Science Fiction Author Kim Stanley Robinson, Director of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery David Krakauer, UW-Madison English Assistant Professor Monique Allewaert and Wisconsin Public Radio Producer Steve Paulson discuss how science fiction can help us imagine possible worlds. Also, hear the winning entries of the Three Minute Futures flash science fiction contest, dramatized for radio.
Rachel Mallinger, Graduate Student, Department of Entomology, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of the native, wild bees to the pollination process. With the decline in honey bee populations, can the 500 species of native bees living in Wisconsin fulfill our food needs?
Chukuka S. Enwemeka, Dean, College of Health Sciences, UW-Milwaukee, shares the latest medical applications for phototherapy in the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. Near-infrared and blue light can be used to destroy dangerous pathogens.
Ian Robertson, Dean, College of Engineering, UW-Madison, discusses his work with the National Science Foundation and the origins of the Materials Genome Initiative.
Anita Bhattacharyya, Senior Scientist, Waisman Center, UW-Madison, explores how human stem cells which have trisomy 21 provide an unparalleled way to study how the formation of the brain is different in people with Down syndrome. Stem cells can be made from the skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome and then turned into brain cells to study brain development.
Aleks Diamond-Stanic, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Astronomy, UW-Madison, discusses the importance of cosmic fuel, or the supply of gas within the galaxies, in the creation of star formation.
Theodore Bohn, Senior Power Electronics Engineer, Argonne National Laboratory, presents a history of electric vehicles over the past 100 years. Bohn discusses the pros and cons of the different types of battery power that have been used, how electric cars are currently being powered and what the future looks like.
Mike Sussman, Director, UW Biotechnology Center, describes a signaling pathway that regulates cell expansion in the root cells of Arabidopsis plants, a model organism related to cabbage and mustard that is the plant scientist's fruit fly. This discovery is the first such pathway found for the plant kingdom, revealing the details of how a particular hormone docks with a cell.
Lindsay Traeger, Graduate Student, Department of Biochemistry, UW-Madison, discusses the electric eel, a freshwater fish from South America, which can generate voltage using three electric organs in its tail made up of electrocytes. Understanding the complex traits of electrocytes may help with the development of biobatteries.
Curtis Hedman, Advanced Microbiologist, Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, discusses the pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) found two miles offshore from Milwaukee in Lake Michigan. Toxicological findings show that the contaminants were found at concentrations considered at medium or high risk for aquatic organisms.