Have you heard of spider goats? Besides being a great band name, spider goats are real goats, designed by geneticists, to make spider silk in their milk. This week, Mel and Corey dive into the great debate over the technology and applications of genetically modifying organisms (GMOs). Mel covers every anti-GMO argument she can find, and asks Corey what he thinks as a scientist. His perspective may surprise you.
We're hearing tons of stuff about climate change these days, from doomsday to total hoax. This week, Corey and Mel look at how climate change is talked about on all sides, and discuss important topics we don't often hear about: CO2 sinks, domino effects, and challenges with emerging "green" technologies. The episode includes the story of Biosphere II, a huge survival shelter experiment in 1990's Arizona that had a surprising outcome.
This week Corey and Mel tackle all things dragons... komodo dragons, that is. Corey covers debates surrounding special abilities of these massive lizards - including mouth hygiene and a unique ability to reproduce without a mate. The conversation ends with emerging research potential of studying these amazing creatures.
Disclaimer: This episode includes scientific discussions about reproduction. Parents listening with kids may want to use discretion.
Mel has a host of questions about flu season and the flu shot - she hates needles. Corey explains the flu virus, why it makes us sick, and how the flu vaccine offers us protection. You will also hear the story of a tuna intervention. No promises, but this episode could change how you view the flu forever.