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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."

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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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Cal-Earth

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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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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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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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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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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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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Reggie Watts Gets Cosmic

Friday, December 17, 2010

Earlier this week, one-of-a-kind comedian/musician Reggie Watts rocked WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space for a special 'Studio 360' all about Theoretical Physics. That’s right…Theoretical Physics.  Here at 360, we like a little science sprinkled in with our arts and culture.

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Bonus Audio: Plant IDs

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peter Belhumeur has been collaborating with the Smithsonian on an iPhone app for plant identification. It's based on the same systems he’s developed for facial recognition. During our visit to Belhumeur’s lab, he explained to Kurt how the app works.

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"Origin Lessons"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Studio 360 commissioned this short story from writer Aimee Bender. It has a modest subject: the Big Bang. To bone up on her science, Bender spoke with Nick Warner, a professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics at the University of Southern California. "Origin Lessons" is read ...

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About Face

Friday, December 17, 2010

Peter Belhumeur is a professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He's at the forefront of developing computer systems that can recognize faces — a technology that’s of great interest to the U.S. military. Belhumeur explains to Kurt why the gold standard of facial recognition is still a ...

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More with Lanier

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jaron Lanier shares his predictions with Kurt about the direction our surveillance culture is headed.

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She Sees Your Every Move

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michele Iversen has been taking pictures of strangers for years. But she's not your average street photographer. At night she sits in her car and watches the warm glowing windows of strangers' homes, waiting for the perfect shot. Produced by Studio 360's Jonathan Mitchell.

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Jaron Lanier

Friday, December 17, 2010

Jaron Lanier is a computer scientist, philosopher, and author of the manifesto You Are Not a Gadget. He tells Kurt how our privacy has changed in recent years thanks to social networks and smart phone technology.

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Watching the Watchers

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Bay Area artist Trevor Paglen calls himself an experimental geographer. For one of his latest projects, Paglen's been tracking secret government spy satellites and taking photos of them. Reporter Lisa Katayama caught up with Paglen on the roof of his loft in West ...

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