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

April 18th, 2019


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!)

December 31st, 2018


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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