Genetics is about much more than DNA

Regular listeners of Conversations in Science will know that I have a wide breadth of knowledge within the realm of science. Let’s face it, I’m a science geek. However, there are some areas of science where I’m just as much in the dark as those around me. That’s when it’s time to bring in an expert. On this month’s show, I did exactly that.

It was such a pleasure to invite Dan Koboldt to join Jessie and me as we talked about the field of genetics and the genome project. I did have to rein in Jessie’s bizarre questions (something the two of us still laugh about), but I had no idea that the field had progressed to the point it had. It’s not often that I’m left speechless, but Dan succeeded.

Take a listen as Dan explains what a geneticist really does and how our understanding of the human genome had led to amazing advancements in cancer research.


Conversations in Science looks at Genetics
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, March 6, 2017)

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Global Warming — Fake Science or Real?

The latest episode of Conversations in Science has now aired on KLRNRadio. It was a requested topic and given the current escalation of the news about climate change and global warming, I can understand why.

Is all this hoopla about global warming really fake science (alternative facts) or is it real and something we should be worried about? Simple answer: it's all real, but the issues and solutions are far from simple.

 


Climate Change: Is it Real or Fake Science?
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, February 6, 2017)

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Artist's rendering of the Earth's magnetosphere

Pole to Pole to Pole

When my family and friends heard the special Christmas edition of Conversations in Science, many of them asked the same question: had I been drinking too much eggnog? In listening to the episode myself, I must admit, I did sound a little crazy, but I'm not. The ideas that I mentioned in that episode really do have a scientific basis.

So in my defense, I decided to elaborate on the scientific principles mentioned in that Christmas edition for this month's episode of Conversations in Science.


Pole to Pole to Pole
(First aired on KLRNRadio, Monday, January 9, 2017)

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Special Live Conversations in Science: Star Trek vs Star Wars

The release of Rogue One is looming closer and closer, and this Science Geek can barely contain her excitement. However, if it were another Star Trek film, I'd be out there insisting that I watch it either with advance screenings or on the opening night. But which is the better franchise: Star Trek or Star Wars?

Step back folks because the lid on that can of worms is about to spring off for a special LIVE 2-hr episode of Conversations in Science. But I won't be the only one... Nearly half of the other hosts from the KLRN Radio have to decided that this is one topic that must be explored from all angles.

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Juno and Jupiter

Again, I'm on internet radio. YEAH! Go me. Again, it's about something I hold great interest in: astronomy, and in particular, NASA's Juno Mission to Jupiter. The links to the show are found below.


Conversations in Science Juno and Jupiter
(First Aired as part of Jessie's POV on KLRNRadio, Wednesday, Auguest 31, 2016)

 

There are many things about Jupiter that holds a great fascination to astronomers and other scientist. Even 400 years ago, Galileo was captivated by the giant gas planet, mapping its four largest moons, even though he didn't know Jupiter was a gas giant back then.

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