Science in the News
Mike Meetz and Sam Wormley team up to provide a lively discussion with OLLI members about this week's science in the news. Links to relevant science articles will be sent out a day or two prior to each class. A deep understanding in the sciences is not required to share and discuss each week's science topics Mike Meetz retired from the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine after 35 years as a scientist. An amateur naturalist, he volunteers for the National Park Service, Iowa DNR, and Story County Conservation Board. Meetz and his wife have reconstructed a 38-acre prairie. Sam Wormley is a retired associate scientist and principal investigator, CNDE/IPRT/AL at Iowa State and taught as an adjunct professor of astronomy at Marshalltown Community College for 17 years. Wormley regularly teaches science and technology classes for OLLI at Iowa State and OLLI at Drake.
SUGGESTED ARTICLES for class on Sep. 30 (updated daily with current science articles in the news) Note -- You are not expected to read all the articles, but just those you are interested in. SEP. 24 As autumn approaches here's why we see more spiders in our houses and why wasps are desperate for sugar https://phys.org/news/2021-09-autumn-approaches-spiders-houses-wasps.htmls Ice Melt at The Poles Is Now Causing Hidden Changes to Earth's Crust on a Huge Scale https://www.sciencealert.com/polar-ice-melt-is-reshaping-earth-s-surface-as-well-as-pushing-up-sea-levels SEP. 23 A Major Advance in Computing Solves a Complex Math Problem 1 Million Times Faster https://www.sciencealert.com/a-new-neural-network-solved-the-hardest-of-maths-problems-a-million-times-faster Ancient footprints could be oldest traces of humans in the Americas Children left tracks in New Mexico around 22,500 years ago - thousands of years before most scientists thought humans settled in North America. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02597-1 SEP. 22 Single Cells Evolve Large Multicellular Forms in Just Two Years https://www.quantamagazine.org/single-cells-evolve-large-multicellular-forms-in-just-two-years-20210922/ SEP. 20 Mathematical Analysis of Fruit Fly Wings Hints at Evolution's Limits https://www.quantamagazine.org/mathematical-analysis-of-fruit-fly-wings-hints-at-evolutions-limits-20210920/ SEP. 17 One Mozart Song Calms The Brains of People With Epilepsy, And We May Finally Know Why https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-95922-7 https://www.sciencealert.com/listening-to-mozart-somehow-helped-people-with-epilepsy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pku95onp4D0 Common ground and the climate crisis (from Mike Coveyou) Saving Us: A Climate ScientistŐs Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World ~Katharine Hayhoe https://www.science.org/doi/epdf/10.1126/science.abj9760 ________________ Landsat 9 (from LeRoy Kester) https://www.nasa.gov/specials/landsat/ A Better Way To Picture Atoms (3+ min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2Xb2GFK2yc The Physics of Windmill Design (3+ min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGKIjojADmg David Kaplan is not an Expert (2+ min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCLLJ6-7ez0
SCIENCE NEWS RESOURCES ASTRONOMY PICTURE OF THE DAY (APOD) https://apod.nasa.gov CLIMATE https://insideclimatenews.org https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Just+Have+a+Think NATURE https://www.nature.com/nature/articles?type=nature-briefing NEW YORK TIMES SCIENCE https://www.nytimes.com/section/science PHYS.ORG https://phys.org/weekly-news/ https://phys.org/nanotech-news/ https://phys.org/physics-news/ https://phys.org/earth-news/ https://phys.org/space-news/ https://phys.org/technology-news/ https://phys.org/chemistry-news/ https://phys.org/biology-news/ https://phys.org/science-news/ QUANTA MAGAZINE https://www.quantamagazine.org https://www.quantamagazine.org/archive/ https://www.quantamagazine.org/tag/podcast SCIENCE ALERTS https://www.sciencealert.com/latest https://www.sciencealert.com/comment-opinion https://www.sciencealert.com/environment https://www.sciencealert.com/explainers https://www.sciencealert.com/health https://www.sciencealert.com/humans https://www.sciencealert.com/nature https://www.sciencealert.com/physics https://www.sciencealert.com/space https://www.sciencealert.com/tech SYMMETRY MAGAZINE (CERN) https://www.symmetrymagazine.org/archive
PODCASTS https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Just+Have+a+Think https://www.youtube.com/user/minutephysics Minute Physics Archive https://www.youtube.com/user/physicswoman https://www.youtube.com/c/SabineHossenfelder https://www.youtube.com/pbsspacetime https://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols/videos https://www.youtube.com/user/sixtysymbols/channels https://www.youtube.com/user/destinws2/videos https://www.quantamagazine.org/tag/podcast https://www.youtube.com/user/1veritasium/video https://www.youtube.com/user/vsauce
RADIO https://www.sciencefriday.com/radio/ http://bigpicturescience.org https://www.seti.org/bigpicturescience email@example.com