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Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

Ologies with Alie Ward Alie Ward

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    • 4.9 • 15K Ratings

Volcanoes. Trees. Drunk butterflies. Mars missions. Slug sex. Death. Beauty standards. Anxiety busters. Beer science. Bee drama. Take away a pocket full of science knowledge and charming, bizarre stories about what fuels these professional -ologists' obsessions. Humorist and science correspondent Alie Ward asks smart people stupid questions and the answers might change your life.

    Smologies #7: CATS with Mikel Delgado

    Smologies #7: CATS with Mikel Delgado

    CATS! Kittens. Tigers. Purring. Toys. Litterboxes. We cover it all in this abridged and G-rated Felinology version for Smologites, or just anyone who doesn’t want to listen to swearing with their science. Professional cat behavior expert Dr. Mikel Delgado dishes on domestication, cats on leashes, why they want to sit on your laptop, how to play with cats the right way, if tigers make biscuits, and so much more. Get inside the head of your favorite, furry enigmas and you'll love them even more. Also: scoop that box. Doctor’s orders.

    Dr. Mikel Delgado's Twitter, website, and business FelineMinds.com

    Full, uncut and NSFW Felinology episode: www.alieward.com/ologies/felinology

    A donation was made to www.KittenCentralofPlacerCounty.org

    MORE Smologies episodes up at alieward.com/smologies

    Sponsor links: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and now… MASKS. Hi. Yes.

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Transcripts by Emily White of www.thewordary.com/

    Website by Kelly R. Dwyer https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo

    Smologies version of theme music by Harold Malcolm

    • 29 min
    Forensic Ecology (NATURE DETECTIVE) with Tiara Moore

    Forensic Ecology (NATURE DETECTIVE) with Tiara Moore

    Yep -- it’s detective work! But instead of crime scenes, environmental scientist, marine biologist and Forensic Ecologist Dr. Tiara Moore travels the world to sample the sea and the soil looking for the ghosts of larvae past, whispers of frog spit, fungal traces in loamy soil, and the unseen forces that lead to algal blooms and toxic tides. She also is the CEO of #BlackInMarineScience week, which is NOW: Nov. 28-Dec. 04! Follow that hashtag and see the events link below and buckle your life jacket to a spirited chat about finding your calling on tropical seas, labwork, forest fungus, Missy Elliot, sedimentary soil science, straight up racism, the state of allyship, marine science careers, and whether or not she may have found evidence of Bigfoot. I mean.

    For more on #BlackinMarineScience (BiMS), visit: https://www.blackinmarinescience.org/

    BIMS 2021 EVENT SCHEDULE!
    https://www.blackinmarinescience.org/bimsweek2.html

    Follow Dr. Tiara Moore at https://twitter.com/curly_scientist and https://www.instagram.com/curly_scientist/

    Donations went to BlackinMarineScience.org and https://www.bweems.org

    Dr. Moore’s website: Tiaramoore.com
    Dr. Moore works with The Nature Conservancy! Find out more about them here:  https://www.nature.org/en-us/

    More links at alieward.com/ologies/forensicecology
    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors
    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras
    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies
    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and now… MASKS. Hi. Yes.
    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies
    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard
    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris
    Transcripts by Emily White of www.thewordary.com/
    Website by Kelly R. Dwyer https://www.kellyrdwyer.com/photo

    • 57 min
    Booster Coronasode: Shots & Holidays with Vaccine Infodemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera

    Booster Coronasode: Shots & Holidays with Vaccine Infodemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera

    You’re six to ten times LESS likely to catch COVID-19 if you’re vaccinated, and thus less likely to infect others. Great! But what about breakthrough cases? Who’s at risk for them? How many folks haven’t gotten vaccinated? Should pregnant people get the ol’ jab, what might happen with transmission rates in 2022, yearly booster questions, the ethics of vaccine distribution, myocarditis, Long COVID, quarantine fatigue and essentially whether the holidays are a good idea.

    Follow Jessica at instagram.com/jessicamalatyrivera and Twitter.com/jessicaMalatyRivera
    More info on Jessica Malaty Rivera: https://linktr.ee/jessicamalatyrivera
    Sponsor links: www.alieward.com/ologies-sponsors
    A donation went to Doctors About Borders
    More links and info at alieward.com/ologies/booster
    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies
    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes!
    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies
    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard
    Transcripts by Emily White of www.thewordary.com/
    Website by KellyRDwyer.com

    • 59 min
    Smologies #6: WOLVES with Bridgett vonHoldt

    Smologies #6: WOLVES with Bridgett vonHoldt

    Wolf howls, wolf packs, wolf history and more! November 23 is the dog appreciation holiday Wolfenoot so we’re dishing up a puppy-sized and kid-friendly Smologies with lupinologist and Princeton professor Dr. Brigette vonHoldt. Learn about wolf populations, canine family dynamics, Game of Thrones direwolves, if wolves howl at the moon, myths and truths about alphas, and how you can help our lupine friends.

    More links at alieward.com/smologies/wolves

    The uncut, adult version is up at: Stitcher, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and wherever you get podcasts.

    The vonHoldt Lab: https://vonholdt.princeton.edu

    Benefunder for Dr. vonHoldt

    A donation went to: https://redwolves.com/newsite/

    Sponsor links: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors

    Transcripts & bleeped full episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras

    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies

    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and STIIIICKERS!

    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies

    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard

    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris

    Smologies theme song by Harold Malcolm

    Special thanks to Susan Hale, Boni Dutch, Noel Dilworth, Shannon Feltus, Caleb Patton, Kelly Dwyer and Emily White.

    • 26 min
    Tiktokology (THE TIKTOK APP) with Hank Green

    Tiktokology (THE TIKTOK APP) with Hank Green

    Who’s on it? What’s on it? And why does the interface feel like you’re on a prank show? Scicomm host, vlogger, author, internet friend, and TikTok-maker Hank Green stops in to chat about learning the language of the algorithm, dopamine, duets, data concerns, idealized selves, self-expression, mental health, authenticity,work/ life boundaries. And just a bunch of milk.

    Follow Hank at TikTok.com/@hankgreen1, Twitter.com/HankGreen, https://www.instagram.com/hankgreen/
    Alie Dadward aka me on TikTok https://www.tiktok.com/@alie_ologies
    Morelinks at alieward.com/ologies/tiktokology
    Get Hank’s books:
    “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing”
    https://bookshop.org/books/an-absolutely-remarkable-thing/9781524743468
    “A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor”
    https://bookshop.org/books/a-beautifully-foolish-endeavor/9781524743475
    His website: https://hankgreen.com/
    A donation was made to pih.org
    Sponsors of Ologies: alieward.com/ologies-sponsors
    Transcripts & bleeped episodes at: alieward.com/ologies-extras
    Become a patron of Ologies for as little as a buck a month: www.Patreon.com/ologies
    OlogiesMerch.com has hats, shirts, pins, totes and now… MASKS. Hi. Yes.
    Follow twitter.com/ologies or instagram.com/ologies
    Follow twitter.com/AlieWard or instagram.com/AlieWard
    Sound editing by Jarrett Sleeper of MindJam Media & Steven Ray Morris
    Transcripts by Emily White of www.thewordary.com/

    • 43 min
    Dolorology (PAIN) with Rachel Zoffness

    Dolorology (PAIN) with Rachel Zoffness

    PAIN. What is it? Where does it come from? And how can we hurt less? Which hurts more, a kidney stone or heartache? Why does chronic pain persist? Can we turn down our pain dials? To answer these huge questions, pain psychologist Dr. Rachel Zoffness enthusiastically explains the brain, pain and how to retrain it. She is an unabashed neuronerd and a ray of hope in a field that is misunderstood, neglected and under-explained. A true life-changer of a person.

    • 1 hr 34 min

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