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Colleague remembers Mote's "Shark Lady," Eugenie Clark listen

02/26/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Friday

Tags: science, sharks, Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, wmnf, WMNF News, Women, marine biology, Florida


On Wednesday a pioneering researcher -- known as the "Shark Lady" -- who broke glass ceilings as a woman in science died in Sarasota, Florida.

Dr. Eugenie Clark founded the lab that would become Mote Marine Laboratory and inspired many people, especially women, to study science. She died at age 92 due to complications from battling lung cancer.

WMNF News' Seán Kinane spoke with one of Clark’s colleagues, Dr. Robert Hueter, Director of the Center for Shark Research at Mote Marine Laborat...

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Next Dalí Museum exhibit will feature work by Leonardo Da Vinci listen

01/13/15 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Salvador Dalí, Art, St. Petersburg, science, The Dalí Museum


The Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg announced Tuesday that its next special exhibit will feature diagrams by Leonardo da Vinci as well as manuscripts and paintings by Salvador Dalí in an exhibit called "Invention as Art." It will run from March 8, 2015 through July 26, 2015.

According to a press release:

'The exhibit features more than 75 works, including da Vinci diagrams, Dalí manuscripts and paintings, and the invented objects both da Vinci and Dalí propo...

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Artist Guy Harvey previews fisheries symposium in St. Pete listen

11/13/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tags: fisheries, Guy Harvey, University of South Florida, USF, USF St. Pete, St. Petersburg, science, Florida Institute of Oceanography


Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster scientists are gathering in St. Petersburg this week to share knowledge about the population size of several important Gulf of Mexico fish species; the Guy Harvey Fisheries Symposium is named after the artist and conservationist and continues through Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

To find out about the important issues at the meeting, Thursday morning WMNF interviewed Guy Harvey.

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Florida red tide algae fueled by several nutrient sources: Mote scientist listen

11/07/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: red tide, Mote Marine Laboratory, science, Gulf of Mexico, algae, nutrients, algae blooms, Sarasota


Red tide can be a problem in Florida – both for marine species and for humans; now, several researchers, including from Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, have just published their findings about how nutrients fuel red tides.

WMNF News interviewed Kellie Dixon, a senior scientist at Mote and the program manager for their chemical and physical ecology program.

*Here's the extended version of the interview b...

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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


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


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...


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...


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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