I refuse to be drawn into cliché : I will not say that this episode was for the dogs, but working dogs, what they do, how they do it, and what they think about it, was the topic for today’s episode. We had two splendid guests, knowledgeable on the topic: Virginia Morell, author of “Animal Wise : The Thoughts and Emotions of Our Fellow Creatures”, and Cat Warren, author of “What the Dog Knows : The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs”. We talked about dogs, their human companions, and many of their animal compatriots, with lots of stories, humor, and science. It was a nice treat talking about our species’ best friend.
6 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: Animal Wise, Animals, Cat Warren, Dogs, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Read Science!, video, Virginia Morell, What the Dog Knows, working dogs
Our conversation today was out of this world (go on, try to avoid that pun) when our very special guest was Canadian Astronaut, recent Commander of an ISS Expedition, Twitter phenomenon, and Space Rock-Star Chris Hadfield. We talked about his new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth : What Going to Space Taught Me about Ingenuity, Determination and Being Prepared for Anything”. As is our habit, we talked about science, and science outreach, and being prepared for life and everything that might come along, space toilets, and the fact that “it’s all going to be on the quiz” sooner or later.
6 years ago • Books, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, astronaut, Chris Hadfield, Commander Hadfield, Google Hangout on Air, ISS, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Read Science!, video
Our topic today was all the natural disasters that Earth is prone to : earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes, landslides, volcanoes — all the stuff that disaster movies thrive on, only we were more interested in the reality and the geology that’s behind all those disastrous events, not to mention how to communicate that reality to the public.
I recently had a Google Hangout on Air with the author of the books from The Beauty Brains called It’s OK to have Lead in Your Lipstick and Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?: Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions about the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day, Perry Romanowski. It was a very informative and enjoyable chat!
6 years ago • Beauty, Books, Science, Video • Tags: beauty, book, books, Can You Get Hooked on Lipbalm?, chemical, conditioner, cosmetic skeptics, cosmetics, Google Hangout on Air, hair care, lotion, natural products, organic, Perry Romanowski, shampoo, skin care, The Beauty Brains, toxic, video
In this episode we talked about everything that makes our world so wonderful with the guy who wrote the book about (nearly) everything: Marcus Chown, author of “What a Wonderful World : One Man’s Attempt to Explain the Big Stuff”. And, indeed, there’s some big stuff in this book — and our conversation. Cosmology, cell biology, mathematics, evolution, physics, just to name a few. As always, we had a lively, fun, and informative conversation.
Our conversation was almost as large as the universe when we talked with Lee Billings, discussing his book “Five Million Years of Solitude : The Search for Life among the Stars”. In addition to the scientists and the technology–and the results!–of searching for the existence of planets beyond our own solar system, we pretty much touched on questions relating to life, the universe, and everything, including communicating science, of course. As usual, we had a lively conversation about lots of interesting ideas.
6 years ago • Gummy Bears, Read Science!, Space, Space Read Science!, Video • Tags: 5 Billion Years of Solitude, astrobiology, exoplanets, Google Hangout on Air, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Lee Billings, Read Science!, video
Our especially brave guest for our lucky-thirteenth show was David Epstein, author of “The Sports Gene : Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance.” As always we had a wide-ranging conversation that included not only engaging topics, amusing anecdotes, and fascinating facts from his book, but a discussion about how to communicate necessary and interesting stories — about science or most anything else worthy of the time — that take some time to tell. We had something for sports enthusiasts and science enthusiasts, and for those who happen to be both, all in one great conversation.
We talked with Temple Grandin and Richard Panek, authors of “The Autistic Brain : Thinking Across the Spectrum” about autism and sensory disorders and neurological brain-imaging tools and thinking in pictures and thinking in patterns, and lots of other stuff too. As Richard put it, we covered a lot of ground, and our guests were generous with amusing anecdotes and amazing insights.
Myrmecologist, entomologist, naturalist, writer, and thinker about the human condition, Edward O. Wilson was our guest to talk about his recent book, “Letters to a Young Scientist”, what it takes–and doesn’t take–to have a successful life in science, and how we can encourage (and must encourage) more people to be involved with science, and more young people to take a path that leads to a career in science.
Human genomics since the time of the Human Genome Project and the first sequencing of the human genome was our twenty-first century topic, and we covered a lot of ground with three well-informed and interesting interlocutors: Misha Angrist, author of “Here is a Human Being”, Kevin Davies, author of “The $1,000 Dollar Genome”, and Matthew Herper, science & medicine writer at Forbes Magazine.
6 years ago • Read Science!, Video • Tags: $1000 Genome, genomics, Google Hangout on Air, Here is a Human Being, Jeff Shaumeyer, Joanne Manaster, Kevin Davies, Matthew Herper, Misha Angrist, Read Science!, video
This article originally appeared at my Scientific American blog.
Today, the 44th anniversary of the first moon landing with Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s first steps on the moon, I present to you some great books to read about space travel, each with their own video, whether it is a trailer for a movie made based on the book or a proper book trailer, a more recent phenomenon.
6 years ago • Books, psivid, Space, STEM, Video • Tags: Apollo 11, Apollo 13, astronaut, books, Buzz Aldrin, Jeff Shaumeyer, Jim Lovell, Joanne Manaster, Lost Moon, Magnificent Desolation, Mary Roach, Michael Collins, Mike Mullane, NASA, Neil Armstrong, Packing for Mars, Read Science!, Riding Rockets, Scientific American, space travel, The Astronaut Wives Club, The Right Stuff, video