With Stephen P. Long, Ph.D., D.Sc. (the Gutgsell University Endowed Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences; and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois)
Today on Focus, bestselling author Edward Dolnick joins the show to talk about his new book The Clockwork Universe. The book documents the tale of a group of tormented geniuses who changed the world as we knew it: Isaac Newton and the members of the Royal Society. Dolnick discusses the birth of modern science and more today on Focus.
How do we decide which facts are true? One of the most devastating health scares ever, the theory that linked routine childhood vaccines to autism spectrum disorder, has been circulating since 1998. In The Panic Virus, author Seth Mnookin interviews parents, scientists, and activists to try to answer that single fundamental question. He'll talk about his findings and more today on Focus.
Is it really possible to stay "forever young"? Susan Jacoby, author of Never Say Die, doesn't hesitate to challenge this theory—and in fact warns her readers that her viewpoints may seem overly negative to some. When she joins us on Focus today, she'll talk about recent spikes in Alzheimer's cases, Social Security benefit cuts, and the question of whether it is truly living longer that we seek... or simply living better.
In the twentieth century alone, the human life expectancy has increased by more than thirty years. Some scientists believe that it's time for the next big leap—this time into complete immortality. Today on Focus, science writer Jonathan Weiner joins the show to explain some of the science behind this heart-pounding research and the dramatic tale of how aging may be conquered once and for all—even in this lifetime.
When we poke and prod at our gray hairs and wrinkles, we don't normally think of stress as being their cause. In fact, says science journalist Thea Singer, the true culprit may not just be the wear and tear of age, but chronic stress. Today on Focus, she'll explain some of the research that led her to these findings, and offer tips on recognizing and treating stress.
We may once have predicted jetpacks and flying cars to be the amazing inventions of the "future," but some of the technology we have today is just as marvel-worthy, from laptop computers to MRI machines. Today on Focus, professor of physics James Kakalios joins the show to explain how the development of quantum mechanics was essential to the creation of some of today's high-tech inventions.
From mythology to medicine, the Sun is present everywhere in our world, not just in our sky. Today on Focus, author Richard Cohen joins the show to talk about his explorations of the human relationship with the star, armed with all kinds of interesting statistics, surprising myths, and extraordinary anecdotes.
Today on Focus, we'll discuss the life of legendary explorer and taxidermist Carl Akeley, who was a revolutionary in the field of environmental conservation. Author Jay Kirk joins the show to talk about his biography of Akeley, Kingdom Under Glass, which details the explorer's dangerous escapades in Africa as he hunted animals for his dioramas.
Today on Focus, we'll be talking about the Romantic age of science with biographer Richard Holmes. His recent book The Age of Wonder details the stories of numerous men and women at the forefront of the second scientific revolution, from astronomers to chemists to writers inspired by the scientific breakthroughs of the day.