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Monday, June 19, 2017

Episode 27: Carl Linnaeus

Botanist Carl Linnaeus had a noble goal: to create a new standardized system of naming all living creatures on the planet. But he was only human, after all, and couldn't resist immortalizing his enemies' names in some of the gross stuff he found in nature.

And we talk elephant seals -- once valued for their blubber, now valued for their hilarious sound effects.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Episode 26: Margaret Mead


Margaret Mead traveled the world to study and compare different cultures, in a quest to find out which parts of us are driven by nature and which by culture.
And who doesn't appreciate a horrifying parasite story?

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!