Perpetual Notion Machine
Tonight, we resume our look at the genome, the science of D-N-A, the genetic code for life as we know it. We’ll look at recent advances — and setbacks — for the once promising field of genetic-based personal medicine, including the FDA’s decision to shut down medical predictions by 23-and-me, a well-known consumer genetic company.
For this PNM pledge drive show, Matthew Zmudka put together clips from 3 conversations we’ve had from past shows. Two of the three conversations take place between PNM’s Steven Yenzer and NASA scientist Aileen Yingst concerning the Mars rover “Curiosity” and the Mars Science Laboratory. The other is a conversation Matthew had himself with UW-Madison […]
In this episode of PNM we talk to two experts in the field of quantum computing. Mark Saffman is a professor of physics at UW-Madison. Along with his team, Mark studies several different variations of quantum computing machines using particles such as ions and photons. Physicist John Martinis and his team at the U. of […]
Who would have thought that all those years you spent in school taking math classes could lead to more than just learning about the Pythagorean theorem? Yes, math provides the ways of thinking and reasoning that can be applied in many situations of everyday life. Tonight, PNM welcomes UW-Madison mathematics professor extraordinaire Jordan Ellenberg. He’s […]
Tonight’s show features Dr. Joanna Radin of Yale University and Dr. Kristoffer Whitney of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Learn more about Dr. Radin’s research on frozen collections, including those of nonhuman life for conservation, here Learn more about Dr. Whitney’s research on bird banding in his recent piece in The Atlantic This […]
Tonight, we explored a mystery of the cosmos that might be detected as a particle right here on Earth. That mystery is dark matter. PNM’er Dennis Shaffer talked with Yang Bai, theoretical particle physicist at UW-Madison. “Extra” matter was first postulated in the early 1930’s by Fritz Zwicky, when he noticed the gravitational effects of […]