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Episode 46: Biologist-fall

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!

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Episode 45: The Naked Geneticist

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!

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Episode 44: Beer Goggles 3, Labor Day Edition!

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!

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Episode 42: Goggles Optional’s Guide to the Galaxy

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.

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Episode 37: GO Add(a)gene!

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!

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Episode 35: Facebook: more than meets the (lazy) eye

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!

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Episode 32: Legos, Lectures, and Learning

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!

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Episode 31: Spy encryption

Diego, Lisl, Nora, and Greg get spicy this week in a discussion about Bonds (of the James and chemical type), Quantum encryption, and how hot wings might actually contribute to lengthening your lifespan. The hosts cover recent initiative by the US government to explore storage solutions for radioactive waste (space elevator, anyone?), why cell phones are giving migratory birds a headache, and the real reason to explain decreased gray matter in parts of the brains of men. Finally, if you are chronically stressed, bullied, or cynical, you might want to listen up to how you are impacting your health. No, it’s not good news!