Episode 87 - Plant Genetics with Dr. Kevin Folta

This week Dr. Folta returns to the show to talk plant genetics, fear mongering, and putting worry into proper context.
Also, the Clock of the Long Now is officially under construction


The Clock Of The Long Now


Dr. Kevin Folta


DrFolta

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Illumination Blog
Talking Biotech Podcast
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Episode 85 - Interview with Dr. Emily Monosson

This week I interview Dr. Emily Monosson about her book Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health, and we talk about academia, changes in our society currently underway, and motherhood in the scientific world. 
Also, Robocoffee, and searching for technomarkers around distant planets. Oh, and some guy launched a car into space. 

Robot barista in Japan
Searching for technosignatures from distant planets
Monosson

Dr. Monosson's Blog
Dr. Monosson's Books
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Episode 76 - Blockchain and Bitcoin: Interview with Steve McKeon

This week I have an interview with Steve McKeon from the U of O. We talk about blockchain and bitcoin, what it is, what people are doing with it, and why you should pay attention. Please see the show notes for a number of links to recent news. 
Also, genetic engineering a skin replacement to fight a deadly disease. 



Genetically engineered skin graft for young boy

Bitcoin and Blockchain


coins
(bitcoin.com)

Steve's article
Square integrates bitcoin

A wide variety of uses for blockchain

US State Dept and blockchain
Russian news
More Russian news

Bitcoin mining's energy use

Further reading for news and opinion on bitcoin:
https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/14/dbs-groups-david-gledhill-bitcoin-is-a-ponzi-scheme.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-bitcoin-investing-advice-inv-20171114-story.html

https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/15/london-block-exchange-bitcoin-dragoncard-uk/

https://www.coindesk.com/shitshow-success-bitcoin-golds-launch-anything-smooth/
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Episode 70 - All News Show #5

On this weeks news show: CRISPR for Glaucoma, Nobel Prizes, moon, Mars, and some thoughts on guns and con man Alex Jones. 



LockheedMartinMBC_Poster-700x432
(Lockheed Martin)

The News



Nobel Prizes 2017

CRISPR for glaucoma

Trump Administration's NASA priorities

Lockheed Martin Mars Station

Elon Musk's Mars Update
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Episode 68 - All News Show #4

This week is an all news show in the new show format. We have Osiris Rex, human embryo editing, 3d printed aluminum, high tech guitar strings, and more. 



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(NASA)

Sources for this week's news


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asima_Chatterjee
https://phys.org/news/2017-09-revolutionary-guitar-world.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0H1ZJ55J7M
http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/22_september_2017?folio=1225&pg=21#pg21
http://www.sciencemagazinedigital.org/sciencemagazine/22_september_2017?sub_id=qQuCOFPYtydc&u1=41569489&folio=1221&pg=17#pg17
http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/22/us/nasa-osiris-rex-slingshot-past-earth/index.html
https://www.universetoday.com/137253/300-asteroids-explored-fleet-nanosatellites/
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/18/551792129/stanislav-petrov-the-man-who-saved-the-world-dies-at-77
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Episode 63 - Interview with Dr. Kevin Folta

This week features an interview with Dr. Kevin Folta, professor and chairman of the horticultural sciences department at the University of Florida, and host of the Talking Biotech podcast.
Also, I beg for money the 21st century way.




Yes, it's true, I've joined the 21st century method of asking for donations. Check out my
Patreon page, not only can you support the show, you can get cool artwork and music perks as well.

Dr. Kevin Folta



DrFolta

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Twitter
Illumination Blog
Talking Biotech Podcast
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Episode 49 - Longevity pt 3

This week we continue with longevity research. We examine some critiques against it, and consider what it will mean for society if more and more people live longer.

Also, vertical farming in Shanghai, the ISS 200th spacewalk, and wandering black holes.



Shanghai vertical farming

ISS 200th spacewalk

Wandering black holes

Criticisms and Implications of Longevity research



martin-lisec
(Martin Lisec)

Links for further reading
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategies_for_Engineered_Negligible_Senescence#Technology_Review_controversy
https://academic.oup.com/gerontologist/article-lookup/doi/10.1093/geront/43.1.4
https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/primer/testing/genepatents
http://www.everydayhealth.com/longevity/longevity-boom-and-its-impact.aspx
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Episode 42 - CRISPR and gene editing

This week we dive into the world of CRISPR-Cas9 and gene editing with a hopefully easy to understand overview of the basics. What is CRISPR, what can and might it do, what are the concerns and roadblocks.

Also, new nano metal techniques for improving hardness, and the Air Force X37 sets a record.



Nano Metal



nanometal

Air Force X37



x37b_otvAirfirce
(Air Force)

CRISPR-Cas9 and Gene Editing



crispr-cas9-genome-editingMirus
(Mirus)

This is probably the best video for an understandable explanation of CRISPR

http://www.yourgenome.org/facts/what-is-crispr-cas9
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnYppmstxIs
https://www.quora.com/What-is-a-simplified-explanation-of-CRISPR
http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a19067/11-crazy-things-we-can-do-with-crispr-cas9/
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/01/the-most-exciting-uses-of-gene-editing-technology-involve-no-editing/422619/
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Episode 38 - The Future Of Food pt 3 - GMOs and Gene Editing

This week I talk about a controversial topic, genetically modified organisms and gene editing, and how these aspects of modern science can feed us far into the future. I will have links to the science on the show's web page, for my part I focus on the basics and the benefits of GMOs and gene editing for food production.

Also, metamaterial news, new planets, and the Hubble Constant



New strong and light metamaterial

The Hubble Constant

New Planets

wild-cultivated
(wild progenitors to some of our food)

Information about GMOs and Gene Editing:



https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org
https://www.bestfoodfacts.org/what-foods-are-gmo/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/23/rice-plants-genetically-tweaked-tame-arsenic-found-soil-reducing-risk-humans/
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2017/02/16/organic-farming-better-environment/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacillus_thuringiensis#Safety_studies
https://www.geneticliteracyproject.org/2014/06/19/how-your-food-would-look-if-not-genetically-modified-over-millennia/
https://futurism.com/a-new-drought-simulation-has-concluded-with-frightening-results/
http://ascienceenthusiast.com/crispr-cpf1-soybeans-healthier-no-dna/
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Episode 34 - Themes for 2017 - Communication

This week I ramble about the need for level-headed communication for a functional society, and ponder why it's so hard to do, including science communication.
Also, lots of medical news from Earth and space about stem cells and genetics.
Most-people-do-not-listen-with-the-intent-to-understand-they-listen-with-the-intent-to-reply-530x303
- Stephen R. Covey


Medical news of stem cell and genetic treatments

StemcellRicardo Carrasco III
(Ricardo Carrasco III)
Stem Cells for Paralasys
Leukemia treatment

NASA's Twin Study

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(Robert Markowitz)
Some links about science and communication I referenced for the show
http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-have-figured-out-what-makes-people-reject-science-and-it-s-not-ignorance
http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2017/01/relearning-how-write?utm_source=sciencemagazine&utm_medium=facebook-text&utm_campaign=howtowrite-10682
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-convince-someone-when-facts-fail/
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/illusion-chasers/the-delusion-of-alternative-facts/?WT.mc_id=SA_FB_POLE_BLOG

Some science news sources I think are the best at reporting and writing
https://www.scientificamerican.com/
http://www.sciencemag.org/
http://www.livescience.com/
https://phys.org/
http://www.universetoday.com/
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