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Biology is a science of wonder. Trees that talk, soulful jellyfish, and eucalyptus grenades are here, existing, in our world, and waiting to be discovered- but so often we are turned away from this wonder by the nitty gritty of academic science. Join Queen’s University Biologist Thor van Walsum and his biweekly guest in exploring the juiciest tidbits of Biology with the stupid science put in Layman’s terms.

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Biology is a science of wonder. Trees that talk, soulful jellyfish, and eucalyptus grenades are here, existing, in our world, and waiting to be discovered- but so often we are turned away from this wonder by the nitty gritty of academic science. Join Queen’s University Biologist Thor van Walsum and his biweekly guest in exploring the juiciest tidbits of Biology with the stupid science put in Layman’s terms.

    Ep.7 Turnt Goldfish

    Ep.7 Turnt Goldfish

    Life. Air. Breath. Oxygen. They seem to go hand in hand- as, indeed, we have assumed for millenia-  but, as we all know, don’t. Why is that, and what adaptations do the creatures that creep the earth have to accommodate anoxic life? The answer will take your breath away. Truck yeah.

    • 34 min
    Ep.6 Valentine’s (G)ay

    Ep.6 Valentine’s (G)ay

    Any time you experience nature, be it through the lens of a nature documentary or a guided fungus walk, you are experiencing the world as it is translated to you by our human understanding. In this episode we discuss this phenomenon with regards to human and animal sexuality, as well as the moral, philosophical, and sociopolitical meanings therein. In other words, gay animals.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ep. 5 Gasping Glass

    Ep. 5 Gasping Glass

    Take a breath. Take another. Take as many as you like, but the truth of where what you’ve breathing has been is just the tip of this episode’s iceberg as we explore the deep and diverse world of diatoms.

    • 33 min
    Ep. 4 Mermaids, basically

    Ep. 4 Mermaids, basically

    When someone invites you to a rave, there is a certain novelty to it- a pride in knowing that we, the modern generations, invented the concept. This is not the case. Listen to this week’s episode to find out why!

    • 29 min
    Ep.3 Christmas Koalas

    Ep.3 Christmas Koalas

    Sometimes, be it intentionally or otherwise, tidbits of terrifying misinformation leak from the scientific community into the world and cause quite the ruckus. This holiday season, Thor van Walsum updates you on the tumultuous realm that is the Australian Koala scandal, and the silent war on the world’s biggest anthropogenic landscape that caused it.

    • 27 min
    Ep.2 Bird Gossip

    Ep.2 Bird Gossip

    Going outside, be it in the winter, summer, spring, or fall, you are sure to be surrounded in the chatter of birds. A walk in the woods is brought to life by the passing of notes- but what are they saying, and how do different birds communicate? This episode I am joined by professor Paul Martin of Queen’s University of Canada to enlighten us on the fascinating world of bird gossip.

    • 42 min

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No brainers

This made me laugh so hard - and also great biology cocktail FAQs about brainless beings. I like the dialogue between friends.

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