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Cool Science Radio

  • Cool Science Radio's update on a story John and Lynn have been reporting on for the last 2 years…DART is the acronym…and it stands for NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test spacecraft.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio Mara Grunbaum who has just written Break Down! which is a NatGeo kids book joins Lynn and John. The book explores how things break down, crack, explode, crumple, and shatter. Break Down! explores the world through the lens of what it takes for things to, well, not work. You peer through the smoke and rubble of controlled demolitions to discover the properties of building materials. It shows the inner workings of a cracked cell phone screen, mega-avalanches and sinkholes and it travels back in time to explore the world’s most famous failures.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson who has just written Starry Messenger: Cosmic Perspectives on Civilization, This new book brings the rationality of science and the scientific mind to look at the political and cultural issues we talk about every day. After thinking deeply about how science sees the world and about Earth as a planet, the human brain has the capacity to reset and recalibrates life’s priorities, shaping the actions we might take in response. No outlook on culture, society, or civilization remains untouched.Starry Messenger walks us through the scientific palette that sees and paints the world differently. From insights on resolving global conflict to reminders of how precious it is to be alive, Tyson reveals, with warmth and eloquence, an array of brilliant and beautiful truths that apply to us all, informed and enlightened by knowledge of our place in the universe.
  • Cool Science Radio's hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek welcome leading business journalist Mark Bergen in this episode. He writes exclusively about Google for Bloomberg, Businessweek and others. He discusses his new book Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by senior editor of space and physics at Scientific American magazine, Lee Billings. They discuss what the James Webb space telescope photos can tell us about Jupiter, Mars, and Earth itself - Now that photos are regularly coming back from the telescope that sits a million miles away from Earth.Billings writes about the intersections of science, technology, and culture for Nature, Nautilus, New Scientist, Popular Mechanics, Scientific American, and many other publications. His first book, Five Billion Years of Solitude, chronicles the scientific quest to discover other Earth-like planets elsewhere in the universe.
  • Then, National Geographic Explorers Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup. Their new book: The Ultimate Book of Big Cats: Your Guide to The Secret Lives of These Fierce, Fabulous Felines.
  • Russell Foster who has written Life Time: Your Body Clock and Its Essential Roles in Good Health and Sleep. A guide to using the science of the body clock to promote better sleep, better health, and better thinking.
  • In this episode John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek talk with Michael Kim, Chief Information Officer at a company called MultiPlan. MultiPlan is a company that develops artificial intelligence that uses machine learning to lower healthcare costs by reducing out-of-network claims and cost burdens.Michael oversees the Company’s technology organization. He has nearly 20 years of experience leading large IT organizations including major insurance companies such as The Hartford Property and Casualty Company and Torus Insurance.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn welcome Pulitzer Prize finalist Katherine Blunt . She has written California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric -and what it means for America's Power Grid. Katherine is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal since 2018 and has written about utilities and renewable energy. Her coverage of PG&E, reported in close collaboration with two colleagues, was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and earned a Gerald Loeb award, the highest honor in business journalism. The series also won the 2019 Thomas L. Stokes Award for energy and environmental writing, as well as a silver Barlett & Steele award through the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio Dr. Gabby Wild joins Lynn and John. Dr. Wild is a NatGeo Kids educator and author, and her latest book, How to Speak Animal, helps kids understand how animals communicate through sound, body language, and behavior. It’s full of expert insights and real-life stories of humans exploring ways to “talk” to animals, from teaching great apes sign language to speaking “dolphin.”