Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

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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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Cool Science Radio - May 8, 2014

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.

Cool Science Radio - May 1, 2014

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.

Cool Science Radio - April 24, 2014

Apr 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Cool Science Radio - March 6, 2014

Mar 6, 2014

The first guest is Professor P. Dee Boersma, who's academic research is in the area of conservation biology focusing on seabirds as indicators of environmental change. Then, a conversation with Michael Waters, Director of the Center for the Study of First Americans, Texas A&M. He is an archaeologist and geoarchaeologist, specifically looking at the first inhabitants of the Americas.

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