SciWorks Radio

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SciWorks Radio, a joint creation of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, is a fun and informative look at the role science plays in our lives. In this weekly module, we'll explore everything from regional geology to regenerative medicine, and more. To learn more about SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, Inc., visit their website.

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SciWorks Radio
12:47 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Charlie & the Astronaut

Astronaut Thomas H. Marshburn, mission specialist
Credit NASA

SciWorks Radio is a production of 88.5 WFDD and SciWorks, the Science Center and Environmental Park of Forsyth County, located in Winston-Salem.

Charlie talks with an astronaut from North Carolina.
Charlie's extended interview with Astronaut Thomas H. Marshburn, mission specialist.

When you were a kid, did you want to be an astronaut? If you could have spoken to one, what would you ask?

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SciWorks Radio
11:43 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Diversity of Species in North Carolina

Black Bear Family

Diversity of Species in North Carolina

North Carolina ranks among the top states in the country for biodiversity. That is, the amount of different living species within a given area. There are many reasons for this, and we’re going to discover some of them from the ground up. Literally.

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SciWorks Radio
2:52 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Body On A Chip

Hyun-Wook Kang, Ph.D., instructor, oversees the 3-D printer that will be used to print miniature organs for the Body on a Chip system.
Credit Wake Forest Baptist Helath

SciWorks Radio - Body On A Chip

Today we’ll  talk about printing body parts.  I’m not talking about antics in the copy room. I mean bio-printing three dimensional human organs for medical research.

There are several types of 3D printers, but  the generic model for this particular type involves a nozzle that squirts out a building material like an ink. Mounted in a frame, it moves side to side as well as up and down. This allows for travel to any point within the printer’s range; “printing” material layer by layer. The result is an accurate translation of a digital computer file into a solid three dimensional object.

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SciWorks Radio
3:05 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Triad Geology

Pilot Mountain with the Sauratown Mountains in the background.
Credit Molly Davis


Learn about the unique geology of the Triad in this first episode of SciWorks Radio.

From a geologic perspective, we don’t usually think about the North Carolina Piedmont as being very exciting. There are no tall mountains or volcanoes right nearby. But what if I told you that much of the area was once dominated by towering mountains and active volcanoes? In fact most of the piedmont was made up of a series of volcanic islands, or “island Arcs” much like Japan or Indonesia today. These separated themselves from the early continents, eventually collided and were squeezed together as the supercontinent “Pangea” was being formed. This same thing happened up and down most of the East Coast of the United States. Any time you find actual granite exposed at the surface, it was once part of a magma chamber located deep within the earth, likely feeding the region’s volcanos that were formed in these collisions. The Greensboro area has a lot this.

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