SciWorks Radio

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SciWorks Radio, a joint creation of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, is a fun and informative look at the role science plays in our lives. In this weekly module, we'll explore everything from regional geology to regenerative medicine, and more. To learn more about SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, Inc., visit their website.

  • Duke graduate student Tianqi Song and computer science professor John Reif have created an analog DNA circuit that can add, subtract and multiply as the molecules form and break bonds.
    John Joyner
    1:00pm Oct 28, 2016
    Science Science

    Invasion Of The Molecular Math Robots

    With great complexity, we manufacture things like jet airplanes, interplanetary probes, medical tools, and microprocessors. We build with a top-down approach, starting with a big picture concept which we then design and assemble in pieces.  ​

    Duke University professor of computer sciences, Dr. John Reif, notes that nature works from the bottom up to assemble complex structures in three dimensions. He and his lab are working on that.

  • Chromosome
    Zappys Technology Solutions ( )
    1:00pm Oct 07, 2016
    Science Science

    The Predictive Power Of The Junk In Your Genome

    You are you because of a unique combination of your parents’ genes, coded into the strands of DNA molecules, coiled tightly around an “X-shaped” structure. This is a chromosome, and you have 23 pairs of them, deep down in the nucleus of all 37 trillion cells in your body.

    Dr. Beth Sullivan, Associate Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Duke University, studies chromosome rearrangements in her lab and how they may cause disease. 

  • Along the Blue Ridge Parkway Near Beacon Heights
    Dr. Howard Neufeld
    1:04pm Sep 23, 2016
    Science Science

    Follow The Foliage!

    The fall is a beautiful time of year here on the East Coast, and in North Carolina, we have a resident expert who has long been the go-to scientist for local leaf-peepers: Dr. Howard Neufeld, professor of biological sciences at Appalachian State University. He is learning how and why trees turn color in the fall, as well as why some turn red, while others turn yellow. 

  • 1:00pm Sep 16, 2016
    Science Science

    The Ups And Downs Of Dopamine

    The human body, engineered over billions of years by evolutionary experiments in adaptation, owes its survival as a species to the experiences of pleasure, which is enacted by brain chemistry. Yet this is also the source of addictive behavior. A local scientist is working to change that. 

  • A bird’s eye view of a small gold mine in the Madre de Dios region of Peru. The landscape is littered with mines like these, where undisturbed primary forest has been replaced by a gravel and sand landscape laden with mercury.
    1:00pm Sep 09, 2016
    Science Science

    Another Use For Drones: Saving Rainforests?

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, or UAVs, otherwise known as drones, are aircraft piloted by remote control or programmed to follow a flight path using GPS as a guide. They can be as small as a book or as large as a commercial airliner. From toys to weapons, they are filling a range of niches, including research and conservation efforts.

    We spoke with Max Messinger, Founder of Linn Aerospace and Research Fellow with Wake Forest University Center for Energy, Environment, and Sustainability. He has spent the past several years developing, building, and flying a variety of drones to monitor the health of the Peruvian Amazon rainforests.

  • Dino Bone Haul
    1:00pm Sep 02, 2016
    Science Science

    Can Ancient Fossils Prepare Humans for the Future?

    Recently, Drs. Lindsay Zanno and Victoria Arbour took a brief scouting expedition to New Mexico, looking for dinosaur fossils exposed at the surface of 90-million-year-old rock. Only three North American dinosaur species have been identified from this time period. They want to find more.

  • Mounted specimen of Hupehsuchus nanchangensis on display at the Paleozoological Museum of China
    Wikimedia Commons
    1:00pm Aug 26, 2016
    Science Science

    Preserved Paleo Protein Provides Perspective on Dino Family Tree, and Maybe Life in Space. Wait. What?

    You are a paleontologist on expedition hunting dinosaur fossils.  For all your efforts, you’ve unearthed just a few bone fragments. Back at the lab, you and your team determine that, based on their shape and size, you’re looking at a colossal waste of time and resources. But a new tool is emerging which allows us to use dinosaur DNA to better understand prehistoric evolutionary trees. It may also help to find life on Mars, or treat human diseases. 


  • A camera trap from North Carolina shows an eastern coyote who seems to have some German shepherd genes.
    Roland Kays
    5:45pm Aug 19, 2016
    Science Science

    Closely Lurks The Hybrid Beast


    Lurking in the Eastern forests, from Mississippi to Maine, is a living hybrid. With the combined genetics of three distinct animals, it’s a survivor, and a better predator. How is this animal a lot like you and me? 

  • NASA
    2:00pm Aug 12, 2016
    Science Science

    If Papa Was A Rolling Stone, He'd Obey The Laws Of Physics

    If your papa was actually a rolling stone, your mama could have kept track of him. That’s because his travel distance and travel time would be predictable! In fact, you and mama could’ve used basic math skills to find him. He’d have been thrilled.

    So, what does this have to do with evolution? 

  • Alaskan Glacier
    Public Domain
    1:30pm Aug 05, 2016
    Science Science

    Alaskan Glaciers Tell A Story Of Deep Time

    Rock, once a seafloor of mud, sand, and pebbles, towers into the sky, only to erode away, becoming a new and different seafloor, layered like pages in a book.

    Appalachian State University's Dr. Ellen Cowan reads these pages, most recently off the coast of Alaska. They tell the full story of geological changes on the continent, as written by glaciers over millions of years.