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From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche.

From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

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Lynn and John are joined by Matthew Cobb on Cool Science Radio. Cobb has written The Idea of the Brain, the Past and Future of Neuroscience. For thousands of years, philosophers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain, with its 86 billion neurons, connected in infinite ways, does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works.

It's loud here at KPCW as we are in the final days of remodeling the KPCW studios. John and Lynn have picked out two interviews from the archives for you to enjoy. They will be back next week with more Cool Science Radio. Thanks for listening!

Bob Chamberlain, President of MTI joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Monterey Technologies Inc is based here in Park City. They have developed a product called VIPER (Visual Planning, Execution, and Review). The software lets military and commercial planners execute complex missions on the fly. Monterey Technologies has just been named as a Small Business Innovation Research Success Story for its ViPER Mission Planning Application.

Olfactory scientist and researcher turned novelist Andrea Rothman who has written The DNA Of You and Me in which she takes her science background and weaves in into an engaging  love story of sorts.... one that takes place in the lab and among strains of DNA. She talks about how smell works and how olfactory sensory neurons reach their targets in the brain and how they process smell. 

Veteran journalist and New York Times Bestselling author Maria Goodavage joins the show.

Steven Levy who has written FACEBOOK The Inside Story. For three years, tech writer Steven Levy has had unprecedented access to Facebook’s key executives and employees, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. His new book FACEBOOK: The Inside Story is a fascinating narrative that digs deep into the company’s history, revealing fascinating new insights as he tells the full story of the company that has changed the world and reaped the consequences.

Josh Fischman, Senior Editor of Life Sciences & Earth Sciences at Scientific American magazine joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio.

As the world waits for medical advancement to fight the CoVid-19, research, tests and development is occurring in labs and universities around the world. On April 6 it was widely reported that an oral medicine called EIDD-2801 was able to hinder the coronavirus behind COVID-19 as it attempted to replicate itself in human lung cells in test tubes.  

Brian Greene joins Cool Science Radio today to discuss his new book, Until the End of Time. The book is Brian’s new exploration of the cosmos and our quest to find meaning in the face of this vast expanse. Greene takes us on a journey from the big bang to the end of time. From particles to planets, consciousness to creativity, matter to meaning—Brian’s new book allows us all to grasp and appreciate our fleeting but utterly exquisite moment in the cosmos. 

[This interview was recorded on March 9, 2020. It aired for the first time on April 16, 2020]

George Zaidan who has written INGREDIENTS: The Strange Chemistry of What We Put in Us and on Us. Will eating Cheetos really shave off years of my life? Can I drink my coffee in peace, or do I need to fear heart disease and cancer with every sip? Is wearing sunscreen safe or worse than not wearing it at all? MIT trained chemist, George Zaidan, will answer these questions and more.


Internal medicine Dr. Matthew Chabot from the Univeristy of Utah Healthcare joins Cool Science Radio. One of his areas of expertise is infectious disease and like every medical expert out there right now, Dr. Chabot is focused on CoVid-19. As a primary care internal medical doctor, he focuses on infectious medicine. It seems like much of what we heard a month ago about symptoms, infection, and testing has now changed.

 Cool Science Radio speaks with Dr. Mark Durham from the University of Utah School of Dentistry.  Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in teaching and in dental practice will improve dental health across the globe as students are learning exacting procedures like root canals using VR long before they ever dive into the mouth of a real person. In fact, AR is are changing the way we can learn. We spoke with Dr. Durham last month about the revolutionary ways that dental students are learning. 




[This interview orginally aired for the first time on April 2nd, 2020, but was recorded in early March, 2020]

[Rebroadcast: This interview originally aired on  January 9th, 2020]

  In this episode of Cool Science Radio Michael Vershinin, assistant professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah talks with Lynn and John about COVID -19. One of the biggest unknowns about the coronavirus is it’s sensitivity to humidity and temperature and how changing seasons will affect its spread. Michael along with Saveez Saffarian have received a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research grant to quickly tackle these important questions.