UnDisciplined

Fridays at 2:00 p.m.

Each week, UnDisciplined introduces its audience to two scientists, working in different fields – and then introduces them to each other. The result is a lively, informative and accessible discussion about the ways in which scientific research impacts all of our lives. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about the ways computers help people do things better. 

One of our guests studies the way video games can be used to build better workplaces. Our other guest researches how artificial intelligence can help us tell better jokes — that's right, better jokes. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about stress, but from two very different scientific points of view. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about the intersection of science and personal decision-making — and, of course, we're looking at it from two very different perspectives. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about climate, but at two very different scales. 

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In UnDisciplined's first ever monthly science news roundup, we're joined by three researchers, plus a fellow science enthusiast, to take a look at recent science news through a bunch of different perspectives. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about why we don't do the things we know we should do. Why, for instance, don't we get as much sleep as we're supposed to? And why do we often withhold information from our doctors? 

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We're talking about the ways warfare can build bonds in tribal societies, and how air pollution can have devastating effects in our modern world. 

Utah Pulbic Radio

2018 is going to be remembered as a huge year in science. 

It was the year we took tremendous leaps forward in aritificial intelligence. It was when we faced the contorversial case of the world's first gene-edited babies. And,  it was the year we shot a billionaire's car into space. 

But here at Utah Public Radio, we're hoping 2018 is remembered for another reason: as they year we first started broadcasting UnDisciplined. 

Genetic Literacy Project

This week on UnDisciplined, we're joined by a scientist who helped create a transgenic mouse that can help us understand the human relationship with a vital molecule. We'll also chat with a researcher who just announced the discovery of nearly 50 new species right here in Utah's Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking to a researcher whose work is going to change the way you think about the red planet. Then, we're going to talk to a scientist who is changing the way we think about how to diagnose and treat neurodegenerative diseases. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we talked to a researcher whose discoveries have changed the way we understand the history of tobacco in North America. Then we chatted with a scientist who is trying to change the way we think about cryptocurrencies. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we unpack two studies that are changing conventional wisdom. 

Our first guest is Ella Bean, who is changing the way people think about neanderthals.

Our second guest, Brendan Murphy, wants to reconsider the way we think about wildfires. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about really small things, like cell cultures and their effect on research, and really big things, like our planet's climate and its effect on human movement. 

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What do Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson have to do with ending crime waves and curing blindness? We'll find out this week when we're joined by guests Elizabeth Vargis and Sherry Towers. 

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Each week on UnDisciplined, we bring two researchers together to talk about their recent work. 

This week, we're joined first by Karen Lloyd, whose research suggests microbial dark matter may be all around us. Then, we talked to Jacob Freeman, who uses trash to study the synchronous rise and fall of societies. 

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Paul Rogers is racing to save a one-tree forest. Lisa Berreau is trying to prove that carbon monoxide can be good for us. Like we do every week, we'll try to draw connections between these two very different areas of work. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about how evolving research impacts health recommendations. 

First, we're joined by Sarah Hartz, who believes that what you've been told about alcohol consumption is probably wrong. 

Then, we'll talk to Theo Ross, whose work shows that the health advice that comes from personal genetic testing often turns out to be wrong, too. 

Institute of Zoology

This week on UnDiscipined, we're talking about extending life — how nature does it and how humans might do it. Grace DiRenzo investigates the way animals evolve to beat deadly natural chemicals. Laura Niedernhofer studies natural chemicals that might help us prevent aging and put off death. Together, we'll talk about Fisetin, frogs, fungus, zombies and immortality. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about the way people and animals move from place to place. Rick Geddes studies economic solutions for reducing traffic. Lori Spears is an entomologist who helps develop ways to keep non-native insects out of North America. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about how genes impact plant growth, but from two very different perspectives. 

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about the way newspapers impact the way people think, and the ways pollution impacts solar energy.

If those things sound like they have nothing in common — well, that's the idea.

Joining us are Alex Coppock, who studies how op-eds impact reader opinions, and Ian Marius Peters, who studies the impact of haze on energy production.

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This week on UnDisciplined, we're talking about measuring wildlife — but at two very different scales.

Emily Sadler uses microscopes to measure insect stingers.

David Stoner uses satellites to measure populations of mountain lions, plants and mule deer.

How will they measure up to one another? We'll find out. 

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Clement Chow studies how—and why—two people can get the same disease and have very different outcomes. Josh Tewksbury's research team has developed a model indicating how human-caused climate change stands to make insects much hungrier. Together, we'll try and build some bridges between those two very different areas of research.

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Shefali Patil's recent studies have offered surprising insights into the way law enforcement officers see their jobs. Dan MacNulty's work seeks to understand the way animals interact in Yellowstone National Park. Together, we'll talk about police and predators. 

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Erik Peper's recent studies have investigated the ways posture can affect performance. Brady Mattsson's recent work examines how natural resource officials can best share their expertise and experiences in managing protected areas. Together, we'll talk about the ways we manage our bodies, our minds and our environments.

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