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!
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!
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!
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.
Lisl, Trisha, Diego, and David are joined by the UCSF students from Carry The One Radio. Team UCSF and team Stanford science-podcast-battle it out in the game categories Weakest Link, Team Real or Fake, and Google’s Optional (not a typo!). The group also discusses which scientists we’d like to interview and the story of the Shavenbaby. (Not a shaven baby!).
We’ll take Goggles Optional for 400 please. “What are we up to this week?” “What is Trisha, Nick, Diego, and Emily battle it out in Jeopardy, and discuss aging and functional genomics?” Correct! This week we highlight how we can light up worms to study aging, the amazing regenerating thymus, and why you might want to stay away from scissors when you’re hungry. Lastly, we bid farewell to our staff member with the most PhDs, Dr. Nick. The poop and sex jokes just won’t be the same without you!
“Gee Goggles Optional, what are we going to do this week?” The same thing we do every week listeners, try to bring science to the world! Emily, Diego, Lisl, and David host a BRAIN themed episode! The group discuss two major brain mapping studies in mice (Pinky) and human (Brain). Want to see how brainy you are? Our game show features a round of “Guess the Real Brain Term.” Finally, lightsabers aside, we explore a cool way to move paralyzed muscle by firing light into the brain.
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!
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.
Goggles Optional dresses up to the nines this week in celebration of the Oscars! Join Dave, Diego, Lisl, and Trisha for a John Travolta-fied huzzah of the week’s most exciting science news. We interview the founder of Science Exchange, Dr. Elizabeth Iorns, on entrepreneurship, creating a global marketplace, and reproducibility in science. Do you wish that you could eat infinite amounts of ice cream, and have some protection against diabetes? Have no fear, because there might be a SNP for that!