Help Kickstart a New NOVA Science Special: Beyond the Elements

Our guest this week is David Pogue – tech critic for Yahoo Tech, correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, columnist for Scientific American and host of many NOVA science specials. In 2012, Pogue shared his exploration of the periodic table with the wildly popular NOVA special Hunting the Elements. He’d like to continue that story with Beyond the Elements, where he will explore […]

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Episode 83 – Sam Kean’s Stories from the Human Genome

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL83.mp3 After the summer release of “The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written By Our Genetic Code,” we got a chance to catch up with science writer Sam Kean.  Sam talks to us about his book, science writing, and how educators might use his stories in the science classroom. Did you read any good […]

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Episode 78 – “Hunting the Elements” and other resources from NOVA

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL78.mp3 In anticipation of NOVA’s upcoming “Hunting the Elements” special and app, we got in touch with Rachel Connolly – NOVA’s Director of Education.  Rachel talks to us about the show and its accompanying app, NOVA’s Hunting the Elements periodic tweets, and other resources from NOVA.  Listen to the show and watch “Hunting the Elements”, airing 4/4/12 on PBS. Links: Hunting […]

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Episode 56 – More Chemistry Videos from the PTOV

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL56.mp3   To kick off the International Year of Chemistry, we talk with Dr. Martyn Poliakoff and Dr. Samantha Tang from The Periodic Table of Videos.  Having completed all videos for all 118 elements, the team is working on updating every element video, while adding other videos such as molecular videos and chemical definition videos.  Drs. Poliakoff and Tang talk […]

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Episode 52 – Science We Can Read About

http://traffic.libsyn.com/wsst/LOL52.mp3     This week we discuss our favorite science books and talk to author Sam Kean. Sam discusses the periodic table, scientific discovery and storytelling in his new book The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements.  What science books do you read? Join […]

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Episode 37 – Science Because We Can

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL37.mp3   Our guest this week has some serious accolades that would make any geek proud: he has won an Ig Nobel prize (2002), been referenced in a Foxtrot comic, and owns the domain name periodictable.com.  Dr. Theo Gray talks to us this week about his tables, science experiments and safety, Wolfram Alpha, and even answers some student questions. Links: […]

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Episode 23 – The Periodic Table of Videos

http://media.libsyn.com/media/wsst/LOL23.mp3   Our second international podcast brings us to the University of Nottingham, where The Periodic Table of Videos is hosted.  An online periodic table that includes short videos about each element, the PTOV has been watched over 3.9 million times.  Dr. Martyn Poliakoff, CBE – a research professor at the University of Nottingham – tells us about The Periodic […]

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