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Episode 32: Legos, Lectures, and Learning

What’s the best way to learn? This week, our hosts discusses the advantage of active learning versus lectures and the importance relationship between sleep and learning. Lisl, Diego, and Dave are joined by our new host Chelsea, a physicist who guides us through the mysterious dark matter. Plus, we unveil a new game show category: science limericks!

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Episode 31: Spy encryption

Diego, Lisl, Nora, and Greg get spicy this week in a discussion about Bonds (of the James and chemical type), Quantum encryption, and how hot wings might actually contribute to lengthening your lifespan. The hosts cover recent initiative by the US government to explore storage solutions for radioactive waste (space elevator, anyone?), why cell phones are giving migratory birds a headache, and the real reason to explain decreased gray matter in parts of the brains of men. Finally, if you are chronically stressed, bullied, or cynical, you might want to listen up to how you are impacting your health. No, it’s not good news!

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Episode 30: Measles, Cancer… Fight!

Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David take to the ring to cover the exciting fight between an engineered measles virus and a deadly cancer. If you think that Darwin was a poor, struggling scientist, think again! The hosts discuss the role of philanthropists in science funding, and make some interesting observations about some of our earliest scientists. Next, if we give mice wheels, will they run? An interesting study covers mice running on wheels in the wild. Finally, we share viewer responses on food labeling, and end with a close battle in the game show.

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Episode 29: The INCEPTION of Quantum Computing

Lisl, Diego, and David are joined by physicist Nora Brackbill, who explains how to build a quantum computer using diamonds. The group also covers the recent news out of Vermont that requires GMO foods to be labeled. Finally, is Inception possible? We explore reality within a lucid dream within a podcast.

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Episode 27: Of Mice and Men

Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David break down the World Health Organization’s report on antibiotic resistance, and how Alzheimer’s may be defeated through recycling. Plus, the group explores an incredible story involving, mice, sweaty man shirts, and a cardboard cutout of Paris Hilton. Also, be sure to share what tiny critter you’d be scared of becoming antibiotic resistant in our question of the week.

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Episode 26: UCSF versus Stanford! (With Carry The One Radio!)

Lisl, Trisha, Diego, and David are joined by the UCSF students from Carry The One Radio. Team UCSF and team Stanford science-podcast-battle it out in the game categories Weakest Link, Team Real or Fake, and Google’s Optional (not a typo!). The group also discusses which scientists we’d like to interview and the story of the Shavenbaby. (Not a shaven baby!).

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Episode 25: A new way to Array

Lisl, Diego, Dave and guest host Dr. Mary Cavanagh speak with graduate students Jason Buenrostro and Lauren Chircus on building new technologies, RNA-protein interactions, and strawberry-rhubarb pies. Plus, we cover a newly discovered female penis and what really happens during conception (articles not related!).

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Episode 24: Jeopardy!

We’ll take Goggles Optional for 400 please. “What are we up to this week?” “What is Trisha, Nick, Diego, and Emily battle it out in Jeopardy, and discuss aging and functional genomics?” Correct! This week we highlight how we can light up worms to study aging, the amazing regenerating thymus, and why you might want to stay away from scissors when you’re hungry. Lastly, we bid farewell to our staff member with the most PhDs, Dr. Nick. The poop and sex jokes just won’t be the same without you!

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Episode 23: Pinky and the Brain

“Gee Goggles Optional, what are we going to do this week?” The same thing we do every week listeners, try to bring science to the world! Emily, Diego, Lisl, and David host a BRAIN themed episode! The group discuss two major brain mapping studies in mice (Pinky) and human (Brain). Want to see how brainy you are? Our game show features a round of “Guess the Real Brain Term.” Finally, lightsabers aside, we explore a cool way to move paralyzed muscle by firing light into the brain.