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Episode 122: Goggles Optional Live!

Goggles Optional is thrilled to present our first podcast in front of a live audience! Trisha, Nora, Scott, and Dave discuss one of the brightest supernovas ever discovered. Then, we explain how brains are connected to other brain cells and potentially machines. Plus, we invite audience members to join us for our weekly game show and two science parody songs by the Shifty Paradigms!

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Episode 120: Catching Gravitational Waves

Diego, Lisl, Emily, and Ted discuss one of the biggest story from last week: the discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves (4:42)! Join our hosts as they discuss what are these waves, what do they sound like, and why they are like bouncing on a trampoline. Then, Lisl shares how the parasite toxoplasma can inflict chimps (20:52) and Emily gets excited about cancer in naked mole rats (24:30).

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Episode 115: Got Bad Blood? Shake it off

Everyone has been or know someone who’s been through a tough breakup, but why do some people get through them better than others? This week, Trisha, Chelsea, Kat, and Diego welcomes Lauren Howe to explain the science of breakups. Plus, Chelsea explains why North Korea did not detonate a hydrogen bomb.

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Episode 114: Star Wars: The Four Elements Awaken!

It is a time of discovery! Excitement grips the galaxy as physicist Scott shares the discovery of four new elements to the periodic table. Meanwhile, Diego shares his bad luck with casinos and cancer, and Trisha sings a new song dedicated to sperm (SFW).

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Episode 113: Goggles Optional 2015 Highlights

Happy New Years! To ring in 2016, we decided to look back at our best features from the last year. First, Tyler answers questions about the science of cooking sent in by celebrity listeners (0:55). Diego turns into a cancer detecting pigeon (10:07). Finally, we welcomes physicist Devon Powell to discuss how his research in Dark Matter led him to Los Alamos National Laboratory (20:50).

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Episode 112: Goggles Holiday Cheer!

The goggles team spreads the holiday cheer with news of habitable planets, the end of microbeads, a discussion of sitting vs. standing, and more! In honor of these terrible microbeads we have exploded our graphic this week into thousands of little pieces, but to science it up a bit, each piece is a tiny brain. We also did the inverse of that too. Happy Holidays from Goggles Optional!

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Episode 109: A scientist in Paris

Diego, Trisha, Chelsea, and Nora discuss the scientific angle of the Paris Climate Conference (4:30) and how animals can detect cancer (17:06). Plus, Diego shares an interesting nugget on keeping time (14:44) and Chelsea reveals how big experiments can lead to unexpected rewards (27:46).

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Episode 107: The Dark (Matter) Side of Collaborations at Los Alamos

Chelsea, Scott, Diego, and Dave welcomes physicist Devon Powell to discuss how his research in Dark Matter led him to Los Alamos National Laboratory (6:16). Scott shares a Phun Physics Phact about Icecube (4:09) – not the rapper, Dave Diatribes against maternal mortality (38:27), and Chelsea competes against Devon on a new game show category (31:22)