Learn Real Good is a podcast that brings science to the masses by combining comedy and cutting-edge science. We create a friendly and casual atmosphere to discuss STEM research with grad students. We want to peel back the curtain on how science is done and what it means to be a scientist while improving scientific literacy in the general public. We also want our audience to laugh their butts off.
E20: Making Insulin Using Stem Cells with Emily McGaugh
Too much sugar in the blood can lead to all sorts of health problems, including diabetes, and we rely on insulin to properly process it in our bodies. But that’s not always possible for a variety of reasons. Emily McGaugh’s research looks into using stem cells to create not simply pancreatic cells but more specifically the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Katie and Vinny talk about the Moon and chewing gum.
E19: Scaring Lamprey Using Sound with Victoria Heath
Sea Lamprey are an invasive species in the Great Lakes. Our guest Victoria Heath works in marine labs doing research into chasing them out of sensitive areas using sounds that don’t harm the environment. Vinny and Katie share the latest research about babies and moon dirt.
E18: Teaching Semantics to Computers with Frederick Gietz
Talking to computers is tricky because people use a lot of context clues to figure out exactly what people mean. Computers like to take things literally so it’s a challenge for them to untangle any ambiguity or multiple meanings. Frederick Gietz is a computational linguist working on research to help computers understand how these messy humans use verbs. Katie and Vinny talk about mosquitofish and what happens to DNA in microgravity.
E17: Detecting Pesticides Using Biofilm with Moira Ijzerman
Pesticides can be found in so many of our waterways thanks to industrial farming. Monitoring the levels of pesticides in our water is important to ensure the health of our water supplies and everything that lives in them. MSc student Moira Ijzerman studies new ways to detect and measure their presence using a new type of material, biofilms. Vinny and Katie share facts about Mars and millipedes.
E16: Listening for Slow Earthquakes with Meghomita Das
When you think of an earthquake, you think of a sudden destructive event that lasts minutes or even seconds. Our guest this week is Meghomita Das who studies “slow earthquakes”. Slow earthquakes release the same amount of energy but over a timescale of weeks or even months. We talk about what slow earthquakes can tell us about the Earth’s history and earthquake predictions. Katie and Vinny talk about the whales and the bees.
E15: Swaying to Prevent Fainting with Erin Williams
Fainting is an unpleasant and sometimes dangerous experience. We talk to Erin Williams about the cardiovascular system and research into new and simple tools, like swaying, to prevent fainting (aka: syncope). Vinny and Katie talk about wild animals getting drunk and nuclear missiles.
Very enjoyable and informative
These two have the perfect balance of humor and science. I really enjoy the interviews, and they seem to get very enthusiastic guests and feel like they have an immediate rapport.
Highly recommend to anyone interested in unique science topics.