Academic Minute

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If you were with us last week, you heard a fascinating conversation about the universe and the great cosmic voids of outer space and time.

I figured this week we’d stay out there, only instead of voids we’d have talking robots and laser battles. Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge we’ll talk to Kevin J. Anderson, one of the most prolific and bestselling science fiction authors working today.

Then we’ll come back to Earth and hear how student in Oregon are using language to learn just about everything else.

And we’ll spend an academic minute with…uh….writers block.

Do you remember the movie "Mean Girls"? The screenplay to the 2004 film was written by Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock star Tina Fey, who also had a role in the film.

The movie was a worldwide hit and remains almost a cult favorite 10 years later. But did you know it was based on a non-fiction book called "Queenbees and Wannabees"? Now the author of that book has left the world of girls and has headed over to the boys.

Today on the Best Of Our Knowledge, a conversation with author Rosalind Wisemen about her book about boys' world: Masterminds and Wingmen.

We can learn a great deal from the analysis of the ear wax of whales.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Trumble, associate professor of biology at Baylor University, explains how a whale’s ear wax can help us find definitive answers to a wide array of questions.

Dr. Stephen Trumble is an associate professor of biology at Baylor University. His research primarily focuses on the physiological adaptations and mechanism of animals in extreme and changing environmental conditions. In 2003, he earned a PhD in marine biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Kate O’Brien of the University of Queensland uses population models from ecology to explain the challenges faced by women pursuing careers in academic research.