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Photograph of a grylloblattid - an orange-y insect that looks kind of like a cricket - on a sheet of ice.

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. 

High quality image of the Milky Way, primarily in hues or purple, blue, pink, and orange.

Episode 57: Rose Eveleth on the future, Flash Forward, whether you are your brain, and whether to put that brain in a robot

In this episode – recorded almost 18 months ago but still great – we talk to our first and only cis (?) guest: Rose Eveleth, the creator, writer, producer, and host of the podcast Flash Forward (in Charles’s estimation, the greatest podcast of all time). We talk about the process behind making Flash Forward, the episodes which we feel speak particularly to The Trans Experience, Rose’s attitude towards their gender, the most outrageous guest interview Flash Forward ever had, and the classic question of whether Rose would put their brain in a robot body. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Still from Our Flag Means Death showing a close-up on a pink and yellow moth resting on a finger.

Episode 49: The Science of “Our Flag Means Death”

Like most gay people, we have now watched the HBO series Our Flag Means Death (full season 1 available now!). Unlike most gay people, Charles is a PhD candidate in history and philosophy of biology. In this episode, we touch on several topics in history of science touched on in the show: Linnaean taxonomy and binomial nomenclature, phrenology, and scurvy (caused by humans’ inability to synthesize our own Vitamin C, setting us apart from most vertebrates). 

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