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Science, opinion, history, music and entertainment...what more could you ask for? It's the Blue Streak Science Podcast!
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Science, opinion, history, music and entertainment...what more could you ask for? It's the Blue Streak Science Podcast!




092: Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich

The best in science communication tells a compelling story, and this week we have a great one! Gabriel Montejo-Kovacevich joins us to talk about her research in Central and South America studying butterflies of the genus Heliconius, also known as longwings. She shares her story of the hard work and the gratifying rewards of field research in challenging conditions. Gabriela is at the front line of science, and we are grateful to her for sharing her adventure and her research with...


091: Fourth National Climate Assessment, and more

A year ago we were in shock and disbelief in the days after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California incinerated our neighborhood, and our home. One year later and that scene of apocalyptic devastation has been replaced by a community coming together and rising from the ashes. I'm overjoyed to announce that we can put that awful year behind us. My family and I have moved back into our wonderful neighborhood, and we're looking forward to more and more of our neighbors' return. A million...


090: Get Out the Vote for Science!

On This Week’s Show Science News with Nevena Hristozova and Dr. Amrita Sule Cosmonauts make emergency landing after Soyuz rocket malfunctions Nevena Hristozova Two scientists sitting in a rocket. What can go wrong? Pretty much everything when you are sitting on several hundred litres of highly flammable fuel. On 11 October this is exactly what went wrong. Two astronauts were on their way to the ISS in a rocket powered by the Soyuz engines when a problem in the detachment of one of...


089: Rage Screaming for Science!

There were many interesting science stories this week, but none more important than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5˚C Report. This may be one of the most important news stories of our lifetimes. Our government's failure to recognize its importance, and their continued contempt for inconvenient truths warranted a collective rage-scream by the Blue Streak Science Team. On This Week’s Show Science News Chris MacAlister Caltech Scientist Among Three Awarded Nobel Prize...


088: Nobel Prize Week Begins!

Last week it was the fun stuff, but this week it's that most serious of awards ceremonies, The Nobel Prize Awards. Sophie gives us the low-down on this year's winner in the category of Medicine and Physiology. JD breaks in with a newsflash, as one does, with Nobel Prize in Physics. On This Week’s Show Science News with Sophie McManus and Chris MacAlister Cancer Immunologists Win Nobel Prize in Medicine Sophie McManus The Ig Nobels took place recently, but now it’s time for the...


087: Japan Threatens To Resume Industrial-scale Whale Slaughter

Science marches forward, but sometimes nations march backward. This is certainly true in recent years with my own country, and we're not alone in our reversion to a lesser form of ourselves. The government of Japan is throwing an international temper tantrum because most of the rest of the world don't want to go back to the awful days of wanton and senseless slaughter of whales for commercial purposes. Yes, we're judging. And the verdict speaks poorly of this great nation. Japan can, and...


086: Time And Relative Dimension In Space

A slight diversion from the usual format today. But hey, do we know how to turn out a science podcast or what? Chris and JD talked about everything from cigarette smoking kids to self-administered colonoscopies. And of course, this episode was custom-made for all the Whovians out there. You know WHO you are. On This Week’s Show Science News with Chris MacAlister and JD Goodwin More Children In Europe Have Started Smoking Chris MacAlister Has anyone got a light? The question’s...


085: Climate Change and Hurricanes - What's the Deal?

On This Week’s Show Science News with Chris MacAlister and JD Goodwin Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins big physics prize for 1967 pulsar discovery Chris MacAlister This is the exciting news about the discovery of something sending sweeping beams of radio wave pulses through space. It is thought that these beams are originating from expired suns; neutron stars. These small but massive bodies produce radio wave signals like the ones that we’re talking about and the spinning of these neutron...


084: A Leak On The International Space Station

The observation of a decaying Higgs’ Boson | Skull tunnels | Troubleshooting on the International Space Station | Rates of STD infections in the United States go way up |The Climate Lounge |Pub Quiz Science News with Nevena Hristozova and Chris MacAlister Physicists Observe the Higgs Boson’s Elusive Decay We struggled for 50 years to detect it, and now we can’t wait to see it die! It’s the Higgs. The boson, not the Professor! Luckily, Professor Peter Higgs is still alive and well at...


083: Evidence of Neanderthal/Denisovan Hybridization

Seriously, an empathy expert under fire for bullying? | Mama is a Neanderthal and Daddy is a Denisovan | Earth's Quick Flippin' Magnetic Field | Ancient Turtle Had No Shell | A****** of the Month: Tokyo Medical University | Pub Quiz Science News with Amrita Sule and Sophie McManus Empathy Researcher Accused of Bullying I think this story deals with a very important issue in academia which is often not reported: bullying. Tania Singer, a 48 year old neuroscientist, director at the Max...


082: Dr. Kaeli Swift - Crow Thanatology

Science News with Sophie McManus and Chris MacAlister Cancer drugs may help the liver recover from common painkiller overdoses Painkiller overdoses can be lethal. In America, these overdoses occur around 100,000 times a year, both accidentally and in suicide attempts. Consequently, such overdoses are the leading cause of acute liver failure. A study published in Science Translational Medicine raises hope that experimental cancer drugs may alleviate the damage caused by painkiller...


081: Amber Stuver, Ph.D. - Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory

Science News with Chris MacAlister and Nevena Hristozova New Horizons Sees Glow at Edge of Solar System It’s time for another update from my favourite little space probe; New Horizons. The explorer who brought us Pluto in all of its glory; with its heart and fart dunes, has something new to report on its way to its next rendezvous with Ultima Thule, an ultraviolet glow. So what could be causing a glow in deep space? Well the experts are all in agreement. It’s aliens. Aliens people,...


080: Grant Ballard - Point Blue Conservation Science

Science News with Nevena Hristozova and JD Goodwin Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico over 1,100 It is a story we keep mentioning and we will keep mentioning for as long as it’s necessary. Puerto Rico - the American territory which seems to be completely forsaken by the American administration, probably because they don’t have fancy golf courses there right now. The government claims 64 deaths between landfall in September 2017 and December 2017, while the official average...


079: Heatwaves and Wildfires in the Climate Lounge!

Science News with Amrita Sule and JD Goodwin Animals Frozen for 42,000 Years Wriggle to Life Not a lot of us are excited when we hear the phrase, "blast from the past”. But this time we do have news that goes about 40,000 years back. A team of researchers revived 2 nematodes from samples of permafrost in Siberia. Scientists claim that these two nematodes have been frozen since the Pleistocene, thousands of years! Previously, nematodes that were frozen for about 39 years and also...


078: Let's Get Political!

Political Endorsement Dr. Shannon Hader, Democrat for the 8th Congressional District in Washington We’re coming up on that silly season again, but this time around it seems so much more urgent because so many of us failed to see the reality that we faced during the last election. Part of that reality is that the anti-science and alternative-truth segment of our society have seized power. And folks, they’re making the most of it to roll back scientific progress and education. [caption...


077: Michael MacFerrin, Ph.D. - Glaciologist

Science News with Nevena Hristozova and Chris MacAlister An Origin of Cosmic Rays Discovered In a galaxy far far away… For real though - it’s really far - 4 billion light-years away. My calculations show that with the current tech for space flight we have, we could get there in 76.32 trillion years so it is freaking far! But anyway, the point is that this galaxy is a blazar - a type of an active galactic nucleus with a relativistic jet directed very nearly or directly towards Earth....


076: Mariana Di Giacomo - Paleontologist

On This Week’s Show Science News with Chris MacAlister and Dr. Amrita Sule Wetlands Protection Rule put ‘too much emphasis’ on science, Trump officials complain It’s time for the continuing adventures of the Trump administration and their valiant efforts to protect you from the scourge of the environment and its evil plans to keep you healthy and alive! As scientists we shouldn’t make assumptions about things but I reckon it’s pretty safe to bet that if you’re taking time to this...


075: Chris Ryu - Dorset Science & Technology Centre

Today we begin our pivot towards doing more interviews on the podcast. And we could not have chosen a better person to talk with than our good friend and science outreach superstar Chris Ryu. We had a terrific time talking about the Dorset Science & Technology Centre and the Atom Club. Chris' passion is in science, technology, and coding and his mission is to share this with children and adults in some of the more rural areas of southern England. We applaud the hard work and dedication of...


074: The Life and Legacy of Koko the Gorilla

On This Week’s Show Science News with Sophie McManus and JD Goodwin A Farewell to Koko Sophie McManus Koko, the famous ‘talking gorilla’, has died in California aged 46. Koko was born in 1971 in San Francisco zoo and when she became ill she needed hand-rearing. The student for the job was Penny Patterson, who also taught her some American sign language. In a couple of years Koko learned 80 signs, before she was moved to Stanford University. It is claimed she could understand 2000...


073: Antarctic Melt Rate Triples!

On This Week’s Show Listener feedback Will Simmonds: "Just wanted to say I love the show, gives me great information and entertainment on my runs. I’m especially loving the pub quizzes, but maybe try expand on the answer with a fact, etc. The New Arsehole of the Month is a fantastic addition. However, I'm rather baffled at how some of these people acquire these high state positions." Science News with Dr. Amrita Sule and Chris MacAlister Antarctic Melt Rate Has Tripled in the Last 25...