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057: Happy Atoms with Jesse Schell
The Show About Science
access_time7 days ago
Jesse Schell is a video game designer and a professor of entertainment technology at Carnegie Mellon University. He is also the creator of “Happy Atoms,” a game that helps kids learn how atoms bond to form new molecules. Jesse joins Nate on this episode to talk about how “Happy Atoms” uses technology like augmented reality to teach kids about chemistry.
056: 3D Printed Organs with Anthony Atala
The Show About Science
access_time21 days ago
When organs like kidneys and livers fail, it can be scary—especially for kids. But the science of regenerative medicine, where new organs are created from a patient's own cells and tissue, is a promising new field in medicine. Dr. Anthony Atala is the Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and he joins Nate on this episode to talk about how new organs can be created in the lab using 3D printers.
055: Cicada Killer Wasps with Blake Newton
The Show About Science
access_time1 month ago
Last summer, Nate was walking to the train when he spotted a giant wasp carrying a cicada. Later he discovered that the insect he saw was a cicada killer wasp. These insects will paralyze cicadas with their venomous sting, but luckily rarely sting humans. Blake Newton is an entomologist at the University of Kentucky. He joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to talk about these fascinating creatures.
054: Rust and Corrosion with David Shoesmith
The Show About Science
access_time2 months ago
David Shoesmith is a professor of electrochemistry and corrosion science at the University of Western Ontario in Canada. He joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to explain why metal rusts and how it corrodes. They also talk about an experiment that you can conduct at home to see rust form. 
053: Amazing Kids Do Amazing Things
The Show About Science
access_time2 months ago
Kids can do amazing things. And if you need proof of that, look no further than this episode of The Show About Science! First up is kid inventor Allie Weber, the host of the YouTube channel Tech-nic-Allie Speaking. After that is the story of Sophia Spencer, who inspired the hashtag #BugsR4Girls and co-authored a research paper for Annals of the Entomological Society of America. Finally, Nate chats with Olivia Van Ledtje (better known as LivBit), who hosts The Kidlit Show on Pinna and is an Ambassador for The Gills Club, an organization promoting girls in science through inquiry-based experiences meant to grow enthusiasm and activism for sharks and ocean life.Watch episodes of Tech-nic-Allie Speaking: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZQmNgYJMS1YHaSuCU44E2AWatch Sophia on Good Morning America: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/girl-worldwide-attention-love-bugs-50017043Listen to Sophia on NPR: https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/19/551876044/once-teased-for-her-love-of-bugs-8-year-old-co-authors-scientific-paperLearn more about Olivia and The Kidlit Show: http://www.thelivbits.com/
052: Baby Teeth with Tanya Smith
The Show About Science
access_time3 months ago
What can we learning from studying teeth? As it turns out, quite a bit! Dr. Tanya Smith is working to understand how teeth grow, why they vary, and how this information can advance the field of human evolutionary biology. Dr. Smith joins Nate on this episode to talk about her work.
051: Learning to See the World Around Us with J Steele-Louchart
The Show About Science
access_time3 months ago
J Steele-Louchart is a Perceptual Navigation Instructor with World Access for the Blind. Blind from the age of 12, J began teaching himself Perceptual Navigation based on materials published online by World Access For The Blind Lead Founder and President Daniel Kish. Now J teaches others how to see the world around them using their ears and a technique called flash sonar. He joins Nate on this episode to explain how it all works.
050: Ice Cream Science with Rich Hartel
The Show About Science
access_time4 months ago
What could be more fun than learning about the science of ice cream? Eating it of course! Rich Hartel is a professor and food engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he runs the Hartel Lab. Professor Hartel joins Nate on the show to talk about the science behind everyone's favorite dessert.
049: Thermophiles with Tim McDermott
The Show About Science
access_time4 months ago
A thermophile is an organism that thrives in very high temperatures. You can find them living in the hot springs at Yellowstone National Park. These geothermal pools draw visitors to the park each year because of their beautiful colors. Tim McDermott is a soil and environmental biologist at Montana State University who has been researching the thermophiles in Yellowstone for the past 20 years. He joins Nate on the show today to talk about these amazing microbes.
048: The Science of Science Podcasts with Tim Howard
The Show About Science
access_time4 months ago
Tim Howard turned a vacation to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands into an amazing hour of great audio for WNYC's Radiolab. He now works as an editor on Reply All, a podcast about the internet. Tim joins Nate on this episode to talk about the science of audio storytelling, his trip to Galapagos and a mysterious NYC performance artist named Zardulu. Are Darwin’s finches being threatened by invasive species? Is “pizza rat” and “selfie rat” a hoax? Find out on this episode of The Show About Science. Listen to Galapagos from Radiolab here: http://www.radiolab.org/story/galapagos/   Listen to Zardulu from Reply All here: https://gimletmedia.com/episode/zardulu/ 
047: The Sea Otter Food Court with Patrick Webster
The Show About Science
access_time5 months ago
Patrick Webster visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California as a young, curious kid. There he fell in love with the sea otters that called the aquarium home. After studying marine biology and volunteering with the otters for four-and-a-half years, Patrick now works at the aquarium as a member of the social media team. On this episode, Patrick gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the sea otter program at the aquarium. If you can’t make it to the aquarium in person, you can watch the live sea otter cam on the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s website (https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals-and-experiences/live-web-cams/sea-otter-cam).Music on this episode was written by Jeff and Theresa Brooks and Sound of Picture.
046: DNA Testing with 23andMe’s Jhulianna Cintron
The Show About Science
access_time5 months ago
A few months back, Nate spit into a tube and put it in the mail to have his DNA analyzed by a company called 23andMe. On this episode of The Show About About Science, Nate travels to the headquarters of 23andMe in Mountain View, California to learn more about his results and to discover what DNA can tell us about our ancestry. Joining Nate on this episode is Jhulianna Cintron, the Senior Product Specialist at 23andMe. You can learn more about 23andMe and order your own DNA kit at http://23andme.com.
045: Exploring the Ocean with Samantha Wishnak
The Show About Science
access_time6 months ago
Hey future ocean explorers! Do you dream of discovering new species of squids, octopuses and cuttlefish? Well stop dreaming, because on this episode of The Show About Science, we (virtually) go aboard the Nautilus, a deep sea exploration ship and the home of two robot operated vehicles (ROVs) called Hercules and Argus. Samantha Wishnak, the Digital Media Coordinator for the Ocean Exploration Trust, explains how kids can join the Nautilus scientists via their 24-7 live stream and help them make new discoveries in real time. Get exploring at nautiluslive.org. 
044: How To Study the Brain with Marc Berman
The Show About Science
access_time6 months ago
Marc Berman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Chicago. He recently conducted a study that looks at whether a walk in the park can actually improve memory and attention. The results may surprise you. In this episode, Nate talks to Marc about that study and learns how scientists study the brain. 
043: What in the World are Salps with Larry Madin
The Show About Science
access_time7 months ago
Larry Madin is a Senior Scientist and the Deputy Director and Vice President for Research at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in Woods Hole, MA. He’s also an expert on Salps, an amazing tube shaped sea creature that feeds on phytoplankton and uses a form of underwater jet propulsion to move around. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Larry about these mysterious animals and their fascinating connection to humans. Make sure to check out this website on The Watery World of Salps after listening to the episode: http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=83539&tid=3622&cid=125409
042: Treating Childhood Cancer with Beth Stewart
The Show About Science
access_time7 months ago
Every day, 42 families in the U.S. learns that their child or teen has cancer. Elizabeth A. Stewart, MD is a doctor at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital researching ways to improve pediatric cancer treatments. She joins Nate on The Show About Science to talk about her work and how kids can help.Learn more at https://www.stjude.org/.
041: Deep Look with Josh Cassidy and Lauren Sommer
The Show About Science
access_time8 months ago
How do caddisflies use underwater tape to protect themselves from predators? What is a palm weevil and why are they destroying all of the palm trees in Southern California? How do baby dragonflies eat? These are just a few of the questions answered on the KQED YouTube Channel, Deep Look. Producer Josh Cassidy and host Lauren Sommer join Nate to talk about the amazing creatures featured in Deep Look and explore some big scientific mysteries by going incredibly small. Subscribe to Deep Look at https://www.youtube.com/user/KQEDDeepLook.
040: Coral Reef Restoration with Dave Vaughan
The Show About Science
access_time8 months ago
Coral reefs are important for the health of our oceans and planet. These reefs produce much of the oxygen that we breath, and provide a habitat for the fish we eat. Recently, there’s been a lot of reporting on how climate change is causing the widespread death of these ecosystems. Dave Vaughan is Executive Director of Mote's Elizabeth Moore International Center for Coral Reef Research & Restoration in Summerland Key, Florida.  On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr. Vaughan about his work to regenerate coral and repopulate the reefs in the Florida Keys.
039: Chemical Safety with Maureen Wood
The Show About Science
access_time8 months ago
Maureen Wood studies chemical accident prevention for the European Union. On this episode of The Show About Science, Maureen talks to Nate about how government scientists work to prevent dangerous accidents in factories, and what a trip to the pool can teach us about chemical safety.
038: Animal Inventions with Professor Gizmo Gearloose
The Show About Science
access_time9 months ago
Since 1989, Professor Gizmo Gearloose (aka Christine Buik) has been providing programs to delight and inspire people of all ages with live animals, storytelling, music, and audience participation. Christine joins Nate on this episode of The Show About Science to imagine what man-made inventions may have been inspired by plants and animals. Plus, Nate visits the Sycamore Public Library to see Professor Gizmo Gearloose in action. Music on this episode was written by Jeffrey and Theresa Brooks. 
037: Great Apes and Humans with Jim Calcagno
The Show About Science
access_time9 months ago
Jim Calcagno is a biological anthropologist with research and teaching interests in paleoanthropology, dental anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, and evolutionary anthropology. On this episode of the Show About Science, Nate talks to Dr. Calcagno about gorillas, anthropology, and what makes us human. We also learn more about one of Dr. Calcagno’s former students connection to the show. 
036: The Field Museum with Emily Graslie
The Show About Science
access_time10 months ago
Emily Graslie is the the host of The Brain Scoop and the Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum in Chicago. The Brain Scoop is an educational YouTube channel devoted to exploring all aspects relating to the curious world of natural history museums, and the culture of animal preservation. On this episode of The Show About Science, Emily gives Nate a behind the scenes tour of the Field Museum and introduces him to some of the scientists that work there. Music on this episode was written by Jeff and Theresa Brooks, Sounds Like An Earful and FreeSFX.co.uk.  
035: Sloths with Nadia Moraes-Barros
The Show About Science
access_time10 months ago
If you’re ever in a tropical forest in South or Central America, look up into the trees and you just might spot a sloth. But don’t go too early, these lazy creatures like to sleep late. On this episode, Nate talks about Sloths with Nadia Moraes-Barros, a researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Laboratório Associado in Portugal and the Deputy Chair of the IUCN/SSC Anteater, Sloth and Armadillo Specialist Group. Find out more about Nadia’s work at: https://cibio.up.pt/people/details/nmbarros.
034: Frontiers for Young Minds with Bob Knight
The Show About Science
access_time11 months ago
Frontiers for Young Minds is a scientific journal where the kids are in charge. Scientists submit research papers explaining their work and then kids do the peer review. Bob Knight is Field Chief Editor of Frontiers for Young Minds, and a professor at UC Berkeley with a research program focused on human neuroscience. On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Bob about the journal, the scientific process, and how kids, scientists and PhD students can all get involved in the journal. You can learn more about Frontiers for Young Minds at http://kids.frontiersin.org.
033: Sea Turtle Inc. with Khrystyne Jamerson
The Show About Science
access_time12 months ago
South Padre Island, Texas is home to some amazing wildlife! It is also home to Sea Turtle Inc., a sea turtle hospital with a mission to rescue and rehabilitate injured sea turtles. Each year, mama sea turtles return to the beaches of South Padre to lay their eggs. In this episode, Nate talks to Khrstyn Jamerson, an Educator at Sea Turtle Inc., about her work with these amazing creatures. After listening to this episode, make sure to visit their website.Music on this episode was provided by Bensound and our theme song was written by Jeff and Theresa Brooks. 
032: TRAPPIST-1 and Exoplanets with Michael Gillon
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
About 40 light-years (235 trillion miles) from Earth is a system of seven planets relatively close to the constellation Aquarius. Located outside of our solar system, these planets are scientifically known as exoplanets. This particular exoplanet system, called TRAPPIST-1, was recently discovered by Michael Gillon and his team. Michael chats with Nate about his team’s discovery and whether or not life could exist on these planets. Our theme music was composed by Jeff and Theresa Brooks. 
031: Organic Chemistry with Will Dichtel
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
Will Dichtel is a chemist at Northwestern University and a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. His research is focused on the development of porous polymers known as covalent organic frameworks. On this episode of The Show About Science, Will talks to Nate about his work and gives him a tour of his organic chemistry lab. You can find out more about Will and the Dichtel Research Group on his website: http://sites.northwestern.edu/dichtel/.
030: We Love Science!
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate reports from the March for Science Chicago.  Over 60,000 Chicagoans marched on April 22, 2017 to show their love and support for the work that scientists do. Listen to this episode and then share your love of science with your friends and family! Chicago! Science!!Music on this episode was provided by FreeSFX.com. Our theme music was composed by Jeff and Theresa Brooks. 
029: Marching for Science and Extraterrestrials with Luoth Chou
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
Luoth Chou studies organic geochemistry, microbiology and astrobiology. ​On this episode of The Show About Science, she joins Nate to talk about her research and The March for Science, a series of rallies and marches set to be held in Washington, D.C. and over 400 cities across the world on April 22, 2017.
Special Announcement: The Show About Science T-Shirts
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
We have just released the first Show About Science T-Shirt (and coffee mug, iPhone case, hoodie, shower curtain, etc.). It's our E=MC Goat design. Don't be afraid to buy 13. Each purchase helps support the show. Thanks for being a superfan! Just click the "Buy a T-Shirt" button at http://theshowaboutscience.com for more info.
028: Cracking the Genetic Code with Kevin Esvelt
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
Kevin Esvelt leads the Sculpting Evolution Group at MIT. Their work explores “evolutionary and ecological engineering and responsive science.” Kevin joins Nate on the program to help him with some homework and to discuss a tool for gene editing called CRISPR.
027: Brains On! with Sanden Totten
The Show About Science
access_time1 year ago
In our most ambitious episode to date, Nate visits KPCC, the home of Southern California Public Radio, for a tour of the station. Your tour guide for this episode is Sanden Totten, host of the popular kids science podcast, Brains On! Nate was rolling tape from the moment he arrived and you’re not going to want to miss what happens when these two veteran science podcasters meet for the first time. Music in this episode provided by Jeff Brooks, Theresa Brooks and Sounds Like An Earful (http://soundslikeanearful.com). Make sure to check out a video of the tesla coil on my YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/a-GB2h1FqRU
026: Biology and Tarantula Hawks with Coyote Peterson
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
Coyote Peterson is the host of The Brave Wilderness Channel on Youtube. His passion for wildlife has driven him to embark upon a quest to make animal conservation and education entertaining for the next wave of explorers. On this episode, Nate and Coyote talk about tarantula hawks, snapping turtles, wolverines and the incredible habitats these animals call home.
025: Alphanatomy with Karen Bucher
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate chats with Karen Bucher. Karen is the senior medical illustrator for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a faculty member of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Biomedical Visualization graduate program. She is also the author/illustrator of Alphanatomy, a children’s book that showcases a different anatomical feature for each letter of the alphabet. Alphanatomy is perfect for your aspiring doctor or your average curious kid and is available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2kFvQkc).
024: Climate Change, Evolution and Bacon with John Wiens
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
Dr. John Wiens runs the Wiens Lab at the University of Arizona. In his research, he focuses on evolution and ecology, primarily using reptiles and amphibians as model systems. He joins Nate on the show to talk about what climate change is, it’s impact on evolution and what we can do to help prevent it.
The Show About Science Raffle!
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
Hey Show About Science super fans! We’re having a raffle!! We’re giving away 4 prizes to 4 lucky listeners. The fourth place prize is a set of 8 butterflies drawn by Nate. The second and third place prizes are Star Wars toys. And the grand prize is a Show About Science bobblehead! Here’s how you enter. Go to iTunes and subscribe to The Show About Science. Then leave us a review. Then email my Dad at showaboutscience@gmail.com letting us know that you want to be entered into the raffle. Make sure you do this by January 30th, 2017. I’ll put all of the names into my Abe Lincoln hat and then randomly select 4 lucky listeners. We’ll have pictures on twitter of all of the prizes (follow the show @natepodcasts). Good luck and thanks for listening.
023: Maker Lab with Jack Challoner
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
On this episode, Nate talks to author Jack Challoner about his latest book, Maker Lab. Created in association with the Smithsonian Institution and supporting STEM education initiatives, Maker Lab includes 28 kid-safe projects and crafts that will get young inventors' wheels turning and make science pure fun.
022: Fake Sugar and Fruit Flies with Monica Dus
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Monica Dus, PhD, a molecular biologist at the University of Michigan. She is an expert in fruit fly genetics and her research explores how high-sugar diets may lead to obesity by altering our brain chemistry. In this episode, she discusses how the brain "sees" real and fake sugar differently.
021: Ants with Mikey Bustos
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Mikey Bustos, the owner of AntsCanada Ant Store, an online shop which specialises in ant-keeping. Mikey is also the host of the AntsCanada youtube channel. The two met face to face on one of Mikey's recent visits to Chicago.
020: Butterflies with Doug Taron
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate takes the show on the road to the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago to visit the Butterfly Haven there. Later in the episode, he interviews Doug Taron, PhD, Chief Curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences about the different species of butterflies in the haven.
019: Evolution with Cliff Tabin
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Cliff Tabin, PhD., the Chairman of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. His work ranges from studying the process by which embryos form to how life evolved into all the different types of animals on Earth. In this interview, Nate learns how Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace arrived at one of the most influential and important ideas in history - Evolution.
018: Physics with Dianna Cowern
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
Dianna Cowern is better known as Physics Girl on youtube. And her videos are filled with amazing experiments that you can try at home. Dianna joins Nate to talk about Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and everyday physics. They try to figure out how these two physicists came up with so many fascinating equations. Along the way, Nate tells Dianna about an equation of his own that he has been working on.
017: Vultures with Corinne Kendall
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
We just moved and my dad needed some time to setup the podcast studio at our new house. While he was doing that, I was playing in my new backyard! But now we're back with a new episode of The Show About Science. Today on the podcast, Corinne Kendall joins me to talk about vultures. Corinne oversees all of the research done on zoo animals at the North Carolina Zoo and she also does international conservation work focused on education and anti-poaching efforts in Africa. These scavenging birds of prey are amazing, so get prepared to learn a whole bunch of cool vulture facts.
016: Radiation with Huban Gowadia
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
The Domestic Nuclear Detection Office is a small department within Homeland Security with a big mission to protect the public from nuclear terrorism. DNDO is composed of scientists, military, former law enforcement, and policy analysts and their work requires a lot of science! In this episode, Nate talks to the Director of DNDO, Dr. Huban Gowadia, about radiation, radioactive bananas, Albert Einstein and how scientists solve crimes.
015: Alligators with Adam Rosenblatt
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
If you've ever wanted to know how to catch an alligator, this is the podcast you've been waiting for. In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Adam Rosenblatt, a Postdoctoral Associate at Yale University and alligator expert. Adam’s research focuses on the ecological roles of top predators and the impacts of climate change on predator-prey interactions and ecosystem dynamics.
014: Recycling with Rick Zultner from Terracycle
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
There’s two very exciting days in the month of April. One is my birthday and the other is Earth Day. So in honor of Earth Day later this month, I interviewed my friend Rick Zultner from Terracycle. Terracycle is developing new ways to recycle more than just paper, glass, plastic and aluminum. In this episode, Rick talks about how recycling works, the benefits of composting and answers the question “what is a nurdle?”. Happy Earth Day from The Show About Science!
0XX: Triskaidekaphobia and Superstitions
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
This is the 13th episode of The Show About Science, and people with triskaidekaphobia might be afraid to listen. Triskaidekaphobia is an extreme superstition regarding the number 13. In this episode, I talk to Stuart Vyse, a behavioral scientist, teacher, and writer. Stuart explains the science behind superstitions and phobias - so don’t be afraid to press play. A big big thanks to my Mom for recording this episode. “Triskaidekaphobia” by Jimmy Sutton’s Four Charms is available at http://www.histylerecords.com/four-charms/
012:  Bat Biology with Stephanie Findlay
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to Stephanie Findlay about bats. You'll be amazed at how little you know about these amazing nocturnal creatures. Stephanie is a masters student at the University of Calgary studying bat biology under Dr. Robert Barclay. Ebola, the evolution of bats, vampire bats, dog sized bats - this episode has it all. Get ready to dig into some serious bat biology!
011:  Fossils and Rocks with Duncan Findlay
The Show About Science
access_time2 years ago
In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate talks to geologist Duncan Findlay. Duncan has a PhD in reconstructing the palaeoenvironment using geochemistry, sedimentaology, macropalaeontology and modern analogues and an MSc degree in micropalaeontology. What exactly does all of that mean? You’ve got to listen to find out! You can find out more about Duncan on his website (http://www.realisticgeoscience.com/) or by following him on twitter @realisticgeo.
010: Bees, Mosquitoes and Dragons with Joe Hanson
The Show About Science
access_time3 years ago
In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Joe Hanson, the creator/host/writer of PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart. Nate talks to Joe about woolly mammoths, bees, mosquitoes and the science behind HBO's Game of Thrones. Make sure to check out all of Joe’s amazing science videos on the It’s Okay To Be Smart youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH4BNI0-FOK2dMXoFtViWHw). Also checkout my new website (http://theshowaboutscience.atavist.com) and follow me on Twitter (I'm @natepodcasts)!
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