9.30.14: Preserving The Moon & Why Men Need To Make More Friends

Sep 30, 2014

The Moon is just super.
Credit Davide De Col via flickr Creative Commons

As more and more countries plan their future lunar missions, the question becomes, who gets to decide what happens to the evidence of past missions that has remained perfectly preserved on the surface of the moon? We'll hear from a space law expert and an anthropologist about plans to preserve America's lunar legacy. Plus, a sociology professor thinks that men need to make more friends. A study published by the American Sociological Review found that white, heterosexual men have the fewest friends of any American demographic – which may be why the 'bro-mance' movies like I Love You, Man hit so close to home.

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Preserving the Moon

  • With a handful of countries announcing plans for future lunar missions, a number of scientists are arguing that moon trash is an archeological treasure that should be preserved and studied by future generations. Anthropologist Beth O'Leary and "space law" expert Michael Listner explain.
  • You can read more at this link.

White Men Need More Friends

Early Bloom

  • When plant researcher David Rhoades found evidence that plants could communicate, it was a paradigm-shifting discovery. But it could not have come at a worse time. Peter Frick-Wright and Robbie Carver from the podcast "30 Minutes West" have the story of one creative scientist from the period whose groundbreaking discovery could not have come at a worse time.
  • This program is part of the STEM Story Project -- distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. You can listen to this story and more at PRX.