Something You Should Know about Science

Interesting Facts About Light

October 3, 2014
Interview with Ben Bova, author of the book The Story of Light
Mike Carruthers:
You no doubt learned it in school but do you remember how fast light travels?
Dr. Ben Bova:
Nothing in the universe goes faster than light: 186,000 miles per second.

Ben Bova

Ben Bova, author of the book, The Story of Light...


What's In Your Genes

July 17, 2014


Interview with Philip Reilly, author of the book Is It in Your Genes?: The Influence of Genes on Common Disorders and Diseases that Affect You and Your Family (Handbooks)




Mike Carruthers:
Your genes play an important role in determining what diseases you likely will get and what diseases you likely won’t get.


Philip Reilly:
After all, we know that heavy smoking causes lung cancer, but only 10% of heavy smokers get lung cancer. Why is that?

Philip Reilly

Defining Time

July 9, 2014


Interview with Brian Greene, author of the book The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality




Mike Carruthers:
All we really have is time. It's a common expression, but when you think about it, what exactly is time?


Brian Greene:
Time in particular is one of the most puzzling concepts that we as humans have ever come upon.

Brian Greene

Finding Success

March 13, 2014


Interview with David M. Howitt, author of the book Heed Your Call: Integrating Myth, Science, Spirituality, and Business




Mike Carruthers:
How do you feel about work and success?


David M. Howitt:
A lot of us are taught at the earliest ages you’ve got to put your shoulder into the plow and you’ve got to work a 12 hour day and the more tired you are when you come home the more successful you are. My experience that’s just not true.

David M. Howitt

Science Of The Kitchen

February 5, 2013


Interview with Jack Bishop Editorial Director at America’s Test Kitchen and contributor to the book The Science of Good Cooking (Cook's Illustrated Cookbooks)




Mike Carruthers:
Cooking whether you realize it or not is actually science – for example when you brown meat on the grill or in a skillet…


Jack Bishop:
It is actually a reaction between the natural sugars and carbohydrates and the proteins. And so you are basically creating flavor when you brown something.

Jack Bishop

What You Don't Know About The Sun

October 9, 2012


Interview with Lawrence Joseph, author of the book Solar Cataclysm: How the Sun Shaped the Past and What We Can Do to Save Our Future




Mike Carruthers:
The sun is seemingly a constant in our lives but on closer examination it’s really anything but. In fact…


Lawrence Joseph:
The sun is good for us the sun is bad for us. The sun sustains us the sun destroys us.

Lawrence Joseph

Don't Get Struck By Lightning

June 1, 2012


Interview with John S. Friedman, author of Out of the Blue: A History of Lightning: Science, Superstition, and Amazing Stories of Survival




Mike Carruthers:
Your chances of being struck by lightning this year are one in seven hundred and fifty thousand.


John S. Friedman:
Height is very important; if you're the highest object in an area it's likely that you're going to be struck.

John S. Friedman

Science Behind Human Connection - Part 2

May 22, 2012


Interview with Paul J. Zak, author of the book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity




Mike Carruthers:
Oxytocin it’s a hormone released by the brain that promotes care and connection with others.


Paul J. Zak:
Turn up the oxytocin and all of a sudden I’m treating strangers like family and by and large they’re going to reciprocate with me - turn it down and all of a sudden I get a selfish behavior, aggressive behavior.

Paul J. Zak

Science Behind Human Connection

May 21, 2012


Interview with Paul J. Zak, author of the book The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity




Mike Carruthers:
What is it that causes us to want to connect with other people it turns out to be something in the brain that’s been labeled the moral molecule.


Paul J. Zak:
The moral molecule is oxytocin which is, until 10 years ago, an underappreciated chemical in the brain only to be associated with childbirth.

Paul J. Zak

Why We Love Novelty & Change

January 30, 2012


Interview with Winifred Gallagher, author of the book New: Understanding Our Need for Novelty and Change




Mike Carruthers:
Unlike any other species on the planet human beings crave novelty and change.


Winifred Gallagher:
We are natures novelty specialists who are primed both biologically and psychologically to engage with the new and different and to adjust to change.

Winifred Gallagher

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