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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.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Episode 15: Mary Anning

Mary Anning spent most of her life on the beach, searching for and collecting Jurassic-period fossils from along the seaside cliffs of southern England. When she was just a young girl, she found the first Ichthyosaurus specimen known to London's scientific community! Still, her contributions to paleontology are not common knowledge.

And wombat butts are FASCINATING.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Episode 14: Grace Hopper

 "Always Prepared" might be the Boy Scout motto, but US Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper took it to the next level: she always kept a "bundle of nanoseconds" in her purse, just in case she ever had to drop computer science knowledge on someone.

And sharks lurking in Arctic waters are living hundreds of years.