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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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Hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with Ray Gibbs, CEO of Haydale – a British company that develops material using graphene,  as strong as carbon fiber, but 40 percent lighter, and with a smaller carbon impact in its production. They spoke with  Gibbs last week, when he was in town for the Future in Review Conference.

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Cool Science Radio's first guest stepping away from the Future in Review Conference is Con Slobodchikoff, author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. Slobodchikoff is CEO of Animal Communications Ltd. and the director of the Animal Language Institute. The name of the panel that he will be heading at the Conference is “The Patterns of Language: Using Computers to Communicate with Other Species.”

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 Today’s first guest is Ashwin Vasavada who was the project scientist of the Mars Curiosity project. There is evidence that the Red Planet once had a climate that could have supported life billions of years ago – and more evidence unearthed last week. 

The second guest is author J. Kenji Lopez, who wrote the book, The Food Lab: Better Home Cooking Through Science.  In the Food Lab, Kenji focuses on the science behind beloved American   dishes, delving into interactions between heat, energy and molecules that create great food.

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Today’s first guest is Suresh Venkatasubramanian, Associate Professor, School of Computing, University of Utah. Software may appear to operate without bias because it strictly uses computer code to reach conclusions. That’s why many companies use algorithms to help weed out job applicants when hiring for a new position.

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Hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with  Guru Madhaven, author of Applied Minds: How Engineers ThinkApplied Minds explores the unique visions and mental tools of engineers to reveal the enormous ― and often understated ― influence they wield in transforming problems into opportunities.       

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells first host  Megan Prelinger, author of Inside the Machine: Art and Invention in the Electronic Age. Inside the Machine is a visual history of the electronic age which captures the collision of technology and art. A hidden history of the twentieth century’s brilliant innovations — as seen through art and images of electronics that fed the dreams of so many.

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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk 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. As society stands on the cusp of unprecedented change, Kaplan unpacks the latest advances in robotics, machine learning, and perception powering systems that rival or exceed human capabilities.

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