Monday, May 1, 2017

Episode 25: Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was a brilliant theoretical physicist who won a Nobel Prize and inspired his younger sister to a career in STEM, but is he worthy of hero worship?

And speaking of heroes -- we get a chance to hear from the subject from one of our past episodes :)

Monday, April 17, 2017

Episode 24: Sálim Ali

"Birdman of India" Sálim Moizuddin Abdul Ali spent nearly 80 years observing and documenting hundreds of bird species in India, yet he considered his research merely the first step in the work needed.

And Neandrathals didn't floss, which turned out super great for the researchers studying them today.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Episode 23: Barbara McClintock

Cytogeneticist Barbara McClintock proved chromosomal crossover in meiosis decades before anyone  else in her field understood or appreciated her discovery. When they finally caught up, she received a Nobel Prize.

And repair proteins telephone each by sending electrons down a strand of DNA.

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.