Episode 78: Science Debate 2008!

Episode 78 of the Mindcast is up!

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Update: 4-11-2008: Science Debate 2008 is hosting an edited copy of the interview, with just the stuff about the debate. You can download it here.

Show topics:

Death by Gamma Rays – a pair of stars is poised to fire in our general direction, misnamed “planetary” nebulae may actually require planets to form, NASA proposes to cut funding to ill-planned Mars mission, electrons move through rock, and are captured moving through molecules in the cell too.

MicroRNA molecule helps make our skin and may help fight cancer, and also in the Battle for Humanity, biological control of Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter proves successful, a plant compound synergizes with commonly-used Bt to deliver a knockout punch to insects. Evolution of crustaceans supports the idea that evolution drives toward complexity.

Interview with Sheril Kirshenbaum from Duke University on Science Debate 2008 and Sea Cucumbers.

Theme = Firefly by Greg Edmundson.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Episode 78: Science Debate 2008!”

  1. Interesting interview with Sheril Kirshenbaum. Science Debate 2008 will hopefully be an important part of the political campaign involving all the remaining candidates. They should be addressing climate change, biofuels, greening our planet for our shared survival, our global economy in light of this, etc.


  2. I know I’m late to get around to this, but I’m glad that the mindcast is back. I missed it while you were getting settled, but I’ve used the time well. You introduced me to Pharyngula and I’m addicted now. I also am a huge firefly fan since I learned of if from your show. To borrow a phrase “keep the sciencey goodness” coming.


  3. Thanks, that makes me feel great! It’s been hard to find time with all the stuff I have to do (especially this year), I’ll be recording another episode for Tuesday.


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