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Innovation, Science, & New American Breakthroughs

At the start of a new year, we look at what’s on the frontier, and where the next big innovations will come from.

Generation after generation, the rocket fuel of American economic vitality has been scientific innovation. Free-thinking minds in great labs and humble garages, opening up huge new horizons for life.

So what’s the next steamboat, light bulb, transistor, supercomputer that’s going to crack open the future? What might this year bring?

We’ve got the editor-in chief of Scientific American with us. The west coast chief for Popular Science. And the president of MIT.

We look at algae power, stem cells in eyeballs, grabbing dark matter, and the frontier of scientific innovation in 2011.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Susan Hockfield, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mariette DiChristina, editor in chief of Scientific American.

Jacob Ward, deputy editor of Popular Science magazine. He is in Las Vegas attending the Consumer Electronics Show, which starts today. See his magazine’s roundup of best recent innovations.

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Oct 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Oct 24, 2014
Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

The new movie “Whiplash”. The thin line between obsession and abuse on the road to greatness. In music, the arts…sports.

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Andrew (Miles Teller) and his often demanding conductor, Terrence (J.K. Simmons) in a scene from the new film, "Whiplash." (Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics)

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Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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The Explicast, Episode Two: Why Is Election Day On A Tuesday?
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

The Explicast is back for another round. This time, we’re looking at Election Day, and why we all keep voting on a random Tuesday in early November.

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Our Week In The Web: October 24, 2014
Friday, Oct 24, 2014

On comments, comment sections, and ROY G BIV.

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Introducing The Explicast: A New Podcast From On Point Radio
Friday, Oct 17, 2014

Confused about the news? Don’t worry: so are we sometimes! Introducing a new On Point Radio podcast: The Explicast. You can find Episode One right here.

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