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Fighting disinformation with science. Two Jamaican scientists tackle conspiracy theories, science "news" and controversial topics in pursuit of the truth.

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Jamaica

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Fighting disinformation with science. Two Jamaican scientists tackle conspiracy theories, science "news" and controversial topics in pursuit of the truth.

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@2nerdspod

Language:

English


Episodes

More Health Myths (& Some Cannibalism?)

7/23/2021
This episode was a lot of a fun and a bit...um...chaotic? Eleanor is back with some Caribbean health myths to blow Derrick's mind. They also spend a loooooot of time talking about eating people. Strap in, it's a wild ride! (A couple extra expletives in this one. Sorry!)

Duration:00:47:11

Yep. It's another vaccine episode.

7/2/2021
SURPRISE! We thought we were done with vaccines too. But recent events in Jamaica forced us to do ONE more MINI episode around the COVID-19 vaccine. (This episode is particularly specific to the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine). Please listen to our previous vaccine episodes before this one!!!! We promise we won't do any more. Sources: https://www.jwatch.org/na53268/2021/03/17/weighing-timing-oxford-astrazeneca-vaccines-second-dose https://journals.plos.org/plosbiology/article?id=10.1371/journal.pbio.3001211 https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/astrazeneca-vaccine-3-month-dosage-interval-might-be-preferable#12-week-interval

Duration:00:18:42

The Vaccine Machine - Part 3 (We're finally done!)

6/20/2021
We had to do ONE LAST episode surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, and we still didn't get to cover everything. This time we compare the mode of action and efficacy of the different vaccines, and talk a little about...was COVID-19 man made?

Duration:01:00:21

Schrödinger's Cat

6/11/2021
It's a Derrick mini-episode! Do you know the theory behind Schrödinger's cat? Come hear us talk about quantum tunneling, and maybe a little magic?

Duration:00:13:03

Pod-To-Pod with Global Yaadie: The Vaccine Machine Part 2

5/16/2021
We're back with vaccine theories and conspiracies, and this week we're doing a pod-to-pod joint episode with our friend Dainalyn over by the Global Yaadie podcast. This episode, we get down into the nitty gritty of some of the most common COVID-19 vaccine conspiracies out there right now, and try to give you the FACTS to make an informed decision. To hear more from Global Yaadie, visit globalyaadie.com or listen wherever you get your podcasts. (Seriously, go subscribe!)

Duration:01:09:14

The Vaccine Machine (Part 1)

5/5/2021
Throwback to October 2020: On this blast from the past episode, Derrick and Eleanor were discussing the COVID-19 vaccines before they were approved for distribution. See what predictions they got right, what they got wrong, annnnddddd........stay tuned for an EXTRA special follow-up episode a little later this week.

Duration:01:12:44

(NOT a Mini Episode) What's Your Type?

2/17/2021
This was supposed to be a mini-episode but we got a little carried away... Derrick & Eleanor discuss the ABO system, a little genetics, a little immunology, and lots of blood. [Apologies for the less-than-perfect audio this week. Our first attempt at virtual recording had a few hiccups, but hopefully you won't mind too much.] Some of our sources: https://www.bswhealth.com/patient-tools/blood-center/blood-type-genetics-and-compatibility https://stanfordbloodcenter.org/donate-blood/blood-donation-facts/blood-types/ https://www.pennmedicine.org/updates/blogs/health-and-wellness/2019/april/blood-types https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/218285

Duration:00:47:00

Mini Episode: Smelly Microbes

1/18/2021
Here's a mini episode dropping randomly in your feed. Can you identify some distinctive smells caused by microbes?

Duration:00:13:11

Microbes In Your Meals

1/10/2021
Happy 2021! The nerds are back to talk about all the microorganisms that make your favourite foods taste great....or not so great. What do your bread, cheese and wine all have in common?

Duration:01:03:32

GIS Day 2020 Mini Episode: Intro to GIS

11/18/2020
Happy Geography week, nerds! Today Derrick & Eleanor are celebrating World GIS Day 2020 by venturing waay outside their comfort zones trying to give you an introduction to GIS technology (because it really is all around us!) Definitely scheduling a follow up on this topic! For more information visit: www.esri.com www.spatialvision.com

Duration:00:10:13

The Earth is (NOT) Flat

11/8/2020
We're back! This week Derrick takes the lead tackling one of his favourite conspiracy theories: Flat Earth.

Duration:01:03:19

Are Aliens Real?

10/25/2020
This week, Derrick and Eleanor discuss extraterrestrial life. From alien abductions to super microbes, we theorize about it all! And is there a planet with diamond rain? Some of our sources: https://www.thecut.com/2020/07/are-aliens-real-then-let-us-see-pentagon-ufo.html https://time.com/alien-life/ https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/us/pentagon-ufo-videos.html https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/5/8/21244090/pentagon-ufo-report-navy-alexander-wendt

Duration:00:49:37

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: CRISPR (Mini Episode)

10/14/2020
Surprise! We know you're waiting for a new episode, so in the meantime we wanted to give you a little something extra to chew on! The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna, a team of researchers at UC Berkeley for discovering the revolutionary genetic engineering tool, CRISPR. A few years ago though, this recognition didn't look so sure for them. Some of our sources: https://labratchroniclesblog.wordpress.com/home-2/blog/page/3/ https://womenlovetech.com/female-scientists-make-history-for-winning-the-nobel-prize-in-chemistry/ https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/chemistry/2020/press-release/

Duration:00:10:23

Artificial Intelligence: Will Robots Overthrow Us?

10/2/2020
The nerds are back (finally)! This week we're talking all things artificial intelligence: are our robot overlord just waiting to take over? From voice assistants to self driving cars, Derrick & Eleanor touch on almost everything in this episode and try to answer the REAL question: are we creating Skynet? Some of our sources include: https://builtin.com/artificial-intelligence https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/blog/amazons-alexa-never-stops-listening-to-you/ https://www.business2community.com/marketing/predicting-customer-behaviors-with-artificial-intelligence-

Duration:01:06:08

All About COVID-19 (Part 2)

9/8/2020
On this week's episode, Derrick & Eleanor tackle the topic that's on everyone's mind: the COVID-19 pandemic. What exactly is the coronavirus? Manmade or natural? Do masks actually work? And what about a vaccine? These questions are more answered in parts 1 & 2 of "All About COVID-19".

Duration:00:42:20

All About COVID-19 (Part 1)

9/6/2020
On this week's episode, Derrick & Eleanor tackle the topic that's on everyone's mind: the COVID-19 pandemic. What exactly is the coronavirus? Manmade or natural? Do masks actually work? And what about a vaccine? These questions are more answered in parts 1 & 2 of "All About COVID-19".

Duration:00:39:35

Health Myths (Part 1): Sex & Pregnancy

8/27/2020
Meet Eleanor, the Jamaican Labrat, and Derrick. Welcome to our podcast where we talk about popular science theories, myths and conspiracies. This week we kick off discussing some popular old wives tales, natural remedies, and some crazy theories surrounding sex, pregnancy and contraception. References: https://www.verywellfamily.com/does-female-orgasm-boost-your-odds-of-getting-pregnant-1960 TBC

Duration:00:49:36

Health Myths (Part 2): Natural & Home Remedies

8/27/2020
Welcome back to our podcast with Eleanor, the Jamaican Labrat, and Derrick where we talk about popular science theories, myths and conspiracies. This week we're back with more health myths, this time tackling some popular natural and home remedies. How many of them are just snake oil? References: https://www.hindustantimes.com/fitness/are-these-10-common-home-remedies-effective-cures-or-myths-we-find-out/story-RswBHJoOaUuyXVz123tiOI.html https://www.webmd.com/balance/ss/slideshow-home-remedies

Duration:00:57:50