Trisha, Emily, Greg, and David welcome Dr. Mahalia Miller to discuss her work on monitoring earthquakes using Twitter. Mahalia combines tweets with seismic data to provide better data for first responders and for traffic networks. The group also discusses a clinical test to rule them all (hint: it’s initials are NGS). And don’t miss an awesome new song by Trisha and Emily!
Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David take to the ring to cover the exciting fight between an engineered measles virus and a deadly cancer. If you think that Darwin was a poor, struggling scientist, think again! The hosts discuss the role of philanthropists in science funding, and make some interesting observations about some of our earliest scientists. Next, if we give mice wheels, will they run? An interesting study covers mice running on wheels in the wild. Finally, we share viewer responses on food labeling, and end with a close battle in the game show.
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.
Lisl, Trisha, Diego, and David welcome Dr. Joe Rodgers and converse on adult stem cells, muscle repair, working out, and fighting mountain lions. The group also explores how the parasitic cuckoo bird can actually benefit its host. Plus, Lisl rants about anemones, what caused The Great Dying, and we introduce a new type of game show question!
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!
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!”