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Scientific Sense ®

Author: Gill Eapen

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Scientific Sense ® is a daily podcast focused on Science and Economics. We talk with the world's leading academics about their research and emerging ideas in a variety of domains. The conversation is unstructured and unscripted. The host, Gill Eapen, has over 30 years of experience in various areas in Economics, Science, Technology, and Business. Decision Options ®, the firm he founded in 2001, is a leader in AI applications for decision-making. Mr. Eapen is the author of two textbooks and a paperback. Please visit for categorized episodes from the past.
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A century of capital structure: The leveraging of corporate America, The History of the Cross-Section of Stock Returns, How Does Financing Impact Investment? The Role of Debt Covenants, and CLO Performance Prof. Michael Roberts is Professor of Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His research spans corporate finance, banking, and asset pricing. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Evidence or no-evidence for a distant giant planet in the solar system and Discovery and Physical Characterization of a Large Scattered Disk Object at 92 au. Prof. David Gerdes is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. His research addresses basic questions about the large-scale structure and evolution of the universe. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Microbiota Modulate Behavioral and Physiological Abnormalities Associated with Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Gut Microbiota Regulate Motor Deficits and Neuroinflammation in a Model of Parkinson’s Disease, A gut bacterial amyloid promotes asynuclein aggregation and motor impairment in mice, Plasma and Fecal Metabolite Profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorder, Gut microbial molecules in behavioural and neurodegenerative conditions, and The gut microbiota–brain axis in behaviour and brain disorders. Prof. Sarkis Mazmanian is Professor of Microbiology at the California Institute of Technology. His research aims to discover how gut bacteria influence the development and function of the immune and nervous systems, with the goal of understanding mechanisms by which the microbiome contributes to the critical balance between health and disease. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Death Valley, Drosophila, and the Devonian Toolkit, Sun Navigation Requires Compass Neurons in Drosophila, and The aerodynamics and control of free flight manoeuvres in Drosophila. Prof. Michael Dickinson is Professor of Bioengineering and Aeronautics at the California Institute of Technology. One of his research focus areas is the flight of insects. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Quantifying the Supply Response of Private Schools to Public Policies, The Equilibrium Effects of Public Provision in Education Markets: Evidence from a Public School Expansion Policy, Consumer Price Search and Platform Design in Internet Commerce, Competition and Entry in Agricultural Markets: Experimental Evidence from Kenya, and Human Capital Depreciation. Prof. Michael Dinerstein is Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. His research interests include public economics, with an emphasis on education, and industrial organization. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Astrocytes and their function in the brain: Gut-licensed IFNγ+ NK (interferon Gamma) cells drive LAMP1+ TRAIL+ anti-inflammatory astrocytes, and MAFG-driven astrocytes promote CNS inflammation Prof. Francisco Quintana, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neurology at the Center for Neurologic Diseases, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and an Associate Member at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. His research investigates signaling pathways that control the immune response and neurodegeneration, with the ultimate goal of identifying novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers for immune-mediated disorders. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Interneurons from Embryonic Development to Cell -Based Therapy, Embryonic Origin of Postnatal Neural Stem Cells, Human hippocampal neurogenesis drops sharply in children to undetectable levels in adults, Maintenance of neural stem cell positional identity by mixed-lineage leukemia, and Clustered gamma-protocadherins regulate cortical interneuron programmed cell death Prof. Arturo Alvarez-Buylla is Professor, Neurological Surgery at UCSF. His laboratory studies the mechanisms of adult neurogenesis and neuronal replacement. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Is Glamour an Aesthetic Property of Persons only?: Can AI recognize glamor or become glamorous? Prof. Carol Gould is a Professor of Philosophy at Florida Atlantic University, where she teaches primarily Aesthetics, Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Ancient Greek Philosophy, areas in which she publishes widely. Many of her recent publications concern the relation between aesthetics, ethics, and personhood. She is currently completing a book on True Glamour, an unexplored topic in philosophy that stands at the intersection of Aesthetics, Ethics, and Philosophy of Psychiatry. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Toward Molecular Genetic Dissection of Neural Circuits For Emotional and Motivational Behaviors, Identification of a brain center whose activity discriminates a choice behavior in zebrafish, Identification of environmental stressors and validation of light preference as a measure of anxiety in larval zebrafish, and Heritable natural variation of an anxiety-like behavior in larval zebrafish Prof. Su Guo is a Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at University of California, San Francisco. Her research is on understanding how the brain works: connecting molecules to systems. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Dirac and Majorana neutrino signatures of primordial black holes, Pre-supernova neutrinos: directional sensitivity and prospects for progenitor identification, and A concordance scenario for the observation of a neutrino from a Tidal Disruption Event. Professor. Cecilia Lunardini is professor of physics at Arizona State University. One of her primary research focus is Neutrinos --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
A Motivation-Decision Model of Pain: The Role of Opioids, Understanding opioid reward, How expectations influence pain, and the role of placebo effect in clinical trial design for CNS diseases. Prof. Howard Fields is Professor Emeritus, Neurology at UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. He was a founder of the UCSF pain management center and has made major contributions to understanding and treating neuropathic pain. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
The Real Effects of Financial Markets, Trading frenzies, Feedback Effects, Asymmetric Trading, and the Limits to Arbitrage, Financial Crises: Fundamentals vs. Panic, Investor flows and fragility in corporate bond funds, and Financial Fragility in the COVID-19 Crisis Prof. Itay Goldstein is Professor of Finance and Economics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Executive Editor of the Review of Financial Studies and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was the co-founder of the Finance Theory Group and served as a director of the American Finance Association. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
The relationship between quarks and hadrons, Heavy-Quark QCD Exotica, and Exotics in the Dynamical Diquark Model Prof. Richard Lebed is Professor of Physics at Arizona State University.  His research involves studying the properties of, and interactions between, particles at the most elementary level. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Black hole variability and the star formation-AGN connection, Obscured Active Galactic Nuclei, A Large Population of Luminous Active Galactic Nuclei Lacking X-ray Detections, and Cosmic evolution of supermassive black holes Ryan Hickox is a Professor of Astronomy at Dartmouth College, studying supermassive black holes in galaxies and how they grow over cosmic time. He is currently the Chair of NASA's Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group, and has been engaged in the planning of multiple future NASA space observatories. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Challenges and Advances in Modeling of the Solar Atmosphere, The Coronal Global Evolutionary Model, Active Region Irradiance during Quiescent Periods, and Inferring depth-dependent plasma motions from surface observations using the DeepVel neural network Prof. Maria Kazachenko is an assistant professor of Astrophysical & Planetary Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder and the National Solar Observatory (NSO). Her research interests range from the storage of magnetic energy in solar active regions, to the release of that energy in solar flares with an emphasis of comparison and integration of observations with simulations. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Tackling the pandemic globally, the challenges for developing countries and risk management for future pandemics Prof Erik Berglöf is professor of economics at the London School of Economics. He is also the Chief Economist of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Beijing-based multilateral development bank established in 2016 with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Persistent Seizure Control in Epileptic Mice Transplanted With Gamma Aminobutyric Acid Progenitors, Clemizole and modulators of serotonin signalling suppress seizures in Dravet syndrome, Phenotypic analysis of catastrophic childhood epilepsy genes: The Epilepsy Zebrafish Project, and Interneuron origins in the embryonic porcine medial ganglionic eminence Prof. Scott Baraban is Professor & Chair in Neuroscience Research, UCSF. One of his primary research areas is the causes and treatment of epilepsy. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Star Formation Rates in Disk Galaxies, Equilibrium Star Cluster Formation, Massive Star Formation, The formation of supermassive black holes from Population III.1 seeds, and Inside-out Planet Formation Prof. Jonathan Tan is Professor of Astronomy at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden and at the Dept. of Astronomy, University of Virginia. He coordinates the activities of the Chalmers and Virginia Initiatives on Cosmic Origins (CICO & VICO) -, which are interdisciplinary initiatives in the field of Origins Science. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Compatibilism, incompatibilism and impossibilism views of Free Will and the Philosophy of Time Travel Prof. Kadri Vihvelin is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.  She has published articles on a wide variety of topics, including time travel, counterfactuals, free will, and determinism. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Water Recovery X-Ray Rocket grating spectrometer, Performance Testing of a Large-Format X-ray Reflection Grating Prototype for a Suborbital Rocket Payload, and Extreme Ultraviolet and Soft X-Ray Diffraction Efficiency of a Blazed Reflection Grating Fabricated by Thermally Activated Selective Topography Equilibration. Prof. Randall McEntaffer is a Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in the design, fabrication, testing, and implementation of X-ray diffraction gratings for high throughput, high resolving power astrophysical observations. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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