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.

Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery talk to the past and current members of the Conservation Corps. From the time of the Great Depression on, Americans have been actively engaged in conserving the wilderness for future generations. The duo talks to past members of the corps, teaching their experiences and telling their stories, along with how newcomers are changing the landscape today. Utah Conservation Corps members discuss their involvement and motivation for helping with the conservation of the American lands. 

Today Science Questions presents Part II of the series "In the State of Mental Breakdown," a profile of the mental healthcare crisis in Salt Lake County that mirrors what is happening across the nation.

On Science Questions, storytelling is combined with music as people tell their experiences with hydraulic fracturing and the earthquakes and other effects from it.

Today on Science Questions, we begin a two-part series titled, "In the state of Mental Breakdown" discussing the overhaul of the Valley Mental Health system.

Valley mental health has been the major, and almost only mental health provider across the Wasatch Front for the past two decades, and is now under a revamp. Sheri Quinn and Suzi Montgomery talk to doctors and patients to find out how this affects the care given to those who need it.

Science Questions profiles the oil and gas industry, particularly the technique called horizontal hydraulic fracturing. It's like a modern-day gold rush and it is breaking new ground in pockets all over the nation bringing jobs and money to the towns near you.

Get ready for a live Science Questions, when Sheri Quinn learns all about the end of the world from astronomer Phil Plait. Will a coronal mass ejection and solar flares knock out half the Earth's power and leave millions in the cold? Will a huge asteroid strike the Earth and send us the way of the dinosaurs? Perhaps our planet will be sucked into a giant black hole. Scariest of all could be supernovae close enough to cause mass extinction.

SQ Radio introduces us to the brand new Molecular Biotechnology Lab on the University of Utah campus, where interdisciplinary research teams will collaborate to advance big areas in science like nanotechnology, renewable energy, early disease detection, and geochemistry.

Then they profile a USTAR - USU Energy Dynamics Lab project called Intuitive Building, where engineers are developing software and devices that essentially decode an office room scene in order to light it based on the occupants' daily patterns and preferences. The wave of the future!

 

Science questions reveals new research on the effects of environmental toxins and autism and the legal and ethical implications of human diseases caused by environmental exposures. 

Tracking the Coyote

Apr 6, 2012

The clown, the hero, the fool, the sacred one...the coyote plays a number of roles including the most abundant predator in North America. Tracking the coyote takes us on a thorny trail filled with political, ethical and environmental strife that forces us to confront the human struggle for power over nature. Science Questions presents this controversial canine and its perseverance in the West.

Science Questions takes a comprehensive look at what's called the "Paleo Diet", a way of eating that mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors: lean meats, seafood, vegetables, fruits, and nuts.

Stem Cell Research

Mar 23, 2012

Science Questions explores stem cell therapy and its potential to transform the treatment of human disease.  Adult stem cells have been used to treat leukemia since the late 1950s. Among early attempts to do this were several bone marrow transplants conducted in France following a radiation accident.

Though the field of Epigenetics was conceived in the era of platforms and poly-leisure suits, it has received sparse media attention. And now, scientists are realizing it has the potential to explain A LOT about human disease and evolution particularly, the grey areas where genetics seems to fall short.

Science Questions presents Part II of the series we started last week about Epigenetics: The New Frontier in Science and Medicine. Today's episode explores current research on the origins of mental illness through the lens of epigenetic science.

Science Questions talks to Randy Jirtle, a scientist dedicated to the resurgence of the field of epigenetics and its implications for the future of biology and medicine.

Science Questions profiles the largest international gem fair in the world in Tuscon, Arizona -- a bustling marketplace where meteorites, trilobites, and rare gems are showcased.

For most of us, no matter how far removed, the words "Back to School" conjure up strong images. This week, Science Questions is going back to school and heralding two exceptional science teachers.

Science Questions presents a one-hour special today with Alan Lightman, author of Einstein's Dreams, musician Randall Williams, and a talented group of junior high students at Salt Lake Arts Academy who created songs, along with Williams, about time based on Lightman's book. Their journey offers a unique window into the power of hands-on education and the beauty of blending the arts and sciences.

Science Questions explores the biology of aggression and new research showing the social and physical environment has a lot of influence in sculpting our human genome.

Today Science Questions presents a one-hour Sundance Film Festival special broadcast profiling one of the festival's documentary film highlights, Chasing Ice.

Photographer James Balog turned his 2007 National Geographic cover story about melting glaciers into a monumental five-year photography project about climate change. The documentary, directed by Jeff Orlowski, follows Balog's "extreme ice survey" -- an experiment that placed time-lapse cameras across three continents to capture massive ice melting and the effects of climate change.

Living with Fracking

Jan 20, 2012

Science Questions takes you into the lives of Pennsylvania residents who are personally being impacted by drilling for highly profitable natural gas and what scientists are saying about the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, gaining attention across the nation.

Fire: Science and Magic

Jan 13, 2012

Friday, January 13

Science Questions explores the intersection between science and magic through the lens of two storytellers who are enchanted by the ability of fire to transform nature.

Science Questions profiles the Civilian Conservation Corp and its impact on how we manage our public lands today.

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