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16: Nuclear Physics with Dr Kevin Peter Hickerson! Ghost Black Holes, Ant Man Atoms, Free Will and Fast Radio Bursts

Nuclear Physicist Dr Kevin Peter Hickerson (@kphickerson) from Surely You're Joking Podcast joins Dave to discuss tiny atoms known as positronium, fields of energy known as ghost black holes, the theory of a cyclical universe, determinism, an infinite universe and new AI that has detected dozens of Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs)! Is it aliens? Of course! Isn't it always?  (more...)
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15: Medical Science with Jason Kaye and Dr Steven Kaye, MD! New Neurons, Electrical Healing, False Memories and Crygenics!

Jesse and Dave welcome comedian Jason Kaye (insta: @jasonkayecomedy, @hellkrossband) and his father Dr. Steven Kaye MD, to discuss newly discovered human brain cells, genes that correlate to bravery, how memories can be tricked and growing back limbs with electricity, as well as long tangents about metal band therapy, memory palaces and Ted Williams' frozen head! Hosted by Dave Ciaccio (@daveciaccio) and Jesse Klein (@jessklein1). You can find us at scienceafpod.com, email us at info@scienceafpod.com and follow us @scienceafpod everywhere.  (more...)
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14: Food Science with Katie Molinaro! Old Cheese, Spider Burgers, Angel-Kissed Rum and Clean Meat

Comedian and food blogger Katie Molinaro (insta: @eatitkatie) joins us on the patio lab to talk about the frontiers of food science and research while discussing the oldest cheese ever found, the weirdest foods we've eaten, laboratory-grown food and what we would order for our last meal. Hosted by Dave Ciaccio (@daveciaccio) and Jesse Klein (@jessklein1). Follow us @scienceafpod and visit scienceafpod.com for more links and info!  (more...)
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13: Politics with Kelsey Goldberg! Democratic Socialism, Ideological Entrenchment and The Disgust Response

Comedian and active Democratic Socialists of America member Kelsey Goldberg (@kelseyfgold) talks to us about the current state of politics and what we can do to make the world a better place. We talk about a study showing that the disgust response might contribute to political beliefs, another study that shows how people can become entrenched in their ideologies, how to talk to people who support bad things, and we boldly come out strongly against fascism, sexual oppression and AIDS (the syndrome not the people affected by it).   (more...)
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12: Movie Pitches with Dave and Jesse! Probing the Sun and The Anthropology Anthology

Dave and Jesse pitch movie ideas based on current science stories. Dave reports on the newly launched NASA probe to touch the Sun, and a Pixar movie to go along with it. Jesse pitches an anthology of three great stories of Anthropology, The Laetoli Footprints, Lucy and Piltdown Man. Who wants to Executive Produce? Visit ScienceAFPod.com or Contact us at info@scienceafpod.com!  (more...)
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11: Annihilation with Bryan Musil! Alligator Sharks! Ghost Bears! Alien Octopuses! The Science and Fiction of The Movie Annihilation!

Spoiler Episode! We get deep into the 2018 sci-fi movie Annihilation, directed by Alex Garland and starring Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, et al. We talk about how much of it is somewhat plausible science and how much pure fiction, including the entire plot from beginning to end, so if you don't want to know about the movie before you see the movie, go see the movie! Plus we talk about some genetic biology and the plausibility that octopuses are from outer space!  (more...)
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10: OMG with NASA's Josh Willis! Climate Change, Weather Mayhem, Geoengineering, Greenland's Glaciers and Climate Elvis!

NASA Scientist John Willis (fb: @climateelvis, tw, insta: @omgnasa) tells us about his research for Ocean's Melting Greenland (OMG), and his comedy work as Climate Elvis (https://youtu.be/WGfKRfyhvd0). We talk about the health, economic, migratory and other impacts of Global Climate Change. Plus, how to talk to uniformed skeptics. And some optimistic news about making a change!  (more...)
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9: NASA JPL Open House with Leo Shvedsky and Heidi Lux! Mars Rovers, Space Telescopes, Exoplanets, Yosemite Camping and Astronaut Ice Cream!

Dave visited the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Open House in Pasadena with our guests Leo Shvedsky (tw: @loggface, insta: @spacepocalypse) and Heidi Lux (tw: @Heidi_Lux, insta: @fabulux) to perform some espionage in the name of Science AF! We fill in Jesse about everything we saw, including the next generation Mars Rover, which comes complete with a hovering platform, helicopter drone and rocket to send back samples. Plus moon missions, exo-planets, and the recent discovery of building blocks of life on Mars, and a planet-wide dust storm that's annoying amateur astronomers. Meanwhile Jesse went camping in Yosemite and tells us what he learned drinking beers by the campfire!  (more...)
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8: Gender Studies II! Politics, Pronouns, PC-ness and Practicing Respect

The conclusion of our talk with Reed Brice (@thatdangdingus), a very funny comedian and actor, who is also a non-binary person in the midst of their gender expression journey. We get into the politics and red tape of transitioning. The evolution of the language of inclusion. The meaning of freedom, the absurdity of obstinance and a bunch of other stuff!  (more...)
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7: Gender Studies with Reed Brice! Transgender Science, LGBTQ Science, Hormonal Therapies, Confirmation Surgeries, Penis Transplants and Much More: Part 1 of 2!

We talk to Reed Brice (@thatdangdingus), a very funny comedian and actor, who is also a non-binary person in the midst of their gender expression journey. We talk about gender confirmation and expression, and the complex spectrum of gender that is well documented in both science and religious history. We talk about exciting new breakthroughs in hormonal treatments, including a trans woman who was able to breastfeed her child. The first ever successful penis and scrotum transplant onto a cis-gender U.S. soldier. New studies about the complex relationship of nature vs nurture leading to one's sexual preferences. We get into some bathroom politics, and even onto dog head transplants and werewolves! This is part 1 of 2 of one of the most interesting episodes we've ever done. We hope you'll enjoy the discussion as much as we did!   (more...)
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6: Dystopian Journey with Bart Bidlingmeyer! Self-Driving Cars, Precog Drones, Flying Cars and Martian Helicopters!

Dave and Jesse welcome Bart Bidlingmeyer (@bidsbarto), host of the youtube show Science Garage to talk about the future of transportation technology! We look into the triumphs and homicidal failures of current driverless technologies; a military request to let autonomous drone A.I. decide to kill people; a plan to release autonomous flying cars in Dubai and NASA's proposal to send a helicopter to Mars.  (more...)
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5: Space Madness with Diana Wright! Uranus Stinks, Space Twins, Theoretical Ice and Random Sci-Fi Reviews!

Dave and Jesse welcome comedy writer Diana Wright (@thatswright) to talk about stinky new info on the atmosphere of Uranus, why one astronaut is genetically different than his twin, a theoretical new form of ice, and our scientific and ethical issues with sci-fi films Passengers and Enders Game.  (more...)
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4: Genetic Revolution with Tiffany Aleman! CRISPR, PCR, Armed Dolphins and Human Immortality

Dave and Jesse welcome comedian and biochemistry major Tiffany Aleman, as well as correspondent Bryan Musil to discuss recent advancements in genetic engineering, including CRISPR gene-editing tests on humans and whether or not we should look forward to immortality.  (more...)
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3: AIpocalypse with Richee Aaron! GO Supremacy, Cheating Algorithms, Suicidal Q-Berts, Robots in Limbo

Comedian and former Engineering Student Richee Aaron joins Dave and Jesse to discuss the present and future of Artificial Intelligence, now that Google's Deep Mind AlphaGo has beaten the top human Go Player years ahead of predictions. Plus game-playing algorithms that have learned to cheat, pause the game or commit suicide for strategic reasons, and a computer with the cognitive abilities to lie and cheat as well as a four-year old human, how long until it learns the ethics and social values of an adult? We don't know, do you?  (more...)
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2: The End of Humanity with Anne Yatco! Animal Robots, Eye Worms, Crayfish Virgin Birth, Cloverfielding Humans

Jesse and Dave are joined by Science Jerk Robert Chan and Biomedical Engineer/Comedy Writer Anne Yatco, as they discuss whether Boston Dynamics animal robots will remember how we treated them, if CRISPR will create Cloverfield humans, a squirmingly gross case of eye worms in Portland and a population of crayfish who don't need a partner to reproduce!  (more...)
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1: Welcome to Science AF! Space X, Falcons, Mars Bowie and Eagle Chickens

Jesse and Dave talk about the Falcon Heavy Rocket, The Space Tesla, The David Bowie of Mars, Raptors, Cloacal Kisses, Eagle Chickens, Polyamorous Duck Cocaine Parties, and Eagle Sex Death Dives! Also Molly Wixson (@mollywixson) joins us to talk about Falcon facts!  (more...)