FULL SHOW: February 10, 2019

Feb 10, 2019

Childhood cancer survivor Grace Eline sat next to First Lady Melania Trump during the 2019 State of the Union address.
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"They really accomplished what I call the trifecta of science. Trump really covered the impact of science on economics, as well as health, and even defense and national security." - Jamie Vernon

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Nature reporter Lizzie Gibney runs through recent science headlines, including the academic community's responses to proposed Title IX changes and criminal charges filed against the Chinese tech company, Huawei.
  • Jamie Vernon of Sigma Xi sizes up President Trump's second State of the Union Address and concludes it could boost trust in science among the president's core supporters.
  • Mark Jacobson of Stanford University lays out a roadmap to 100% renewable energy and argues that the primary obstacles are social and political, not technical or economic.
  • Rainer Lohmann of University of Rhode Island makes the case for drinking water limits and a more pro-active regulatory approach to PFAS chemicals found in flame retardants and non-stick or stain-resistant items.
  • Amy Orben of Oxford University explains why research on digital tech and teen well-being is so contradictory and presents her evidence that the negative impacts are smaller than widely thought.