Cool Science Radio

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Chris Fischer, founder and expedition leader for OCEARCH, a data-centric organization that's an enterprise built to help scientists collect previously unobtainable data in the ocean. OCEARCH is on its first expedition to the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada, after following the multi-year migratory tracks laid down by great white sharks Lydia, Hilton, and George. The work they started in 2012 suggests this area could be a potential mating site for the North Atlantic white shark population.

  Our first guest this morning is Dr. Con Slobodchikoff, author of Chasing Doctor Dolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. Con is President and CEO, Animal Communications and professor emeritus at Northern Arizona University. We will speak with Con about communicating with man’s best friend, the domestic dog.

 

We speak first this morning with Andrew Howley of Adventure Scientists. While the organization is based out of Bozeman, MT, it matches global adventurers with scientists who need data collected from the most remote, difficult to get to outposts in the world. It’s crowd sourcing at its best. 

 

 

 

Science writer David Quammen joins the show. His new book is called The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen's book untangles the theory that has long been unheralded about our understanding of heredity - it’s called horizontal gene transfer and it makes up about eight percent of our genome. This is the story of evolutionary biology that you've never before heard. 

  Katy Wang, the Executive Director of the  Park City Film Series, joins the show. On Thursday, September 27, the Film Series  will screen the film, "The Most Unknown," a film that has scientists from various disciplines explaining their work to each other. It is part of their STEM educational series. A panel made up of  scientists and science educators will meet after the screening to talk about how to get kids excited about science.

 

 Marcia Bartusiak, a professor of science writing at MIT, joins Cool Science Radio. She discusses her new book,  Dispatches from Planet 3:  32 Brief Tales on the Solar System, the Milky Way and Beyond. In 32 concise and fascinating essays, the author provides a deeper understanding of the nature of the universe and those who strive to uncover its mysteries.

 

 

 

 Cool Science Radio speaks with Sharon Anderson Morris,  the programs director for Strategic News Service, the Future in Review (FiRe) events and the managing director of FiReFilms, supporting world-changing documentaries to create positive global awareness and change. The Future in Review conference will be at the Stein Eriksen Lodge, October 9-12, 2018.

 

  Paul Shapiro joins Cool Science Radio. He is the author of Clean Meat: How Growing Meat Without Animals Will Revolutionize Dinner and the World. Shapiro is an inductee into the Animal Rights Hall of Fame and served as the vice president of policy engagement for the Humane Society of the United State. He discusees the 'next great scientific revolution,' that is underway -- discovering new ways to create enough food for the world's ever-growing, ever-hungry population. 

 

  In celebration of NASA's 60th anniversary, professor and space historian, John Logsdon, takes us on a journey from the shore of Florida to the moon and beyond by weaving together documents from NASA's history in The Penguin Book of Outer Space Exploration. He will chart for us the greatest moments in human spaceflight. 

 Neuroscientist Dr. Dean Burnett joins the show to talk about the science behind what makes us happy. The implicit drive to find happiness is behind almost everything we do - whether it’s finding a job, falling in love, starting a family, or watching television. Burnett explores this science in an accessible, compelling, and entertaining manner in his book, Happy Brain: Where Happiness Comes From, and Why.

 

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