In this episode we have a lively discussion about the genetic roots of cancer, how carcinogens get involved, how to communicate that to the public, and how the public can arm themselves against those who try to manipulate science to suit their own ends.
6 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: carcinogens, Dan Fagin, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Jessica Wapner, Joanne Manaster, oncogenes, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Read Science!, The Philadelphia Chromosome, Toms River, video
Today’s conversation was all about biotechnology, clones, research ethics, and mad scientists. What didn’t we talk about!
Our guests were Emily Anthes, author of “Frankenstein’s Cat”, and Terry Johnson and Kyle Kurpinski, authors of “How To Defeat Your Own Clone”.
This article was originally published by Scientific American
Unless you’ve been distanced from the news and the internet, you have heard that tuberculosis has become increasingly drug resistant and is resurging in many areas of the world and this is much more than a minor inconvenience.
Kari Stoever, the Vice President of External Affairs at Aeras – a global nonprofit biotech advancing TB vaccines for the world, has put together a team to create an educational series of videos, which are available in its entirety for screenings, to raise awareness about the re-emerging infectiousness and virulence of pulmonary TB across the world.
6 years ago • Blog, Health, Science, Travel • Tags: Aeras, child survival, DOT center, EXPOSED, India, International Reporting Project, Kari Stoever, mHealth, Molecules : The Elements and the Architecture of Everything, Mumbai, Scientific American, STEM, tuberculosis
In this episode, we talk to wildlife photographer Suzi Eszterhas about combining science and art in her series of books with stories and images about the life of animal families on the African Savanna, as well as her keen interest in conservation and lending her support to small conservation groups doing big jobs around the world.
6 years ago • More Science, Read Science!, Video • Tags: brown bear, cheetah, children's books, Eye on the Wild series, gorilla, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, lion, nature, orangutan, photography, Read Science!, sea otter, Suzi Eszterhas, video, wild animals
In this RS! episode we talked with famed moon-walker and space visionary, Buzz Aldrin, about his book, “Mission to Mars”, and his vision for establishing a permanent human presence on Mars. Later in the episode we were joined by Leonard David, Buzz’s co-author on the book, to talk some about their experiences with spreading the idea and engaging the public with the excitement of space exploration.
We teamed up with award-winning filmmaker — and secret evolutionary biologist — Lucy Cooke, for a high-energy discussion about sloths, and frogs, and many other down-trodden and unloved species of animals; making films that entertain and educate; and all sorts of other stuff, including some insider talk about Richard Dawkins & David Attenborough. We also were briefly reminded of the limits of technology and laptop battery lives.
They physicists gang up on Joanne, when we’re joined by Mario Livio, whose most recent book is “Brilliant Blunders : From Darwin to Einstein – Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe”, and Michael Brooks, whose most recent book is “Free Radicals : The Secret Anarchy of Science”, as we discuss the audacious idea that scientists are actually people, too, and that science is a human enterprise and mistakes regularly happen.
For this discussion of “Poop & Pipes” (as guest Scott Huler put it) we were joined by Rose George, whose most recent book is “The Big Necessity : The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why it Matters”, and Scott Huler, whose book is “On the Grid : A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems that Make our World Work”. I’ll avoid all puns involving the word “sh*t” and merely say: Who knew sewers & sanitation could be so interesting!
I first put this post up at Scientific American on May 12, 2013
Colonel Chris Hadfield is a Canadian astronaut, a former mission specialist on STS-74 who also performed multiple EVAs on STS-100, and, for a few hours longer, the well-loved commander of the International Space Station mission 35.
He has been a great inspiration for space travel via every type of social media (with the assistance of his son, Evan), giving those of us down on Earth some of the best peeks at what it is like to live and work in space, plus has entertained us with his guitar playing as well! He tweets constantly, sharing photos of his view from above and has made nearly 70 informative videos to quench our curiosity about day to day space living. He has captured our imagination for space travel again!
6 years ago • Engineering, Science, Social Media, Space, STEM, Video • Tags: astronaut, brushing teeth in space, Canadian Space Agency, Chris Hadfield, Commander Chris Hadfield, eating in space, Evan Hadfield, eyesight in space, Google Hangout on Air, gravity, International Space Station, ISS, mixed nuts, nail clipping in space, NASA, sleeping in space, space, space kitchen, space sandwich, tears in space, video, washing hands in space, wringing out water in space, zero gravity
Our very first Read Science! episode featured Mary Roach, author of the books “Stiff”, “Spook”, “Bonk”, “Packing for Mars” and her latest, “Gulp”. We conversed about how she writes her science to engage the audience. We discovered that she is “a gateway drug to science” and enjoys the idea of limiting yourself to one idea or concept and seeing how far you can take that topic in writing.
In our second conversation on “Read Science!”, we talked dinosaurs with Brian Switek, whose recent book is “My Beloved Brontosaurus”, and Daniel Loxton, whose recent book is for children, called “Pterosaur Trouble”.