As the year winds down, I'm pleased to share the google hangouts on air I've done with SciAm, some in collaboration with my venture with co-host, Jeff Shaumeyer, Read Science!

This summer, Scientific American polled its readers about their favorite summer science reads. By your choice, the winners were:

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined–The Truth about Talent, Practice, Creativity, and the Many Paths to Greatness by Scott Barry Kaufman

Animal Wise: the Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures by Virginia Morell

Zombie Birds, Astronaut Fish, and Other Weird Animals by Becky Crew.

We invited these authors to join us for a chat. The books were quite diverse and this led to a fantastic conversation!

I was contacted by E.O. Wilson's publicist from W.W.Norton about having Ed on as a guest for a chat about his latest book, "Letters to a Young Scientist" as well as to talk about communicating science to the general public. It took some time to get the details worked out, but in the end it was a very enjoyable collaboration for SciAm and Read Science! Ed was as charming as can be, and my cohost, Jeff and I really enjoyed our conversation with him. At the end, Ed expressed how he enjoyed the relaxed feel of the Google hangout medium!

Shortly thereafter, Jeff and I collaborated once again with SciAm for a chat with Temple Grandin and her coauthor of "The Autistic Brain", Richard Panek, for yet another fascinating hangout.

I had been invited by the Laboratory for Atmospheric Sciences team at University of Colorado, Boulder, the ones in charge of the MAVEN Mars Orbiter to learn more about the mission and thought that the Scientific American audience would like to hear more about it, so I invited a member of the science team, Nick Schneider, as well as astronomy author, Chris Impey, to a chat about the importance of robotic space exploration and, in particular, the goals of the MAVEN orbiter's mission.

The final collaborative SciAm/Read Science! hangout this year was with Chris Hadfield as he was making the rounds promoting his book, "An Astronaut's Guide to Life On Earth". There was a bit of a glitch in the screen switching this time around, but Cmdr. Hadfield was quite the pro at holding his own as he held center stage.

I look forward to inviting more guests on behalf of Scientific American. If you have any favorites you'd like to see, and certainly if you have contacts for them, please send them along.