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Episode 58: Black hole cats

Dave, Trisha, Chelsea, and Greg are joined by Dr. Yula Paluy, a social psychologist who studies conflict resolution. Discover how sending funny cat pictures can help resolve difficult conflicts between people and groups. Plus, Greg and Chelsea teaches us how to build a black hole whirlpool that can capture Captain Jack Sparrow.

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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 49: Moon walking cheetahs

What do left handed molecules, plates on the moon, and cheetah poop have in common? They’re all featured in this week’s Goggles Optional. Our hosts discuss why there are no left-handed molecules in biology, the real reason for the “Man on the Moon,” and what a cheetah’s um… droppings can teach us about their lifestyle.

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Episode 46: Biologist-fall

It’s a physicist take-over on Goggles Optional! Physicist Ted Sanders joins hosts Greg, Chelsea, and remaining biologist Lisl to talk about solar flares and physics demons. Also, if James Cameron is listening, please check out this cool deep-water ecosystem called a Whalefall. You can listen to Trisha’s song for inspiration!

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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 41: Duckageddon

What were you doing in 2004? Well this week’s interviewee was busy working on the Rosetta project, an initiative that just succeeded in sending a spacecraft to rendezvous with a comet! Professor Erik Adli joins the podcast to explain the purpose and challenges of the mission, as well as his latest work at the SLAC accelerator. You don’t want to miss an epic parody duet by hosts Trisha and Greg, how big data is challenging the mouse model, and finally, a special game show question to our writer Dr. JT Neal.

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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 38: Mosquito Eruption!

Get ready for our hottest episode ever! This week, we cover recent efforts to give volcanoes an ultrasound by using dynamite, a multi-versed explanation for the Big Bang through multiverse, and the best way to kill mosquitoes. And you definitely want to catch our hottest act: a group parody song of the Backstreet Boys!