Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

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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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On Cool Science Radio, Professor Vaclav Smil joins the show to discuss his new book, NUMBERS DON’T LIE: 71 Stories to Help Us Understand the Modern World.

Vaclav Smil's mission is to make facts matter. 

An environmental scientist, policy analyst, and a hugely prolific author, Smil is Bill Gates' go-to guy for making sense of our world. 

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn & John welcome Dr. Joe Rubinsztain from the digital health company, Chronwell. 

Chronwell uses digital innovation to manage at-risk populations.

Dr. Rubinsztain provides examples of how AI and machine learning will continue to drive early patient intervention with chronic diseases, making big changes to patient care at low cost for the payor and consumer.

 

  

Benefits of Introducing Science Programs to Utah's Incarcerated

Apr 29, 2021

This week on Cool Science Radio, Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, a Professor with the Department of Biology at the University Of Utah comes on the show.

Nadkarni is the Director of the initiative to bring science programs to the incarcerated in Utah. These programs provide benefits for inmates, scientists, correctional institutions, and the community.

On Cool Science Radio, Award-winning National Geographic Explorer and Photographer Brian Skerry talks with John and Lynn.

 

His latest project is Secrets of The Whales. Skerry takes us into the epicenter of whale culture to experience the extraordinary communication skills and intricate social structures of five different whale species: orcas, humpbacks, belugas, narwhals, and sperm whales.

 

 

  

On Cool Science Radio, bestselling author Douglas Tallamy, a professor in the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, joins the show.

Tallamy discusses his new book: The Nature of Oaks. In the book, he reveals what is going on in oak trees month by month, highlighting the seasonal cycles of life, death, and renewal. From woodpeckers who collect and store hundreds of acorns for sustenance to the beauty of jewel caterpillars.  

This week on Cool Science Radio, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek are talking with Jim O’Connell, the CEO and co-founder of Envara Health.

Evara Health is a company which deals with the roughly 1.5 billion people around the globe who deal with conditions such as unintentional weight loss and inadequate absorption or malabsorption.

On Cool Science Radio, Dr. Michio Kaku discusses his new book: THE GOD EQUATION: The Quest for a Theory of Everything.

 

Einstein dedicated his life to seeking this elusive Holy Grail, a single, revolutionary “God equation” which would tie all the forces in the universe together. Unfortunately, he never found it.

 

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn are talking with Aimee Quon.

 

Quon is from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will be enlightening us on Mars. Topics include the the fact that the atmosphere on Mars is about 100 times thinner than on Earth.

 

The thin air makes it incredibly difficult to fly, but NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter is about to attempt this feat.

 

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John talk with Dr. Dan Riskin, Founder, and CEO of Verantos, a company dedicated to using AI, Artificial Intelligence and real-world evidence to drive change and equality in healthcare. 

Covid has exposed something that the medical industry has known for a long time, medical research and treatment doesn't involve a cross-section of the population. Looking forward, the intersection of technology and healthcare could change all of that. 

On Cool Science Radio, author Olivia Campbell joins the show to share the story of three pioneering Victorian women who broke down barriers in medicine to become the first women doctors.

Her book is titled, Women in White Coats: How the First Women Doctors Changed the World of Medicine. 

  

On Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn have renowned Cambridge zoologist Arik Kershenbaum.

 

Kershenbaum has written THE ZOOLOGIST’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY: What Animals on Earth Reveal About Aliens—and Ourselves.

 

This book is a fun exploration of what life on other planets must be like: how they may move, socialize, and communicate.

 

 

 

 

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John talk with Jess Phoenix, a woman who finds adventure in science.

Her book is called Ms. Adventure, My Wild Explorations in Science, Lava, and Life. 

As a volcanologist, natural hazards expert, and founder of Blueprint Earth, Phoenix has dedicated her life to scientific exploration.

Her career path— which has been hard-earned in the male-dominated world of science—has led her to flowing Hawaiian lava fields, congressional races, and numerous pairs of Caterpillar work boots.

 

  

On Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John welcome New York Times technology correspondent and former senior writer at Wired Magazine, Cade Metz.

Metz is the author of GENIUS MAKERS: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World. This interesting read brings us into the world of Artificial Intelligence... from how it came to be to where it could take us.

Metz examines big questions about privacy, security, and bias, and shares his compelling finds.

 

  

 

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Jeff Hawkins introduces us to new ideas outlined in his book, A Thousand Brains, A new theory of Intelligence.

Hawkins shares a groundbreaking new theory on intelligence, showing how the brain uses maplike structures to build a model of the world-not just one model, but hundreds of thousands, which then vote together to reach a consensus.

This week on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss his new book, Cosmic Queries: StarTalk’s guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We’re Going. Building on the wisdom of the ancients and explaining the most significant science of today, Tyson takes readers on a journey from past to future, punctuated with stunning images portraying not only the universe but also the key ideas that help us understand it. 


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