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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  The first guest is Bill Andrews, Senior Associate Editor, Discover Magazine. We asked Bill to discuss the Top Ten Stories of 2015. Our second guests are Bibop Gresta, Deputy Chairman and COO, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, and Sharon Anderson Morris, Director of Strategic New Service Programs and Future in Review Events.  Bibop Gresta is considered a worldwide expert in digital media, cross-platform technologies, transportation, and finance. 

  Lynn and John’s guest on the program today is Dr. Yalda Uhls, author of Media Moms & Digital Dads: A Fact-Not-Fear Approach to Parenting in the Digital Age. Is social media ruining our kids? How much internet activity is too much? What do FOMO (Fear of Missing Out), sexting, and selfies mean for teens? Are you curious about what research says about how media and technology are impacting childhood?

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  This morning Lynn and John speak with Jerry Kaplan, author of Humans Need Not Apply.  After billions of dollars and fifty years of effort, researchers are finally cracking the code on artificial intelligence. Kaplan updates the latest advances I robotics, machine learning and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities. The second guest is Kara Platoni, author of We Have the Technology: How Biohackers, Foodies, Physicians, and Scientists Are Transforming Human Perception, One Sense at a Time. How do we know what’s real?

  In the first segment of the program, John and Lynn interview Dr. Cynthia Burrows.  University of Utah chemists devised a new way to detect chemical damage to DNA that sometimes leads to genetic mutations responsible for many diseases, including various cancers and neurological disorders.  In the second segment, Malcolm Gay, author of, The Brain Electric: The Dramatic High-Tech Race to Merge Minds and Machines.

  Today’s first guest is Roger Burrows who teaches CAPP classes at the High School says he’d like to create a “technology vision” statement for the PCSD.

  John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek’s first guest is Patricia Goldstone, author of Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow World of Mark Lombardi. In the fateful month of March 2000, shortly after opening a hugely successful show in New York that unveiled the more nefarious financial connections of Presidential candidate George W. Bush, the hugely ambitious Conceptual artist Mark Lombardi was found hanged in his studio, an apparent suicide.

Cool Science Radio - November 12, 2015

Nov 12, 2015

  The first guest this morning is Andrea Wulf, author of The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World. Humboldt lived in the early 1800s. He was an intrepid explorer and the most famous scientist of his age yet not too many people know of his work.   The 2nd guest this morning is Jim Baggot, author of Origins:  The Scientific Story of Creation. Baggot starts with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago and travels right up to the emergence of humans as intelligent beings.

Cool Science Radio - November 5, 2015

Nov 5, 2015

 Our first guest this morning is Dan Gardner, who is the coauthor of Superforecasting: The Art and             Science of Prediction. In this groundbreaking and accessible book, Tetlock and Gardner show us how we can learn from an elite group of volunteers that participated in a forecasting tournament. Our second guests are Alessandra Angelucci, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and Valerio Pascucci, Professor, from the School of Computing, both guests from the University of Utah.

Dr. Leslie Knapp, professor and chair of Anthropology Department at University of Utah kicks off the show with hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells. She is author of the scientific paper, Evolutionary Trade-off between Vocal Tract and Testes Dimensions in Howler Monkeys Across the animal kingdom, males hoot and holler to attract females and ward off competing suitors. Now, a new study finds that male howler monkeys with deeper calls have smaller testicles – and vice versa, according to researchers from universities of Utah, Cambridge and Vienna.

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Today's candidate forum guests, alphabetically, Andy Beerman, Becca Gerber, Hope Melville, Dan Portwood and Nann Worel. 

Host Lynn Ware Peek takes a break from exploring science to talk politics with five of the six Park City Council candidates. After collecting questions from listeners over the last week, and throwing in many of her own, the candidates answered questions on traffic and parking, snow levels, the local economy and, of course, dogs. Candidates also had the opportunity to ask each other the hard questions.

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