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Every year, the Nobel Institute awards prizes to those it thinks have done the most to advance the arts and sciences. The year’s physics prize was shared by Peter Higgs and Francois Englert, whose work made headlines for proposing the existence of the near-mythical Higgs Boson.
Meanwhile, across the country, laboratories are reopening, and researchers are going back to work after more than two weeks in shutdown. Some of them find they’ve lost more than just time.
Ongoing research into our bodies, brains, and genes promise radical new technologies and treatments.
This week, we talk to scientists and writers about the latest research in their fields, and how it applies to your everyday lives.
First, we’ll look at science with the lights off. Reporter Xia Rondeau takes us through the effects of the government shutdown on scientific research.
Then, reporter Karine Choi asks how easy it is to get your work published- whether it’s real or not.
Next, Director Victoria Bedford looks at the ongoing battle against death.
Finally, we revisit a piece from August 2013, in which I look at advances in mapping, understanding, and changing the human brain.
To close the show, we talk to Hank Greely, of the International Neuroethics Society at Stanford University, about the implications that technologies like these might have.