FULL SHOW: April 14, 2019

Apr 14, 2019

Particulate air pollution from growing corn is responsible for an estimated 4,300 deaths per year in the U.S.
Credit Petr Kratochvil / CC0 Public Domain

"Typically, when we think about regulating emissions, we regulate based on the amount of emissions from some source in some given area. What this work allows us to do is regulate based on the damage of that emission. So, ideally, you would want to focus your efforts on those sources that are the most damaging. rather than focus on those sources that emit the most." - Jason Hill

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Regina Jorgenson of Maria Mitchell Association explains the excitement over the first image of a black hole, plus the significance of Israel's attempted moon landing and SpaceX's first successful commercial launch.
  • Philosopher Nick Evans is concerned about the current state of ethics in autonomous vehicles, and about the failure of engineers and developers to address algorithmic bias.
  • Jason Hill's recent research suggests that, when it comes to causing health problems, the location of air pollution is as important as the amount. And corn is a surprisingly deadly source of particulate air pollution.
  • Osprey researcher Alan Poole is optimistic about the future of ospreys, and says we've learned a lot as populations have recovered over the past four decades.