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This edition: April 2017

Episode Details

Original tape date: March 21, 2017.

First aired: April 4, 2017.

This month on Science & U!:

New worlds in space are being discovered more frequently now than ever! One system that drew particular interest in recent weeks is that of Trappist-1, an M type star with 7 rocky planets. Astrophysicist Jackie Faherty of the American Museum of Natural History talks with Science and U! host Carol Anne Riddell and puts this startling discovery into perspective.

When strong storms hit the greater New York City area it’s common to see uprooted trees and downed power lines. Ever wonder what happens to all that wood? Tinabeth Piña visits NYCitySlab to see how damaged or already fallen trees are being recycled.

Imagine a plant with the ability to detect explosive materials. That’s exactly what an M.I.T. professor has done. Donna Hanover speaks with Michael Strano, Ph.D. about the possibility of using spinach and other plants to keep us safe.

If you’re wondering why prices for foods like apples, cabbage or pumpkins are going up, it may be due to a lower honeybee population. Thankfully New York State has people like Christopher Logue of the New York State Pollinator Protection Task Force to right the ship.

The most important part of treating a disease is getting properly diagnosed first. Andrew Falzon explains what steps are necessary to get an accurate diagnosis for Dementia.

For More Information:
Trappist-1 -
NYCitySlab -
Spinach that detects explosives -
Bees and Food Supply -
Dementia Diagnosis -

Guest List

Jackie Faherty Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural History

Christopher Logue Director of The Division of Plant Industry, New York Department of Agriculture and Markets

Robert Rising Owner, NYCitySlab

Michael Strano, Ph.D. Professor of Chemical Engineering, M.I.T.

Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein Northwell Health

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