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Science's "Creativity Crisis"; a New Material That's Blacker Than Black

Sherman Geronimo-Tan
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Is scientific progress suffering from a lack of creativity?

This hour, we talk to the author of The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility to find out how increasingly cautious funding decisions are impacting scientific innovation and discovery. 

Later, we also learn about Vantablack, and find out why it's being called "the darkest material ever made".


  • Dr. Roberta Ness - James W. Rockwell Professor of Public Health and Vice President for Innovation at The University of Texas School of Public Health; author of The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility
  • Daniel Colon-Ramos, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the Yale School of Medicine
  • Ben Jensen - Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Surrey NanoSystems in Newhaven, England

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

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