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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

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    • Science
    • 4.9 • 844 Ratings

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

    Geology (ROCKS) Part 2 with Schmitty Thompson

    Geology (ROCKS) Part 2 with Schmitty Thompson

    We’re back! Listen to Part 1 first, then hit this follow-up with your favorite geologist Schmitty Thompson, who answers listener questions a-plenty. Such as: What is a geode? Are crystals in gift shops even real? Where’s the best place to look at rocks? Is ice a rock? Plus: rock puns, favorite rocks, best and worst rock names, long hikes, imposter syndrome, lab-grown diamonds, fossilized trees, space rocks, lead poisoning, and puns. Welcome back to Schmitty’s Geology Corner. We’ve been waiting for you.


    Schmitty’s bio: https://mitrovica.eps.harvard.edu/people/schmitty-thompson

    Donations went to Skype a Scientist & MinDat.org

    Those cool squid stickers

    Other episodes you may enjoy: Teuthology (SQUIDS), Areology (MARS), Ludology (VIDEO GAMES), Volcanology (VOLCANOES), Gemology (GEMS & MINERALS), Astrobiology (ALIENS), Eschatology (THE APOCALYPSE)
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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media
    Transcripts by Emily White of The Wordary
    Website by Kelly R. Dwyer
    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    • 48 min
    Smologies #15: FAMILY TREES with Stephen Hanks

    Smologies #15: FAMILY TREES with Stephen Hanks

    It’s a shorter, swear-free version of the wonderful Genealogy episode with author Stephen Hanks -- who teaches genealogy classes in Portland, Oregon and has contributed to PBS genealogy documentaries. We chat histories, mysteries, memories and families, plus what ignited his passion for learning about his own history. Also: how to find your family through census records, county archives, and death certificates; which DNA tests he’s taken; our most recent common ancestor; and whether or not he wears a detective cape.

    • 19 min
    Geology (ROCKS) Part 1 with Schmitty Thompson

    Geology (ROCKS) Part 1 with Schmitty Thompson

    What is a rock? How big is a boulder? Why are they pretty and heavy? It’s rock talk with a true enthusiast, the charming and beloved Geologist Schmitty Thompson. Schmitty walks us through different types of rocks, minerals, geological formations, roadside wonders, countertop crystals, stone skipping, and why you should stare lovingly into a pit of gravel. There were so many listener questions, we had to make this a two-parter people. So roll up a boulder, take a seat, and enjoy Schmitty’s Geology Corner. Also: losing my marbles.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Oreamnology (MOUNTAIN GOATS ARE NOT GOATS) with Julie Cunningham

    Oreamnology (MOUNTAIN GOATS ARE NOT GOATS) with Julie Cunningham

    Mountain goats are not goats. And there’s only one living species, Oreamnos americanus. WHAT?? Montana-based wildlife biologist and Oreamnologist Julie Cunningham counts mountain goats from helicopters, traps and tests them for science, and spends even her off days searching for them on mountaintops. We cover their population, sensual mating habits, the feel of their wool, pungent goatwhiff, tips for hikers and how these animals defy gravity scaling near-vertical cliffs. Oh also, why your favorite trail might be delicious.
    Julie Cunningham’s bio
    A donation was made to the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance: GoatAlliance.org
    You may also enjoy: Cervidology (DEER), Bovine Neuropathology (HEADBUTTING), Neuropathology (CONCUSSIONS), Cryoseismology (ICEQUAKES), Bryology (MOSS), Phenology (SEASONS)
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    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media
    Transcripts by Emily White of The Wordary
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    Theme song by Nick Thorburn

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Diplopodology (MILLIPEDES & CENTIPEDES) with Dr. Derek Hennen

    Diplopodology (MILLIPEDES & CENTIPEDES) with Dr. Derek Hennen

    How many legs? Why so many legs? What's a millipede versus a centipede? And again WHY SO MANY LEGS. We have just the guy for that: Diplopodologist Dr. Derek Hennen. As a person who’s spent over a decade sorting through leaf litter and naming scores of new species, Derek is truly a champion for the multi-limbed little critters. If you liked what Casey Clapp brought to Dendrology, get ready to appreciate millipedes like you never thought you would. Also: mythology gossip, world records, Taylor Swift fandom, and sniffing bugs.

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Critical Ecology (SOCIAL SYSTEMS + ENVIRONMENT) with Suzanne Pierre

    Critical Ecology (SOCIAL SYSTEMS + ENVIRONMENT) with Suzanne Pierre

    How do societal structures affect the planet? Why should we get to know our neighbors? What’s the ecological price we pay for … stuff? Yep, there’s an -ology for that. We chat with the founder of Critical Ecology: biogeochemist, National Geographic Explorer, researcher and plant nerd, Dr. Suzanne Pierre. Dr. Pierre’s Critical Ecology Lab is involved with research on the biomes of former plantations, air pollution, agricultural runoff, and even asking questions about wildfire science and the prison system. She explains how the Big Picture can always zoom out and be a little bigger. Before you know it, you’ll see Critical Ecology everywhere you go.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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844 Ratings

844 Ratings

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