Regenerative Economics (starts 3:20) Natural Capitalism Solutions leader, Hunter Lovins, will share an economic argument for why now’s the time for cleaner energy. Lovins, who lives near Niwot, Colorado, has presented this speech to government leaders and organizations throughout the world. This is an excerpt from that speech. Go here for extended version)
Logicomix (starts 8:52) Can a comic book teach kids about science? Two grade school children talk with a leading computational logic scientist about his graphic novel comic book, Logicomix.
Host/Producer/Engineer: Shelley Schlender Executive Producer: Beth Bennett Additional Contributions: Alejandro de Soto, Joel Parker
Max Boykoff – Global Climate Talks – Moving Ahead With or Without US – (entire show) While the world has held climate talks for 22 years (This is COP – Conference of the Parties — 22) and the Kyoto Protocol talks about climate change have been held for 12 years, this year’s October’s climate talks in Paris mark the first time that “entry into force” has been achieved. You might think of “entry into force” as the time when a critical number of nations are ready to develop global treaties regarding climate and pollution and its effects around the world. The 1st world meeting ever to talk about “Entry into Force” on climate issues is taking place right now, in Marrakech, Morocco. 200 nations have gathered to discuss these issues. The meetings began just before the US elections. Now Donald Trump is President Elect, and he has signaled that he will pull back from many of the nation’s current plans to reduce pollution and combat climate change.
To find out how this affects the world climate talks, up next we talk with Max Boykoff, speaking via Skype from the world climate talks in Marrakech Morocco.Max Boykoff is a scientist at CU Boulder and director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, which is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies at CU-Boulder.He’s the author of a book on climate science and social response, titled, “Who Speaks for the Climate?”
Denver Permaculture Guild (starts 3:30) staff and board members explain the goal of permaculture and guild’s annual workshops program taking place this weekend.
Ron Rosedale, MD, Explains Autophagy (starts 17:50) The Nobel Peace Prize in Medicine has just been awarded to Japanese Scientist Yoshinori Ohsumifor his discoveries about a process inside our cells known as autophagy.Autophagy explains how a cell “cleans house” by recycling unessential components, either for food or for building blocks. Mutations in autophagy genes can cause cells to keep fixing themselves up and living too long.Think cancer cells.Conversely, problems that get in the way of autophagy can lead cells to die too soon, such as in the neurologic diseases of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was not available to discuss autophagy with us.However, Shelley Schlender did speak with Ron Rosedale, a medical doctor who has been giving presentations about autophagy at science and health conferences for well over a decade.
This is an extended interview with Dale Bredesen, leader of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.Bredesen has documented reversal of early Alzheimer’s in a small case study, largely through lifestyle interventions.We spoke while he was at CU-Boulder for the 2016 Ancestral Health Symposium.
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Alzheimer’s Reversal (starts 2:20) The Alzheimer’s Association calls Alzheimer’s “the only disease among the top 10 causes of death in America that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.”This gloomy outlook means many people avoid screening tests for dementia.Now Dale Bredesen, a leading scientist from California’s Buck Institute for Research on Aging has documented reversal of early Alzheimer’s in a small case study, largely through lifestyle interventions and a protocol Bredesen describes at MPI cognition. Activists with ApoE4.info, who have a high genetic risk for Alzheimer’s say the study and Bredesen’s protocol, bolster their efforts to speak openly about ways to foster healthy brains. For an extended version of the interview with Dr. Bredesen, go to our website.
Host/Producer/Engineer: Shelley Schlender Executive Producer: Susan Moran
The Keeling Curve (starts 5:00) Friday, August 12th the Boulder Shambala Center hosts:Living Beyond Hope And Fear:Social Confidence And Climate Change.One leader of the event is the daughter of scientist who created the Keeling Curve for tracking CO2. Emily Takahashi talks about how the memory of her father’s work inspired her to do the symposium.
Electric Airplanes (starts 8:12) The constant drone of airplanes has many nature lovers wishing planes could be quieter. It’s starting to happen, thanks to tinkerers and scientists who are building reliable electric powered airplanes, such as Randall Fishman of ElectraFlyer.
Moth Parties (starts 15:03) It’s that time of year when butterflies, dragonflies and other colorful insects fill the air.A more humble flying creature is the lowly moth. Boulder Audubon Society‘s, Pam Piombino .says moths are gaining enough of a following, some people now hold Moth Parties about . . . moths. (Moth music is “Moths Around the Candle Flame.”)
Hosts: Joel Parker, Shelley Schlender Producer: Shelley Schlender Engineer: Shelley Schlender Headlines: Alejandro Soto, Joel Parker, Shelley Schlender, Kendra Krueger Executive Producer: Susan Moran
Quantum Dot Antibiotics (starts 1:00) This programmable antibiotic might keep pace with quickly evolving superbugs. Unlike most drugs – it’s not derived from biological sources. It’s a tiny version of the semiconductors in everything from TVs to iphones to solar panels. This “antibiotic” is made of nanoparticles, known as quantum dots.CU Biofrontiers scientists Prashant Nagpal and Anushree Chatterjee explain their new invention.
Shrinking Ozone Hole – (starts 15:24) The ozone hole is finally growing smaller – we’ll find out why and how long it will take to completely “heal” the ozone hole from Birgit Hassler, a researcher with the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a partnership between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Hosts: Shelley Schlender, Susan Moran Producer:Shelley Schlender Engineer:Shelley Schlender Executive Producer: Susan Moran
David Sumpter’s new book is Soccermatics–Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game.It’s about how the mathematical patterns of how to win at soccer — and much much more — like how a math algorithm of how a slime mold seeks out food can help engineers design an efficient subway system.The math that helps a soccer team win can also help a business team succeed. . . . and in this special summer pledge drive show, it’s also a chance to hear about KGNU Community Radio and how you can make a difference by making it happen.
The Carbon Farming Solution – (Starts 2:13) Carbon Sequestration is the act of removing carbon from the air and putting it . . . somewhere else.Kendra Krueger talks with author Eric Tunesmeier about his book, The Carbon Farming Solution, with surprising information such as how driving to a remote organic farm stand can cause more carbon pollution than getting groceries at a close-to-home supermarket. However, done correctly, including thinking through how to get food to people who need it, Tunesmeier says carbon farming could sequester hundreds of billions of metric tons of carbon from the atmosphere . . .with plants.
Cell Phones & Cancer (Starts 1:00) A$25 million study reports cell phone radiation boosted brain cancer in rats . . . and rats exposed to radiation lived longer.Frank Barnes, CU-Boulder Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, explains these paradoxical findings and implications for people. (Related stories — 2011 Cell Phone Radiation and 2014 An Electric Silent Spring)
Narcotics Prolong Chronic Pain (Starts 11:35) CU-Boulder neuroscientist Peter Grace explains his team’s new findings about how and why morphine can prolong chronic pain. Rats with induced nerve pain received morphine for 5 days; their pain lasted nearly three months — twice as long as the nerve pain for rats that got no morphine. This is one of the first studies to test long-term effects of treating chronic pain with opioid painkillers. (Related story: KGNU call-in show on the opioid addiction epidemic)