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Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Jill Tarter: 30 Seconds On Why We Search For Aliens

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Jill Tarter is an astronomer and the Bernard M. Oliver Chair for SETI Research at the SETI Institute in California. SETI stands for Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence and that's exactly what Jill's been doing for almost her entire professional life. Jill was the inspiration for Ellie, the main character in Carl Sagan's novel "Contact," portrayed by Jodie Foster in the novel's film adaptation

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John Horgan: There's Always Hope

John Horgan studies terrorists and finds nuance and complexity where others see only evil.

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John Horgan: There's Always Hope

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Nicole Prause: What Women (Don't) Need

A bunch of men try to create a kind of "female viagra," but they forget to talk to women.

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Nicole Prause: What Women (Don't) Need

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Nicole Prause: Great Balls of Fire

Nicole Prause finally gets a Harley Davidson... and all hell breaks loose!

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Nicole Prause: Great Balls of Fire

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Nicole Prause: You Gotta Fight for Your Right to do Science

Nicole Prause asks questions about human sexuality that scare other scientists.

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Nicole Prause: You Gotta Fight for Your Right to do Science

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