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Episode 23: Pinky and the Brain

“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.

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Episode 22: The Cuckoo Ambassadors

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!

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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 18: The Science Exchange

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!

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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!”

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Episode 16: Then I forgot her face! Prosopagnosia!

Alex, Trisha, Diego, and Nick interview Jesse Gomez on his cutting edge work with prosopagnosia and facial recognition. Plus, the hosts explore a groundbreaking initiative using personalized medicine, Dave launches his singing career, and we reveal the person at Goggles Optional who is the best at recognizing faces!

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Episode 14: Breaking Fat

Longtime writer Emily Glassberg joins Lisl, Diego, and David to highlight the listener’s choice article on a genetic switch that controls fat. Plus, the group discusses the reasons and implications of the drought plaguing California, and there’s a new game that’s more addictive and more useful than World of Warcraft.

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Episode 12: Monsters NKorporated

Trisha, Alex, Graham, and David interview Dara Straus-Albee about her work on natural killer (NK) cells, the Minute Men spying within your immune system. Plus, the hosts discuss why we need sleep and our writer Emily delivers The Monster rap performance of the year!

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Episode 10: Fishy Love

Trisha, Nick, Lisl, and David cover mate selection in fish, a new way for cells to communicate, and why we should keep sending researchers to Antarctica, even if they require rescuing from time to time. Plus, two bonus songs from Trisha and our weekly game show returns!