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.

  • Signal crayfish in Lake Washington in Gene Coulon. This crayfish has several branchiobdellida annelida attached to it.
    Roger Tabor
    1:00pm Jan 06, 2017
    Science Science

    A Neighborhood On A Crayfish

    If you're a crayfish, North Carolina is where it’s at. In general, the state is among the most biologically-diverse for several reasons. Additionally, there are a couple of thoughts as to why we live in the Mudbug Mecca. In a way, crayfish are islands unto themselves. Most species carry with them Branchiobdellida, a species of worm that live life on the clawed critter.

  • Chromosome
    Zappys Technology Solutions ( )
    12:00pm Dec 30, 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. 

  • A peak of abnormal epileptic brain activity in a brain's hippocampus
    Scott Soderling and Daniel Kanak
    1:00pm Dec 16, 2016
    Science Science

    Understanding The Traffic Signals In The Brain

    Most of us with brains understand that our body is controlled by the noodle in our noggin. Through the sciences, we know how the heart works to pump blood and how our digestive system processes food.  But we still don't understand, on many basic levels, how the brain itself works. 

  • A camera trap from North Carolina shows an eastern coyote who seems to have some German shepherd genes.
    Roland Kays
    12:00pm Dec 02, 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? 

  • Mounted specimen of Hupehsuchus nanchangensis on display at the Paleozoological Museum of China
    Wikimedia Commons
    7:00am Nov 25, 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. 


  • 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.