From the atomic to the cosmic, science is…everything. Learn a little bit about different sciences from local scientists each week, leading up to Science Friday Live at the Orpheum.

SciFiles: Genetic Surgery

Aug 16, 2017

"Genetic surgery" is a term that has cropped up over the past year or two and is something you will likely hear much more frequently in the coming years.

SciFiles: Building A Quantum Neural Network

Aug 7, 2017

What is “intelligence”? What is “consciousness”? Is the “mind” separate from the “brain”? Where is the "self" or the "soul"? Some of our deepest questions involve an understanding of the brain.

SciFiles: Why Does Local Food Matter?

Aug 2, 2017

The local food system in Wichita is becoming more vibrant and is a community treasure. But why does local food matter? Wendell Berry says, “Eaters must understand that eating takes place inescapably in the world, that it is inescapably an agricultural act, and that how we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used.”

'Science' Is Not Interchangeable With 'Progress'

Jul 19, 2017

Science is often believed to be interchangeable with “progress." But the idea of ethical science may conflict with the notion of “progress.”

Clean water? What’s wrong with that? Inconceivable outcomes, that’s what. Clean, potable water is rarely pulled from sparkling streams. More often, it is processed, chlorinated, and flushed into the waste disposal system. Your clean water is presently generated with highly ordered, complex, and dependent systems.

SciFiles: What's So Cool About Astronomy?

Jul 10, 2017

What’s so cool about astronomy?

Astronomy is cool because at night we see a vast dark sky with pinpricks of light. Those pinpricks represent many different objects surrounding us—other planets, galaxies, nebulas and stars, and some of those stars even have other planets orbiting them.

SciFiles: What's Next In Clean Energy?

Jul 5, 2017

In 2007, America’s electricity sources were much more diverse than those in Kansas. Less than half of nationwide electricity was generated from coal, with almost equal amounts of natural gas and nuclear power. Kansas, meanwhile, relied on a less diverse mix, with nearly 80 percent of the state’s power coming from imported coal.

SciFiles: Spend A Little Time In Nature

Jun 26, 2017

You may know a robin if you see one in the yard, but would you recognize its song if you heard it?

SciFiles: The Intersection Between Art & Science

Jun 21, 2017

KMUW will be hosting Science Friday in September, and to get ready we'll be hearing a series of science-related essays over the next 12 weeks, exploring many of the different aspects of science that Science Friday covers.

In this SciFile, we hear from ceramic artist Jessica Balu about the intersection between art and science.