Conversations in Science

Conversations in Science is now on YouTube

I'm sure that there will be many out there who will think that I've completely lost it. I have to admit that I probably have. However, today, I'm pleased to announce that Conversations in Science now has it's own YouTube channel.

Although Conversations in Science has been available on YouTube since the very beginning, episodes and videos were easily lost among all the other stuff that is published from KLRNRadio on YouTube. Because Conversations in Science is such an anomaly compared to the other shows on KLRNRadio, I managed to convince the station manager to let me set up a YouTube channel of my own.

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Judy L Mohr with Hidden Traps

Two Weeks to Go: On the Book Launch Trail

6am, with blurry eyes, but launching a book waits for no timezone. Hidden Traps will be released in just over two weeks. The countdown is on, and the book launch trail is blazing strong.

I can’t believe that near on a solid year’s work has finally come to fruition. It’s been a massive learning curve along the way. Not only was it a massive amount of research and testing, developing the ideas presented in the book, but it was also all the steps toward publication.

Remembering the nuances of nonfiction. Working with graphic designers. Fighting with software for the final formats. Cursing at the poor resolution of screen captures. The tears when the file won’t upload. Sweet talking the husband to foot the bill for the printed copies. And the fun doesn’t stop there.

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Dave Brewer in MOPP gear.

Weapons of Mass Destruction

As much as I hate to admit it, not all science is intended to make things better. Sometimes science is used for war.

In this month's episode of Conversations in Science, Jessie and I spoke with Dave Brewer, an active serviceman, about the training that the US military gives their soldiers, so they can better prepare themselves against some of the most frightening things that science has to offer: weapons of mass destruction.

Please be advised that this particular episode contains some material that might not be suitable for younger audiences. Parental guidance is advised.


Weapons of Mass Destruction
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, July 3, 2017)

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The Pleiades Star Cluster

Teaching Astronomy to Children

Within New Zealand, June provides the perfect opportunity for astronomers to get out into the community and spark the astronomy bug in children. Not only are we currently in winter, experiencing sunset really early — 6pm in some parts of the country and earlier in the far south — but it is also the Maori New Year, or Matariki as it is called, a time of the year that is marked by the dawn rising of the Pleiades Cluster.

Every year, I get asked by at least one of the local scout groups to introduce the kids to some of the concepts behind astronomy. This month's show of Conversations in Science was all about some of the tactics that I use to explain eclipses, seasons, and our place in the galaxy.


Teaching Astronomy to Kids
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, June 5, 2017)

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