Posted by: grokscience | July 16, 2014

Improving Health with Cats and Dogs

cats_dogs_04Cats and dogs: companions, protectors, health-improvers? We love our furry friends, but recent studies show that cats and dogs may benefit us in ways that go beyond companionship.  On this episode, we discuss research findings that show how these animals can boost our health and well-being.

Aww… ;)


Posted by: grokscience | July 9, 2014

Ice, Ice

AndersNilsson_symposium2010Water is fundamental to all life but little is actually known about its inter-molecular dynamics and structures. On this episode, Anders Nilsson talks about the frontiers of water science.

Baby! ;)


Posted by: grokscience | July 2, 2014

Precision Medicine

medium_47396108302How much can our own genetics determine the diagnosis of our illness or determine the course of treatment? The Chicago chapter of the Women In Bio organization recently hosted a panel discussion on the topic of precision medicine strategies—what it is, how it came about, the challenges we face, and what the future holds. On this episode, we discuss with the organizers, attendees, and panelists about precision medicine, and women’s role in this rapidly developing field.

Stay on target… ;)


Posted by: grokscience | June 25, 2014

Colliding Worlds

arthur_millerScience and art may seem like widely divergent fields of human endeavor, but advances in science are now influencing contemporary art. On this program, Arthur I. Miller discussed the colliding worlds of science and art.

Einstein Kerouac? ;)


Posted by: grokscience | June 18, 2014

The Cosmic Cocktail

Katherine_FreeseHundreds of years ago, Galileo told us that the earth is not the center of the universe. Now, physicists are telling us that the normal matter you and I are made of isn’t even the majority of the matter that exists. On this episode, Dr. Katherine Freese, a theoretical astrophysicist at the University of Michigan and author of the Cosmic Cocktail, joins us to talk about the composition of the cosmos and the mysterious nature of dark matter and dark energy.

Shaken not stirred… ;)


Posted by: grokscience | June 11, 2014

Crouching Tiger

droppedImageWhy do Asian American youths excel academically? On this episode, Amy Hsin discusses the factors that underlie the academic success of certain ethnicities.

Where is the dragon? ;)


Posted by: grokscience | June 4, 2014

Console Wars

b5b17476737b0a82390bd8.L._V335620928_SX200_Video games are a huge part of the lives of countless kids and adults alike.  On this episode, Blake Harris brings to life the behind-the-scenes story that most of us are not aware of—the epic battle waged in the early 1990s between Nintendo and Sega, which paved the way for the video game industry as we know it today.

Level up… ;)


Posted by: grokscience | May 21, 2014

Besting the pests

IMGP0139No one likes getting sick, not even plants! On this episode, Talia Karasov explains her research on how plants and pathogens co-evolve and the possible implications that this work might have on crop science.

Plant hospitals? ;)


Posted by: grokscience | May 14, 2014

La science de la planète

Are modern technologies the best? What are some traditional methods we should preserve? On this episode, we discussed about earth sciences, natural disaster, fortran and water purification with the man on the street.

Santa brings coal for Christmas… ;)


Posted by: grokscience | May 7, 2014

Your Genes, Your Brain

th_ef1183f544738c6529a756964e9847cd_palmerph2Most of us know that our genes determine many of our physical characteristics and our risk for various diseases. However, the idea that genes influence personality and risk for psychiatric disorders is not quite as easy to swallow. On this episode, Dr. Abraham Palmer, professor of Human Genetics at the University of Chicago joins us to discuss psychiatric genetics. We’ll talk about the heritability of personality and psychiatric diseases, and he’ll tell us about his latest study on the genetics of amphetamine response.

Mine are Osh-Kosh… ;)


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