Science | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Science

RSS Feed
NPR

Restore The California Delta! To What, Exactly?

As a multibillion-dollar environmental effort gets underway, the state has to figure out what the landscape used to look like. Ninety-seven percent of the original wetlands in the inland delta near the San Francisco Bay are gone, so California is turning to historians for help.
NPR

In-Depth Genome Analysis Moves Toward The Hospital Bed

Scientists have been using whole genome sequencing for over a decade, but it has yet to become a routine tool in the clinic. Two separate research groups showed progress in making diagnoses using in-depth genome analysis.
NPR

Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of X

In The Joy of X: A Guided Tour of Math, from One to Infinity, mathematician Steven Strogatz provides an entertaining refresher course in math, starting with the most elementary ideas, such as counting, and finishing with mind-bending theories of infinity--including the idea that some infinities can be bigger than others.
NPR

How Astronomers Measured the Edge of a Black Hole

For the first time, astronomers peered to the edge of a massive black hole at the heart of a distant galaxy and measured its "point of no return." Shep Doeleman, assistant director at MIT's Haystack Observatory, shares some of the black hole's deepest (and darkest) secrets.
NPR

From Stem Cells To Eggs (And Beyond)

Reporting in Science, researchers write that mouse stem cells can be transformed not only into egg cells--but into newborn pups. Sean Morrison, a stem cell expert at the University of Texas Southwestern, explains the stem cell's journey, and what it could mean for fertility and assisted reproduction.
NPR

What Your Genes Can Tell You About Your Memory

A recent study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania identified key molecules involved in forming long-term memories. Experts discuss how this is the latest in a growing field of research on how our bodies regulate our genes, and how this process affects our memories.
NPR

Starfish Blamed For Great Barrier Reef Coral Loss

Over the past 27 years, Australia's Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its live coral cover, and a type of starfish is partly to blame for the alarming decline. Mark Eakin, head of NOAA's Coral Reef Watch program, discusses how to save the world's largest coral reef system.
NPR

Why Mobile Maps Sometimes Lose Their Way

Mapping streets is easy. The trick is pinning down businesses and giving accurate turn-by-turn directions, as many people discovered when Apple launched its apology-worthy Maps app for iOS 6. Rakesh Agrawal, principal analyst for reDesign mobile, talks about how mobile maps are made--and what can be done to improve them.
NPR

A Beetle That Puts The 'Extreme' in Extremity

The horn of the Japanese rhinoceros beetle can grow to be two-thirds the length of the rest of its body. And size matters. The beetles battle with their horns to get access to female beetles. Biologists Doug Emlen and Erin McCullough, of The University of Montana, are looking into what regulates the size of this extra-large attribute.

Pages