Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

Credit Mark Maziarz

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 today's episode of Cool Science Radio:

John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek welcome Dr. Euan Ashley.

Dr. Ashley is taking us back 20 years to discuss the first draft of the human genome sequence.

Since then, medical “detectives” like Dr. Ashley have been using the genome to solve their patients’ most puzzling and pressing medical mysteries. They now understand that this complex and unique data set could be used to prevent disease, from the commonplace to those that cause global pandemics.

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Lynn and John talk with Josh Fischman, senior editor at Scientific American magazine.

As we continue to live through this pandemic and discover more about the coronavirus, Fischman comes on to explain the most worrying mutations in the five emerging coronavirus variants.  

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

NASA is sending its first rover to Mars in nearly a decade. Perseverance will search for signs of ancient life, collect the first sample, and pave the way for human explorers.

John and Lynn get details on this mission from Kirsten Siebach, a Martian Geologist at Rice University.

On this episode of Cool Science Radio:

Tim Harford joins us to discuss his book THE DATA DETECTIVE: Ten Easy Rules to Make Sense of Statistics.

In 2020, we were inundated with data on Covid-19 rates and election results. Statistics and numbers have never been more important to understand.

Statistics are what make the world add up and Tim will help us understand how to make sense of it all.

On today's episode of Cool Science Radio:

Author Dr. Ina Park who joins to discuss STRANGE BEDFELLOWS: Adventures in the Science, History, and Surprising Secrets of STD's.

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people in the US have a sexually transmitted disease and that direct lifetime medical associated costs were $16 billion dollars primarily for the treatment of HPV-related cancer and HIV.

 

  

On today's episode of Cool Science Radio:

Social psychologist Hans Rocha Ijzerman will explore his new book on human's inner thermostat. Regulating body temperature is one of the most fundamental tasks for any animal. 

Like huddling penguins, humans have long relied on one another to maintain our temperatures; over millennia, this instinct for thermoregulation has shaped our lives and culture. 

In this episode of Cool Science Radio

Daniel Levitin, who has written Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. As the pandemic radically reshapes our daily lives, it is now more important than ever that we understand the science and art of aging well: building healthy habits that allow us to grow and thrive, protect our bodies and minds, and reconnect with what is most satisfying and meaningful to us. 

Cool Science Radio's guest in this episode is Director Gavin Schmidt, of  NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies . Each year, NASA and NOAA undertake the huge task of measuring the average temperature of the Earth, using an impressive fleet of satellites in orbit, interrogating hundreds of buoys as well as scientists making local measurements all around the globe. Understanding these long-term changes is vital to how we interact with our environment, from planting different crops to managing water resources to predicting the strength of hurricanes.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by Scientific American editor Jen Schwartz.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guest is Antonio Zadra. Antonio is a world-renowned sleep and dream researcher who brings together state-of-the-art neuroscientific ideas and findings to help listeners understand key features of several types of dreams. From prophetic dreams to nightmares and lucid dreams he explains how dreams can facilitate creativity and why they can be a source of personal insight.

John and Lynn are joined in this epsiode of Cool Science Radio by Annie Jacobsen who has written FIRST PLATOON: A Story of Modern War in the Age of Identity Dominance. Jacobsen writes about a platoon in Afghanistan that was unwittingly involved in a shadowy Defense Department program to capture biometrics—fingerprints, iris scans, facial images, and DNA—on 80 percent of Afghanistan’s entire population. This program, born of war, is coming home to America.

  In this episode of Cool Science Radio the guest is Dr. Brittany Busse, Mental Health Expert, and Associate Medical Director at WorkCare. A new Gallup poll shows that America’s mental health is at a new low since the last two decades. Along with this comes higher rates of suicide, drinking, and addiction. We will talk with Dr. Busse about why this drop is so alarming and what American’s can do to keep themselves in a healthy mental state during the pandemic.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn welcome author and food activist Anthony Warner,. His new book,  ENDING HUNGER: The Quest to Feed the World Without Destroying It, reviews the challenges and history of humanity’s fight against hunger. The complexities and issues surrounding the feeding of the world’s population can seem insurmountable and confusing.

In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guest is Camilla Pang Phd. Dr. Pang is a postdoctoral scientist in bioinformatics, who also happens to be neurodivergent - (she has autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorder, and ADHD attention-deficit anxiety disorder). Pang will layout her guide to human nature using scientific principles and theories as her roadmap. She shares her book, AN OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO HUMANS.

On the final day of 2020, John and Lynn celebrate the year-end and a new beginning with a best-of show featuring interviews previously aired that inspired them to carve out the work needed to change our world for the better in terms of technology.

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