Today, The Economist asks whether we’ve put too much blind faith in scientific research – at grave risk to ourselves and advances in medicine and technology: A simple idea underpins science: “trust, but verify”. Results should always be subject to challenge from experiment. That simple but powerful idea has generated a vast body of knowledge. Read more →
Acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton is on a mission to save the sounds of silence. Hempton joins The Daily Circuit today to discuss what we’re missing in our noisy world. He’s shared some of his recordings with us. Give a listen.
“A handful of photos is an anecdote. Millions of photographs put together tells a story. And a story that carries statistical significance as well.” Ali Swanson is a researcher at University of Minnesota’s College of Biological Sciences. She’s captured millions of photos over the past few years through camera traps in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. These Read more →
The science of taste (and smells) is the subject of the 11:00 a.m. hour on The Daily Circuit on Thursday, May 30. Kerri Miller talks with Stuart Firestein, who chairs the biology sciences department at Columbia University. Firestein is participating in “The Taste of Science,” an event at this year’s World Science Festival in New Read more →
Tens of thousands of people around the world have said they want to go to Mars, even if it means they will never return to Earth. Dozens of them were in the crowd Tuesday night at the Fitzgerald Theater for Science Night Minnesota — Mission to Mars. Read about Science Night.
At 11:20, we talk about a plan to link wilderness areas that could save North American animals and plants from extinction. Where are your favorite wilderness areas, beyond the National Parks? What is the furthest from civilization that you’ve been and what did you learn from it?