Science Underground

Science Underground is a two-minute podcast hosted by TED speaker and scientist Ainissa Ramirez. By the time you sip your coffee or eat your cereal, Science Underground explains a science topic in a fun and understandable way. The show explores a range of topics—some that are pulled right from the headlines, others are topics you’ve been wanting to know. Ainissa interviews tops scientists and translates their work in everyday language--arming you with science nuggets for the next lunch table chat, water cooler klatch, or cocktail party. Each week there is a separate topic that can be listened to before class or when you have a brief moment to spare. The ideas will give you much to think about long after the podcast is over. New episodes are released on Sunday mornings. (Many topics align with NGSS.)

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http://scienceunderground.org
Description
Science Underground is a two-minute podcast hosted by scientist Ainissa Ramirez. In the time it takes you to sip your coffee or eat your cereal, Science Underground explains a science topic in a fun and understandable way. The show explores a range of topics—some that are pulled right from the headlines, others are topics you’ve been meaning to know. Ainissa interviews tops scientists and translates their work in everyday language--arming you with science nuggets for the next lunch table chat, water cooler klatch, or cocktail party. Each week there is a separate topic that can be listened to before class or when you have a brief moment to spare. The ideas will give you much to think about long after the podcast is over. New episodes are released on Sunday mornings to start the workweek on the right foot.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-05-21 00:44
last episode published
2016-07-01 17:30
publication frequency
6.41 days
Contributors
Ainissa Ramirez of Science Underground author  
Ainissa Ramirez owner  
Explicit
false
Number of Episodes
39
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Categories
Science & Medicine Natural Sciences

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
1.07.2016

The Science of Fireworks

Fireworks are a display of color and chemistry. Everyone loves fireworks, especially astronomers. Find out why.
26.06.2016

How Fireflies Make New Medicines

Fireflies light up the summertime night, but the glowing molecules inside them are also used by scientists to make new drugs.
19.06.2016

Can We Make A Transporter?

Lots of technologies on Star Trek have become a reality. But what is missing is the transporter. Lawrence Krauss, physicist and author, sheds some light on the possibilities. 
12.06.2016

Making Ketchup Hurry Up

Ketchup takes a long time to come out of the bottle. Fortunately, science has a few answers for how to help ketchup hurry up.
5.06.2016

ZOMBEES

Honeybees are turning into zombie bees after a small fly injects a parasite into them. Scientists are asking everyone to report weird bees at zombeewatch.org.
29.05.2016

How Animals Camouflage

Get ready to be introduced to nature's best master of disguise--the cuttlefish.
22.05.2016

Smart Shirts

In the future, you will be able to download data from your shirt, which has electronics embedded in the fabric.
15.05.2016

How Lightning Makes Magnets

When lightning bolts zap iron minerals they make magnets called lodestones. NASA scientists coax bolts to strike rocks using a trick from Ben Franklin.
8.05.2016

Say Cheese, Pandemic

There are special cameras, called thermal cameras, that can detect heat. These cameras are the first defense against threats and diseases.
1.05.2016

Saving Monarch Butterflies

Twenty years ago, there were a billion monarch butterflies. Now, there are less than 10 percent of them left. Their disappearance is linked to a weed. 
24.04.2016

Meat Grown in a Lab

Scientists can now grow beef outside of the cow. In the not-so-distant future, you might get your burger from a beaker.
17.04.2016

How Animals Gossip

Imagine if we could talk to the animals. To do so, we will have to think about time differently.
10.04.2016

How Plants Know Which Way Is Up

Seeds that are buried deep in the soil need to figure out which way their roots and stem should go. Ends up they have special cells to tell them what's up.
3.04.2016

Bubbles that Print

Deep in your ink jet printer are millions of explosions, which cause bubbles that help you print.
27.03.2016

Space Suit Secrets

Astronauts wear special suits so that they can work many hours in space. Find out about a special accessory they wear, which is very useful if they drank too much Tang in the morning.
20.03.2016

Invisibility Cloaks

Scientists have made invisibility cloaks in the laboratory. What does it take to make something invisible? A bit of brain trickery.  
13.03.2016

As Sweet As Pi

Pi is the mysterious number of 3.14 that keeps our appliances running, our GPS going, and our clocks ticking. This number is pretty sweet.
6.03.2016

How Atoms Keep Time

We keep time by measuring repeating patterns, like a swinging pendulum or the earth's rotation. But, the best way to measure time is with atoms inside atomic clocks.
28.02.2016

How Frog's Legs Helped Make the Oscars Possible

In the 1700s, a scientist was dissecting frogs and found the legs twitched when touched with his tools. This freaky experiment allows us to make golden statues and get power from batteries.  
21.02.2016

Making a Phone Call in Ancient Africa

To send messages over long distances, the ancients used a drum. Recently, scientists have discovered how drum beats travel for miles with the help of the surface of the Nile.
10.02.2016

The Science of Chocolate

Chocolate is tasty chemistry. What takes weeks to prepare, takes moments to enjoy. The steps from tree to your tongue are described. 
7.02.2016

Concussions

Concussions seem to be in the news lately. A leading expert explains what is going on in the brain during a concussion.
31.01.2016

High Tech High Heels

The design of the high heel shoe is over a century old. However, there are new materials and modern technologies that can make shoes more comfortable. Fashion engineers are on a mission to rescue hurting feet. 
24.01.2016

Why is Snow White?

Water is clear, but snow is white. Light dances on the snowflake edges creating this white color.
17.01.2016

How Lakes Create Blizzards

Cold dry air from Canada traveling over clear lakes are the ingredients for a miserable winter.
10.01.2016

The Science Behind the Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is a beautiful example of the marriage between materials and mathematics. The secret behind this monument's longevity is revealed.
3.01.2016

The Skinny on Fat

Our waistlines are increasing partly because of our modern diet, but also because of our Stone Age bodies. Back then, food was rare. Now? Not so much.
27.12.2015

Light From Sand

LEDs are small lights that come from a material that is under your feet at the beach--sand. The uses of LEDs are almost as numerous as the grains of sand that make them.
20.12.2015

This Is Your Brain on CTE

Boston University's Dr. Robert Stern tells us about a brain disease that has been in the news recently -- CTE.
20.12.2015

Why Snowflakes Have Six Sides

Snowflakes have six sides. The answer to why can be found in your local supermarket in a stack of oranges.
13.12.2015

How Origami Saves Lives

Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. Today, origami can be seen in pizza boxes and fancy napkins, but it can also save your life in a car accident.
6.12.2015

How Chameleons Change Color

The colors we see in a chameleon's skin is not really what it seems. Their skin is playing with light in the same way soap bubbles do. 
29.11.2015

Molecules That Heat The Planet

Sitting in a hot car is the same thing that is happening to the earth. Molecules are trapping heat and warming the planet. If we all work together we can stop this trend. 
22.11.2015

Taste With Your Nose

While we think the tongue is responsible for taste, actually the nose has a nose for it. Food without your nose would be pretty boring.
15.11.2015

How Bubbles Catch Comets

Soap bubbles are not just for kids. Foams can help you from spilling your coffee and can help scientists understand the origin of our solar system. 
8.11.2015

Tires From Lettuce

There are 2 billion tires sold every year and each takes several gallons of oil to make it. Scientists have found an unusual source of natural rubber that is hidden in your salad. 
1.11.2015

How Leaves Change Color

The secret for how leaves change color is uncovered. Find out how yellow and orange colors are made and how they are made differently from the reds and the purple colors. The best tree to see in the fall is also revealed.  
1.11.2015

Football Science with Jerry Rice

NFL legend Jerry Rice discovered something that perplexes rocket scientists. The football looks different if thrown by a left-handed or right-handed quarterback and will drift off its target. The reason? The spin.  
1.11.2015

Intro to Science Underground

The host of Science Underground invites you to explore the wonders of the world and to get back in touch with your inner scientist. Welcome the the Underground ... Science Underground.