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Living Lab on WCAI is a forum for the stories behind science headlines — the people who do the research, the unexpected ways that science gets done, and how the results make their way into our everyday lives.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-03-19 17:51
last episode published
2019-03-17 16:50
publication frequency
1.76 days
Contributors
Heather Goldstone author  
WCAI owner  
Explicit
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Number of Episodes
437
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Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
17.03.2019

Experts Assessing Experts

Many of our most important social and political debates have science at their core – from climate change to genetically modified foods. When policymakers want expert input on what we know about these subjects, they often turn to massive synthesis repor...
17.03.2019

Grape Balls Of Fire: Grapes In The Microwave Create A Plasma

It’s not every day that a scientific study reads like great literature, but here’s how a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences begins: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to int...
17.03.2019

CBD: Rising Star or Popular Fad?

Jenny Wilkerson , University of Florida and Lance McMahon , University of Florida Cannabidiol, or CBD, has become a household name. On many social media sites, people suggest “but have you tried CBD oil?” on posts pertaining to any health-related issue...
17.03.2019

Trump's Budget Targets EPA, Earth Science

The White House Budget plan for fiscal year 2020 is out. It’s a record $4.7 trillion, but science agencies and activities take cuts almost across the board. The president envisions an EPA budget cut by almost a third and a decrease of more than 10 perc...
17.03.2019

FULL SHOW: March 17, 2019

"There's plenty of sciencethat supports that CBD might have therapeutic indications. Obviously, for intractable pediatric epilepsy, CBD does have clinical validity. However, for all the other claims regarding CBD, we just don't quite know scientificall...
11.03.2019

Spiders Are The Partners In This "Inter-Species Collaboration"

Technological advances have always influenced art. Think synthetic dyes or the invention of photography. Now, artists are diving into the realms of nanotechnology, genetics, and artificial intelligence. And MIT is leading the way. One installation at M...
11.03.2019

Satellites Reveal Slavery

Charges of buying sex brought against Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft have focused public attention on the problem of sex trafficking. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are nearly five million people in forced sexual exploitation a...
10.03.2019

The Cost of Speaking Out? #MeTooSTEM Activist May Lose Her Job

A leading voice in the fight against sexual harassment in academia has been denied tenure at Vanderbilt University, and some see it as a cautionary tale of the price women pay for speaking out. Rates of sexual harassment in academia are second only to ...
10.03.2019

Nature News Headlines

Each month we take a tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast.
10.03.2019

FULL SHOW: March 10, 2019

"The take-home message for anyone watching this from afar is: 'Ooh, you take a lot of risk when you report in a sexual harassment investigation.'" - Meredith Wadman This week on Living Lab Radio: In a tour of recent headlines, Anna Nagle of Nature expl...
3.03.2019

Expert: Quantum Technology Will Be As Revolutionary As The Transistor

You’ve heard of the space race and the arms race, but there’s another international race that many of us have never even heard of. It’s the race to make quantum mechanics the basis for new technology. Quantum physicists say we are in the midst of a rev...
3.03.2019

The Paradox of Declining Infectious Diseases

Life expectancies have increased around the globe in recent decades. That is, in large part, due to the decline in infectious diseases. But, for some of the world's poorest countries, that progress has come with a price - widespread unemployment and sk...
3.03.2019

MIT Marks 50th Anniversary of Protest that Launched Union of Concerned Scientists

Fifty years ago, on March 3rd and 4th, 1969, students and faculty at MIT walked out of their labs and gathered to protest the Vietnam war. There were, of course, plenty of anti-war protests on college campuses at that time. But this one was different. ...
3.03.2019

FULL SHOW: March 3, 2019

“The term quantum leap has already pervaded our vocabulary. We use it to mean something magical - something that challenges the imagination - even if many people who use it don't quite understand what it means." -Evelyn Hu This week on Living Lab Radio...
3.03.2019

The Color of the Ocean Could Change Significantly, Climate Change Could be the Reason

Artists and those who live near the ocean know it can be blue or green or grey, depending on the weather. It’s different in the tropics than here in New England or up in the Arctic.
24.02.2019

No Smoking Gun in Cases of Polio-like Illness

Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, has been compared to polio - a description that strikes fear in the hearts of parents. What starts as a respiratory infection can develop into muscle weakness and paralysis, primarily in children. Sometimes the paralysis...
24.02.2019

Time for a Manhattan Project on Alzheimer’s

By Marc Diamond , UT Southwestern Medical Center Imagine if Alzheimer’s was treated like other common diseases. Instead of worrying about the prospect of slowly losing your memory, you might get a series of shots during middle age to prevent the onset ...
Elsa Partan author
24.02.2019

Zebras' Stripes Ward Off Flies

The question of why zebras have stripes goes back to the time of Charles Darwin. One theory goes that they work as camouflage. Another theory is that they are an identification system that only zebras can understand. Now we know that the stripes serve ...
24.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 24, 2019

“Science helps us diagnose the problem. The reality, though, is that scientists have been diagnosing for quite a while and it still hasn’t moved us to action.” - Reverend Mariama White-Hammond on climate change This week on Living Lab Radio: Tim Caro o...
24.02.2019

When Climate Justice and Religion Mix

When it comes to climate change, there’s a growing realization that there’s a lot of overlap between what scientists tell us we need to do and what faith leaders say we should do. Last May, more than a hundred scientists and 500 religious leaders from ...
17.02.2019

Who Gets To Push Buttons

Buttons are everywhere in our lives. But why? We push buttons on dishwashers, car dashboards, doorbells, our phones, and, of course, those “like” buttons on social media. Where did buttons come from, and what gives them an edge over, say, dials or swit...
17.02.2019

Scientist Reflects On Opportunity Rover's Long Career

NASA announced on Wednesday that the Mars rover Opportunity had not responded to months of messages and the mission is officially over. That news came an astounding 15 years after completing its initial 90-day mission.
17.02.2019

Keep Your Resolutions Going Strong

So, it’s February. Reality check time. How are your New Year’s Resolutions faring? Statistics show that the vast majority of resolutions have fallen apart by mid-February. Why do so many of us find it so hard to make changes that we presumably want to ...
17.02.2019

EPA's PFAS Action Plan Meets With Community Pushback

The EPA has released an action plan for addressing the risks posed by a large class of chemicals known collectively as PFAS, which are used as flame retardants and non-stick or stain-resistant coatings. These chemicals have been linked to a range of hu...
Heather Goldstone author
17.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 17, 2019

" It's critical that you continue to engage your brain in the development of new abilities and and new skills or improve those things that matter to you because you're exercising the machinery that helps you keep your brain growing.” - Michael Merzenic...
10.02.2019

No One-Size-Fits-All Formula for Healthy Screen Time

How much screen time is too much? It’s a pressing question for many parents of young children and teens, who have been inundated with warnings about the negative effects of digital technology use on mental health. But new research suggests the story is...
10.02.2019

No One-Size-Fits-All Formula for Healthy Screen Time

How much screen time is too much? It’s a pressing question for many parents of young children and teens, who have been inundated with warnings about the negative effects of digital technology use on mental health. But new research suggests the story is...
10.02.2019

Expert Take: Drinking Water Limits Needed for PFAS

Fire fighting foams, non-stick pots and pans, stain-resistant furniture, and water-proof outerwear. They sound like inventions of the Jetsons. The chemicals that give these items their nearly magical properties are known as PFAS - perfluoroalkyl substa...
10.02.2019

Expert Take: Drinking Water Limits Needed for PFAS

Fire fighting foams, non-stick pots and pans, stain-resistant furniture, and water-proof outerwear. They sound like inventions of the Jetsons. The chemicals that give these items their nearly magical properties are known as PFAS - perfluoroalkyl substa...
10.02.2019

There Are 'No Technical Barriers' To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

On Wednesday on Capitol Hill two House committees held climate change hearings . Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker used his appearance at the hearings to highlight the commonwealth’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
10.02.2019

There Are 'No Technical Barriers' To 100 Percent Renewable Energy

On Wednesday on Capitol Hill two House committees held climate change hearings . Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker used his appearance at the hearings to highlight the commonwealth’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
10.02.2019

State Of The Union Acknowledged Some Science, Ignored Climate Change

President Trump’s State of the Union address included the word “science” not just once, as was the case in last year’s speech , but twice. The President called for efforts to stop the spread of HIV and cure childhood cancers.
10.02.2019

State Of The Union Acknowledged Some Science, Ignored Climate Change

President Trump’s State of the Union address included the word “science” not just once, as was the case in last year’s speech , but twice. The President called for efforts to stop the spread of HIV and cure childhood cancers.
10.02.2019

Nature News Headlines

It’s time for our monthly tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast.
10.02.2019

Nature News Headlines

It’s time for our monthly tour of science headlines from our friends at the Journal Nature and the Nature podcast.
10.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 10, 2019

"They really accomplished what I call the trifecta of science. Trump really covered the impact of science on economics, as well as health, and even defense and national security." - Jamie Vernon This week on Living Lab Radio: Nature reporter Lizzie Gib...
Heather Goldstone author
10.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 10, 2019

"They really accomplished what I call the trifecta of science. Trump really covered the impact of science on economics, as well as health, and even defense and national security." - Jamie Vernon This week on Living Lab Radio: Nature reporter Lizzie Gib...
Heather Goldstone author
4.02.2019

'The Magic Feather Effect' Takes a Look at Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and energy medicine are practices widely dismissed by the mainstream medical establishment as lacking any scientific backing. And yet, many of us know someone with a story of a dramatic recovery attributed to s...
4.02.2019

'The Magic Feather Effect' Takes A Look At Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and energy medicine are practices widely dismissed by the mainstream medical establishment as lacking any scientific backing. And yet, many of us know someone with a story of a dramatic recovery attributed to s...
4.02.2019

Polar Vortex Linked To Climate Change

A pocket of arctic air rolled down over Canada and the Midwest this past week and brought record cold temperatures as low as the -50s. Schools were closed, mail delivery was suspended, and several deaths were linked to the cold. President Trump quipped...
4.02.2019

Polar Vortex Linked To Climate Change

A pocket of arctic air rolled down over Canada and the Midwest this past week and brought record cold temperatures as low as the -50s. Schools were closed, mail delivery was suspended, and several deaths were linked to the cold. President Trump quipped...
4.02.2019

Safety Of Flame Retardants Called Into Question

In the final hours of 2018, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law banning the use of 11 flame retardants in furniture, mattresses, carpeting, electronic equipment, and more.
4.02.2019

Safety Of Flame Retardants Called Into Question

In the final hours of 2018, the Massachusetts legislature passed a law banning the use of 11 flame retardants in furniture, mattresses, carpeting, electronic equipment, and more.
4.02.2019

Why We Pig Out on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year, topped only by Thanksgiving. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans eat more than 1.3 billion chicken wings. The rest of the menu tends to be similarly loaded with fats and c...
Heather Goldstone author
4.02.2019

Why We Pig Out on Super Bowl Sunday

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year, topped only by Thanksgiving. According to the National Chicken Council, Americans eat more than 1.3 billion chicken wings. The rest of the menu tends to be similarly loaded with fats and c...
Heather Goldstone author
3.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 3, 2019

This week on Living Lab Radio: Rachel Herz, author of Why You Eat What You Eat , explains why Super Bowl party menus are so loaded with fat and carbs, and shares tips for more mindful eating. Jennifer Francis of Woods Hole Research Center connects the ...
Heather Goldstone author
3.02.2019

FULL SHOW: February 3, 2019

This week on Living Lab Radio: Rachel Herz, author of Why You Eat What You Eat , explains why Super Bowl party menus are so loaded with fat and carbs, and shares tips for more mindful eating. Jennifer Francis of Woods Hole Research Center connects the ...
Heather Goldstone author
28.01.2019

With Government Open, Scientist Scrambles To Get Back On Track

Congress and the president reached a deal on Friday to re-open the government for three weeks while they continue negotiations on how best to secure the nation’s southern border.
28.01.2019

With Government Open, Scientist Scrambles To Get Back On Track

Congress and the president reached a deal on Friday to re-open the government for three weeks while they continue negotiations on how best to secure the nation’s southern border.
28.01.2019

The Problem with Plastics and What Can be Done

Earlier this month, a young sei whale washed up on a North Carolina beach with an empty stomach and a plastic bag caught in its throat. Last November, a dead sperm whale in Indonesia made international headlines when more than thirteen pounds of plasti...