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.

  Last year, agricultural producers experienced the worst drought in generations. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced this week the department's vision for agriculture in the face of evolving environmental challenges.  Today on the program, Sheri Quinn talks to USDA spokesperson Blake Walbeck about the challenges ahead for farmers and ranchers in Utah and discusses conservation stewardship funding available to producers in Utah and nationwide. 

  The most famous person with autism, Temple Grandin, has a new book out called The Autistic Brain-Thinking Across the Spectrum, and it is currently number 21 on the best seller list. On the program, producer Sheri Quinn presents this two-part program on autism.  In the first half, Temple Grandin talks about the book, her latest research in the livestock industry, and what she thinks parents, clinicians, and educators should be doing to improve the lives of children with autism.

  A recent study released by the natural resources defense council, a national not-for-profit environmental group, shows taxpayers spend roughly 1,000 dollars per year in extreme weather events related to climate change.  Economist Laurie Johnson joins us to talk about the monetary, environmental and health costs of climate change.  she also offers solutions to work towards a cleaner energy future. 

Today on the program, "The Cloud" by Matt Richtel is a non-stop thriller that melds cutting edge science with a technological mystery. We talk with the New York Times reporter Matt Richtel about his new book "The Cloud."

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.

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.

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.

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.