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Maggie Gyllenhaal Channels Madame Curie

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Marie Curie is the sexiest story in science history and has charmed authors, filmmakers, and playwrights.  Add Alan Alda to the list, who makes his playwrighting debut with Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.  At the opening gala for the World Science Festival last night, a terrific cast (including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Liev Shreiber) performed a reading.

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The Blind Astrophysicist

Friday, May 06, 2011

Astronomers used to believe in something called “the music of the spheres” — they thought that planets and stars created harmonies as they traveled through the skies. These days, astronomy is mostly a matter of visual data expressed in charts and graphs. That won’t work for Wanda Diaz, ...

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More Adventures in 3D Sound!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Last week we aired an exclusive first 3D radio broadcast. Our segment featured a breakthrough technology developed by Princeton astrophysicist Edgar Choueiri that allows stereo playback to sound much more real and lifelike. The response was overwhelming and listeners flooded our website with suggestions...

Bonus Track: Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) in 3D

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Adventures in 3D Sound: Bach and Binaural Recording

Friday, April 29, 2011

Edgar Choueiri's digital audio filter can take almost any recording and turn it into 3D — stereo tracks take on new depth and sound amazingly realistic after a quick pass through his algorithm. 

Listen to a demonstration and watch Kurt Andersen make a binaural recording

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Adventures in 3D Sound!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Edgar Chouieri knows how things work; he’s a rocket scientist — officially, the Director of Princeton University's Electric Propulsion and Plasma Dynamics Laboratory. If NASA ever sends a person to Mars, Chouieri’s research probably will have played a role. But Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen visited his lab recently to get a taste of the future right now. Chouieri’s hobby is acoustics...

Bonus Track: Listen to Sound in 3D

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Adventures in 3D Sound: Edgar Choueiri's Home Lab

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Edgar Chouieri is a longtime professor of applied physics and aerospace engineering — but since 2003 he has been moonlighting as an audio engineer, obsessed with 3D sound. And he's has figured out how to reproduce realistic 3D sound from just two speakers.

Video: Edgar Chouieri considers Bach in 3D

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Friday, April 22, 2011

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in 2008, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony.  Then he realized that his "superadobes" could take root on Earth.  Studio 360's Eric Molinsky visited...

Slideshow: Cal-Earth

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Joni Mitchell: Paved Paradise

Friday, April 22, 2011

Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi," from 1970, is the closest thing we've ever had to an environmental anthem.  Mitchell told us how she's bothered by green...

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William McDonough: Godfather of Green

Friday, April 22, 2011

William McDonough is a grand old man in the young field of green architecture.  In the 1970s, he built the first "green roof" in America — a corporate headquarters with a meadow on top — and is now working on a sustainable building for NASA.  Kurt Andersen asks him about the...

Slideshow:  William McDonough's Green Designs

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Coney Island Sunshine

Friday, April 22, 2011

The New York subway system has one of the best environmental designs of recent years: Coney Island's Stillwell Avenue terminal, one block from the Atlantic Ocean, is topped by a state-of-the-art photovoltaic glass roof.  Kurt Andersen took the F train to the last stop to check it out with...

Slideshow: Stillwell Avenue Terminal

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Creative Minds Go Green

Friday, April 22, 2011

To celebrate Earth Day, Kurt Andersen looks at creative approaches to our environmental challenges. President Obama is still pushing on environmental issues even in the face of Congressional gridlock. We hear from scientists, engineers, and artists developing cutting-edge solutions that just might change their corners of the world entirely.

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Bacteria Biofuel

Friday, April 22, 2011

Frances Arnold is a biochemical engineer at Cal Tech working on one part of the energy crisis.  Her team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and excrete biofuel.  She tells Kurt Andersen about the process called "directed evolution."


Solar Power Cart

Friday, April 22, 2011

Mouna Andraos has been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon.  She’s an artist and designer with no engineering background, but she has created a working portable street generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops.  Ada Lee Halofsky hit the New York City streets...

Slideshow: Power Cart


Eco Art

Friday, April 22, 2011

Photographer Brandon Ballengée spends his days hunting for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. He's an eco artist, and by seeking out these mutant anomalies, he hopes to bring environmentalism to new...

Slideshow: Brandon Ballengée's Eco Art

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Christopher Alexander: A Pattern Language

Friday, April 01, 2011

Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a ...

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Design For the Real World: The Periodic Table

Friday, April 01, 2011

For chemists, the periodic table of the elements is a hugely coveted piece of real estate. Writer Sam Kean explains the origins of the periodic table and its enduring brilliance. Produced by KJHK’s Becky Sullivan.

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Improvising the 12th Dimension

Friday, January 14, 2011

Wrapping your brain around the nature of time and the existence of multiple dimensions is a challenge, but comedian-musician Reggie Watts doesn't blink: he takes on mind-wrenching questions of theoretical physics in a fully-improvised song.

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Godfather of Bacteria

Friday, December 24, 2010

In 1928 the Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the fungus from which penicillin is derived. Fleming made the discovery while trying an unusual experiment: painting with strains of bacteria. Lindsay Patterson talked with a team that’s taking bacterial painting to a new level.

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Christmas, Atheism, and Intolerance

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

As I write this post, Christmas is just days away, and despite the overworked (though still valid) lament that it's all about commerce, hundreds of millions of Christians will take the time to go to church and turn their thoughts to the Divine. This will undoubtedly drive a small group of true believers nuts.

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