AMSE Science Report_ with guest Steve Olson
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
4d ago
Thanks to a grant from Humanities Tennessee and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we created a series of interviews at the AMSE Foundation about the connections of science, engineering, and history, suitably called The STEM of History. One guest I interviewed was Steve Olson, the author of many terrific books including Mapping Human History: Genes, Race and our Common Origins ..read more
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AMSEcast with guest Dr. John Wagner
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
6d ago
Dr. John C. Wagner is the director of Idaho National Laboratory and president of Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC. He is responsible for management and integration of a large, multipurpose laboratory whose mission focuses on nuclear energy, national and homeland security, and energy and environmental science and technology ..read more
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AMSEcast with guest Dr. Aarathi Prasad
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
1w ago
This episode of AMSEcast features Dr. Aarathi Prasad talking about silk, a very special and beautiful material. Dr. Prasad explains why people have loved silk for so long and how it's made, mainly by silkworms. She also talks about different kinds of silk from around the world and how silk was used in the past for things like making clothes and even in wars as armor. She also discusses how silk can be used for new, remarkable technologies in the future. The episode helps us learn much about silk's history and what makes it so important and exciting. Dr. Aarathi Prasad is a researcher, broadcas ..read more
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AMSE Science Report with Jim Holt
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
2w ago
Welcome to The AMSE Science Report. What is nothingness?  Why is there something rather than nothing?  I spoke on our podcast, AMSEcast, with Jim Holt, the author of Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story, about those mind-bending questions. They have been responded to many ways over the years – answers were found in God, in philosophy, in mathematics. Some say that the universe came into existence due to the laws of quantum physics, but then the whole idea of the nature of laws comes into question ..read more
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AMSE Science Report with Charles Wheelan
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
2w ago
Welcome to the AMSE Science Report.  It seems that we are bombarded every day with a lot of statistics, but for many of us, the meaning of all those numbers, and how they were compiled, can be a bit mysterious.  That’s why I was glad to speak on our podcast, AMSEcast, with Charles Wheelan about his book Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data.  Charles makes the complicated world of statistics quite understandable and relatable. For example, we often hear the terms median and mean, or average.  But what is the difference between those terms ..read more
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AMSEcast with guest Dr. Eric Jay Dolan
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
2w ago
Dr. Eric Jay Dolin wanted to be Jacques Cousteau as a child, but he changed his plans in college when he realized he wasn’t very good at science. Fortunately, he was able to pivot into environmental management, policy, and planning. Eric has written numerous books including A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America’s Hurricanes. In this episode, Alan talks with Dr. Dolin about the history of studying hurricanes in the United States, the advances that have been made in predicting and tracking them, as well as what we can expect from them in future due to our changing climate. Dr ..read more
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AMSEcast with guest Dr. Richard Ellis
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
2w ago
Dr. Richard Ellis has been a major part of astronomy since he was an undergrad in the 1960s when he served on committees for the creation of the Hubble Telescope. Since then, he has worked in observatories across the globe and published a book titled When Galaxies Were Born: The Quest for Cosmic Dawn, which explores the moment in the history of the universe when galaxies first emerged from darkness. In this episode Alan talks with Dr. Ellis about his experiences and what he hopes the future will bring for the field of astronomy. Dr. Richard Ellis is a professor of astrophysics at University Co ..read more
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AMSE Science Report with Laurence Smith
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by American Museum of Science and Energy
1M ago
In Rivers of Power, geographer Laurence C. Smith explores the timeless yet underappreciated relationship between rivers and civilization as we know it. Rivers are of course important in many practical ways (water supply, transportation, sanitation, etc). But the full breadth of their influence on the way we live is less obvious. Rivers define and transcend international borders, forcing cooperation between nations. Huge volumes of river water are used to produce energy, raw commodities, and food. Wars, politics, and demography are transformed by their devastating floods. The territorial claims ..read more
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AMSE Science Report with Ben Goldfarb
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
1M ago
Ben Goldfarb is an independent conservation journalist. The author of Crossings: How Road Ecology Is Shaping The Future of Our Planet, named one of the best books of 2023 by the New York Times, and Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter, winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award ..read more
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AMSEcast with guest Guru Madhavan
AMSEcast
by American Museum of Science and Energy
1M ago
Speaking to us during a visit for our Energy and Elements 2024 Gala the  Norman R. Augustine Senior Scholar and Senior Director of Programs, National Academy of Engineering spoke to us about his most recent book: Wicked Problems: How to Engineer a Better World ..read more
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