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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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231 Episodes
Climate Action: The Feasibility of Climate Intervention on a Global Scale Prof. Kimberly Gray is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University. One of her research areas is physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems with a particular focus on energy and urban sustainability applications. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Optimal Arrangements for Distribution in Developing Markets: Theory and Evidence Prof. William Fuchs is Professor of Finance at the University of Texas. His research focuses on situations with a poor contractual environment due to asymmetric information or lack of formal enforcement. He studies how repeated interactions or policies can be used to partially overcome the underlying frictions. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy of Semiconductors, Tri-comb spectroscopy, and Simple single-section diode frequency combs Prof. Steve Cundiff is Professor of Physics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan. His research areas include the use of ultrafast pulses to study light-matter interactions, as well as their production and manipulation. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
How did life come to tolerate and thrive in an oxygenated world?, Evolution of Oxygenic Photosynthesis, and Early plant organics increased global terrestrial mud deposition through enhanced flocculation. Prof. Woodward Fischer is Professor of Geobiology and associate director, center for autonomous systems and technologies at the California Institute of Technology. His research focus areas include historical Geobiology; evolution of the oxygenic photosynthesis and rise of atmospheric oxygen. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Observations of fast radio bursts at frequencies down to 400 megahertz, A second source of repeating fast radio bursts, and A bright millisecond-duration radio burst from a Galactic magnetar in the Milky Way. Prof. Kiyoshi Masui is assistant professor of Physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He works to understand fundamental physics and the evolution of the Universe through observations of the large-scale structure - the distribution of matter on scales much larger than galaxies. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
The neural circuitry supporting successful spatial navigation despite variable movement speeds, how the retrosplenial cortex helps us navigate and how it is altered in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and Running speed alters the frequency of hippocampal gamma oscillations. Prof. Omar Ahmed is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan. His lab studies the neuroscience of spatial navigation and memory, and how these neural systems are altered in Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and epilepsy. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Migraine-associated gene expression in cell types of the central and peripheral nervous system, Predicting erenumab adverse events with single-cell genomics, and Transcriptional Reprogramming of Distinct Peripheral Sensory Neuron Subtypes after Axonal Injury Prof. William Renthal is the Director of Research at the John Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. His research focuses on the use of molecular genetics to develop therapeutic strategies for headache and pain. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Van der Waals heterostructure polaritons with moiré-induced nonlinearity, Polariton Laser in the Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer Regime, and Emergence of microfrequency comb via limit cycles in dissipatively coupled condensates Prof. Hui Deng is Professor of Physics at the University of Michigan. Her research centers on the discovery, creation, control and applications of quantum states in single-, few-, and many-body systems with matter-light couplings. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Quantum mechanics versus macroscopic realism: Is the flux there when nobody looks? Prof. Anupam Garg is professor of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University. His current research interests center around quantum phenomena involving the orientational degree of freedom of spin angular momentum. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Religion and business decisions, Trust and Contracting, Self-segregation and Labor Movement, Mandatory Data Breach Transparency and Insider Trading, and Artificial Intelligence and Fraud Detection Prof. Gilles Hilary is professor of Accounting at Georgetown University. He is a founding member of Cercle-K2, a French think-tank on risk management. He is a Research Fellow at the French Military Police Academy (CREOGN) and a Senior Fellow at the Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research (ABFER) --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Why explore space, do we have free markets in space and if we do, can they save the space program and us? Prof. Bill Gibson is Professor of Economics at the University of Vermont. His main interest is building and simulating macroeconomic models for developing countries. A second area of interest is NASA, space policy and the aerospace industry. --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
Minds Wide Shut: How the New Fundamentalisms Divide Us Prof. Morton Schapiro is the President of Northwestern University and a Professor of Economics at Northwestern and Prof. Gary Morson is  Professor of the Arts and Humanities at Northwestern --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
The Costs of Exclusion: Gender Job Segregation, Structural Change and the Labour Share of Income and Driving While Black and Brown in Vermont: Can Race Data Analysis Contribute to Reform? Prof. Stephanie Seguino is professor of economics at the University of Vermont. Her research focuses on the economics of stratification inequality. In the policy arena, she has contributed to research on macroeconomic policy tools for financing and promoting gender equality --- Send in a voice message: Support this podcast:
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:
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