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Episode 113: Goggles Optional 2015 Highlights

Happy New Years! To ring in 2016, we decided to look back at our best features from the last year. First, Tyler answers questions about the science of cooking sent in by celebrity listeners (0:55). Diego turns into a cancer detecting pigeon (10:07). Finally, we welcomes physicist Devon Powell to discuss how his research in Dark Matter led him to Los Alamos National Laboratory (20:50).

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Episode 34: Power to the Cells!

This week, our hosts get powered up on the topic of cells! Were scientists nuts by believing stress can create new cells? Can stress change white blood cell counts? Join our diabolical hosts this week for an electrifying discussion that spans power, immunity, and regenerative medicine. Plus, why in the world would Tesla be releasing their patents, and what is in their patents anyway? Get fired up for all that plus our weekly Hot Start and Game Show!

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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 29: The INCEPTION of Quantum Computing

Lisl, Diego, and David are joined by physicist Nora Brackbill, who explains how to build a quantum computer using diamonds. The group also covers the recent news out of Vermont that requires GMO foods to be labeled. Finally, is Inception possible? We explore reality within a lucid dream within a podcast.

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Episode 27: Of Mice and Men

Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David break down the World Health Organization’s report on antibiotic resistance, and how Alzheimer’s may be defeated through recycling. Plus, the group explores an incredible story involving, mice, sweaty man shirts, and a cardboard cutout of Paris Hilton. Also, be sure to share what tiny critter you’d be scared of becoming antibiotic resistant in our question of the week.

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Episode 20: Beer Googles Optional, St. Patrick’s Day Edition!

This week, Lisl, Dave, Emily, Alex, and Diego geek out for the exciting new Cosmos series, and again feel like little kids in awe of science. Can you imagine what a giant spaceship of Dave’s head would look like flying through space? We finish up with discussion on “de-extinction” technology, which was recently used in an attempt to bring the pyrenean ibex species back. Is this the start of an era of Jurassic Park? Bring out your inner kid, grab some marshmallow-infused cereal goodness, and join us this week for our St. Patrick’s Day special Edition!

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Episode 19: Memory

Memory: it’s the first thing to go in Alzheimer’s disease and usually the first sign… Or is it? Diego, Dave, Alex, and Emily discuss an exciting new way to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s years in advance. We speculate on why Radioactive Man isn’t so excited for the 100th year anniversary of x-ray crystallography. Finally, we reveal the world’s oldest cheese, how to make pepper’s even spicier, and why rising global temperatures can increase malaria.

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Episode 17: Let there be light!

This week is all about light. We talk with Martha Lenio about what photovoltaic cells mean for the future of solar energy, and why you and your dog may be more similar than you think. Our feature article this week reveals a “modern science miracle,” a chemical called DENAQ that binds to potassium channels in ganglion cells of the eye to restore light sensitivity to mice. As a large percentage of us at Goggles Optional staff are blind as bats we join these mice in exclaiming, “Let there be light!”