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Our podcast goes over how to navigate the world of science and how to determine for yourself what and who you can believe in with confidence. Join us as we learn, grow and push scientific understanding into the 21st century.

    Episode 75 - NASA Student Launch - Part 1

    Episode 75 - NASA Student Launch - Part 1

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    NASA Student Launch is a program designed to test High School and University rocketry students, and give them the opportunity to evaluate their understanding in real life situations. Jordan Slavish is a teacher in Oregon and our podcast’s go-to person for rocket information and expertise. Dr. Jonathan McDowell, also featured in this episode, is an astrophysicist and a fountain of knowledge on rocket launches since as early as the Apollo missions. He is here to answer the questions of the students involved in this challenge from Jordan's class. Join hosts Shanti and Danny while we learn more about astrophysics and rocketry from Dr McDowell, Jordan, and his class. 



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    Episode 74 - The Science of Attraction

    Episode 74 - The Science of Attraction

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    1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 - The Fibonacci sequence and Binet’s formula also known as the Golden Ratio. What are they? What would you think if we said they’re how science defines beauty? Would you be surprised to find science even tries to define beauty much less successfully? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we define beauty in nature and how it all revolves around the Fibonacci spiral and the golden ratio.
    References
    Saini, A.; The Code of Cuteness. BBCEarth. https://www.bbcearth.com/news/the-code-for-cutenessHorowitz, K.; 6 Surprising Facts About Quokkas. Mental Floss. 16-Jun-2014. https://www.mentalfloss.com/article/57159/6-things-know-about-super-cute-quokkaWu, K.; Love, Actually: The Science Behind Lust, Attraction, and Companionship. Harvard University. 14-Feb-2017. https://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2017/love-actually-science-behind-lust-attraction-companionship/Bourne, M.; The Math Behind the Beauty. Inmath. https://www.intmath.com/numbers/math-of-beauty.phpLivio, M.; The Golden Ratio: The World’s Most Astonishing Number. Broadway Books. 12-Nov-2008. ISBN 0-7679-0816-3.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/breakingbadscience?fan_landing=true)

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    Episode 73 - Steroids Anabolics and Bulking Up

    Episode 73 - Steroids Anabolics and Bulking Up

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    What causes a person to be so convinced they need to run faster, jump higher, or lift more that their own muscle tears their tendons from the bone? Combine that with something that can make a person lose impulse control and go into a rage bad enough to end like Chris Benoit and you really only have one possibility. So what are Steroids? Roids? Anabolics? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss what they are and what are their uses and misuses?
    References
    Beiner, J, et. al.; The Effect of Anabolic Steroids and Corticosteroids on Healing of Muscle Contusion Injury. American Journal of Sports Medicine. Jan-1999. 27:1 (2 - 9). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/03635465990270011101Salamin, O., et. al.; Erythropoietin as a Performance-Enhancing Drug: Its Mechanistic Basis, Detection, and Potential Adverse Effects. Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. Mar-2018. 15:464 (75 - 87). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mce.2017.01.033Wheeler, T.; Bulk Up Your Steroid Smarts. WebMD. 30-Jul-2021. https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-steroids-101Piacentino, D., et. al.; Anabolic-androgenic Steroid Use and Psychopathology in Athletes. A Systematic Review. Current Neuropharmacology. Jan-2015. 13:1 (101 - 121). Doi: https://doi.org/10.2174/1570159x13666141210222725Unger, C.; Hormone Therapy for Transgener Patients. Translational Andrology and Urology. Dec-2016. 5:6 (877 - 884). Doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.21037%2Ftau.2016.09.04Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/breakingbadscience?fan_landing=true)

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    Episode 72 - Burnout and Overtraining

    Episode 72 - Burnout and Overtraining

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    Burnout is the term used to describe the phenomenon in which one works until they reach the point where they just crash. Overtraining, while sharing similarities is associated specifically with working out. Is this type of condition real and how do you know if it’s happening to you? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss burnout and overtraining, what they are, their causes, and how to know if it’s happening.
    Reference
    Israetel, M.; Fatigue Explained. Juggernaut. 27-Sep-2013. https://www.jtsstrength.com/fatigue-explained/Mayo Clinic Staff; Job Burnout: How to Spot it and Take Action. Mayo Clinic. 05-Jun-2021. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/burnout/art-20046642


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    Episode 71 - Hangover Cures

    Episode 71 - Hangover Cures

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    Is veisalgia an unfortunate punishment for a good time or something Arnold's Kindergarten Cop might tell you to just, "Stop Whining" about? Maybe more importantly, what is veisalgia? Well, normally we refer to it as a hangover. So what is it truly and can we cure it with some sort of weird eye of newt and tail of rat type concoction? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss why we get hungover, what we do about it, and if it can really be cured.
    References
    McGovern, P., et. al.; Fermented Beverages of Pre- and Proto-historic China. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA. 21-Dec-2004. 101:51 (17593 - 17598). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0407921102Bustamante, J., et. al.; Alterations of Motor Performance and Brain Cortex Mitochondrial Function During Ethanol Hangover. Alcohol. Aug-2012. 46:5 (473 -479). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcohol.2011.09.027Karadayian, A., et. al.; Alcohol Hangover Induces Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Free Radical Production in Mouse Cerebellum. Neuroscience. 24-Sep-2015. 304 (47 - 59). Doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2015.07.012Murphy, J.; Researchers ‘Cure’ Hangover in Largest Study of its Kind. MDLinx. 14-May-2020. https://www.mdlinx.com/article/researchers-cure-hangover-in-largest-study-of-its-kind/6ifEDqpNIq3UGm5czMTdWNLieb, B., Schmitt, P.; Randomised Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Intervention Study on the Nutritional Efficacy of a Food for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP) and a Dietary Supplement in Reducing the Symptoms of Veisalgia. BMJ Nutrition Prevention and Health. 30-Apr-2020. 3:1 (31 - 39). Doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjnph-2019-000042Royle, S., et. al.; Pain Catastrophising Predicts Alcohol Hangover Severity and Symptoms. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 20-Jan-2020. 9:1 Doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010280Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/breakingbadscience?fan_landing=true)

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    Episode 70 - Viruses not just COVID

    Episode 70 - Viruses not just COVID

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    For the last year plus we've been living in a world in which COVID seems like something we discuss every day. We've even done several episodes on it. I guess I've just sort of adjusted to the idea that everyone truly understands what a virus is, what they're made of, how they differ from one another, and why we deal with some much more regularly than others. That is not a real reasonable thought. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we take a step back and discuss viruses themselves and highlight a few others relevant here in the US and the rest of the world. 
    References
    Institute for Molecular Biosciences; What’s the Difference Between Bacteria and Viruses. The University of Queensland. 20-Apr-2020. https://imb.uq.edu.au/article/2020/04/difference-between-bacteria-and-virusesBerthold, E.; What are Archaea?. Australian Academy of Science. 27-Jul-2018. https://www.science.org.au/curious/earth-environment/what-are-archaeaCarroll, L.; Deaths due to West Nile Virus are on the Rise - How to Stay Safe. Today. 27-Sep-2021. https://www.today.com/health/west-nile-virus-2021-how-safe-deaths-rise-some-spots-t232267Center for Disease Control and Prevention; Dengue. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/index.htmlCenter for Disease Control and Prevention; Genital Herpes Basic Fact Sheet. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/std/herpes/stdfact-herpes.htmCenter for Disease Control and Prevention; Plague Ecology and Transmission. CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/plague/transmission/index.html


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