You may know Marie Curie's name, but do you know her story and what she contributed to the scientific community? In their second episode in the Under Appreciated Scientists in History series, Mel and Corey take a look at Madame Curie's life and what makes her so remarkable.
Hang out with Corey & Mel as they discuss all the listener feedback and questions they've gotten over the past 10 episodes from family and friends around the world. You'll learn a cool technique for relaxing stubborn muscles, conjecture on how Harry Potter World might use lasers, that Mel cannot impersonate an ice cream truck to save her life, the meaning of "biomimicry," and one good thing about mosquitos. They also throw in more questions and fun facts for each episode that they thought of after the original recording of each show. Enjoy!
Now that the mosquitos are gone for the winter (at least in parts of the Northern Hemisphere), Mel and Corey reflect on the awful problems they cause around the world even though they are important to many ecosystems. Did you know that scientists currently have the technology to wipe out mosquito species which carry the most deadly diseases? This week: the immense ethical dilemma of "gene drives" and what it means to possess this kind of power. On a positive note, in the spirit of the holiday season, consider donating a mosquito net to a family who could really use it! A small gift can make a huge difference. https://nothingbutnets.net/
Lasers: mysterious, powerful, amazing. Ever curious as to how they actually work? This week Corey and Mel discuss the underlying technology and applications of lasers, including laser pointers, LASIK eye surgery, missile defense systems, and household laser safety. WARNING: You may find this episode illuminating.
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.
Have you ever wondered what lives in your gut and what it's doing down there? This week we talk all things microbiome. Learn about bacterial colonization, stool banks, fecal transplants, poop pills, RNA sequencing, possible links between gut bacteria and diseases, and emerging research in the microbiome field.
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.