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The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, Justin Jackson, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist, and Blair Bazdarich, a zoologist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web - check it out and hear a science news program like no other.

This Week in Science – The Kickass Science Podcast Dr. Kirsten Sanford Science Media

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The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, Justin Jackson, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist, and Blair Bazdarich, a zoologist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web - check it out and hear a science news program like no other.

    12 February, 2020 – Episode 758 – How Do Climate Models Work?

    12 February, 2020 – Episode 758 – How Do Climate Models Work?

    Dr. Kiki interviews Dr. Zeke Hausfather on the accuracy of climate models.

    • 46 min
    05 February, 2019 – Episode 757 – Life on Earth

    05 February, 2019 – Episode 757 – Life on Earth

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Global Biodiversity, Plant Life, Homeless Schooled, Grey Seals Clap, Cuttlefish Favorites, Violent Man?, Bee Beats, Coronavirus Numbers Update, Cat Defense or Coincidence?, People Yarn, Red Meat Bad, Super Spider Glue, And Much More…

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    DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER!!!

    As a novel pneumonia inducing virus races around the world

    out pacing containment efforts

    As governments, media, markets and healthcare workers react

    As the number of infected continue to grow

    And as scientists work overtime to construct a vaccine…

    Something to keep in mind…

    It is well within our power to deal with this emergency

    as with many other potential threats to human health

    Through the ongoing investments we make in education

    In research, and our public health systems.

    Without the public investment

    We would be unprepared to identify that an outbreak was occuring

    Without the public investment

    We would be unprepared to discover the source of such outbreaks

    Without the public investment

    We would be unprepared to react quickly, and in an effective manner

    Without the public investment

    We would be unprepared to survive this and much more lethal events

    We are in this together, this world, this life, this experiment called humanity

    And in a very direct way, nothing makes that more clear

    than a pandemic that can cross all borders we set between us

    That, and This Week in Science,

    Coming Up Next…

    Let’s start with SCIENCE!

    Global Biodiversity

    Research from and interdisciplinary team published in PLoS One reports the effort to map biodversity on land and sea in relation to influencing factors.

    • 1 hr 51 min
    29 January, 2020 – Episode 756 – What’s up with nCoV?

    29 January, 2020 – Episode 756 – What’s up with nCoV?

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    2019 Novel Coronavirus (nCoV) Update, Speaking of Snakes, Fly Brain Map, Breathy Butterfly Wings, Forest Fashion Sense?, Bacteria Gonna Share, Trash To Flash?, Melting Faster, Jane Austen Sex Pheromone, Drug Lord Hippo Havoc, Wasp Face Buzz, Music Master, And Much More…

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    DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER!!!

    At the time of this disclaimer

    the world reeling from the threat of a growing pandemic

    A new virus, the likes of which we’ve seen before,

    Is spreading across the planet like the common cold.

    Scientists are watching closely, looking for the source

    Is it bats? Snakes? Something else?

    Nations are taking drastic actions out of an abundance of precaution;

    Recalling citizens from hot spots,

    Airlines are cancelling flights,

    Passengers that do fly are being quarantined.

    Hand sanitizer sales often go hand in hand with such news.

    This is a good time to be in the face mask business.

    And while the world braces for the worst,

    It is important to note that this is nothing new.

    Mankind has been facing novel threats from our environment

    Since the birth of agriculture and animal domestication.

    Since the beginning of civilization.

    When we first began to live together in large groups,

    We exposed ourselves to an environment our evolutionary biology had not prepared us for.

    Ever more so in this age of technology and globalization.

    While lacking a current specific entry on the subject,

    The words of the standard guide to all knowledge and wisdom come to mind:

    “Don’t Panic!”

    But, maybe keep your towel over your mouth for the duration of

    This Week in Science,

    Coming Up Next…

    Let’s start with an UPDATE!

    • 1 hr 56 min
    22 January, 2019 – Episode 755 – Directing Space Traffic

    22 January, 2019 – Episode 755 – Directing Space Traffic

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Interview w/ Dr. Moriba Jah, Cancer T Cells, Snakes And A Virus, Watery Mars Dirt, Wet Rattlesnakes, Helper Parrots, Psychoactive Mood Bump, Greying Hair?, Playful Wolf Pups, And Much More…

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    DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER!!!

    This is not the world you signed up for!

    When you were born into this world, your biology was prepared a very different place

    Millions of years of evolution, a hundred thousand years of language, thousands of years of civilization and now you are a part of an artificial environment the world has never seen before.

    But no worries, you happen to have been born as one

    of the most adaptable species the planet has ever seen

    Your kind has rolled with the changes before,

    and changed in ways that made it easier to survive.

    and while your new environment may pose challenges, your biology will follow!

    Thanks to advances in technology, you might not need to rely on such a large brain

    So it may shrink a bit.

    Your keen physical prowess can relax into a more sedentary society

    No one will ask you to join a mastodon hunt anytime soon.

    Don’t be concerned if there are some hiccups of disease along the way, it’s a temporary trade off, all change takes time.

    Besides, what’s a little diabetes if you no longer need to run from a pack of lions, or chase off a family of bears to get the good cave?

    Just never forget that the skills that allowed your ancestors to overcome the toughest challenges are still with you…

    That smart phone in your hand?

    Just the latest version of a tool mankind has wielded to circumvent the world for millions of years…

    No longer stone, but still crafted to fit nicely in the palm.

    The modern world is not the one your biology was built for… but we’re work...

    • 2 hrs 1 min
    08 January, 2020 – Episode 753 – 2020 Science Vision!

    08 January, 2020 – Episode 753 – 2020 Science Vision!

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Predictions Past, Predictions Future, Localizing FRBs, Ancient Scientists, Brain Organoid Tumors, Insect Screens, Bear Necessities, Flying Guts, Cuttlefish In Glasses, Noodle News, Predated Brains, And Much More…

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    DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER!!!

    There are few things upon which you can always rely.

    Change is one of those,

    The steady friend throughout a life,

    The birth of a new year, the death of an old idea…

    The steady ticking off of moments that make up the dull day.

    A new job, a new love, a new pair of multi pocketed cargo shorts, a brand new car!

    New obstacles, new challenges, new insights and new discoveries.

    Even the old and familiar, the routine and the run of the mill,

    Might begin to hum to a different drum

    There are so many ways in which to encounter change

    that it is often much more difficult to identify the things that have stayed the same.

    One thing that has not changed much over the past ten years is

    The passion and persistence of scientists

    Shaking shadows to see what secrets shakes loose

    providing us with plenty of nonfiction pulp upon which to present

    a podcast full of unpredictable change.

    Your steady friend throughout life,

    This Week in Science,

    Coming Up Next…

    How did we do on 2019 Predictions?

    Justin’s predictions for 2019 were rather extreme, so he went 0/4. But, Kiki and Blair did better than chance, correctly predicting approximately 6 out of 9 prognostications.

    What do we predict for 2020?

    In 2020,

    Justin predicts… 2020 is the year…

    An object in space will be discovered hurtling towards the earth! And while we are powerless to stop it, it will still be ok… as this sort of thing happens every day.

    • 1 hr 48 min
    23 December, 2019 – Episode 752 – A Decade in Review

    23 December, 2019 – Episode 752 – A Decade in Review

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    The Past Decade of Science in Review, And Much More… Merry TWISmas, and a happy New Year, everyone!

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    DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER, DISCLAIMER!!!

    There are moments in time

    when looking to the past

    brings perspective,

    and even more importantly,

    nostalgia.

    It’s been a decade since the 2000’s

    turned to 2010.

    So, let’s look back

    in order to begin again.

    With the science that you have enjoyed on

    This Week in Science,

    coming up next…

    Let’s start our COUNTDOWN!

    2010

    2011

    2012

    2013

    2014

    Support us on Patreon!

    Now, let’s continue with the COUNTDOWN!…

    2015

    2016

    2017

    2018

    2019

    Check out last week’s episode to find out what was tops according to TWIS!

    DON’T MISS THE NEXT EPISODE OF TWIS in the beginning of January,

    • 2 hrs 9 min

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