Arizona Science explores the latest scientific research and technological innovations taking place in Southern Arizona and at the University of Arizona. Catch Arizona Science each Friday during Science Friday on NPR 89.1.
Episode 393: New directions in archeological research
Archeologists don't always focus on stone statues and drawings on walls. University of Arizona anthropologist Ed Jolie explains why items like clothing, baskets, nets or string made from organic material can also tell us a lot about ancient civilizations.
Episode 392: Reacting to the rapid advance of artificial intelligence
Some experts think putting more effort into making artificial intelligence more intelligent is better than worrying about it making mistakes. University of Arizona computer scientist Mihai Surdeanu talks about how keeping A. I. systems in check is creating new opportunities for people inside and outside the technology sector.
Episode 390: Exploring space with the Giant Magellan Telescope
The University of Arizona built Giant Magellan Telescope is expected to start scanning the heavens within the next decade. U of A astronomer Buell Januzzi reveals how the telescope’s size and scale will put it above other Earth-bound telescopes in its ability to find hidden details between the stars.
Episode 389: Tracking down the most distant supernovae in the known universe
A team of University of Arizona faculty and undergraduate students are working together finding facts about exploding stars. UA Astronomy professor Brenda Frye describes what makes supernovae special and what they can tell us about our own Sun.
Episode 388: How tree ring research is detailing a natural disaster in the Pacific Northwest
A devastating earthquake that struck what’s now the northwestern corner of the United States 1,100 years ago is still part of native American legend in the region. University of Arizona tree ring researcher Bryan Black is leading a team discovering more about the event, and reveals how linked fault lines beneath the Earth’s crust might pose a further threat to the region in the present day.
Episode 294: New research links COVID-19 to Arizona rattlesnakes
UA scientist Floyd Chilton's research could open a new front in the fight against COVID..
Very interesting topics but I find the podcast segments frustratingly short, leaving me somewhat unsatisfied that I've learned something.