February 26, 2017
What is the difference between augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR)? Who are the players in these markets? Is Pokémon Go really AR?
These questions are answered by software engineer and computer scientist Kyle Rader. We have guest co-host Russell Pearce join us in this lengthy, yet fun discussion on a new way to interact with the “real” world.
February 18, 2017
Welcome to Season 3 of Spark Science!
Back in October 2016, we recorded serveral interviews at Seattle's Geek Girl Con. This amazing convention strives to support girls who love comics and STEM. http://geekgirlcon.com/
Our first interview was the Women of Pixar panel Yun Lien, Angelique Reisch, and Trina Roy. We had a joy filled discussion about what it is like to work on beloved films, how to get a job at Pixar and learning how to code.
Enjoy 30 minutes of geeking out and giggles.
September 12, 2016
Spark Science sits down with Behavioral Pharmacologist and WWU professor Dr. Jeff Grimm.
We talk about his background, new theories on addiction, rat parks and how sugar can be an addictive substance.
You can view the Kurzgesagt video on addiction by clicking on the link below
August 12, 2016
In this second episode, we explore the drama that comes with flying robots to Mars. We talk with Planetary Society President Dr. Jim Bell and Mars dust expert Dr. Kjartan Kinch about the Spirit Rover and the challenges involved in the mission.
Enjoy our short tale of mystery, frustration and triumph.
July 17, 2016
In September 2015 gravitational waves were directly detected for the first time. It was recorded simultaneously at two Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatories (LIGO) in Hanford, WA and Livingston, Louisiana.
Spark Science attended a tour at LIGO with physic students from WWU and student correspondents Lia Cook and Nathan Miller. LIGO's Outreach Coordinator Dale Ingram takes us through the facilities and tells tales of mice in tubes, earthquakes and moths. We also want to thank the other post-doc guide, Sheila Dwyer.
July 2, 2016
Enjoy the first installment of the mini-podcast about past, present and future space missions just in time for JUNO’s arrival at Jupiter!
In this episode we talk to Planetary Society’s Senior Editor and Planetary Evangelist, Emily Lakdawalla about JUNO's camera and citizen science. We also share some fun facts about Jupiter and other spacecraft that have studied the gas giant in the past.
Image and Information Courtesy of NASA
- When I say “Humans have visited the planet before” I mean human-made spacecraft not actual humans like in Interstellar
- There is a water “whooshing” sound in the show because I interviewed Emily at Lakewood in Bellingham, WA. It was very scenic.
June 26, 2016
In this episode Spark Science partners with the Pickford Film Center in Bellingham, WA to host a "Science on the Screen" event. WWU professors Dr. Amites Sarkar and Dr. Stephanie Treneer discuss the work of the great mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan before a screening of the film about Ramanujan's life, "The Man Who Knew Infinity" starring Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.
The event was filmed and can be viewed by clicking the link below.
A special thanks to Lucas Holtgeerts who filmed & edited the video
Pickford Film Center: http://www.pickfordfilmcenter.org/
Science on Screen: http://scienceonscreen.org/
Image Courtesy of Warner Bros. UK
May 29, 2016
SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics and Spark Science got the CEO to come to the Spark Radio studios for an interview.
We talk about what the heck photonics is, spying with film and student chapters worldwide. Spark Science even calls into Hsinchu, Taiwan to talk to some wonderful SPIE chapter members.
Enjoy our show on how the world is affected by LIGHT.
May 15, 2016
We are back with an amazing interview with National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Superman writer, Avatar the Last Airbender comic author and Computer Scientist, Gene Luen Yang.
Please enjoy our joyous conversation about superheroes, growing up Chinese-American, computer science and comics for STEM.
Video of interview
April 11, 2016
The questions "How drinkable is the city water?" & "Where does our drinking water come from?" are in the news nationally and locally.
City of Bellingham's own Eric Johnston came to the Spark Radio studios to answer our questions and talk to us about the history of water treatment. Jordan and I also learn about "NIGHT SOIL" in London (listeners please look this up) and how Bellingham's drinking water is better than bottled water.
Enjoy the show that may make you more confident in your drinking water.
Featured Song is "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads