Saturday, January 24, 2009

Radio Pick: Discovery Process on Radio Lab

TORONTO, ONTARIO - This week's radio pick comes from the latest season of Radio Lab from WNYC and NPR. It has an official release date of 12-December-2008 but was the current podcast this week, so it qualifies for my selection this week.

The process of scientific discovery is something that too few of us ever experience. This episode of Radio Lab provides some real-life examples of how it happens and describes what motivates scientists. Be forewarned--this 59-minute show should probably not be heard on a weak stomach, but (to cite just one example) the tale of Jerry Coyne and the botfly larva is one that quite graphically explains how many scientists think and cannot be found anywhere else on the radio.

Listen to MP3 of Radio Lab "Yellow Fluff and other Curious Encounters"

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