Science and art are often pitted against each other: left-brained or right-brained? Feeling or thinking? Creative or logical? But, is this always the case? We talked to Dr. Megan Halpern from MSU who specializes in studying the "intersection of art and science" and looks at how experts and the public interact. Dr. Halpern tells us … Continue reading Seeing Science: Science and Art
Science influences many different areas our our lives- even ones that seem quite removed. Last week we talked with Sheril Kirshenbaum about how science interacts with politics. This week we're talking about science and the media. How often do we actually hear about science in the news? Are these stories accurate? And who is telling … Continue reading Seeing Science: Science and Media
We are beginning our "Seeing Science" series. Science influences many different areas our our lives- even ones that seem quite removed. Over the next three episodes, we are going to focus on how science influences politics, art, and the media. This episode we talked with Sheril Kirshenbaum, the executive director of Science Debate, a non-profit, … Continue reading Seeing Science: Science and Politics
So far in the last two episodes we've talked about how we can live and work with the tiny organisms that live in and around our body. Dr. Robert Britton spoke to us about what we're still trying to learn, especially concerning pro- and pre-biotics. Today we are wrapping up our human and bacteria series by … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: Protecting our weapons so we can survive the war
Today we talk to Dr. Robert Britton, a scientist who works at the Baylor College of Medicine. His lab studies how microbes affect health and disease, particularly looking at what microbes might be therapeutic. Since he spends so much time thinking about how these tiny communities affect our health, we had a few questions to … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: The problems and promises of probiotics
Everyday we live with a community of bacteria that outnumber the cells in our bodies! On shelfs in the store you can find yogurt labelled with "live culture" and bottles of pro- and prebiotics, but what does this all mean? We're diving in the microscopic world of our microbiome (biome means a community of living … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: Coexistence is complicated
This is the final episode of our first series. Today we're bringing the story full circle by looking at what happens when we have a genetically engineered plant on our plate. We walk through how our bodies digest and interact with things we eat, like proteins and DNA. We also discuss major concerns, like allergies … Continue reading GMO’s: What’s on the menu?