On The Thursday, August 30, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 29, 2018
  • The Air Force is asked to remove hazardous waste from an Idaho landfill.
  • A mini-nuclear energy reactor project in Idaho will provide service for Utah.
  • A Boise State researcher looks to create an artificial brain.
  • Dia de Muertos celebration combines ink and a steamroller at JUMP.

- Last year, Mountain Home Air Force Base sent a shipment of hazardous waste to a municipal landfill outside of Boise. The material is the leftovers of a chemical-resistant coating used on buildings that contains a substance linked to cancer. Idaho Matters finds out what was dumped, the threat from the substance and remediation efforts.

- A mini-nuclear generation reactor is slated to go online in Southeast Idaho to provide energy for Northern Utah communities. Industry officials are citing the technology as a "game changer" for nuclear power. Idaho Matters looks at this new technology, the impact it may have on the nuclear industry and concerns about the new plant.

- Boise State University researcher Kurtis Cantley wants to understand the construction of the human brain so he can build an artificial brain. This is no Frankenstein experiment - Cantley sees clear parallels between the way the brain is designed to process information and the processes of computers. Dr. Cantley joins Idaho Matters to discuss the human brain, creating artificial brains and why mankind needn't worry about robot overlords.

- The Idaho Commission on the Arts awarded a grant to Jack's Urban Meeting Place and WingTip Press to produce a Dia de Muertos event that combines printing with construction equipment. The Día de Muertos Steamroller Print Project is exactly what it sounds like - artists are encouraged to bring handmade print plates, ink and a sheet and a steamroller will press the plates and their Dia de Muertos-themed art. We'll discuss the event and look at the growing role of the holiday in Latino and American culture.