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Cool Science Radio - June 22, 2017

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  On Today’s show, Lynn and John talk about beer -  the science of beer making.  They speak with bimolecular archeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern about his new book called Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Recreated.  How did our ancestors brew libations? 

 Then, have you seen the new electric busses cruising around Park City for the last few weeks?  Well, they haven’t been taking passengers because they are in training —but Friday at the Kimball Junction transit center the official unveiling and celebration of 6 new electric busses will take place.  It’s a community celebration at 11am. Joining Lynn and John to talk about this new bus technology is the director of business development for Proterra, the company who has designed and built those 6 buses that will create the Electric Xpress route in Park City beginning Friday.  

John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.