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Monday, March 20, 2017

Episode 22: Qian Xuesen

Qian Xuesen was a brilliant rocket scientist who studied in the United States and helped lay the foundations for our country's missile and space program. Then the US government deported him during the Red Scare and he returned to his homeland to help China become a world-class military power. Whoops.

And Katie ruins a perfectly good science experiment regarding the tooth fairy.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Episode 21: Vera Rubin

It's the first episode of Season 3!!

Vera Rubin's observations of galaxy rotations showed that we can only actually see about 5% of the universe. To many people's chagrin, she never received a Nobel Prize for this discovery.

And if you shoot a mouse's brain in the right spot with lasers, it turns into a predator!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Episode 20: J. Robert Oppenheimer

After leading the United States' successful scientific effort to become the first nation to develop the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer spent the rest of his life advocating for international arms control. He lost his security clearance and position with the government as a result.

And paleontologists have discovered 3.7 million years-old footprints made by the largest hominid yet discovered (likely a member of Australopithecus afarensis, like "Lucy"!).

This is our final episode of Season 2! We'll be away for the next month to plan the next season and the first episode of Season 3 will be posted on the first Monday in March. See you all again soon!

Monday, January 2, 2017

Episode 19: Emmy Noether

Emmy Noether came up with mathematical theorems to elegantly describe the workings of the entire universe. No big deal.

And a Chinese paleontologist wanders into a flea market and finds the paleontology discovery of the century.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Episode 18: Omar Khayyam

Persian mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyam created a calendar that lasted 1000 years, but the Western world only remembers him for his emo poetry. That seems unfair.

And gene-editing in humans is here. This will hopefully lead to only good things and not the Zombie Apocalypse.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Episode 17: Yvonne Brill

Yvonne Brill was a brilliant rocket scientist whose work made modern satellite and spacecraft missions possible. However, most people only know about her because of one terribly sexist obituary.

And owls are super cool!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Episode 16: Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Jacques Cousteau wasn't always a great caretaker of the ocean, but through years of underwater explorations, he grew to become one of its greatest advocates.

And once you've seen one giraffe, you actually haven't seen them all.