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Living Lab Radio: December 29 and 30, 2019.

Dec 29, 2019
E. Partan

This is the last episode of Living Lab Radio.

Heather Goldstone will be joining Woods Hole Research Center to communicate about what is possibly the most pressing issue of our time: climate change. Elsa Partan will be staying at WCAI as a news producer. 

It has been seven and a half years. We've done more than 800 interviews covering everything from black holes to sexual harassment. There’s really no way to sum all that up. Instead, today, we’re revisiting highlights from a handful of memorable interviews. 

Living Lab Radio: October 13 and 14, 2019.

Oct 13, 2019

This week on Living Lab Radio:

Living Lab Radio--September 1 and 2, 2019.

Sep 1, 2019

This week on Living Lab Radio, we’re revisiting some of our favorite conversations of 2019.

Looking Skyward: Celestial Events During July

Jul 5, 2018

Giant dust storms on Mars; searching for new exo-planets; and the first photo of a planet being born. WCAI's "All Things Considered" host Brian Morris speaks with Regina Jorgenson, Director of Astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association on Nantucket, about what’s happening in the sky during the month of July.

New Camouflage Material Mimics Octopus Skin

Oct 30, 2017
Roger Hanlon

Cephalopods, like octopus and squid, are the natural world’s masters of camouflage. They can change not only the color, but also the texture of their skin, to blend in or stand out, as the situation demands. Now, engineers have created a programmable, shape-shifting material based on octopus skin. Roger Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory joins Living Lab host Heather Goldstone.

Susan Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, has announced she'll step down next June.
Jayne Doucette / WHOI

The president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently announced she’s stepping down when her contract ends in June.

Today is the 50th birthday of the submarine Alvin. But there’s no time for cake.  Alvin is a working sub…and it’s in the Gulf of Mexico right now. This week researchers are using Alvin to study organisms that live near oil seeps in the Gulf.

Eight Historic New England March Snowstorms

Mar 25, 2014
Bill Koch / North Dakota State Highway Dept

March came in like a lion and seems poised to go out the same way. Is this a month for the history books?

GMO Food Labeling by the Numbers

Mar 18, 2014
Lindsay Eyink / Wikimedia Commons

Bills mandating labeling of foods containing ingredients from genetically modified organisms are popping up in state legislatures around the country.

Here’s what you need to know:

Brian Morris/WCAI

Come October 1st, new state regulations will change how old and unwanted commercial food is disposed of in Massachusetts. Under the new regulations, any entity that discards a ton or more of food per week must donate or re-purpose the useable food. For spoiled food, one option is to convert it into clean energy. And that’s what Stop & Shop is doing. A Stop & Shop Distribution Center in Freetown is gearing up to install its own on-site system that uses spoiled food from its retail stores to generate electricity.

When Science and Journalism Collide

Feb 3, 2014
J. J.

In this era of big data, each and every one of us is the source, and some would argue – owner, of reams of data. Where we live, how much we exercise, what kind of healthcare we get, what we’ve bought and read online, all could end up as part of a massive database somewhere, ripe for the picking.

Five Fun Facts About Wild Turkeys

Nov 25, 2013
wild turkey
Dimus / English Wikipedia

Wild turkeys inhabit all of the lower 48, totaling about 7 million. That's 70% of pre-1500 levels, which marks an impressive turnaround from near extinction a century ago.

What else have we learned about the birds that are front and center this Thanksgiving week?

Digital Poetry: Written by People or Computers?

Nov 25, 2013
Cyber poetry

Is digital poetry a truly new form? And who's in control - people or computers?