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A wicked pissah podcast about the latest and greatest scientific research in and around the city of Boston.

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A wicked pissah podcast about the latest and greatest scientific research in and around the city of Boston.

    Sound-Byte 4: Mars

    Sound-Byte 4: Mars

    Mars rover, mars rover, send your Boston science over! Join me in another exciting BOS Science Sound Byte episode as I explore the amazing planet Mars and how Boston scientists have left their mark all over the red planet.
     
    In today's episode, you'll learn; Why we call mars the red planet; How an optical illusion inspired the belief of life on mars; What it takes to keep Matt Damon alive on Mars; Where is the best place to look for life on mars; How to make a sexy scientific mission name; Who is using data from Martian satellites to understand climate change; Why scientists are working in lava tubes to prepare for mars missions; And who's the best dancer: robot dogs or K-pop singers?
     
    SHOW NOTES:

    MIT's oxygen producing MOXIE device aboard the Perseverance Rover (1), (2)


    BU researchers studying Martian climate change using the MAVEN satellite (1), (2)


    Boston Dynamic 'SPOT' robot dog practices Martian cave exploration in Earth's lava tubes (1), (2)


    Only click this if you listened to the whole episode!!

    PATRONS:
    Today's episode is brought to you in part thanks to the support of BOS Science's patrons; Mark Ingalls, Chris Micheli, Catherine Ingalls, and Brittany Pack!
     
    Follow @BOSScience on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases. To support the show, please consider donating to the new BOS Science Patreon, or writing a review on Apple Podcasts! To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
     
    Some sound effects were used from Zatsplat.com

    • 37 min
    Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 2 ft. Prof Katia Bertoldi

    Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 2 ft. Prof Katia Bertoldi

    *Beep Boop* This is your robot host *Morp* Bringing you another episode *Bap* of BOS Science *Zeep*
     
    Dust off your circuits and oil your gears, because it's officially time to listen to Part 2 of the long awaited interview with the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design"! Not only does this episode bring you answers to the listener questions you've been dying to hear, but it also features my interview with the head of the lab Professor Katia Bertoldi herself!
     
    In today's episode you'll learn; how tiny robots can dance and roll powered by nothing but a light beam, why snake robots are going to one day terrorize Martians, how kirigami can be used for fashion and function, the many ways a buckling actuator robot can be used, why blowing up robots can actually be useful, and how to enjoy Boston during the winter.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    Today's guest:
    Professor Katia Bertoldi; William and Ami Kuan Danoff Professor of Applied Mechanics at Harvard University.
     
    LINKS/IMAGE CREDIT:
    Bertoldi Research Group
    Light actuated soft robot
    Kirigami gripper shoes
    Buckling elastomeric soft robot
    Combustion powered robot
    Don't click on this unless you listened to the whole episode!!
    PATRONS:
    Today's episode is brought to you in part thanks to the support of BOS Science's first ever patrons; Mark Ingalls, Chris Micheli, Catherine Ingalls, and Brittany Pack!
     
    Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases. To support the show, please consider donating to the new BOS Science Patreon, or writing a review on Itunes! To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
     

    • 49 min
    BOS Science's One Year Anniversary!

    BOS Science's One Year Anniversary!

    Get your party favors and balloons out, because it’s time to celebrate the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of BOS Science!! Can you believe we made it through 365 whole days without giving up? (I can’t). It’s been a wild ride this first year, but not even a global pandemic could stop us from learning about some boss @$$ science!
    In today’s episode, we are going to take a little walk down memory lane and listen back to some of my favorite moments from the show; like learning about multi material functional fibers that can be used to create fabric computers; or hearing how bacteria are used to create killer nanoparticles that can battle infections; and figuring out how ultrasound technology has been used to fight cancer, deliver drugs to the brain, and even create snapshots of the body!
    Want to congratulate BOS Science on making it this far but don’t know how? Don’t worry, I have the perfect gift idea; you can donate to the brand new BOS Science Patreon! For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the show and allow me to make this podcast even better than it already is. With your donation, you have the chance to get all sorts of goodies in return, like blooper reels, behind the scene photos, extra interview content, and even a personalized gift! Every donation helps the show grow, and it helps remind me why I do all this (for you, the listener!)
    TODAY’S EPISODES/GUESTS:
    Episode 1: The Fabulous World of Functional Fibers, featuring Prof. Yoel Fink, Dr. Tural Khudiyev, Gabriel Loke, and Juliette Alain.
    Episode 2, Pt 1: Nature meets Nanomedicine, featuring David Medina
    Episode 2, Pt 2: Nature meets Nanomedicine, featuring Prof. Thomas Webster
    Episode 3: It’s not Sci-Fi, it’s Ultrasound!, featuring Prof. Tyrone Porter and Dr. Chenguang Peng
    Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To suggest guests for the show, a Sound Byte topic I should cover, or to just say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

    • 41 min
    Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 1 ft. David Melancon

    Episode 4: Robots, Structures, & Art (Oh My!), Part 1 ft. David Melancon

    What do all three of these have in common? They are all the inspiration for the research done at the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design"! Join me as I talk to PhD candidate David Melancon, and learn all about his amazing work in the fields of soft robotics and metamaterials.
     
    In today's episode you'll learn; what the hell is a metamaterial, how a classic childhood toy can be the basis for a new robot, what structures can be made using origami techniques, how the artform kirigami can be used for science, why bending actuators are amazing but creepy, how snakes move and how scientists have learned from them, and what in the world 40 rolls of duct tape can be used for.
    Show Notes:
     
    TODAY'S GUEST:
    David Melancon, PhD Candidate in the Bertoldi Group at Harvard University School of Applied Science and Engineering
    First author on paper "Multistable inflatable origami structures at the metre scale"
    LINKS:
    Bertoldi Research Group
    Soft robot jumper paper
    Origami deployable structure paper
    Kirigami snake bot paper
    Starfish robot paper
    IMAGE CREDIT:
    Soft jumper robot, deployable origami shelter and archway videos - provided by David Melancon
    Toy popper video
    Boa snake movement and kirigami snake bot movement video
    Bending actuator video
    4 legged crawler soft robot video
    Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com
     

    • 48 min
    Episode 3: It's not Sci-Fi, it's Ultrasound!

    Episode 3: It's not Sci-Fi, it's Ultrasound!

    Can you feel the vibrations in the air? It’s the sweet sound waves of another episode of BOS Science! Join me as I talk to Dr. Chenguang Peng and Professor Tyrone Porter of the Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab, and learn all about their amazing work using ultrasound!
     
    In today’s episode you’ll learn; what ultrasound actually is, how bats use ultrasound to hunt and fly, what are micro bubbles, why ultrasound marks them sing and dance, how they can be used to create maps of the brain, what vibrating crystals can be used for, why nano-emulsions are basically transformers, how they can blow up tumors, what math shows about diversity and problem solving, how to use laser beams to grab and move molecules, and what is the perfect hot dog to bun ratio.
     
    SHOW NOTES:
    Today's Guests:
    Dr. Chenguang Peng; Post Doctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School
     First author on Paper "Intracranial nonthermal ablation mediated by transcranial focused ultrasound and phase-shift nanoemulsions"
    Professor Tyrone Porter; Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Universityof Texas Austin
    Previous Positions/Titles:
    Associate Professor Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

    Co-Director for NIH-funded Translational Research in Biomaterials Program

    Associate Director for the Nanotechnology Innovation
    LINKS:
    Nanomedicine and Medical Acoustics Lab [NanoMedAL]
    Yoav Medan, Ultrasound Essential Tremor TED Talk
    Mathematical Proof of the Value of Diversity
    "Mosquito" Sound Clip
    IMAGE CREDIT:
    Ultrasound localized microscopy of living rat brain
    Microbubbles under scanning electron microscope
    Video of oscillating microbubble
    Follow @BOSScience on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook, to see photos from the episode, get info on upcoming guests and episode releases, as well as support the show. To send listener questions, suggest guests for the show, or say hi, you can email BOSSciencePodcast@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 32 min
    Listener Questions: Bertoldi Material and Structure Lab

    Listener Questions: Bertoldi Material and Structure Lab

    Cause baby all I want for Christmas… is your Listener Questions! You guys know the drill; before my next set of BOS Science interviews, I tell you guys a little about the research these wicked smaht scientists are working on, and you guys come up with your very own questions that I'll ask the guests on the show!
     
    Next up I'll be talking with Professor Katia Bertoldi and graduate student David Mélançon of the Bertoldi Lab of "Material and Structures by Design" at Harvard University. To get you ready for their interviews, I'm going to tell you a little about their fascinating research on Metamaterials and Soft Robotics!
     
    What does that look like? How about computer algorithm generated programmable structures? Or maybe some bio-inspired, flexible robots that can crawl and even dance? I promise, these topics are going to blow you away, and if you're anything like me, you'll have a million questions to ask by the end of the episode.
     
    Make sure to send me your questions by Midnight (E.S.T), of Saturday December 19th to have a chance to hear your name and question read on the show. I love ALL QUESTIONS, complex or simple, genius or stupid; each one is a gift I treasure forever. You can send your question to BOSsciencepodcast@gmail.com, and make sure to check out the shows Instagram, twitter, or Facebook to see pics of the awesome stuff talked about in today's episode.
     
    What better way than to share some of that holiday joy, than with a listener question? I can tell you know, it would definitely make my season bright

    • 15 min

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