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.
Carl Zimmer, a science writer, and Larry Madoff, an infectious disease public health expert, pick out a few classics of the virus cinema. The 1971 movie The Andromeda Strain spurred Madoff’s interest in epidemiology. He notes that "they had to invent a pathogen that came from outer space” because many scientists believed the conquest of a known infectious disease — through antibiotics and vaccines — was around the corner. “It's interesting to think about that time now because they were so wrong."…read more