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Episode 12: Monsters NKorporated

Trisha, Alex, Graham, and David interview Dara Straus-Albee about her work on natural killer (NK) cells, the Minute Men spying within your immune system. Plus, the hosts discuss why we need sleep and our writer Emily delivers The Monster rap performance of the year!

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Episode 10: Fishy Love

Trisha, Nick, Lisl, and David cover mate selection in fish, a new way for cells to communicate, and why we should keep sending researchers to Antarctica, even if they require rescuing from time to time. Plus, two bonus songs from Trisha and our weekly game show returns!

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Episode 8: 2013 Year in Goggles

A highlights episode of Goggles Optional in 2013. The episode features the discussion surrounding 23andme, how being around males can shorten lifespan, and how you’ve got a friend in poop. Plus the best of hot start and the bloopers.

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Episode 7: He’ll be the death of me!

Lisl, Nick, Diego, and Trisha interview Dr. Travis Maures on how the presence of male worms can shorten the lifespan of neighboring worms. The hosts also discuss how science is presented in the media and a link between gut bacteria and autism.

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Episode 6: You’ve got a friend in poo

Trisha, Alex, Alisa, and David interview co-first authors Jessica Ferreyra and Katharine Ng on gut bacteria. Plus, regenerating salamander limbs and what type of uranium is Iran enriching for anyway?

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Episode 5: Spiders in your Spaghetti

In episode 5, Diego, Alex, Lisl, and David explore science funding in Mexico, whether the fear of spiders in spaghetti can be inherited, and, pow! A new warrior against bacterial invaders!

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Episode 3: Pew pew! Spiderman immune cells, and next stop, Mars!

Alex, Trisha, Diego, and David discuss the benefits of sending a spaceship to Mars, why staph infections are so frisky, and the origins of man’s best friend. Plus, Alex tries to defend her Scientist of the Week title against Diego in our game show, and a special opera performance by Trisha!

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Episode 2: Primordial soup, and look out for Platypus-zilla!

Lisl, Nick, Alex, and David discuss the validity of attributing Typhoon Haiyan to global warming. Plus, the hosts explore a possible explanation for the development of life, the discovery of Platypus-zilla, and what researchers have learned from giving mice tiny Brazilian bikini waxes.