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Created by: Nate

USA 6-1011+

Started: July 18th, 2015

Status: Active, 121 episodes

Kind: Episodic

Language: English

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The Anachronisms in our Backyards with David Zaya
00:23:22 | Episode: 108 | May 27th, 2024

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate unearths the surprising history of the Kentucky Coffee Trees growing in his backyard and quickly becomes obsessed with germinating their seeds. This obsession leads him to a lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he meets up with plant ecologist, David Zaya, to uncover the evolutionary tale of these trees and the role humans now play in preserving them.

Bacteriophages with Ben Chan
00:14:36 | Episode: 107 | March 24th, 2024

Bacteriophages, also known as ‘phages,’ are the most common lifeform on the planet. They are constantly hunting for bacteria to infect and kill. What if we could harness these tiny microbes to help us in our fight against harmful, disease-causing bacteria? On this episode of The Show About Science, Ben Chan, from Yale University, joins Nate to explore the potential of phages in treating human infections amid the declining effectiveness of broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Urban Water Chemistry with Stephen MacAvoy and Melissa Pierce
00:26:20 | Episode: 106 | January 27th, 2024

In this episode of The Show About Science, Nate heads to the banks of the Chicago River to meet up with Melissa Pierce, PhD, the Technical Program Director at Current, a nonprofit water innovation hub. Together, they explore the complex world of urban water chemistry, focusing on the river’s historical pollution problems and the measures taken to improve the water quality, in particular, an in-depth look at Current’s H2Now program. In the second part of the episode, Nate travels to Washington, DC, to chat with Steve MacAvoy, PhD, a professor at American University. Steve’s research has centered around studying the impact of urban infrastructure on river water chemistry and how the rising concentrations of specific chemicals are impacting our waterways.

A City on Mars with Zach Weinersmith
00:26:53 | Episode: 105 | December 1st, 2023

What it would really entail to conquer the relentless Martian elements, engineer a thriving, self-reliant biosphere, and craft life-preserving abodes within the alien realms of lava tubes?

The Twenty-One with Elizabeth Rusch
00:17:03 | Episode: 104 | October 16th, 2023

What happens when 21 kids sue the U.S. government for a dream of a world without climate change? On this episode of The Show About Science, Nate interviews Elizabeth Rusch about the kids who are working to make that dream a reality. Elizabeth is the author of the new book, “The Twenty-One, The True Story of the Youth Who Sue the U.S. Government Over Climate Change,” which tells the story of 21 young climate activists supported by environmental lawyer, Julia Olson, who sue the government for actively supporting the fossil fuel industry.  

The Puzzling Platypus with Frank Grützner
00:18:29 | Episode: 103 | September 23rd, 2023

The platypus is a fascinating animal that has perplexed generations of scientists. Now researchers are studying the platypus on the molecular level, and it’s just as surprising.

Our Extreme Universe with Kimberly Arcand
00:22:26 | Episode: 102 | August 8th, 2023

Dr. Kimberly Arcand is a Visualization and Emerging Technology Scientist at NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard, and Smithsonian.

The Science of Sound with Kimberly Arcand, Martin Gruebele, Carla Scaletti, and Mark Temple
00:20:35 | Episode: 101 | June 3rd, 2023

Can sound help us understand the complex patterns in our universe? This question leads Nate to Symbolic Sound in Champaign, Illinois, where composer Carla Scaletti guides him on a journey where sound, music, and data intertwine in captivating and thought-provoking ways. Along the way, we’ll meet Kimberly Arcand, who unveils the hidden melodies of space through her celestial soundscapes, delve into the fascinating world of protein folding with Martin Gruebele, and listen to the delicate dance of DNA with Mark Temple.

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Created by: Nate
Started: July 18th, 2015
Status: Active, 121 episodes
Kind: Episodic
Language: English

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