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Episode 106: Blood cell college

Immunologist Trisha Stan discusses how a college degree for your blood cells, isn’t what scientists thought it was. Physicist Ted Sanders talks about atmosphere (or lack of) on Mars. Finally, evolutionary biologist Emily Glassberg shares why she’s so obsessed with tall Dutch men.

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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 69: Catchin’ some tail

Dave, Nora, Chelsea and Diego cover how luna moths can outmaneuver their enemies in air-to-air combat, we cover the spread of languages, and why having sex can actually protect against diseases.

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Episode 52: Super viruses and Snickers!

On our birthday episode, Chelsea, Diego, Greg, and Dave cover the controversial decision to stop research on “super viruses.” Plus, can bacteria be turned into an electric wire? Do cancer cells just want a Snickers bar? And can Diego ever beat a physicist on the game show?

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Episode 51: Beam me up, Lizard!

For episode 51, we cover a story right out of Area 51: tractor beams! Learn how scientists are developing the first ever tractor beam that can move objects up and down by heating the air. Plus, how do lizards get around the planet, and do Chinese Herbal remedies actually work?

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Episode 48: Where have all the unicorns gone?

How do you study a rapidly changing population that you can’t even see? By modeling it! This week, we welcome theoretical biologist Dr. Meike Wittman as we converse about modeling genetic diversity, the Allee effect, and a matchmaking site for plankton. In our second feature, we cover how new research can help little people, like Tyrion Lannister, grow taller.

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Episode 24: Jeopardy!

We’ll take Goggles Optional for 400 please. “What are we up to this week?” “What is Trisha, Nick, Diego, and Emily battle it out in Jeopardy, and discuss aging and functional genomics?” Correct! This week we highlight how we can light up worms to study aging, the amazing regenerating thymus, and why you might want to stay away from scissors when you’re hungry. Lastly, we bid farewell to our staff member with the most PhDs, Dr. Nick. The poop and sex jokes just won’t be the same without you!

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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 16: Then I forgot her face! Prosopagnosia!

Alex, Trisha, Diego, and Nick interview Jesse Gomez on his cutting edge work with prosopagnosia and facial recognition. Plus, the hosts explore a groundbreaking initiative using personalized medicine, Dave launches his singing career, and we reveal the person at Goggles Optional who is the best at recognizing faces!

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Episode 15: Yer an Onion, Harry!

This week, we welcome writer J.T. to the hosting team, joining Alex, David, and Lisl in a windy discussion that ranges from why we’re all a little like onions, and the new robotic sphincter of the future. We behold the power of compressed air in an interview with Rebecca Motola-Barnes from LightSail, and say a heartfelt goodbye to writers Graham and Alisa.