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Ep 85: How Paleolithic is the Paleo Diet? What did our Ancestors Eat Anyways? – with guest Dr. Briana Pobiner

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There’s a lot of opinions about the current Paleo diet. Some proponents say eat what our ancestors ate – meat, veggies, fruit, nuts. But what about things like lentils? Beans? Milk or wheat? Are those allowed in the Paleo diet? There are differing opinions. How do we really know what our ancestors ate? Stomachs don’t […]

Ep 83: The West: On the Cusp of a MegaDrought – with guest Dr. Kasey Bolles

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With the wildfires in California, extreme insect infestations in forests, and the duration between rainstorms lengthening, the western United States is in the midst of a drought.  But this drought could be the part of something larger – a so-called “megadrought”, which the United States has not seen the likes of for four hundred years. […]

Ep 82 : The Origins of Language May Go Much Farther Back Than We Thought – with guests Dr. Chris Petkov and Dr. Ben Wilson

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When did language originate?  It’s a tricky question to answer.  We can’t go back in time.  We can’t even look at “fossilized brains” to see how they worked.  So how can we understand the origins of language? Scientists have a few ways to do this.  One way is to scan the brains of living animals […]

Ep 76: How We Found Out Meteors Are Actually Little Rocks From Space Burning Up In The Atmosphere

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It sounds crazy when you say it out loud.  Meteors are rocks from SPACE burning up in the atmosphere.  How did people ever figure THAT out?  Today, I’m talking about the history of meteor showers and discussing the fascinating journey of how people finally figured out what meteors were.   From those initial moments of terror […]

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 […]

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Ep 42: Space Junk, Trash on the Moon, and the Earth’s Copper Ring – with guest Dr. Lisa Ruth Rand

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What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]

Women in Science

Ep. 31: Women in Science – Ruby Payne-Scott – with guest Dr. Miller Goss

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Within the last century, things have changed significantly for women in science.  At the beginning of the 20th century, women rarely were educated in science, and seldom became professional scientists.  Yet there were a few brilliant women who rose to the top.  Today we are discussing one of them – Ruby Payne-Scott. In today’s podcast, […]