Living Lab Radio
By Heather Goldstone
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Living Lab on WCAI is a forum for the stories behind science headlines — the people who do the research, the unexpected ways that science gets done, and how the results make their way into our everyday lives.
||CleanExperts Assessing Experts||Many of our most important social and political debates have science at their core – from climate change to genetically modified foods. When policymakers want expert input on what we know about these subjects, they often turn to massive synthesis repo||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrape Balls Of Fire: How Grapes In The Microwave Create A Plasma||It’s not every day that a scientific study reads like great literature, but here’s how a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences begins: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed t||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCBD: Rising Star or Popular Fad?||Jenny Wilkerson , University of Florida and Lance McMahon , University of Florida Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related is||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTrump's Budget Targets EPA, Earth Science||The White House Budget plan for fiscal year 2020 is out. It’s a record $4.7 trillion, but science agencies and activities take cuts almost across the board. The president envisions an EPA budget cut by almost a third and a decrease of about 12 percent||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFULL SHOW: March 17, 2019||"There's plenty of sciencethat supports that CBD might have therapeutic indications. Obviously, for intractable pediatric epilepsy, CBD does have clinical validity. However, for all the other claims regarding CBD, we just don't quite know scientifically||3/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpiders Are the Partners in this 'Inter-Species Collaboration'||Technological advances have always influenced art. Think synthetic dyes or the invention of photography. Now, artists are diving into the realms of nanotechnology, genetics, and artificial intelligence. And MIT is leading the way. One installation at MI||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSatellites Reveal Modern Slavery||Charges against Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft for soliciting a prostitute have focused public attention on the problem of sex trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are nearly five million people in forced sexual||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Cost of Speaking Out? #MeTooSTEM Activist May Lose Her Job||A leading voice in the fight against sexual harassment in academia has been denied tenure at Vanderbilt University, and some see it as a cautionary tale of the price women pay for speaking out. Rates of sexual harassment in academia are second only to t||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNature News Headlines||Each month we take a tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast.||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFULL SHOW: March 10, 2019||"The take-home message for anyone watching this from afar is: 'Ooh, you take a lot of risk when you report in a sexual harassment investigation.'" - Meredith Wadman This week on Living Lab Radio: In a tour of recent headlines, Anna Nagle of Nature||3/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanClimate Change Will Alter The Color of the Ocean||People who love the ocean know it can be blue, or green, or gray, depending on the weather. It’s a different color in the tropics than here in New England or up in the Arctic. But here’s a factor most people probably have not considered when it come||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExpert: Quantum Technology Will Be As Revolutionary As The Transistor||You’ve heard of the space race and the arms race, but there’s another international race that many of us have never even heard of. It’s the race to make quantum mechanics the basis for new technology. Quantum physicists say we are in the midst of||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Paradox of Declining Infectious Diseases||Life expectancies have increased around the globe in recent decades. That is, in large part, due to the decline in infectious diseases. But, for some of the world's poorest countries, that progress has come with a price - widespread unemployment and||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMIT Marks 50th Anniversary of Protest that Launched Union of Concerned Scientists||Fifty years ago, on March 3rd and 4th, 1969, students and faculty at MIT walked out of their labs and gathered to protest the Vietnam war. There were, of course, plenty of anti-war protests on college campuses at that time. But this one was different.||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFULL SHOW: March 3, 2019||“The term quantum leap has already pervaded our vocabulary. We use it to mean something magical - something that challenges the imagination - even if many people who use it don't quite understand what it means." -Evelyn Hu This week on Living Lab Radi||3/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNo Smoking Gun in Cases of Polio-like Illness||Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, has been compared to polio - a description that strikes fear in the hearts of parents. What starts as a respiratory infection can develop into muscle weakness and paralysis, primarily in children. Sometimes the paralysis||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTime for a Manhattan Project on Alzheimer’s||By Marc Diamond , UT Southwestern Medical Center Imagine if Alzheimer’s was treated like other common diseases. Instead of worrying about the prospect of slowly losing your memory, you might get a series of shots during middle age to prevent the onset||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZebras' Stripes Ward Off Flies||The question of why zebras have stripes goes back to the time of Charles Darwin. One theory goes that they work as camouflage. Another theory is that they are an identification system that only zebras can understand. Now we know that the stripes serve a||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFULL SHOW: February 24, 2019||“Science helps us diagnose the problem. The reality, though, is that scientists have been diagnosing for quite a while and it still hasn’t moved us to action.” - Reverend Mariama White-Hammond on climate change This week on Living Lab Radio: Tim C||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen Climate Justice and Religion Mix||When it comes to climate change, there’s a growing realization that there’s a lot of overlap between what scientists tell us we need to do and what faith leaders say we should do. Last May, more than a hundred scientists and 500 religious leaders fr||2/24/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
wonderful interviews, with great topics. love the environmental focus!
I thoroughly enjoy Heather’s science updates.