Featured image: A helicopter tours the rapidly changing landscape of the Eqi Glacier in Greenland. How do journalists bring this gravitas to their publications? (courtesy)
In this jointly-hosted episode, we team up with the Policy Punchline podcast, a production run by Tiger Gao, to interview the notorious Michael Lemonick, Princeton lecturer and Scientific American Opinion Editor. Tune in to our discussion on science journalism, climate change, technology, and confidence in the future, guided by Mike’s trove of anecdotes from a career in writing about scientific progress. Is the average person ever going to care deeply about science and research? What is the role of the journalist in boosting public enthusiasm? Do we have any public-relations recourse against climate change — and if not, what do we need to do instead? Chew on these questions throughout this thought-provoking conversation, courtesy of Tiger, Mike, and the spirit of collaborative radio!
In other news:
- Scientists attempting to grow meat are trying to grow oriented strands to resemble steaks. This may be possible with new starch skeletons, built using Legos and fancy electrochemistry.
- Two new exoplanets have been discovered with machine learning out of an existing dataset in new research pioneered by an undergraduate researcher.
- A particular signal in the body has been tied to foot injuries in diabetic mice, prompting the idea that calming a certain neuron could solve the major problem of foot ulcers in diabetics.
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