Mathematician and former child prodigy Jordan Ellenberg teaches Monday Buzz listeners how probability and Laffer curves rule our lives, how to win the lottery, the mysteries of PI and why public opinion doesn’t exist. Will this be on the test?
How a tiny species of yeast traveled from South American Patagonia to German Bavaria 500 years ago and helped create lager beer. Geneticist and yeast expert Chris Todd Hittinger brings us the story.
Swarming ants flow like syrup or spring back like rubber balls, whichever suits them. Could this lead to self-healing bridges? Is there a swarm intelligence directing this behavior? New York Times science reporter James Gorman chats with Monday Buzz host Brian Standing.
Pseudoscience is like science, but yet it isn’t. So what is pseudoscience? How is pseudoscience different from science?
With Congress and the White House at loggerheads over the fate of funding for the Affordable Care Act, many federal employees remain idle and all sorts of government funding has stopped flowing. And that includes money for basic science research. Laura Kiessling of UW Madison explains why that matters.