For episode 51, we cover a story right out of Area 51: tractor beams! Learn how scientists are developing the first ever tractor beam that can move objects up and down by heating the air. Plus, how do lizards get around the planet, and do Chinese Herbal remedies actually work?
What do left handed molecules, plates on the moon, and cheetah poop have in common? They’re all featured in this week’s Goggles Optional. Our hosts discuss why there are no left-handed molecules in biology, the real reason for the “Man on the Moon,” and what a cheetah’s um… droppings can teach us about their lifestyle.
It’s a physicist take-over on Goggles Optional! Physicist Ted Sanders joins hosts Greg, Chelsea, and remaining biologist Lisl to talk about solar flares and physics demons. Also, if James Cameron is listening, please check out this cool deep-water ecosystem called a Whalefall. You can listen to Trisha’s song for inspiration!
This week, we are joined by Dr. Kat Arney, science communicator extraordinaire, who shares her experiences with outreach, knitting DNA scarves, shedding the evil scientist stereotype, and the joys of sharing science whilst naked. Our hosts also cover the latest development involving the coffee plant, and Trisha shares her love of coffee with an all new song!
We celebrate Labor Day in style with a smorgasbord of alcohol-friendly science topics! Grab a pint and join our hosts as we discuss sleep drunkenness, wolves versus dogs, Half Drunken Ideas (TM), artsy robots, mysterious moving rocks, and whirlpools of death!
This week, we cover robot swarms – what it takes to get over a thousand robots to behave as one. We explore the origins of the super-athlete gene found in Tibetans. Finally, we cover a cool new way plants and parasites can share messages.
Want to add a gene to your portfolio? It’s not on Amazon, but it is on Addgene, a non-profit that serves as a marketplace for custom DNA. We speak with Dr. Joanne Kamens, executive director at Addgene, about recombinant DNA, making shipments to Iraq, and the challenges of being a female scientist. We also cover the darkest material ever made, and a food-inspired real-or-fake game show round!
Diego, Lisl, Emily, and Nora turn their eyes to a report that Facebook altered users’ news feeds for a study on emotional contagion. Speaking of eyes, our hosts discuss a way to treat lazy eyes with exercise, and Nora shares a way to monitor wind patterns. Plus, find out what animal has the strongest bite, and go bananas for a monkey-themed game show round!
What’s the best way to learn? This week, our hosts discusses the advantage of active learning versus lectures and the importance relationship between sleep and learning. Lisl, Diego, and Dave are joined by our new host Chelsea, a physicist who guides us through the mysterious dark matter. Plus, we unveil a new game show category: science limericks!