Curioscity

24 EpisodesProduced by Calvin Yeager

Curioscity: informal, informative, for everyone. Learn alongside Calvin Yeager and many other science-enthusiasts as we delve into topics including viruses, chemistry, biology, technology, and methodology (but ironically, not Scientology).

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24 - Model of the Atom (w/ Pedro Rivera Pomales!)

June 13th, 2019

37:38

What scientists understand as the basic unit of a chemical element has been heavily scrutinized for over one hundred years. What are the fundamental components of an atom? What are elements? How did philosophy and …

23 - A Brief History of Evolution (w/ Aaron Griffing!)

June 6th, 2019

50:00

Survival of the fittest is a famous anecdote but isn’t always the best way of describing natural selection. Who was Charles Darwin? Whose shoulders …

22 - The Endosymbiotic Hypothesis (w/ Henry Hsiung!)

May 30th, 2019

36:00

If I told you that hummingbird flight muscle was one of the richest known sources of mitochondria, could you guess as to what a mitochondrial …

21 - Big Data and Machine Learning (w/ Divyanshi Srivastava!)

May 23rd, 2019

42:49

More and more fields collect as much data as possible in order to draw the most principled and specific conclusions possible. Still, without …

20 - What do Scientists do Day-to-Day? (w/ Amber Miller, Heather Giebink, and Tom Henderson!)

May 16th, 2019

45:19

It is clear that not all scientists are the lone, white coated figure surrounded by multicolored vials in the depths of the laboratory. To have an …

19 - Methods to See Really Big Things from Really Far Away (w/ Emma Raich!)

May 9th, 2019

43:35

Last week we discussed seeing objects that are atomically small. Seemingly atomically small from our naked eyes on Earth, it can be incredibly challenging to see entire planets in the universe. Today, we will discuss …

18 - Methods to See Really Small Things (w/ Neela Yennawar!)

May 2nd, 2019

48:10

A picture is worth 1,000 words and scientists’ pictures tend to be crystal structures. What are ways that that scientists can see very small things? …

17 - Invasive Species (w/ Kyla Garten!)

April 25th, 2019

41:41

Invasive species challenge the natural environment of many places they once did not call home. Why are invasive species dangerous? What are invasive …

16 - Worms as Model Organisms (w/ Mahtab Peyambari!)

April 18th, 2019

40:25

Squirm! I’m a worm. With a name as long as Caenorhabditis elegans, you might expect this model organism to be larger. What is a model organism? Why …

15 - What are Biofilms? (w/ Gregory Broussard!)

April 11th, 2019

52:11

Last week we spoke of bacteria, a major contributor to biofilms. What are biofilms and why do microbes make them? How is human health impacted by this mechanism of microbial life? Why do my teeth feel so fuzzy? Let’s …

14 - What are Bacteria? (w/ Neeraj Karamchandani!)

April 4th, 2019

55:02

Imagine having a twin split out of you in twenty minutes flat; each of you split again in another twenty minutes. In a scant few hours, there are billions of you. This happens with bacteria every day in almost every …

13 - Cholesterol (w/ Averie and Chelsea Elias!)

March 28th, 2019

55:41

It’s hard to believe that something as generically described as cholesterol could be so important. High levels of “a waxy substance” result in no …

12 - Enteroviruses that aren't named Poliovirus (w/ Vincent Racaniello!)

March 21st, 2019

1:04:39

The sheer reduction of poliomyelitis-ridden individuals is a testament to how effective the poliovirus vaccines are. Still, related viruses like …

11 - Joseph Lister and Sterility (w/ Donald Hahn!)

March 14th, 2019

45:37

Listerine was not made by Joseph Lister, but was named in his honor. What is the purpose of mouthwash? Why are we urged to wash our hands? Who were some of the physicians responsible for reducing mortality of surgery …

10 - What is the Nobel Prize? (w/ Rachel Kruger!)

March 7th, 2019

31:35

To be a Nobel Laureate is one of the greatest honors that can be given. What does this prize represent? Where are the Prizes origins? Why are there fewer prizes in economics than other prizes? What are the complications …

9 - The Birds and the Bees, Sperm and Eggs (w/ Matt Fares!)

February 28th, 2019

49:04

My earliest memories of life were whistling air and gentle clouds as the stork delivered me to my humble home: a wolfpack! As I grew older, I puzzled …

8 - It's in Their Genes (Nucleic Acids I) (w/ Donna Haines Dale Ayton!)

February 21st, 2019

40:51

Why can’t I give birth to an elephant? Why do each of my feet have five toes and not three toes and two conjoined toes? What is DNA and how is it so fundamentally important to how each of us develop? Today, we’ll …

7 - Grab Bag I (w/ Susan Russell!)

February 14th, 2019

1:27:23

Some topics are short and sweet, but do not warrant an entire episode of conversation. There have been many requests for smaller topics to be …

6 - Batteries: Zap, but How? (w/ Tom Nigl!)

February 7th, 2019

44:33

James Hetfield might have said it best when he said “Battery is here to stay”. Much of humankind has become increasingly more dependent on portable electrical energy. What is a battery? What makes a better battery? How …

5 - How Old are Ferns? (w/ Morgan Engler!)

January 31st, 2019

44:16

Ferns are boring and they look like old houseplants! Well, slow your roll there. Some of these plants' relatives were around before the …

4 - Mice as Model Organisms (w/ Jerome Mack!)

January 24th, 2019

48:14

Squeak! It’s me, a mouse in your domicile. Did you know we mice and humans have an awfully long-standing relationship? Today, we will discuss some …

3 - The Influenza Vaccine (w/ Gavin Hennessy!)

January 17th, 2019

47:19

Many of us have experienced the flu: fever, cough, lethargy, fatigue, vomiting, so on. Likely, less of us have experienced getting the flu shot each year. Whether it be white coat syndrome and a fear of needles, …

2 - The Production of Insulin (w/ Aliza Herman!)

January 10th, 2019

43:11

Three years of Nobel Prizes were directly related to insulin. Today, we’ll discuss what insulin is and why it’s important. Why did the world need a …

1 - Do Scientists Always Agree? (w/ Andrew Woodman!)

January 3rd, 2019

42:28

On this inaugural episode of Curioscity, we delve into a simple question: do scientists always agree? What is a scientist and what does that person do? Are there any misrepresentations of science or the work done by …

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