Health, Science, Environment

6:57pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Looking up with SETI's Jill Tarter in her search for extraterrestrial life

Outgoing SETi director Jill Tarter
Courtesy of SETI

If you think back to the 1997 film Contact, you’ll recall a scene where Jodie Foster, playing alien-hunting astronomer Ellie Arroway, lies on her car hood with huge headphones on her ears, in a field of towering white satellite dishes. She’s waiting for something. A signal. She lies still, her eyes closed. And suddenly, she hears something, the sounds of something – someone  – beyond the earth, communicating with her.

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6:35pm

Thu August 2, 2012
Ham radio

Before Chatroulette, there was ham radio

11-year-old Matthew Meyers operates a ham radio Field Day station under the guidance of Rob Riley, KI6INR, in Menlo Park - photo by Mike Meenan

As you read this, a dead language is flying through the air all around you -- at least, it’s dead for most official uses. It’s the Morse code, a binary digital system that dates back to the 1850s. Among its primary users today are amateur radio operators, better known as hams. I am one of these and am proud to say I’m fluent in Morse. I was texting way, way before it was cool.

Ham radio is a pastime dating back more than a century. Hobbyists built transmitting and receiving equipment long before radio stations, such as KALW, went on the air.

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6:23pm

Mon July 16, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

The Science of Compassion

Photo used through Creative Commons with permission from Zolivier

What makes us want to be good?

“Compassion is complex,” says Emiliana Simon Thomas, the former associate director of CCARE, the Center for Compassion And Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.

Brian Knutson, associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Stanford University, adds: “It’s not quite an emotion, is it? It’s more sophisticated.”

Emerging science is exploring how our minds feel for others.

“Can we see it?” asks Knutson. “Does it help people to extend compassion? That would be very exciting.”

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12:40am

Mon July 9, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: What are the long term fallouts from Fukushima nuclear disaster?

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the recent report on the nuclear disaster in Japan. The investigation found that the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power meltdown was "profoundly a man-made disaster that could and should have been foreseen and prevented." What lessons can be taken away from this catastrophe? Join us live at 10 or send an email to feedback@Yourcallradio.org. How are people coping with impacts of radioactive contamination? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

Guests:

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5:44pm

Thu June 28, 2012
Health, Science, Environment

Raj Patel on the Bay Area as a hub for food activism

The Bay Area is one of the country’s centers for food activism – and for the whole idea that local efforts can have big effects on the food system as a whole. Raj Patel is author of the book Stuffed and Starved: Markets, Power and the Hidden Battle for the World’s Food System. The book is a critical look at the inequalities in food access around the world.

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