Curioscity show

Curioscity

Summary: Curioscity is an informal but informative science show for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we discuss topics including biology, chemistry, technology, and general science in a lighthearted and digestible way.

Podcasts:

 13 - Cholesterol (w/ Averie and Chelsea Elias!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:41

It’s hard to believe that something as generically described as cholesterol could be so important. High levels of “a waxy substance” result in no side effects until a heart attack or a stroke. What are lipids, or fats? How does the human body get fats? What are relevant pharmaceuticals related to cholesterol? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 12 - Enteroviruses that aren't named Poliovirus (w/ Vincent Racaniello!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:04:39

The sheer reduction of poliomyelitis-ridden individuals is a testament to how effective the poliovirus vaccines are. Still, related viruses like rhinoviruses, coxsackieviruses, and enteroviruses cause significant burden to public health. What are picornaviruses? Why is there a need for researching viruses like EV-D68 and EV-A71? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 11 - Joseph Lister and Sterility (w/ Donald Hahn!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:37

Listerine was not made by Joseph Lister, but was named in his honor. What is the purpose of mouthwash? Why are we urged to wash our hands? Who were some of the physicians responsible for reducing mortality of surgery and hospital living? How are things sterilized now? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.   For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 10 - What is the Nobel Prize? (w/ Rachel Kruger!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 31:35

To be a Nobel Laureate is one of the greatest honors that can be given. What does this prize represent? Where are the Prizes origins? Why are there fewer prizes in economics than other prizes? What are the complications with the Nobel Prize in today’s society? Was Alfred Nobel the last great Alfred? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 9 - The Birds and the Bees, Sperm and Eggs (w/ Matt Fares!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:04

As I grew older, I puzzled over the importance of reproduction and how genetic diversity played into the population-at-large around me. Today, we’ll discuss some of the reasons that DNA is important in acting as a blueprint; different ways that life has discovered to be able to reproduce; and some crazy folktales that have helped explain the birds and the bees. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 8 - It's in Their Genes (Nucleic Acids I) (w/ Donna Haines & Dale Ayton!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:51

Why can’t I give birth to an elephant? Why do each of my feet have five toes and not three toes and two conjoined toes? What is DNA and how is it so fundamentally important to how each of us develop? Today, we’ll discuss DNA, the central dogma, and twins. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 7 - Grab Bag I (w/ Susan Russell!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:27:23

Some topics are short and sweet, but do not warrant an entire episode of conversation. There have been many requests for smaller topics to be discussed: thusly, establishment of the grab bag is a proper solution. Today we’ll discuss individuals who think they’re more capable than they are; how one determines what reputable information is; coffee without a filter; and, how to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 6 - Batteries: Zap, but How? (w/ Tom Nigl!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:33

James Hetfield might have said it best when he said “Battery is here to stay”. Much of humankind has become increasingly more dependent on portable electrical energy. What is a battery? What makes a better battery? How are current researchers looking to improve the battery? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 5 - How Old are Ferns? (w/ Morgan Engler!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:16

Ferns are boring and they look like old houseplants! Well, slow your roll there. Some of these plant’s relatives were around before the mega-continent Pangea broke apart. Ferns apply to today’s research. Ferns give you an excuse to use words like fiddlehead, pteridology, and give each of us the chance to become a frond friend. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 4 - Mice as Model Organisms (w/ Jerome Mack!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:14

Squeak! It’s me, a mouse in your domicile. Did you know we mice and humans have an awfully long-standing relationship? Today, we will discuss some important concepts about using mice as model organisms. What’s a mouse? Why would humans use mice as model organisms? What’s the scientific historical basis? Are mice good model organisms? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 3 - The Influenza Vaccine (w/ Gavin Hennessy!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:19

Many of us have experienced the flu: fever, cough, lethargy, fatigue, vomiting, so on. Likely, less of us have experienced getting the flu shot each year. Whether it be white coat syndrome and a fear of needles, disbelief in vaccinations, or whatever else, only roughly 40% of adults in the United States get the flu shot each year. In today’s episode, we will discuss influenza and the flu vaccine. What is the flu? What is the vaccine and who designs it? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.

 2 - The Production of Insulin (w/ Aliza Herman!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:11

Three years of Nobel Prizes were directly related to insulin. Today, we’ll discuss what insulin is and why it’s important. Why did the world need a steady supply of insulin? Why did insulin lead to a 1923 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology? How does diabetes play into all of this? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

 1 - Do Scientists Always Agree? (w/ Andrew Woodman!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:28

On this inaugural episode of Curioscity, we delve into a simple question: do scientists always agree? What is a scientist and what does that person do? Are there any misrepresentations of science or the work done by scientists? Are there examples where scientists disagreed, and it was a good thing?  Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can nagivate to ascienceshow.com.

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