In this brand new episode of the podcast, Science Dude interviews Dr. Neil Stephens about his study of the scientists working in stem cell research, but more specifically for the purposes of this podcast, those working in the in vitro meat area of the field. With the technology around this type of cell culturing growing and trying to find it’s way out of its infancy, discussions around this subject could effectively help shape the future of this technology…and others too. After the interview, Sinead and the Angry Hippie offer their own vegan insights on the subject of lab grown meat. As always, we really hope that you enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together.
In case you happened to miss it when you were browsing the New York Times site recently, like you do (lol), Science Dude herself, Dr. Sinead Collins was interviewed for a piece talking about studying evolution with an eye on the future. That’s right, our very own Science Dude in The Times.
Beyond just the awesomeness of Sinead getting some of the press that the Dude deserves, the article is a fun and engaging read. It looks at the way Dr. Dude works on evolution by actually watching it occur and studying the evolutionary changes in the algae that fills her lab. As opposed to so many others in the scientific community who study evolution by looking to the past for answers and clues to how species have adapted to their environments throughout history.
In true Dude form and fashion, the article and interview delve into other areas not just specifically about the algae and the lab, but also about the drag scene of yesteryear where the Dude’s days as king of the stage carried Sinead through school. But the algae talk is also fun and interesting as they talk about the personalities of the algae and the future of the oceans.
Fans of the podcast, and science in general, should really check out the story in the New York Times. After all, any time you can get a little extra Science Dude, it’s a good day!
In this brand new episode of the podcast, Science Dude reveals a whole new side of the world that we humans cannot often hear. Taking us first through the animal kingdom revealing which animals are singing all around us, and the specifics of ultra and infrasound. After that interesting bit of learning, Science Dude explains the mechanics of our ears and how it is that sound-waves are picked up and carried by our ears. As always, we really hope that you enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together.
In this brand new episode Science Dude emerges from the winter hibernation and sits down for an interview with Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Dr. Mike Allen whose research focuses mainly on understanding the role of viruses in the ocean, to discuss just that, the viral soup that is the Earth’s oceans. With a further look at viruses, the show dives into the deep blue sea to examine coccolithophores and coccolithoviruses, or more specifically Emiliana huxleyi algae and the virus that attacks them in their diploid state; the very nature of viruses and how they attack and destroy cells through infecting and replicating until the infected cell bursts; and overall the exponential number of viruses idly waiting in the ocean water for a host to infect. Equal parts scary and fun, this viral episode also looks a little more at tattoos via questions on the blog from the last episode before the interview. As always, we really hope that you enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together.
**Disclaimer** Rob’s mic malfunctioned and so his contributions to the pre and post interview portions is somewhat grainy and hard to hear as it was picked up by the crap built-in mic of his HP laptop. Sorry for the poor quality. Much of Rob’s portion, as unnecessary as it is was cut for listener benefit.
In this special episode, Sinead sits down for an interview with Carl Zimmer, an author and lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches writing about science and the environment, to discuss the topic of his latest book Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed. The Angry Hippie joins the Dude before the interview and then pops back up after to help Sinead close the program and announce the specifics of the giveaway (which we will get to in a moment). Before the interview, Sinead covers the science behind exactly how tattoos work with a bit of an in depth look at our skin. As always, we really hope that you enjoy the show as much as we did putting it together.
Below are the details on the contest and a short gallery of nerdy ink from Science Dude and friends!
In this special episode, Sinead sits down for an interview with a colleague and friend, Zarin Machanda, a lecturer at Harvard, to discuss a range of topics dealing mostly with the evolution of digestion habits of humans and her research studying chimpanzees in Uganda (in a totally vegan-like observational way not a cruel one). Sinead also goes over the digestion process with Rob to cover exactly how our bodies break down food and gain nutrients via this highly specialized system at work. After the interview, the Dude and the Hippie check back in for a discussion of the not so vegan elements of what people evolved eating and how those limitations are not still at play today.
In this special episode, Sinead sits down with a colleague and friend, Dr. Christophe Eizaguirre from the IFM-GEOMAR in Kiel, Germany to discuss the specifics of philopatry in certain species of animals. They cover some of the science that keeps Christophe busy aside from his studies on philopatry, and share many a laugh along the way. The Angry Hippie pops in at the beginning of the show to talk with Science Dude about the interview and some other related and off topic subjects before rolling out the interview. You know how they are when they get together. Enjoy. *Disclaimer* The show does have a discussion of a study being done tracking sea turtles and taking DNA samples from them, along with a sad, somewhat bothersome story of crabs versus turtles during the interview.
In this episode, Sinead and the Angry Hippie take an extra ranty ride through the humanely disconnected scientific search for the cause of compassion. Charged with reason on their side, and frustration in their tones, this dynamic vegan duo examine some of the processes, both cruel and more humane, that the scientific community are currently using in their quest to find and understand the source of empathy in the brain. With momentum built up from our initial topic, we veer down a side path discussing the inherent problems with current scientific publishing methodologies as well. As always, we hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we did putting it together.
In this episode, Sinead and the Angry Hippie take on E. coli…from a controlled and safe environ of course. From the various types of this useful and at times deadly bacteria, to what just what a bacteria is and how we classify them, this fun and at times icky discussion takes many an informative twist and turn. Also looking at everything you ever wanted to know about Shigo toxins but were afraid to ask, and a bit of a refresher course on the kidney’s and how they function, this episode just about has all the infectious goodness that we could possibly pack into it! As always, we hope that you enjoy listening to it as much as we did putting it together.
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In this episode, Sinead and the Angry Hippie discuss a famous essay by JBS Haldane, who was a really important mathematician and biologist and who did many – some would say too many – experiments on himself. The essay, ‘On being one’s own rabbit’ takes us and our listeners on a journey of discovery as we explore Haldane and others who have done experiments on themselves through the ages. Our discussion winds its way from Santorio Santorio, the man who suggested that scientists should do experiments to test their hypotheses, down to the Bellybutton Biodiversity Project and the bacteria that cover our bodies (or more specifically, those that inhabit our bellybuttons)! As always, we hope that you enjoy this creative and informative look at science as much as we did putting it together.