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Tessa (astrobiologist) and Charles (entomologist) talk to each other and other trans scientists about science and science fiction.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Tessa (astrobiologist) and Charles (entomologist) talk to each other and other trans scientists about science and science fiction.

    Episode 22: Gabi Fleury on Actual and Speculative Conservation

    Episode 22: Gabi Fleury on Actual and Speculative Conservation

    We're joined in this week's episode by conservation biologist Gabi Fleury. Gabi works on wildlife-human conflict, primarily with African mammals. We talk about their work, doing conservation responsibly, conservation in space, and Gabi's many varied accomplishments. We also get a rare dose of real optimism!! It's unfamiliar but not unwelcome. 

    Gabi was named in 2021 as one of Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 for science: https://www.forbes.com/30-under-30/2021/science/?profile=gabi-fleury

    You can see more about their work and other appearances on their website: https://fleurygs3.wixsite.com/gabifleury

    We have a transcript and show notes for this episode on our website: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/03/04/episode-22

    Charles is on Twitter @cockroacharles and Tessa @spacermase. The show is on Twitter @ASABpod and our website asabpodcast.com. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 46 min
    Episode 21: Caitlin Hobbs on Life and Death During a Pandemic

    Episode 21: Caitlin Hobbs on Life and Death During a Pandemic

    In this episode, we talk to recently graduated bioanthropology student Caitlin Hobbs on their thesis research investigating responses to death during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Tangents include what we want done with our bodies after death, how Victorians were very goth, and whether human bodies can be composted. 

    Caitlin is still collecting responses for their thesis here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RFX7TXQ

    They are also on Twitter @caitlinthehob and a contributor to Book Riot here: https://bookriot.com/author/caitlin-hobbs/

    A transcript and list of relevant links is available at our website: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/02/25/episode-21/

    Charles is on Twitter @cockroacharles and Tessa @spacermase. The show is on Twitter and Instagram @ASABpod, and at our website asabpodcast.com. 

    Thank you for listening!

    • 37 min
    Episode 20: Bug Dicks Revisited (Valentine's Day Special)

    Episode 20: Bug Dicks Revisited (Valentine's Day Special)

    In this episode, we explore the four species of Neotrogla (Insecta: Psocodea: Prionoglarididae) and their unique genitalia. Females in these species have a penis-like organ which penetrates the male, retrieves sperm, and deposits it back in their own body. We discuss the genital mechanism here, the broader genital landscape in animals, the meaning of sex and sexual adaptations, and some of the human context in language and definitions.
    EXTENSIVE show notes and transcript are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/02/14/episode-20/. We link to all the articles we reference, and further reading on some more topics.
    Charles is on Twitter @cockroacharles and Tessa @spacermase.
    The show is on Twitter and Instagram @ASABpod and at our website asabpodcast.com. 
    If you enjoy the show, please tell your friends, and thank you for listening!

    • 39 min
    Episode 19: Carolyn P. Hutchinson On Rodenticides and Their Effect On Rodents, Large Mammals, Wastewater, the Environment… and You

    Episode 19: Carolyn P. Hutchinson On Rodenticides and Their Effect On Rodents, Large Mammals, Wastewater, the Environment… and You

    In this episode, analytical chemist Dr. Carolyn P Hutchison, professor at St. Bonaventure, talks to us about their research in anticoagulant rodenticides and wastewater. Topics include rodenticides, bioaccumulation, environmental chemistry, a brief tangent about insects, and Carolyn's post-apocalyptic plans. 
    More information on Carolyn and their research can be found at their website: https://www.cphutchinson.com/. 
    Show notes and a transcript for this episode are available on our website: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/02/03/episode-19/
    Charles is on Twitter @cockroacharles, Tessa @spacermase, and the show @ASABpod. 
    Thank you for listening! 

    • 33 min
    Episode 18: It's Probably Not Aliens This Time But It's Gotta Be Aliens Sometime

    Episode 18: It's Probably Not Aliens This Time But It's Gotta Be Aliens Sometime

    On this episode we consider the implications of strange radio emissions from around Proxima Centauri. Tangents include Pluto, the meaning of planets, how to even detect radio signals, speculating about aliens, and why do we care about water so much anyway. 
    This episode was inspired by the findings written on in this article from the SETI institute: https://www.seti.org/signal-proxima-centauri?fbclid=IwAR155CthU3xZUghqUHRwnoDnh4lAFcN91Y1g-xtAlFqpW_s2cIEF6271guw
    Links for further reading and a transcript are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/01/20/episode-18/
    Tessa is on Twitter @spacermase, Charles @cockroacharles, and the show @ASABpod. 
    Thank you for listening! 

    • 35 min
    Episode 17: Rae Lambert on Vaccines, Immunology, and the Horror of Organic Corporeality

    Episode 17: Rae Lambert on Vaccines, Immunology, and the Horror of Organic Corporeality

    On this, our first episode of 2021, we talk to Rae Lambert, a research virologist at Jefferson University about immunology, vaccines, rabies, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), viruses, applied science, spiders in space, and the existential horror of inhabiting a human body. 
    Show notes and a transcript are available on our website here: https://asabpodcast.com/2021/01/12/episode-17/
    Rae is on Twitter @appalledimmuno, Charles @cockroacharles, Tessa @spacermase, and the show @ASABpod. 
    Thank you for listening! 

    • 38 min

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Simply_Adoran ,

Art Major Approved

I’m an art history major, never watched Star Trek, but I absolutely love this podcast. I don’t quite understand everything the lovely hosts say, but it’s comforting to just listen to them talk.

A Couple in Tucson ,

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Just the right amount of Star Trek, too. :-)

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