05/29/2015

The Thirty-Meter Telescope, A Cancer-Killing Virus, and a Fossil Find

11:52 minutes

Construction on the Thirty-Meter Telescope on Hawaii’s Mauna Kea has pitted some native Hawaiians against astronomers. Now Hawaiian governor David Ige has a proposal that allows for the continuing construction of the telescope—provided that some older telescopes on the volcano are shut down. In this episode of Good Thing/Bad Thing, Molly Solomon, a reporter at Hawaii Public Radio, gives us her take on the telescope proposal.

And Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us to talk about a few selected short subjects in science this week, like a herpes virus engineered to fight skin cancer, and an unlikely fossil hunter, who serves on the board of directors of a creationist museum.

Segment Guests

Rachel Feltman

Rachel Feltman is Science Editor at Popular Science in New York, New York.

Molly Solomon

Molly Solomon is a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Meet the Producer

About Christopher Intagliata

Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.