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Cool Science Radio - August 16, 2018

Aug 16, 2018

Dr. James Stray-Gunderson who is the developer and co-founder of the (B)Strong BFR Training System. BFR stands for blood flow restriction. Dr. Stray Gunderson states that BFR training is an exercise technique that manipulates the body circulatory system and when combined with exercise produces rapid gains in strength and fitness using light loads and in a very short period of time. We will talk with Dr. Stray-Gunderson about the technique and the science behind these claims.

Nick Chater is the professor of behavioral science at the Warwick Business School. He argues in his new book The Mind is Flat: The Remarkable Shallowness of the Improvising Brain, that our brain is not governed by the unconscious mind or by mysterious depths, but instead it improvises the present based on the experiences of the past.  So, if this is true, he also argues that we can build a new present based on what we have accumulated from our past. Pretty simple?  Tune in to listen to this engaging dialogue. 



Jen Schwartz, the senior editor for Scientific American, joins Cool Science Radio. She speaks about an article she wrote in the August edition of the magazine called Surrendering to the Rising Seas. Coastal communities struggling to adapt to climate change are beginning to do what was once unthinkable: retreat. This paints the picture of the inevitability of the rising seas.

The Sun is not silent. The low, pulsing hum of our star's heartbeat allows scientists to peer inside, revealing huge rivers of solar material flowing. NASA heliophysicist Alex Young explains how this simple sound connects us with the Sun and all the other stars in the universe. Listen in on the Sun in this three minute audio clip.

Dr. Bonnie Meinke joins Cool Science Radio. Dr. Meinke is the James Webb Deputy Project Scientist for the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Educational Officer for the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Meinke gives her insight into last week's announcement of a lake of water discovered on Mars, which is the closest it has been to the Earth in 15 years.  She also talks about the churning clouds on Saturn. 

Cool Science Radio is joined by Dr. Angela Trego who is on the board of directors for the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake. We speak with Dr. Trego about the Woman/Women exhibit celebrating women empowering every woman. We speak with her about the exhibit, what visitors can expect when they walk thru and how the exhibit may evolve over time.


Dr. Randall Irmis joins Cool Science Radio. Irmis is the Chief Curator and a Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah, and he had a hand in discovering a new dinosaur right here in Utah in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The announcement was made at a recent unveiling at the Natural History Museum of Utah. This dinosaur, the Akainacephalus johnsoni has a spiky bony armor covering the skull and snout and is about 76 million years old. 


John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Dr. Joe Schwarcz, the director of the Office for Science and Society at McGill University in Montreal. He’s also the author of 16 bestselling popular science books and he regularly demystifies the chemistry of everyday life.  He speaks about his new book, A Feast of Science: Intriguing Morsels from the Science of Everyday Life.

Joining Cool Science Radio from NASA Goddard Space Center is Dr. Eric Christian, the Deputy Principal Investigator for the instrumentation package that will be on the Parker Solar Probe spacecraft that will launch in early August. The Parker Solar Probe Mission will fly closer to the Sun than any human-made object has ever gone. A mission 60 years in the making, Parker Solar Probe will make an historic journey to the sun's corona, a region of the solar atmosphere.