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The huge amounts of data given over to online dating sites by people looking for the man or woman of their dreams can lead to some interesting—and often funny—revelations about the mating habits of us humans on the web. Hear an interview with OK Cupid data blogger Christian Rudder on the insights he’s gained through his own work in Science & the City’s new podcast.

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How can you best deliver folic acid to women in the developing world? That’s just the question the New York Academy of Sciences’ Scientists Without Borders program sent out to their network last year. The challenge was the topic of their first annual Nutrition Prize.

Hear all about the importance of folic acid, especially for pregnant women, and the winning solutions from SWB challenge in my newest Science and the City  podcast.

Post-doc John Steele, a mentor from NYAS's "Summer Matters" program, teaches kids about DNA transcription.

This summer I spent a few days at Booker T. Washington Middle School on the Upper West Side with a bunch of 12-to-14-year-olds and two post-docs, doing some pretty basic—and surprisingly fun—science experiments. The end results is this podcast, in which I profile the New York Academy of Sciences’ “Summer Matters” STEM* mentoring program. Go on, take a look at—or at least have a listen to—hands-on science education in action.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

UPDATE (8/30): Click here to watch an audio-slideshow of a “DNA-relay” at Booker T.

Inside of a Vertical Farm in Korea

Inside a vertical farm prototype, Seoul, Korea. (Courtesy of Dickson Despommier)

Columbia University professor Dickson Despommier‘s “Vertical Farming” idea has been kicking around for some time now. But for those who haven’t heard of it, it’s a concept that would take traditional indoor, greenhouse-style farming to new heights—skyscraper heights to be exact.

Since brainstorming the idea during a course he taught called “Medical Ecology” almost nine years ago, Despommier has been ardently pushing for large-scale, indoor farms. Last year, he wrote a book, The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, but even as late as its publication, the vertical farm concept remained just that, conceptual. But now, there are at least three up-and-running prototype vertical farms around the globe, with more coming soon.

Just before he jetted off to Manchester, England, for the Manchester International Festival where he was to unveil a retrofitted vertical farm project, Despommier stopped by the New York Academy of Science to talk about his “big idea.” Hear the interview in my latest S&C podcast.