Science Friday on KCCU http://kccu.org en Science Friday Survives!! http://kccu.org/post/science-friday-survives <p class="Doug">Thanks to overwhelming member support during our Spring 2014 Fundraiser, KCCU will be able to carry&nbsp;sciFRI&nbsp;in FY 2015.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 15:19:52 +0000 Doug Cole 53140 at http://kccu.org Science Friday Survives!! Reggie Watts Builds a Synthesizer, Bit by Bit http://kccu.org/post/reggie-watts-builds-synthesizer-bit-bit Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>The synth stylings of Kraftwerk. When that song "Autobahn" came out 1974, and, yes, I was around to remember when it came out then, synthesizers were the cutting edge in music technology. It really were a rarity, but not so today. Synthesizers are everywhere. In pop music, from the top 40s, to indie synth pop, you definitely heard synthesizers, maybe you've even seen them in action. But do you know how they work? Yeah.<p>A toy company called littleBits wants to show you they've created a do-it-yourself synth kit, a tiny synthesizer you can make yourself. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:58:00 +0000 editor 47322 at http://kccu.org In a New Play, Trusty Sidekick Is a Supercomputer http://kccu.org/post/new-play-trusty-sidekick-supercomputer Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you tuned into "Jeopardy!" in 2011, you might have heard an exchange like this.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "JEOPARDY!")<p>ALEX TREBEK: Watson, start us, please.<p>WATSON: The European Union for $200.<p>TREBEK: As of 2010, Croatia and Macedonia are candidates but this is the only former Yugoslav Republic in the EU. Brad.<p>BRAD: What is Bosnia?<p>TREBEK: No. Watson.<p>WATSON: What is Serbia?<p>TREBEK: No. That too is incorrect. The correct response is what is Slovenia. Mon, 16 Dec 2013 19:58:00 +0000 editor 47323 at http://kccu.org Science Book Picks for 2013 http://kccu.org/post/science-book-picks-2013 Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow and you are invited to join our annual holiday club of the air. This week we'll be talking about some of the best science reads from 2013. I'm going to throw in my favorite one right at the beginning before Deborah and Maria get a chance to put a word in edgewise.<p>"Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian," by Douglas Stone. It gives a look at the lesser-known discoveries of Albert Einstein and a little peak about what physics was like at that time and all the great characters there. What's yours? Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 editor 47169 at http://kccu.org This Doc's Miracle Drug? Exercise http://kccu.org/post/docs-miracle-drug-exercise Transcript <p>IRA FLATOW, HOST: <p>You know the old adage, an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Well, my next guest might add to that. How about a jog a day keeps the doctor away, or a set of pull-ups? His new book is a prescription pad for a variety of ailments from anxiety and depression to heart disease, diabetes, low libido, arthritis, even cancer. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:21:00 +0000 editor 47171 at http://kccu.org