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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.

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Episode 91: Too cool for malaria

Hosts Lisl, Emily, Ted, and Diego discuss the roll-out of the world’s first approved Malaria Vaccine, whether being cool in 7th grade is good for your long term prospects, and a crazy single celled sea creature that has a legit eyeball. You think those mosquitoes look docile? You have no idea

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Episode 90: Is anyone out there?

Is there life on other planets? Are they comprised of carbon shaped buckyballs? And if they visit earth, what geological remnant will they find of humanity? Join hosts Dave, Diego, Emily, and Tyler as we discuss the search for extraterrestrial life, buckyballs in space, and Anthropocene.

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Episode 85: Does Batman take selfies?

On this week’s show, join hosts Greg, Tyler, Nora, and Chelsea to learn how moths take selfies in dimly-lit clubs, how to turn your windowsill plant into a Frankenstein heat-sensitive conductor, and how thinking like Batman can help us build better microscopes.