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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12:49 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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Technology
12:26 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Cool Science Radio - March 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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Technology
4:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Cool Science Radio - February 27, 2014

John and Lynn talk to two authors, starting with Elizabeth Kolbert "The Sixth Extinction", predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. Then, Daniel Suarez, author of "Influx" asks why the high-tech future that seemed imminent in the 1960's failed to arrive.

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Technology
12:13 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Cool Science Radio - February 20, 2014

John and Lynn start the hour with William B. Miller, author of "The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome", which offers intriguing and profound answers by exploring our cellular consciousness, connections and collaboration. Then, Ted Claypoole, co-author of "Privacy in the Age of Bg Data:. Digital data collection and surveillance is getting more invasive. The best ways to protect your self are all steps you can take yourself.

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Technology
1:55 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Cool Science Radio - February 6, 2014

The first guest on today's show is Anne Bastien, Program Manager for First LEGO League for Utah. 48 middle school teams will advance to the state championship with their LEGO robots. Then, Dan Hurley, an award winning science journalist, who was one of  The New York Times Magazine's most read articles of the year.

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Technology
1:25 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Cool Science Radio - January 30, 2014

Lynn and John open with biologist Alan de Queiroz, "The Monkey's Voyage: How Improbable Journeys Shaped the History of Life".  He describes the radical new view of how fragmented distributions came into being. In the second half, Jason Silva, Tech Philosopher and Ted Global Speaker and host of Brain Games on National Geographic. Jason has been called 'the new Carl Sagan' for his impassioned take on technological advancements.

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