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Curious about the world? Looking to find some order in the intellectual chaos that surrounds you? Look no further! This is Curiosity in Focus, a bi-weekly series hosted by Daniel Kwan — archaeologist, gamer, vlogger, and teacher. Curiosity in Focus is a record of conversations that he find really f**king cool! From computer hackers to witchcraft, anything and everything is possible!

Curiosity in Focus Daniel H. Kwan

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.0 • 3 Ratings

Curious about the world? Looking to find some order in the intellectual chaos that surrounds you? Look no further! This is Curiosity in Focus, a bi-weekly series hosted by Daniel Kwan — archaeologist, gamer, vlogger, and teacher. Curiosity in Focus is a record of conversations that he find really f**king cool! From computer hackers to witchcraft, anything and everything is possible!

    Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Flight ft. Talia Lowi-Merri

    Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Flight ft. Talia Lowi-Merri

    Talia Lowi-Merri is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, based in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). Splitting her time between both palaeontology (the study of fossils) and ornithology (the study of birds), her current work surrounds the origin and evolution of flight in birds and their raptor dinosaur ancestors.

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    Twitter @danielhkwan & curiousinfocusInstagram @danielhkwan & @curiosityinfocusYouTube: youtube.com/curiosityinfocusFacebook: facebook.com/curiosityinfocus

    Follow Talia on Twitter @TaliaMLM.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Fall of Traditional Education ft. Haya Aldoori & Matthew Kinasz

    The Fall of Traditional Education ft. Haya Aldoori & Matthew Kinasz

    Daniel was joined by environmental scientist, birdwatcher, and visual storyteller Haya Aldoori and nature interpreter Matthew Kinasz to discuss the importance of urban natural spaces in Toronto and the current state of traditional education.

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    Follow Haya on Instagram @hayaaldoori and learn more about the High Park Nature Centre at highparknaturecentre.com.

    • 1 hr 34 min
    Radical Machines & the Chinese Typewriter ft. Dr. Thomas Mullaney

    Radical Machines & the Chinese Typewriter ft. Dr. Thomas Mullaney

    Dr. Thomas S. Mullaney is a Professor of Chinese History at Stanford University, and Curator of the international exhibition, Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age. His latest book, The Chinese Typewriter, "examines China’s development of a modern, nonalphabetic information infrastructure encompassing telegraphy, typewriting, word processing, and computing”.

    Radical Machines is currently on exhibit at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).

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    Learn more about Tom at his Stanford profile and follow him on Twitter @tsmullaney.

    Buy your copy of Chinese Typewriter: A History at mitpress.mit.edu/books/chinese-typewriter

    • 54 min
    Arachnids, Parasitic Flies, & Mystery Beetles ft. Gil Wizen

    Arachnids, Parasitic Flies, & Mystery Beetles ft. Gil Wizen

    Gil Wizen is an entomologist, macro photographer, and keeper of arthropods! For the past 8 months, Gil and Daniel have been collaborating on educational videos about arachnids and venomous insects. Watch some of their videos at curiosityinfocus.com/videography!

    Don't forget to subscribe to the Curiosity in Focus podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, and Google Play Music!

    Support the Curiosity in Focus podcast on Patreon at www.patreon.com/curiosityinfocus

    Twitter @danielhkwan & curiousinfocusInstagram @danielhkwan & @curiosityinfocusYouTube: youtube.com/curiosityinfocusFacebook: facebook.com/curiosityinfocus

    Learn more about Gil at gilwizen.com, follow him on Twitter @wizentrop, and on Instagram @gilwizen.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Speculative Zoology & Sci Fi Futures ft. Jason Pitre

    Speculative Zoology & Sci Fi Futures ft. Jason Pitre

    Jason Pitre is a biologist for the Canadian government by day, and an independent game designer by night.

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    Twitter @danielhkwan & curiousinfocusInstagram @danielhkwan & @curiosityinfocusYouTube: youtube.com/curiosityinfocusFacebook: facebook.com/curiosityinfocus

    Jason’s work of speculative zoology, After the War, is now on Kickstarter! Fund the project at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Jagash/after-the-war

    Links from this episode:

    The Curious Case of Radiotrophic Fungi

    Canis soupus: The Eastern Coy-Wolf

    Polar-Grizzly Hybrids

    Coastal Erosion Hazard Mapping in Prince Edward Island

    Corn Domesticated From Mexican Wild Grass 8,700 Years Ago

    What is Synthetic Biology?

    What are Hox Genes?

    The Last Dragon

    • 1 hr 17 min
    CiF Special - Asian Representation ft. Simu Liu

    CiF Special - Asian Representation ft. Simu Liu

    Simu Liu is a Canadian Screen Award nominee best known for his role as Jung on the CBC TV sitcom Kim's Convenience. This re-uploaded episode is about whitewashing, problematic castings in mainstream media, the broader trend of Asian erasure in pop culture, and the world of online dating.

    This was an episode about creating change, finding purpose, and transforming pop culture.  

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    • 54 min

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Daniel is an engaging, charismatic host, with tons of knowledge about basically any subject. I love how the topics range all over the place but still manage to develop on a core theme!

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