This is the Goggles Optional Shorts Feed. On Goggles Optional, scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to listen. The Goggles are Optional!
Shorts: A Chick’s Guide to the Number Line
If you previously thought that humans were the only creatures on Earth who can count, think again. Researchers have discovered that similarly to humans' thought processes when counting and visualizing numbers, newborn chicks also have the ability to assemble a number line.
As scientists continue to experiment with strains of bacteria and viruses with hopes of developing vaccinations, there must be a way to ensure that those potentially harmful organisms are contained. We investigate the future of biocontainment and how scientists are using this concept to create organisms that do not rely on nature to survive.
Shorts: Reduced to Dust
We explore the findings of the BICEP2 telescope and discuss why it's discovery of microwave polarization validating the presence of gravitational waves on early Earth is inaccurate.
Shorts: Aging Telomeres
Physical aging is inevitable but on a molecular level, our cells are aging constantly. Although the source of aging has not yet been discovered, several theories have linked aging to specific processes that our DNA undergo such as damaging and telomere shortening.
Would our bodies make viable landing sites for nanorockets? Scientists are currently researching these minuscule flying objects which can be directly targeted towards specific locations in the human body, potentially aiding and enhancing successful drug delivery.
Shorts: Deliciously Unboiled
Scientists from UC Irvine and Australia have teamed up to discover a fascinating method of unveiling egg whites. Join us as we "egg-amine" and discuss this unlikely phenomenon on a molecular level.