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Curioscity: informal, informative, for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we delve into topics including viruses, chemistry, biology, technology, and methodology (but ironically, not Scientology).

Curioscity: informal, informative, for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we delve into topics including viruses, chemistry, biology, technology, and methodology (but ironically, not Scientology).
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United States

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Curioscity: informal, informative, for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we delve into topics including viruses, chemistry, biology, technology, and methodology (but ironically, not Scientology).

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English


Episodes

50 - Antibiotics and our Future Crisis (w/ Brian Conlon!)

12/12/2019
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Antibiotics are pharmaceuticals that can prevent certain types of bacterial infection. Recognized with a 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine, humans have previously used antibiotics for millennia to treat infections without having even known what caused those infections. What are the benefits to antibiotics? What are the consequences? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:58:41

49 - Grab Bag IV (w/ Adele Musicant!)

12/5/2019
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Some topics are short and sweet, but do not warrant an entire episode of conversation. There have been many requests for smaller topics to be discussed: thusly, establishment of the grab bag is a proper solution. Today we’ll discuss dry ice; women’s representation in film; and science communication to allow us to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:45:23

48 - Science in Movies II (w/ Allison Williams and TJ Russell!)

11/28/2019
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It is common to be exposed to topics involving science in school, but this rarely is made as exciting as watching a sci-fi film. What creative liberties do filmmakers take to make their masterpiece, and what do they get right? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:51:52

47 - The Liver (w/ Nyssa Tucker!)

11/21/2019
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The liver is an organ that is mostly indispensable for life as animals know it. What are organs? Why do we need them? What is the liver? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:33:16

46 - Why do Side Effects Vary? (w/ Connor Wander!)

11/14/2019
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Drug discovery has helped ease pain, prevent disease, and save lives. However, humans are new to the game at designing molecules to aid human health. What are pharmaceuticals? What are side-effects? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:46:33

45 - Crohn's Disease (w/ Shehzad Sheikh!)

11/7/2019
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People who have years of experience with Crohn’s disease under their belt know it’s no joke. What is the digestive tract? What happens when your immune system picks on it unfairly? What is the current course of treatment for these disorders? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:46:35

44 - Spooky Things (w/ Jen Buchholz!)

10/31/2019
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Boo! Did I scare you? What is it to be scared? Can we define emotions, and how do emotions like fear tie into our daily life nowadays? How are fear and anxiety related? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:41:48

43 - Scaling Up Chemical Reactions (w/ Steve Sujansky!)

10/24/2019
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Creating molecules that are relevant for life is a challenge that humans are only just dipping their feet into. There is a demand for creating molecules related to medicine, agriculture, or materials. How does one do chemical synthesis? What are limitations? What are some examples of scaled chemical reactions? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:41:37

42 - Non-human Primates as Model Organisms (w/ Zachary Billman!)

10/17/2019
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Great! I’m a primate. We conclude this year’s series on model organisms by talking about non-human primates. What is a good model? What are the benefits and consequences of non-human primates? What are the ethical dilemmas attached to any model system? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:45:40

41 - iGEM II (w/ East Chapel Hill!)

10/10/2019
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Science accessibility has gotten better and better over the last few decades, and standardizing the tools to be able to do it has been a huge part. Today, we will discuss how a high school in the Chapel Hill area contributes to the scientific field of synthetic biology in a global fashion. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:32:49

40 - iGEM I (w/ East Chapel Hill!)

10/3/2019
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Science accessibility has gotten better and better over the last few decades, and standardizing the tools to be able to do it has been a huge part. Today, we will discuss how a high school in the Chapel Hill area got started in the scientific field of synthetic biology, and how you could do it next. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:24:45

39 - Grab Bag III (w/ Philip Hollingsworth!)

9/26/2019
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Some topics are short and sweet, but do not warrant an entire episode of conversation. There have been many requests for smaller topics to be discussed: thusly, establishment of the grab bag is a proper solution. Today we’ll discuss nutrients at the seafloor; gain of function mutations spurred by the atom; the countless combinations of colors in your typical Rubik’s cube; and, cultural understanding at the turn of the 20th century to allow us to be scientifically conversational. For all...

Duration:00:55:32

38 - Permaculture (w/ Dan Mar!)

9/19/2019
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Jared Diamond once wrote an article in 1987 entitled “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”: how humans’ advent of agriculture might have been an excellent development for us, but also a terrible curse. Today, we will explore a cousin strategy to typical agriculture: permaculture. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:52:31

37 - Cryptocurrency (w/ Archer Harmony!)

9/12/2019
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Home to near two thousand different currencies at the time of recording, cryptocurrency has pushed the boundaries on currency exchange within the last fifteen years. What is cryptocurrency? Where did the idea begin? Should you buy in? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:54:55

36 - Combustion and Photosynthesis (w/ Kathy Yeager!)

9/5/2019
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Chemical reactions define the world around us with invisible elements and symbols. While atoms can neither be created nor destroyed, the identities of the compounds they make up are constantly changing. What is a chemical reaction? How can it proceed? What is a catalyst? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:50:44

35 - Analytical Sciences (w/ Bob Yeager!)

8/29/2019
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Science is often intrinsically linked to quantification; the ability to report accurate data to peers and colleagues provides the basis for reproducibility. What are some simple ways that we think about measurements and error? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:27:38

34 - Data Visualization and Sonification (w/ Fadi Alnaji!)

8/22/2019
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Scientists support their ideas with data, but it can become challenging to explain data when you’re not familiar with the field or it is presented in a confusing way. Are there other ways that one can show data and support their arguments? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:47:22

33 - The Double Doc (w/ Adam Lauring!)

8/15/2019
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The formal title doctor can refer to a variety of different research or professional degrees. To achieve one is a huge accomplishment; but is there a utility to having two? What kind of doctorates are there? What are the benefits or consequences of having more than one? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:46:26

32 - Science in Movies I (w/ Evan Flynn!)

8/8/2019
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It is common to be exposed to topics involving science in school, but this rarely is made as exciting as watching a sci-fi film. What creative liberties do filmmakers take to make their masterpiece, and what do they get right? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:00:51:07

31 - The Trials and Tribulations of Graduate Education (w/ Jen Heemstra!)

8/1/2019
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If one completes a college degree but doesn’t have a fully solidified next step, it can look to the casual observer that the logical place to go is a research or professional degree. How are these degrees dissimilar from a bachelor’s degree? What are some common complaints and issues for graduate students today? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

Duration:01:16:49