Natural Disasters: Forest Fires

Today we kick off our new series on natural disasters- earthquakes, forest fires, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and other natural forces shape the world around us and impact many lives. In this episode, we talk with Gib King, about why forest fires start, how they are controlled, and what are potential solutions to prevent massive and … Continue reading Natural Disasters: Forest Fires

Human Genome: Humanity’s History Book

This week we finish our human genome series. So far we've discussed how advancing our understanding of our genomic code can provide medical insights and how to protect that personal, sensitive information. This episode, we talked to Dr. Miguel Vilar, Science Manager of National Geographic's Genographic Project, to find out what else can our genome … Continue reading Human Genome: Humanity’s History Book

Seeing Science: Science and Media

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

Seeing Science: Science and Politics

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

Humans and Bacteria: Protecting our weapons so we can survive the war

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.┬áToday we are wrapping up our human and bacteria series by … Continue reading Humans and Bacteria: Protecting our weapons so we can survive the war

Humans and Bacteria: The problems and promises of probiotics

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