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28 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
S3E6: Glitch in the Matrix
Have you ever experienced something so strange that you were convinced you were dreaming, crazy, or even living in a simulation? Did you think Nelson Mandela died in prison in the 1980s? Do you think that we all died in a cataclysm and our consciousness transferred to an alternate dimension? This is the episode for you! We discuss the science behind the weird "glitches in the matrix" that can cause us to question our reality, as well as discuss some real experiments that show us how weird reality really is.
24 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
S3E5: Who Is the True Monster?
Monsters are a part of every culture in the world, but how can we link them to discoveries in science, and how do they evolve based on these discoveries? We talk about this, as well as play a monster game, in today's episode.
20 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
S3E4: Give Up the Ghost
Ghosts are a supernatural phenomenon that has captured the imagination -- and fear -- of people for millennia. But are there scientific explanations for the creepy, shadowy figures that plague our peripheral vision? Continuing our series of spooky episodes, we talk about the science behind what we can interpret as ghosts!
28 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
S3E3: All We Want To Do Is Eat Your Brains
We kick off our spooky science series starting with everyone's favorite flesh-eating ghouls, zombies! Did you know that there are lots of real examples in science that relate to these festering fiends? We talk about zombie-like cases including disease, mental illness, and parasites.
15 minutes | Sep 19, 2020
S3E2: Tick Tock, On The Clock
We are currently 100 seconds from midnight in 2020, but what exactly does that mean? In this episode, we talk about the Doomsday Clock, invented by scientists during the height of the nuclear arms race. How close is humanity to wiping itself out? How much time do we have left? Have we become death, destroyer of worlds? So much doom!
28 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
S3E1: Boom Goes the Dino-mite
Dinosaurs fascinated all of us as children, but did you know how many connections are found between these giant ancient lizards and creatures of lore and mythology? Join us as we discuss our fine, ferocious feathered friends and their links to thunderbirds, griffins, and dragons!
26 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
S2E12: Don't Fear the Reaper
We sit down with Trevor Motley to discuss organ and tissue recovery (or is it harvesting? Farming? Mining?), how tissues are recovered, and the organ donation process. We also discuss some common myths about being an organ donor. Neither of us woke up in a bathtub full of ice with no kidneys following recording, so we'll call it a win!
43 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
S2E11: I Hate You, Don't Leave Me
We finish up our two-parter on personality disorders by discussing Cluster B, such as narcissistic and borderline personality disorders, and Cluster C, such as dependent personality disorder. Joel also discovers a new type, known as puppy personality disorder. It's a real thing, and we're real scientists.
25 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
S2E10: The Cult of Personality
In the first of our two-part series on personality disorders, we discuss the differences between mood, psychotic, and personality disorders, the clusters of personality disorders, and also go over Cluster A types.
41 minutes | Jul 3, 2020
S2E9: Do It Like They Do On The Discovery Channel
Reproduction: a favorite pastime for many creatures. We talk about the various forms of reproduction, including self-love (aka asexual reproduction), the crazy world of animal sexual behaviors, and some interesting mating rituals.
56 minutes | Mar 2, 2020
S2E2: No Reservations About Conservation
What are the solutions to our growing energy crisis? Where are we heading in both best- and worst-case scenarios in terms of energy, climate change, and conservation efforts? What needs to change? We sit down with Dr. Joe Merola, chemistry professor at Virginia Tech, to talk about sustainable energy, both in the present and future.
49 minutes | Feb 21, 2020
S2E1: I Can Teach You, But I'd Have to Charge
We're back for Season 2 with more interviews! Today, we talk with plasma physicist Petr Cagas about fusion energy, spacecraft thrusters, and the history of plasma physics.
2 minutes | Feb 13, 2020
S2E0: The Second Season, Like It Or Not, We're Back Again
We're back for a second season! More interviews from experts! Better equipment! And most importantly, more segments!
36 minutes | Nov 1, 2019
Episode 18: Pour Some Soil On Me
We talk about the dirty truth of soil conservation with Bill Keith, including composting, no-till farming, and the price of organics.
47 minutes | Oct 25, 2019
Episode 17: Echolocation, Tequila, and Barbed Penises, Oh My!
We talk with biologist Sam Freeze about the cutest flying death on the planet: bats! We learn about their behavior, their interesting courting styles, and how important bats are to the ecosystem.
65 minutes | Oct 17, 2019
Episode 16: Making Cents Makes Sense
We talk with Thomas Reilly about a topic sometimes considered a science, but sometimes considered an art -- finance -- and learn that the only real solution is to overthrow the system, eat the rich, and start our own religion/bank.
34 minutes | Oct 11, 2019
Episode 15: Tracking Down the Truth
We speak with tracking expert Rob Speiden of the Search & Rescue Tracking Institute, Cybertracker Conservation, and Natural Awareness Tracking School, LLC, about the science of tracking both animals and humans.
56 minutes | Oct 2, 2019
Episode 14: Bee My Aunt, But Wasp Yourself
Insects are cool. What more do you need? Completely different structures of society and different goals, the variety of these small creatures make them the masters of the world than us. Let’s take a look into the dark holes of the world and see what crawls around.
43 minutes | Sep 24, 2019
Episode 13: You Fold Me Right Round
Ebola virus? Weak. Influenza? Child’s play. The plague? Small potatoes. At least, compared to one of the most terrifying categories of diseases known to man: prions. These ruthless misfolded proteins are unstoppable killing machines, responsible for such epidemics as Mad Cow Disease. In this episode, we discuss what prions actually are, how they spread, and go over some examples of prion diseases.
48 minutes | Sep 18, 2019
Episode 12: I've Got Hungry Assassins in Wet Places
In this episode, we talk carnivorous plants. There’s more than one way to lure in sweet tasty treats. And what makes you more complete than traps to collect them all. Like a green still siren, we can look at the nectar that’s too deadly to not eat. The ultimate snack attack!
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