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056: Jumping genes, quantum microscopes, and another clueless Trump administrator

We somehow survived the time change in North America. Seriously, why won't everybody just get on the same page and change time in every country at the same time. Or, perhaps everybody not change the time at all. Either way, in the spirit of international cooperation I propose that we all do it at the same time. Okay? Okay! Science News Roundup with Nevena Hristozova and Ivy Shih These are summaries of our discussions on the podcast. For the full conversation please listen to this...

Duration: 00:33:15

055: News Roundup, Climate Lounge, Earliest Life, and Coral Bleaching

Today's episode marks the beginning of a new format. Sophie McManus, Ivy Shih, and Nevena Hristozova will bring us up to speed with the latest science news in our Science News Roundup segment. The single most important science issue of our time is climate change. In our Climate Lounge segment Tom Di Liberto of NOAA will alert us to the latest findings and predictions for this world-changing phenomenon. In future episodes we will be interviewing scientists from a wide variety of...

Duration: 00:27:09

054: Alien Species! Huge Volcanic Eruptions! Trump's Travel Ban!

What The Hell Was That? Loyal listener Sam Danby, an Englishman living in Norway, was the first listener to get the answer correct when he answered with: (insert answer here). What? You thought we'd reveal the answer here in the show notes? As if! Blue Streak Science News Roundup These are summaries of our discussions on the podcast. For the full conversation please listen to this episode of the Blue Streak Science Podcast. The great extermination: How New Zealand will end alien...

Duration: 00:54:36

053: March For Science

As scientists and people who value science we are too often reluctant to brave the maelstrom of politics. It drains us of energy and time, resources that are in everlastingly short supply. We value our reputations as open-minded and neutral arbiters for evidence, so taking sides on political issues just doesn't feel right. But why does the current situation make us so angry and unnerved? It distresses us because we are passionate about science! As scientists and scientific thinkers we...

Duration: 00:49:55

051: It's 2017!

Tom Di Liberto and JD Goodwin attempt to steer the U.S.S. Blue Streak (DD-981) into the New Year while the rest of the crew is on shore leave. Set sea and anchor detail, we're on our way! Blue Streak Science News Roundup These are summaries of our discussions on the podcast. For the full conversation please listen to this episode of the Blue Streak Science Podcast. Run, run Rudolph! Way up in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago, not too far from where Santa Claus is currently having a...

Duration: 00:25:28

050: Happy Holidays!

Chestnuts are roasting on a something-something, Jack Frost is nipping at whatever. Yes, it's that time of year! Keep your Xmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa because there's Festivus for the rest of us. Let us sit around the aluminium Festivus Pole and tells stories of Festivi past. Feats of Strength, Airing of the Grievances, and peculiar feasts. It's a Festivus Miracle, boys and girls! What The Hell Was That? Have a listen to this week's WTHWT! Blue Streak Science News Roundup These...

Duration: 00:42:20

049: Virtual liver model, extreme tornadoes, and melting permafrost!

Holiday shopping? Get your priorities in order! You can put that off until the last minute because you must now listen to episode 49. Join Sophie, Tom, and JD as we discuss the science stories of the week and play stupid games! What The Hell Was That? Have a listen to this week's WTHWT! Blue Streak Science News Roundup These are summaries of our discussions on the podcast. For the full conversation please listen to this episode of the Blue Streak Science Podcast. Virtual liver...

Duration: 00:47:31

048: Trying to Reason With Hurricane Season

It just keeps getting better! The process of sorting through the week's science, reading up on it and then talking about it is the best part of doing the Blue Streak Science Podcast. And it's such a privilege to bring this to you, our wonderful audience. We hope you enjoy the show. What The Hell Was That? This recording comes to us courtesy of the YouTube channel “The Voice of Nature”. Thank you! Please click the YouTube link to check out "The Voice of Nature" channel. Blue Streak...

Duration: 01:12:36

047: COP22, Dinosaur-killing asteroids, Pub Quiz and so much more!

The atmosphere during COP22 was decidedly gloomy after the result of the US election. One would expect the mood to only get worse as the realization that the United States elected a President who considers climate change to be a worldwide conspiracy created by the Chinese, and promised to pull out of the Paris climate agreement. Our host Tom Di Liberto, who attended COP22 in Marrakech, informs us that there was a change of mood after the initial shock. Despair was soon replaced by an...

Duration: 01:01:07

046: Standing With You For Science

After the shocking events of last week it has become imperative that we stand together as strong, forceful defenders and champions for science. Blue Streak Science is committed to being a powerful voice for science and scientists on the issues that have been threatened by recent events. Those issues include, but aren’t limited to science policy, STEM education, climate research, women in science, basic science, biomedical research, research funding and more. This is no time to retreat....

Duration: 00:42:42

A World War Against Science Has Begun

The war against science just got very real. But please don't despair. We now have a common mission and our goal is crystal clear. To be sure, this a major setback to science and portends some dark days ahead, but we will overcome this if we re-double our efforts to communicate science through this and every other available medium. We pledge to always be your podcast and your voice. What The Hell Was That? Have a listen to this week's WTHWT! Blue Streak Science News Roundup These are...

Duration: 00:59:06

044: Who volunteers to milk the Tasmanian Devil? Hello? Anyone?

In this installment of the Blue Streak Science Podcast we have expanded the Science Roundup from three to six topics. It's so much fun talking about the latest science that even the expanded version seems to end way too soon. How can one not like it? We talked about newly discovered antibiotic properties of Tasmanian Devil milk, and wondered aloud about who is the unfortunate person tasked with milking the little devils. A new technique has been developed in Japan to coax mouse stem...

Duration: 00:47:23

043: Trillions of galaxies, a virus that steals spider venom genes, ancient human footprints and so much more!

It was one of those weeks in science; an embarrassment of riches. And talk about abundance, our universe may contain upwards of 2 trillion galaxies! You know, a trillion here, a trillion there and soon we're talking big numbers here. Okay, follow along with me. A virus that incorporates a gene from a spider. First, that's cool because it's a virus using the DNA of a complex organism. The gene happens to be a gene that codes for black widow venom. That's right. Black widow venom. Now this...

Duration: 00:25:09

042: Hurricane Matthew, more water worlds, mind-reading apes and "Says Who?"

It has been a tumultuous week in American politics! Wow! But Blue Streak Science stays above the fray as we deliver the latest science to the world in our own special way. We talked about birds in hurricanes and bat-shit crazy conspiracy theorists. Did you hear the one about the chimp who could read minds? We talked about new research that shows our close cousins to possess similar "theory of mind" as humans, including the ability to anticipate when someone is about to do the wrong thing....

Duration: 00:36:19

041: It's Nobel Prize Week!

No, none of the Blue Streak Science team received that phone call from Sweden. But the week isn't over yet! In the meantime, we had another great episode talking about a new "3-parent" technique that circumvents inherited mitochondrial disease. We also discussed some ominous news from the Antarctic, as well as this year's Nobel Prize winners (so far). Of course, what episode of the podcast would be complete without playing the "What The Hell Was That?" game and "False Positive"? That was...

Duration: 00:34:07

040: Introducing our new host, Tom Di Liberto!

Today we welcome the newest member of the Blue Streak Science team, Tom Di Liberto! Yes, we now have our very own meteorologist and climate guru! Tom joins us with nearly a decade of research experience in climatology, meteorology, and oceanography. In 2013 he was named America's Scientist Idol at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Seriously, how cool is that? Tom has been an invited speaker and/or writer at the Washington Post’s Capital Weather...

Duration: 00:33:19

039: Introducing "Science Roundup"!

Opening Word We're back! After an extended hiatus the Blue Streak Science Podcast has returned. We still have listener favorites the What The Hell Was That game and False Positive. But we've shelved the Blue Streak Science News and are hitching up the News Roundup! Sure, we're a little rusty, but we're itching (chafing?) to get back on the saddle and on down the trail. Yee-haw! What The Hell Was That? Today's science sound is a tough one. Do you think you have what it takes to...

Duration: 00:30:36

038: Science and the Brexit. The UK votes and JD gives his scientifically biased opinion on the matter

This week the people of the United Kingdom will be making an enormously important choice. The result of the "Brexit" vote will profoundly affect the lives of Britons for decades. To leave or not to leave? That is the question. Last week in the closing I mentioned that “science is a team sport”. Some of the most valuable and productive collaborations are the ones that cross borders. The UK now produce 62% of its scientific output as international collaborations, and that proportion is...

Duration: 00:28:42

037: Homo floresiensis ancestors, turning CO2 into stone, and keeping the mozzies away

Opening Word After last weekend's horrible news - another mass murder perpetrated by one man with a legally purchased weapon of war - it makes this website and podcast seem a little silly. We have a wonderful time doing this, but I cannot help but think of the many funerals, the suffering, and the plight of the survivors. For purely political reasons the Centers for Disease Control are forbidden from doing epidemiological research on gun violence in the United States. Science is a...

Duration: 00:37:48

Expanding universes, supercharged blood, and where do dogs come from?

Opening Word It's election day here in California, but the Blue Streak Science Podcast isn't going to be stopped by such trivial matters. No, we are going to have our usual fun time of talking about the latest science stories and playing a few games for good measure. During the recording a neighbor knocked on the door and my dog Amy went ballistic! So thankful for the editing capabilities of Adobe Audition. She's a good pup, but damn, it's just the neighbor. Relax. It was another fun...

Duration: 00:36:54

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