The Best of Our Knowledge

Fridays, 3pm - 3:30pm

Every day, faculty members at schools and universities throughout the world are making discoveries that shape our ways of thinking and redefine our understanding of today's knowledge-driven society. Since 1990, The Best of Our Knowledge has highlighted breakthroughs across disciplines and across the globe, putting you in touch with the men and women at the forefront of their fields. Each week this program examines some of the issues unique to college campuses, looks at the latest research, and invites commentary from experts and administrators from all levels of education.

CD's of the program are available by calling:1-800-323-9262

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1222

Fertility treatments have worked miracles for women and couples trying to have children. But those treatments have also open up other doors, including the ability to manipulate genes and quote: build a better baby.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a discussion on the ethics of embryonic genetics.

We'll also hear from a mother who wants to someday hear her deaf son say "I love you". Then the story of the opening of an independent book store...with actual books. And we’ll spend an academic minute with your genes and your jeans.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1221

The search for life on Mars has gotten a lot of press over the past few years with probes and remote control explorers roaming the red planet for signs and clues.  But research is also done on meteorites that were found in one of the most barren environments on OUR planet.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series continues with the search for and study of microbial life on Mars, that may have hitched a ride to Earth.

We'll also spend an academic minute with some Earth bound microbes that are a little gassy.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed February 5, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1220

In 2012, the New York Times Magazine featured a series of articles that created quite wave of comments and attention, both good and bad. The series was about a new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. The research shattered decades of dogma, with scientists publishing studies showing that “fluid intelligence”—the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things—can be increased through training.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 29, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1219

Dr. Bruce Korf
Credit University of Alabama

It wasn’t that long ago that scientists unlocked the human genome. Now, your unique genetic sequence can be mapped, paving the way for personalized health care…and perhaps high tech identity theft.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to Dr. Bruce Korf from the department of Genomics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham about the challenges of maintaining privacy in the information age.

We’ll also visit a school in the northeast that has been getting along quite well without a principal…and we’ll spend an academic minute making you want to scream.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 22, 2014

The Best of Our Knowledge #1218

As our understanding of the minds of children with autism continues to grow, new methods are being used to both evaluate and nurture those children. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about research published last summer from scientists at Indiana University about new ways to interact with these young people.

We’ll also go to a science fair.  And not one of those Mentos and Diet Coke volcano science fairs.  This one has actual science.  Plus we’ll spend an academic minute finding out how mosquitoes smell.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1217

Some of the greatest advances in the past seven or eight decades have come from the laboratory. In those labs, some of the finest and most powerful minds in the country work to save lives.  There does seem to be an issue that is causing problem…they mix up the labels on their specimens…a lot.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll hear about a new system that is working to end those errors.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1216

OK, so how’s this new year been treating you so far?  Here at TBOOK central when we get into the first few cold days of January our thoughts almost always drift off to…SUMMER CAMP! But instead of sack races and soggy sheets, this camp involved lofty goals and big ideas.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, our Astrobiology series goes to camp…the sixth annual Exxon-Mobile Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

We'll also spend an academic minute keeping our eyes peeled for a stray super nova or two.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed January 1, 2014

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1215

If you developed a good relationship with a baby sitter or a pediatrician, would you arbitrarily end that relationship each year and find a new one?  Well, when you stop and think about it, that’s exactly what most schools with students and teachers.  Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to a veteran school teacher and administrator about his new book with a very self-explanatory title: “Kids Need The Same Teacher For More Than One Year”.

We’ll also spend an Academic Minute learning if a student’s brain is elastic enough for learning.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 25, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1214

Do you constantly split infinitives, start sentences with “and” or “but” and end sentences with a preposition?  Have no fear, you’ve done nothing wrong.  It seems many of the grammar rules that we’ve been following over the years are completely bogus. Today on The Best Of Our Knowledge, we’ll talk to an English professor about the seven bogus grammar errors that you don’t need to worry about...and a lot more about the state of writing in general.

We’ll also spend an academic minute with another form of writing…tattoos, and see what effect they can have on job interviews.

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The Best of Our Knowledge
2:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

The Best Of Our Knowledge #1213

If you spend any time at all watching football you know concussions are getting a lot more attention.  Now, the NFL is partnering with GE and Under Armor to promote their second Head Health Challenge...with up to 10 million dollars at stake. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, we'll talk to one of the judges of this competition.

We'll also find out how some students and trade school are dealing with student debt...listen to the music of the Furry Ambers, a group made up of developmentally challenged members...and spend an academic minute with frisky honey bees.

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