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Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

Meet the Expert: Susan Summers, Zookeeper and Wildlife Biologist Susan has had a career as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and environmental educator. Science and nature have always been part of her life. She worked as a zookeeper for the Ecotarium (formerly known as the Worcester Science Center), the Franklin Park Zoo, and the Virginia Living… Continue Reading Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

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Episode 72: How Did Marine Fossils End Up on Dry Land?

Meet the Expert: Gabriel-Phillip Santos, paleontologist and cosplay science educator Gabriel Santos is a paleontologist and educator at the Alf Museum of Paleontology in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.Sc. in biology at University of California-Irvine, and his M.Sc. in geology at California State University-Fullerton. His previous research interests focused on the Eocene vertebrate… Continue Reading Episode 72: How Did Marine Fossils End Up on Dry Land?

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Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

Challenge: Get and apple and a pencil. Give the apple 2 or 3 stabs with the pencil. Let the apple sit on the counter for a couple of days. Watch and see what happens. (Hint: the apple decaying is like your teeth decaying.) Explore this by making holes of different sizes and maybe even having… Continue Reading Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Meet the Expert: Norman Black, Retired Air Force Colonel and Payload Integrator Norman Black is a seasoned and tested space systems professional with over 25 years of highly specialized technical expertise and documented success in space and satellite operations for the military and civil agencies (NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office). He is a product… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Ryan MacDonald, theoretical physicist   Dr. Ryan MacDonald is a theoretical astrophysicist researching exoplanet atmospheres at Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute. He develops techniques to characterize the atmospheres of these distant worlds using ground and space-based telescopes. Dr. MacDonald is currently working on modeling exoplanet atmospheres in preparation for the launch… Continue Reading Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

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Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Alison Pearce Stevens, biologist and children’s author Alison Pearce Stevens has been chased by a trumpeter swan, bitten by a bronze-winged duck, and served as a climbing wall for geckos and baby bats. She used to be a beekeeper and still thinks pollinators are some of the coolest things on the… Continue Reading Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

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Challenge #66

Challenge: Check out the flora and fauna in your own neighborhood. Quietly observe what you see, write it down in a journal, or draw in your notebook. Then  share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the book on the episode page!

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Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

  Challenge: Sit on the floor with your legs straight. Flex and unflex your feet. Those are your tendons. Draw us a picture of your tendons and with your parent’s permission, send us your drawing Send us a picture  or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll automatically be entered to win… Continue Reading Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

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Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Noelia Dominguez Falcon, Tissue Engineer   Dr Noelia Falcon is a Senior Research Associate at the School of Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia, UK. She works in Dr Aram Saeed’s Lab, and their research is based on tissue engineering and biomaterials. They combine polymeric scaffolds, stem cells, and biologically… Continue Reading Episode 64: How Can 3D Printing Make Implants?

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Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

  Challenge: Listen to the podcast and see if you can tell which is a black hole colliding and how close or far away it is. Did you get them right? Then look up information about a black hole or LIGO and draw a picture of gravitational waves or a black hole. With your parent’s… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists Listen to Black Holes?

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Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

Meet the Expert:  Dr. Eric Thrane, Cosmologist and Astrophysicist Dr. Thrane is  a Professor at Monash University in the School of Physics and Astronomy where he studies cosmology, astrophysics, and gravity. He specialises in astrophysical inference using data from gravitational-wave observatories to answer questions such as: how do compact binaries form, what is the fate… Continue Reading Episode 63: How Do Scientists LISTEN to Black Holes?

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Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

  Challenge: Eat a healthy diet for 3 days. Record how you feel and what your poop looks like in a journal. Then eat your normal diet and do the same. See if you can see the difference in how you feel based on what you eat. With your parent’s permission, send us your results,… Continue Reading Episode 62: How are YOU Like a Dung Beetle?

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