Forecasting Financial Crises, Thawing Water Bears, and the Pros of a Big Deductible


“Milnesium tardigradum” on the move. Image via “PLOS ONE

Science Friday airs on WSQX Fridays from 2:00-4:00pm.

On this episode of Science Friday here how a group of economists is taking a page from nature’s book, hoping its organizing principles can guide them in building better models that forecast financial meltdowns. Plus, researchers revived tardigrades—also known as water bears—from a 30-year deep freeze. Amy Nordrum, a science writer for International Business Times, discusses these and other selected short stories in science. And Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Timestakes a look at the potential good and bad aspects of having a high deductible on your health care plan.

Segment Guests:
Amy Nordrum is a science writer for the International Business Timesbased in New York City.
Margot Sanger-Katz is a health care correspondent for the New York Times. She’s based in Washington, DC.