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The science of weed: interview with National Geographic cover story author listen

06/15/15 Seán Kinane
MidPoint with WMNF News Monday
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Tags: marijuana, medical marijuana, pot, National Geographic, science, cancer, drugs, law


Humans have used the marijuana plant for thousands of years; the cover story in this month's National Geographic magazine looks at the science behind pot.

The author of High Science, Hampton Sides, is a journalist and author of bestselling nonfiction books.

We explored the 5,000 year history humans have had with marijuana, where marijuana use is legal, the pioneering research of Israeli chemist Raphael Menchoulam & Spani...

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Local students compete in the world's largest science fair in Pittsburgh

05/14/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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Tags: Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, science, Pittsburgh, Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish, Rebecca Elsishans, wmnf, Rob Lorei


Today on Radioactivity we talk with 3 bay area students who are in Pittsburgh to participate in the World's largest science fair. Colton Lewis, Margaret Parrish,and Rebecca Elsishans are all high schools students that have entered The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a competition that awards over $4 million in prizes and scholarships. The student's projects range from nanotube technology, electromagnetic science and public health through water sanitation.

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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...


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