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Cool Science - November 19, 2015

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  John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek’s first guest is Patricia Goldstone, author of Interlock: Art, Conspiracy, and the Shadow World of Mark Lombardi. In the fateful month of March 2000, shortly after opening a hugely successful show in New York that unveiled the more nefarious financial connections of Presidential candidate George W. Bush, the hugely ambitious Conceptual artist Mark Lombardi was found hanged in his studio, an apparent suicide. With museums lining up to buy his work, and the fame he had sought relentlessly at last within his reach, speculation about whether his death was suicide or murder has titillated the art world ever since.  In the second segment of the program, John and Lynn interview Graham Dodge, who has created the Sick Weather Alert App.  Sickweather’s algorithm scans social networks for indicators of illness, allowing you to check for the chance of sickness as easily as you can check for the chance of rain. Everyday thousands of people around the globe update social media sites like Facebook and Twitter when they (or someone close to them) get sick.