Goggles Optional Shorts

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This is the Goggles Optional Shorts Feed. On Goggles Optional, scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to listen. The Goggles are Optional!

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This is the Goggles Optional, Shorts Feed! On Goggles Optional, scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combin…
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2015-02-08 06:34
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8.02.2015

Shorts: A Chick’s Guide to the Number Line

If you previously thought that humans were the only creatures on Earth who can count, think again. Researchers have discovered that similarly to humans’ thought processes when counting and visualizing numbers, newborn chicks also have the ability to as...
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Biocontainment

As scientists continue to experiment with strains of bacteria and viruses with hopes of developing vaccinations, there must be a way to ensure that those potentially harmful organisms are contained. We investigate the future of biocontainment and how s...
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Reduced to Dust

We explore the findings of the BICEP2 telescope and discuss why it’s discovery of microwave polarization validating the presence of gravitational waves on early Earth is inaccurate. Episode 66: Chicks dig counting
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Aging Telomeres

Physical aging is inevitable but on the molecular level, our cells are aging constantly. Although the source of aging has not yet been discovered, several theories have linked aging to specific processes that our DNA undergo such as damaging and telome...
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Nanorockets

Would our bodies make viable landing sites for nanorockets? Scientists are currently researching these minuscule flying objects which can be directly targeted towards specific locations in the human body, potentially aiding and enhancing successful dru...
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Deliciously Unboiled

Scientists from UC Irvine and Australia have teamed up to discover a fascinating method of unveiling egg whites. Join us as we “egg-amine” and discuss this unlikely phenomenon on a molecular level. Episode 65: An eggcellent solution for aging and drugs
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8.02.2015

Shorts: Absent Mitochondria

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of a cell. We discuss the interesting correlation between mitochondria and cancer cells, specifically what it means for a cancer cell to be devoid of it’s mitochondria. Episode 63: We nose how to stop colds
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6.02.2015

Shorts: Why Viruses Love the Cold

Put down the Kleenex and sit down with a hot cup of tea as you join us for this exciting segment.  We welcome Ellen Foxman, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Laboratory Medicine at Yale University, and discuss her intriguing research using a strain of the commo...
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4.02.2015

Shorts: A Bright Idea

We introduce an exciting breakthrough in the field of television display, specifically known as Quantum Dot TVs.  Unlike LCD or plasma TVs where the brightness of the display decreases, Quantum Dot TVs are designed to channel energy towards creating li...
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18.01.2015

Shorts: Drunken Tunes

Join us as we explore how studying zebra finches and their unique song patterns in a drunken state parallel our speech patterns and can provide insight into the processes we undergo when we are drunk. Episode 62: Drunk finches are the radio stars!
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Shorts: The Brownian Motion Phenomenon

What is Brownian motion and what does this phenomenon have to do with measuring the speed of colliding particles present in liquids? Episode 62: Drunk finches are the radio stars!
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Shorts: Zoopharmacognosy

Dogs eating grass to vomit?  Birds lathering themselves with ants to kill lice?  White pregnant elephants consuming plants to induce labor?  Join us as we describe what all of these absurd scenarios have in common and why animals do in fact “self-medic...
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Shorts: One-Atom Wonder

A revolutionizing one-atom thick material called graphene that only allows electrons and protons to pass through it is gaining prominence.  Now how can this “two-dimensional” material be used efficiently in fuel cells? Episode 59: Charlie, the Smoking ...
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4.01.2015

Shorts: “Y” Smoke?

We unveil an intriguing research study which examines the possible cause-and-effect relationship between smoking and a loss of the Y-chromosome.  On the molecular level, we discuss why such chromosome abnormalities may explain the disproportionate numb...
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4.01.2015

Shorts: Understanding Black Holes

You might have learned a little bit about black holes already, but have you ever stumbled upon the theory of hawking radiation? Join us as we discuss this phenomenon using quantum mechanics as well as attempt to break down what it takes to “build” a bl...
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4.01.2015

Shorts: Why Humor Builds Relationships

We welcome Dr. Yula Paluy as she describes her unique research concerning the positive impact of humor on our relationships and why it is essential to human nature. Episode 58: Black hole cats
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12.12.2014

Shorts: Cucurbitaceae

Did someone say pumpkins, squash, or cucumbers? That’s right; during Thanksgiving, you may or may not have had one, two, or all three of these deliciously sweet members of the Cucurbitaceae family.  But in fact, the sweetness of these vegetables has be...
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12.12.2014

Shorts: Geckoman

How cool would it be to be Geckoman for a day?  It just so happens that we could potentially have the ability to run up walls and stick to ceilings after a group of mechanical engineers at Stanford built adhesive gloves for humans that are modeled afte...
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12.12.2014

Shorts: Queen Termites

How can queen termites alone produce a fully functioning colony?  Join us as we explore how queen termites have the ability to sexually produce other queen termites through a process known as parthenogenesis. Episode 57: Geckos Optional
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12.12.2014

Shorts: Interstellar

Get ready for an action-packed segment where we travel into space and answer the Top 10 science-related questions from the movie Interstellar! Episode 55: Black Holes and Banana Phones
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12.12.2014

Shorts: Who, What, Where, When, and Cell Phones

We cover a recent study which explores how cell phone usage can be utilized to track the number of people at a specific location at any given time because after all, a large percentage of the world’s population owns a cell phone! Episode 55: Black Hole...
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Shorts: What if Bacteria Have Memory

Is it possible to use synthetic biology techniques to equip bacteria with memory?  We explore this latest possibility and explain the benefits of such “sensor” bacteria in using stored information to trace illnesses as well as target specific infected ...
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17.11.2014

Shorts: The Bat Jam

How do bats catch their prey?  Through chirping!  We discuss this method of survival, as known as echolocation, which allows bats to “see” their food through creating sound waves. Episode 54: Jamming colon cancer!
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17.11.2014

Shorts: The Importance of Data

We welcome Dr. HoJoon Lee, an expert in colon cancer, and speak with him about how studying large amounts of data can indicate cancer progression. Episode 54: Jamming colon cancer!
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17.11.2014

Shorts: Displaced Populations

We welcome Toly Rinberg and Andrew Bergman and speak with them about their humanitarian efforts trying to develop a better means of locating displaced individuals in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Episode 53: Finding people in DisPlace
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17.11.2014

Shorts: Google Takes On Nanomedicine

Join us as we explore Google’s exciting, new project aimed at using magnetic nanoparticles to diagnose cancer. Episode 53: Finding people in DisPlace
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17.11.2014

Shorts: Bacteria, Sugar, and Wires!

What happens after bacteria consume sugar?  We investigate where the electrons travel through looking at the relationship between bacteria and nanowires on the molecular level. Episode 52: Super viruses and Snickers!
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16.11.2014

Shorts: Why Hanger Can Cause Cancer

We all know the familiar feeling of being hangry.  But is it possible that our hanger has more serious implications then our trivial craving for that burger down the street?  It is very possible as we uncover a new study which focused on how our “hange...
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Shorts: Super Viruses to the Rescue!

Equipping viruses with new means of destruction: good or bad?  Join us as we discuss the importance of creating and studying these “super viruses” in the advancement of medical treatments and solutions. Episode 52: Super viruses and Snickers!
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27.10.2014

Shorts: Make Way for the Nobel Prize Winners!

Join us as we highlight the recipients of the Nobel Prize for physics, chemistry, and medicine, or physiology, and their breakthrough inventions. Episode 50: A Nobel recovery from surgery
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27.10.2014

Shorts: The Length of Recovery

We welcome Dr. Brice Gaudilliere and Gabi Fragiadakis who give us a closer look at their study on the length of recovery after surgery and whether or not a patient’s immune system can be a clear indication of how long it takes the patient to make a ful...
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15.10.2014

Shorts: The Truth About “Diet” Soda

We may think that Coca-Cola Zero, Diet Pepsi, and Sprite Zero lessen our intake of both sugar and calories, but in actuality that is not the case.  Join us as we uncover the truth about artificial sweeteners and how these seemingly healthier sodas may ...
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15.10.2014

Shorts: Chimps Wanted for War Crimes

As outrageous as it may sound, chimps go to war.  Some might be motivated to war over resources, habitats, or purely out of aggression.  But what truly spurs their warlike nature?  We investigate this on a deeper level and draw connections to how these...
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15.10.2014

Shorts: The Allee Effect

What do plankton and science have in common?  We welcome biologist Dr. Meike Wittmann who introduces us to her fascinating work studying the Allee effect, a phenomenon depicting the rapid decline in the growth of a population which can lead to even sma...
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13.10.2014

Shorts: Down with Dwarfism!

Is there a solution to dwarfism?  We study the causes of particular types of dwarfism such as chondroplasia and the effects of such mutations on the body. Episode 48: Where have all the unicorns gone?
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24.09.2014

Shorts: Whale Falls

What happens when a whale dies?  We dive deep into the sea to uncover the aftermath of a whale’s death and how this occurrence positively affects the growth of the deep sea community. Episode 46: Biologist-fall
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24.09.2014

Shorts: An Explosion of Color

We all know solar flares as bursts of light coming from the sun, but what causes and goes on behind this magical occurrence? Episode 46: Biologist-fall
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24.09.2014

Shorts: A Demon & A Buffalo

The 2nd law of thermodynamics, entropy, a demon and a buffalo: how are all of these terms related?  We further explore an experiment conducted at Aalto University in Finland which used quantum mechanics to study a system tying these ideas together. Epi...
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17.09.2014

Shorts: The Inside Scoop

We welcome Dr. Kat Arney, a producer for The Naked Genetics podcast, who explores her interest in science communication and education.  She sheds insight on her prior experiences in the lab and offers advice to those who want to share their discoveries...
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Shorts: I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Coffee Beans

More caffeine anyone?  Researchers at the University of Buffalo have sequenced the genome of a coffee plant with hopes of eventually creating “supercoffee” plants.  We further investigate the growth of the coffee plant and the effects of caffeine on ou...
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Shorts: Racing Rocks

Diego shares recent discoveries about “sliding rocks” in Death Valley which explain why these boulders appear to “move” on their own.  These findings are astounding! Episode 44: Beer Goggles 3, Labor Day Edition!
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7.09.2014

Shorts: Half-Drunken Ideas

Listen up as Dave shares a number of his (impossible and possible) ideas that all revolve around the world of science.  Decide for yourself whether his ideas deserve a ‘yay’ or a ‘nay’. Episode 44: Beer Goggles 3, Labor Day Edition!
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7.09.2014

Shorts: Sleep Drunkenness

Sleep deprivation can trigger a strange phenomenon called “sleep drunkenness”.  What is this all about and does everyone experience it?  We delve into a study conducted at Stanford surveying the sleep habits of a number of individuals. Episode 44: Beer...
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7.09.2014

Shorts: An Artsy Robot

Are art and science compatible?  Our very own Nora expands on the creation of a machine-learning algorithm that studies fine art paintings and identifies certain types of influences between artists.  Now that’s what we call an artsy robot! Episode 44: ...
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Shorts: Animal Taste Buds

Is it a coincidence that different animals have different tastes?  Not at all!  Animals gravitate towards certain “tastes” because their diet and survival are dependent upon them.  We add a scientific spin on the traditional “food chain” as we reveal w...
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Shorts: Deep Sea Coral

We dive into a study conducted by 12 marine biologists who ventured in submarines to an affected area of the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  Due to concerns of the oil spill causing unseen damages beneath the surface of the ocean, these marine bi...
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2.09.2014

Shorts: Sound Bites

Why and how are humans able to communicate?  Are we modeling animal language incorrectly?  We study the evolution of language and how our speech patterns and habits contribute to our language abilities. Episode 43: Evolutionary Taste
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27.08.2014

Shorts: A Nice Pair of Genes

How can Tibetan people survive at high altitudes?  Because they possess rare genes!   What are the positive effects of these particular genes and how did this group acquire such beneficial mutations? Episode 42: Goggles Optional’s Guide to the Galaxy
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27.08.2014

Shorts: Lookout for zombie fungi!

What are zombie fungi and why are they parasites?  We dig deeper into how this fascinating parasite functions, as it is dependent upon other organisms to survive. Episode 42: Goggles Optional’s Guide to the Galaxy
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Shorts: Robot Swarm!

Researchers at Harvard University have unveiled what they call a “kilobot”, composed of 1,000 tiny penny-sized robots that can solve tasks as a team.  What does this mean for the future of robotics and in what ways are we going to use these robots to a...
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