#490 Breaking Down Chemical Weapons

It sounds like something out of a spy novel: an ex-spy is poisoned on a park bench, or a dictator's brother is sprayed in the face with a chemical weapon and dies. But these are real life events, and they are the result of chemical weapons. What are these chemicals, how do the work, and what on Earth do people do about them? We're talking with chemist Chris Cramer about his expertise, getting rid of…

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Broad Science and Confabulation Present To Infinity and Beyond

We hosted our second science storytelling slam in collaboration with Confabulation at the Phi Centre on May 5th at 7:00pm. Our broad range of speakers involved in STEM fields shared stories about how science has impacted them. The theme for the night was Infinity and Beyond: true personal science stories about Imagination, The Future and Boundless Possibilities. This event also marked the 8 year anniversary of Confabulation, a unique Canadian monthly storytelling showcase bringing true…

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041 – Cell Phones and Peanut Allergies

  Lost on the highway, the boys look for a cell phone signal and wonder about the potential dangers of their lifeline. Comedian Jacob Meza explores the possibilities of groin cancer while learning that some people may be scared of cell phones but are unwilling to give them up. Back in the studio, Chris and Jonathan discuss fava beans; the Larry King Show and brain cancer; subgroup analyses (which lie, they always lie); what male…

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#489 Sand

Did you know that, even though sand the most used building materials in world, the sand in the desert is more or less useless? Did you know there is a serious black market trade in sand in certain parts of the world, and that people are murdered to protect that black market trade? This week we learn just how much of our modern world is built with, on, and using sand. We spend the hour…

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#489 Sand

Did you know that, even though sand the most used building materials in world, the sand in the desert is more or less useless? Did you know there is a serious black market trade in sand in certain parts of the world, and that people are murdered to protect that black market trade? This week we learn just how much of our modern world is built with, on, and using sand. We spend the hour…

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On the radio!

Recently, the United States Mint announced the designs for the 2019 America the Beautiful quarters, and I’m happy to say that one of them is a design I created. It is this view of a driftboat navigating a rocky river in the mountainous landscape of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho: © United States Mint; used with permission Not long after the announcement, reporter James Dawson from the Boise State NPR…

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Two smarty-pants under the same roof

In this very special episode, Simon co-hosts with his partner Nicola while Deena is away at an international conference. Simon gives an update on his job hunt and explains the difference between tenure-track professor and course instructors. Nicola talks about her experience with radical career change, having gone from electrical engineer to psychologist working with individuals with borderline personality disorder. They finish by discussing what it’s like, the pros and cons, of being in a…

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Did Marijuana Save Kevin Smith’s Life

  Kevin Smith is a great storyteller. So naturally, when he was on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert in May, he used up the entire segment to deliver what was essentially a 9-minute monologue without giving Colbert a chance to ask a single question. The segment was funny and poignant, and it provided a glimpse into a vulnerable, self-conscious man who views the scariest night of his life as the best thing to have ever happened…

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#488 Big Chicken (Rebroadcast)

We eat a lot of chicken. But we didn't used to. What changed? In part, what changed was the discovery that antibiotics could build a bigger, better chicken. Now, the big chicken may be suffering the results of too much medicine. This week, we hear from science journalist Maryn McKenna about her new book "Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats." We'll also hear…

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Scientists’ SciArt featured by The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

Journalist Sara Sneath* of the New Orleans Times-Picayune recently featured ecologists who sketched their study organisms as part of an impromptu, humorous initiative led by Dr. Solomon R. David* (Nicholls State University). Sneath’s front page story details how ecologists responded to the call to sketch their study organism using the MS Paint program and their nondominant hand. My … Continue reading Scientists’ SciArt featured by The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

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