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.

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  Today we speak with  Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Scientist  at NASA Goddard, about the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, the GPM. It dissects and bisects weather events to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.  Then,  Adam Kucharski, author of, The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling.  It's the tangled history of betting and science and how the house doesn't always win. 

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. In Originals Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.

  On day four of our winter pledge drive, John and Lynn visit with Earl Foote from Nexus IT Consultants.  In the second segment of the program Angela Shaeffer from Peak Art and Frame is in studio.

  John and Lynn’s first guest today is Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again?

  Cool Science Radio speaks with Jet Propulsion Laboratory's head engineer tasked with leading the landing of the Curiosity on the surface of Mars.  His name is Adam Steltzner and he's written a book called, The Right Kind of Crazy:  A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation.  
Then, it's NY Times bestselling author Eric Weiner, author of, The Geography of Genius:  A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley  


  Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Tim Henney find out how neuroscience, psychology, and quirky nutritional needs makes us choose what we put in our mouths.  They speak with acclaimed food writer  Bee Wilson about the origins of taste and our food habits. She’s written a book just out called First Bite, How We Learn to Eat

  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.