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Episode 156: How Do Plants Survive in Extreme Habitats?

Meet the Expert: Matthew Biggs, Expert Gardener, author, and broadcaster Matthew trained at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He has presented numerous television programmes, notably Channel 4’s ‘Garden Club’, stepped behind the camera to direct Meridian Television’s popular gardening series ‘Grass Roots’ and worked as Horticultural Consultant for a garden design series on Channel 5.… Continue Reading Episode 156: How Do Plants Survive in Extreme Habitats?

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Episode 155: How Will AI Help Help Humans with Mobility?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Brenna Argall, robotics engineer Dr. Argall is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. Her research lies at the intersection of robotics autonomy, machine learning and human rehabilitation. She is director of the assistive & rehabilitation robotics laboratory (argallab) at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the nation’s premier rehabilitation hospital.… Continue Reading Episode 155: How Will AI Help Help Humans with Mobility?

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Episode 154: How Do You Slow Down a Spaceship?

Meet the Expert:  Julie Wolfson,  Orion Program Risk Manager at Lockheed Martin In this role, she works to ensure that Orion risks to the success of every Artemis mission are identified early and handled properly. She collaborates with engineers from multiple disciplines analyzing technical and safety concerns, and finance staff to accurately assess the potential… Continue Reading Episode 154: How Do You Slow Down a Spaceship?

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Episode 153: Why are Shark Teeth Shaped like That?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Lisa Whitenack, Associate Professor and Shark Expert Associate Professor of Biology Lisa Whitenack has contributed to two chapters in the third edition of Biology of Sharks and Their Relatives. She is the lead author of the book’s first chapter, which is about shark paleobiology, with co-authors from Yale University and the… Continue Reading Episode 153: Why are Shark Teeth Shaped like That?

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Episode 152: How Do You Move a Rocket?

Meet the Expert: Dan Zapata, Crawler Systems Engineer, Exploration Ground Systems Kennedy Space Center Dan Zapata is a crawler systems engineer for the Exploration Ground Systems Program at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. One of seven certified drivers for the agency’s crawler transporters –six-million-pound platforms that carry rockets and spacecraft from Kennedy’s iconic Vehicle… Continue Reading Episode 152: How Do You Move a Rocket?

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Episod 151: Can You Problem-solve Like an Orangutan?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Laurel Neme, science writer for National Geographic As a young girl growing up outside of Chicago, Laurel Neme dreamed of helping animals. At first, she wanted to be a large animal veterinarian and talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle. Later, she wanted to be an animal scientist like Jane Goodall,… Continue Reading Episod 151: Can You Problem-solve Like an Orangutan?

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Episode 150: How Do You Build a Droid?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Topher Hunter, scientist and expert droid builder Topher Hunter, PhD, is a scientist at a small medical device company. However he didn’t start out planning to go there. He’s been a professor of engineering, a company scientist, a volunteer medical first responder, a professional photographer, and a professional science communicator at… Continue Reading Episode 150: How Do You Build a Droid?

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Episode 149: How Do You Study Manatees?

Presidential Award-Winning teacher and hula hoop enthusiast, Beth loves bringing real world science to kids! A graduate of College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine, she loves engineering challenges, technology, environmental education, and outdoor learning spaces. After 25 years teaching kindergarten, she’s excited to share her passion and experience on-line with classrooms from around the… Continue Reading Episode 149: How Do You Study Manatees?

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Episode 148: How Do You Get Energy from the Wind?

Neil Milani is currently a senior application engineer for Bachmann electronic and lives in Greenville, SC with his wife, 2 kids and Bongo their pet sugar glider. He has a B.S. in both Physics and Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering along with 30 years of experience working in automotive, telecom and renewable energy… Continue Reading Episode 148: How Do You Get Energy from the Wind?

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Episode 147: How do you make a spacecraft safe?

Meet the Expert: Vera Demchenko, Systems Verification & Test Engineer with Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program.   Vera Demchenko is a Systems Test and Verification Engineer on Lockheed Martin’s Orion Program, which aims to return humans to the Moon and beyond. In this role, Vera ensures that the Orion spacecraft is properly tested and verified for… Continue Reading Episode 147: How do you make a spacecraft safe?

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Episode 146: What Does a Primatologist Do?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Mireya Mayor, Primatologist, Explorer, “Her Wildness” Dr. Mireya Mayor is a world-renowned primatologist and explorer, an award winning TV host and a recognized science communicator. As National Geographic’s first female wildlife correspondent, Mireya has hosted dozens of documentaries, including her own Nat Geo Wild! series Wild Nights with Mireya Mayor and… Continue Reading Episode 146: What Does a Primatologist Do?

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Episode 145: How Do Astronauts Live in Space?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Mike Harrison, Chief Medical Officer for Axiom Space   Michael  Harrison, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. is the Chief Medical Officer for Axiom Space.  Dr. Harrison is also an emergency medicine and critical care medicine physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL. He is an aerospace medicine specialist. His interests include operational… Continue Reading Episode 145: How Do Astronauts Live in Space?

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