biodiversity

Ep 74: Is the Biodiversity of Earth Doomed? with guests Dr. Pamela McElwee, Dr. Kai Chan, and Dr. Alex Pfaff

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The statistics are staggering.  One million species are close to extinction.  No ecosystem is left untouched.  Corals in the sea, forests on a windy bluff, jungles, deserts.  The biodiversity of the Earth is declining at worrying rates. What is causing this decline? Is it due to climate change, pollution, over-exploitation of resources, or something else? […]

Mind Uploading

Ep 73: Mind Uploading: The Key to Eternal Life? with guest Dr. Michael Hauskeller

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The newest seekers of immortality are on a radical quest: mind uploading.  These people think that it may be possible to take all of the information locked within the folds of creases of their brains and upload it to the internet.  Decoupled from their mortal bodies, they would be free forever. Free from suffering, free […]

Epileptics with Mystical Experiences

Ep 71: Epileptics with Mystical Experiences – with guest Dr. Joseph Tennant

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Imagine that you have a mystical experience that changes your life.  Perhaps you see the face of Jesus, Muhammad, or Buddha.  Perhaps you feel the Universe pouring out love into your being.  Or perhaps you just feel immense peace. Now imagine that this experience is actually the result of an epileptic seizure.  This is the […]

decoding a message from ET

Ep 68: They’re Not Speaking English – Decoding a Message from ET – with guest Dr. Sheri Wells-Jensen

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What would happen if we found a message from a civilization on another planet? Chances are, they won’t be speaking English. We can’t talk to dolphins, dogs, or trees. What makes us think we ever would able to understand a message from not only another species, but from another planet? How would we go about […]

improving women's healthcare

Ep 62: Improving Women’s Healthcare: The Calla Campaign: with guests Libby Dotson and Andrea Kim

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No women should ever die of cervical cancer.  It grows very slowly, giving time for detection.  In a perfect world, it would be discovered before it grows into its deadly form.  But in reality, there are many barriers to women’s healthcare.  Lack of access.  Cost.  Misinformation.  And shame when talking about the female body.  Let’s […]

dementia and Alzheimer's change who you are

Ep 58: Who Are You Anyways? Does Dementia and Alzheimer’s Change Who You Are?: with guest Dr. Nina Strohminger

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Millions of people worldwide are suffering from the brain diseases Alzheimer’s and dementia.  These diseases take a toll not just on the patients, but also their loved ones.  These spouses, children, and friends  may be forgotten, left by themselves to question where this leaves their relationship.  In some cases, they might even think that their […]

Cartoons and science

Ep 53: Down the Rabbit Hole: Scientific Comics and Storytelling – with guest Dr. Matteo Farinella

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When you think of ways general science is communicated to the public, you probably think of a PBS documentary, a fun youtube video, the science section of Barnes and Nobel, or maybe even your favorite podcast (wink wink). But can scientific comics be an equally effective way at communicating science?   Matteo Farinella thinks so. Matteo […]