Science and Creativity from Studio 360

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Science and Creativity from Studio 360: the art of innovation. A sculpture unlocks a secret of cell structure, a tornado forms in a can, and a child's toy gets sent into orbit. Exploring science as a creative act since 2005. Produced by PRI and WNYC, and supported in part by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

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Science and Creativity from Studio 360

101 Listener Challenge: Remixing Spring2013-03-04 16:56:30
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102 Darci: A Computer with Great Taste2013-02-27 15:31:03
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103 Caught in Tomas Saraceno's Web2013-02-20 19:29:51
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104 Making Portraits Out of DNA2013-02-11 19:12:16
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105 Down and Dirty at the Museum of Math?2013-02-04 17:03:47
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106 True Story: Keeping Memories Safe2013-01-28 17:49:41
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107 The Where, The Why, and The How2013-01-23 17:30:53
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108 How America Fell for the Mars Rover2013-01-14 17:02:00
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109 Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Network2013-01-07 17:12:15
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110 Imaginary Friends Forever2012-12-31 16:05:28
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111 Gary Marcus: Enhancing Creativity2012-12-17 16:32:41
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112 The Neuroscience of Jazz2012-12-10 17:06:18
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113 Gary Marcus: Defining Creativity2012-12-03 17:10:33
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114 How Creative Are You?2012-11-26 17:12:25
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How Creative Are You?

The man nicknamed “the father of creativity” was psychologist E. Paul Torrance. In the 1940s he began researching creativity order to improve American education. In order to encourage creativity, we needed to define it — to measure and analyze. We measured intelligence with an IQ score; why not measure creativity? Torrance drew on contemporary research that related creativity to divergent thinking — the characteristic of coming up with more answers, or more original answers, rather than deriving a single best answer. That divergent-thinking trait might exhibit itself in different situations, so that, in Torrance’s view, the creativity shown by an artist was not different in type than the creativity shown by a scientist, a teacher, or a parent. The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking were the work of Paul Torrance’s lifetime. They are still widely used to assess students and job applicants, and have been translated into more than 50 languages. But there’s a problem. “I’m not sure I have a definition of creativity,” says James Borland. And Borland should know; he’s a professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. “It’s one of those human constructions that isn’t discovered but invented ... It’s a word we use in everyday speech and it makes perfect sense, but when you start to study it and try to separate out its constituent parts, it becomes more and more and more confusing. Nobody agrees on what it is.” How can we measure something if we can’t agree on what it is?…read more

115 Faking It: Photoshop Dissolves Reality2012-11-19 17:19:28
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116 Big Eyes2012-11-13 18:39:44
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117 Your Brain on Videogames2012-11-05 16:53:37
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118 The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics2012-10-22 17:04:17
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119 Lydia Millet2012-10-15 16:53:55
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120 DJ Scientific2012-10-01 18:35:46
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