Episodes
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Published 06/24/21
Science Rules! Presents is a series of science-focused episodes from some of our favorite shows. This week we’re featuring Planetary Radio from the Planetary Society. The Planetary Society has awarded more than 60 Shoemaker near-Earth object grants to astronomers around the world, enabling them to discover, track, and characterize thousands of asteroids. We’ll hear from two of these dedicated observers. The Society’s Rae Paoletta takes us to Venus where three new spacecraft will help answer...
Published 06/17/21
The author of Moneyball, The Blind Side, and The Big Short explains why a country with so many experts was so unprepared for this pandemic. (This interview was recorded May 24.) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/15/21
Science Rules! Presents is a series of science-focused episodes from some of our favorite shows. This week we’re featuring This Podcast Might Kill You’s episode on Coccidioidomycosis, also known as Valley fever. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/10/21
Science Rules! Presents is a series of science-focused episodes from some of our favorite shows. Today Flash Forward takes us to a future where we become immune to every poison, venom, and toxin in the world. What happens next? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/03/21
Behavioral scientist Katy Milkman explains how simple nudges can make people want to get vaccinated. Also: is this the biggest “fresh start” of all time? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/01/21
Science Rules! Presents is a series of science-focused episodes from some of our favorite shows. This week we’re featuring Hidden Brain's “Humor Us.” Hahaha! The average four-year-old child laughs 300 times a day. By contrast, it takes more than two months for the average 40-year-old adult to laugh that many times. This week, we talk with behavioral scientist Jennifer Aaker of Stanford University about why so many of us fall off a “humor cliff” as we become adults. Plus, how we can inject...
Published 05/27/21
Science Rules! Presents is a series of science-focused episodes from some of our favorite shows. This week we’re featuring Episode #827 of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe from May 15, 2021. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/20/21
We ask Brian Deese — head of the White House National Economic Council — to survey the economic impact of the pandemic and explain how President Biden can make good on his promise to Build Back Better. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/18/21
Vantablack is a pigment that reaches a level of darkness that’s so intense, it’s kind of upsetting. It’s so black it’s like looking at a hole cut out of the universe. If it looks unreal, it’s because Vantablack isn’t actually a color, it’s a form of nanotechnology. It was created by the tech industry for the tech industry, but this strange dark material would also go on to turn the art world on its head. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/13/21
By day, Clifford Johnson is a mild-mannered physicist searching for a Theory of Everything. But in his secret life, he helps slip real science into movies like Avengers: Endgame. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/06/21
The World Health Organization has a long to-do list: address outbreaks in India and South America, distribute vaccines around the globe, and prevent the emergence of the next pandemic. Dr. Bruce Aylward explains how they intend to do it all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/04/21
From the depths of the ocean to the voids of outer space, maps matter. That's the motto of Kathryn Sullivan — astronaut, oceanographer, and former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Jack Dangermond, founder of the mapping software company Esri, joins her to explain the science of “where.” See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/29/21
A brief update from your friends at Science Rules! Coronavirus Edition. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/27/21
It’s a 4/20 special! The head of one of the few labs doing placebo-controlled research on cannabis joins us to blow up everything you thought you knew about weed withdrawal, medical marijuana, the munchies, and why there will never be a breathalyzer for bud. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/20/21
The basketball legend talks about discovering the fun of physics in college and working with Los Angeles’s school system to foster a love of STEM in the city’s kids. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/15/21
The head veterinarian of the Wildlife Conservation Society explains how animals infect humans — and vice versa. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/13/21
The food industry is a wasteland for innovation, or so says Pat Brown. The founder of Impossible Foods explains how animal agriculture wrecks our environment, how chemistry can trick our taste buds, and when we might see Impossible Bacon on our breakfast tables. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/08/21
A leader of NASA's Mars Perseverance rover team explains what we've learned about the red planet since the rover landed and lays out the mission to find — and return — evidence of life. Plus, acronyms galore! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/01/21
Dr. Igor Koralnik explains his research on the neurological impacts of Covid-19, especially with non-severe cases. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/30/21
Harold McGee changed the culinary world in the ’80s with his book on the science of cooking. His new book moves up the face to the nose, breaking down the molecules that make up all the smells around us. He explains why some scents echo each other, how dogs can sniff out cancer, and what happens when a coronavirus takes away your sense of smell. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/25/21
The chemicals we rely on for practically everything are slowly threatening our health, happiness, and the future of our species. Dr. Shanna Swan walks us through the evidence. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/18/21
Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee takes us through his investigation into why low-income countries seem to have largely escaped the pandemic’s wrath — and why they still need to get vaccines. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/16/21
* But didn't know to ask. Rebecca Wragg Sykes will also tell us about the art, language, and mysterious extinction of our brawny cousins. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/11/21
As the first National Climate Advisor, Gina McCarthy may have the most important — and toughest — unelected job in America. So ... how’s that going? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 03/04/21