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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Dr. Andrew Shapiro joins Cool Science Radio. Shapiro is the Manager of Technology Formulation for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. Shapiro is the manager of early-stage innovation for the Space Technology Office. We talk with him about new technological concepts and what it's like to manage a lab where ideas become concepts, possibly projects and even part of a mission for robotic and manned space exploration.

This morning John and Lynn speak first with New York Times columnist Carl Zimmer who also teaches science writing at Yale University.  He joins us for a deep dive into genetics; his new book is, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. 

 

 

John and Lynn speak with Richard Munson, an author, businessman, and activist in the field of clean energy and industrial energy efficiency.  He directs the Environmental Defense Fund’s clean energy efforts in the Midwest and  he has now written a book about Nikola Tesla… Tesla’s inventions transformed our world and his visions have continued to inspire great minds for generations. You know his name, you may know a few of his inventions, but do you realize the profundity of his influence on today’s technological advances?

  Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.) who has written Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World Oceans. A retired 4-star admiral with 35 years of active service in the Navy, Stavridis served as the Supreme Allied Commander for Global Operations at NATO from 2009 to 2013. We will speak with Admiral Stavridis about navel technology 50 years ago, today and into the future and we will speak with him about rising sea waters, piracy and political hot spots in China and Russia.

Dr. Peter Barlow who is the Associate Professor of Immunology and Infection and the Director of Research for the School of Applied Sciences at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. We speak with Dr. Barlow about a possible breakthrough in a cure for the common cold.

 

Revered author Simon Winchester joins the program. Winchester is a many time NY Times bestselling author whose books include The Professor and the Madman, The Map that Changed the World, and others - and he joins us  to talk about his new book which is The Perfectionists:  How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World. Winchester traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement—precision.

Our guest, local geneticist Dr. Brian Ward,  joins the show. Ward is the founder and principal of Advantage Genomics Consulting, a Park City-based company. Ward has spent a lifetime exploring the most recent advances in genetics: how genetics can help us target specific cancers, how we can edit genes to produce healthier and stronger species and what the ethical considerations are of doing that.

  Adam Becker, PhD, joins John and Lynn. Becker has written, What Is Real?: The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics. Modern technology today is driven by quantum theory - from the LEDs and microchips in your phone to the nuclear hearts of the most distant space probes, yet most physicists don’t agree on what quantum physics actually means...stay tuned for this lively discussion.

Cool Science Radio speaks with Ryan Wright, a sophomore at Park City High School, who will be President of the Engineering Club next year. We talk with Ryan about how he first became interested in engineering, his plans for the Engineering Club and what is ticking in the minds of inspired young people. 

Today we speak with a 17-year-old mathematician, Agnijo Banergee, whose IQ is higher than that of Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking. He is joined by his math tutor and co-author, David Darling. The pair have written a book called Weird Math: A Teenage Genius and His Teacher Reveal the Strange Connections between Math and Everyday Life. 

 

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