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Science Distilled  is KUNR's podcast based on the lecture series of the same name, where we break down concepts from cutting edge science and research and learn how they apply to the world around us.

Co-hosted by KUNR's Paul Boger and the Reynolds School's Kathleen Masterson, Science Distilled is a collaboration of KUNR, the Discovery, the Desert Research Institute and the Hitchcock Project for Visualizing Science at UNR's Reynolds School of Journalism.

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What's In The Water?

Nov 14, 2019
A pit lake covers the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington.
Paul Boger / KUNR Public Radio

In the U.S., nearly a quarter of the freshwater we use comes from underground aquifers. That's nearly 80 billion gallons of groundwater every day. As climate change and drought become more prevalent, so does our dependence on groundwater, but what happens when it becomes polluted?

Is The Robotic Revolution Upon Us?

Aug 14, 2019
A white robot with human features stands ready to assist humans with various tasks.
Alex Knight via Unsplash

For nearly a century, they’ve been at the forefront of science fiction. They’ve been both heroes and villains. Sometimes they’re highly sophisticated and intelligent, while others are a bit more bumbling and even neurotic. We’re talking, of course, about robots.

Is Seeing Really Believing?

Jul 17, 2019
Gideon Caplovitz/UNR

There’s an old adage that 'seeing is believing' or 'I’ll believe it when I see it,' but can our eyes really be trusted?

Searching For Life 'Out There'

Jun 12, 2019
Brittany Kruger

Since antiquity, humans have been looking up and wondering, ‘Is there life out there?’ or ‘Are we alone?’. The latest Kepler mission data suggests that there are over 40 billion habitable world zones in the universe with the potential to support life. Out of the 40 billion habitable zones, there has to be life out there somewhere, right?

What Firefighters' Stories Can Teach Us

May 15, 2019
two firefighters hold hose in front of blaze
Unsplash

Firefighters work in high-stress, high-stakes environments, constantly making choices in the face of cascading uncertainty. They’re putting their lives on the line and taking into consideration everything that’s in the path of a blaze, including people, property, animals, and even environmental resources, like water.

Resiliency In The Face Of Climate Change

Apr 17, 2019

Climate change is becoming a reality. According to NASA, over the next century, our planet is likely going to see some pretty significant changes. We’re already seeing rising sea levels due to the melting ice caps, along with storms that are stronger and more frequent.

For people living in the American West, the snowpack is becoming less predictable. Summers are longer and hotter, and severe droughts are pushing us to become more reliant on water reserves. Perhaps most notably, those hotter, drier summers are resulting in more and more wildfires.

Introducing Science Distilled, A New KUNR Podcast

Apr 10, 2019
Jana Sayson

Science Distilled is a podcast based on the lecture series of the same name, where we break down concepts from cutting edge science and research and learn how they apply to the world around us. The podcast is hosted by KUNR's Paul Boger and Michelle Matus.