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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
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
1:01 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Your Bacteria May Be Running Your Life

The bacteria E. coli (here magnified 10,000-fold) are one of the best known inhabitants of the human gut.
Credit Photo by Eric Erbe, digital colorization by Christopher Pooley / USDA


The human microbiome. You may never have heard of it before now, but once you know about it, you’ll be hard pressed to stop thinking about it.

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Science & Environment
2:56 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Could This Be the End for Gulf of Maine Cod?

Could Cape Cod's namesake and Massachusetts' state symbol be making its exit?
Credit NOAA Photo Library

Could This Be the End of Gulf of Maine Cod? A conversation from All Things Considered, with Steve Junker and Heather Goldstone

New England's cod fishermen are struggling with drastically reduced catch allowances. A new report says the fish are disappearing anyway.

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Science & Environment
11:37 am
Mon August 4, 2014

LISTEN: Convoluted Sounds of the Ocean Form Score for Dance

Dancers in Great Sippewissett Marsh, Falmouth, MA.
Credit Courtesy of Courtney Peix / Contrapose Dance

Dance inspired by turbulence and eddies, set to ocean sounds translated into music? This is one convoluted story you'll want to hear.

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Living Lab
10:13 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Is This the Century We'll Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain?

A sketch of the human brain by sixteenth century anatomist Andreas Vesalius.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

An interview with Dr. Rafael Yuste

Consciousness is what makes us human, and it remains one of the greatest mysteries. Some say this is the century scientists will finally unravel the secrets of the human brain.

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Science & Environment
9:49 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Last Wooden Whaling Ship Connects Eras of Hunting and Conservation

Morning on the Morgan
Alecia Orsini

There was excitement, edged with a slight tension, aboard the Charles W. Morgan as she sailed out of Provincetown Harbor on an overcast Friday morning. The first sighting of a whale - a small minke -  brought cheers. It was the first time the ship had been next to a whale in almost a century, but a full expression of the sentiment surrounding the ship's reunion with whales came later in the day, as a humpback whale fed off the starboard side. Whoops and one passenger's cry of "I think that was an 'apology accepted'" brought peals of laughter from those nearby.

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Living Lab
9:57 am
Mon July 28, 2014

What's That Smell? Whale Odor Lingers for a Century

Barrel, on board the ship
Brian Morris

While aboard the Charles W. Morgan, Heather Goldstone caught a whiff of olden times: the odor of whale that is STILL  detectable in an original oak barrel. The barrel is part of the whale ship's try works, where blubber was rendered into oil. Here's a clip of her conversation with Dave Wiley, Research Coordinator for Stellwagen National Marine Sanctuary, about the scent.

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Science & Environment
11:22 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Capturing the Essence of a Fish Out of Water

A slightly reduced reproduction of James Prosek's watercolor of a swordfish features in the Ocean Fishes exhibit at Woods Hole Historical Museum through July 31st, 2014.
Credit Jennifer Gaines / Woods Hole Historical Museum

An interview with James Prosek

Few will ever see firsthand the true, glorious colors of a giant bluefin tuna as it emerges from the ocean. James Prosek's watercolors come close.

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Science & Environment
1:19 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

What Plastic Baby Bottles and Climate Change Have in Common

Dr. Patricia Hunt was among the first to raise concern about the possible health risks of plastic baby bottles.

An interview with Dr. Patricia Hunt

A simple mistake can derail the best planned experiments. But sometimes – just sometimes – such an error can lead to an even bigger discovery.

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Science & Environment
2:58 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

How Your Everyday Choices Shape the Global Landscape

Corn as far as the eye can see - a result of meat-heavy diets and the push for biofuels.
Credit Kris Kables / Flickr

Jesse Ausubel on peak farmland

Jesse Ausubel often sees rays of hope where others see gloom and doom. Industrial agriculture is the most recent example. And you're responsible.

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Science & Environment
11:59 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Ancient Teachings and Modern Science Agree: It's All in Your Head

Sidhartha Gautama - the Buddha - in meditation.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Buddha, Sidhartha Gautama, is famously quoted as saying:
   "The mind is everything.
    All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
    What we think we become."

Fast forward two and a half millenia, and neuroscientist Dr. André Fenton will tell you the same thing.

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