Big Picture Science Show: “100% Invisible”

Big Picture Science Show: “100% Invisible”

ENCORE In astronomy, the rule of thumb was simple: If you can’t see it with a telescope, it’s not real.  Seeing is believing.  Well, tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy, or dark matter … or, more recently, Planet 9.   And yet we have evidence that...
Big Picture Science Show: “Time On Your Side”

Big Picture Science Show: “Time On Your Side”

Time passes like an arrow, but what if it flew like a boomerang?  Scientists are learning how to reverse time’s most relentless march: aging.  But before we rewind time, let’s try to define it, because there’s plenty of debate about just what time is – a fundamental...
Big Picture Science Show: “Eve of Disruption”

Big Picture Science 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 make the cut as a game-changer, and why certain eras and places produce a...
Big Picture Science Show: “Spacecraft Elegy”

Big Picture Science Show: “Spacecraft Elegy”

Exploration: It’s exciting, it’s novel, and you can’t always count on a round-trip ticket.  You can boldly go, but you might not come back.  That’s no showstopper for robotic explorers, though.  Spacecraft go everywhere. While humans have traveled no farther than the...
Big Picture Science Show: “Your Brain’s Reins”

Big Picture Science Show: “Your Brain’s Reins”

You are your brain.  But what happens when your brain changes for the worse – either by physical injury or experience?  Are you still responsible for your actions? We hear how the case of a New York man charged with murder was one of the first to introduce...
Big Picture Science Show: “Winging It”

Big Picture Science Show: “Winging It”

Ask anyone what extraordinary powers they’d love to have, and you’re sure to hear “be able to fly.”  We’ve kind of scratched that itch with airplanes.  But have we gone as far as we can go, or are better flying machines in our future?  And whatever happened to our...
Big Picture Science Show: “Shell on Earth”

Big Picture Science Show: “Shell on Earth”

We all may retreat to our protective shells, but evolution has perfected the calcite variety to give some critters permanent defense against predators.  So why did squids and octopuses lose their shells?  Find out what these cephalopods gained by giving up the shell...
Big Picture Science Show: “Born Legacy”

Big Picture Science Show: “Born Legacy”

We know how the stars shine, but how do you make a star?  We take an all-night ride on a high-flying jet – an airborne NASA observatory called SOFIA – to watch astronomers investigate how a star is born. (Listen to the show in the player above, and read our reporter...
Big Picture Science Show: “What Have You Got To Move?”

Big Picture Science Show: “What Have You Got To Move?”

Whether they swim, slither, jump, or fly, animal locomotion is more than just an urge to roam: it’s necessary for survival.  Evolution has come up with ingenious schemes to get from here to there.  Hear how backbones evolved as a consequence of fish needing to wag...