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Episode 17: Let there be light!

This week is all about light. We talk with Martha Lenio about what photovoltaic cells mean for the future of solar energy, and why you and your dog may be more similar than you think. Our feature article this week reveals a “modern science miracle,” a chemical called DENAQ that binds to potassium channels in ganglion cells of the eye to restore light sensitivity to mice. As a large percentage of us at Goggles Optional staff are blind as bats we join these mice in exclaiming, “Let there be light!”

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Episode 16: Then I forgot her face! Prosopagnosia!

Alex, Trisha, Diego, and Nick interview Jesse Gomez on his cutting edge work with prosopagnosia and facial recognition. Plus, the hosts explore a groundbreaking initiative using personalized medicine, Dave launches his singing career, and we reveal the person at Goggles Optional who is the best at recognizing faces!

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Episode 15: Yer an Onion, Harry!

This week, we welcome writer J.T. to the hosting team, joining Alex, David, and Lisl in a windy discussion that ranges from why we’re all a little like onions, and the new robotic sphincter of the future. We behold the power of compressed air in an interview with Rebecca Motola-Barnes from LightSail, and say a heartfelt goodbye to writers Graham and Alisa.

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Episode 14: Breaking Fat

Longtime writer Emily Glassberg joins Lisl, Diego, and David to highlight the listener’s choice article on a genetic switch that controls fat. Plus, the group discusses the reasons and implications of the drought plaguing California, and there’s a new game that’s more addictive and more useful than World of Warcraft.

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Episode 13: The Secret Life of Fungi

Alex, Diego, Trisha, and Lisl interview Holly Moeller to explore the symbiotic relationship between trees and their fungi friends. A rare form of canine cancer is spreading among wild dogs, and Diego gets excited about the never-ending shrimp scampi at Red Lobster.

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Episode 12: Monsters NKorporated

Trisha, Alex, Graham, and David interview Dara Straus-Albee about her work on natural killer (NK) cells, the Minute Men spying within your immune system. Plus, the hosts discuss why we need sleep and our writer Emily delivers The Monster rap performance of the year!

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Episode 11: Delicious… algae?

Lisl, Diego, and Alex are joined by writer and first time host Graham Anderson as they ponder elephant shark genomes, the connection between food production and the green slime in your fish tank, and how to hitch a ride into space! Also, why we wouldn’t want to get in a boxing fight with the Milky Way Galaxy and why you should avoid Diego’s bed!

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Episode 10: Fishy Love

Trisha, Nick, Lisl, and David cover mate selection in fish, a new way for cells to communicate, and why we should keep sending researchers to Antarctica, even if they require rescuing from time to time. Plus, two bonus songs from Trisha and our weekly game show returns!

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Episode 9: Beer Goggles Optional

Join David, Diego, Alisa, and Nick for our very first “Beer Goggles Optional.” We kick back with cold drinks to share our favorite articles: a landmark cancer study in the 70’s to honor the late Janet Rowley, non-invasive sequencing of the DNA of human eggs, and the real reason that Dave might take after the dinosaurs.

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Episode 8: 2013 Year in Goggles

A highlights episode of Goggles Optional in 2013. The episode features the discussion surrounding 23andme, how being around males can shorten lifespan, and how you’ve got a friend in poop. Plus the best of hot start and the bloopers.