June 23rd, 2011
Jon Ronson: What does electricity taste like?Robot, Bina48: Like a planet around a star.
Listen to Radiolab’s podcast, “Talking to Machines,” on how people interact with technology. Chat bots, Furbies, and real-life robots.
(Photo credit: Lynn Levy/WNYC) 

Jon Ronson: What does electricity taste like?
Robot, Bina48: Like a planet around a star.

Listen to Radiolab’s podcast, “Talking to Machines,” on how people interact with technology. Chat bots, Furbies, and real-life robots.

(Photo credit: Lynn Levy/WNYC

June 22nd, 2011

hereishazel:

Remember when I said that This American Life was the best podcast ever? Well, I’m afraid I’m going to have to condradict myself there…

It’s not that the quality of TAL has decreased or anything like that. It’s just that I discovered Radiolab and I have to say, it is pretty magical.

As it says on their website, Radiolab explores curious oddities relating to science, philosophy and human experience. Though science isn’t something I always enjoyed studying in school (you should see my Biology marks from last year…ha ha ha—no), Radiolab frames the most convoluted concepts with stories, making it easy to understand and most importantly, enjoyable.

Lucas by Chuck Close

This episode, called “Strangers in the Mirror” is about prosopagnosia, or in plain English, face blindness.
The host, Robert Krulwich, interviews neuroscientist Oliver Sacks and artist Chuck Close about how they deal with this condition in their everyday life.

I find it funny in a sad sort of way that they sometimes don’t even recognize their own face when they look in the mirror…

But anyway, I urge you to give this podcast an earful. Other great episodes of Radiolab that I’ve enjoyed: “Limits”, “ Lost & Found”, “Secrets of Success”, and “Desperately Seeking Symmetry”.

I’m so obsessed with Radiolab, it might be unhealthy.

Keep questioning and GO LISTEN TO RADIOLAB,
Sara 

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June 9th, 2011

chels:

I finally got around to listening to this, and you guys, this is one cool world we live in. My favorite part was summed up in this quote: “Life, my friend, is left-handed.”

If you look at the molecules that make up stuff like rocks or other inanimate objects, you will see some that point one way and some that point another, a 50/50 mix of left- and right-handed molecules. But look at the proteins of living things, from leaves to whales to humans, and every single one is left-handed. That’s interesting, but here’s the cool part. 

Scientists can manufacture mirror molecules — right-handers — which lead to some crazy outcomes: 

“If you take the atoms which built caraway seeds – which is the spice they use in Rye bread – take a mirror image of them, suddenly you get something that tastes of spearmint. It’s what’s put on Wrigley spearmint gum.”

WHAT?! How cool is that? I wonder what other properties right-handed molecules could have? Like, what about the milk they mention? Would mirror milk molecules be like grape juice? I wonder…

I have become so obsessed with Radiolab in recent months… well, since someone introduced me to the podcast at the Museums & the Web conference in Philly this past May.

This series is not only crazy-interesting, but you can subscribe for free on iTunes! And this particular podcast comes with an accompanying video that is really beautiful (go to the podcast section in iTunes, search for Radiolab, and the podcast and video will be there).

Keep questioning,
Sara 

April 19th, 2011
newzed:

The Obsessive Pleasures of ‘Radiolab’

I’m obsessed with this podcasting series. Have I mentioned that yet?
Keep questioning,Sara

newzed:

The Obsessive Pleasures of ‘Radiolab

I’m obsessed with this podcasting series. Have I mentioned that yet?

Keep questioning,
Sara

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