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Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Suzana Herculano-Houzel's TED Talk Neuroscientist Suzana Herculano-Houzel turns brains into soup, so she can meticulously count the neurons, and determine why human brains are unique. About Suzana Herculano-Houzel Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at the Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas in Rio ...Read More
Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Jill Bolte-Taylor's TED Talk When neuroanatomist Jill Bolte-Taylor felt her brain shut down during a stroke, she was more fascinated than panicked. Even though she spent eight years recovering, she's grateful for the stroke. About Jill Bolte-Taylor Jill Bolte Taylor ...Read More
Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About David Chalmers' TED Talk Philosopher David Chalmers asks why humans have a sense of self, a constantly-running movie full of sensation and internal chatter. He offers two ideas about the nature of consciousness. About David Chalmers David Chalmers is a ...Read More
Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Rebecca Saxe's TED Talk Sensing the motives and feelings of others is a natural talent for humans. But how do we do it? Neuroscientist Rebecca Saxe explains how one region in the brain focuses on other people's thoughts. About Rebecca ...Read More
Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unknown Brain About Nancy Kanwisher's TED Talk Nancy Kanwisher studies the brain partly by staring at her own. She's spent countless hours in an fMRI scanner, mapping her own brain to gain insight into what makes us human. About Nancy Kanwisher Nancy Kanwisher ...Read More
Combustion, which is simply the burning of something, is a rather complex chemical process. We rely quite heavily on combustion technologies for energy. For example, we burn gasoline to power our cars; we often burn oil or gas in home heating systems; and power plants usually burn coal, oil ...Read More
Farmer and activist Tom Frantz lives in Shafter, a town just up the road from Bakersfield where oil rigs are as common as almond trees. But these days, his attention is focused on oil coming from outside the state, oil that comes in by train and unloads at at crude-by-rail terminals.
The measles outbreak that started in December has sickened 141 people in 17 states. California is has the most cases by far: 113 as of last Friday with about half traced to Disneyland.
A decade ago, physicist Robert Davies wasn't all that interested in Earth's climate. His field was quantum optics. But while he was working at the University of Oxford in England, he became intrigued by what was going on at Oxford's Environmental Change Institute, just down the road ...Read More
For the past three winters, starving California sea lion pups have been beaching themselves along the California coast. This year, the die-offs have occurred earlier and in higher numbers, increasing concerns about the impacts of rising ocean temperatures and a depleted fish population. We'll discuss the scope of the problem ...Read More
Earlier this month the U.S. Navy's research office rented out a conference center in Washington, D.C. to show off some of its hottest new technology. On display was an electromagnetic gun, and drones that could swarm around an enemy ship. But it wasn't all James Bond-style gadgets. In a little side ...Read More
Lab tests conducted by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response have concluded that Coast Guard vessels in the Oakland Estuary were not the cause of what officials are calling a “mystery sheen” of diesel fuel that appeared near Alameda Marina.
Vi Rapp is a research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.
Plastic is one of those inventions that transformed the world. It's light, durable and you can make lots of things with it. But it's also transforming Earth's oceans ... and not in a good way. A lot of plastic ends up there. Scientists are just now getting a handle on how ...Read More
After a 17-year back story that involved politics and agency peacemaking, the Deep Space Climate Observatory, or DSCOVR, has now begun a million-mile journey that will take it to a place where the gravitational forces between the sun and Earth are balanced. Riding a SpaceX Falcon rocket, DSCOVR took off at ...Read More
Apple's new Cupertino headquarters, known as Campus 2, has been largely off-limits to press since construction began last year. But KQED Science's Amy Standen got a tour Wednesday and gives us a look inside.
The Coast Guard and other agencies are investigating an oil spill in the Oakland Estuary overnight that prompted a voluntary evacuation of the Alameda Marina.
The Obama administration is “all in” when it comes to helping California deal with a historic drought, said U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday in announcing a new $50 million relief program.
There's something majestic, even awe-inspiring about the sight of planet Earth as a blue disc, hanging in the vastness of space. The three astronauts aboard Apollo 8 were the first to get that view; if all goes well, later this year everyone will be able to get it on a daily ...Read More