such as cancer and depression.

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What is the Science Behind Sleep? 🔊

Scientists are still trying to understand the mysteries of our slumber. Why do we sleep? What is its purpose? And what actually happens during sleep? Maria Armoudian explores the science behind sleep with Marcos G. Frank and Graham H. Diering.

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What Are the Ethics of Modern Medicine and Healthcare? 🔊

Many observers argue that economic forces are corrupting medical care and eroding the trust between patients and their doctors. The problems in healthcare delivery have wide implications related to how healthcare should function, particularly when there are limited resources. Maria Armoudian discusses the ethics of medicine and healthcare with Thomas Pogge, Martin Wilkinson, and Richard Cookson.

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Can We Save the Planet From a Sixth Mass Extinction? 🔊

Planet Earth has faced five mass extinctions in its lifetime. Now we may be facing the sixth. What have we learned from the previous mass extinctions that can help us avoid a total collapse? Can humanity rescue the planet that it has imperiled? Maria Armoudian talks to Annalee Newitz and Elizabeth Kolbert about how we can avoid a sixth mass extinction.

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Are Antibiotics to Blame for Some Modern Diseases? 🔊

Sanitation and antibiotics have saved the lives of many, but are they also the culprits behind some modern diseases? Martin Blaser argues we might have gone overboard in killing our microbes and that may be causing some of today’s epidemics. Blaser discusses the side-effects of microbes and antibiotics with Maria Armoudin. 

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What Is the Future of Cities? 🔊

What will the cities of the future look like? Steve Matthewman and Stephen Knight-Lenihan discuss the urban future, covering topics such as ecological resilience, biodiversity, living buildings and floating suburbs. Steve Matthewman is an associate professor of...

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Can we learn to stop worrying and love the machine? 🔊

What do we have to fear from the rise of robots, automation and artificial intelligence? Darl Kolb, a pioneering theorist on social and technical connectivity, argues that we should rethink the relationship between humans and machines as one of co-evolution and...

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What is Neuroscience and How Far Can it Take Us? 🔊

Neuroscience has uncovered so many clues about human attitudes and behaviours that have far reaching consequences. But scholars and doctors disagree about what it does and does not tell us about what it means to be human. Are we our brains? Do we have free will? How far can neuroscience take us? 

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Does the US Department of State promote GMOs in Mexico?

By Yadira Ixchel Martínez Pantoja - Mexico’s national identity is tied to corn.  Maize is the main food staple, the basis of Mexican cuisine, and the central crop for the milpa (cornfields accompanied by secondary edible plants).  Mexico is also considered a centre...

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How do Animals Communicate? 🔊

Scientists have made fascinating discoveries about animals and how they communicate. For instance, bird songs are more than music to the ears of the forest; it turns out they are speaking a language understood by many species. Erick Greene discusses his latest research on animal communication with Maria Armoudian.

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Is big money influencing science? 🔊

Raising big money is a relatively new phenomenon in academia. How did science, government, and industry become so entwined with one another and what has it meant for scholarly research? Big money has supported cross-institution collaborations researching both medicine and weaponry. Michael Hiltzik discusses big money and the birth of big science with Maria Armoudian.

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Can the Bee Colony Collapse be Stopped? 🔊

Throughout much of the world bee populations have been declining, threatening food supplies that rely on the pollinators to reproduce. Their deaths have been tied to insecticides, climate change, and killer mites. What is the latest research on the global health of bees and what are ways to prevent further collapses?

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Are Our Oceans Under Threat? 🔊

Our fates are tied to the fate of our oceans, which generate half of the world’s oxygen, as well as provide water, food, recreation, culture, and some $24 trillion of the global economy. But ocean life is under threat by multiple stressors — climate change, acidification, plastics, pollution, overfishing, overexploitation, and dead zones. In this roundtable discussion, top scholars reveal and explain the realities facing our seas and the strides we are making to protect, restore and recover our seas.

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