Perpetual Notion Machine http://www.wortfm.org/news-talk/news/ioby/perpetual-notion/ Listener Sponsored Community Radio Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:41:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Perpetual Notion Machine is a look at contemporary scientific issues and discoveries in a way that is accessible, understandable and entertaining to the non-scientists of the listening community. Perpetual Notion Machine clean Perpetual Notion Machine webmaster@wortfm.org webmaster@wortfm.org (Perpetual Notion Machine) Back Porch Broadcasting, Inc. Listener Sponsored Community Radio Perpetual Notion Machine http://www.wortfm.org/wp-content/uploads/powerpress/Perpetual-Notion-Machine_avatar.jpg http://www.wortfm.org/news-talk/news/ioby/perpetual-notion/ TV-G Madison, WI Weekly A groundbreaking study of Sakurajima volcano https://www.wortfm.org/a-groundbreaking-study-of-sakurajima-volcano/ Thu, 15 Sep 2016 19:57:31 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=116247 https://www.wortfm.org/a-groundbreaking-study-of-sakurajima-volcano/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/a-groundbreaking-study-of-sakurajima-volcano/feed/ 0 <p>Producer Will Cushman speaks with geophysicist James Hickey, of the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. Hickey is a co-author of a study published in the journal Scientific Reports in September on Sakurajima volcano in Japan. The study uses groundbreaking methods to model the dangerous volcano’s magma chamber and forecasts that Sakurajima could produce […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/a-groundbreaking-study-of-sakurajima-volcano/">A groundbreaking study of Sakurajima volcano</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> Producer Will Cushman speaks with geophysicist James Hickey, of the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. Hickey is a co-author of a study published in the journal Scientific Reports in September on Sakurajima volcano in Japan. The study uses groundbreaking methods to model the dangerous volcano’s magma chamber and forecasts that Sakurajima could produce another major eruption in the next 25-30 years. The new methods can be applied to other dangerous volcanoes all over the world.

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Producer Will Cushman speaks with geophysicist James Hickey, of the Camborne School of Mines in the UK. Hickey is a co-author of a study published in the journal Scientific Reports in September on Sakurajima volcano in Japan. ]]> Perpetual Notion Machine clean 26:46
The Singing Zoologist https://www.wortfm.org/the-singing-zoologist/ Thu, 17 Mar 2016 22:48:23 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=97767 https://www.wortfm.org/the-singing-zoologist/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/the-singing-zoologist/feed/ 0 <p>On this week’s episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, newbie reporter Lincoln Tice talks with the Singing Zoologist. He’s better known as Lucas Miller, who travels the country bringing his energetic message of ecology to schoolchildren through the power of music and fun. For over 20 years, Lucas has written and performed his science songs […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/the-singing-zoologist/">The Singing Zoologist</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> On this week’s episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, newbie reporter Lincoln Tice talks with the Singing Zoologist. He’s better known as Lucas Miller, who travels the country bringing his energetic message of ecology to schoolchildren through the power of music and fun. For over 20 years, Lucas has written and performed his science songs in a variety of music forms, from rap to reggae. And during the show, Lincoln provides a sample of his songs that include The Honey Bee Song and I’m a Mako Shark. Besides his website, you can see videos of his songs on Luca’s Youtube channel.

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On this week’s episode of the Perpetual Notion Machine, newbie reporter Lincoln Tice talks with the Singing Zoologist. He’s better known as Lucas Miller, who travels the country bringing his energetic message of ecology to schoolchildren through the po... Singing Zoologist. He’s better known as Lucas Miller, who travels the country bringing his energetic message of ecology to schoolchildren through the power of music and fun. For over 20 years, Lucas has written and performed his science songs in a variety of music forms, from rap to reggae. And during the show, Lincoln provides a sample of his songs that include The Honey Bee Song and I’m a Mako Shark. Besides his website, you can see videos of his songs on Luca’s Youtube channel.
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The Risks of Gene Editing https://www.wortfm.org/the-risks-of-gene-editing/ Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:26:09 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=94559 https://www.wortfm.org/the-risks-of-gene-editing/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/the-risks-of-gene-editing/feed/ 0 <p>In the February 18 edition of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we revisit the incredible and controversial process of gene editing. You may remember that we discussed gene editing with our guest Krishanu Saha, professor and scientist in biomedical engineering at UW-Madison (go to the January 21 post to hear the show). But we really just […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/the-risks-of-gene-editing/">The Risks of Gene Editing</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> In the February 18 edition of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we revisit the incredible and controversial process of gene editing. You may remember that we discussed gene editing with our guest Krishanu Saha, professor and scientist in biomedical engineering at UW-Madison (go to the January 21 post to hear the show). But we really just scratched the surface of this technology. So we invited Kris back to give us some detail into how CRISPR, and its scissor-cutting protein Cas9, can specifically target certain genes and edit them out. But we also wanted to discuss the risks and possible ethical concerns. So, Lynn Nyhart, the Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor in the History of Science, also joined us. There are some surprising similarities between the breakthrough of gene editing and both the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and discovery of recombinant DNA.

Of the many online sources of information, we recommend CRISPR: the Disruptor from Nature.com, and an article from The Guardian that was co-authored by Kris.

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In the February 18 edition of the Perpetual Notion Machine, we revisit the incredible and controversial process of gene editing. You may remember that we discussed gene editing with our guest Krishanu Saha, Krishanu Saha, professor and scientist in biomedical engineering at UW-Madison (go to the January 21 post to hear the show). But we really just scratched the surface of this technology. So we invited Kris back to give us some detail into how CRISPR, and its scissor-cutting protein Cas9, can specifically target certain genes and edit them out. But we also wanted to discuss the risks and possible ethical concerns. So, Lynn Nyhart, the Vilas-Bablitch-Kelch Distinguished Achievement Professor in the History of Science, also joined us. There are some surprising similarities between the breakthrough of gene editing and both the development of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and discovery of recombinant DNA.
Of the many online sources of information, we recommend CRISPR: the Disruptor from Nature.com, and an article from The Guardian that was co-authored by Kris.
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Satellites, Clouds, and the Greenland Ice Sheet https://www.wortfm.org/satellites-clouds-and-the-greenland-ice-sheet/ Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:05:03 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=92099 https://www.wortfm.org/satellites-clouds-and-the-greenland-ice-sheet/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/satellites-clouds-and-the-greenland-ice-sheet/feed/ 0 <p>On Thursday, January 28, PNM reporter Matthew Zmudka interviewed Tristan L’Ecuyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The show focused on recently-published research that showed that high-altitude clouds are a larger contributor to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet than previously thought. Satellite data collected and […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/satellites-clouds-and-the-greenland-ice-sheet/">Satellites, Clouds, and the Greenland Ice Sheet</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> On Thursday, January 28, PNM reporter Matthew Zmudka interviewed Tristan L’Ecuyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The show focused on recently-published research that showed that high-altitude clouds are a larger contributor to the melting of the Greenland ice sheet than previously thought. Satellite data collected and analyzed by UW-Madison researchers was key to this work.

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On Thursday, January 28, PNM reporter Matthew Zmudka interviewed Tristan L’Ecuyer, Associate Professor in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison. The show focused on recently-published research that showed... ]]> Perpetual Notion Machine clean 29:18
Science/Environment Positions of Presidential Candidates https://www.wortfm.org/scienceenvironment-positions-of-presidential-candidates/ Thu, 07 Jan 2016 20:20:12 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=89559 https://www.wortfm.org/scienceenvironment-positions-of-presidential-candidates/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/scienceenvironment-positions-of-presidential-candidates/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode of PNM from January 7, 2016, reporter Matthew Zmudka discusses the science, technology, and environmental policy positions of various presidential candidates. We cover Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump in this episode. While the candidates (and us) largely focus on climate change, we touch on GMOs, nuclear […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/scienceenvironment-positions-of-presidential-candidates/">Science/Environment Positions of Presidential Candidates</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> In this episode of PNM from January 7, 2016, reporter Matthew Zmudka discusses the science, technology, and environmental policy positions of various presidential candidates. We cover Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, and Donald Trump in this episode. While the candidates (and us) largely focus on climate change, we touch on GMOs, nuclear power, and general science literacy as well.

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In this episode of PNM from January 7, 2016, reporter Matthew Zmudka discusses the science, technology, and environmental policy positions of various presidential candidates. We cover Bernie Sanders, Hilary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, ]]> Perpetual Notion Machine clean 29:50
Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Problems and Solutions https://www.wortfm.org/sexually-transmitted-diseases-problems-and-solutions/ Thu, 31 Dec 2015 19:31:12 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=89555 https://www.wortfm.org/sexually-transmitted-diseases-problems-and-solutions/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/sexually-transmitted-diseases-problems-and-solutions/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode from December 31, 2015, reporter Bill Scanlon talks to Loriann Wunder of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. They cover how bacterial sexually transmitted infections have acutely affected Wisconsin and the United States, as well as solutions to their spread.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/sexually-transmitted-diseases-problems-and-solutions/">Sexually Transmitted Diseases – Problems and Solutions</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> In this episode from December 31, 2015, reporter Bill Scanlon talks to Loriann Wunder of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. They cover how bacterial sexually transmitted infections have acutely affected Wisconsin and the United States, as well as solutions to their spread.

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In this episode from December 31, 2015, reporter Bill Scanlon talks to Loriann Wunder of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. They cover how bacterial sexually transmitted infections have acutely affected Wisconsin and the United Sta... ]]> Perpetual Notion Machine clean 28:52
Christmas Cheery from Shakhashiri https://www.wortfm.org/christmas-cheery-from-shakhashiri/ Fri, 04 Dec 2015 23:22:08 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=86165 https://www.wortfm.org/christmas-cheery-from-shakhashiri/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/christmas-cheery-from-shakhashiri/feed/ 0 <p>This year, this weekend actually, marks the 46th anniversary of The Christmas Lecture: Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, in the Lab of Shakhashiri. But before that, PNM was proud to have the brainchild and lead chemistry experimenter, Bassam Shakhashiri, as our guest. The inspiration of his lecture, according to Bassam, dates back to the early […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/christmas-cheery-from-shakhashiri/">Christmas Cheery from Shakhashiri</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> This year, this weekend actually, marks the 46th anniversary of The Christmas Lecture: Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, in the Lab of Shakhashiri. But before that, PNM was proud to have the brainchild and lead chemistry experimenter, Bassam Shakhashiri, as our guest. The inspiration of his lecture, according to Bassam, dates back to the early 1800’s when UK scientist Michael Faraday performed demonstrations for the public. But Bassam brought in a couple of his own experiments to do in our RADIO studios, and to give our PNM host, Dennis Shaffer, a challenge in “play-by-play” announcing.

Head to his website called Science is Fun for more information. Here you can find experiments you can do at home, and a video of this year’s Christmas Lecture made by Wisconsin Public Television.

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This year, this weekend actually, marks the 46th anniversary of The Christmas Lecture: Once Upon a Christmas Cheery, in the Lab of Shakhashiri. But before that, PNM was proud to have the brainchild and lead chemistry experimenter, Bassam Shakhashiri, Bassam Shakhashiri, as our guest. The inspiration of his lecture, according to Bassam, dates back to the early 1800’s when UK scientist Michael Faraday performed demonstrations for the public. But Bassam brought in a couple of his own experiments to do in our RADIO studios, and to give our PNM host, Dennis Shaffer, a challenge in “play-by-play” announcing.
Head to his website called Science is Fun for more information. Here you can find experiments you can do at home, and a video of this year’s Christmas Lecture made by Wisconsin Public Television.
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Happy Thanksgiving 2015 from PNM! https://www.wortfm.org/happy-thanksgiving-2015-from-pnm/ Fri, 27 Nov 2015 01:08:14 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=85227 https://www.wortfm.org/happy-thanksgiving-2015-from-pnm/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/happy-thanksgiving-2015-from-pnm/feed/ 0 <p>On the November 2, 2015 edition of A Public Affair, Monday’s host Patty Peltekos interviewed Tim Flannery, Australian scientist and climate change expert. He is the author of the book Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. He shared with Patty some ideas on how we can help mitigate the effects […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/happy-thanksgiving-2015-from-pnm/">Happy Thanksgiving 2015 from PNM!</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> On the November 2, 2015 edition of A Public Affair, Monday’s host Patty Peltekos interviewed Tim Flannery, Australian scientist and climate change expert. He is the author of the book Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. He shared with Patty some ideas on how we can help mitigate the effects of climate change. So, on this Thanksgiving evening, PNM would like to share a piece of their conversation.

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On the November 2, 2015 edition of A Public Affair, Monday’s host Patty Peltekos interviewed Tim Flannery, Australian scientist and climate change expert. He is the author of the book Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. Tim Flannery, Australian scientist and climate change expert. He is the author of the book Atmosphere of Hope: The Search for Solutions to the Climate Crisis. He shared with Patty some ideas on how we can help mitigate the effects of climate change. So, on this Thanksgiving evening, PNM would like to share a piece of their conversation.
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Tinkering, Making, and Microscopes https://www.wortfm.org/tinkering-making-and-microscopes-november-19-2015/ Mon, 23 Nov 2015 02:26:22 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=84750 https://www.wortfm.org/tinkering-making-and-microscopes-november-19-2015/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/tinkering-making-and-microscopes-november-19-2015/feed/ 0 <p>In this episode, reporter Matthew Zmudka interviews science educator Kenji Yoshino, who gained fame in 2013 for creating a simple design to turn an iPhone into a high-powered microscope. The two discuss tinkering, science education, and the maker community. After listening, check out his microscope conversion over on Instructables.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/tinkering-making-and-microscopes-november-19-2015/">Tinkering, Making, and Microscopes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> In this episode, reporter Matthew Zmudka interviews science educator Kenji Yoshino, who gained fame in 2013 for creating a simple design to turn an iPhone into a high-powered microscope. The two discuss tinkering, science education, and the maker community.

After listening, check out his microscope conversion over on Instructables.

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In this episode, reporter Matthew Zmudka interviews science educator Kenji Yoshino, who gained fame in 2013 for creating a simple design to turn an iPhone into a high-powered microscope. The two discuss tinkering, science education, After listening, check out his microscope conversion over on Instructables.
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Finding Cures for the Next Pandemic? https://www.wortfm.org/finding-cures-for-the-next-pandemic/ Fri, 13 Nov 2015 05:43:56 +0000 http://www.wortfm.org/?p=84008 https://www.wortfm.org/finding-cures-for-the-next-pandemic/#respond https://www.wortfm.org/finding-cures-for-the-next-pandemic/feed/ 0 <p>Last week, PNM discussed what it might take for the next deadly pandemic to occur with UW-Madison epidemiologist Tony Goldberg. The discussion mostly referred to viruses, which in some cases can be easily communicable between hosts. But bacteria can also cause disease. This week our guest is UW-Madison bacteriologist Cameron Currie, who discusses not only […]</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org/finding-cures-for-the-next-pandemic/">Finding Cures for the Next Pandemic?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.wortfm.org">WORT 89.9 FM</a>.</p> Last week, PNM discussed what it might take for the next deadly pandemic to occur with UW-Madison epidemiologist Tony Goldberg. The discussion mostly referred to viruses, which in some cases can be easily communicable between hosts. But bacteria can also cause disease. This week our guest is UW-Madison bacteriologist Cameron Currie, who discusses not only dangerous bacteria, especially the antibiotic-resistant ones, but also the process of finding and developing new medicines and antibiotics. Currie says that bacteria don’t have the transmissibility of viruses that can make them easier to cause a pandemic. But antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more prevalent and deadly. However, as Tony said last week that the next possible source of a new virus will likely come from wildlife, it is likely that the next cures will also come from wildlife. In Currie’s research, his study of Leaf-cutter ants has provided a wealth of potential for new antibiotics.

One of the most deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Healthline News has an article on a recent study of MRSA.

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Last week, PNM discussed what it might take for the next deadly pandemic to occur with UW-Madison epidemiologist Tony Goldberg. The discussion mostly referred to viruses, which in some cases can be easily communicable between hosts. Cameron Currie, who discusses not only dangerous bacteria, especially the antibiotic-resistant ones, but also the process of finding and developing new medicines and antibiotics. Currie says that bacteria don’t have the transmissibility of viruses that can make them easier to cause a pandemic. But antibiotic-resistant bacteria are becoming more prevalent and deadly. However, as Tony said last week that the next possible source of a new virus will likely come from wildlife, it is likely that the next cures will also come from wildlife. In Currie’s research, his study of Leaf-cutter ants has provided a wealth of potential for new antibiotics.
One of the most deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria is MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Healthline News has an article on a recent study of MRSA.
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