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Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.sciencepodcastforkids.com for more information and educational content.

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Exploring stories of science discovery. Tumble is a science podcast created to be enjoyed by the entire family. Hosted & produced by Lindsay Patterson (science journalist) & Marshall Escamilla (teacher). Visit www.sciencepodcastforkids.com for more information and educational content.

    Where Do Viruses Come From?

    Where Do Viruses Come From?

    How do animals get viruses to pass on to humans? That’s what listener Ian wanted to know. To find out, we’re exploring the science of virology - the study of viruses. Virologist Dr. Jasdave Chahal explains how coronavirus jumped through two species into humans, and where they came from in the first place. Plus, we’ll find out how scientists discovered viruses before even seeing them, and how they built the tools to fight back.

    We have more virology resources on the blog for this episode on our website, www.sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    Want to hear more from our interview with Jasdave? We have a bonus interview episode available for Patreons, when you pledge $1/month or more at patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    Do you have questions about coronavirus? Send them to us at tumblepodcast@gmail.com.

    Correction: A previous version of this episode stated that viruses were first discovered in rabies. They were discovered in tobacco mosaic virus. The new version makes the correction that viruses were first hypothesized in rabies, but discovered later in tobacco plants.

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    Coronavirus: Preguntas y Respuestas Para Niños

    Coronavirus: Preguntas y Respuestas Para Niños

    Si tienes preguntas sobre el coronavirus, tenemos las respuestas. El coronavirus nos está afectando a todos y puede parecer peligroso y difícil de entender. Por esta razón, Tumble reunió preguntas de sus oyentes y contactó con un experto para responderlas. Le preguntamos al Dr. Juan Dumois, un médico pediátrico de enfermedades infecciosas, lo que todos nos estamos preguntando, especialmente los niños:****

    He escuchado que el coronavirus empezó con unos murciélagos y quería saber si esto es cierto. Y si fue así, ¿qué pasó? 

    ¿De dónde proviene el nombre del coronavirus?

    ¿Cómo se transmite el coronavirus de persona en persona?

    ¿Por qué el coronavirus parece ser más peligroso para la gente mayor que para los niños?

    ¿Puedo darle besos y abrazos a mi abuela?

    ¿Le puede dar coronavirus a mi mascota?

    ¿Cómo puede la ciencia ayudar a frenar este brote?

    Esta es una versión especial en español de Tumble, producida por Nuria Net y Alex García de La Coctelera Music. ¡Gracias a todos los que ayudaron con este episodio!

    Para más recursos (en inglés) sobre el coronavirus visita nuestra página web, sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    También te puede interesar este episodio sobre los virus y las vacunas (en inglés): The Sign of the Ninja Virus. 

    Si estás buscando actividades, también tenemos materiales educativos para acompañar algunos de nuestros episodios. Si utilizas el código COVID, puedes descargarlos de forma gratuita durante la cuarentena del coronavirus. Solo tienes que ir a “Teacher Store” en nuestra página web y poner COVID al finalizar la compra. 

    Esperamos que este episodio especial te ayude a entender el coronavirus desde un punto de vista científico y que durante estos tiempos inciertos, ayude a los niños y a sus familias a proteger a sus seres queridos más susceptibles.

    • 13 min
    Answering Kids’ Coronavirus Questions

    Answering Kids’ Coronavirus Questions

    **Evidence about behavior and contagion has evolved since this podcast was released. Please refer to current reporting from trusted sources like Stat News for updated information about coronavirus.**

    Do you have questions about coronavirus? We’ve got answers. Coronavirus is probably affecting your life right now, and it can seem scary and complicated to understand. That’s why we collected questions from listeners, and got an expert to answer them. We asked Dr. Juan Dumois, an infectious disease pediatrician, these questions and more:

    Did coronavirus really originate from bats, because that’s what I heard? If so, how did it happen?

    How did coronavirus get its name?

    How does coronavirus travel to different people?

    Why does coronavirus seem more dangerous for the elderly than it is for kids?

    Can I still hug and kiss my grandma?

    Can my pet get coronavirus?

    What will it take to end the outbreak? How can science help?

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to this episode!

    We’ll have more resources for kids about coronavirus on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    You might also want to listen to our episode about viruses and vaccines: The Sign of the Ninja Virus.

    If you’re looking for activities, we also have educational materials to go along with some of our episodes. We are making them free during the coronavirus outbreak with the code COVID. Just go to our “Teacher Store” on our website and enter COVID at checkout.

    We hope this special episode helps you understand the science behind the coronavirus, and how kids and families can help keep vulnerable people safe during this uncertain time.

    • 19 min
    The Physics of Basketball

    The Physics of Basketball

    Can science make you better at sports? Sports scientist John Drazan says the answer is yes. John shares how losing a high school basketball game made him start thinking like a scientist. His high school physics teacher stepped in to explain how an idea called “mechanical advantage” could have saved the last point of the game - and changed his life forever. Join us to hear John’s aha moment, and hear his tips on how science can make you better at the things you love to do. 

    Want to hear more about sports and science? We have a bonus interview episode with John, where he shares how he used physics to learn how to dunk. You can listen to this and all our other scientist interview episodes when you pledge just $1/month on patreon, at patreon.com/tumblepodcast

    We have some great resources on science and sports available on the blog on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com.

    • 13 min
    The Kid Scientists' Galapagos Adventure

    The Kid Scientists' Galapagos Adventure

    What’s it like to be a kid doing experiments in one of the most famous science places in the world? Oscar and Mae Johnson were nine and twelve when they traveled to the Galapagos Islands with their scientist dad. The Galapagos are isolated tropical islands made famous by Charles Darwin, who came up with the theory of evolution based on his research there. Mae and Oscar followed in Darwin’s footsteps. With help from their parents, they conducted their own research and got it published in a scientific journal - a big deal for scientists of every age! Hear Mae and Oscar tell their own story of science discovery in this episode.

    See photos of Oscar and Mae doing their experiment on our blog at sciencepodcastforkids.com! We also have more resources to learn about the Galapagos there.

    Want to learn more about Mae and Oscar’s great science adventure and experiments? We have a special bonus interview episode available for our Patrons. Just pledge $1/month for this and all our scientist interviews at patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    • 17 min
    Decoding Dog DNA

    Decoding Dog DNA

    Why do dogs look and act so different from each other? Listener Finley has two Chihuahuas named Peanut and Maggie, and she wants to know why they have different head shapes. She thinks it might have something to do with their DNA. It turns out scientists are studying what makes dogs the way they are, with the help of gigantic books of doggie DNA. Geneticist Jessica Hekman takes us on a journey through the history of dog breeding and into the cutting-edge science that’s helping us understand what makes our pups so special. Come explore genetics through dog breeds!

    Learn more about dog breeds and behavior in our interview with Jessica Hekman, available to our Patreon supporters! To get access with a pledge of just $1/month and up, go to patreon.com/tumblepodcast.

    Get more information about dog genetics and Darwin’s Ark on the blog post on our website, sciencepodcastforkids.com.

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