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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)

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Episode 106: Blood cell college

Immunologist Trisha Stan discusses how a college degree for your blood cells, isn’t what scientists thought it was. Physicist Ted Sanders talks about atmosphere (or lack of) on Mars. Finally, evolutionary biologist Emily Glassberg shares why she’s so obsessed with tall Dutch men.

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Episode 101: Goggles Optional Highlights

We have a special highlights episode this week! We peruse some of the latest hits, including highlights from the movie Furious 7, some Beer Goggles fun on space vegetables, and an interview with Dr. Kevin Beier about mapping the human brain.

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Episode 99: Do mean whales drink coffee?

Should you drink coffee before bed? Our hosts Ted, Dave, Nora, and Scott discuss how caffeine can disrupt your circadian rhythm. Plus, how Mean Whales are like Mean Girls, and is there a chance for life on a moon of Saturn?