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Episode 47: Planet of the Chimps

Did you know chimps can go to war? Maybe the movies aren’t all fiction after all. Our hosts explore the reasons why our furry cousins are on the warpath. Plus, we explore whether diet soda is good for you (and your gut bacteria!) and Nora shares how the retina is inspiring new detection methods for large hadron colliders.

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Episode 15: Yer an Onion, Harry!

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.

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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 13: The Secret Life of Fungi

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.

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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 11: Delicious… algae?

Lisl, Diego, and Alex are joined by writer and first time host Graham Anderson as they ponder elephant shark genomes, the connection between food production and the green slime in your fish tank, and how to hitch a ride into space! Also, why we wouldn’t want to get in a boxing fight with the Milky Way Galaxy and why you should avoid Diego’s bed!

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Episode 8: 2013 Year in Goggles

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.

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Episode 7: He’ll be the death of me!

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.

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Episode 6: You’ve got a friend in poo

Trisha, Alex, Alisa, and David interview co-first authors Jessica Ferreyra and Katharine Ng on gut bacteria. Plus, regenerating salamander limbs and what type of uranium is Iran enriching for anyway?

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Episode 5: Spiders in your Spaghetti

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!