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Podcast: Frontiers in Astrophysics–Tracking Asteroids with Richard Binzel

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Space dust and asteroid fragments reach Earth’s surface every day, but only rarely do extraterrestrial objects cause serious harm. In this podcast from the spring, MIT professor Richard Binzel evaluates the threat of asteroids and makes a case for how they might actually be useful to humans.

Dr. Binzel’s talk, “Tracking Asteroids,” from the Frontiers in Astrophysics lecture series, took place at the Hayden Planetarium on April 16, 2012.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes ( 1 hour, 9 mins, 86 MB)

Tags: Astrophysics, Podcasts

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Adventures in the Global Kitchen: The French Paradox

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The celebrated richness of France’s cuisine makes the equally exalted slimness of its population that much more of a mystery. In this podcast from the spring, Mireille Guiliano, author of the bestseller French Women Don’t Get Fat, addresses this so-called French paradox.

Guiliano’s talk from the Adventures in the Global Kitchen monthly series took place at the Museum on April 25, 2012.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (1 hour, 13 mins, 88 MB)

Tags: Food, Podcasts

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Podcast: SciCafe: Debunking the Scientific Myth of Race

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A growing body of research from the fields of physical anthropology, genetics, and genomics indicates that there’s no scientific justification for the concept of race. In this podcast from last fall, Museum curators Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle, who recently co-authored a book on the subject entitled Race? Debunking a Scientific Myth, explain why features that we consider markers of race are actually of recent biological origin or superficial. Their book recently made the longlist for this year’s prestigious Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books, whose judges called it an “important subject ripe for discussion in a scientifically reputable way.”

This SciCafe took place at the Museum on October 5, 2011.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (1 hour, 4 mins, 77 MB)

Tags: Brain, Podcasts, SciCafe

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Podcast: Forgetting Fear with Daniela Schiller

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Fear can take many forms, from minor phobias to life-altering conditions such as PTSD. Now, new research is shedding light on how these so-called fear memories could be changed. In this podcast, neuroscientist Daniela Schiller discusses the neural mechanisms of emotional control and potential ways to modify or “erase” fear memories.

Dr. Schiller’s talk was recorded at the Museum on June 6, 2012.

Podcast: Download | RSS | iTunes (56 mins, 67 MB)

Tags: Brain, Podcasts

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