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When you have to get around Syracuse – to go to work, run an errand or go out to have fun – are you aware of the best ways to do it? A group of researchers at the Syracuse Center of Excellence has just finished a study looking at sustainable transportation methods. Syracuse University Assistant Professor of Architecture Tarek Rakha found that at least for two methods of transportation, Syracuse has good potential but isn’t taking full advantage.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses The Rorschach Test. A psychological test in which subjects' perceptions of inkblots are recorded and then analyzed using psychological interpretations.  Dr Druger will discuss how the test came about and specifically how it is scored.

You can hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday AT 8:30PM on WAER.

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This week on Science on the radio Dr. Marvin Druger takes a trip to outer space. Specifically, to our galaxy known as the Milky Way. On this episode you'll hear how many stars exist in our galaxy, about the space craft Gaia, and the future of space study.

You can hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:30 PM on WAER.

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President Trump’s decision to back out of the Paris Climate Agreement has been making waves throughout the country and Central New York.  Strong supporters for the agreement want Congressmember John Katko to take their voices of opposition back to Washington.  Coordinator for New Yorkers for Clean Power, Renee Vogelsang  says  the U.S. is one of only three countries excluded from the agreement.

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Governor Cuomo says he’ll sign an executive order committing the state to meet the Paris accord standards, calling President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement “reckless” and “irresponsible”. ​ And the governor says he’s joining with the governors of the states of California and Washington to form a coalition of states that are committed to upholding the Paris Accord. New York State has already begun a plan to get 50 percent of the state’s energy from renewable sources, like wind and solar, by 2030. But it is not without some controversy.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger discusses Mosquitoes. These little insects are capable of not only robbing you of some blood but also passing on various diseases. Dr. Druger explains the history of the mosquito and how they came to carry those diseases.

You can hear Science on the Radio every Wednesday Night at 8:30 PM on WAER.

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The Top Ten list of New Species is out from the Institute for Species Exploration.  The SUNY E-S-F program shows how making new discoveries of animals, insects and plants is critical before they become extinct.  The list comes out on the birthday of Carolus Linnaeus, an 18th century Swedish botanist who's considered the father of taxonomy, the science of identifying and naming species.  

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St. Joseph’s hospital is basking in the glow of two recent state and national awards for generating its own electricity.  WAER's Scott Willis decided to find out how its $15 million on-site co-generation plant works.

The plant sounds like a jet engine...because it basically is.  St. Joe's mechanical engineer Ed Grabowski describes what it does...

"Gas and air come into that far end, there's a jet engine that burns the gas, drives the generator, our power comes off of here, and its distributed to various parts of the hospital."

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We’ve all gazed into the sky to look at the moon, maybe a shooting star, and possibly something we couldn’t quite explain. 

Cheryl Costa has been following U-F-O sightings for years and writes a column for the New Times and a blog.  In 2015 She and her wife Linda Miller Costa cast an eye on actual reports

“We figured let’s crunch the data for New York and it suddenly started revealing patterns that none of the UFO researchers in New York had ever seen before.” 

And then they decided to check out the entire nation…using that big data approach.

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This week on Science on the Radio Dr. Marvin Druger addresses the issue of Alzheimer's Disease. You'll found out how the disease was originally discovered, how many people are impacted by the disease in the United States, and newly emerging treatments. 

You can hear Science on the Radio each Wednesday Night at 8:30 on WAER.

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