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Kennedy Space Center prepares for sea level rise listen

06/18/14 Crystal Farina and Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: climate change, NASA, sea level rise, Florida, Kennedy Space Center, science

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NASA is taking steps to protect Florida’s coastal Kennedy Space Center from rising seas.

Climate scientists say that sea levels will continue to rise because of melting polar ice and because warmer oceans will expand as the planet warms.

WMNF spoke with Kim Toufectis, the architect who coordinates master planning for NASA’s 15 locations, including KSC.

“Adapting to climate risks is part of what NASA needs to do in order to make sure our facilities can support our work going forwar...

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What are black holes and did Stephen Hawking say they don't exist? listen

03/03/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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Tags: astronomy, space, black holes, National Geographic, Stephen Hawking, time travel, science, physics

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In January, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking ignited a minor controversy when he wrote “there are no black holes

The statement was latched onto by some in the media, but it likely was taken out of context.

WMNF spoke about black holes with Michael Finkel, a writer for National Geographic ma...

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Daniel Ruth of the Tampa Bay Times Discusses State and Local Political issues

11/26/12 Robert Lorei
Last Call Monday
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Good afternoon, welcome to the Last Call. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll talk with Tampa Bay Times columnist and editorial board member Daniel Ruth.

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USF study adds to knowledge of how to control invasive species listen

10/11/12 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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University of South Florida researchers have studied one of the most commonly known invasive species in the world, house sparrows. They found behavioral and stress hormone patterns that could help control and prevent house sparrows and other invasive species from future invasions.

The study was published in the biological research journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Andrea Liebl, a PhD candidate at USF, says in many cases invasive species are controlled after they’re already in...

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Nobel Prize Winner Says Age of Enlightenment in Danger of Rollback

09/28/12 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Friday)
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Next up-- the humanist group of the Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater is sponsoring a talk on Sunday Sept 30th by Sir Harold Kroto. He is the 1996 Nobel Laureate in chemistry. Currently he holds the Francis Epps Chair of chemistry at FSU. The talk, entitled “Science, Society and Responsibility” will begin at 12:30 in the Octagon at UUC. The UUC campus is located at 2470 Nursery Rd., Clearwater. Sir Harry says he's concerned that with the rise of religious political influence arou...

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A tribute to Sally Ride

07/26/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Mary Glenney payed tribute to the first American woman astronaut. Sally Ride in her own words described her recollections of that flight in 1984. In a different segment, Sally discusses the many observations of the planet she has made through her career and sounded a serious note of warning about global warming, Sally has worked extensively with young girls and boys to encourage and educate then in the joys of science. She founded Sally Ride Science to pursue ...

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Is the future of science education in danger? listen

02/10/12 Liz McKibbon
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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An anthropologist warns Florida has laws that are a back-door entrance to teaching creationist theory in schools. At a lecture Thursday night in Tampa as part of USF’s Darwin Day celebration, Eugenie Scott says that’s hurting the quality of science education in the state.

Students, professors and the public filled nearly every seat in USF’s Fine Arts Hall. Jamie Delgato was one student in attendance.

”Well the whole creatio...

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Scientists and journalists discuss collaboration listen

10/28/11 Jean Henry Telcy
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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About 80 people listened to leaders in journalism and science discuss the relationship between media and the scientific establishment in this event co-hosted by the University of South Florida. One of the organizers was Mary Woolley, President and CEO of Research!America, an alliance aimed at “making research to improve health a higher national priority.”

According to Claudia Dreifus, interviewer for the science section of the New York Times, th...

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Seth Mnookin on medicine, science and fear listen

10/26/11 Dawn Morgan
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Science writer and journalist Seth Mnookin's third book, released earlier this year, is The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science and Fear.

WMNF's Dawn Morgan spoke with Mnookin about the fear explosion in the media and what doctors and parents alike can do to combat misinformation.

"It was something that I noticed in conversations with my friends. A lot of them were either young parents or expectant parents. And that hadn’t been a topic that had been on my radar previo...

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Middle- and high-school girls get a hands-on look at science and engineering listen

07/21/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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This week Middle and High School girls are getting a hands-on look at science and engineering in Tampa.

This five-day Minds for Design Girl Scout Camp focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls from Middle and High Schools around the Central Florida area are exploring their interests through hands-on activities, lectures, and field trips to the University of South Florida and MOSI. Susan Barnes, Director of Communications with [Girl Scouts of West Central Florida](...

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