science

Dandelions: Aesthetic Crime or Unexplored Potential?

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This week’s episode includes a story on dandelions from guest contributors Jacques Gartner and Brendan Wyant and an ecobabble on weeds from Chris Chang-Yen Phillips.

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What if we could make use of something that people typically try to throw away? That was one of the questions we wanted to explore when Jacques Gartner and Brendan Wyant began their project on dandelions. Dandelions are a contentious issue; the topic comes up every spring as the little yellow petals begin to appear. People often resort to spraying herbicides on them purely for aesthetic reasons. Locally the city of Edmonton has typically regarded the dandelion as a weed and has resorted to spraying herbicides to eliminate them. Recently however the city of Edmonton has cut down drastically on its spraying practices resulting in numerous complaints.

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Bugs Can Show Us a Thing or Two

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This week, we’re taking cues from creepy crawlies—for solving crime, and for innovative new technologies. And we’re beginning a new partnership with the show Science Faction. Today, they’ll divulge the fascinating secrets of fire ants.

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Piecing Together a Murder using Bugs

Piecing together a crime can be a messy business. Police can run up against unreliable witnesses, or destroyed evidence. But what if the animals around a body could tell you a story about what happened? Chris Chang-Yen Phillips has this story from forensic entomologist and Simon Fraser University professor Gail Anderson in Vancouver.

Science Faction: The Physics of Fire Ants

This week because, we’re starting our inaugural partnership with the show Science Faction. They’re committed to telling unbelievable science stories, with none of the jargon. Once a month you’ll get a tagged-team show, and this month, we hear about one of the most fascinating family of insects out there: the ant. Specifically, the fire ant. What you’ll find out will surprise you.

Science Faction starts at the 14 minute mark.

What’s Happening

BioBlitz with Wildlife Society and Beaver Hills Initiative – January 18th

On Sunday, January 18th, from 1 – 4 PM, at the Strathcona Wildlife Center, the Alberta Chapter of The Wildlife Society & Beaver Hills Initiative will be hosting a fun-filled BioBlitz . Activities include: meeting a live owl and some cold-blooded friends; a short talk on how biologists count moose from above, find clues from scat, and learning about the fascinating world of beavers; heading out on the trail with a professional biologist to learn more about the study of wildlife through tracks, signs and sounds; short demonstrations on using wildlife cameras, radio telemetry and the art of tracking, and a scavenger hunt. At the end there’ll be a hot drinks and campfire snacks. You can walk, ski or snowshoe (equipment rentals available) – fun for the whole family!

Edmonton WaterCity 2040 – January 19th

On Monday, January 19, the Edmonton Transformative Leaders of the Future Team are putting on their first in a series of events that examine future scenarios for the City of Edmonton. The event will explore Edmonton WaterCity 2040, a scenario planning initiative that maps out a sustainable water strategy for the next twenty five years. Attend the event to learn about how the initiative applies innovative thinking and design strategies to create a water system that is resilient, responsible, and responsive. You don’t need to be a water expert to attend! The event starts at 6PM and takes place at the University of Alberta.

Sustainable Building Advisor Program – January 16 to May 2

The Sustainable Building Advisor (SBA) Program is a comprehensive certification program that trains you in practical, forward-thinking ways to design, construct and manage buildings that are resource efficient, environmentally responsible, cost effective, and healthy for all occupants. The SBA Program is applicable to new construction and existing buildings, in both the commercial and residential sectors.

The program is delivered in the form of interactive lectures taught by subject experts, with hands-on exercises and field trips to exemplary projects. The course culminates with a final presentation based on team projects and an exam that earns you the designation Certified Sustainable Building Advisor, (CSBA). The early bird deadline is November 14, 2014.The program is being provided through the Canada Green Building Council.

Which costs matter most? FunDrive 2014, Part One

It’s our annual community radio fundraiser, and we’re bringing some special guests into the studio! Today, we present an interview with science journalist Torah Kachur. She’s always on the quest for fascinating, fun, geeky and sometimes freaky science news. She shares the journey she’s taken over the past half decade, and why radio is the best. Then, Dr. Alan Lockwood tells us why coal is anything but the best, and why Alberta’s power plants are costing more than we think.

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Friend or Food? And Other Musings

Image Credit: Tanakawho

Image Credit: Tanakawho

This week on Terrainforma, we speak with David Schindler and Kamal Bawa about the chasm between science and policy. Danielle gives us the rundown on edible container gardening, and Kieran O’Donovan questions what makes for acceptable meat-eating.

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Cold and Warmth

This week, Terra Informa presents a show live from the 2013 Cold & Warmth Winter Salon, hosted by the Latitude 53 art gallery. We’ve got crowds buzzing around like hot molecules, an interview about Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy, and a rap about the most magical temperature of all.

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Warm up with Terra Informa’s live show at the Latitude 53 Winter Salon, themed around Cold and Warmth.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Act Two

Over the winter holidays, Terra Informa will be re-broadcasting our three part series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Thanks for listening!

Terra Informer Morgana Folkmann interviews Gary Lee about his work.

Terra Informer Morgana Folkmann interviews Gary Lee about his work.

In a show recorded before a live audience, Terra Informa brings you stories of spirituality and the way it shapes our attitudes to the natural world. Act Two brings you poetry about Alberta’s landscape and history from Edmonton-based poet Gary Lee, plus stories about faith and our environment from the audience, and another song from singer-songwriter Sierra Jamerson. Tune in next week for the final act, recorded live at Edmonton’s St. John’s Institute.

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Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea: Act One

Over the winter holidays, Terra Informa will be re-broadcasting our three part series Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Thanks for listening!

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In a show recorded before a live audience, Terra Informa brings you stories of spirituality and the way it shapes our attitudes to the natural world. Act One features two intimate and thought provoking segments. First, a singer-songwriter whose connection to BC’s Sacred Headwaters put her family at the heart of a major confrontation. Second, an interview with one of the world’s leading naturalists who grew up in the Bible Belt, but now lives in Ecuador.

Thank you to the St. John’s Institute of Edmonton for hosting this special night of live radio.

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Turning Perspectives Upside-down

It's a visualization of the Blatchford Redevelopment, on the site of the old City Centre Airport. Photo credit: Perkins + Will/City of Edmonton

A visualization of the Blatchford Redevelopment, on the site of Edmonton’s old City Centre Airport. Photo credit: Perkins + Will/City of Edmonton

This week on Terra Informa, two new stories that have us envisioning, and then questioning our future environmental perspectives, with a story on the new Edmonton Ambleside Ecostation and the Blatchford Redevelopment project, in “Treadmill”, and then a story about one woman’s deep shift in her perspective on knowledge of our planet in this week’s Eye-opener. We’ll also revisit a really fun story about the red squirrel of the Yukon and the tricks it employs to stay alive in the great North with “The Little Squirrel that Could”.

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