21 episodes

Superheroes and science fiction meet the cutting edge of biological sciences in this podcast. Where does the science meet the fiction? Listen and find out! If you have suggestions for a topic or would like to be a featured guest, please contact biologyofsuperheroes@gmail.com

The Biology of Superheroes Podcast Dr. Shane Campbell-Staton and Arien Darby

    • Science
    • 4.9 • 165 Ratings

Superheroes and science fiction meet the cutting edge of biological sciences in this podcast. Where does the science meet the fiction? Listen and find out! If you have suggestions for a topic or would like to be a featured guest, please contact biologyofsuperheroes@gmail.com

    Episode 16: Antman - The Biology of Ants

    Episode 16: Antman - The Biology of Ants

    In this episode Shane and Arien discuss the insect arsenal of Scott Lang (Antman) and his predecessor, Dr. Hank Pym. Shane interviews Dr. Corrie Moreau of Cornell University about ant weaponry, ant communication and the science behind Antman's helmet. How do ants organize to perform such complicated tasks? What has made them one of the most successful groups of animals on the planet? Which ant species has the most unbearable sting? Take a listen and find out!

     

    Music by: The Passion Hifi

    • 53 min
    Episode 15: Stranger Things - The Biology of The Upside Down

    Episode 15: Stranger Things - The Biology of The Upside Down

    In this episode, we tackle the weird and otherworldly ecosystem of The Upside Down. Shane and Arien are joined in The Lab by biologist, PhD student and science communicator, Angela Manci. We chat about dark and barren ecosystems and how animals evolve to cope with these extreme environments. We also tackle the complex life cycle of the Demogorgan and its fascinating symbiotic relationship with The Mind Flayer. Check it out!

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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Episode 14: The Incredible Hulk (Part 2) - The Psychology of Stress

    Episode 14: The Incredible Hulk (Part 2) - The Psychology of Stress

    We’re bringing a close to 2019 by wrapping up our two-part series on the Incredible Hulk. We continue our conversation about Bruce Banner by focusing on the psychology of stress and how its shapes our personalities. I sit down with clinical psychologist and host of The Arkham Sessions, Dr. Andrea Letamendi. We talk about the psychological impacts of early childhood trauma in Bruce Banner's life, what it’s like for two distinct personalities to occupy the same brain and the psychological benefits of finding our inner Smart Hulk. Check it out!

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    • 55 min
    TBOSP Minisode 2: November 2019

    TBOSP Minisode 2: November 2019

    In this minisode we wrap up November 2019 chatting about the latest and greatest in the world of comic books and science, shout out some listener comments AND answer some burning questions straight from you!!!

    • 22 min
    Episode 13: The Incredible Hulk (Part 1) - The Physiology of Stress

    Episode 13: The Incredible Hulk (Part 1) - The Physiology of Stress

    In the first part of this month's episode we explore Bruce Banner and The Incredible Hulk through the lens of physiological stress. We chat with stress physiologist Dr. Michelle Rensel to explore what our bodies go through when we are stressed and how exposure to stressful events can impact us later in life....or even future generations. We chat about anxiety, societal implications and health outcomes. This conversation is heavier than some of our other comic book explorations, but it's absolutely fascinating - check it out!

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    • 47 min
    TBOSP Minisode 1: October 2019

    TBOSP Minisode 1: October 2019

    Shane and Arien catchup on what's new in the worlds of comic books and science, share reviews, and answer comic book queries directly from YOU!

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
165 Ratings

165 Ratings

🐓🦎 ,

Great Podcast

I adore this podcast! I love the balance between superheroes and science! Thank y’all for being great!

JoshNankivel ,

So good, I wish it were weekly!

Love the concept, great execution going between snippets of interviews and the hosts’ discussion of the points raised. The conversational nature including tangents is perfect for the podcast platform and makes it that much more enjoyable.

Using superheroes and science fiction as a window to explore science and the natural world is a fantastic approach to educate and foster curious minds!

(Anyone who says there is too much chit-chat is entitled to their opinion, but so am I and they are wrong! There’s plenty of just-the-facts science reporting out there, go listen to Quirks and Quarks. That’s a great show too, but this is serving a related but different niche.)

-PierreLePew- ,

Fantastic podcast for diving deeper into the nerd-verse

So much fun to listen about these immensely intelligent people breakdown the science behind our favorite science-fiction. It takes a lot for me to listen to a podcast when I’m NOT on the road, but this has taken up most of my chill time and it’s totally worth it😄

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