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Episode 20: Beer Googles Optional, St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

This week, Lisl, Dave, Emily, Alex, and Diego geek out for the exciting new Cosmos series, and again feel like little kids in awe of science. Can you imagine what a giant spaceship of Dave’s head would look like flying through space? We finish up with discussion on “de-extinction” technology, which was recently used in an attempt to bring the pyrenean ibex species back. Is this the start of an era of Jurassic Park? Bring out your inner kid, grab some marshmallow-infused cereal goodness, and join us this week for our St. Patrick’s Day special Edition!

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Episode 19: Memory

Memory: it’s the first thing to go in Alzheimer’s disease and usually the first sign… Or is it? Diego, Dave, Alex, and Emily discuss an exciting new way to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s years in advance. We speculate on why Radioactive Man isn’t so excited for the 100th year anniversary of x-ray crystallography. Finally, we reveal the world’s oldest cheese, how to make pepper’s even spicier, and why rising global temperatures can increase malaria.

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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 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 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.

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Episode 6: You’ve got a friend in poo

Trisha, Alex, Alisa, and David interview co-first authors Jessica Ferreyra and Katharine Ng on gut bacteria. Plus, regenerating salamander limbs and what type of uranium is Iran enriching for anyway?

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Episode 5: Spiders in your Spaghetti

In episode 5, Diego, Alex, Lisl, and David explore science funding in Mexico, whether the fear of spiders in spaghetti can be inherited, and, pow! A new warrior against bacterial invaders!