Science Questions

Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

We are SQRadio: two women who produce a weekly science radio show for public radio to promote science, technology and science education through stories that move listeners to action, laud innovators and redefine American heroes.

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Today on the program producer's Sheri Quinn and Elaine Taylor explore Nine Mile Canyon, known as the world's longest prehistoric rock art gallery. Because of the boom in gas and oil exploration in the area, archeologists have been able to uncover ancient mysteries buried beneath the canyon's narrow corridors.


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A University of Utah study released this month offers hope in stopping melanoma from spreading. Researcher’s found that inhibiting certain proteins prevents metastasis in lungs in mice. Today on the program, Dr. Allie Grossman, co-author of the study, joins us to discuss the study and melanoma – the most serious forma of skin cancer.


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A new University of Utah study released in late February reveals the rate of infections from surgeries is actually in our genes, meaning that some who get an infection as a result of surgery can blame it on their relatives, even distant ones.

We talk with Utah State University physicist Jeff Hazboun about his kayaking adventure along a stretch of the Kamchatka River in eastern Russia where he collected water samples for scientific research. He also took part in a National Geographic television series and discovered new whitewater.  He will be Friday night's featured speaker for USU's Science Unwrapped.

On the second half we discuss apes related to the  poaching in Africa. 

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On Science Questions we discuss the fate of the rare bird, the Gunnison Sage Grouse. It has been recommended by the U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service to be listed as an endangered species. These curious birds inhabit small portions in Colorado and Utah and number from 3,000-5,000.

On today’s program, we  look at the first installment of a series featuring artists and engineers from across the nation. Gabriel Hugh Elkaim, an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, joins us to discuss robotics. He developed one of the first robotic lawn mowers and in college, designed a winged, robotic catamaran. This design is used as a model for other robotic boats.  

Archeological data suggests the Aché Indians lived and hunted throughout the Atlantic rainforest in Paraguay for thousands of years. Now they are cornered near a shrinking region of the endangered forest, rich in biodiversity and hosts several species threatened with extinction. One Salt Lake resident worked with the tribe. His book tells the story of a fictional band of Aché forced to deal with the diminishing forest in "The Shrinking Jungle.

Today on the program Sheri Quinn talks to paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Carpenter about recent advances in the study of dinosaurs and why Utah is one of the best places on earth to study them.  

At 9:30 science questions explores the era after the extinction of the dinosaurs, the Eocene, where mammals ruled the planet.

Downwinders

Nov 9, 2012

There isn't anyone in the U.S. who isn't a downwinder. In collaboration with local artists, Utah state history, and City Academy Charter School, Higher Ground Learning, a creative learning center for youth and 5 teenagers, explored nuclear testing, power and waste from their classroom and from their camp-out in the Utah West Desert, one of the areas hardest hit by the nuclear fall-out.

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   The amazing recordist Chris Watson, from Britain, takes us on a sound journey to  Antarctica, where he encounters some of the rarest sounds on Earth.  At 9:30, we visit the Pope's summer home in Italy, to hear about astronomy. 

A new Utah State University study reveals which traits allow wolves to reproduce successfully. Science Questions producer Elaine Taylor speaks with Professor Dan MacNulty, whose findings were published this month in the Online Journal of Animal Ecology.

Science Questions profiles leading scientists in Utah’s pharmaceutical industry.  It is a risky business that pays off well when a drug makes it to market but the chances of getting there are slim. 

Science Questions presents current wolf policies across the west and the new book called "Wolfer," a memoir about one man's experience trapping and hunting wolves for the federal government and how it changed his life's direction.   

Science Questions guides you through the steps to launch a rocket into outer space with the private aerospace company ATK based in northern Utah.  Then,  Science Questions presents current satellite research and a student driven project in space that was developed at USU's Space Dynamics Lab. 

Science questions explores science education through the innovative lens of a Native American scientist named Ed Galindo.  He is infamous for landing his student's high school science project on the international space station.

At 9:30 science questions profiles physicist Kip Thorne, who grew up in Logan, just below the Utah State University campus.  Thorne's research has focused on gravitation physics and astrophysics with an emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and gravitational waves.

Science Questions presents new research at Utah State University on climate change in Utah, a new study on the effects of nature on infants, and then SQ radio presents a story that traces the moon landing to find out about the mysterious "moon tree."  

Science Questions profiles two farmers living on opposite sides of the country, but whom are both profoundly impacted by the oil and gas industry. Science Questions goes to the heart of farm land in Ohio and Utah, where natural gas extraction and farming collide. 

 Science Questions profiles the work of paleogeologist Lonnie Thompson, famous for his ice archive and studies of melting glacial ice. 

Science Questions goes into the heart of Nine Mile Canyon in Eastern Utah, where the oil and gas industry has a stronghold. But while extracting natural resources, they are also preserving the canyon's rock art legacy and cultural resources. 

Science Questions presents a profile of an infamous Amur Tiger who stalked his human hunter in Siberia with Canadian author John Valliant. 

Science questions profiles one of the largest and oldest known organisms on earth that resides right here in Utah: a type of quaking aspen. 

Dr. Craig Stanford, author of “The Last Tortoise” goes in-depth about the plight of the tortoise across the globe. Tortoise populations are declining, partly because they are being taken as pets and for a food source, and Stanford offers his solutions to increasing their numbers and habitat. 

Science Questions is part three in a series on teens and addiction. This episode  presents a new education trend geared toward treating and educating youth who struggle with addiction. These "Recovery Schools" are blooming across the nation, healing students and giving them a second chance at life and graduation.  The program features students from Valley High School in Salt Lake, and discuss the stigma of the school, and how they got an education that helped them grow there.

Today we feature a full hour of Science Questions, discussing the growing problem of teen drug use. From Marajuana to Oxycontin, teens tell their stories of addiction, rehabilitation, and growth. We hear from psychologists and non-professionals alike. 

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