Subglacial Lake

Ep 44: Subglacial Lakes and Life on Frozen Moons – with guest Anja Rutishauser

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Far beneath the Canadian ice cap, isolated from the sun and the wind, lies two entire lakes.  These subglacial lakes, recently discovered by Anja Rutishauser and her team, seem like they shouldn’t exist at all.  For starters, they have a temperature far below the freezing point of water.  This implies that perhaps these lakes are unique […]

Zombees

Ep. 34: Zombees! A Halloween Episode – with guest Dr. John Hafernik

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One day a few years ago, zombees were discovered in San Francisco. No, not zombies.  No brains were eaten, or undead reanimated.  We’re talking about zombees.  This is an affliction currently affecting honeybees in North America.  These bees have their bodies hijacked by a parasite that slowly eats them from the inside out.  As these […]

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Ep. 29: Teaching Science with Animals and Travel – with guest Dr. Meenakshi Prabhune

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Science is all around us, but sometimes, it is easy to be intimidated by the formulas, math, and terminology.  That’s why today’s guest, Dr. Meenakshi Prabhune (or Minu for short), goes about teaching science using things we see in everyday life and things we can relate to – namely, animals.  Growing up in India, she had […]

CRISPR

Ep. 23: CRISPR – With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility – with guest Dr. Leila Jamal

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The power to edit genes is now within our hands.  You may have heard of it.  It’s a technology called CRISPR-Cas9.  It’s taking the science world by storm, due to its ease of deployment and low cost. Now, scientists can edit the genes of plants, animals, and even humans. The idea behind CRISPR originated from […]