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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!
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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

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Episodes

In the 1930s Nuclear Energy Fueled the Future… Where is it Now?

6/14/2018
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This sucker is nuclear, baby! Nuclear energy has been toted by some as the solution to our energy crisis, while others warn of its immense danger. But how did we even discover it? Why aren't we using it more? And what's the real deal with radiation, really? In this episode with Trace Dominguez, and special guest Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl), we explore all things nuclear. ____________________ Sources: Introduction: The Nuclear...

Duration:00:48:23

The Birth And Death Of Earth's Oceans

6/7/2018
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Ocean acidification, over-fishing, warming climate and other environmental triggers may spell the next "Great Dying," but are we there yet? ____________________ Sources: Early Accretion Of Water In The Inner Solar System From A Carbonaceous Chondrite-like Source: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/346/6209/623 “Determining the origin of water and the timing of its accretion within the inner solar system is important for understanding the dynamics of planet formation." Dehydration...

Duration:00:33:41

What's Up With Sleep

5/31/2018
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We spend 36 percent of our entire life asleep, but what exactly is happening to your body and brain while snoozing? ____________________ Sources: Do All Creatures Sleep? https://animals.howstuffworks.com/animal-facts/all-creatures-sleep.htm Do Microbes Sleep? https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/our-modern-plagues/do-microbes-sleep Sleep vs Coma vs Anesthesia https://www.tuck.com/anesthesia/ ____________________ Follow Trace on twitter: http://twitter.com/tracedominguez Follow...

Duration:00:31:00

What's Up With The Calendar?

5/24/2018
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We've all learned it takes 24 hours for the Earth to rotate once on its axis but that isn't the whole story at all. There's much more to it. ____________________ Sources: Why Are There 24 Hours In A Day?: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2011/11/15/3364432.htm “While each country has (in broad terms) historically had distinct measurements for distance, weights etc the method of splitting the day into 24 hours, one hour into 60 mins and one minute into 60 seconds seems to be the...

Duration:00:33:33

This is Your Brain on Noise... Any Questions?

5/17/2018
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Noise and sound are not the same thing… Noise is more than just an annoyance, it's messing with our heads, literally. Too much noise can actually affect how we evolve, but just the write amount of noise makes us more productive! In this episode with Trace Dominguez, and special guest Mike Rugnetta (Reasonably Sound, CrashCourse) explores how exactly noise impacts our lives. ____________________ Sources: How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your...

Duration:00:46:04

The Plan To Evacuate Earth

5/10/2018
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Earth has shaped the way humans look and behave. How will future generations in space evolve under radiation and little gravity? Sources: How Many People Can Earth Support?: https://www.livescience.com/16493-people-planet-earth-support.html "The power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race." AFTER EARTH: WHY, WHERE, HOW, AND WHEN WE MIGHT LEAVE OUR HOME...

Duration:00:42:39

BAD SCIENCE: Star Wars: Episode V

5/1/2018
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We're excited to share the first episode of our new podcast BAD SCIENCE. If you'd like to subscribe, be sure to find the show on Apple Podcasts or find us wherever you discovery and listen to podcasts. Calling all padawans! For Bad Science: Episode I, Ethan sits down with Reggie Watts for an epic conversation with Emily Manor-Chapman, a NASA Systems Engineer, to break down the science of STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. We learn about gas giants like Bespin, the body...

Duration:00:46:21

New Show: Bad Science

4/27/2018
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Coming May 1st, a new weekly show by Seeker that puts popular films under the microscope, breaking down the science with the help of a comedian and a scientist. Be sure to subscribe and join us next week as we launch our first episode with Reggie Watts, dissecting Star Wars with a Nasa Systems Engineer. Find it on iTunes or listen here.

Duration:00:01:56

Why Is Blood So Important?

4/26/2018
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Blood is the red liquid that flows through your body and each of us have about 9-12 pints in us. Today we're taking a deep dive into the science of blood: what it's made of, what it does, and why it's so bloody important. ____________________ Sources: Blood Facts And Statistics https://www.redcrossblood.org/content/redcrossblood/en/donate-blood/how-to-donate/how-blood-donations-help/blood-needs-blood-supply.html Researchers closer to being able to change blood types...

Duration:00:39:32

A Battery Is a Dynamic and Crazy Place, And We Ain’t Li-Ion

4/19/2018
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Today we're diving into everything you’re ever going to need to know about the tiny bricks that power all the devices on (and in) your person. We'll talk about some of the best batteries in the world, the oldest batteries ever found, what batteries actually are (they’re not what you think), and we even have a special guest to talk about the atomic movement of batteries! We're digging deep into the physics and chemistry, design and possible future of these ubiquitous pieces of modern...

Duration:00:47:03

Is Mars Our Only Hope?

4/12/2018
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The red planet has captured our imaginations since it was first spotted in the sky, but is it really the only hope for human survival? Make sure you gear up, because today, we're diving into everything Mars! ____________________ Sources: Mars Could Have Supported Life, NASA Says https://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/science/space/mars-could-have-supported-life-nasa-says.html?_r=0 Why Thousands Of People Are Willing To Die On...

Duration:00:25:15

Can Science Help Us Understand Humor?

4/5/2018
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Today, we find our funny bone. Not literally. Instead, we're going to breakdown the science of humor. We'll cover what happens in our brains when we find something funny, how a sense of humor evolved, what makes something not funny at all, and even if we can teach robots and A.I. to be funny! ____________________ Sources: The Biology Of Humor: In Search Of The Cerebral Funny Bone http://discovermagazine.com/2002/may/featbiology Is there a scientific formula for...

Duration:00:47:44

Space: We're Bad At It, Yet We Keep Trying

3/29/2018
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Today, we’re going to break down the science of humans going to space. We'll cover how we get to space, how astronauts train for it, the dangers of space shuttles, and, of course, the future of space travel! ____________________ Sources: A Brief History of Space Exploration http://www.aerospace.org/education/stem-outreach/space-primer/a-brief-history-of-space-exploration/ NASA: Astronaut Selection and...

Duration:00:41:07

How The Internet Uses Your Reward System to Keep You Hooked

3/22/2018
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Today, we’re going to break down the science of Internet Addiction or as we like to call it: Information Obsession. New technologies are always met with skepticism, and yet much of the skepticism we're hearing today dates back hundreds of years. Join SeekerPlus as we explore: where this obsession came from, why it has such a grip on us, how people use our phones to take advantage of our biology, and what we can do about it. We are warned about the effects of long hours in front of...

Duration:00:41:18

Cockroaches are the worst (or are they?)

3/15/2018
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Cockroaches can survive decapitation, nuclear explosions and they save our forests. Yes, they're gross, but they're actually kinda cool! ____________________ Sources: "Cockroaches have been around for a very long time - since before the dinosaurs - and they have not changed very much. One can only conclude that they are doing something right!" Evolution Saves Cockroaches From Taking The...

Duration:00:25:21

The History And Ethics Of Propaganda

3/8/2018
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It's a common goal of propaganda to promote a biased opinion, and while many may resist, propaganda actually has the ability to save lives! ____________________ Sources: A Very Brief History of Propaganda in Times Past: https://www.physics.smu.edu/pseudo/Propaganda/history.html "Propaganda has been around for a long time, going back to ancient Greece. Chapter 2 of Jowett & O'Donnell provides an excellent historical background. In there you will find numerous examples of historical...

Duration:00:32:58

Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter?

3/1/2018
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Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter? ____________________ Sources: Discovery of the Electron http://www.pbs.org/transistor/science/events/electron.html “Scientists worked with electricity long before they understood that current was made of electrons. The cathode tube was a prime example, no one knew how it worked. Some thought the rays were a wave traveling through a mysterious "ether" which they thought permeated all space.” Who was...

Duration:00:37:49

The Importance Of Immigration

2/22/2018
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Globalization is a complicated issue with pros and cons both for and against. But what would a world with complete globalization be like? Originally broadcast December 2015. ____________________ Sources: The Pros And Cons Of Globalization:https://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/?toURL=https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikecollins/2015/05/06/the-pros-and-cons-of-globalization/&refURL=https://www.youtube.com/&referrer=https://www.youtube.com/ “A story in the Washington Post said “20 years ago...

Duration:00:37:53

What in the World is Happening with Climate Change?

2/15/2018
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Climate change is becoming increasingly difficult to deny. As people see changes happening all around us, we're all wondering whether or not humans are to blame. Originally broadcast August 2016. ____________________ Sources: NASA - What's the Difference Between Weather and Climate?: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/noaa-n/climate/climate_weather.html Earth is Cooling... No It's Warming: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/Features/GISSTemperature/giss_temperature2.php National...

Duration:00:50:08

Are We Alone In the Universe?

2/8/2018
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Originally broadcast June 2015. We've been asking the question, "Are we alone?" for decades. Has math finally solved the question burning in all of our minds? ____________________ Sources: NASA: We'll Find Alien Life In 10 To 20 Years: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-nasa-search-alien-life-20150407-story.html The Drake Equation: https://www.seti.org/drakeequation The Fermi Paradox: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html ____________________ Follow...

Duration:00:45:08