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Living Lab Radio: October 28, 2019

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"We really think that carbon isn't necessarily a bad thing; it's just in the wrong place. In our atmosphere, it causes these impacts that are really detrimental to our society. But carbon is really all in the world around us. And we can actually capture that carbon and harness it in our soils, use it to power industries and build our buildings and restore our forests. And so by harnessing that carbon - turning it from a liability in the climate to an asset to build our economy - we think we can solve the climate crisis quicker while also building a new world that was better than the one before." - Giana Amador, Carbon180

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • From breakthroughs in computing, to more precise and versatile gene editing, and a new Ebola research program in Japan, senior physical sciences reporter Davide Castelvecchi of Nature News explains some of the top science stories of recent weeks.
  • Dr. Seema Lakdawala of University of Pittsburgh says flu virus can last up to two hours in air, and sixteen hours on some surfaces. That means cleaning could really help reduce the spread of flu.
  • Giana Amador founded Carbon180 to champion technologies that could pull carbon dioxide back out of the atmosphere, helping to curb – or maybe even reverse – climate change.
  • Timothy Pleskac has co-authored a book entitled Taming Uncertainty, but says “embracing uncertainty” – and our brain’s many ways of approaching it – might be more appropriate.

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.