science

Power Of Sound
10:25 am
Thu July 18, 2013

What Is 10 Trillion Times More Powerful Than A Heartbeat?

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 8:25 am

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Publicly-Accessible Telescope
3:57 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Local Company Uses Crowd Funding To Launch Space Telescope

Local company Planetary Resources successfully completed a campaign to crowd fund a publicly accessible telescope.
Flickr Photo/NASA Goddard Photo and Video

Planetary Resources, a company based in Bellevue, decided to bridge the gap between the planet and the cosmos with the world’s first crowd-funded, publicly-accessible telescope. Their Kickstarter campaign recently raised over $1.5 million from 17,614 people in just 33 days.

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Predictions
1:47 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Imagining The Future With Seattle Luminaries

Portrait of Maggie Wilson watching a 3-D movie.
Credit Flickr Photo/Mike Licht

When science fiction author and casual prophet Isaac Asimov wrote about his visit to the World’s Fair in New York in 1964, he imagined what the world would be like in 50 years. Almost 50 years later he seems to have gotten a few things right: “Robots will neither be common nor very good in 2014, but they will be in existence. The IBM exhibit at the present fair has no robots but it is dedicated to computers, which are shown in all their amazing complexity, notably in the task of translating Russian into English.”

Google translate anyone?

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Internet Ownership
12:01 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Jaron Lanier Asks: Who Owns The Future?

Jaron Lanier's book "Who Owns the Future?"

Jaron Lanier is a pioneer in virtual reality and the Internet. But in recent years he’s become more and more skeptical of the promises of the Web.  Ross Reynolds talks to Jaron Lanier about his new book, "Who Owns the Future."

This program originally aired May 31, 2013.

Science And Soccer
9:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Examining King County Sheriff's Office, Science News, And Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe training with the USWNT.
Flickr Photo/Nicole Miller

Examining The King County Sheriff's Office
KUOW's Amy Radill explains what the Office of Law Enforcement Oversight report says about a 2012 officer-involved shooting in Auburn.

Science News
Luke Timmerman, national biotech editor for Xconomy brings us the latest news in biotechnology.  

Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe
International and national soccer superstar Megan Rapinoe discusses her career on the US Women's soccer team and now the Seattle Reign FC. The local team plays a home game this Sunday at Starfire Sports Complex.

Science News And Pet Problems
9:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

A Budget Deal, Immigration, Understanding Cancer, And Pet Questions Answered

Mischief comes with pet ownership, but Steve Duno is here to help!
Flickr Photo/Noelle Noble

Budget Deal In Olympia
Everett Herald columnist and Weekday’s regular Olympia guru Jerry Cornfield brings us analysis of the tentative budget deal reached by state lawmakers.
 
Immigration Deal In DC
Yesterday's immigration reform vote is being hailed as a rare example of bipartisanship. The Senate voted 68 to 32 yesterday to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. It now heads to the House. We talk with Jill Jackson of CBS News from Washington, DC.

Rethinking How We Study Cancer
A scientist at Johns Hopkins University developed a mathematical model to better understand why some cancer tumors are resistant to cancer fighting drugs. Science reporter Carl Zimmer explains the study and how scientists are changing the way they think about cancer.

Pet Questions Answered
Got a difficult dog or cat? Pet trainer, Steve Duno, tackles your questions at 206.543.5869 (KUOW).  Also, is neutering dogs always a good idea?  

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Space News And Radio Satire
9:00 am
Fri June 21, 2013

The Farm Bill, Science News, And Stan Freberg

Flickr Photo/Eric Horst

Farm Bill Is Defeated
It used to be relatively easy to pass the Farm Bill.  Not this time.  The Bill was defeated in the House  What happened?  What does that mean for farmers and people on food stamps?  Todd Zwillich the Washington correspondent for The Takeaway explains what’s next for the Farm Bill.

The News From Space
NBC News Digital science editor Alan Boyle discusses the latest news in physical and space science.

A Conversation With Stan Freberg
Stan Freberg is a well-loved humorist and satirist of radio and television.  He and his wife Hunter Freberg appear live in the KUOW studios to reflect on his career.  

Video highlights from our interview with the Frebergs

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Dear Dad
9:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Don't Patent Human Genes, Scientific Awards And Letters From Fathers

This letter from Paul Stetler's father inspired his own epistle to his son which also led to the play "Dear Dad."
Courtesy of Paul Stetler

Don't Patent Human Genes
In a unanimous vote the United State Supreme Court has said you may not patent human genes. The biotech company Myriad Genetics patented BRCA 1 and BRCA 2, the genes that have been found to be linked to breast and ovarian cancer. Dr. Mary-Claire King first found evidence of the existence of the BRCA 1 gene while working at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. King will explain what the Supreme Court’s decision means for the science and research community.   

Science News, It's Not Just Nobel Anymore
Many have heard of the Nobel Prize, but it is no longer the only big prize scientist receive. There has been a rise in scientific awards that come with a million dollar bonus. Science journalist Zeeya Merali explains how these new awards can benefit and hurt the scientific community.

Letters From Famous Fathers
What would you put in a letter to your son or daughter? How do you transcend the moment and pen words of advice or love that they can carry with them all their lives? Paul Stetler asked himself those question when he sat down to write a letter to his son. He was inspired by a letter his dad had written to him years ago. It became the subject of a new play Stetler has curated called "Dear Dad." The play features the intimate letters of famous American fathers, from John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan to John Steinbeck and Jackson Pollock.  

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Unlikely Adoption
4:05 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Northwest Scientist Discovers Unlikely Father

Lissa Ongman hugs her dad a few months before his death in 2007.
Credit Gudrun Ongman

There are lots of great dads out there. Not all of them are human. Lissa Ongman is an animal scientist who grew up in Woodinville, Wash. She's known two great models of fatherhood in her life. One was her own dad. The other came from a place she never expected.

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Climate Change
11:37 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A Discussion With "Science Friday’s" Ira Flatow

Flickr Photo/Emilian Robert Vicol

 For those of us without "Dr.” or “Professor” in front of our names, science can be intimidating. But author and public radio host Ira Flatow has spent his career trying to get more people talking and thinking about science. He hosts NPR’s Science Friday, which helps listeners peer into the mind-bending world of scientific discovery.

This week’s episode of Science Friday will be broadcast live from the Pacific Science Center. But first, Flatow stopped by the KUOW studio to talk science with David Hyde.

Ask The Attorney General
9:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson, And Science News

A federal judge has ordered Washington state to fix hundreds of culverts allow water to flow underneath roads.
Flickr Photo/Tom Gill

 Ask State Attorney General Bob Ferguson
A federal judge has ordered Washington state to fix hundreds of culverts allow water to flow underneath roads. Many Washington Indian Tribes claim the culverts block salmon passages. Why is state attorney general Bob Ferguson appealing that ruling? Also, what’s the possibility the state might sue over leaking tanks at Hanford? And what’s happening with the process to legalize marijuana? Ferguson joins us this hour to take your questions. Send yours now to Weekday.

Science News
Xconomy’s Luke Timmerman brings us the latest news in biotechnology.

Weekend Weather
State climatologist Nick Bond joins us with a weekend weather forecast.

Staging Science
9:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Pamela Reed's New Play, And Brian Greene On The Cosmos

Brian Greene's book "Icarus at the Edge of Time."

Art Of Our City
What happens when the liberal-minded daughter of conservative parents decides to write a tell-all memoir?  That’s the premise behind “Other Desert Cities,” a new play opening this week at ACT Theatre.  Actress Pamela Reed, best known for her role in the television show Parks and Recreation, plays the mother. We’ll ask her about the play and her acting career.

Understanding The Multiverse
If the universe we live in is just one of many other universes, how did we come to be and can we reconcile our own inferiority? Columbia University theoretical physicist Brian Greene has been exploring the world  of cosmology for nearly four decades. His research seeks to find answers to questions about time and space, the world we inhabit, and how we can better understand it. In addition to explaining the universe, Greene also penned the children’s book “Icarus at the Edge of Time.” Now "Icarus" is on the stage in a multimedia drama that features an original orchestral score by Philip Glass. We’ll talk with Greene about the staging of his scientific children’s book and about the latest secrets the universe has revealed.

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Congressional Politics
10:00 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Surviving Mass Extinction And Gardening

Annalee Newitz’s new book is about surviving the next big disaster.

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers
Washington’s 5th Congressional District Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers joins us to talk about transportation priorities following the Skagit River Bridge collapse, federal budget talks, immigration reform and more.

Scatter, Adapt And Remember: How Humans Will Survive A Mass Extinction
Science writer Annalee Newitz’s new book is about hope. Hope that human kind will be able to survive the impending doom that threatens to send us into another mass extinction. Newitz outlines the current scientific discoveries that might help humans survive the next big disaster.

Greendays Gardening Panel
Our panel of gardening experts knows flowers, native plants and vegetables. They join us with garden guidance every Tuesday. Have a question? Send an email to weekday@kuow.org.

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Bridge Collapse
9:00 am
Fri May 24, 2013

I-5 Bridge Collapse, Science News, And The Folklife Festival

Google Maps has already removed the bridge from their maps.
Google Maps

UPDATES: I-5 Skagit River Bridge
We'll get updates from Travis Phelps, WSDOT communications manager, and Larry Ehl, publisher of Transportation Issues Daily and former WSDOT federal relations manager.

Science News
Alan Boyle is science editor for NBC News Digital. From 3-D printed pizzas to the effects of climate change on tornados, he brings us the latest news in the world of science.

Northwest Folklife Festival
The 42nd annual Northwest Folklife Festival kicks off today. What are the can't-miss performances, exhibits and events? We'll get a preview from Folklife's head of programming Debbie Fant. We'll explore  the history of organized labor in Washington state with labor archivist Conor Casey. And we'll hear the tunes of Celtic fiddle music duo Brandon Vance and Mark Minkler.

Science
9:00 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Latest News In Biotech And Comedian Paul Reiser

Flickr Photo/Horia Varlan

 New News In Biotechnology
The American Society of Clinical Oncology conference is convening in two weeks. At the conference physicians and drug makers will be discussing the emergence of cancer immunotherapy. Also, local diagnostic companies have been cultivating a rich understanding of the human genome. Their discoveries are leading to new diagnostic tests and treatments. Luke Timmerman, national biotech editor for Xconomy brings us the latest news in biotechnology.  

A Conversation With Paul Reiser
Paul Reiser is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian.  Television fans fondly remember him for the NBC series Mad About You which he co-created and starred in.  He’s also author of three books, most recently "Familyhood," about his life as a married father of two boys.  

Weekend Weather Forecast
Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.

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