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June 2013

June 29, 2013

Possible Record Breaking 'Dead Zone' Predicted for the Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a possible record breaking dead zone or area of water with little or no oxygen this summer in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Director of NOAA’s Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research joins us to tell us more about this dire prediction. A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington celebrates genetic research. We'll hear how India is using its railway system for not only transportation - but as a vehicle to teach children science.


June 22, 2013

Science World - Diet Change 3.5 Million Years Ago May Have Been a Gamechanger in Human Evolution

A recent study from the University Colorado, Boulder suggests a change of diet 3.5 million years ago may have paved the way for ancient hominid species to become more human. The lead author of the study joins us to tell us more. This past week NASA unveiled its plans to capture, move and someday visit an asteroid, but a draft of a Republican authored NASA budget proposal says not so fast.  The budget draft from the US House Subcommittee on Space calls for scrapping NASA’s asteroid project in favor of more human exploration of space, including manned posts on the Moon and Mars. And, Rosanne Skirble will tell us about a new ultra-high resolution brain model that's providing scientists with an invaluable tool to better understand brain form and function.


June 15, 2013

Science World - Meteorites Delivered Key Component to Creation of Life on Earth

Researchers say they now know how reactive phosphorus, an important element that helped start life on Earth, got here.  The team’s leader on the project was University of South Florida’s Matthew Pasek. He joins us to talk about his team’s research and findings. Other stories we cover include: After a US sponsored clinical trial in Thailand, scientists have found that a medication used to treat HIV patients can also be effectively used as a preventative.   Students at the University of Virginia have developed a device that could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world. Plus we have another edition of the Science World Quick Quiz!


June 08, 2013

Science World - Pause in Global Warming

A researcher from Oxford University will tell us "not so fast" on those projections that suggest extreme global warming is right around the corner. NASA is preparing a new mission that will allow scientists to better study the sun...Suzanne Presto will have the story.   Did you know US paleontologists have something in common with classic rock?  We'll learn that something is involves the fossil remains of a gigantic ancient creature. We'll have another question sure to tease your brain on our Science World Quick Quiz.


June 01, 2013

Science World - Mars!

The planet Mars is in the news this week - New radiation findings made by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity and the impact it may have on plans to send a manned mission to the red planet and the robotic explorer has also just provided clues of an ancient streambed on the Martian surface you'll hear from one of the scientists involved with this remarkable discovery.

June 2013

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