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37 minutes | Oct 28, 2021
Sound-Byte 4: Mars
Mars rover, mars rover, send your Boston science over! Join me in another exciting BOS Science Sound Byte episode as I explore the amazing planet Mars and how Boston scientists have left their mark all over the red planet. In today's episode, you'll learn; Why we call mars the red planet; How an optical illusion inspired the belief of life on mars; What it takes to keep Matt Damon alive on Mars; Where is the best place to look for life on mars; How to make a sexy scientific mission name; Who is using data from Martian satellites to understand climate change; Why scientists are working in lava tubes to prepare for mars missions; And who's the best dancer: robot dogs or K-pop singers? SHOW NOTES: MIT's oxygen producing MOXIE device aboard the Perseverance Rover (1), (2) BU researchers studying Martian climate change using the MAVEN satellite (1), (2) Boston Dynamic 'SPOT' robot dog practices Martian cave exploration in Earth's lava tubes (1), (2) Only click this if you listened to the whole episode!! PATRONS: Today's episode is brought to you in part thanks to the support of BOS Science's patrons; Mark Ingalls, Chris Micheli, Catherine Ingalls, and Brittany Pack! Follow @BOSScience on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases. To support the show, please consider donating to the new BOS Science Patreon, or writing a review on Apple Podcasts! To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com Some sound effects were used from Zatsplat.com
50 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 2 ft. Prof Katia Bertoldi
*Beep Boop* This is your robot host *Morp* Bringing you another episode *Bap* of BOS Science *Zeep* Dust off your circuits and oil your gears, because it's officially time to listen to Part 2 of the long awaited interview with the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design"! Not only does this episode bring you answers to the listener questions you've been dying to hear, but it also features my interview with the head of the lab Professor Katia Bertoldi herself! In today's episode you'll learn; how tiny robots can dance and roll powered by nothing but a light beam, why snake robots are going to one day terrorize Martians, how kirigami can be used for fashion and function, the many ways a buckling actuator robot can be used, why blowing up robots can actually be useful, and how to enjoy Boston during the winter. SHOW NOTES: Today's guest: Professor Katia Bertoldi; William and Ami Kuan Danoff Professor of Applied Mechanics at Harvard University. LINKS/IMAGE CREDIT: Bertoldi Research Group Light actuated soft robot Kirigami gripper shoes Buckling elastomeric soft robot Combustion powered robot Don't click on this unless you listened to the whole episode!! PATRONS: Today's episode is brought to you in part thanks to the support of BOS Science's first ever patrons; Mark Ingalls, Chris Micheli, Catherine Ingalls, and Brittany Pack! Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases. To support the show, please consider donating to the new BOS Science Patreon, or writing a review on Itunes! To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
42 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
BOS Science's One Year Anniversary!
Get your party favors and balloons out, because it’s time to celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of BOS Science!! Can you believe we made it through 365 whole days without giving up? (I can’t). It’s been a wild ride this first year, but not even a global pandemic could stop us from learning about some boss @$$ science! In today’s episode, we are going to take a little walk down memory lane and listen back to some of my favorite moments from the show; like learning about multi material functional fibers that can be used to create fabric computers; or hearing how bacteria are used to create killer nanoparticles that can battle infections; and figuring out how ultrasound technology has been used to fight cancer, deliver drugs to the brain, and even create snapshots of the body! Want to congratulate BOS Science on making it this far but don’t know how? Don’t worry, I have the perfect gift idea; you can donate to the brand new BOS Science Patreon! For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the show and allow me to make this podcast even better than it already is. With your donation, you have the chance to get all sorts of goodies in return, like blooper reels, behind the scene photos, extra interview content, and even a personalized gift! Every donation helps the show grow, and it helps remind me why I do all this (for you, the listener!) TODAY’S EPISODES/GUESTS: Episode 1: The Fabulous World of Functional Fibers, featuring Prof. Yoel Fink, Dr. Tural Khudiyev, Gabriel Loke, and Juliette Alain. Episode 2, Pt 1: Nature meets Nanomedicine, featuring David Medina Episode 2, Pt 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, featuring Prof. Thomas Webster Episode 3: It’s not Sci-Fi, it’s Ultrasound!, featuring Prof. Tyrone Porter and Dr. Chenguang Peng Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
48 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 1 ft. David Melancon
What do all three of these have in common? They are all the inspiration for the research done at the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design"! Join me as I talk to PhD candidate David Melancon, and learn all about his amazing work in the fields of soft robotics and metamaterials. In today's episode you'll learn; what the hell is a metamaterial, how a classic childhood toy can be the basis for a new robot, what structures can be made using origami techniques, how the artform kirigami can be used for science, why bending actuators are amazing but creepy, how snakes move and how scientists have learned from them, and what in the world 40 rolls of duct tape can be used for. Show Notes: TODAY'S GUEST: David Melancon, PhD Candidate in the Bertoldi Group at Harvard University School of Applied Science and Engineering First author on paper "Multistable inflatable origami structures at the metre scale" LINKS: Bertoldi Research Group Soft robot jumper paper Origami deployable structure paper Kirigami snake bot paper Starfish robot paper IMAGE CREDIT: Soft jumper robot, deployable origami shelter and archway videos - provided by David Melancon Toy popper video Boa snake movement and kirigami snake bot movement video Bending actuator video 4 legged crawler soft robot video Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
92 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
Episode 3: It's not Sci-Fi, it's Ultrasound!
Can you feel the vibrations in the air? It’s the sweet sound waves of another episode of BOS Science! Join me as I talk to Dr. Chenguang Peng and Professor Tyrone Porter of the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab, and learn all about their amazing work using ultrasound! In today’s episode you’ll learn; what ultrasound actually is, how bats use ultrasound to hunt and fly, what are micro bubbles, why ultrasound marks them sing and dance, how they can be used to create maps of the brain, what vibrating crystals can be used for, why nano-emulsions are basically transformers, how they can blow up tumors, what math shows about diversity and problem solving, how to use laser beams to grab and move molecules, and what is the perfect hot dog to bun ratio. SHOW NOTES: Today's Guests: Dr. Chenguang Peng; Post Doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School First author on Paper "Intracranial nonthermal ablation mediated by transcranial focused ultrasound and phase-shift nanoemulsions" Professor Tyrone Porter; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas Austin Previous Positions/Titles: Associate Professor Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, Boston University Co-Director for NIH-funded Translational Research in Biomaterials Program Associate Director for the Nanotechnology Innovation LINKS: Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab [NanoMedAL] Yoav Medan, Ultrasound Essential Tremor TED Talk Mathematical Proof of the Value of Diversity "Mosquito" Sound Clip IMAGE CREDIT: Ultrasound localized microscopy of living rat brain Microbubbles under scanning electron microscope Video of oscillating microbubble Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
16 minutes | Dec 12, 2020
Listener Questions: Bertoldi Material and Structure Lab
Cause baby all I want for Christmas… is your Listener Questions! You guys know the drill; before my next set of BOS Science interviews, I tell you guys a little about the research these wicked smaht scientists are working on, and you guys come up with your very own questions that I'll ask the guests on the show! Next up I'll be talking with Professor Katia Bertoldi and graduate student David Mélançon of the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design" at Harvard University. To get you ready for their interviews, I'm going to tell you a little about their fascinating research on Metamaterials and Soft Robotics! What does that look like? How about computer algorithm generated programmable structures? Or maybe some bio-inspired, flexible robots that can crawl and even dance? I promise, these topics are going to blow you away, and if you're anything like me, you'll have a million questions to ask by the end of the episode. Make sure to send me your questions by Midnight (E.S.T), of Saturday December 19th to have a chance to hear your name and question read on the show. I love ALL QUESTIONS, complex or simple, genius or stupid; each one is a gift I treasure forever. You can send your question to BOSsciencepodcast@gmail.com, and make sure to check out the shows Instagram, twitter, or Facebook to see pics of the awesome stuff talked about in today's episode. What better way than to share some of that holiday joy, than with a listener question? I can tell you know, it would definitely make my season bright
34 minutes | Oct 31, 2020
Sound-Byte 3: Brains
I....Want....BRAAAAAINS!!! At least, that is, to tell you all about them on this special Halloween Sound Byte episode! Join me as I explore the amazing world of neuroscience and how Boston scientists are working to understand, model, and treat the brain. In today's episode you'll learn how neurons work, the surprising size of the brain, what types of food best describe the brain, how memories can be manipulate using laser beams, what to do to become more creative while you sleep, how you can model the brain using microchips and silk donuts, the newest treatments for brain diseases and disorders, and why zombies crave brains. So grab your candy corn and get ready to be spooked! Show Notes: 3D Brain Tissue System aids Study of Deadly Tumor Progression Multiregional Brain Chip Proof It's Possible to Enhance or Suppress Memories A New Way to Control Experimentation with Dreams Drug Delivery Nanoparticles Given Neurotransmitter “Passports” to Cross Blood-Brain Barrier The Future of Mind Control Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review.
65 minutes | Oct 2, 2020
Episode 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, Part 2 ft. Prof Thomas Webster
Guess who's back… Back again… Grace is back… with Part 2 of Nature meets Nanomedicine! FINALLY! (Am I right?) Today's long awaited episode features the director and head honcho of the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, Professor Thomas Webster himself! With over 20 years of experience in the field of nanomedicine, Prof. Webster has been around the block and he's got some wild stories to tell. From creating nano-featured titanium implants that enhance bone growth, to designing internal biosensors that will change the future of healthcare, the Webster lab really does it all, including researching a whole mess of different nanotechnology strategies to tackle the spread of the COVID-19 virus! So take a seat, grab a drink, and join me as I learn about how a nanoparticle spray can keep your iPhone germ free, what makes gold ions turn blue or pink, how nanocrystals and other crazy shit grow on the surface of our bones, technology that uses self assembled nanomaterial blankets to stop virus's, and why you should never use a bathroom for a recording studio. SHOW NOTES: Today's Guest: Professor Thomas J. Webster Professor in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University Art Zafiropoulo Chair in Engineering Director of Webster Nanomedicine Lab Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review.
51 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Sound-Byte 2: PRIDE in STEM
Get your rainbow flags out and get excited for the second ever Sound-Byte episode of BOS Science! It doesn't have to be PRIDE month to share and celebrate the many wonderful ways the LGBTQ+ community make our whole world better, especially when it comes to the world of STEM. Being a scientist is amazing and challenging, but being openly queer in STEM can be even more immensely challenging, as most of the scientists we hear about in history or encounter in our daily lives identify as cis and straight. But even if it doesn't seem like it, there are so many AMAZING queer scientists out there making our world a better place! In today's episode, I'm going to be highlighting 7 absolutely wicked smaht scientists who are all making huge waves in the world of STEM, and who are all proud members of the LGBTQ+ community. There's nothing that these queer scientists cant do, whether it's studying how to design proteins to fight off viral infections, using transplanted pancreas cells to cure type 1 diabetes, cultivating native plant species in local parks, and even cutting up DNA to cure genetic disorders! I hope you all enjoy this not-so-mini sound byte episode, and are inspired to reach out and learn more about the many amazing LGBTQ+ scientists working in STEM today. Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience SHOW NOTES: I'd like to give a HUGE thank you to all the LGBTQ+ scientists who agreed to be featured on today's show! Evans Wralstad; Chemical Biology Scientist studying RNA Proteins to fight viral infections • Instagram: @evans.wralstad • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Katherine Brainard; Horticulturist managing native plant species in public park in Boston • Instagram: @wanderingkatherine Han Spinner; Protein Engineer developing the worlds best CRISPR systems for genetic diseases • Instagram: @pl.han.t • Twitter: @bellspinner • Email: email@example.com Lucas Carstensen; Neuroscientist working to understand spatial navigation and memory • Twitter & instagram @lc_carstensen • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Emma Snyder; Future genetic counselor and clinical research assistant focusing on Turner syndrome and Klinefelter syndrome • Instagram: @emmasnyder Tré Artis; Biomedical Scientist focusing on epigenetic changes in DNA and relation towards blood diseases. • Website: Iamtreartis.com • Instagram: @tre_artis • Twitter: @iamtreartis Maria; Immuno-Engineer researching transplanted pancreas cells ability to effect hormone secretion Organizations for Queer Scientists: Queer in Stem: https://www.queerstem.org/ Out in Stem (oSTEM): https://ostem.org/ NOGLSTP: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals Inc. https://www.noglstp.org/
41 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Episode 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, Part 1 ft. David Medina
“Size doesn’t matter”. At least, not when it comes to the field of nanotechnology! In today’s first ever two part episode, I meet with graduate student David Medina from the Webster Nanomedicine Lab at Northeastern University, to learn about all the fantastic work he's doing to use nanomedicine to help treat a whole range of bacterial infections. While he's tackling the challenges of obtaining a PhD, David has used his unique skill sets in chemistry and biology to introduce a new division to Northeastern called the Green Chemistry Lab, where he and other students use naturally inspired materials like fruit, milk, and even actual bacterial cells to make nanoparticles! Come listen to hear about the amazing world of green nanotechnology, and join me as I learn about how small a nanometer really is, how artists from the 4th century used gold and silver nanoparticles to make art, how bacteria cells deal with toxic relationships, what bacteria poop looks like, how you can use groceries for nanomedicine, what a durian fruit is and why you can't bring it on public transport, and what it means to be green in nanotechnology! SHOW NOTES: Today's Guest: David Medina Cruz: PhD Student in Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University Lab Member in Webster Nanomedicine Lab Founder of Green Chemistry Division, Northeastern University Founder at SynCell Biotechnology and Nanolyx companies Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com Let me know if you love the show by rating & reviewing the podcast! You can do this wherever you listen to podcasts, or to find a platform to use, go to www.RateThisPodcast.com/bosscience and follow the simple instructions to post your review.
11 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Listener Questions: Porter Nano Acoustic Lab
Everyone get your thinking caps out and get excited, because the next interviews for "BOS Science" are right around the corner. But before I can get down to brass tacks with these scientists, I need your help! Coming up, I talk to Professor Tyrone Porter and the lab members at the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab at Boston University. Before I sit down with my next guests, I'm going to give you some details on some of the wicked cool science that is being worked on at the lab. Now you get the chance to submit your very own questions about this research, which will be answered by these scientists live on the show! And trust me, you're going to want to ask a million questions after you read all about this lab's amazing research. Our next guests come from the NanoMedAL lab, who's main goal is to integrate the best of engineering, chemistry, and biology all in one using one common technology: ultrasound. These scientists are working on some truly fascinating research, including: 1. Microbubble Treatment for Vascular Dementia 2. Ultrasound-mediated Blood-Brain Barrier Opening 3. Acoustic Droplet Vaporization & Tumor Ablation Take a listen to today's episode to hear a little about each of these exciting topics, or take a look at the article links to learn more about Professor Porter and the research being done at the NanoMedAL. With all the exciting science going on at this lab, you're bound to have a question or two floating around in that big brain of yours, so do me a huge favor and jot those questions down and send them to me. Every question is welcome here, no matter how big or small, complicated or simple; I accept and love them all
7 minutes | Jun 5, 2020
Science is important. Stopping racism is more important. This week, instead of posting a regular episode, I will be participating in the #PodcastBlackout movement to show my support for those protesting police brutality and social injustice in the USA, and around the world. It is everyone's responsibility to stand up and call out the systemic racism that has targeted the Black community for far too long. Please join me and support this incredibly important effort to bring awareness to the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur across the country. Not sure how to help? Take a look at the many resources listed below: DONATE: Black Lives Matter Campaign Zero NAACP Legal Defense Fund National Bail Out Fund George Floyd Memorial Fund I Run with Maud - Justice for Amaud Arbery Fundraiser Justice for Breonna Taylor Petition and Fundraiser READ: How to be an Antiracist (Book) White Fragility (Book) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Book) 11 Things to Do Besides Say ‘This Has to Stop’ In the Wake of Police Brutality Talking About Race 75 Things White People Can Do For Racial Justice 5 Things White Allies Can Do To Sponsor Co-Workers From Underrepresented Groups Talking About Race At Work Getting Over Your Fear of Talking About Diversity Who Gets to be Afraid in America? The 1916 Project WATCH: When They See Us (Netflix) 13th (Netflix) Fruitvale Station – (Amazon) Just Mercy – (Amazon-free for prime video members!) Selma – (Amazon) A Class Divided (Youtube) What is Privilege? (Youtube) LISTEN: 1619 - NY Times About Race Seeing White Momentum: a Race Forward Code Switch Pod Save the People The Diversity Gap FOLLOW: @mspackyetti @rachel.cargle @laylafsaad @iamrachelricketts @andrearanaej @theconsciouskid @minaab @lalahdelia
21 minutes | May 15, 2020
Sound-Byte 1: Research Roundup COVID-19
Welcome listeners to the newest segment of BOS Science, called "Sound-Bytes"! For these episodes, each month I'll research, write, and present on a new hot topic in the field of science; all in the span of 20 minutes. What can I say, I'm smart, funny, AND efficient! In today's episode, I'll be discussing a topic that has captured the entire world's attention; the COVID-19 pandemic. In just a few short months, this virus has spread to over 212 countries, generating more than 4.2 million cases and 280,000 deaths world wide. Luckily we have lots of wicked smaht people all across Boston who are working tireless to find ways to understand, detect, prevent, and treat the COVID-19 infection. From virus detecting face masks to anti-viral nose sprays, these scientists have come up with some amazing ways to help fight this disease. It's not easy being stuck in quarantine, and not knowing what work is being done to get us out of quarantine, can be even more nerve racking. So take a minute, turn off Netflix, grab a drink (as if you don't already have one), and let me help ease some of your worries, by learning all about the amazing work being done in Boston to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. SOURCES: Information on statistics, history, and biology of virus. All articles about the research discussed in this episode, can be found linked in show notes above.
61 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Episode 1: The Fabulous World of Functional Fibers
For many people, fashion is everything (I'm looking at you Kim K.) But what if the worlds of fashion and function could collide? What if we could have clothes that could record music, charge our phones, or even emit light? It's not a dream, it's a soon to be reality, all with the help of functional fibers! In today's episode, I talk to MIT Professor Yoel Fink and a few of his lab members to learn how they are working on creating fibers that can one day replace the devices that surround us. These wicked smaht scientists have created fibers that can do all sorts of crazy things; emit and detect light, control and release drugs, and even lift weights (that's more than can be said for me)! These "tech'd" out and decked out threads are revolutionizing how we think about fabrics. Join me as I learn all about the crazy yet fabulous world of functional fibers! SHOW NOTES: Today's guests; Prof. Yoel Fink, Dr. Tural Khudiyev, Gabriel Loke, and Juliette Alain. For more about the research discussed on this show, check out the Fibers@MIT and AFFOA websites. You can see these fabulous functional fibers in action and marvel as they lift weights, play classical music, and of course glow! Follow @BOSScience on Instagram and Twitter to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
10 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Episode 0: An Introduction to BOS Science
Come one come all, to the BOS Science Podcast! Today's episode is a chance for you to get familiar with the show, learn who I am and what I'll be talking about in the episodes to come, including some top secret quotes from the guests who will be featured in the very first episode. So stop whatever you're doing, plug your headphones in, and come get to know me and my show! I guarantee you'll enjoy it, or your money back!
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