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Episode 124: *Go* Chew on it

Diego, Scott, and Chelsea discuss how chewing food shaped human evolution, AlphaGo’s victory over humanity in board games, and how to reset an electron. Plus, our weekly hot start and Goggles gabbles.

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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 119: Don’t Fre-Zika Out!

With the Zika virus spreading across South America, Diego, Trisha, Nora, and Ted comes to your rescue with a Zika virus survival guide! Trisha shares why reproducing science is important, Diego talks about the link between Vikings and lung cancer, and Goggle Gabbles!

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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!