In this episode we’re joined by science superstar (pun intended) Lucianne Walkowicz to talk about their research, who space belongs to (including whether it can “belong” to anyone), and how gay space is. Charles also defends leeches (they probably won’t give you diseases!), the animal, but not leeches, metaphor for the capitalist class.
Episode 62: The (Trans) Body in Space
In this the first episode of Trans Medicine March – the one month of the year where this podcast is specifically and explicitly about being trans, and specifically aspects of medical transition – we begin with a consideration of how time in space affects the human body in general, and how being someone who has medically transitioned might interact with that. Also NASA: Send Tessa to space already.Read more »
Episode 61: Genetic Control of Courtship Behaviors in Flies and Roaches (Happy Belated Valentine’s Day)
In this episode which is definitely right on time for Valentine’s Day, Charles tells Tessa about a paper he read on the fruitless gene (originally identified in Drosophila melanogaster, the “laboratory fruit fly”) and its possible control over the courtship behavior in Blattella germanica, the “German cockroach,” another classic model organism. Tangents of variable length include how crucial genitals are to entomology, the placement of cockroaches in the insect family tree, and how cockroaches never get their due respect.Read more »
Episode 60: Jackson Reyna on Chemistry, Fire, and the Chemistry of Fire
On this episode we’re joined by PhD student Jackson Reyna to talk about his love of chemistry and specifically fire. Some topics include organometallics, practical applications of chemical research, what is fire, and whether and under what conditions we’d all be willing to participate in experimental medicine.Read more »
Episode 59: Dead Dinosaurs, Cockroach Sperm, and Monkey Testicles – A Science Sampler Platter for the New Year
In this episode, the two of us share several different interesting topics we’ve read about recently, including the timing of the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, the first fossil cockroach found with its sperm, the use of ultrasound as contraception for mammals, extremely dangerous theoretical rockets, and unethical animal experimentation in the American mid-twentieth-century. Warning for animal abuse (or at least dubiously ethical animal experimentation).Read more »
Episode 58: Where Do Insects Go When It’s Cold?
In this episode, we address what happens to all the insects when it’s cold out – where do they go? how do they survive? how do you survive freezing temperatures? Including the elusive grylloblattids, freeze tolerant cockroaches, Alaskan stoneflies, and even some butterflies.Read more »