216 episodes

New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

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    • Life Sciences
    • 4.8, 3.8K Ratings

New discoveries, everyday mysteries, and the science behind the headlines — all in about 10 minutes, every weekday. It's science for everyone, using a lot of creativity and a little humor. Join host Maddie Sofia for science on a different wavelength.

    Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

    Why Herd Immunity Won't Save Us

    Herd immunity. It makes sense theoretically. But the reality — in this coronavirus pandemic and without a vaccine — is potentially full of risk and maybe even unachievable.

    • 13 min
    Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

    Micro Wave: Spreading Warm Bread With Socks

    It's another Micro Wave. Today, what happens in your brain when we notice a semantic or grammatical mistake ... according to neuroscience!

    • 9 min
    Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

    Wearing A Mask Could Be Even More Important Than We Thought

    A mask might not only prevent you from spreading the coronavirus, but protect you from getting the severely sick, too — by cutting down on your viral dose.

    • 13 min
    How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

    How Gene Therapy Helped Conner Run

    Gene therapy has helped a 9-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy regain the muscle strength to run. It's a treatment that's been decades in the making.

    • 11 min
    The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

    The Search For Ancient Civilizations On Earth ... From Space

    Encore episode. A view from above helps solve one of the biggest challenges in archaeology: where to start digging.

    • 11 min
    Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself

    Pregnancy And COVID-19: What We Know And How To Protect Yourself

    Obstetrician Dr. Laura Riley explains what we know at this point about pregnancy and COVID-19 and what pregnant women can do to protect themselves.

    • 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
3.8K Ratings

3.8K Ratings

CTImagine ,

Science is Fun

Love this podcast, always something new and delivered in fun light ways. The podcast team have such great chemistry with each other and their guests. So many fun facts given to us and made really fun and interesting. One of my favorites is when they talk about science from movies and animal myths. Like bird brain. Keep up the great work! I always look forward to this podcast! Maddie and Emily I appreciate you both!!

catstacosaliens ,

Awesome vibe

I love this show for the great chemistry you guys have, the hilarious random things that make me bust out laughing (aka “I snake! I snake!), and the fascinating science!
My only complaint would be the supportive references and sometimes detailed accounts (coronavirus episodes) of animal testing. Innovative human-relevant alternatives exist such as human tissue chips (these have already been developed for researching COVID-19), genomic sequencing, computer modeling, etc.! These models give us a better understanding of the virus affects the human body, save countless animal lives, and capture the risk factors that can’t be replicated in animal models such as underlying health conditions, race and socioeconomic status (which play a huge role in COVID-19!). It’s super cool and I highly suggest checking these out (maybe an episode idea??)!
Thanks for a daily dose of awesomeness, laughter, and knowledge! Don’t stop making this show!

ceelill ,

Nerds Unite!

My favorite Nerdcast. This show brings me so much joy. I learn something interesting everyday!

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