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Episode 44: Beer Goggles 3, Labor Day Edition!

We celebrate Labor Day in style with a smorgasbord of alcohol-friendly science topics! Grab a pint and join our hosts as we discuss sleep drunkenness, wolves versus dogs, Half Drunken Ideas (TM), artsy robots, mysterious moving rocks, and whirlpools of death!

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Episode 43: Evolutionary Taste

This week is all about the animals! First we make a Life Aquatic-style dive into the ocean to find the unseen consequences from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Next, are you hungry listeners, and have you ever wondered what would you serve a hummingbird that you wouldn’t serve a dinosaur? Finally, we talk about… talk! We cover recent work that has better modeled both human and animal communication.

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Episode 42: Goggles Optional’s Guide to the Galaxy

This week, we cover robot swarms – what it takes to get over a thousand robots to behave as one. We explore the origins of the super-athlete gene found in Tibetans. Finally, we cover a cool new way plants and parasites can share messages.

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Episode 41: Duckageddon

What were you doing in 2004? Well this week’s interviewee was busy working on the Rosetta project, an initiative that just succeeded in sending a spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet! Professor Erik Adli joins the podcast to explain the purpose and challenges of the mission, as well as his latest work at the SLAC accelerator. You don’t want to miss an epic parody duet by hosts Trisha and Greg, how big data is challenging the mouse model, and finally, a special game show question to our writer Dr. JT Neal.

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Episode 40: Apocalypse!

This week on Goggles Optional, Apocalypse! Hosts Diego, Dave, Chelsea, and Nora discuss the terrifying Ebola outbreak, and in this context, why you might want to watch out for Batman. Next, where have all the bees gone, and can we dress Diego in a bee suit to address this issue? Finally, we share tidbits on giant penguins, more of the California drought, and how Google is getting up close and personal with health data in the name of science!

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Episode 39: Phage Noir

This week, we present a film-noir inspired story of a hunt for an elusive phage virus. We also have our steamiest section ever, as our hosts unveil a new steam producing method that can revolutionize clean energy. Finally, is curing HIV Mission Impossible? Maybe not if we harness the genome editing powers of CRISPR.

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Episode 38: Mosquito Eruption!

Get ready for our hottest episode ever! This week, we cover recent efforts to give volcanoes an ultrasound by using dynamite, a multi-versed explanation for the Big Bang through multiverse, and the best way to kill mosquitoes. And you definitely want to catch our hottest act: a group parody song of the Backstreet Boys!

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Episode 37: GO Add(a)gene!

Want to add a gene to your portfolio? It’s not on Amazon, but it is on Addgene, a non-profit that serves as a marketplace for custom DNA. We speak with Dr. Joanne Kamens, executive director at Addgene, about recombinant DNA, making shipments to Iraq, and the challenges of being a female scientist. We also cover the darkest material ever made, and a food-inspired real-or-fake game show round!

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Episode 36: Armed with Mammograms!

This week we cover the advent of a new 3D mammogram that can improve breast cancer detection. What’s more dangerous? An octopus arm or a KFC Doubledown? Our hosts discusses the way octopuses avoid tangling their arms and how a high fat diet can trigger allergies and auto-immune diseases.

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Episode 35: Facebook: more than meets the (lazy) eye

Diego, Lisl, Emily, and Nora turn their eyes to a report that Facebook altered users’ news feeds for a study on emotional contagion. Speaking of eyes, our hosts discuss a way to treat lazy eyes with exercise, and Nora shares a way to monitor wind patterns. Plus, find out what animal has the strongest bite, and go bananas for a monkey-themed game show round!