Episode 27

Episode 27 is up!Download it here.

Show topics: City planning making you fatter? Polarized light detects ideal olympic ice, first artificial star created with a laser, rare phenomenon known as ball lightning may have just been explained, And predators make the world greener.

Education issue – support for agricultural biotechnology declines but the most supportive are those that follow the most news, and science studying the past – hundreds of amber-fossilized spiders reveal clues about ancient ecology.

Interview with Dr. Geerat (Gary) Vermeij on evolution and the uniqueness of evolutionary adaptations.

Theme = Star Wars mix. Brought to you by Dextrose and Levulose.

During the interview we discussed Dr. Vermeij’s recent paper, Historical contingency and the purported uniqueness of evolutionary innovations.

If you want to read the whole thing, here it is.

It is a dense paper, and we covered some of the main points during the show, but if anyone has questions about it, feel free to comment. If I don’t know the answer, I’m Dr. Vermeij would be able to help.

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Karl Haro von Mogel

Karl Haro von Mogel serves as BFI’s Director of Science and Media and as Co-Executive Editor of the Biofortified Blog. He has a PhD in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from UW-Madison with a minor in Life Sciences Communication. He is currently a Postdoctoral Scholar researching citrus genetics at UC Riverside.