Posted by: grokscience | December 14, 2016

AGU 2016

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Every December, the largest gathering of scientists in the world takes place in San Francisco.  On this episode, Grok’s geotech correspondent joins us to discuss this year’s fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Topics include coal power, carbon sequestration, and Mekong River Delta monitoring.

Planet SF… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | December 7, 2016

Meathooked

marta-zaraska-71_mDespite scientific research linking meat consumption to health complications and environmental burden our society’s hunger for meat is growing. On this episode, we discuss with the author of Meathooked, Marta Zaraska, about the biological, cultural and historical reasons behind our obsession with meat.

Mmm… 🙂

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Posted by: grokscience | November 29, 2016

Fake Silk

photohandler-ashxViscose rayon has been manufactured for over a century, but it continues to be a major health hazard to those involved in its production.  On this episode, Paul D. Blanc discussed the lethal history of viscose rayon.

Use the worms… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | November 23, 2016

Wearable Tech

nile-nickel-life-improvement-radioWearable technology has changed the way we interact with our mobile devices. On this episode, Nile Nickel reviewed the new Apple watch.

Beam me up… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | November 9, 2016

Lawrence of India

brilliantA cure was beyond reach. Death seemed inevitable. How did one man’s search for meaning lead to the eradication of a 10,000-year old disease? On this episode, Larry Brilliant discusses how his quest to find himself lead to the disappearance of one of mankind’s most virulent diseases, smallpox.

Larry’s excellent adventure… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | November 2, 2016

Venomous

headshot-8-24-16-2There are many species on our planet which use venom for a diversity of survival situations. These creatures have fascinated scientists and amateurs alike. On this episode, we chat with toxin biologist and science blogger Christie Wilcox about her new book Venomous.

Where’s my spidey sense? 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | October 26, 2016

Lost Giants

220px-protherophoto1The dinosaurs that roamed South America have generally not been well studied, but new discoveries have uncovered a remarkable lost world of giant creatures that roamed this continent.  On this episode, Donald Prothero discussed these Giants of the Lost World.

Dinosaurs rock… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | October 12, 2016

The Core

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What do ice core bubbles tell us about the Earth’s past?  On this episode, Takuro Kobashi joins us to discuss the last 4000 years of Greenland’s reconstructed temperature, the implication on understanding climate change and societal impacts.

Ice, ice, baby… 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | October 5, 2016

Neurotribes

atgxgu8gThe history of autism may not be well known. On this episode, Steve Silberman discussed his book Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity. This is book is a very readable and engaging narrative through the history of autism and how it shapes the present.

Blackjack, anyone? 😉

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Posted by: grokscience | September 28, 2016

Calling the Shots

cropped-photo-2_width_175Although vaccinations have cured countless diseases, many parents still choose not to have their children vaccinated.  On this episode, Jennifer Reich discussed why parents decide not to vaccinate their children.

To shoot or not to shoot… 😉

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