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Big Picture Science Radio Show: 100% Invisible (ENCORE)

In astronomy, the rule was if you can’t see it, it’s not real. Tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy or dark matter … or, more recently, Planet 9. Find out how we know what we know about the latest cosmic discoveries – even if we can’t see them. Plus, did dark matter do in the dinosaurs? And the winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in physics explains why neutrinos may hold clues to the origin of the universe.

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Eve of Disruption (ENCORE)

Only two of the following three creations have had lasting scientific or cultural impact: The telescope … the Sistine Chapel ceiling … the electric banana. Find out why one didn’t become a game-changer, and why certain eras and places produce a remarkable flowering of creativity. It’s the past, future, and the now of innovation. 

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Spacecraft Elegy

Our space probes are climbing a mountain on Mars, visiting an ice ball far beyond Pluto, plunging through the rings of Saturn, and landing on a comet. Oh, and did we mention they’re also bringing rock and roll to the denizens of deep space? But what happens to these robotic explorers after “mission accomplished”?

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Skeptic Check - Glutenous Maximus (ENCORE)

Eat dark chocolate. Don’t drink coffee. Go gluten-free. If you ask people for diet advice, you’ll get a dozen different stories. We’ll help you decide between fact and fad, and show you how to think skeptically about popular trends – from gluten-free to wearable devices that count your steps. Plus find out why a cook says that no food is healthy, not even kale.

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Your Brain's Reins

You are your brain, everyone agrees. But if your brain is damaged, are you still responsible for your actions? We hear of the first person to plead not guilty due to a brain cyst, and a young man who, thanks to video gaming, had no social skills or even a desire to eat. And even if your brain is healthy, are you really still in control?

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Winging It (ENCORE)

We look at the evolution - and the future - of flight. Bats may flit around eccentrically, but they are actually more efficient fliers than birds. Self-healing materials may repair airplane cracks in mid-flight, and a scientist who worked on flying cars for DARPA says he’s now working on the next best thing.

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Born Legacy

We know how the stars shine, but how do you make a star? We take an all-night ride on SOFIA, a high-flying observatory, to watch astronomers investigate how a star is born. On a far larger scale, could we use modern physics to create our own universe in the lab?

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: What Have You Got To Move

The world is an ocean of motion. Animal locomotion is necessary to survive, and evolution has provided a diverse means to do it: fins, feathers, and feet. Also, simple kitchen experiments let you test the motion around you, from the physics of steam engines to the gathering of a storm. And, the weird motion of atoms cooled to near absolute zero.

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Big Picture Science Radio Show: Cosmic Conundra (ENCORE)

We examine some of the most recent, perplexing questions about the cosmos. Could massive asteroid impacts be as predictable as phases of the moon? Speaking of moons – why are some of Pluto’s spinning like turbine-powered pinwheels? Is there now persuasive evidence of parallel universes, as one scientist claims? And, could a distant star be surrounded by alien mega-structures?

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Big Picture Science Radio Show - Skeptic Check: Not So Sweet

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease … maybe even Alzheimer’s. Could these modern scourges be caused by sugar? A journalist says there’s evidence suggesting they are. Also, how the sugar industry paid Harvard scientists a half-century ago to do research suggesting that sugar was OK, but dietary fat was dangerous.

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