Big Picture Science

Big Picture Science

Skeptic Check: Shared Reality

One of the many shocking aspects of the Capitol attack was that it revealed how thoroughly the nation had cleaved...

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Supercomputer Showdown (rebroadcast)

Do you have a hard-to-answer question? The Summit, Sierra, Trinity, Frontier, and Aurora supercomputers are built to...

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Skeptic Check: Betting on Pseudoscience (rebroadcast)

Psychics may not be able to predict the future or sense your thoughts. Nonetheless, they rake in hundreds of millions...

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Headed for Trouble (rebroadcast)

The stone heads on Easter Island are an enduring mystery: why were they built and why were they abandoned and...

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For Good Measure (rebroadcast)

The reign of Le Grand K has come to an end. After 130 years, this hunk of metal sitting in a Parisian vault will no...

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Handling the Holidays (rebroadcast)

The stress of the holidays can make you want to hide under the covers with a warm cup of cocoa.  From gift buying to...

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Fire Clouds and Ice-teroids

Small bodies will hit the big time next year; a sample return from asteroid Bennu and the launch of both the DART and...

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Skeptic Check: Shroom with a View

Magic mushrooms – or psilocybin - may be associated with tripping hippies and Woodstock, but they are now being...

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Bare Bones

You may not feel that your skeleton does very much. But without it you’d be a limp bag of protoplasm, unable to...

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Into the Deep

Have you ever heard worms arguing? Deep-sea scientists use hydrophones to eavesdrop on “mouth-fighting...

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Sex Post Facto (rebroadcast)

Birds do it, bees do it, but humans may not do it for much longer.  At least not for having children. Relying on sex...

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Time Travel Agents (rebroadcast)

Hey, let’s meet last week for coffee. Okay, we can’t meet in the past… yet. But could it be only a...

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The Other Living World (rebroadcast)

Reason for hope is just one thing that ecologist Carl Safina can offer.  He understands why many of us turn to nature...

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Skeptic Check: Stay Skeptical

Whether you call it hooey, codswallop, or malarky, misinformation is not what it used to be. It’s harder to...

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What's a Few Degrees?

Brace yourself for heatwave “Lucifer.” Dangerous deadly heatwaves may soon be so common that we give them...

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Geology is Destiny (rebroadcast)

The record of the rocks is not just the history of Earth; it’s your history too.  Geologists can learn about...

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Talk the Walk

Birds and bees do it … and so do fish. In a discovery that highlights the adaptive benefits of walking,...

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Mycology Education

Beneath our feet is a living network just as complex and extensive as the root systems in a forest. Fungi, which...

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Hubble and Beyond

The universe is not just expanding; it’s accelerating. Supermassive black holes are hunkered down at the center...

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Life on Venus?

Have scientists found evidence of life on Venus? Known for its scorching temperatures and acidic atmosphere,...

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