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Episode 123: Genomes and Metals and Viruses, Oh My!

This week, join Emily, Ted, Scott, and Diego as they peek behind the curtain about the genes you REALLY need to survive as a human, metals that melt, and how your immune system might use fossilized viruses to remember potential foes.

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Episode 120: Catching Gravitational Waves

Diego, Lisl, Emily, and Ted discuss one of the biggest story from last week: the discovery of Einstein’s gravitational waves (4:42)! Join our hosts as they discuss what are these waves, what do they sound like, and why they are like bouncing on a trampoline. Then, Lisl shares how the parasite toxoplasma can inflict chimps (20:52) and Emily gets excited about cancer in naked mole rats (24:30).

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Episode 119: Don’t Fre-Zika Out!

With the Zika virus spreading across South America, Diego, Trisha, Nora, and Ted comes to your rescue with a Zika virus survival guide! Trisha shares why reproducing science is important, Diego talks about the link between Vikings and lung cancer, and Goggle Gabbles!

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Episode 117: Planet 9 for President!

This week on goggles, we are nominating a new candidate to be president: the newly discovered Planet 9! It’s big! It’s got gravity! And it’s the only candidate who can implement a single-payer healthcare model. Plus, the heated CRISPR patent battle, controversies over data sharing, and why El Savador wants parents to stop having kids until 2018.

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Episode 114: Star Wars: The Four Elements Awaken!

It is a time of discovery! Excitement grips the galaxy as physicist Scott shares the discovery of four new elements to the periodic table. Meanwhile, Diego shares his bad luck with casinos and cancer, and Trisha sings a new song dedicated to sperm (SFW).

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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 112: Goggles Holiday Cheer!

The goggles team spreads the holiday cheer with news of habitable planets, the end of microbeads, a discussion of sitting vs. standing, and more! In honor of these terrible microbeads we have exploded our graphic this week into thousands of little pieces, but to science it up a bit, each piece is a tiny brain. We also did the inverse of that too. Happy Holidays from Goggles Optional!

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Episode 109: A scientist in Paris

Diego, Trisha, Chelsea, and Nora discuss the scientific angle of the Paris Climate Conference (4:30) and how animals can detect cancer (17:06). Plus, Diego shares an interesting nugget on keeping time (14:44) and Chelsea reveals how big experiments can lead to unexpected rewards (27:46).