Scientific Explanations Are More Common Than Ever But We Still Believe in the Unexplained

Writer, speaker, and academic, Colin Dickey joins Cool Science Radio this week. Dickey has written, The Unidentified: Mythical Monsters, Alien Encounters, And Our Obsession With The Unexplained. In a world where rational, scientific explanations are more available than ever, belief in the unprovable and irrational and one the fringe is on the rise: from Atlantis to aliens, from Flat Earth to the Loch Ness monster, the list goes on.

Scientific Explanations Are More Common Than Ever But We Still Believe in the Unexplained

David Quammen on His Book That Predicts a COVID-19-like Pandemic

David Quammen joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Quammen is an author and journalist whose books include The Song of the Dodo , The Reluctant Mr. Darwin , The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life. Quammen was interviewed on Cool Science Radio back in 2018 about The Tangled Tree. He also wrote Spillover in 2012, which predicts a COVID-19 type world pandemic as animal viruses have the ability to spillover to humans.

The Science of Skin

This week on Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn are joined by James Hamblin. Hamblin has written the book, CLEAN: The New Science of Skin . Keeping skin healthy is a booming industry, and yet it seems like almost no one agrees on what actually works. Confusing messages from health authorities and ineffective treatments have left many people desperate for reliable solutions. In his new book, James Hamblin explores how we got here, examining the science and culture of how we care for our skin today

How an Author Became a Professional Poker Player

New York Times bestselling author and New Yorker contributor Maria Konnikova joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio . Konnikova had never actually played poker before and didn't even know the rules when she approached Erik Seidel , Poker Hall of Fame inductee and winner of tens of millions of dollars in earnings, and convinced him to be her mentor. Maria parlayed a strong grasp of the science of human decision-making and a woeful ignorance of cards into a life-changing run as a professional

How a Park City Company is Creating Easy to Use Smart Lighting Products

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio is, Eric Miller, President, and CEO of Park City-based Avi-on Labs . Avi-on designs and builds a family of Bluetooth® enabled lighting products that are reliable, state of the art, easy to configure and manage with any smartphone or tablet.

How a Constellation of Satellites Help Study Landslides

Joining Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week is Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, a Research Physical Scientist in the Hydrological Sciences Lab at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center , in Greenbelt, MD. Dr. Kirschbaum has a number of responsibilities in the study of landslides including developing new techniques for rainfall-triggered landslide hazard assessment and forecasting. She is also the Associate Deputy Project Scientist for Applications for the GPM Mission. GPM stands for Global

Author Marta Zaraska Talks About Her New Book and How Friendships Help You Live Longer

Author and journalist Marta Zaraska joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio today. Zaraska has written " Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism and Kindness Can Help You Live to 100 ". This book is based on hundreds of research papers and on interviews with dozens of leading scientists from fields as diverse as molecular biochemistry, cyber psychology, and zoology. Do you want to live longer? Miracle diets, miracle foods, miracle supplements may not be the answer. Friendships. Purpose in life

Author Marta Zaraska Talks About Her New Book and How Friendships Help You Live Longer

Our Return to the Moon

Today on Cool Science Radio, Lynn and John are joined by Dr. Jacob Bleacher . Dr. Bleacher is the Chief Exploratio n Scientist of Advanced Exploration Systems , a division of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate . Humans have not walked on the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972. In Greek mythology, Artemis was the twin sister of Apollo. Artemis is also the name of the next moon mission where NASA will land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. They will be using

Discussing One of the First Books Published About COVID-19

S cience journalist Debora Mackenzie joins John and Lynn on Cool Science Radio. She has written the first book to be published on CoVid-19. She joins to discuss : COVID -19: The Pandemic that Never Should Have Happened and How to Stop the Next One . She discusses the previous viruses that should have prepared us, the shocking public health failures that led to this disaster, and the failure to contain the outbreak.

Learning from Amazon and Jeff Bezos

Brian Dumaine is an award-winning journalist and a contributing editor at Fortune magazine. He joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio to discuss his new book, Bezonomics: How Amazon Is Changing Our Lives and What the World's Best Companies Are Learning From It , which offers a fascinating look at Jeff Bezos and the company he built which is disrupting the business world, the physical retail landscape, and nearly all of consumer behavior.

Using our Microbiome to Change the Way We Live

John and Lynn are joined by Raja Dhir on Cool Science Radio. He is the co-founder of Seed Health Seed Health is a microbial sciences company accelerating breakthrough science into live biotherapeutics and innovations for consumer health. There's a community of 38 trillion microorganisms (mostly bacteria) living in and on us. This is our microbiome—our non-human half, that as it turns out, we can't live without. Seed believes that our microbiome will radically transforming our approach to

Recapping the Historic NASA/SpaceX Launch

On May 30, 2020, Astronauts Doug Hurley, and Bob Behnken launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center. This marks the first launch of humans from American soil since 2011, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle. This launch also marks the first launch of humans into space by a private company. Two hours before launch Cool Science Radio 's John Wells interviewed NASA Deputy Administrator Jim Morhard who was in Cape Canaveral getting ready for the days launch. Jim helps provide

Galileo Had Similar Challenges With Science Deniers As Modern Day Scientists

Cool Science Radio welcomes astrophysicist Mario Livio who has written a new book titled Galileo: And the Science Deniers . Disturbed by rampant science denial in America—and around the world—that has only intensified in recent years, Livio began researching the life, ideas, and actions of Galileo, this brilliant man who encountered similar pressures centuries ago. The result is a biography filled with lessons rel evant for today—whether with respect to trusting the advice given by scientists in

Galileo Had Similar Challenges With Science Deniers As Modern Day Scientists

How To Talk To Kids About Climate Change

Harriet Shugarman joins Cool Science Radio. She is the executive director of ClimateMama, professor of Global Climate Change Policy and World Sustainability, and Chair of the Climate Reality Project (NYC), joins to talk about how she helps parents explain the climate crisis to their kids, overcome overwhelming fear, and find hope to galvanize positive action. Her new book is How To Talk To Your Kids About Climate Change. Turning Angst in Action.

The History of Studying the Brain

Lynn and John are joined by Matthew Cobb on Cool Science Radio . Cobb has written The Idea of the Brain, the Past and Future of Neuroscience . For thousands of years, philosophers and scientists have tried to understand what the brain, with its 86 billion neurons, connected in infinite ways, does. Yet, despite the astonishing discoveries of science, we still have only the vaguest idea of how the brain works. We will speak with Matthew about the history of brain science but more importantly what

How Studying the Sun Helps Us Learn More About Space and Our Planet

Dr. Nicola Fox joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio . She is the Heliophysics Division Director in the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Heliophysics is the science of the Sun which studies the physical connections between the Sun and our solar system. Lynn and John speak to Dr. Fox about NASA's Heliophysics program including the Parker Solar Probe that will take measurements from the Sun's corona where it is 2500 degrees and the Solar Orbiter which will

Cool Science Radio - May 21, 2020

It's loud here at KPCW as we are in the final days of remodeling the KPCW studios. John and Lynn have picked out two interviews from the archives for you to enjoy. They will be back next week with more Cool Science Radio. Thanks for listening!

Bob Chamberlain of MTI Talks About VIPER

Bob Chamberlain, President of MTI joins Lynn and John on Cool Science Radio this week. Monterey Technologies Inc is based here in Park City. They have developed a product called VIPER (Visual Planning, Execution, and Review). The software lets military and commercial planners execute complex missions on the fly. Monterey Technologies has just been named as a Small Business Innovation Research Success Story for its ViPER Mission Planning Application.

Cool Science Radio - May 7th, 2020 - Andrea Rothman

Olfactory scientist and researcher turned novelist Andrea Rothman who has written The DNA Of You and Me in which she takes her science background and weaves in into an engaging love story of sorts.... one that takes place in the lab and among strains of DNA. She talks about how smell works and how olfactory sensory neurons reach their targets in the brain and how they process smell.

How Our Best Friends Are Becoming Our Best Medicine

Veteran journalist and New York Times Bestselling author Maria Goodavage joins the show. Before it was announced that researchers at UPenn have started to train dogs to try to detect COVID-19 , Our guest was already on the case, explaining how scientists were studying if it was even possible in the first place . Now that two of the biggest biodetection dog centers have entered the COVID-19 detection ring, Goodavage's book Doctor Dogs contains all you need to know about how dogs are trained to