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.

  • Juno Above Jupiter
    NASA
    1:00pm Jul 15, 2016
    Science Science

    Juno Arrives To Check On Jupiter's Affairs

    Jupiter - the Roman God of the Sky and Thunder, King of the gods, and the name given to the largest planet in our solar system. It's a planet so large that, not including the sun, the rest of the solar system would fit inside with plenty of room to spare.

    Jupiter's moons are named after the god's many lovers. According to mythology, when Jupiter thought his wife suspected him of cheating, he turned himself into a cloud to cover his affairs.

    Now, NASA has sent the Juno Spacecraft, named after Jupiter’s wife, to discover just what Jupiter has hidden beneath its clouds.

  • GMO bacteria "swarmbots" are strictly constrained to their holding cell.
    Duke Engineering
    3:00pm Jul 08, 2016
    Science Science

    Tales Of The Genetically Altered, Superhero Bacteria Swarmbot

    What is keeping a genetically altered super-villain bug from escaping Duke University’s synthetic biology labs, and destroying humanity Holloywood-style? 

    A Duke University scientist has engineered genetically altered “swarmbots” that can only survive in a swarm of their own kind. And that's just the start of it all.

  • 10:34am Jul 01, 2016
    Science Science

    The Long Path To Life And The Recycled Star You Are

    To make enough of the elements to support the chemical complexity of biology, we need an enormously old universe. Stars truly are the factories of life. But for you or your cat to exist, several generations of stars need to have come and gone - each born from the atoms of previous generations, like the babies of the Orion Nebula.

  • Dino Bone Haul
    1:00pm Jun 26, 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 Jun 17, 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
    5:05pm Jun 09, 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
    10:00am Jun 03, 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? 

  • 1:00pm May 27, 2016
    Science Science

    Just How Smart Is Fido?

    A human’s bond with a dog is unlike our bond with any other animal. Why is that, how did it happen, and exactly how smart is Fido? Dr. Vanessa Woods, Research Scientist in the Evolutionary Anthropology Department at Duke University and author of the best selling book The Genius of Dogs, is part of a team that is sniffing out the answers.

  • Alaskan Glacier
    Public Domain
    1:00pm May 20, 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.

  • A large family of camping children begrudgingly deal with being called by each other's names.
    Shawn C. Fitzmaurice
    3:00pm May 13, 2016
    Science Science

    Jane, Bill, Juan, Fido... Whoever You Are!?!

    As a parent, I can tell you that naming a child can be a drawn-out exercise in creativity and diplomacy. So with that said, why does my mom still call me by my aunt’s name? I always took this as a character flaw. But recently, when I called my 6-year-old son for dinner - using the dog’s name -  I concluded that this must be science!  And it seems I was right. 

  • In the Orion Nebula (M42), new stars and planetary systems are being born. They are build from the materials of previous stars which have died in a supernova explosion.
    Rawastrodata - https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Orion_Nebula_M42.jpg
    1:00pm May 06, 2016
    Science Science

    The Long Path To Life And The Recycled Star You Are

    To make enough of the elements to support the chemical complexity of biology, we need an enormously old universe. Stars truly are the factories of life. But for you or your cat to exist, several generations of stars need to have come and gone - each born from the atoms of previous generations, like the babies of the Orion Nebula.