In this week's podcast, Robert chatted with Steven Johnson and Kevin Kelly about the evolution of ideas and technology...and toward the end of the conversation you hear him getting nervous about the idea that technology might one day develop a mind of its own and, just maybe, crush us in ...
In our Cities episode, Jad tells the story of Marshall Mabey, a sandhog who was working to dig a subway tunnel under the East River in 1916. In order to keep the tunnel from collapsing under the weight of the riverbed and river, compressed air was pumped into ...
Sad news. Jure Robic (one of the heroes of our Limits show) died in a bicycle accident on Friday, just a few miles from his home town of Jesenice, Slovenia.
Lulu Miller, who reported the story in which Jure appeared, wrote in to share some moments from the interview that did not make it into the final piece:
When we were putting together our Falling show, we came up with a wishlist of falling scenes we'd love to hear. If you're game, choose one and make an mp3 that's no longer than 25 seconds. Then, upload it to SoundCloud (you can use the widget below).
When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, her fall seemed to last forever. Neuroscientist David Eagleman had the same experience as an 8 year old boy while falling off a roof. This led him to wonder, what is it about brushes with death that cause this slow-mo effect? He now thinks he knows.
Jad, Robert, David and Steve Inskeep discuss!
This coming Monday (August 9th), we'll be podcasting our new episode Words. And if that's not exciting enough, we've got a fantastic new film from Will Hoffman and Daniel Mercadante to accompany it! Here's a preview for now--the full video will be podcast, and posted here on the blog, on Monday night.
We've got another piece up on NPR's Morning Edition today. It's all about Agatha Christie, the so-called "Nun Study," and what our writing can tell us about our brains. You can listen to the piece online and find a lot more information about the studies right HERE. (Make sure to check out the audio slideshow featuring Sister Alberta Sheridan.) And if you haven't heard it already, listen to our podcast of the story: Vanishing Words.
Hey, it's Robert again. This is my month for yakking. This one is for you Connecticutters (and especially New Havenites, Yalies, Townies or Northhaven, Southhaven and Easthaveners ). If you are within traveling distance of Yale University next Tuesday at 4:30 pm, I'm giving a talk. I’m calling it "Saddam Hussein's Secret Octopus and Other Tales of Science" and it's about the politics of choosing/framing/designing/narrating/getting science stories on radio and TV.
Hi guys, Robert here. Just letting you know about a conversation I'll be having at the 92nd St. Y this Thursday. I hope you can come on by!
Whether you love to shop or dread a trip to the store...you probably love getting a deal. Check out Jonah Lehrer's post about how "how to go broke while saving money..." which explores the potential brain science behind what turns us all into commodity-hoarding zombies at big box stores like Costco. Hint, there may be an emotional - rational tug of war going on like the kind we explored in the Choice and Morality show.