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Gun Violence in America

If ever there was an issue where there is more heat than light, it’s gun violence in the United States. Emotion is great, but it should fuel our desire to get the data right, and draw evidence-based conclusions. On the other hand, if no one is convinced by more or better data, how should we use it? How precise do you really need to be convinced there's a problem? Ben Zalisko is on the sound board for this episode, but can't help pouncing on Asa's asteroid chatter. Sit down, Ben... PLEASE rate/review/follow and contact us on twitter (@beltwayscience) or email us at beltwayscience@gmail.com Participants: Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2 Dr. Sujata Emani, @SassySujE Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff NPR story about the Department of Education’s faulty data: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08/27/640323347/the-school-shootings-that-werent Secret Service “Mass Attack” report: https://www.secretservice.gov/forms/USSS_NTAC-Mass_Attacks_in_Public_Spaces-2017.pdf Gun Violence Archive https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/charts-and-maps Gun Violence Statistics - National Institutes of Justice https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/pages/welcome.aspx American Psychological Association Report on Gun Violence https://www.apa.org/pubs/info/reports/gun-violence-prevention 2009 NIJ Report on School Shootings https://www.nij.gov/journals/262/pages/critical-incidents-in-schools.aspx National Criminal Justice Reference Service Report (2018) https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2018/info_flyers/fact_sheets/2018NCVRW_MassCasualty_508_QC.pdf Pub Chatter: Info about Ben’s NASA budget story https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/6/7/18656865/trump-moon-mars-tweet-artemis-whaaa Asa’s asteroid chatter: https://www.livescience.com/65703-asteroid-psyche-probe-iron-mission.html Sujata’s chatter about the first South-Asian American to preside over the House: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/446898-pramila-jayapal-becomes-first-south-asian-american-woman-to-preside-over-house Laura’s arctic chatter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/science/arctic-sea-ice-expedition-to-study-climate-change/?utm_term=.f32897d4a9bb&noredirect=on

76 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Gun Violence in America

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a futuristic fantasy that's been around for decades. It is a banal technology with extraordinary results. It will eliminate and create jobs... probably, maybe, definitely not really. For chatter, mother nature is viscous, but you can always escape to a McDonalds embassy. BenZ can't resist talking T Rex. Ben Isaacoff's take on the AI national strategy: http://spie.org/news/national-strategy-for-ai?SSO=1 Check out this old video of Ben Zalisko talking about Sue at the Field Museum: https://youtu.be/WhqBXSWuNr8 Participants: Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2

65 MIN2019 JUN 10
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Artificial Intelligence

Securing Genetic Information

Genetic sequencing is an amazing tool to inform medical decisions and tell us how many Neanderthals are in our family tree, but how secure in that data? How could access to your genetic information be used against you, and what are the risks of infringement on your genetic privacy? Sujata, Ben Z, Laura, and Asa discuss how how much you should be worried about access to your genetic information and the policy implications. Subscribe, review, and contact us with feedback: @beltwayscience Facebook.com/BeltwayScience beltwayscience@gmail.com Genetic Security Overview: https://www.wired.com/story/the-us-urgently-needs-new-genetic-privacy-laws/ EEOC Genetic Discrimination: https://www1.eeoc.gov//laws/types/genetic.cfm?renderforprint=1 Future of Privacy Forum (‘Best practices’ article referenced in the pod): https://fpf.org/2018/07/31/privacy-best-practices-for-consumer-genetic-testing-services/ Dr. Laura Van Berkel (@Laura_VanBerkel) chatted about the Women’s Voting Rights Exhibit at the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/women-s-voting-rights-exhibit-opens Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) chatted about bilayer graphene: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-twisted-graphene-became-the-big-thing-in-physics-20190430/ Dr. Ben Zalisko (@benzalisko) chatted about this IL state politics podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/il-informed/id1455535834 Dr. Sujata Emani (@SassySujE) chatted about self-assembling carbohydrates: https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/Video-First-observations-self-assembling/97/i16

67 MIN2019 MAY 27
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Securing Genetic Information

Labor Unions for Scientists

Labor rights for graduate student workers! Ben, Ben, Laura, and guest Matt McCune discuss the need for labor protections for early-career scientists and their quest to form recognized labor unions. We discuss the power imbalances that is imposing a mental health crisis on our next generation of scientists. Not a lot of disagreement on this pod; we get all Woody Guthrie on your ass. As always, we close with pub chatter and bad puns from Ben I. Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Matt McCune, @Matttuple Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Links: Subject overview: https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/06/push-graduate-student-unions-signals-deep-structural-shift-academia Mizzou graduate workers union decision: https://www.courts.mo.gov/fv/c/Judgment_FINAL.pdf?l=CT13&di=3176008 Letter that Matt mentioned about evenings and weekend expectations: http://www.chemistry-blog.com/tag/carreira-letter/ Ezra Klein podcast about workism: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/work-as-identity-burnout-as-lifestyle/id1081584611?i=1000436045971 Laura’s book recommendation, “Rain”: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22822881-rain Ben I’s chatter about coffee stockpile: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-coffee/swiss-government-says-coffee-not-essential-stockpiling-to-end-idUSKCN1RM226 Ben Z’s chatter about FAA approval for UAV delivery: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/04/27/google-wing-drone-beats-amazon-faa-approval/3591824002/

68 MIN2019 APR 29
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Labor Unions for Scientists

Opioid Addiction

Asa, Laura, Sujata, and Ben discuss the supply and demand drivers of the opioid crisis. Dr. Rubin shares his experience at treatment facilities. We close with Happy Hour Chatter, as always. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Ben's astronaut herpes chatter: https://phys.org/news/2019-03-dormant-viruses-spaceflight.amp?__twitter_impression=true Sujata's chatter about Lilly Singh on Late Night: https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-03-20/indian-canadian-youtube-star-lilly-singh-will-have-her-own-late-night-show-nbc Laura's chatter about fantasy birding: https://deadspin.com/fantasy-birding-is-real-and-its-spectacular-1833374916 Asa's chatter has no link, just bruises.

61 MIN2019 MAR 25
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Opioid Addiction

Open Science, Live At AAAS CON

Live at the AAAS National Convention in DC, where the theme was “Transcending Boundaries”, we discuss open science, a movement to provide free access to scientific publications and increasingly democratize science. What will this do the publishing industry and peer review, and who pays? As always, what is the status of the various policy solutions? As always we end with Pub Chatter and a plea for you to rate/review/subscribe/follow, so do that! Please! @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Links: 96 Things Publishers Do: https://sch...

58 MIN2019 FEB 24
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Open Science, Live At AAAS CON

Combatting Misinformation

FAKE NEWS! "scientists" explain FAKE NEWS tactics to hack our brains... Repetition, tribalism, repitition, memory, repetition... SAD! Many people want to "regulate" social media. No Covfefe! @BeltwayScience on Twitter facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Links: The psychology of believing misinformation: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/5/16410912/illusory-truth-fake-news-las-vegas-google-facebook https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/misinformation-psychological-science-shows-why-it-sticks-and-how-to-fix-it.html What government has done and what has been proposed: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/10/17208322/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-congress-testimony-regulation A white paper from Sen Mark Warner: https://graphics.axios.com/pdf/PlatformPolicyPaper.pdf Ben I's chatter, not a cure for cancer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2019/01/29/israeli-scientists-say-they-will-have-a-complete-cure-for-cancer-within-a-ye...

74 MIN2019 FEB 13
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Combatting Misinformation

Autonomous Vehicles

@BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Ben Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation On this episode, we discuss the different levels of automated driving systems and what a fast-approaching world of self-driving cars could look like. What will this tech disrupt? What are the legal and moral challenges? As always, enjoy the fake ads and happy-hour chatter. Links: Issue overview: https://www.law.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs2351/f/downloads/Stick-Shift-Autonomous-Vehicles-Driving-Jobs-and-the-Future-of-Work.pdf City planning: http://www.transpogroup.com/ass...

71 MIN2019 JAN 21
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Autonomous Vehicles

Space Junk

Space Debris, the Kessler Effect, and policy options to mitigate how much stuff we put into space, endangering our modern satellite infrastructure. Some highly speculative technologies for cleaning space debris are discussed. As always, stay for pub chatter at the 47:47 mark. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Great explainer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS1ibDImAYU&feature=youtu.be Gravity movie intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBFgzvWJSMs Navy dust cloud idea: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-wants-to...

59 MIN2018 DEC 25
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Space Junk

Eradicate Mosquitos?

Should we use genetic engineering techniques to eradicate disease-carrying mosquito species in the wild? How do we weigh the moral necessity to cure disease with the risk of unpredictable, permanent damage to ecosystems? Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, Executive Producer (@benzalisko) Dr. Laura Van Berkel Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) Chatter Links: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mars-reconnaissance-orbiter-glitch-liquid-water https://twitter.com/i/moments/1067106086266769409 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07485-9 Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher! Email us at BeltwayScience@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter @BeltwayScience or find us on Facebook Spread the word!

53 MIN2018 DEC 6
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Eradicate Mosquitos?

Latest Episodes

Gun Violence in America

If ever there was an issue where there is more heat than light, it’s gun violence in the United States. Emotion is great, but it should fuel our desire to get the data right, and draw evidence-based conclusions. On the other hand, if no one is convinced by more or better data, how should we use it? How precise do you really need to be convinced there's a problem? Ben Zalisko is on the sound board for this episode, but can't help pouncing on Asa's asteroid chatter. Sit down, Ben... PLEASE rate/review/follow and contact us on twitter (@beltwayscience) or email us at beltwayscience@gmail.com Participants: Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2 Dr. Sujata Emani, @SassySujE Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff NPR story about the Department of Education’s faulty data: https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/08/27/640323347/the-school-shootings-that-werent Secret Service “Mass Attack” report: https://www.secretservice.gov/forms/USSS_NTAC-Mass_Attacks_in_Public_Spaces-2017.pdf Gun Violence Archive https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/ https://www.gunviolencearchive.org/charts-and-maps Gun Violence Statistics - National Institutes of Justice https://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/pages/welcome.aspx American Psychological Association Report on Gun Violence https://www.apa.org/pubs/info/reports/gun-violence-prevention 2009 NIJ Report on School Shootings https://www.nij.gov/journals/262/pages/critical-incidents-in-schools.aspx National Criminal Justice Reference Service Report (2018) https://ovc.ncjrs.gov/ncvrw2018/info_flyers/fact_sheets/2018NCVRW_MassCasualty_508_QC.pdf Pub Chatter: Info about Ben’s NASA budget story https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2019/6/7/18656865/trump-moon-mars-tweet-artemis-whaaa Asa’s asteroid chatter: https://www.livescience.com/65703-asteroid-psyche-probe-iron-mission.html Sujata’s chatter about the first South-Asian American to preside over the House: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/446898-pramila-jayapal-becomes-first-south-asian-american-woman-to-preside-over-house Laura’s arctic chatter: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/science/arctic-sea-ice-expedition-to-study-climate-change/?utm_term=.f32897d4a9bb&noredirect=on

76 MIN2019 JUN 25
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Gun Violence in America

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is a futuristic fantasy that's been around for decades. It is a banal technology with extraordinary results. It will eliminate and create jobs... probably, maybe, definitely not really. For chatter, mother nature is viscous, but you can always escape to a McDonalds embassy. BenZ can't resist talking T Rex. Ben Isaacoff's take on the AI national strategy: http://spie.org/news/national-strategy-for-ai?SSO=1 Check out this old video of Ben Zalisko talking about Sue at the Field Museum: https://youtu.be/WhqBXSWuNr8 Participants: Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Asa Rubin, @asarubin2

65 MIN2019 JUN 10
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Artificial Intelligence

Securing Genetic Information

Genetic sequencing is an amazing tool to inform medical decisions and tell us how many Neanderthals are in our family tree, but how secure in that data? How could access to your genetic information be used against you, and what are the risks of infringement on your genetic privacy? Sujata, Ben Z, Laura, and Asa discuss how how much you should be worried about access to your genetic information and the policy implications. Subscribe, review, and contact us with feedback: @beltwayscience Facebook.com/BeltwayScience beltwayscience@gmail.com Genetic Security Overview: https://www.wired.com/story/the-us-urgently-needs-new-genetic-privacy-laws/ EEOC Genetic Discrimination: https://www1.eeoc.gov//laws/types/genetic.cfm?renderforprint=1 Future of Privacy Forum (‘Best practices’ article referenced in the pod): https://fpf.org/2018/07/31/privacy-best-practices-for-consumer-genetic-testing-services/ Dr. Laura Van Berkel (@Laura_VanBerkel) chatted about the Women’s Voting Rights Exhibit at the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/news/articles/women-s-voting-rights-exhibit-opens Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) chatted about bilayer graphene: https://www.quantamagazine.org/how-twisted-graphene-became-the-big-thing-in-physics-20190430/ Dr. Ben Zalisko (@benzalisko) chatted about this IL state politics podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/il-informed/id1455535834 Dr. Sujata Emani (@SassySujE) chatted about self-assembling carbohydrates: https://cen.acs.org/biological-chemistry/Video-First-observations-self-assembling/97/i16

67 MIN2019 MAY 27
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Securing Genetic Information

Labor Unions for Scientists

Labor rights for graduate student workers! Ben, Ben, Laura, and guest Matt McCune discuss the need for labor protections for early-career scientists and their quest to form recognized labor unions. We discuss the power imbalances that is imposing a mental health crisis on our next generation of scientists. Not a lot of disagreement on this pod; we get all Woody Guthrie on your ass. As always, we close with pub chatter and bad puns from Ben I. Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, @benzalisko Dr. Matt McCune, @Matttuple Dr. Laura Van Berkle, @Laura_VanBerkel Dr. Ben Issacoff, @bpisaacoff Links: Subject overview: https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/06/push-graduate-student-unions-signals-deep-structural-shift-academia Mizzou graduate workers union decision: https://www.courts.mo.gov/fv/c/Judgment_FINAL.pdf?l=CT13&di=3176008 Letter that Matt mentioned about evenings and weekend expectations: http://www.chemistry-blog.com/tag/carreira-letter/ Ezra Klein podcast about workism: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/work-as-identity-burnout-as-lifestyle/id1081584611?i=1000436045971 Laura’s book recommendation, “Rain”: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22822881-rain Ben I’s chatter about coffee stockpile: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-swiss-coffee/swiss-government-says-coffee-not-essential-stockpiling-to-end-idUSKCN1RM226 Ben Z’s chatter about FAA approval for UAV delivery: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2019/04/27/google-wing-drone-beats-amazon-faa-approval/3591824002/

68 MIN2019 APR 29
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Labor Unions for Scientists

Opioid Addiction

Asa, Laura, Sujata, and Ben discuss the supply and demand drivers of the opioid crisis. Dr. Rubin shares his experience at treatment facilities. We close with Happy Hour Chatter, as always. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation Ben's astronaut herpes chatter: https://phys.org/news/2019-03-dormant-viruses-spaceflight.amp?__twitter_impression=true Sujata's chatter about Lilly Singh on Late Night: https://www.pri.org/stories/2019-03-20/indian-canadian-youtube-star-lilly-singh-will-have-her-own-late-night-show-nbc Laura's chatter about fantasy birding: https://deadspin.com/fantasy-birding-is-real-and-its-spectacular-1833374916 Asa's chatter has no link, just bruises.

61 MIN2019 MAR 25
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Opioid Addiction

Open Science, Live At AAAS CON

Live at the AAAS National Convention in DC, where the theme was “Transcending Boundaries”, we discuss open science, a movement to provide free access to scientific publications and increasingly democratize science. What will this do the publishing industry and peer review, and who pays? As always, what is the status of the various policy solutions? As always we end with Pub Chatter and a plea for you to rate/review/subscribe/follow, so do that! Please! @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, PhD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Links: 96 Things Publishers Do: https://sch...

58 MIN2019 FEB 24
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Open Science, Live At AAAS CON

Combatting Misinformation

FAKE NEWS! "scientists" explain FAKE NEWS tactics to hack our brains... Repetition, tribalism, repitition, memory, repetition... SAD! Many people want to "regulate" social media. No Covfefe! @BeltwayScience on Twitter facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Links: The psychology of believing misinformation: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/10/5/16410912/illusory-truth-fake-news-las-vegas-google-facebook https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/misinformation-psychological-science-shows-why-it-sticks-and-how-to-fix-it.html What government has done and what has been proposed: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/4/10/17208322/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-congress-testimony-regulation A white paper from Sen Mark Warner: https://graphics.axios.com/pdf/PlatformPolicyPaper.pdf Ben I's chatter, not a cure for cancer: https://www.forbes.com/sites/robinseatonjefferson/2019/01/29/israeli-scientists-say-they-will-have-a-complete-cure-for-cancer-within-a-ye...

74 MIN2019 FEB 13
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Combatting Misinformation

Autonomous Vehicles

@BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Ben Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Dr. Laura Van Berkel, PhD, Social Psychologist (@Laura_VanBerkel) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the National Science Foundation On this episode, we discuss the different levels of automated driving systems and what a fast-approaching world of self-driving cars could look like. What will this tech disrupt? What are the legal and moral challenges? As always, enjoy the fake ads and happy-hour chatter. Links: Issue overview: https://www.law.gwu.edu/sites/g/files/zaxdzs2351/f/downloads/Stick-Shift-Autonomous-Vehicles-Driving-Jobs-and-the-Future-of-Work.pdf City planning: http://www.transpogroup.com/ass...

71 MIN2019 JAN 21
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Autonomous Vehicles

Space Junk

Space Debris, the Kessler Effect, and policy options to mitigate how much stuff we put into space, endangering our modern satellite infrastructure. Some highly speculative technologies for cleaning space debris are discussed. As always, stay for pub chatter at the 47:47 mark. @BeltwayScience facebook.com/BeltwayScience BeltwayScience@gmail.com Participants: Benjamin Zalisko, PhD, Biochemist (@benzalisko) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Sujata Emani, MD, Chemist (@SassySujE) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Energy Ben Isaacoff, PhD, Physicist (@bpisaacoff) 2018-2019 Legislative Branch Fellow at the US Senate Asa Rubin, MD, Pathologist (@asarubin2) 2018-2019 Executive Branch Fellow at the Department of Defense Great explainer video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yS1ibDImAYU&feature=youtu.be Gravity movie intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBFgzvWJSMs Navy dust cloud idea: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-wants-to...

59 MIN2018 DEC 25
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Space Junk

Eradicate Mosquitos?

Should we use genetic engineering techniques to eradicate disease-carrying mosquito species in the wild? How do we weigh the moral necessity to cure disease with the risk of unpredictable, permanent damage to ecosystems? Participants: Dr. Ben Zalisko, Executive Producer (@benzalisko) Dr. Laura Van Berkel Dr. Asa Rubin (@asarubin2) Chatter Links: https://www.sciencenews.org/article/mars-reconnaissance-orbiter-glitch-liquid-water https://twitter.com/i/moments/1067106086266769409 https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07485-9 Subscribe, rate, and review on iTunes, Google Play, or Stitcher! Email us at BeltwayScience@gmail.com Follow us on Twitter @BeltwayScience or find us on Facebook Spread the word!

53 MIN2018 DEC 6
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Eradicate Mosquitos?
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