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Episode 95: Rabidly mapping the brain

How can we better understand the brain? By mapping it using rabies! Dr. Kevin Beier joins hosts Nora, Emily, Tyler, and Ted to explain how mapping the human brain can improve our understanding of dopamine neurons. Plus, Ted shares a breakthrough in superconductor technology and competes with Kevin in our weekly game show.

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Episode 88: Inside out

On this week’s show, join hosts Diego, Ted, Nora, and Dr. Trisha to discuss the science of emotions featured in Pixar’s new animated film, Inside Out, recent research linking climate change to severe weather, and ultrasound-based fingerprinting.

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Episode 85: Does Batman take selfies?

On this week’s show, join hosts Greg, Tyler, Nora, and Chelsea to learn how moths take selfies in dimly-lit clubs, how to turn your windowsill plant into a Frankenstein heat-sensitive conductor, and how thinking like Batman can help us build better microscopes.

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Episode 79: Follow the light!

Dr. Rosanna Chau joins the Goggles Optional team to discusses why bacteria form a slip n’ slide in their quest for sunlight. We also uncover how your brain uses light to control your circadian rhythm.

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Episode 78: Mutant and Proud!

On this week’s show, Greg, Diego, Chelsea, and Nora talk about the physics of the Iranian nuclear deal, the first genetically modified human embryos, and how living systems use quantum mechanics to improve their efficiency!

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Episode 75: Robots Building a More Colorful (Fish-less) Future

A scientific adventure through the land of molecular legos, the dystopian oceans of the post-climate change future, and the colorful frontiers that may open to the colorblind after a new gene therapy treatment.

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Episode 69: Catchin’ some tail

Dave, Nora, Chelsea and Diego cover how luna moths can outmaneuver their enemies in air-to-air combat, we cover the spread of languages, and why having sex can actually protect against diseases.

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Episode 68: Toys are fun!

This week, Trisha, Kat, Greg, and Diego host an episode full of more laughing children than a McDonald’s playplace. We interview local Stanford Social and Developmental psychologist Rodolfo Cortes Barragan, who has been studying the development of altruism in children, then discuss squids who can change their own RNA.