|Sustainable Fungi -- Groks Science Show 2010-12-15 (December 15, 2010) - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Fungi is everywhere. It's a decomposer and it can be a parasite. But can it also be the key to environmental sustainability? Ms. Sue Van Hook joins to talk about the wonders of this mysterious life form.
Keywords: fungi; sustainability; design; singapore; japan
|Wonderous Universe -- Groks Science Show 2011-07-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The universe is a large and mysterious place. How did it begin? How will it end? And, what are the steps along the way? On this program, Prof. Brian Cox discussed the wonders of the universe.
Keywords: science; universe; cosmology; astronomy; groks
|Urban Development -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Developing the infrastructure of poor urban environments remains a major challenge for sustainable growth. On this program, Dr. Timothy Campbell discussed capacity building and urban development.
Keywords: science; capacity building; public policy
|Bioecology -- Groks Science Show 2004-01-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Preserving the environment requires an interdisciplinary approach, especially in terms of maintaining biological diversity. On this program, we explored issues in bioecology with our guest, Prof. Shepley Chen.
|Ocean Burps -- Groks Science Show 2007-02-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
A huge potential for our energy needs lies at the bottom of the ocean in the form of methane hydrates. But what happens when the ocean "burps" and large amounts of natural gas are liberated into the atmosphere? On this program, MBARI scientist Charles Paull discusses how these greenhouse gases could be abruptly released.
Keywords: science; methane hydrate; marine geology
|Einstein and Theology -- Groks Science Show 2005-12-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Besides his physical theories, Einstein is also well known for his considered pacificism. With the world year of physics drawing to a close, we explored Einstein and his theology with our guest John Brinster.
Keywords: Science; physics; Einstein; theology; pacificism
|Proof -- Groks Science Show 2003-06-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
In the rarified circles of mathematical research, understanding theorems often precedes cultivating human relations. On this program, actors from "Proof", the prize winning play, explored this issue in depth.
|Flu Vaccine -- Groks Science Show 2004-10-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Each year over 100 million flu shots are administered, but the recent announcement that this year's supply will be cut in half will complicate matters. On this program, we examined the upcoming flu vaccine shotage.
|Citizen Media -- Groks Science Show 2006-05-31 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Grassroots journalism has been enabled by the internet. The potential impact of citizen media is far and wide ranging, as discussed on this episode with Dan Gilmor.
Keywords: science; journalism; blog
|Sociobiology -- Groks Science Show 2004-04-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The field of sociobiology attempts to attribute many behaviors to evolutionary causes. But, the justification for these attempts is often tenuous at best. On this program, we discussed sociobiology and models of human behavior with Dr. Richard C. Francis, author of Why Men Won't Ask for Directions: The Seductions of Sociobiology.
|Rules for Revolutionaries -- Groks Science Show 2003-02-19 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Technological revolutions fuel economic growth and improve the quality of life for everyone. Often, the revolutionaries who envision these innovations must struggle to make their dreams a reality. This show featured a discussion of the common traits of these technological innovators.
|Hacking the XBox -- Groks Science Show 2003-09-10 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Xbox is a popular gaming console that when reduced to its bare elements is simply a graphics-enabled PC. This show featured a discussion of the technical and legal aspects to reverse engineering the Xbox.
|Urban Sustainability -- Groks Science Show 2005-10-12 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Current trends in urbanization are unsustainable with current practices. Randy Hayes, Oakland Sustainability Director, discussed his efforts at rainforest protection and urban sustainability.
|Biomaterials -- Groks Science Show 2003-02-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Designing synthetic materials to replace for biological tissue will revolutionize medicine. Progress is currently being made in many areas. On this program, a leading researcher discussed her work on bioengineered tissue.
|Fermilab Higgs -- Groks Science Show 2009-01-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Fermi National Accelerator Lab, better known as Fermilab, has been actively searching for the elusive Higgs Boson, the particle that may give mass to the Universe. However, the clock is ticking and their time may soon be up. On this program, Clayton Brown discussed the Atom Smashers.
Keywords: science; fermilab; higgs boson; physics; particle physics
|Lives of Stars -- Groks Science Show 2009-10-28 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The vast number of stars in the night sky exhibit the full panoply of stellar life stages. On this program, Dr. Ken Croswell discussed the life of stars.
Keywords: science; astronomy; stars; sun; HR Diagram; black holes; white dwarves; groks
|Mind and Body Health -- Groks Science Show 2003-12-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The health of our bodies is often determined by our mental state. The physical relation between these two is now being investigated with modern methods. On this program, we explored the mind/body relationship with Dr. Gabor Mate.
|Stem Cell Funding -- Groks Science Show 2004-10-27 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Stem cell research promises to develop cures for a variety of ailments, but the current government restrictions on this research has forced investigators to improvise their methods. As a result, California voters have proposed a bond measure to fund this research. On this program, we examined the pros and cons of this measure.
|Dietstep Hydaplunge -- Groks Science Show 2002-08-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
A healthy diet and exercise is essential for a long and health life. But, what constitutes a healthy diet? This show featured a discussion of one dieting theory, and an everyday inventor talking about his invention.
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|Sex Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2008-09-17 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although love is often said to make the world go round, most might concede that sex is the real prime mover. On this program, Faye Flam discussed how the quest for sex has shaped the modern man.
Keywords: science; evolution; sexuality
|Biodiesel -- Groks Science Show 2005-02-23 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The City of Berkeley has consistently been at the forefront of the environmental movement. David Williamson, director of the curbside recycling program in Berkeley, talks about converting their fleet to biodiesel.
|Alan Turing -- Groks Science Show 2006-03-29 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Alan Turing was a prominent figure in the development of the computer, and is well known for many important computing concepts, including the famous Turing Test. On this program Prof. David Leavitt discussed the life of Alan Turing.
Keywords: science; computers; Turing
|Genetic Toxicology -- Groks Science Show 2008-07-09 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Toxicology tests have typically relied on outmoded and non-specific measures. On this program, Dr. Bruce Gillis discussed advances in genetic toxicology. In addition, Prof. Jerry Crabtree discussed transgenic technology.
Keywords: science; genetics
|Telephone Gambit -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-02 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Alexander Graham Bell is widely regarded as the inventor of the telephone. However, few may know the story of Elisha Gray, who may have been the first inventor of the telephone. On this program, Seth Shulman discussed the controversy and history of the telephone.
Keywords: science; telephone; elisha gray; alexander graham bell
|Exercising Brain -- Groks Science Show 2008-06-11 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
While exercise is widely known to be beneficial for physical health, it can also greatly improve mental abilities as well. On this program, Dr. John Ratey discussed the effects of exercise on the brain.
Keywords: science; exercise; neuroscience
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|Probability Theory -- Groks Science Show 2006-09-20 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Chance occurrences often have a dramatic effect on our daily lives. But, how can we evaluate randomness and weigh its influence appropriately? On this program, Prof. Jeffery S. Rosenthal discussed probability theory.
Keywords: science; probability; chance
|Smithsonian Ocean -- Groks Science Show 2009-03-04 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The oceans are essential for human survival. The Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History seeks to educate the public about the importance of the oceans. On this program, Deborah Cramer discussed Smithsonian Ocean: Our Water, Our World.
Keywords: science; ocean; environment; smithsonian
|Spam Kings -- Groks Science Show 2004-11-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The proliferation of spam e-mail peddling everything from home mortgages to male enhancement may cause one to wonder, "Who writes this stuff?" On this program, Brian McWilliams profiles some of these spam peddlers as portrayed in his book, Spam Kings.
|Population Bomb -- Groks Science Show 2012-06-06 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The 20th century is marked by a dramatic increase in the global human population. But, can this go on? Will this lead to the collapse of civilization? On this program, Prof. Kentaka Aruga discusses the two main schools of thoughts on how the human population will progress.
Keywords: population, malthus, resources, development, sustainability
|Long Emergency -- Groks Science Show 2006-10-25 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Oil dependence has ramifications beyond those of transportation. A shortage in its supply can affect many areas, including agriculture, business, and urban design. On this program, James Howard Kunstler will discuss this long emergency.
Keywords: science; peak oil; long emergency
|Spy Technology -- Groks Science Show 2009-08-05 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Spy technology has been integral to the operations of CIA agents from the period of the cold war until the present day. On this program, Robert Wallace discussed the secret world of spycraft.
Keywords: science; espionage; technology; spyware; eavesdrop; CIA; security; groks
|Math World -- Groks Science Show 2008-09-03 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Mathematics is often regarded as highly abstract, yet many fundamental explanations about the natural world have come from seemingly arcane mathematical research. On this program, Prof. James Stein discussed how math explains the world.
Keywords: science; mathematics
|Bees -- Groks Science Show 2011-06-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Bees are remarkable creatures that serve an important role in agriculture. Yet, their numbers are dwindling due to disease and the fewer number of bee keepers cultivating their use. On this program, Hannah Nordhaus discussed the plight of the agricultural bee.
Keywords: science; biology; agronomy; entymology; groks
|Internet Society -- Groks Science Show 2005-12-07 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Although the internet is often viewed as a knowledge warehouse, the potential as a social medium is being explored by those interested in social networks. On this program, Jerry Michalski discussed social networks and the future of the internet.
Keywords: Science; internet; social networks
|Big Media and Journalism -- Groks Science Show 2004-07-14 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Legendary journalist, Bill Moyers, joined us to discuss some current issues of big media and journalism.
|Catching Fire -- Groks Science Show 2009-07-15 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The taming of fire may be one of the most critical events to shape the evolution of modern humans. On this program, Prof. Richard Wrangham discussed Catching Fire.
Keywords: science; fire; cooking; evolution; human; archaeology; biology; anthropology
|ADHD EMP -- Groks Science Show 2010-03-24 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Most approaches to curing ADHD rely on medications. On this program, Dr. Stanley Greenspan discussed overcoming ADHD without a pill. And on the second half of the program, Dr. William Forstchen discussed the detrimental effects following the detonation of an electromagnetic pulse.
Keywords: science; ADHD; attention deficit; EMP; electromagnetic pulse; groks
|Corporate Corruption of Higher Education -- Groks Science Show 2005-05-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Research at public universities is increasingly being driven by profit motives that undermine academic integrity and limit the free expression of ideas. What does this shift mean for higher education? On this program, Jennifer Washburn discussed the corporate corruption of higher education.
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|Ethanol Production -- Groks Science Show 2009-03-18 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The search for alternative fuel sources is a major concern, and ethanol is a factor in this new energy market. New technologies for converting cellulose to ethanol may help supply much of the demand. On this program, Arnold Klann discussed bluefire ethanol.
Keywords: science; ethanol; alternative fuels; environment
|Cult of Mac -- Groks Science Show 2004-12-08 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The expressive fervor of cultish beliefs can take many forms, especially when the object of such devotion is the Macintosh computer. On this program, we examined the Cult of Mac, with Wired Magzine editor Leander Kahney.
|Advocacy -- Groks Science Show 2011-12-21 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Good ideas are often overlooked, while bad ideas may flouirsh. How does one insure that the best ideas are used? On this program, Prof. John Daly discussed the skills of advocacy.
Keywords: science; advocacy; management; technology; groks
|Dropsy Dialysis Transplant -- Groks Science Show 2008-04-30 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The kidneys are an often unappreciated organ in the human body. But, the importance of their function becomes readily apparent when something disrupts their normal operation. On this program, Dr. Steven J. Peitzman discussed a short history of failing kidneys.
Keywords: science; kidneys; medicine
|Incentive Economics -- Groks Science Show 2007-12-26 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Economics is often viewed as the dismal science, but everyday decisions are often guided or aided by economic considerations. On this program, Prof. Tyler Cowen discussed incentive economics.
Keywords: science; economics
|Consumer Behavior -- Groks Science Show 2002-05-22 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Analyzing consumer behavior is a complicated field in current economic research. The complexity of the behavior requires knowledge of cross-cutting disciplines. This show featured current work on consumer behavior.
|Special Effects in the Matrix -- Groks Science Show 2003-06-04 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Matrix movies are well known for their innovative special effects. On this program, Dr. Paul Debevec discussed many of the special effects that he helped create for these films.
|Evolution -- Groks Science Show 2010-10-06 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The theory of evolution continues to be supported by the weight of scientific evidence, yet the basic concepts and principles behind the theory continue to be misunderstood, ignored, or misstated. On this program, Prof. Richard Dawkins discussed The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution.
Keywords: science; biology; evolution; natural selection; dawkins; richard dawkins; groks
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|Career Science -- Groks Science Show 2011-04-13 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Becoming a professional scientist requires years of education culminating in an advanced degree. Yet, navigating a career in science requires more than just an advanced degree. On this program, Peter Feibelman discussed forging a career in science.
Keywords: science; graduate school; careers; technology; groks
|Seduction -- Groks Science Show 2002-01-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
Seduction is a complicated process in humans that seemingly defies explanation. However, application of the methods of neuro-linguistic programming has removed some of the mystery. This program featured an interview with Mr. Ross Jeffries discussing his ideas on seduction.
|Arctic Ice -- Groks Science Show 2009-12-16 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The Arctic Ocean is important politically, environmentally, and socially. However, the rapid melting of ice in the arctic is quickly changing the dynamics of humans and wildlife in the region. On this program, Dr. Alun Anderson discussed the future of the Arctic Ocean after the ice melts.
Keywords: science; environment; arctic ocean; conservation; wildlife; copenhagen summit; groks
|Environmental Policy -- Groks Science Show 2002-11-06 - Charles Lee and Frank Ling|
The adverse changes to the global climate will require widespread measures to halt their effects. However, legislating these changes is perhaps even more challenging than the science needed to reverse these trends. This show featured a discussion of legislating environmental policy.