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Episode 53: Finding people in DisPlace

How can physicists aid in humanitarian work? This week, we speak with Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman on their work to locate internally displaced people in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our hosts also cover why small things are having a big impact on cancer research.

Special note: If you would like to donate to Toly and Andrew’s cause, please visit here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/displaced-populations-in-north-kivu-dr-congo

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Episode 52: Super viruses and Snickers!

On our birthday episode, Chelsea, Diego, Greg, and Dave cover the controversial decision to stop research on “super viruses.” Plus, can bacteria be turned into an electric wire? Do cancer cells just want a Snickers bar? And can Diego ever beat a physicist on the game show?

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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 43: Evolutionary Taste

This week is all about the animals! First we make a Life Aquatic-style dive into the ocean to find the unseen consequences from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Next, are you hungry listeners, and have you ever wondered what would you serve a hummingbird that you wouldn’t serve a dinosaur? Finally, we talk about… talk! We cover recent work that has better modeled both human and animal communication.

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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 40: Apocalypse!

This week on Goggles Optional, Apocalypse! Hosts Diego, Dave, Chelsea, and Nora discuss the terrifying Ebola outbreak, and in this context, why you might want to watch out for Batman. Next, where have all the bees gone, and can we dress Diego in a bee suit to address this issue? Finally, we share tidbits on giant penguins, more of the California drought, and how Google is getting up close and personal with health data in the name of science!

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Episode 39: Phage Noir

This week, we present a film-noir inspired story of a hunt for an elusive phage virus. We also have our steamiest section ever, as our hosts unveil a new steam producing method that can revolutionize clean energy. Finally, is curing HIV Mission Impossible? Maybe not if we harness the genome editing powers of CRISPR.

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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!