Monday, October 28, 2013 - DJ Bosonator, Matthias Ihl explains high energy particle physics

28Oct

The 2013 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to two physicists for the prediction of the Higgs Boson as the particle which imbues the property of mass to all other particles.  The particle was discovered this year at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN.  Our Guest Dr. Matthias Ihl helps us to navigate the complicated table of sub-atomic particles known as the Standard Model.  

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Monday, October 21, 2013 - Matthew Moskwik blown away by salamander spread in the Appalachians

21Oct

Amphibians are the metaphorical canary in the coal mine of the environment.  Specifically, salamanders are especially sensitive to changes in forest structure, and local climate changes.  Our guest this week Matthew Moskwik is blown away by his findings that salamanders have increased their range in a variety of transects in the Appalachians.  Matthew encountered the filming of the Hunger Games while looking for salamanders.

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Monday, October 14, 2013 - Gautam Surya is chased by elephants in India

14Oct

Species is one of the basic units of biological classification and a taxonomic rank.  Our guest Gautam Surya talks about bird biodiversity in northeast India.  Gautam uses species distribution models to understand the diversity he observes directly in the field.

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Monday, October 7, 2013 - Coffee! with Alejandro Berrio Escobar

7Oct

DJ Alejandro Berrio Escobar swore on the radio but we bleeped it out.  Who cares, the FCC is shut down anyways.  Alejandro primarily informed us about the science of coffee.  After oil, coffee is the most used product in the world, more than a half of adult Americans consume at least one cup a day.  Coffee has modest health benefits.  Aside from many fun facts about coffee, there are several difficulties that coffee growers face to bring this amazing beverage to your hand.  Scientific achievements have improved the quality and production size of coffee in Colombia.

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