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Map of First Cape Cod 'Canal' To Be Auctioned

Nov 15, 2017
Courtesy of Eldred's Auction House

Dave Garner of Orleans loves maps and he has an extensive collection of them. Every once in a while, he’s willing to give one up, and that will happen at an auction on Cape Cod Thursday, Nov. 16.

 

Commercialization of scientific advances won't happen in Russia under Vladimir Putin, according to Prof. Loren Graham.
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Nearly 60 years ago, the Russians were the first to put a satellite into space. They were the ones to beat in the space race. But the collapse of the Soviet Union brought about the near collapse of Russian science, and it hasn’t recovered since.

New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center

Today we discuss the opening of the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center and their efforts to digitize the cultural heritage of the fishing community. Host Mindy Todd speaks with Laura Orleans, Executive Director.  

New Bedford Whaling Museum

Despite super computers and complex algorithms, climate change modeling is far from perfect. What’s needed is more data, and climate scientists are looking for it in some unusual places.

Cape Cod's salt marshes drew early European settlers with the promise of lush grazing and plentiful hay for cattle.
Photo courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

For thousands of years, native Americans lived on Cape Cod, fishing, farming, and managing the forests in a sustainable way. Then, along came European settlers who, in the span of a few hundred years, fished out the oceans, deforested the land, and depleted the soil.

Ernest Everett Just
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Earnest Everett Just is considered the first African-American marine biologist. Born in Charleston, SC, in 1883, he went on to study at Dartmouth College and University of Chicago. He led the zoology department at Howard University, published more than seventy scientific papers and two books, and made pioneering contributions to our understanding of fertilization and egg development.

But those accomplishments did not come without costs. While many of the challenges Everett faced were unique to his race and time, others are more persistant, and universal.

WHOI

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.

The depletion of Peru's guano islands lay at the heart of the War of the Pacific.
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It enabled the industrialization of agriculture, led to the discovery of El Nino, helped spawn the modern environmental movement, and lay at the heart of the War of the Pacific. What is it?

Guano, the excrement of South American seabirds.

Guano isn't just any bird poop. (Actually, the word has come to refer to feces of any flying animal, including bats.) Along with mineral nitrates found in the Atacama Desert, the South American seabird variety of guano is the richest source of nitrogen on the planet.

Louis Agassiz was a popular celebrity unmatched by any American scientist since. But can we love a man who justified racism with pseudoscience?

Author Bill Sargent takes the long view in his new book "Beach Wars: 10,000 Years on a Barrier Beach."

In March of 2012, crews began demolishing five homes on Chatham's North Beach Island. The action was ordered by the owner of the cottages, Cape Cod National Seashore, but came after months of strenuous protest by leaseholders and numerous observers who argued that the buildings were more than just summer homes - they were part of Chatham's cultural heritage.

That's a notion that Bill Sargent challenges in his latest book, Beach Wars: 10,000 Years on a Barrier Beach.