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:

 25 - Caves and Karst (w/ Brian Redder!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 49:04

Much like myself, many animals that live deep within caves have no skin pigment, eyesight, and have slow metabolism. What is the importance of these habitats? What is limestone? How are caves formed? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 24 - Model of the Atom (w/ Pedro Rivera Pomales!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 37:38

What scientists understand as the basic unit of a chemical element has been heavily scrutinized for over one hundred years. What are the fundamental components of an atom? What are elements? How did philosophy and science work together for the discovery of the atom? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 23 - A Brief History of Evolution (w/ Aaron Griffing!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:00

Survival of the fittest is a famous anecdote but isn’t always the best way of describing natural selection. Who was Charles Darwin? Whose shoulders did he stand on? What is evolution? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 22 - The Endosymbiotic Hypothesis (w/ Henry Hsiung!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 36:00

If I told you that hummingbird flight muscle was one of the richest known sources of mitochondria, could you guess as to what a mitochondrial function is? Today we will discuss the endosymbiotic hypothesis in terms of mitochondria while keeping in mind that the process is equally applicable to chloroplasts. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 21 - Big Data and Machine Learning (w/ Divyanshi Srivastava!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 42:49

More and more fields collect as much data as possible in order to draw the most principled and specific conclusions possible. Still, without analyzing these data, there is no simple way to draw a conclusion. How do humans use computational resources to analyze data? What is big data and machine learning? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 20 - What do Scientists do Day-to-Day? (w/ Amber Miller, Heather Giebink, and Tom Henderson!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 45:19

It is clear that not all scientists are the lone, white coated figure surrounded by multicolored vials in the depths of the laboratory. To have an effective scientific community, a diverse and skilled group of individuals are required. What are some less stereotypical scientific careers? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 19 - Methods to See Really Big Things from Really Far Away (w/ Emma Raich!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 43:35

Last week we discussed seeing objects that are atomically small. Seemingly atomically small from our naked eyes on Earth, it can be incredibly challenging to see entire planets in the universe. Today, we will discuss astronomy, planets and stars, current ways to see these objects, and how round the Earth is. Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 18 - Methods to See Really Small Things (w/ Neela Yennawar!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:10

A picture is worth 1,000 words and scientists’ pictures tend to be crystal structures. What are ways that that scientists can see very small things? How are these techniques different for material science, biology, chemistry, or physics? What is crystallography? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 17 - Invasive Species (w/ Kyla Garten!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 41:41

Invasive species challenge the natural environment of many places they once did not call home. Why are invasive species dangerous? What are invasive species contributions to ecology, geomorphology, the economy, human health, or biodiversity? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational.

 16 - Worms as Model Organisms (w/ Mahtab Peyambari!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:25

Squirm! I’m a worm. With a name as long as Caenorhabditis elegans, you might expect this model organism to be larger. What is a model organism? Why would a researcher use a worm to represent research as a model? What is the historical basis of C. elegans research? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 15 - What are Biofilms? (w/ Gregory Broussard!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 52:11

Last week we spoke of bacteria, a major contributor to biofilms. What are biofilms and why do microbes make them? How is human health impacted by this mechanism of microbial life? Why do my teeth feel so fuzzy? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 14 - What are Bacteria? (w/ Neeraj Karamchandani!) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 55:02

Imagine having a twin split out of you in twenty minutes flat; each of you split again in another twenty minutes. In a scant few hours, there are billions of you. This happens with bacteria every day in almost every environment one can imagine. Just what is this domain of life? Why are bacteria important to our global ecosystem? Are they always dangerous? Let’s learn to be scientifically conversational. For all references and supplemental information, you can navigate to ascienceshow.com.

 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.

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