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Cool Science Radio | Nov. 11, 2021

HURRICANE LIZARDS AND PLASTIC SQUID: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change author Thor Hanson and Guy Zajonc Chairman/CEO Thrive Testing & Biosafety are today's guests

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn talk with Thor Hanson who has just written HURRICANE LIZARDS AND PLASTIC SQUID: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change. Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to global warming, There are many examples in this book including anole lizards on islands in the Caribbean have evolved larger toe pads to grip trees more tightly as hurricanes gain in strength and frequency.

Then Guy Zajonc Chairman/CEO Thrive Testing & Biosafety. joins the show. We're almost 2 years into this pandemic and somehow COVID-19 testing can still feel like a mystery. Where do I go to get tested? Which test do I need? What is most accurate? How soon will I get my results? Guy will help us understand the current landscape of testing. We will also speak with him about a 15-second test his company is developing that detects exposure to COVID before the infection takes hold and is contagious.

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.