Inside the Black Box, or as we like to call it "Science, only funnier," is a weekly show that attempts to demystify science and technology for people without an advanced degree in science or engineering (in other words - normal people). Your hosts Pete Ludovice and Bill Hunt of the Georgia Tech Engineering Faculty also do stand-up comedy at night.

Recent Submissions

  • All about MOOCs 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; McCracken, Mike (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-10-30)
    Mike McCracken, from the Cognitive Science Program Faculty and Director of On-Line Course Development & Innovation for the the Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities joins us to talk about one of the latest ...
  • Teaching Science to Normal People 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Leavey, Jennifer (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-10-23)
    Jennifer Kraft Leavey, from the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, joins us to discuss her course on teaching Georgia Tech students how to effectively teach science to the public.
  • Technology Taming Traffic 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Watkins, Kari (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-10-09)
    Kari Watkins, from the Georgia Tech School of Civi and Environmental Engineering joins us to explain how technology can be used to optimize big city congestion without adding infrastructure.
  • Separations: The Forgotten Science 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Lively, Ryan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-09-19)
    Efficient systems to separate substances is of critical importance in our lives, despite the fact that the general public is typically unaware of this important field. Ryan Lively, from the School of Chemical & Biomolecular ...
  • T is for Thorium 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Petrovic, Bojan (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-09-12)
    Bojan Petrovic, from the Georgia Tech School of Mechanical Engineering joins us to discuss the Thorium Fuel Cycle and other innovations in modern nuclear reactor technology.
  • Stupidity in Scientific Research 

    Ludovice, Peter J. (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-09-04)
    We discuss the insightful essay “The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research,” by Martin A. Schwartz, and explore the why research is really carried out.
  • Science Writing: Fun and Important 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Clark, Carol (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-08-28)
    Emory University Science Writer, Carol Clark, joins us to discuss the ins and outs of science writing and why it is both important and fun. Carol edits eScience Commons, a blog on science and society.
  • IT in the Real World 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Smith, Mike (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-08-14)
    Mike Smith from the Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business will share his strategies for bridging the gap between academia and practice by teaching his students how to effectively bridge the gap between business and technology.
  • Conclusions, and Those Who Fear Them 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Newstetter, Wendy; Majerich, David (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-07-31)
    “Conclusion Fear” is the topic of a recent project Pete is working on in engineering education with collaborators David Majerich, and Wendy Newstetter. We will discuss how bright science and engineering students, who do ...
  • How Your Brain Walks and Chews Gum at the Same Time 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Schumacher, Eric (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-07-24)
    Eric Schumacher joins us to discuss the cognitive neuroscience of how your brain does more than one thing at a time and its ramifications for tasks in your daily life.
  • Burn Baby Burn 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Lieuwen, Tim (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-07-17)
    Tim Lieuwen, Executive Director of the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute, joins us to discuss recent advances in combustion research and some broader advances in energy production.
  • Kick Starting Science Research 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Mercer, Allison (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2013-07-03)
    Allison Mercer of the Georgia Tech Research Institute joins us to discuss GT Starter, a new way to fund science research via the public.
  • The Hype about 3D Printing 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Henderson, Cliff; Leavey, Jennifer (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-01-07)
    Cliff Henderson from the Georgia Tech School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering will join us to talk about 3D printing and when the hype is and is not justified.
  • The Robot in You 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Greco, Ed; Leavey, Jennifer; Forest, Craig (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-10-07)
    Craig Forest of the Georgia Tech School of Mechanical Engineering joins us to talk about his work on tools to measure characteristics of individual cells and molecules in the human body.
  • Water on Mars 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Wray, James; Leavey, Jennifer; Greco, Ed (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-09-30)
    James Wray of the Georgia Tech School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences joins us to discuss his lab’s work involving NASA, and two of his graduate students Luju Ojha, and Mary Beth Wilhelm that recently discovered flowing ...
  • The Maker Movement 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; MacNair, David; Lefton, Lew; Greco, Ed (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07-09)
    David MacNair, of the Georgia Tech School of Mechanical Engineering and Lew Lefton of the School of Mathematics join us to discuss the Maker Movement and its current and future impact on STEM education. David is the executive ...
  • Science at the Con 2015 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Grenade, Stephen; Leavey, Jennifer; Greco, Ed (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-08-26)
    Stephen Granade, director of the science track at Dragon Con joins us to discuss the fascinating science offerings at this year’s Dragon Con (It’s a lot more than just people dressed-up in costume).
  • Nerd Culture 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Hoevel, Ann; Leavey, Jennifer; Greco, Ed (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-08-19)
    Ann Hoevel, Director of Communications for the Georgia Tech College of Architecture joins us to discuss Nerd Culture and its place and function in the world. Ann developed the Geek Out brand and blog at CNN before joining ...
  • Computational Creativity 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Goel, Ashok; Leavey, Jennifer; Greco, Ed; Gaul, Jon (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-08-05)
    Ashok Goel, from the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing joins us to discuss computational creativity, and how this field can aid us in fields from engineering design to cooking.
  • What am I Looking at? 

    Ludovice, Peter J.; Wagner, Alan; Leavey, Jennifer; Gaul, Jon; Greco, Ed (Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015-07-22)
    Alan Wagner, from the Georgia Tech Research Institute joins us to discuss his approach to typing and characterizing video with computers, and how this may provide useful information to the blind. Alan discussed trust issues ...

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