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The Science Pawdcast breaks down the latest science happening in the human world AND the pet world. Each episode will also bring you a guest to enthral you with their area of knowledge. You'll learn, be captivated, and laugh along with host Jason Zackowski. Pets and Science, it's the pawfect mix. You'll also get episodes of SciChat and PetChat which are the live shows from social audio. SciChat has an interview and Q+A with a scientist, while PetChat is a live community gathering for games and stories about pets! For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!

Location:

Canada

Description:

The Science Pawdcast breaks down the latest science happening in the human world AND the pet world. Each episode will also bring you a guest to enthral you with their area of knowledge. You'll learn, be captivated, and laugh along with host Jason Zackowski. Pets and Science, it's the pawfect mix. You'll also get episodes of SciChat and PetChat which are the live shows from social audio. SciChat has an interview and Q+A with a scientist, while PetChat is a live community gathering for games and stories about pets! For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!

Language:

English

Contact:

403-505-4170


Episodes

Season 6 Episode 10: Writing Therapy, Family Dogs, and Tiger Conservation with Sam Helle

4/13/2024
Back from the eclipse! Ok let's delve into how the simple act of writing and ditching our negative thoughts, inspired by a Japanese study, could be the outlet we've been searching for. I also weave in a heartening snippet of pet science, revealing the profound influence our furry companions wield over children's lives, and set the stage for a fascinating discussion with conservation biologist Sam Helle, whose passion for wildlife conservation ignites our conversation with tales from her path into this vital field. Embark on a journey with us as we navigate the dense terrain of tiger conservation, guided by Sam Helle's insights into the admirable progress of Nepal's community forestry and the ambitious WWF's TX2 initiative. The narrative of how Nepal nearly tripled its tiger population is not just a success story; it's a clarion call to action, reminding us of the potency of localized conservation strategies. In this engaging narrative, we also offer guidance for eco-conscious tourists and introduce a children's book designed to stoke the flames of curiosity in young, aspiring biologists and conservationists. As we wrap up, prepare to be moved by stories of the animal kingdom, from Gwendolyn, the fiercely protective collie-border collie mix, to the paralyzing power of a tiger's roar. These anecdotes underline the profound connections between humans and animals, from the humorous misconceptions children have to the unique bonds pets form with their families. Until next week! Sam's Links https://twitter.com/samanthaiam https://www.projectconservationfund.org/ https://www.amazon.ca/Tiger-Young-Zoologist-First-Stripes/dp/1684493595 Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:48:26

Season 6 Episode 9: From Ancient Tattoos to Pet Talk and the Revolution of GIS: A Journey of Discovery and Joy

4/5/2024
Prepare to be tattooed with knowledge as we trace the lines of ancient artistry on the skin of Otzi the Iceman, whose 5,200-year-old tattoos might just share a lineage with the buzzing machines in your local tattoo parlor. Ever caught yourself in that high-pitched cooing when talking to your pets or a baby? It's not just you—it turns out there's a science to our soppy speech, and we're unpacking the adorable why's in this episode. Mary Reiter, a wizard of Geographic Information Systems, charts her course from a childhood awash with globes and atlases to becoming a maestro of maps and spatial data. While your phone's map app casually leads you to the nearest coffee shop, the GIS technology behind it is revolutionizing our world in ways you've probably never imagined. Mary helps us navigate this terrain, sharing how satellite imagery and data management are more than just waypoints on a map—they are tools that shape our understanding of the world. Finally, get ready for a tail-wagging conclusion as we share chuckles over pet antics and the unexpected friendships that blossom between our four-legged family members. And if you've ever wondered who first thought to computerize the world of mapping, Mary drops a super fact about the Canadian pioneer of GIS. This episode is not only a journey through time and technology but a tribute to the curiosity that guides us, the laughter that binds us, and the pets that bring joy to our steps along the way. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:50:45

Science Chat March 2024 News Round Up!

3/31/2024
Have you ever pondered the intersection where cutting-edge technology meets the human mind? Prepare to be captivated as we navigate the fascinating realm of brain-computer interfaces like Neuralink. Alongside our insightful discussion on the ethical considerations of these devices, we highlight Nolan Arbaugh's remarkable ability to play chess using nothing but his thoughts, thanks to Neuralink's implant. But our journey doesn't stop at the wonders of the human brain. We also turn our attention to our four-legged companions, diving into research that suggests dogs may have a deeper understanding of language than we once believed. We share touching stories about our own pets, Bunsen and Beaker, that echo the findings of scientists and challenge our assumptions about animal cognition. And we don't shy away from the less cuddly topics, like the potential risks of brain-eating amoebas from seemingly innocuous activities such as nose rinsing. From the chemicals lurking in our homes that could be impacting our neurological health, to the awe-inspiring discovery of celestial fragments from the early days of the Milky Way, this episode is a rollercoaster of emotion and intellect. Don't miss this episode; it's an experience that will leave your heart, and your mind, wonderfully full. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:54:33

Pet Chat March 23: Waking Up with Pets and Wandering Through Canadian Culture

3/26/2024
Ever wake up to the chaos of pets orchestrating their own dawn chorus? Join us as we recount the tail-wagging tales of our morning routine with Bunsen, the early riser dog, and Ginger, the crafty cat with a penchant for food bag heists. With fur babies ruling the roost, we debate superhero names for my uncanny ability to snooze amidst the uproar—think "REM Woman". We also address the ever-important task of fostering a safe, respectful space within our vibrant pet community, diving into the thrill of our latest pet-and-parent merchandise and inviting fellow animal lovers to share their own furry friend fables. Strap in for a linguistic road trip across Canada's diverse landscapes, where regional dialects and quaint customs turn even a grocery run into a cultural discovery. Whether marveling at heartwarming dog encounters or pondering the comedic shock of bagged milk, we chuckle over the peculiarities that bind us Canucks. The banter doesn't stop there; we muse over the comedic gold of Tom Green and the shared eagerness for the sky's spectacle during an upcoming eclipse, weaving in these rich threads of Canadiana with warm-hearted narratives. Finally, we gear up for travel plans that orbit around the eclipse excitement, musing over the perplexing airfare mysteries and looking forward to family reunions under the celestial event. We share a health update on our beloved Ricky and reflect on the simplicity of pet shenanigans that often lead to unexpected adventures. So, if you're ready for a heartfelt laugh and a dash of Canadian charm, tune in for an episode that promises heartfelt pet tales and quirky cultural tidbits. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:54:15

Season 6 Episode 8: Eclipses, Growls, and Genetic Puzzles with Dr. Agus DeGanzo

3/21/2024
As Kris and I gear up to witness our very first total solar eclipse, we're bringing you all the stunning science that this rare event has to offer. Embrace the darkness with us for an extended four and a half minutes of groundbreaking research and chuckle along with eclipse-themed jokes to keep things light. Plus, we're sinking our teeth into a study on dog growls, deciphering what our canine pals are really trying to tell us with their vocal repertoire. Delving into dreams of prehistoric proportions, Dr. Augusta Gonzo joins us to weave tales from a childhood captivated by "Jurassic Park" to the reality of spearheading genetic research in cystic fibrosis. We'll unravel the complexities of this genetic disorder and celebrate the leaps in treatment extending lives. And about those dinosaurs—could we really clone them? We're mixing scientific fact with fantasy as we discuss the plausibility and ethics behind bringing back the mighty lizards of yore, and why we're still captivated by the idea. Dr. Agus' Links: Twitter Instagram Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:53:12

Pet Chat Live Recording March 16th: Rolling Bone and Leg Season

3/18/2024
The Live Recording Audio is off a bit as I had to use a backup source. We had major technical difficulties at the start to bring all the social media platforms together, but we got it sorted. This week's podcast is a full-on sensory experience, as we give you the scoop on the forthcoming Rolling Bone magazine, packed with doggone delightful features and music by Vultures of Parliament. Folks from all over the world share their pet stories for a hour of wholesome live entertainment. Yes Bunsen found a mooseleg. You can catch Pet Chat live every Saturday at 8PM Mountain Time on X, Facebook, and Instagram! Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:03:46

Season 6 Episode 7: Mammal Size, Care Homes, and Educational Practices with Danielle Maxwell

3/15/2024
Picture this: female beavers challenging the status quo of size dimorphism, proving that in science, as in life, there's always room for surprises. Then, let the story of therapy dogs in senior care homes tug at your heartstrings—a touching reminder of the profound connections between humans and pets, inspired by visits with my own grandfather. Joining us on this enlightening adventure is the passionate educator, Diane Maxwell, who shares her transformation from a chemistry undergrad to a doctorate in chemistry education research. We delve into the vibrant world of culturally responsive science education and the ways it enriches our classrooms, welcoming all students' backgrounds into the scientific dialogue. It's a candid look at how family support shapes the scientific journey of Latina undergraduates, and a reflection on the importance of bringing diverse cultural narratives into the fold to empower a new generation of scientists. Rounding out the episode, we get personal with tales of professorial teaching styles and the difference that genuine, thoughtful educator training makes. Ever wondered about the curious case of a cat's mistaken identity or what life is like in the extreme darkness of Utqiaġvik, Alaska? Our pet stories and super facts are here to entertain and maybe even enlighten. As we wrap up, our hearts are full of gratitude for our listeners and our Paw Pack community. So, join us in this exploration of science, education, and the irreplaceable joy pets bring into our lives. Danielle's Links: Danielle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Danielle_Maxwel Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:06:01

Pet Chat March 9th: Waking Up to Pet Mayhem and More Stories

3/13/2024
The early bird might get the worm, but in our household, it's the early pets that bring the mayhem – and we wouldn't have it any other way. In a blend of humor and affection, we recount the quirky morning antics that pet owners know all too well, like Bunsen's insistence on pre-dawn attention and Ginger's keyboard capers that leave us both exasperated and enamored. Weekends may be for rest, but our pets didn't get the memo – join us as we ponder the peculiar uptick in pet energy when Saturday dawns. Laugh with us as we reminisce about 4 AM pet parties, and hear about the amusing escapades of Sasha the Bernadoodle, the unwitting hall monitor of her household. With a special appearance by Annalise, we delve into the wonder of pet and kid dynamics, exploring how these furry and tiny humans adapt to changes in their environment with unparalleled zest. Wrapping up this episode, we venture into heartwarming territory with tales of pet celebrations and the challenges of grooming a Hungarian sheepdog, which may have you considering a simpler pet choice – like a pet rock. Don't forget to tune in next time around for another dose of pet-centered delight – because, let's be honest, life's too short for dull stories, and our pets never provide those. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:03:51

Season 6 Episode 6: Neutrino-Hunting Trees, and the Auditory Secrets of Fish with Dr. Allison Coffin

3/7/2024
Imagine trekking to witness an awe-inspiring eclipse and stumbling upon a radical idea that trees might just be the next big thing in neutrino detection. That's exactly the kind of unexpected twist you'll find in our latest podcast adventure. Our guest, neuroscientist Dr. Allison Coffin, joins us to shed light on the remarkable similarities between fish and human auditory systems and their implications for treating human hearing loss. We'll explore the regenerative prowess of our underwater counterparts and the tantalizing possibility of harnessing this power to revolutionize human health. As we segue from discussing the sensory wonders of the deep to reflecting on the bonds we share with our terrestrial companions, this episode takes an emotional turn. From the heartfelt tale of Polaris, the once-feral tabby cat, to the touching stories of pet love and loss that resonate with all animal lovers, we celebrate the creatures that touch our lives. And, as a nod to our generous Paw Pack supporters, we express our gratitude for enabling us to share these stories of science, nature, and the indelible connections that weave them together. For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Dr. C's links: Twitter Scicom Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:08:59

Science Chat: Planet Nine and More with Dr. Stephanie Deppe

3/6/2024
As we gaze up at the night sky, the stars tell ancient stories, and no one knows this better than Dr. Stephanie Deppe, a planetary scientist with an affinity for the Kuiper Belt. During our cosmic conversation, she transports us from nostalgic tales of her first telescope to the outer reaches of our solar system, revealing her academic odyssey and the pivotal role of educators in shaping the path of young scientists. Get ready to traverse the history and evolution of the planets and learn about the gravitational intricacies that suggest there might be a ninth planet hiding beyond Neptune. This episode isn't just about unraveling the mysteries of space; it's about the connections we forge through shared passions. We'll embark on a journey discussing the construction of a new observatory in Chile, the surprising truths behind Neptune's deep blue image, and how space exploration brings joy to our lives. Our guest, Dr. Deppe, leaves us with an inspiring reminder of the wonder that the cosmos holds and the exciting potential discoveries that lie ahead with the Vera C. Rubin Observatory. Dr. Deppe's Links: Twitter (X) Website Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:58:49

PetChat March 2nd: Winter Whimsy and Surviving and Thriving with Pets

3/3/2024
Wake up to the whimsy of winter pet parenting with Bunsen and Beaker's snowy shenanigans! Our latest episode is a cozy quilt of tales woven from the fabric of frolicsome dog walks and the hilarity of pets outfitted in snow boots. From Bunsen's selective walking strikes to Beaker's snow pants escapades, we share the laughter and challenges that come with keeping our four-legged friends both active and cozy during the chillier months. And yes, we cover the messy aftermath of wet floors and muddy paws, too—because what's pet love without a little cleanup? Picture this: it's the crack of dawn, and most of the world is still dreaming—except for you, thanks to your furry alarm clock. We've all been there, and in this episode, we swap stories about early morning pet adventures, including Rich's tales of his weekend-ignorant Labrador and a cat with stairway dominance. We foster a sense of togetherness as we invite fellow pet lovers to join the conversation live on social media, sharing joys, mishaps, and the unexpected delights of pet companionship, like children's accomplishments in sports and the natural remedies that keep our pets spry. Have you ever named a pet and instantly known it was the perfect choice? We explore the humorous intricacies of naming our new canine companions and the compromises that often come with it. Ever walked your dogs among elk or introduced a new pet into a bustling home? Exactly those kinds of stories fill our chapters, and we wrap up with a heartfelt thank you to our community of pet enthusiasts. Join us for an episode that's not just another chat but a weekly tradition where every chuckle and tail wag is a testament to the bonds we share with our pets. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:10:44

Season 6 Episode 5: Striped Fish, Men and Dogs, and Sniffing out Science with Kayla Fratt

3/1/2024
Leap into a world where science meets companionship, and the wag of a tail leads to a conservation revolution. Join us as we marvel at the astonishing Striped Marlin, whose high-speed chases and vivid color changes captivate our imaginations. Then, we pivot to our terrestrial friends, revealing how studies show a man's four-legged companion might just influence women's perceptions more than a snazzy profile. Our expert guest, PhD candidate Kayla Fratt, enriches our discussion with her profound insights on canine behaviors and their intersection with human psychology. In the heart of our episode, we trek into the wilderness with the co-founder of Canine Conservationists, unraveling their story from a nature-filled childhood to training dogs that sniff out wildlife scat for science. These canine heroes, many rescued from shelters, are not just pets but partners in preserving our planet's diverse tapestry of life. Their exceptional olfactory skills are not just fascinating—they're essential to collecting data that paints a clearer picture of our natural world, all without disturbing a single leaf. And for those who cherish the cold nose and warm heart of a pet during the winter's frost, we share personal anecdotes that bring laughter and a shared sense of the joy and challenges our furry family members present. So, bundle up and tune in for an episode that promises to be as heartwarming as it is enlightening! Kayla's Links: Twitter Website Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:01:53

February 2024 Science Round Up: From Micro-Vertebrates to Moon Landers

2/28/2024
Prepare to embark on a scientific odyssey with us, your hosts Jason and Kris Zakowski, along with Bunsen and Beaker, the Science Dogs, guiding you through a universe of discoveries that span from earth-shattering medical innovations to the far reaches of outer space. This episode promises to test your grey matter with a live interactive Kahoot game, where we uncover the smallest vertebrates and touch on the unexpected benefits of weight loss drugs. Buckle up for tales of lunar landings gone awry, as we recount the Odysseus Moon Lander Incident and celebrate the quick thinking of Intuitive Machines, ensuring their place in space exploration annals. Feel the pulse of our digital era as we navigate the tangled web of social media's effects on teenagers, illuminated by recent Congressional sessions with Mark Zuckerberg. Examine the fine line between its advantages and the rising concerns over mental health. From the classrooms of British Columbia to home living rooms, we explore the challenge of keeping our youth safe and balanced in a connected world. Then, marvel at medical marvels that reimagine the fight against cancer and aging, alongside the cosmic bounty hauled back from asteroid Bennu by the Osiris-Rex spacecraft, offering a treasure trove of secrets about the origins of our solar system. Concluding this adventure, we share the heartwarming success of a CAR T-cell transplant, bringing new hope to cancer patients everywhere. Thanks for listening! Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:46:22

Pet Chat February 24 2024: Coyote Tales, Dog Training, and Rolling Bone Magazine Spotlight

2/27/2024
Get ready to unleash the inner superstar of your four-legged friend with our latest podcast episode! We're rolling out the red carpet for pet lovers and science enthusiasts alike, as we introduce the uproarious new spoof magazine, Rolling Bone, and share how you can feature your pet in its pages. As a special treat, we reminisce about the time Bunsen and Beaker turned heads and warmed hearts, demonstrating the undeniable charm pets bring to the educational sphere, even amidst the chaotic backdrop of a teachers' convention. Venture into the wild as we unravel the mysteries of coyotes and their elusive coywolf cousins, taking you on a suspenseful recount of a close encounter that had our heroes Bunsen and Beaker springing into action. This episode isn't just about hair-raising tales; it's also packed with laughs, community insights, and the infectious joy of dog walks – even Ginger gets in on the fun with her backpack antics! You won't want to miss Dr. Tracy's expert knowledge on Eastern Coyotes, adding a layer of depth to our fascinating discussion that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these adaptive creatures. As we wrap up, the conversation turns to the practical, with some indispensable dog training advice that might just make your life with your furry friend a little smoother. From mastering the 'place' command to understanding the importance of puppy socialization, we've got you covered. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:48:32

Season 6 Episode 4: Fusion Power, Fish Tanks, and The Heart of Veterinary Care with Dr. Melanie Butera

2/22/2024
Have you ever wondered about the emotional depths of your furry companions or the latest in scientific breakthroughs? Join us on a heartwarming and intellectually stimulating journey where we bridge the gap between the compassionate world of veterinary care and the cutting-edge advancements of science. This week, we're sharing the stage with Dr. Melanie Butera, who brings the touching story of a deer named Dilley to life, a tale that captured hearts worldwide and emphasizes the profound connections between animals and humans. Our conversation with Dr. Butera delves into the realities of being a veterinarian, the emotional rollercoaster of saving lives, and the unforgettable Christmas Eve rescue that will leave you reaching for the tissues. But it's not all tears—we're also unpacking the thrilling success of the National Ignition Facility's fusion experiment, equipped with diamond capsules and an army of lasers. And for a lighter note, find out how even a simple workplace fish tank can have a surprisingly soothing effect on your day. Expect laughter and perhaps a new perspective on the world around you as we recount Bunsen and Beaker's adventures in and out of the classroom, revealing the untold benefits of dogs in educational environments. From the poignant to the peculiar, this episode is a tapestry of stories that celebrate the spirit of discovery and the unbreakable bond we share with our pets! Dille the Deer Link 2 Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:08:29

Pet Chat February 18th: Bunsen and Beaker in the Big City and other Tales!

2/19/2024
Welcome to another heartwarming adventure with the Zackowski clan, where pets are not just animals, but family, teachers, and comedians rolled into one! This episode is brimming with tales from the Calgary Teachers Convention, where our science dogs Bunsen and Beaker stole the show, to the hilarity of a service dog Easter egg hunt that showcased just how much fun our canine companions can be. Valentine's Day might have come and gone, but the love stories we share here are timeless, featuring a viral video that swept our community off their feet. Tune in to hear about the dynamics between our furry friends - how Bunsen keeps his cool amidst Beaker's playful energy and Ginger the cat's successful, yet cheeky, attempts at scoring a second breakfast. Our listeners also chime in with their pets' clever antics, proving that our four-legged pals are much more than just cute faces; they're masterminds at melting hearts and bending rules. Lastly, we tackle the essential topic of choosing the perfect dog breed for families with special needs children. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:00:08

Season 6 Episode 3: Toddlers, AI, Reading to Dogs, and Invasive Microplastics with Dr. Imari Walker-Franklin

2/17/2024
Imagine the world through the eyes of a toddler, where every sight and sound is a piece of an intricate language puzzle. Our journey begins with a look into how AI might mimic these tiny linguists, based on a study that is both intriguing and a bit unsettling. While pondering the potential of AI, we'll weave in stories of my niece's son Raffy's adorable encounters with our faithful dogs, Bunsen and Beaker, and offer a glimpse of the wholesome pet research I'm bringing to the Calgary Teachers Convention. Expect to chuckle at a bad joke or two about AI's internet escapades - because, who doesn't enjoy a little humor mixed with their science? Together with Dr. Imari Walker Franklin, our amazing guest, we'll unravel the complex threads of microplastic pollution, its health implications, and their insidious journey from our textiles to the peaks of Everest. As we wrap up, let's reflect on the pressing reality of plastic pollution with a critical eye towards the ineffective recycling rates and the symbols of environmental neglect scattered around us. Sharing insights and personal commitments towards sustainability, we'll explore how each of us can contribute to the fight against this crisis. No family section this week, but it will be back with a ton of heart and humor before you can shake your tail! Dr. Imari's links: Twitter (X) Social Links and Website Links Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:00:52:07

Pet Chat February 10th: Paws, Purrs, and Pet Antics

2/12/2024
As the sun rises on a new day, our hearts and homes are filled with the pitter-patter of paws, the essence of today's Pet Chat episode. Picture this: Ginger the cat, gallivanting alongside us on family walks, Bunsen and Beaker, our science dogs, reveling in the unique complexities of dog ownership, and Pedro Pascal, the newest canine sensation who's already carving out a special place in our community. We dive tail first into the mishaps and marvels that pet ownership brings to our lives, from uproarious barking episodes disturbing the tranquility of the neighborhood to cozy Valentine's Day plans with our furry companions. What's a pet story without a dash of global spice? Listeners from every corner of the world chime in, sharing tales that tug at the heartstrings—like Sasha's touching health battles with her cat Fiona—and those that provoke chuckles, such as pets claiming beds as their rightful thrones. We offer a glimpse behind the curtain at the responsibility that comes with our animal friends, discussing the ins and outs of managing heat cycles and the technological aid of GPS trackers. Meanwhile, we're not just yapping about our own experiences; we're also taking action by inviting local councilors to step into the shoes—or wheels—of those facing accessibility issues, demonstrating our commitment to inclusivity for all, furry or otherwise. Wrapping up our pet-centric palaver, our live chat reveals the amusing underbelly of pet antics, such as bed hogging strategies and snow tunnel escapades. Not forgetting the human side of the equation, we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, weaving the importance of this global event into our conversation. And as we share updates on Bunsen and Beaker's latest projects and look forward to future events, we laugh, we ponder, and we invite you to join us on this journey where every step—whether on four legs or two—is a step toward a more connected, compassionate world. Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:29:37

Season 6 Episode 2: Tardigrades, Noses and Baby Bears with Danielle Rivet

2/8/2024
This episode takes you through a whirlwind of fascinating science and heartwarming tales, starting with the remarkable tardigrades and their ability to slip into suspended animation to survive harsh conditions. Discover the molecular triggers that arm these micro-animals for survival, and how understanding their cryptobiosis could revolutionize future science. Switching to our furry friends, we also unravel a UK study's findings on the intriguing link between the length of a dog's face and its lifespan. The heart of this episode lies in the untamed wild, where Danielle Rivet joins us to share his expertise on polar bear behavior amidst an ever-changing environment. Feel the chill of the Arctic as you learn about the innovative use of trail cameras to study polar bears, revealing not only their behavior but also the unexpected biodiversity thriving in the Arctic. For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Danielle's Links: Twitter Website Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:09:28

Science Chat: The Extraordinary Role of Detection Dogs in Wildlife Research

2/7/2024
Kayla Fratt joins us from the rugged wilderness of ecological conservation, bringing stories that transform our understanding of how dogs' incredible noses are not just for sniffing out treats, but are vital tools in wildlife research. As a PhD student and conservation detection dog specialist at Oregon State University, Kayla shares her journey from an animal-crazed kid to a trailblazer in utilizing canines for conservation efforts. Her tales of four-legged professionals navigating the field with GPS collars and doggles are not just fascinating—they're a testament to the unique bond between humans and their furry partners. Imagine a dog that can sniff out not just your hidden stash of cookies, but also elusive wildlife scat that's crucial for ecological studies—and yes, that's exactly what Kayla's canine colleagues do. Our conversation with her reveals the intricacies of training these talented pooches, balancing their lives as both working dogs and beloved pets. As Kayla describes the gear these dogs don and the importance of maintaining peak physical fitness for both handler and hound, it's clear that these conservation dogs are in a league of their own. We round off our chat with the heart-stopping excitement of Kayla's close encounter with a jaguar in Guatemala, bringing home the reality of the wild and often untold stories from the field. For those eager to be part of this dynamic and challenging world, Kayla invites you to explore the resources on Canine Conservationists and engage with her work through social media. Join us for an episode that is as educational as it is inspiring, highlighting the incredible contributions of our canine companions to the field of conservation. Kayla's Links: Twtter (X) Website Bunsen and Beaker Links: 30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show! https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKg Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN! The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here! Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show! https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-community Our Website! The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find! www.bunsenbernerbmd.com Sign up for our Weekly Newsletter! Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter: Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok: Bunsen and Beaker on Facebook Support the show For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness! Being Kind is a Superpower. https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd

Duration:01:02:56