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!
This week, we welcome writer J.T. to the hosting team, joining Alex, David, and Lisl in a windy discussion that ranges from why we’re all a little like onions, and the new robotic sphincter of the future. We behold the power of compressed air in an interview with Rebecca Motola-Barnes from LightSail, and say a heartfelt goodbye to writers Graham and Alisa.
Alex, Diego, Trisha, and Lisl interview Holly Moeller to explore the symbiotic relationship between trees and their fungi friends. A rare form of canine cancer is spreading among wild dogs, and Diego gets excited about the never-ending shrimp scampi at Red Lobster.
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.
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.
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!
Lisl, Nick, Alex, and David celebrate turkey week with discussions on the controversy surrounding the personalized genome company 23andme, replacing the Y chromosome, and super-powered regenerating organs. The group also commemorates the career of Dr. Fred Sanger, and a definitive winner emerges from the weekly game show.
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!