Big Picture Science Show: “Hidden History”

Big Picture Science Show: “Hidden History”

Archeologists continue to hunt for the city of Atlantis, even though it may never have existed. But, what if it did? Its discovery would change ancient history. Sometimes when we dig around in the past, we can change our understanding of how we got to where we are. We...
Big Picture Science Show: “Moral’s Law”

Big Picture Science Show: “Moral’s Law”

“If it bleeds, it leads” is the tried and true tenet of news.  Indeed, headlines are often no more than a long list of moral atrocities.  Yet one man argues that we’re living in the most civilized era in history.  And he credits this to scientific thought and reason....
Big Picture Science Show: “Time Travel Agents”

Big Picture Science Show: “Time Travel Agents”

Hey, let’s meet last week for coffee.  Okay, we can’t meet in the past … yet.  But could it be only a matter of time before we can?  In an attempt to defy the grandfather paradox, scientists try sending a photon back in time to destroy itself. Also, find out how...
Big Picture Science Show: “Venom Diagram”

Big Picture Science Show: “Venom Diagram”

We all get defensive sometimes.  For some animals, evolution has provided a highly effective mechanism for saying “back off!”.  A puncture by a pair of venom-filled fangs gets the point across nicely. But one animal’s poison may be another’s cure.  Some dangerous...
Big Picture Science Show: “Skeptic Check: Skeptic Seth”

Big Picture Science Show: “Skeptic Check: Skeptic Seth”

ENCORE Are you skeptical?  Sure, you raise an eyebrow when some Nigerian prince asks for your bank numbers, or when a breakfast cereal claims that it will turn your kid into a professional athlete overnight. But what do you really know about the benefits of organic...
Big Picture Science Show: “Sex Post Facto”

Big Picture Science Show: “Sex Post Facto”

Birds do it, bees do it, but humans may not do it for much longer.  At least not for having children.  Relying on sex to reproduce could be supplanted by making babies in the lab, where parents-to-be can select genomes that will ensure ideal physical and behavioral...
Big Picture Science Show: “The Evolution of Evolution”

Big Picture Science Show: “The Evolution of Evolution”

ENCORE Darwinian evolution is adaptive and slow … millennia can go by before a species changes very much. But with the tools of genetic engineering we can now make radical changes in just one generation. By removing genes or inserting new ones, we can give an organism...
Big Picture Science Show: “Asteroids!”

Big Picture Science Show: “Asteroids!”

Everyone knows that a big rock did in the dinosaurs, but smaller asteroids are millions of times more common and can also make a violent impact. Yet unlike the bigger asteroids, we’re not tracking them. Find out what we’d need to keep an eye on the size of space rocks...
Big Picture Science Show: “They Know Who You Are”

Big Picture Science Show: “They Know Who You Are”

ENCORE You’re a private person. But as long as you’re on-line and have skin and hair, you’re shedding little bits of data and DNA everywhere you go. Find out how that personal information – whether or not it’s used against you – is no longer solely your own. Are your...