In this April 10, 2008, file photo, a North Atlantic right whale dives in Cape Cod Bay near Provincetown, Mass. Researchers with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Northeast Fisheries Science Center and the New England Aquarium have developed a new model in 2017 they said will provide better estimates about the North Atlantic right whale population, and the news isn't good.

Credit: Stephan Savoia/AP

Full Show: From Deep Sea To Deep Space

September 25, 2017

This week on Living Lab Radio: from the deep sea to deep space, five stories of our rapidly changing world:

  • At least 14 North Atlantic right whales have died this year from ship strikes and entanglement in fishing gear. Only five babies were born. Now, researchers have released a new mathematical model that confirms what many have already said — that this highly endangered species is in decline. (Guest: Peter Corkeron, Northeast Fisheries Science Center)

  • The combined impacts of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria have brought unprecedented attention to a dilemma facing many coastal property owners: rebuild or relocate? It's a question with which Massachusetts has begun to grapple, but there are no easy answers. And, even once a decision is made, putting a strategy into action can take years. (Guest: Rob Theiler, U.S. Geological Survey)

  • Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has recommended that President Trump lift the ban on commercial fishing in a recently created marine national monument off New England’s coast. One marine biologist says that may not be such a bad thing. He cautions, though, that fishing is not the only nor biggest threat to vulnerable deep sea ecosystems. (Guest: Tim Shank, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

  • New research finds that Wikipedia not only reflects what scientists know, it’s actually influencing the ideas scientists research and write about in scientific journals — and the co-author of this study argues that’s something we should embrace. (Guest: Neil Thompson, MIT Sloan School of Management)

  • And, finally, the story of Harvard Observatory’s first women scientists, and the women who funded them. (Guest: Dava Sobel, author of "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars")


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