January 31, 2014

Science of Football – Spin

Ever wonder why a football is shaped the way it is?

January 30, 2014

Science of Football – Prolate Spheroid

You can throw a prolate spheroid – aka a football – a lot further than a basketball, or an inflated pig’s bladder!

January 29, 2014

Science Diary: Sharks – Tagging

Hooked! Catch and release shark tagging off California’s coast.

January 28, 2014

Science Diary: Sharks – Reeling In

In the Pacific Ocean, a shark abundance survey team catches, calms and tags sharks, in an effort to monitor their population.

January 27, 2014

Animal Smarts – Dogs Were Once Wolves

Dogs and humans have changed each other in many ways over the years… perhaps for the better.

January 24, 2014

Animal Smarts – Breed Smarts

If Einstein was a dog, would he have been a Jack Russell Terrier or a Labrador Retriever?

January 23, 2014

Animal Smarts – Successful

How have dogs have managed to “nose” their way into the lives of humans around the world?

January 22, 2014

Yoiks – Memories

For the Sami people of Scandinavia, yoiking is a sonorous characterization of loved ones.

January 21, 2014

Food Science – Objectivity

We asked a food scientist to describe an apple pie, first “normally” then objectively. Warning – this program may make you hungry!

January 20, 2014

Food Science – Language of Food

Listening to a food scientist talk about taste is a bit like hearing a wine connoisseur describing a favorite vintage.

January 17, 2014

Food Science – Comfort Food

What’s your favorite “comfort food” and why?

January 16, 2014

Physics Pioneer

A single physics textbook takes up about 40 volumes in braille.

January 15, 2014

3D Calculus for the Blind

How do you begin to visualize a three dimensional graph if you’re blind?

January 14, 2014

Plough Monday – Tradition

Imagine a holiday like Halloween, with a bit of Mardi Gras thrown in, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Plough Monday was like – in 18th century rural England.

January 13, 2014

Plough Monday – Purpose

Once a year, riotous behavior gave farm workers an escape from social constraints in 18th century England.

January 10, 2014

Science Frontiers – Battery of the Future

What’s the battery of future going to be like? Well perhaps a cookie!

January 9, 2014

Science Frontiers – Quantum Computers – Waves

Waves are one way of understanding how the next generation of computers will work their magic.

January 8, 2014

Science Frontiers – Quantum Computers

The computer of the future is going to take advantage of quantum physics to explore many different possible solutions to problems simultaneously.

January 7, 2014

Three Kings Day – Parranda

It’s Christmas caroling – Puerto Rican Style! In the days leading up to the Feast of Epiphany, the sounds of Parrandas are heard throughout the island.

January 6, 2014

Three Kings Day – The Magi

One of our listeners returns to his homeland of Puerto Rico each year for the celebration of the Epiphany.

January 3, 2014

Wildlife Veterinarian – Elephant Challenge

Locating an elephant in the rainforest and sedating it for a physical examination is no easy feat.

January 2, 2014

Wildlife Veterinarian – Gorilla Health

Wildlife is susceptible to many of the same infectious diseases that afflict humans.

January 1, 2014

Yoiks – Carrying On The Tradition

The nomadic Sami herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form of story-song called a “yoik.”