Mixed severity fires help to rejuvenate the forests, but how will current policy shifts affect the health of the forests. On this episode, Dominick DellaSalla discussed the importance of mixed severity fires.
Burn, baby, burn… ;)
Games are great at activating our motivation and putting us in a problem solving mindset. But once we turn off the screen, we don’t always apply these skills to our actual lives. On this episode, Jane McGonigal discussed SuperBetter, a method of using a gameful mindset to approach life’s challenges.
Game on, dude! ;)
Scientists have long known and taught that mercury, or specifically, its methylated form, is a neuro toxin in humans and animals. But where does it come from? On this program, Jennifer Cossaboon talks about a surprising source of mercury in the seas.
There be seals! ;)
Despite increasing awareness about autism, it remains one of the most mysterious topics of this generation. Autism’s controversial biological cause is matched by its convoluted history and the uncertain standing of autistic people in today’s world. On this episode, Steve Silberman addresses some of the mysteries of autism and suggests that we don’t actually need to solve them before we move forward.
What about Wapner? ;)
Some of us see self-driving cars as futuristic, not likely to become popular in our lifetime. But several companies are getting very close to launching their first lines of unmanned vehicles and many people want them. On this episode, Corey Clothier of Local Motors discussed the state of autonomous vehicles, when they’ll be available, and how they could change the way we commute and travel.
Where’s my jet pack? ;)
The brain works by sending signals between cells through the rapid-fire release of neurotransmitters. For the first time, scientists using synchrotron radiation have observed the molecular complexes that facilitates the signaling. On this program, Axel Brunger discusses how the SNARE and synaptotagmin-1 proteins join to trigger communication between brain cells.
You may fire when ready! ;)
Science funding is waning in the United States. On this episode, Dr. Kathie Olsen, the former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation and current head of Science Works, discussed the current budgetary crunch in scientific funding and how it affects researchers in the United States.
Mo money… ;)
Gordon Moore has perhaps done more to revolutionize our modern world than any other scientist, but few may know about his achievements. On this episode, Arnold Thackray discussed the life and times of Gordon Moore.
Silicon chips, yum… ;)