Curioscity show

Curioscity

Summary: Curioscity: informal, informative, for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we delve into topics including viruses, chemistry, biology, technology, and methodology (but ironically, not Scientology).

Podcasts:

 40 - iGEM I (w/ East Chapel Hill!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 24:46

Science accessibility has gotten better and better over the last few decades, and standardizing the tools to be able to do it has been a huge part. Today, we will discuss how a high school in the Chapel Hill area got started in the scientific field of synthetic biology, and how you could do it next. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 39 - Grab Bag III (w/ Philip Hollingsworth!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:31

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 nutrients at the seafloor; gain of function mutations spurred by the atom; the countless combinations of colors in your typical Rubik’s cube; and, cultural understanding at the turn of the 20th century to allow us to be scientifically conversational.

 38 - Permaculture (w/ Dan Mar!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:33

Jared Diamond once wrote an article in 1987 entitled “The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race”: how humans’ advent of agriculture might have been an excellent development for us, but also a terrible curse. Today, we will explore a cousin strategy to typical agriculture: permaculture.  Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 37 - Cryptocurrency (w/ Archer Harmony!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:56

Home to near two thousand different currencies at the time of recording, cryptocurrency has pushed the boundaries on currency exchange within the last fifteen years. What is cryptocurrency? Where did the idea begin? Should you buy in? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 36 - Combustion and Photosynthesis (w/ Kathy Yeager!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:45

Chemical reactions define the world around us with invisible elements and symbols. While atoms can neither be created nor destroyed, the identities of the compounds they make up are constantly changing. What is a chemical reaction? How can it proceed? What is a catalyst? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 35 - Analytical Sciences (w/ Bob Yeager!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 27:39

Science is often intrinsically linked to quantification; the ability to report accurate data to peers and colleagues provides the basis for reproducibility. What are some simple ways that we think about measurements and error? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 34 - Data Visualization and Sonification (w/ Fadi Alnaji!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 47:23

Scientists support their ideas with data, but it can become challenging to explain data when you’re not familiar with the field or it is presented in a confusing way. Are there other ways that one can show data and support their arguments? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 33 - The Double Doc (w/ Adam Lauring!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 46:27

The formal title doctor can refer to a variety of different research or professional degrees. To achieve one is a huge accomplishment; but is there a utility to having two? What kind of doctorates are there? What are the benefits or consequences of having more than one? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.   For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 32 - Science in Movies I (w/ Evan Flynn!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 51:08

It is common to be exposed to topics involving science in school, but this rarely is made as exciting as watching a sci-fi film. What creative liberties do filmmakers take to make their masterpiece, and what do they get right?  Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.   For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 31 - The Trials and Tribulations of Graduate Education (w/ Jen Heemstra!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:16:50

If one completes a college degree but doesn’t have a fully solidified next step, it can look to the casual observer that the logical place to go is a research or professional degree. How are these degrees dissimilar from a bachelor’s degree? What are some common complaints and issues for graduate students today? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 30 - Cells as Model Systems (w/ Emery [formerly Grace] Usher!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:39

Repel! I’m a cell. The word may be a bit nebulous, but cells are the smallest unit of life that we can define, and all living things are made up of cells. Today, we’ll discuss using human cells as models for research and how those “cells-in-dishes” are different than the cells in our very own bodies. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 29 - Human Evolution and Migration (w/ Molly Rathbun!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:13:12

This show has previously discussed the concept of evolution, but it’s time to put it into practice with our own species. Humankind as we understand it only developed a few hundred thousand years ago and was surrounded by “cousin” hominids from genetic ancestors. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 28 - Academic Administration I (w/ Eric J. Barron!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 32:58

A common way to learn is seek higher education, which today is often provided by universities across the world. Most learn to thank their professors, teachers, and mentors, but it may be unclear how important it is to have a dedicated administration at those same educational institutions. Today, we’ll discuss a journey from a bachelor degree to being a university president. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.   For all supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 27 - Fireworks (w/ Sam Hartmann!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 30:16

In the United States, the fourth of July is commonly associated with fireworks, but the technology of gunpowder came from much earlier. What is the chemistry of the firework, and what is the historical basis? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 26 - Grab Bag II (w/ Seria Chatters!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 58:10

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 ethics in science and the case study of head transplants; similarities and dissimilarities of diversity and race; and how overcoming adversity allows us to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.c

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