Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

Credit Mark Maziarz

From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche.

From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

Deciphering science and technology in an entertaining, amusing and accessible way.

If we can understand it, so can you. 

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12:08 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Cool Science Radio - May 15, 2014

Lynn and John spend the first half of the show with Brian Mcinerney, hydrologist for the National Weather Service, who talks about the upcoming water year.  In the second half, Zheng Zheng, an assistant professor of Physics and astronomy at the University of Utah, whose team discovered a "hypervelocity star" that may provide clues about the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way.

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Technology
3:31 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Cool Science Radio - May 8, 2014

John and Lynn spend the first half  of the show with Richard Giraud, landslide specialist for Utah Geological Survey. Common types of Utah landslides are debris flows, slides and rock falls. In the second half, Richard Primack, author of "Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau's Woods". Richard uses notes on the natural history of Concord Massachusetts from Henry David Thoreau, to track the effects of a warming climate.

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Technology
1:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Cool Science Radio - May 1, 2014

John and Lynn have Dr. Thalma Lobel, author of "Sensation: The New Science of Physical Intelligence", who is one of the world's leading expert on human behavior. In the second half, David Waltham, author of "Lucky Planet: Why Earth Is Exceptional and What That Means For Life In The Universe". Waltham paints a complex picture of how special Earth's climate really is.

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Technology
2:43 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Cool Science Radio - April 24, 2014

Lynn and John talk to Tom Chiller, epidemiologist for the Center for Disease Control, about Valley Fever. Most cases occur in people who live in or travel to the southwestern United States. Then, Dr. Peter Squire, researcher at Office of Naval Research. Navy researchers what to know if those facing the unexpected in the heat of battle can be trained to guess right more often than not.

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Technology
1:36 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Cool Science Radio April 17, 2014

Lynn and guest host Tim talk to Simon Head, author of "Mindless: Why Smarter Machines are Making Dumber Humans", arguing that systems have come to trump human expertise .Then, Brent Andersen, Founder of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, which opened its new facilities in Draper. It's the 9th largest aquarium in the nation.

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Technology
12:49 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Cool Science Radio - April 10, 2014

Lynn and John talk about the Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory satellite with Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum of NASA. Part of the mission's goal is to improve forecasting of extreme events that cause natural disasters. This leads to the next guest, Jacob Lowenstern, Scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Yellowstone National Park sits atop one of the world's largest super-volcanos.

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Technology
12:45 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cool Science Radio - April 3, 2014

John and Lynn start with "America's funniest science writer", Mary Roach with her new book "Gulp: Adventures On The Alimentary Canal". Then, Dr. Pearl Sandick, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah. Pearl talks about the discovery of ripples in space that may provide validation of the Big Bang Theory.

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Technology
1:06 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Cool Science Radio - March 27, 2014

Lynn and John have a discussion with Naveena Sadasivam, reporter at ProPublica, an independent non-profit news room, about possible health implications of hydro fracking. Karen Wilkinson is the second guest. She is the co-author, with Mike Petrich, of The Art of Tinkering, a celebration of what it means to tinker: take things apart and build art that is part of science and technology.

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Science and Technology
1:27 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Cool Science Radio - March 20, 2014

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Lev Grossman, author of last month's TIME magazine cover story,  Quantum Leap: Inside the Tangled Quest for the Future of Computing.

Then Craig Aaron, CEO of Free Press about net neutrality and the recently announced merger between Comcast and Time Warner. 

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Technology
12:35 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Cool Science Radio - March 13, 2014

Lynn and John start the show with Jonathan Rottenberg, psychologist and author of "The Depths: The Evolutionary Origins of the Depression Epidemic". Rottenberg explains depression in evolutionary terms. In the second half, Mary Hall and the Skeleton Crew from the Lego League. 48 teams, ages 9-14, competed n the 4th annual Utah FIRSTLEGO League, an organization that promotes innovation, science and technology.

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