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

1 How Time-Travel Stories Borrow from Einstein2016-12-19 21:04:07
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2 Abou Farman on Leonor Caraballo’s “Vision”2016-12-05 17:27:33
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3 Canaries in the Coal Smoke2016-11-21 16:10:19
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4 Now We're Cooking with Math2016-11-07 20:57:44
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5 This is Your Brain on Art2016-10-11 16:17:44
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6 The Science of Singing2016-09-26 21:01:14
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7 How to Fly to Alpha Centauri2016-09-13 22:20:34
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8 Will Your Next Car Fly?2016-08-15 21:14:11
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9 Museum of God2016-08-01 18:28:22
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10 Sexy Robots2016-07-18 18:25:46
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11 Boldly Going Where No TV Prop Has Gone Before2016-07-05 22:01:46
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12 Music Heals2016-06-21 18:07:10
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13 Two Artists Let the Animals Speak for Themselves2016-05-25 16:01:41
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14 The Neuroscience of Creative Flow2016-05-17 18:47:48
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15 Imaginary Friends Forever2016-04-11 20:28:28
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Imaginary Friends Forever

Lots of kids have imaginary friends. (A young Kurt Andersen had a gaggle including Robbie Dobbie, Crackerpin, Jimmy the Cat, a poodle called Genevieve — which he pronounced in the French manner.) Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, has been looking at imaginary friends and the children who have them. “They tend to be more social, less shy, and do better on tasks which require you to take the perspective of another person in real life. We have found that they are more creative on some kinds of tasks. Other people have found that their narratives are richer.” Taylor is exploring the idea that these children are more creative — in particular, the kids who build a paracosm, a country or place for their friends “where children think about all kinds of things like entertainment, the food, the clothes, the transportation, the money.” Maxine, who is eight years old, walks us through her paracosm and the friends in it. Some are a little creepy, like Devil Man and Betchaboo, who takes the shape of a gun, but they’re not frightening to her. “They’re not the kind of people who will go and kill people. They’re not like gangsters, they’re just tricksters.” Besides, Maxine says, if imaginary friends caused trouble, “then they would be deleted. Because then you don’t exist. Sometimes when I forget about them they die, but they’re not deleted.” When you imagine the world, you get to set the rules.…read more

16 How Creative Are You?2016-03-28 20:18:28
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17 For a Black Writer, Sci-Fi Offers a Reboot of Society2016-03-07 19:43:07
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18 The Real Scientists of Hollywood2016-02-23 17:06:15
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19 Artists and Scientists Collide at CERN2016-02-09 20:17:58
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20 Virtual Reality Starts Getting Real2016-01-26 17:42:52
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