Science on the Radio

Wednesday at 08:30p
  • Hosted by Marvin Druger

How does a ball point pen work? What does science have to do with Valentine's Day? What's different about Einstein's brain? Listeners will learn the answers to these questions and many more when they tune into "Science on the Radio," a 90-second science information segment featuring Marvin Druger, retired chair of the Department of Science Teaching and professor of biology and science education at Syracuse University. 

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What's the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word evolution? For most of us it's probably the name of well known naturalist Charles Darwin. And it would be correct to attribute some of the credit to Darwin. But, it would be incorrect to credit Darwin alone. Dr. Marvin Druger explains how the theory came to be this week on Science on the Radio


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When you get a scrape or a cut you first instinct might be to apply a band aid to help the healing. But, have you ever thought about the invention of the band aid? Who created it? What was the incident that inspired it's creation and eventual distribution? This week on Science on the Radio, Dr Marvin Druger will answer these questions and more. 


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Gravitational Waves are disturbances in the curvature of spacetime, generated by accelerated masses, that propagate as waves outward from their source at the speed of light.  If that sounds like a mouthful you'd be right. But don't worry Dr. Marvin Druger is here this week to make sure we all have a better understanding of how gravitational waves work and the origin of their study.

That's this week's Science on the Radio.


Each year a series of independant judges select the top 10 innovative life science projects and the winners are published in The Scientist Magazine. One of the projects you'll learn about is the development of a handheld blood testing. What do all these innovations have in common? They all contribute to helping citizen's abilities to live better individual lives. That's this week's Science on the Radio with Dr Marvin Druger.


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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger talks about the Sun. You'll hear specific details about our source of light and heat such as how far away from earth is it?  What is the Sun's chemical makeup ? And just how hot is the surface of the Sun?

 

All of that and of course a well-timed joke or two, this week on Science on the Radio. You can hear Science on the Radio Wednesday evenings at 8:35pm on WAER.

 

 

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Sometimes perfectly fine to eat, sometimes dangerous to consume, and often times a tricky pronunciation. That right this week's episode of Science on the Radio with Dr Marvin Druger looks at different kinds of musshrooms.

Dr Druger will let us know how we can distinguish which are safe to eat and which we should avoid.  And if you're on the fence about edible mushrooms, what are the nutritional benefits of eating them? Find out by listening to Science on the Radio.


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Mars, the object of many science fiction writers attention, well know for it's red appearance and of course the topic of conversation this week on Science on the Radio.

Dr Marvin Druger will educate us on a number issues related to Mars including, what is the largest obstacle to colonizing Mars? How close is Mars to the Sun? And where does Mars rank in terms of size? All of that and more flying your way this week with Science on the Radio.


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The pursuit of science is often a lifelong process of learning. But what systems are in place to ensure that those unterested in pursuing a career in science are adequately prepared? This week on Science on the Radio, Dr. Marvin Druger talks about the available high school science programs preparing young people to pursue a career in Science.

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He's Alive..... That's right Dr. Marvin Druger is alive and well and ready to talk about the scientific aspects of Frankenstein. The 1818 novel by Mary Shelley may be a classic work of fiction but the story itself is rooted in science. We'll dive into the history of the author and how the novel was received at the time of it's publication.

Plus, what can we learn from the fictional experiment of Frankenstein?  That's all coming up this week on Science on the Radio.

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If you've experienced an earthquake then you problem know what's coming when you start to feel that shaking and hear the rumbling.  This week on Science on the Radio, Dr Marvin Druger takes a look at the science behind this natural diaster. 

What areas of the country are most susceptible to earthquakes? What equipment is used to measure the size of an earthquake? And how big would an earthquake need to be for you to actually feel the plates shifting? Hear the answers to those questions and more this week on Science on the Radio.

 

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