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Episode 53: Finding people in DisPlace

How can physicists aid in humanitarian work? This week, we speak with Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman on their work to locate internally displaced people in the war torn country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our hosts also cover why small things are having a big impact on cancer research.

Special note: If you would like to donate to Toly and Andrew’s cause, please visit here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/displaced-populations-in-north-kivu-dr-congo

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Episode 30: Measles, Cancer… Fight!

Trisha, Emily, Diego, and David take to the ring to cover the exciting fight between an engineered measles virus and a deadly cancer. If you think that Darwin was a poor, struggling scientist, think again! The hosts discuss the role of philanthropists in science funding, and make some interesting observations about some of our earliest scientists. Next, if we give mice wheels, will they run? An interesting study covers mice running on wheels in the wild. Finally, we share viewer responses on food labeling, and end with a close battle in the game show.

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Episode 29: The INCEPTION of Quantum Computing

Lisl, Diego, and David are joined by physicist Nora Brackbill, who explains how to build a quantum computer using diamonds. The group also covers the recent news out of Vermont that requires GMO foods to be labeled. Finally, is Inception possible? We explore reality within a lucid dream within a podcast.

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Episode 25: A new way to Array

Lisl, Diego, Dave and guest host Dr. Mary Cavanagh speak with graduate students Jason Buenrostro and Lauren Chircus on building new technologies, RNA-protein interactions, and strawberry-rhubarb pies. Plus, we cover a newly discovered female penis and what really happens during conception (articles not related!).

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Episode 23: Pinky and the Brain

“Gee Goggles Optional, what are we going to do this week?” The same thing we do every week listeners, try to bring science to the world! Emily, Diego, Lisl, and David host a BRAIN themed episode! The group discuss two major brain mapping studies in mice (Pinky) and human (Brain). Want to see how brainy you are? Our game show features a round of “Guess the Real Brain Term.” Finally, lightsabers aside, we explore a cool way to move paralyzed muscle by firing light into the brain.

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Episode 22: The Cuckoo Ambassadors

Lisl, Trisha, Diego, and David welcome Dr. Joe Rodgers and converse on adult stem cells, muscle repair, working out, and fighting mountain lions. The group also explores how the parasitic cuckoo bird can actually benefit its host. Plus, Lisl rants about anemones, what caused The Great Dying, and we introduce a new type of game show question!

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Episode 17: Let there be light!

This week is all about light. We talk with Martha Lenio about what photovoltaic cells mean for the future of solar energy, and why you and your dog may be more similar than you think. Our feature article this week reveals a “modern science miracle,” a chemical called DENAQ that binds to potassium channels in ganglion cells of the eye to restore light sensitivity to mice. As a large percentage of us at Goggles Optional staff are blind as bats we join these mice in exclaiming, “Let there be light!”

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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.