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  • Climate Change, Snowmelt, and Salmon: WWU Faculty Try to Save a Pacific Northwest Icon

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    Jim Helfield is in a race against time, and he knows it.
    Helfield, an associate professor of Environmental Science at Western Washington University, is researching ways improve the habitat for spring- and summer-run Chinook salmon on the South Fork of Whatcom County’s Nooksack River. Also known as king salmon, Chinook are the largest Pacific salmon species, growing to sizes upwards of 100 pounds in some rivers. Show less
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    Spark Science, a science podcast where we explore stories of human curiosity. Hosted by Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff.
    http://sparksciencenow.com/
    • Andy Weir on Diverse Characters - Duration: 3 minutes, 54 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 8 views
      Here is a clip from a longer interview we did with best-selling author Andy Weir. The co-host for today is WWU student and science journalist Jonathan Flynn asking about the diversity of characters...
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    • The Great 1859 Solar Storm Carrington Event - Duration: 3 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 6 views
      Take a second: how many types of storms can you think of? Was 'solar storm' on your list? Probably not! Many of the ones that hit us go unnoticed, but they have the potential to be catastrophic. Le...
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    • Cutting a Cure - Duration: 3 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 5 views
      Despite the word “rare” in “rare diseases”, hundreds of millions are negatively impacted by these conditions. Luckily, since a vast majority of them are genetic, by understanding how to alter genet...
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    • Antibiotic Resistance and Superbugs - Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 4 views
      What are SuperBugs? How did they come to be? What can you do about them? In this video, we briefly discuss all these questions about bacteria that are resistant to our antibiotics.

      This video was...
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    • Automation - Duration: 3 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 6 views
      Will automation lead to a brighter future for humanity? Or maybe it will bring forth something darker. In this video, the topic of automation is discussed, with such examples as the self-driving ca...
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    • Spark Science: Comics & Coding with Gene Luen Yang - Duration: 33 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 3 views
      Spark Science was honored to interview the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Superman writer, Avatar the Last Airbender comic author and Computer Scientist, Gene Luen Yang.

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    • Science on Screen: The Man Who Knew Infinity - Duration: 51 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      Science on the Screen is a program that pairs film with science/math lectures at independent theaters around the US. Spark Science Host, Dr. Regina Barber DeGraaff was asked to help Pickford Cinema...
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    • Spark Science Ski2Sea Algae - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      In this episode we explore the work of Western Washington University biologist Dr. Robin Kodner. She studies algae populations from the peaks of mountains to beautiful bays.

      Dr. Kodner’s work comb...
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    • Spark Science: Trappist-1 & Exoplanets - Duration: 50 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      Dr. Melissa Rice, Mars Rover specialist and friend of the show, is back! Dr. Rice and Dr. Jim Davenport talk with us about planets, the habitable zone and what is so important about the Trappist-1 ...
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    • Spark Science: Science, Pseudoscience & Society - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      In this episode, we have a roundtable discussion about what disaster and horror movies say about our society with WWU medical anthropology professor Dr. Sean Bruna and a couple of anthropology stud...
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    • Spark Science: Kinesiology & Common Injuries - Duration: 38 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 12 views
      What is Kinesiology? Listen to our show to to find out. Our guests are Western Washington University (WWU) Biomechanics Professor Dr. Jun San Juan & owner of Pure Fitness Martial Arts in Bellingham...
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    • Spark Science: Augmented Reality - Duration: 59 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
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      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...
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