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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).

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Episode 107: The Dark (Matter) Side of Collaborations at Los Alamos

Chelsea, Scott, Diego, and Dave welcomes physicist Devon Powell to discuss how his research in Dark Matter led him to Los Alamos National Laboratory (6:16). Scott shares a Phun Physics Phact about Icecube (4:09) – not the rapper, Dave Diatribes against maternal mortality (38:27), and Chelsea competes against Devon on a new game show category (31:22)

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Episode 102: Mars

In a world occupied by Matt Damon… And only Matt Damon. How does he science the sh** out of it to survive? How did Matt grow potatoes? How did Matt survive the radiation? How did Matt turn into Iron Man? Goggles Optional takes you on a voyage behind the science of “The Martian!”

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Episode 97: Three Trillion Trees, 10,000 Teds, and One Scaling Law to Rule Them All

Join Trisha, Ted, Tyler, and Emily to learn how to count all the trees in all the forests, what we would do with an island of 10,000 Teds, and who would win an animal Olympics.

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Episode 95: Rabidly mapping the brain

How can we better understand the brain? By mapping it using rabies! Dr. Kevin Beier joins hosts Nora, Emily, Tyler, and Ted to explain how mapping the human brain can improve our understanding of dopamine neurons. Plus, Ted shares a breakthrough in superconductor technology and competes with Kevin in our weekly game show.

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Episode 94: Beer Goggles and Space Lettuce

In a hilarious episode of Beer Goggles Optional, Dave, Scott, Ted, and Natalie discuss how to travel in space for a long, long time. What foods would we eat? How can we protect ourselves from the dangerous rays? And most importantly, how do we do it in space? It may involve Space Lettuce.