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30 Oct 2018

Playing with Science History – Jean-François Gauvin

Almost lost to history, these toys quite literally put quantum mechanics at one’s fingertips. In episode 35, Jean-François Gauvin from Université Laval in Canada, discusses how he came to understand the purpose and value of unique toy blocks that ended up on his desk at Harvard University in 2014 ...
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18 Sep 2018

Speech-to-Song Illusion – Mike Vitevitch

Can auditory errors and illusions better help us understand how the brain works? In episode 32 Mike Vitevitch from the University of Kansas talks with us about his research into the cognitive mechanisms underlying the Speech-to-Song auditory illusion. His article "An account of the Speech-to-Song ...
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15 May 2018

Uncovering Uncertain Identities – David Kernot

We thought this study was ultimately about William Shakespeare, but discovered it's implications are much broader. David Kernot from Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group, currently studying at the Australian National University, talks with us about the many applications of his research...
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1 May 2018

Linguistic Artifacts in Creole – Nicole Creanza

What might migration patterns tell us about how modern languages came about? Vanderbilt University's Nicole Creanza talks with us about her research into how migration during the colonial era contributed to the development of the creole language, Sranan. Her article "Using features of a Creole lan...
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20 Feb 2018

Universals in Song – Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh

Sam Mehr and Manvir Singh from Harvard's Music Lab talk with us about their research suggesting that humans across the world can detect the social purpose of other cultures' songs based only on how they sound. Their article, "Form and function in human song"  was published in Current Biology on Fe...
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23 Jan 2018

Decisions to Move – Bill Clark

Bill Clark from the University of California Los Angeles discusses his research applying the endowment effect of Prospect Theory to decisions of why people move from, or stay in, their homes. His article, "Prospect theory and the decision to move or stay," co-authored with William Lisowski, was pu......
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3 Oct 2017

Archaeology of Space Culture – Alice Gorman

The rich archaeological records of human space exploration can tell us much about human behavior, geopolitics, and the history of science and technology. In this episode we are joined by Alice Gorman of Flinders University in South Australia. Alice tells us about her research that explores archaeo......
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