Cool Science Radio

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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.

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In this episode of Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek welcome Mark Honigsbuam who, over a year ago wrote The Pandemic Century: One Hundred Years of Panic, Hysteria, and Hubris. It was an ample foreshadowing of 2020 and he joins us again to talk about the new chapter he has just added to his book, about Coronavirus.

Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek  interview Anthony Townsend, an author and consultant working at the intersection of urbanization and digital technology who joins the show.  When self-driving technology infects buses, bikes, delivery vans, and even buildings…a wild, woollier, future awaits. Anthony has written Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car.  

This week on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Steve Burns, CEO, and President of the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. Burns talks about what you can see in person and virtually at the zoo. Burns will also talk about the July 6 birth of a baby girl gorilla. This is the first successful birth of a Western Lowland Gorilla in the Zoo’s 89-year history. 

Dave Kieda, Dean, The Graduate School and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah and Nolan Matthews, graduate research assistant at the University of Utah join Lynn and John this week on Cool Science Radio. They are part of a team of scientists and educators that have developed an array of telescopes that will provide unparalleled resolution and detail that will help to improve our understanding of faraway stellar systems.

Writer, speaker, and academic, Colin Dickey joins Cool Science Radio this week. Dickey has written, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, And Our Obsession With The Unexplained.  In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational and one the fringe is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on. 

David Quammen joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the DodoThe Reluctant Mr. Darwin, The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen was interviewed on Cool Science Radio back in 2018 about The Tangled Tree.

This week on Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn are joined by James Hamblin. Hamblin has written the book,  CLEAN: The New Science of Skin. Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. Confusing messages from health authorities and ineffective treatments have left many people desperate for reliable solutions.

New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor Maria Konnikova joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio is, Eric Miller, President, and CEO of Park City-based Avi-on Labs. Avi-on designs and builds a family of Bluetooth® enabled lighting products that are reliable, state of the art, easy to configure and manage with any smartphone or tablet.

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week is Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, a Research Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kirschbaum has a number of responsibilities in the study of landslides including developing new techniques for rainfall-triggered landslide hazard assessment and forecasting.

Author and journalist Marta Zaraska joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio today. Zaraska has written "Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100”. This book is based on hundreds of research papers and on interviews with dozens of leading scientists from fields as diverse as molecular biochemistry, cyber psychology, and zoology. Do you want to live longer? Miracle diets, miracle foods, miracle supplements may not be the answer. Friendships. Purpose in life. Empathy. Kindness.

Today on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Dr. Jacob Bleacher. Dr. Bleacher is the Chief Exploration Scientist of Advanced Exploration Systems, a division of NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. Humans have not walked on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo.

Science journalist Debora Mackenzie joins John and Lynn on Cool Science Radio. She has written the first book to be published on CoVid-19. She joins to discuss: COVID-19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One.

Brian Dumaine is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Fortune magazine.

John and Lynn are joined by Raja Dhir on Cool Science Radio. He is the co-founder of Seed Health Seed Health is a microbial sciences company accelerating breakthrough science into live biotherapeutics and innovations for consumer health. There's a community of 38 trillion microorganisms (mostly bacteria) living in and on us. This is our microbiome—our non-human half, that as it turns out, we can’t live without. Seed believes that our microbiome will radically transforming our approach to medicine, hygiene, diet, and living.

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