science http://wamc.org en "Gulp" by Mary Roach http://wamc.org/post/gulp-mary-roach <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Science writer, <a href="http://www.maryroach.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Mary Roach</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, started out as a magazine journalist, but eventually parlayed her column for Salon.com into her first book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Next, she investigated the afterlife in </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife, then came Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>In <em>Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal</em>, Roach dives into the human body, beginning at the mouth, then moves, um, downward as she discusses digestion and elimination.</p><p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 61177 at http://wamc.org "Gulp" by Mary Roach "The Thing With Feathers" By Noah Strycker http://wamc.org/post/thing-feathers-noah-strycker <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Birds are highly intelligent animals, yet their intelligence is dramatically different from our own and has been little understood. As scientists come to understand more about the secrets of bird life, they are unlocking fascinating insights into memory, game theory, and the nature of intelligence itself.</p><p><em>The Thing with Feathers</em> explores the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, the good deeds of fairy-wrens, the influential flocking abilities of starlings, the deft artistry of bowerbirds, the extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, the lifelong loves of albatross, and other mysteries—revealing why birds do what they do, and offering a glimpse into our own nature.</p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 86633 at http://wamc.org "The Thing With Feathers" By Noah Strycker "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre http://wamc.org/post/bad-pharma-how-drug-companies-mislead-doctors-and-harm-patients-ben-goldacre <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies.</span></p><p>With Ben Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0865478007/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=0865478007&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=0865478007" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1" /></em> reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 59922 at http://wamc.org "Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients" by Ben Goldacre Butterflies At miSci http://wamc.org/post/butterflies-misci <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.misci.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">miSci</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is Schenectady NY’s Museum of Innovation and Science. You can escape winter’s seemingly never-ending chill and discover hundreds of brilliantly colored native butterflies at </span>miSci’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> new indoor </span><a href="http://www.misci.org/events/exhibits.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">butterfly house</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> which is open through April </span>19th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Dr. Mac Sudduth is miSci’s Executive Director and he joins us to talk about the Butterfly House and other goings-on at miSci.</p><p>We are also joined by Dr. Radislav Potyrailo a Principal Scientist in Chemistry &amp; Chemical Engineering for <a href="http://ge.geglobalresearch.com/">GE Global Research</a>. Tonight, he will be giving a lecture at miSci entitled <a href="http://www.misci.org/events/calendar.php?cmd=email&amp;eventID=399&amp;month=3&amp;year=2014"><em>Learning from Nature: Advancing Technologies from Biomimicry to Biomimetics and to Bioinspiration</em></a>. He’s going to tell us a bit about sensors that were inspired by the iridescent scales of the Morpho butterfly wings.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85572 at http://wamc.org Butterflies At miSci "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley http://wamc.org/post/smarter-new-science-building-brain-power-dan-hurley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, <a href="http://www.danhurley.com/"><em>Smarter</em> </a>penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities.</p><p>Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82101 at http://wamc.org "Smarter: The New Science Of Building Brain Power" By Dan Hurley Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love http://wamc.org/post/thomas-maier-couple-who-taught-america-how-love <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=1&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CDgQFjAA&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sho.com%2F&amp;ei=M4zZUuCzF9HUsATe3IDwCw&amp;usg=AFQjCNGT_23HFlhGTmN7ouZsL8a5grromw&amp;sig2=VdNtSMiyDAkdqiH3w3Zplw&amp;bvm=bv.59568121,d.cWc">Showtime's</a> dramatic series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Masters of Sex</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, starring Michael Sheen and </span>Lizzy<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Caplan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is based on this real-life story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.</span></p><p>Convincing hundreds of men and women to shed their clothes and copulate, the pair were the nation’s top experts on love and intimacy. Highlighting interviews with the notoriously private Masters and the ambitious Johnson, critically acclaimed biographer <a href="http://www.thomasmaierbooks.com/">Thomas Maier</a> shows how this unusual team changed the way we all thought about, talked about, and engaged in sex while they simultaneously tried to make sense of their own relationship.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 82089 at http://wamc.org Thomas Maier On The Couple Who Taught America How to Love EepyBird's "How To Build A Hovercraft" http://wamc.org/post/eepybirds-how-build-hovercraft <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the Coke and </span>Mentos<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fountain makers who found initial fame via Maker Faire and YouTube (more than 150 million views) comes a collection of DIY science projects guaranteed to inspire a love of experimentation. Their book is </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">How to Build a Hovercraft</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz share their favorite projects: a giant air vortex cannon, a leaf blower hovercraft, a paper airplane that will fly forever, and many more.</p><p>Fritz Grobe and Stephen Voltz are the mad scientists behind <a href="http://www.eepybird.com/">EepyBird</a>. Best known as "the Coke and Mentos guys," their viral videos have been seen over 150 million times. They experiment with soda and candy, sticky notes, paper airplanes, shampoo, plywood, and more, searching for ways to transform these everyday objects into something new and unforgettable. They are based in Buckfield, Maine. Half of the duo, Stephen Voltz joins us.</p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81809 at http://wamc.org EepyBird's "How To Build A Hovercraft" "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" On National Geographic Channel http://wamc.org/post/duck-quacks-dont-echo-national-geographic-channel <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michael Ian Black is a comedian by trade, having starred in the sketch comedy series “The State,” “Stella,” “Michael &amp; Michael Have Issues” and more.</span></p><p>But he is also a man of science.</p><p>He is set to co-host “Duck Quacks Don’t Echo,” a <a href="http://www.channel.nationalgeographic.com/">National Geographic</a> reality series that puts over-the-top theories to the test through in-studio and pre-produced experiments.</p><p>Black will co-star alongside fellow comedians Tom Papa and Seth Herzog, who will conduct a variety of zany experiments in order to answer these questions: What happens if you give someone a nonalcoholic drink but tell them it contains alcohol — will they act drunk? Can four ceramic coffee mugs support the entire weight of a pick-up truck? Can pigeons can actually remember human faces?</p><p>The show premieres tonight at 10PM on National Geographic.</p><p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81753 at http://wamc.org "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" On National Geographic Channel "Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson http://wamc.org/post/sex-itself-sarah-richardson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Human genomes are 99.9 percent identical—with one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X, coupled with a tiny chromosome called the Y.</span></p><p>Using methods from history, philosophy, and gender studies of science, Sarah Richardson examines in her new book, <em>Sex Itself</em>, how gender has helped to shape the research practices, questions asked, theories and models, and descriptive language used in sex chromosome research.</p><p>Sarah Richardson is assistant professor of the history of science and of studies of women, gender, and sexuality at Harvard University.</p><p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 80199 at http://wamc.org "Sex Itself" By Sarah Richardson National Geographic's "The Science of Everything" http://wamc.org/post/national-geographics-science-everything <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From refrigerators to roller-coasters, from neon signs to digital music - everywhere you turn the things around you help explain the fundamentals of science. </span><a href="http://www.nationalgeographic.com" style="line-height: 1.5;">National Geographic</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s new book, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">The Science of Everything</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reveals the science behind <em>virtually</em> everything.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.davidpogue.com">David Pogue</a>&nbsp;is the former <em>New York Times</em> tech columnist (he's now with <em>Yahoo)</em>&nbsp;has written the foreword to the book and we&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">welcome him to the show.</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:41:27 +0000 Joe Donahue 77002 at http://wamc.org National Geographic's "The Science of Everything"