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62. Hot-Topics Debate: GMOs and CRISPR - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

What do you get when you take 2 science nerds & 3 radio producers, and put them in a small room to discuss a hotly debated topic like Genetically Modified Organisms and their role in agriculture? Apparently you get today's episode of Everything is Interesting. After reading recent news stories explaining that the public should embrace "CRISPRing," a new(er) technology for engineering DNA, because its different from the topic of GMOs they've spent years protesting against (spoiler alert:...


Re-Release: Hard Labor (Edited & Updated) - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Your body is almost always using energy, whether you're going hard labor, or just sleeping. Play along with our Labor Quiz to see if you know the answers to questions like: True or False: When you sleep your body consumes the caloric equivalent of 1 tablespoon of ketchup. Thinking requires energy, so you burn a lot more calories thinking really hard Celery is a “negative calorie food,” because it takes more calories to digest celery than you absorb from eating it. It takes more energy to...


All I Wanna Do Is… Bicycle! Part II - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

On part 2 of this series about bicycles, K+K answer: How do you build a frame that won't snap in half when you're doing sick bike tricks? What is Carbon Fiber, and why is it all the rage? How are air molecules like a McDonald's ball pit, and why are they a cycler's biggest nemesis? Plus, tricks and tips to help you counter air resistance, using SCIENCE!


60. All I Wanna Do Is… Bicycle! Part I - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Here in Portland, we love our bicycles! But what is it about these seemingly ordinary machines that makes us so energetically efficient? Join Kira & Keera (and Keera's mom!) to learn how the pedals, tires, and gears of a bike work together to propel you 3x as fast as walking, without you having to put in any more effort!


59. Fat & Ashes – The Science of Soap & Bubbles - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Based on the way it gets your dishes sparkling clean, and makes all those fanciful rainbow-colored bubbles, one could be forgiven for thinking that soap is actually magic! But like pulling the curtain back on the Great Wizard of Oz, K+K explain how all of soap's greatest tricks work, like: How soap traps grease and dirt Why slimy fat and burnt ashes are premium soap ingredients How soap bubbles escape the sink How bubbles give birth to rainbows


Sauer Power! (The Joys of Fermenting Cabbage) - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

So you're ready to take the big leap, and start fermenting your own vegetables at home. Congratulations! This is an important time in any person's life, and K+K want to make sure you have the support you need. In this episode, you'll learn: A fast, easy, and SAFE method for making sauerkraut How to acquire good bacteria in your sauerkraut jar, without inviting in the pathogenic (a.k.a. icky) kind What a "fermenting bacteria" is, and how they work their ferment-y magic The epic-micro...


57. Qualitative Analysis of a Dank Nug – Revisiting Weed Science - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Back when they were young, nervous, and pressed for on-air time, Kira & Keera did an episode of Everything of Interesting about the science of cannabis and its constituent chemicals. Today they revisit the subject, armed with a lot more knowledge and far more confidence. In this episode, K+K cover the difference between Indica & Sativa, how THC and CBD affect your brain, and whether or not nature wants us to get high.


56. The Science Behind Old Wives Tales - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. What can i say, sometimes its just easier to follow advice when it's delivered in a rhyme scheme. On today's show, K+K & guest host Emily Gilliland explore some of the more modern Old Wives Tales, and discuss the science behind why they are or aren't true.


55. Telepathy & Other Fun Party Tricks You Can Do With A Computer In Your Brain! - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Have you ever moved things with your mind? How about communicated a thought telepathically, from your brain, directly to someone else's brain? If you've used Brain-Computer Interface technology, (or if you're a Jedi) the answer is probably... yes! But if there were wires and a computer involved, does that count as true telepathic or telekenetic abilities? And will they let you into Jedi Academy with something like this on your head? Thank you so much to Joel Murphy from OpenBCI for...


54. Artisanal Bug Soup – the Life of Carnivorous Plants - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Science Fact or Science Fiction (the quiz game™) is back! On today's episode, K+K test Keiren Bond on her carnivorous plant knowledge, with questions like: Can a Venus Fly Trap count? Would any plant eat bugs if you mushed them into an artisanal organic soup? Would a pitcher plant prefer to eat a Montane Tree Shrew, or its poop?


Black Holes Part 2 – Slow Motion Somersaults in Space - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

In part 2 of their exploration of these space oddities, K+K talk to guest host Emily Gilliland about what would happen if our sun spontaneously imploded, how anyone falling into a black hole would turn into spaghetti, and what it means to exist in time, but not in space. They even attempt to explain how, to an observer moving faster, time (literally!) moves slower, by making Emily do (proverbial) back-flips in space.


Black Holes 1 – Infinite Gumballs in the Frosting of Spacetime - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Have you ever been falling into a black hole and thought, "how did this infinite curve in spacetime even get here, anyway?" Well, the next time you're on your way down toward the Singularity at the center, which exists only in time but not in space and is possibly a hole in the 4-dimensional universe, you can listen to this episode! In Part 1 of their journey through outer space, K+K explore how Black Holes are formed, discuss the recent detection of their gravitational waves, and...


The First Life on Earth - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

It's 4.5 billion years ago. The Earth is a hot, bubbling sphere of lava & hostile gases. And then suddenly... THERE IS LIFE! But how did this first Earthly organism show up on our planet? And who was (s)he? A Giant Virus? An archaea cell? If our earliest ancestor was indeed, as research suggests, a simple strand of chemicals that randomly happened to smush together in the perfect shape for fabricating its own decedents (also strands of chemicals) floating in a swamp of primordial ooze that...


Hibernation: sleep ’til the pizza trees bloom - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

We’ve all been there: winter gets dark and cold, and the urge to curl up in bed and sleep through the harshest of seasons grows strong. Unfortunately, if that’s how you tried to cope, you’d go from cold as a stone, to stone cold dead. Human biology just isn’t cut out for the task. Bears on the other hand, are masters of hibernation. With the help of guest host David Zimelis, K + K show you why hibernation is more than just a snooze, and explore the incredible things bears do that allow...


Una-peel-ing Produce, Lettuce Help You - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Are you afraid to admit to your friends that you don't REALLY like kale? We’ve all come across tough and bitter vegetables, and flavorless, mealy fruits. No matter how dedicated you are to getting all your vitamins, you just don’t want to eat unappetizing produce!


DMT & Dying -with Dr. Rick Strassman - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Many years ago, Keera almost died. We're glad she didn't, but we have always been curious about the biological basis of what she experienced. Was her "journey outside of this reality" real? Or was it a vivid hallucination caused by DMT, the psychoactive molecule theorized to flood your brain at the time of death? To find the answer, K+K talked to Dr. Rick Strassman, author of the book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, and one of the leading experts on how the molecule affects our moods, thoughts,...


Death: La Frontera Final (Part I ) - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

Today is a day about Death. It's Día de los Muertos, the Latin American holiday that honors the souls of loved ones that have passed away, and celebrates death as an essential and natural part of life. For a science show, death is a tricky subject to tackle, because no one has really been able to define what it is. But that won't stop K+K from trying! In this episode, they explore Creatures whose existence blurs the line between living and nonliving How we know our bodies are meant to die,...


Science Fact or Science Fiction? - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

2016 has been such a crazy year, its hard to keep up with technology has become a reality, and what still only exists in the minds of science fiction writers. Today, K+K quiz the XRAY DJs to see if they can tell science fact from science fiction. (And who knows, maybe by the time you hear this, all of these things will have become a reality. The future is now!!) How far has technology come in the realms of: Star Trek -esque replicators Quantum spin liquid Digital tattoo ink Cut-and-paste...


You Myoclonic Jerk! (The Hiccups Episode) - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

When's the last time you experienced a synchronous diaphragmatic flutter? Or your diaphragm underwent a myoclonic jerk? On today’s show, K+K take a look at hiccups: why we get them, what’s happening in our bodies when we do, and what the scientific reasoning is behind those crazy cures that seem to work.


Polyamorous Progeny – Can a Baby Have 3 Biological Parents? - Everything Is Interesting -With Keera & Kira

We've all learned about the birds and the bees at some point: when a man and a woman reeeaally love each other, they deposit chromosomal genetic material into a recipient egg cell to create another, smaller human. But what happens when THREE humans decide to make a baby? Is it possible to possess DNA from more than two parents? (Spoiler: Yes. Yes it is.) Join K+K in their first of many explorations into the weird world of human genetic anomalies.