Heather Goldstone

Science Editor and Host of Living Lab

Heather Goldstone is science editor at WCAI and host of Living Lab on The Point, a weekly show exploring how science gets done and makes its way into our daily lives. Goldstone holds a Ph.D. in ocean science from M.I.T. and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and spent a decade as researcher before leaving the lab to pursue journalism. She has reported extensively on Woods Hole’s unique scientific community and key environmental issues on Cape Cod. Her stories have appeared in outlets ranging from Cape Cod Times and Commercial Fishery News to NPR and PBS News Hour. Most recently, Goldstone hosted Climatide.org, an NPR-sponsored blog exploring present-day impacts of climate change on coastal life.

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Social media doesn't work perfectly. And sometimes it gets things really wrong. 

In recent years, greenhouse gas emissions have actually dropped in developed countries. Europe and China are setting more abitious goals for the future.
Elsa Partan

The EPA has released its four-year plan and there’s no mention of climate change. Plus, they’ve officially begun the process of rescinding the Clean Power Plan. It’s the latest step in the Trump administration’s efforts to undo Obama-era climate policies. 

The Clean Power Plan was the Obama administration’s approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the face a GOP-controlled Congress opposed to climate legislation. So, is its rollback the end of U.S. action to address climate change? 

Statues supporting signs at the March for Science in Washington, D.C.
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The March for Science brought thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts into the streets and sparked debates about social justice and the role of scientists in democracy. Six months later, Washington Post's Speaking of Science blog is asking what - if anything - has changed:

Have you altered anything about your life or work? Have your colleagues? Do you feel part of a “global movement”? Do you think the March for Science achieved its goals?

Silent Spring Institute is a Massachusetts-based research organization that’s trying to understand how synthetic chemicals in our environment impact our health. We know there are many such chemicals in our furniture, our cosmetics, our cleaners, and even our drinking water. 


It’s been six and a half years since a powerful earthquake and tsunami disabled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and spawned a nuclear disaster that continues to plague the area. Case in point – a new study finds that radioactive cesium can still be found in groundwater and sand along the coast up to sixty miles away from Fukushima.

Conventional airplane wings are supported by straight bars and struts, but a supercomputer has suggested a more organic design.
Elsa Partan

Once a month we check in with the reporters at the Nature News Podcast to get some of the stories that they've been working on. 

The Nobel Prizes in science were awarded this past week, and Massachusetts was well-represented. 

Calum MacRae runs the new research enterprise.
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Heart disease is the leading cause of death globally, claiming the lives of more people than live in Massachusetts each year. We tend to diagnose these diseases only after there are severe problems that can be difficult to treat. But what if a non-invasive test existed that could predict your risk of heart disease years, even decades, before there were any symptoms?

Researchers have found that we get good microbes in our system when we play in the dirt.
Jelleke Vanooteghem

Microbiologist Jack Gilbert says, as parents, we’ve been making a mistake in over-sterilizing our environment. For one thing, we shouldn’t keep our children from getting dirty outside or sterilize them as soon as they come inside. We should let the dog lick them. Sure, wash their hands a lot when it’s cold season, but don’t be afraid of a little dirt.

Joshua Brown

There aren’t many lists that include both Sir David Attenborough and David Bowie – who, by the way, turned down his own offer of knighthood. But here's one such list: the names of new species of smiley-faced spiders in the Caribbean.