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Living Lab Radio brings you conversations at the intersection of science and culture. Connect with scientists for fresh perspectives on the week's news — science and otherwise — and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

Most Recent Episodes

How Arctic Researchers Hold On To Hope

There's record low Arctic sea ice. There's record melting of Greenland's glaciers. There's unprecedented permafrost melting. And more than a million acres has been burned by wildfires in Alaska. Each of these stories has garnered headlines this summer, but they have tended to be presented as separate events. In actuality, they are all part of the broader phenomenon of extreme Arctic warming, and they are intimately linked to each other.

Headlines From Nature News

It's time for our monthly tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast.

End-of-Summer Beach Reads with a Science Twist

Looking for good book - maybe something a little different - to see you through those final days of summer? LabLit is different than science fiction. It's fiction that features realistic science and scientists. LabLit.com founder and editor, Jenny Rohn, is prone to getting excited over "hard-core lab scenes." But she's more focused on finding a good story than making sure the science is perfect.

Lab Sets Up 'Difficult Conversations' To Find What Works

Many of us steer around difficult political conversations to avoid conflict with people with whom we disagree. Among people we know, we employ the tried-and-true method of staying away from politics and religion. But there's an entire laboratory dedicated to the practice of discussing challenging topics. It's the Difficult Conversations Lab at Columbia University .

Living Lab Radio: August 19th, 2019

"The changes that are happening in the Arctic can feel very far away, but we can now recognize that all of these changes we've talked about together have been fundamentally caused by human action. But the good news is that the future of these changes will also be fundamentally determined by human action. So, we can be really active players in what the future holds." - Twila Moon

Why Science Needs the Humanities to Solve Climate Change

Steven D. Allison , University of California, Irvine and Tyrus Miller , University of California, Irvine Large wildfires in the Arctic and intense heat waves in Europe are just the latest evidence that climate change is becoming the defining event of our time. Unlike other periods that came and went, such as the 1960s or the dot-com boom, an era of unchecked climate change will lead to complex and irreversible changes in Earth's life support systems.

Looking At The Perseid Meteor Shower? So is NASA.

The Perseid meteor shower is at its peak right now. If you're the super-early-morning type (like 3:00 AM early) it can make for a great light show. But researchers at NASA keep an eye on events like this for different reasons, not least of which is the risk they can pose to satellites and spacecraft in Earth's orbit.

Studying Rare Diseases Can Yield Advances For All Of Us

It's tough to study rare diseases. Because they affect only a small percentage of the population, it can be hard for researchers to find funding. It's also challenging to do clinical trials, since there are a small number of people who can take part. But rare disease research can yield discoveries that impact all of us.

New Blood Test Could be "Game Changer" for Alzheimer's Drug Development

Alzheimer's disease affects at least five and a half million people in the United States. One of the greatest challenges in trying to treat the disease is catching it early enough. There's currently no reliable way to diagnose Alzheimer's until symptoms like memory loss are already recognizable. And by that time the brain has suffered years if not decades worth of damage. That's likely why many promising drug trials in recent years have failed. But a test capable of diagnosing Alzheimer's years

Living Lab Radio: August 12th, 2019

" The Perseids are caused by the debris left behind by comet Swift-Tuttle, which is one of the bigger comets in the solar system. And every year in middle of August we run into the debris trail. And when that debris hits our atmosphere at 132,000 miles per hour, it burns up and leaves these brilliant streaks of light we call Perseid meteors." - Bill Cooke This week on Living Lab Radio: Suzanne Schindler of Washington University in St. Louis says a new blood test for Alzheimer's disease could be

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