Something You Should Know about Science


What Is The Universe?

February 20, 2015

 

Interview with Janna Levin, author of the book How the Universe Got Its Spots: Diary of a Finite Time in a Finite Space

 

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Mike Carruthers:
What exactly is the universe?

 

Janna Levin:
The universe in a sense is the whole thing. It's everything you could possibly think of and imagine. It's space, it's time, it's all the matter in the universe, all the galaxies. 
 


Janna Levin

Science Questions, Answered - Part 2

January 29, 2015

 

Interview with Kathy Wollard, author of the book How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained

 

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Mike Carruthers:
Every time you touch metal it feels colder than everything else in the room. Why?


Kathy Wollard:


It’s not that things are at different temperatures. Metal is such a good conductor of heat that the minute your finger touches it, it starts siphoning heat away from your skin. So you sense that the metal is actually colder.


Kathy Wollard

Science Questions, Answered

January 28, 2015

 

Interview with Kathy Wollard, author of the book How Come?: Every Kid's Science Questions Explained

 

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Mike Carruthers:
There are a lot of science questions you’ve probably wondered about but don’t know the answer. Like; do camels really store water in their humps?


Kathy Wollard:

What they’re actually storing in their humps is fat. And they use that over their time in the desert they burn it fully for energy but they also get some water from it.
 


Kathy Wollard

Interesting Facts About Light

October 3, 2014
 
Interview with Ben Bova, author of the book The Story of Light
 
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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)

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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)

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

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