• Crop from the cover of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir.

    Episode 56: Nona the Ninth (SPOILERS)

    It’s Nona time baby!!!!!!

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  • Screencap from TNG episode 'The Neutral Zone' showing two people in frozen capsules.

    Episode 55: “The Neutral Zone” (TNG 1×26) and the Past and Future of Cryonics

    In this episode we use the TNG episode “The Neutral Zone,” in which three people from the 20th century are revived from cryopreservation to find themselves on the Enterprise 300 years later, to talk about cryonics. We touch on its history, whether it actually works (no), whether it could work (probably not), whether we’d do it (no way), and, just for fun, a little on the history and philosophy of death as a concept. 

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  • A crop of the deep field JWST image showing many galaxies and stars.

    Episode 54: What’s the Big Deal With the James Webb Space Telescope?

    In this episode, we talk about the significance of the new James Webb Space Telescope (and why it should have a different name) – how it works, why it’s important, and what people are going to do with it. Also stay to hear the story of how Tessa proposed to her wife, which is extremely dorky and pretty sweet. 

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  • Micrograph of a stain of a portion of secum removed during a colonoscopy.

    Episode 53: Laurel Hiatt on What’s Even Happening In Your Colon

    In this episode we’re joined by MD-PhD student Laurel Hiatt, whose work focuses on somatic mosaicism, or the differences between individual cells, specifically in the human colon. We talk about genetic mosaicism, cancer risk, why the colon causes so many problems, and how Laurel’s work will (hopefully) help develop tools to improve screening and colorectal disease prevention. 

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  • Photo of a female seahorse depositing eggs into a male seahorse's pouch.

    Episode 52: Father’s Day Special – Seahorses and Male Pregnancy

    In this special holiday episode, we talked about Syngnathidae (the family of ray-finned fishes including pipefish, seahorses, and sea dragons), particularly Hippocampus spp. (seahorses) and their unusual reproductive strategy of male pregnancy. We talk about the physiology of seahorses’ pregnancy, with tangents about the complexity of biological sex and reproductive strategies, other fish, evolution, and philosophy of biology. 

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Astrobiology (Tessa's focus)

Entomology (Charles's focus)

This Is Secretly a Podcast About Star Trek

Screencap from TNG episode 'The Neutral Zone' showing two people in frozen capsules.

Episode 55: “The Neutral Zone” (TNG 1×26) and the Past and Future of Cryonics

In this episode we use the TNG episode “The Neutral Zone,” in which three people from the 20th century are revived from cryopreservation to find themselves on the Enterprise 300 years later, to talk about cryonics. We touch on its history, whether it actually works (no), whether it could work (probably not), whether we’d do it (no way), and, just for fun, a little on the history and philosophy of death as a concept.