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 Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves2013-04-30 20:36:47
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Our Computers, Our Viruses, Our Selves

Computer viruses have evolved from an annoyance to a national security threat. Recently the Department of Homeland Security told Americans to disable Java on our home computers (a thing that few of us knew how to do) because of flaws that left it vulnerable to viruses. And by most accounts, the US has used viral programs like Stuxnet and Flame in cyberwar against Iran. Why do we call these programs viruses? Maneesh Agrawala is a computer scientist, MacArthur “genius” fellow, and an advisor to Studio 360’s Science & Creativity series. “DNA is in some sense a program that describes how to manufacture proteins,” he explains; a viruses consists of little other than DNA, programmed to hijack the host’s cellular machinery to replicate itself. “A computer virus is a computer program that describes a sequence of operations that need to be performed.” Both biological and computer viruses are defined by their ability to self-replicate.…read more

102 The Flame Alphabet2013-04-24 21:48:37
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103 Reconstructing Viruses2013-04-01 16:00:04
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104 Playing Against the Virus2013-03-27 16:27:00
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105 Does Your Zombie Have Rabies?2013-03-18 16:50:11
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106 Viruses at the Movies2013-03-11 16:33:11
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107 Listener Challenge: Remixing Spring2013-03-04 16:56:30
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108 Darci: A Computer with Great Taste2013-02-27 15:31:03
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109 Caught in Tomas Saraceno's Web2013-02-20 19:29:51
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110 Down and Dirty at the Museum of Math?2013-02-04 17:03:47
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111 True Story: Keeping Memories Safe2013-01-28 17:49:41
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112 The Where, The Why, and The How2013-01-23 17:30:53
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113 How America Fell for the Mars Rover2013-01-14 17:02:00
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114 Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Network2013-01-07 17:12:15
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115 Gary Marcus: Enhancing Creativity2012-12-17 16:32:41
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116 Gary Marcus: Defining Creativity2012-12-03 17:10:33
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117 Faking It: Photoshop Dissolves Reality2012-11-19 17:19:28
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118 Big Eyes2012-11-13 18:39:44
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119 Your Brain on Videogames2012-11-05 16:53:37
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120 The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics2012-10-22 17:04:17
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