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Episode 113: Goggles Optional 2015 Highlights

Happy New Years! To ring in 2016, we decided to look back at our best features from the last year. First, Tyler answers questions about the science of cooking sent in by celebrity listeners (0:55). Diego turns into a cancer detecting pigeon (10:07). Finally, we welcomes physicist Devon Powell to discuss how his research in Dark Matter led him to Los Alamos National Laboratory (20:50).

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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 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 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!

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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!

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Episode 34: Power to the Cells!

This week, our hosts get powered up on the topic of cells! Were scientists nuts by believing stress can create new cells? Can stress change white blood cell counts? Join our diabolical hosts this week for an electrifying discussion that spans power, immunity, and regenerative medicine. Plus, why in the world would Tesla be releasing their patents, and what is in their patents anyway? Get fired up for all that plus our weekly Hot Start and Game Show!

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Episode 32: Legos, Lectures, and Learning

What’s the best way to learn? This week, our hosts discusses the advantage of active learning versus lectures and the importance relationship between sleep and learning. Lisl, Diego, and Dave are joined by our new host Chelsea, a physicist who guides us through the mysterious dark matter. Plus, we unveil a new game show category: science limericks!

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Episode 31: Spy encryption

Diego, Lisl, Nora, and Greg get spicy this week in a discussion about Bonds (of the James and chemical type), Quantum encryption, and how hot wings might actually contribute to lengthening your lifespan. The hosts cover recent initiative by the US government to explore storage solutions for radioactive waste (space elevator, anyone?), why cell phones are giving migratory birds a headache, and the real reason to explain decreased gray matter in parts of the brains of men. Finally, if you are chronically stressed, bullied, or cynical, you might want to listen up to how you are impacting your health. No, it’s not good news!

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Episode 27: Of Mice and Men

Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David break down the World Health Organization’s report on antibiotic resistance, and how Alzheimer’s may be defeated through recycling. Plus, the group explores an incredible story involving, mice, sweaty man shirts, and a cardboard cutout of Paris Hilton. Also, be sure to share what tiny critter you’d be scared of becoming antibiotic resistant in our question of the week.

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Episode 26: UCSF versus Stanford! (With Carry The One Radio!)

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!).