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Feb. 27, 2009

Evaluating Forensic Science

This month, the National Academy of Sciences published a report that found 'serious deficiencies' in the nation's forensic science system.

forensics, crime lab, police, csi

Sep. 24, 2010

Forensic Art

How can forensic anthropologists and artists build a sculpture of a person's head based on just the skull? We'll talk about the science behind forensic art.

art, forensics, composite sketch, crime scene, witness, police

Apr. 02, 2010

Deborah Blum and The Poisoner's Handbook

Before CSI or Law and Order, how did chemical crimes come to light? Ira talks with author Deborah Blum about her new book about the dawn of medical forensics.

poison, blum, forensics, crime, history

May. 01, 2009

Wildlife CSI

Ira talks with the author of a new book about animal forensic investigators, and with experts in wildlife crime investigation from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

forensics, wildlife, poaching, smuggling

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Teaching Ancient Nautilus New Tricks

\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.

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