Thu, 30 March 2017
Podcast: Killing off stowaways to Mars, chasing synthetic opiates, and how soil contributes to global carbon calculations
This week, how to avoid contaminating Mars with microbial hitchhikers, turning mammalian cells into biocomputers, and a look at how underground labs in China are creating synthetic opioids for street sales in the United States with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic.
Caitlin Hicks Pries joins Julia Rosen to discuss her study of the response of soil carbon to a warming world.
And for this month’s book segment, Jen Golbeck talks to Rob Dunn about his book Never Out of Season: How Having the Food We Want When We Want It Threatens Our Food Supply and Our Future.
[Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 23 March 2017
Podcast: Teaching self-driving cars to read, improving bike safety with a video game, and when ‘you’ isn’t about ‘you’
This week, new estimates for the depths of the world’s lakes, a video game that could help kids be safer bike riders, and teaching autonomous cars to read road signs with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Ariana Orvell joins Sarah Crespi to discuss her study of how the word “you” is used when people recount meaningful experiences.
[Image: TK; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 16 March 2017
Podcast: Ants that brew their own antibiotics, new residents for uncanny valley, and archaeological evidence for early democratic societies in the Americas
This week, what bear-mounted cameras can tell us about their caribou-hunting habits, ants that mix up their own medicine, and feeling alienated by emotional robots with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Lizzie Wade joins Sarah Crespi to discuss new thinking on the origins of democracy outside of Europe, based on archeological sites in Mexico.
[Image: rpbirdman/iStockphoto; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 9 March 2017
This week, how Flickr photos could help predict floods, why it might be a good idea to ignore some cyberattacks, and new questions about the existence of human pheromones with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Sarah Richardson joins Alexa Billow to discuss a global project to build a set of working yeast chromosomes from the ground up.
[Image: Drew Gurian; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 2 March 2017
Podcast: Breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier, storing data in DNA, and how past civilizations shaped the Amazon
This week, we chat about the science behind breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier, storing data in DNA strands, and a dinosaur’s zigzagging backbones with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. And Carolina Levis joins Alexa Billow to discuss evidence that humans have been domesticating the Amazon’s plants a lot longer than previously thought.
[Image: Carolina Levis; Music: Jeffrey Cook]