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Living Lab on The Point is a forum for the stories behind science headlines — the people who do the research, the unexpected ways that science gets done, and how the results make their way into our everyday lives.

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Major support for the Living Lab is provided by the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment. Additional support is provided by Lee McGraw and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation and by the Kendeda Fund.

From Left: Alecia Orsini, Heather Goldstone, Jenny Junker
From Left: Alecia Orsini, Heather Goldstone, Jenny Junker
Credit Maura Connolly Longueil

Living Lab Radio on The Point is Produced by Dr. Heather Goldstone, with Production Assistance with Jenny Junker and Alecia Orsini. The Executive Producer is Mindy Todd.



Science & Environment
12:33 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art

Designed by a sculptor and a doctor, Ani-Gram-It teaches biological concepts with an artistic touch.

Artist and designer Alex Wolf believes games can and should be works of art that bring science to life for children.

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Science & Environment
11:46 am
Tue December 9, 2014

The Nation's First Research Ship, Seen from the Crew's Perspective


A new book provides a glimpse of what life was like for the sailors, rather than scientists, aboard an ocean-going research ship in the mid-twentieth century.

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Science & Environment
11:48 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Father of Computer Science Also Left a Mark on Biology

Alan Turing, 1951
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Alan Turing is best known for inventing the modern computer and breaking the German Enigma code during World War II. He also left a lasting legacy in the field of biology.

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Living Lab
2:24 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Mama Stamberg's FAMOUS Cranberry Relish Recipe

There's probably no recipe more famous (or infamous) among NPR listeners than Mama Stamberg's cranberry relish.

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Living Lab
9:42 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Cranberries Shine in Native American Wild Rice Salad

This cranberry wild rice salad predates Thanksgiving by, oh, maybe millenia, and could easily replace "traditional" stuffing.

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Science & Environment
1:29 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Liven Up Thanksgiving With Cranberry Fun Facts

American cranberry, Vaccinium macrocarpon.

Can't talk about politics or religion at Thanksgiving dinner? No problem. Talk about cranberries, instead.

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Science & Environment
12:35 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Islands Cope With Encroaching Seas, Some Better Than Others

Erosion at Nauset Light, Cape Cod National Seashore
Credit Cape Cod Times

Sea level rise and erosion have become defining features of coastal living in New England. Islands are particularly vulnerable.

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Science & Environment
11:59 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Teaching Engineers to Balance Imagination and Pragmatism

Design and engineering processes, simultaneously...
Credit Karfidov Lab

Teaching prospective engineers to balance creativity and innovation with what they know will work, that's the tricky job of engineering schools.

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Science & Environment
3:18 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Post-Smartphone Technology Could be Magical

Designer and entrepreneur David Rose says smart phones are a dead end. What comes after could be technology that feeds our deep desire for magic.

In particular, Rose says there are six magical human desires that show up over and over again – in legends, myths, fairy tales, and science fiction. Here’s how he thinks technology could address those: 

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Living Lab
9:49 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

VIDEO: Wondering about the Mysterious Eel, in 1 Min.

In Eel Pond, Woods Hole
Credit J.J.

Much about eels is not well understood by scientists. When artist and naturalist James Prosek came to talk on Living Lab Radio back in June, he shared some thoughts about these mysterious creatures. Here's a one minute movie combining audio clips from Prosek's interview, his artwork, and a local eel.

More short movies inspired by Living Lab Radio programs are coming soon.

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