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Episode 66: Chicks dig counting

One, two, three… ahahah! Dave, Lisl, Nora, and Diego count all the new security features for the latest method of biocontainment. Speaking of counting, did you know how chicks count? We cover the latest research involving number lines and baby chickens. Plus, Nora shares with us a physics correction that’s making waves.

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Episode 65: An eggcellent solution for aging and drugs

Trisha, Ted, Nora, and Greg discuss the way to slow aging by increasing telomeres. How do you make better drugs? What if we added mini-rockets? Finally, the gang bust out their egg puns to celebrate a new way to unboil your eggs.

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Episode 63: We nose how to stop colds

What’s the best way to prevent yourself from getting the cold? How about keeping your nose warm? Dr. Ellen Foxman joins Dave, Diego, Lisl, and Nora to explain how the temperature outside can impact your chances of catching a cold. Diego and Lisl discusses how cancer cells are stealing mitochondria, and Trisha and Greg perform a duet for our guest.

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Episode 61: Goggles Optional Highlights 2014

Happy New Year listeners! To celebrate the new year, we decided to run some of our favorite segments from 2014 including an interview with Dr. Mahalia Miller on monitoring earthquakes using Twitter, a recap of the Nobel Prizes for 2014, and an interview with Dr. Joe Rodgers on alert stem cells.

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Episode 57: Geckos Optional

Trisha, Diego, Lisl, and Nora shares how other Stanford scientists are designing gecko-like pads that enables people to walk up buildings. Yes, just like Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible. Plus, how did cucumbers get so tasty? And our hosts reveal the secrets of sex… for queen termites.

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Episode 54: Jamming colon cancer!

Trisha, Chelsea, Greg, and Diego are joined by Dr. HoJoon Lee, an expert in colon cancer. Our hosts and HoJoon explore how big data and genetics are helping us identify the drivers of this disease. Plus, how bats can jam each other’s signals and one of the steamiest game shows ever.

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Episode 52: Super viruses and Snickers!

On our birthday episode, Chelsea, Diego, Greg, and Dave cover the controversial decision to stop research on “super viruses.” Plus, can bacteria be turned into an electric wire? Do cancer cells just want a Snickers bar? And can Diego ever beat a physicist on the game show?

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Episode 51: Beam me up, Lizard!

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?

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Episode 49: Moon walking cheetahs

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.