Birds and Dopamine//Nature Wants Us To Fat

Birds and Dopamine (starts 1:00) If bird songs help a bird fall in love, does it get even better with a dose of dopamine?

 

 

 

Nature Wants us to be Fat (starts 13:56) CU-Medical School professor and researcher Richard Johnson discusses his latest book, Nature Wants Us to Be Fat. The Surprising Science Behind Why We Gain Weight and How We Can Prevent – and Reverse – It.   We will post an extended version of this interview soon.

 

 

 

Hosts: Benita Lee & Shelley Schlender
Producer: Shelley Schlender and Benita Lee
Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Feature contributors:  Benita Lee, Shelley Schlender, Alexis Kenyon

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Summer Solstice Hike // On the Trail of a Hidden Hominoid

NCAR Burn site – left of the trail — photo by Steve Jones

Pre-dawn Summer Solstice Hike (Starts 1:00) We head out before 5:30 AM, to visit the NCAR Burn site, with Boulder Naturalists Steve Jones, Scott Severs and Ruth Carol Cushman

 

Hobbit Like Hominoids — Still Here?  (Starts 12:06) Anthropologist Gregory Forth discusses his book, Between Ape and Human – On the Trail of a Hidden Hominoid, about an Indonesian Island that was home to Hobbit-sized, human-like creatures, and how it might STILL be home to these hobbit-like beings.

 

Hosts: Beth Bennett & Shelley Schlender
Producer: Shelley Schlender
Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Feature contributors:  Shelley Schlender, Beth Bennett

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Skin Cancer // Methane Leaks // Engineering Happiness // Black holes

Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) Book cover for Engineering Happiness: A New Approach for Building a Joyful Lie Today’s show features headline news about new methods for detecting skin cancer and using “frequency comb” lasers to sniff out even the faintest traces of methane leaks.  And then we have an encore presentation of How on Earth features about “Engineering Happiness” and a black holes.

Hosts: Joel Parker, Susan Moran, Beth Bartel
Producer: Joel Parker, Beth Bartel
Additional contributions:  Shelley Schlender, Jim Pullen

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Keeping Your Heart Healthy – Off the Western Medicine Track

This week on How on Earth, Beth talks with Dr Seven Hussey about his recent book, Understanding the Heart: Surprising Insights into the Evolutionary Origins of Heart Disease—and Why It Matters. Following his early (34 years old) heart attack, he delved into alternative therapies to heal his heart. In the book he lays out a comprehensive vision of the cardiovascular system and alternative therapies for heart disease.

Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Show Producer: Beth Bennett
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2022 Graduation Special (part 2)

With graduation season upon us, today’s edition of How on Earth is Part 2 of our annual “Graduation Special” (you can listen to Part 1). Our guests in the studio today are scientists who have or will soon receive their Ph.D. in a STEM-related field.  They talk about their thesis research, their grad school experiences, and what they have planned next.

Loren Matilsky – University of Colorado, JILA & Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
Topic: Dynamics of Rotation and Magnetism in the Sun’s Convection Zone and Tachocline

Katie Gach – University of Colorado, ATLAS Institute
Topic: How to Delete the Dead: Honoring Affective Connections to Post-mortem Data

 

Jet Mante – University of Colorado, Biomedical Engineering
Topic: Promotion of Data Reuse in Synthetic Biology

 

Abhijit Suresh – University of Colorado, Computer Science
Topic: Automating Feedback to Improve Teachers’ Effective Use of Instructional Discourse in K-12 Mathematics Classrooms


Host / Producer 
: Joel Parker

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2022 Graduation Special (part 1)

diploma-and-graduation-hatWith graduation season upon us, today’s edition of How on Earth is Part 1 of our annual “Graduation Special” (you can listen to Part 2). Our guests in the studio today are scientists who have or will soon receive their Ph.D. in a STEM-related field.  They talk about their thesis research, their grad school experiences, and what they have planned next.

Varsha Koushik – University of Colorado, Computer Science
Topic: Designing Customizable Smart Interfaces to Support People with Cognitive Disabilities in Daily Activities

 

Sarah Aguasvivas – University of Colorado, Computer Science
Topic: Material-integrated Prediction, Control, and Distributed Learning in Soft Robots

Jessie Finocchiaro – University of Colorado, Computer Science
Topic: Designing Consistent Convex Surrogate Losses for General Prediction Tasks

Host / Producer : Joel Parker

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Gold Lab Symposium and DeepMind/Alphafold

DeepMind – AlphaFold

Gold Lab Symposium and DeepMind’s Alpha Fold  (starts 1:00) We continue our discussion with Boulder scientist and entrepreneur, Larry Gold, about the Gold Lab Symposium on the science of Health, taking place this Thursday and Friday.  You can sign up here.

Off-Target Drug Effect (starts 5:48 – ends at 10:00)  A local Boulder man recounts his experience with an off-target effect in an FDA approved medication that has left his kidneys permanently damaged.

Gold Lab Symposium Discussion Continues (Starts 10:00)

HostProducer: Shelley Schlender
Executive Producer: Joel Parker

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Brains in Space // Climate Grief // Gold Lab Symposium

We explore a wide range of science topics today.

Brain Damage – Pink Floyd

Brains in Space (starts 1:00) Joel Parker explains how space travel may affect human brains

 

 

 

 

Altar – photo cc Boundless in Motion

Climate Grief (starts 5:17) The United Nations warns that the changing climate will lead to increasing climate grief around the world.  Kritee, a senior scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund, has become a Zen priest and national expert on Climate Grief.  She leads community grief circles throug, Boundless in Motion and other meditation gatherings , to help people deal with difficult feelings around climate change.  Melissa Bailey reports.

Larry Gold

GoldLab Symposium (starts 15:31) Founder Larry Gold shares a highlight coming up in this year’s symposium about science, human health and big data.  The symposium takes place May 19th and 20th.  You can check out topics at this year’s symposium here.   This is the link to register to attend.

Hosts: Shelley Schlender & Joel Parker
Producer: Shelley Schlender
Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Feature contributors:  Joel Parker, Melissa Bailey

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The Queen of Fats: Omega-3

This week on How on Earth, Beth speaks with Susan Allport, an award-winning writer who has written extensively on science. They talk about her book on omega 3 fats, The Queen of Fats, namely the touted omega-3 fatty acid. These essential fats can’t be synthesized by the human body and must be obtained from our diets. The conversation ranges widely, including details as to why they are so critical to health and some of the unique evolutionary history of our species that makes them so necessary. You can find out more about these amazing molecules at Allport’s site, and read about her experiment to replace dietary omega-3 with omega-6, an experiment millions of Americans are unwittingly engaging in.
Executive Producer Susan Moran
Show Producer: Beth Bennett
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Climate- & Pollinator-Conscious Planting

Photo credit: Dave Sutherland

Climate-conscious, pollinator-friendly gardening (start time: 4:55; scroll down for audio file):
This week’s episode of How On Earth features a discussion on how cities, neighborhoods, individual residents can plan their landscapes and gardens for a hotter and drier future here on the Front Range. Host Susan Moran interviews Dave Sutherland, a field naturalist formerly with Open Space Mountain Parks; and Fred Berkelhammer, an arborist and president of Berkelhammer Tree Experts, Inc.
Additional relevant resources and how you can get involved:
* Dave Sutherland’s upcoming and other guides hikes and pollinator-friendly gardening programs.
* Boulder’s Pollinator Gardens and Pathways program.
* Boulder’s Cool Boulder campaign.

Host: Susan Moran
Producer: Susan Moran
Engineer: Joel Parker
Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Headline contributors: Benita Lee, Joel Parker

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