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Superheroes of Science is on a mission to highlight science and STEM research that is happening today. Don’t get your science from social media, get it directly from the professionals!

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Superheroes of Science is on a mission to highlight science and STEM research that is happening today. Don’t get your science from social media, get it directly from the professionals!

    Martian minerals? How do we know what’s there?

    Martian minerals? How do we know what’s there?

    Did you ever wonder how scientists know what rocks are on Mars? Dr. Roger Wiens, PI of the SuperCam instrument on the Perseverance Rover that just landed this year on Mars, explains how it works. Roger also discusses meteorites on Earth from Mars, and the Wiens asteroid. That’s right he even has an asteroid named after him!

    • 37 min
    What is Climate Change and how do we really know?

    What is Climate Change and how do we really know?

    Dan Cziczo is an atmospheric scientist whose publications have been cited in scientific journals over seven thousand times. Cziczo serves as the current Dept Head, as well as Professor, of the Dept of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences at Purdue University. Cziczo explains the meaning behind the term “climate change” and provides a methodical history of climate change. Topics from this episode include trends in global temperatures, greenhouse gases, clouds, and a survey of historical climate dat

    • 1 hr 12 min
    What are aerosols, where are they, and why we should care

    What are aerosols, where are they, and why we should care

    Aerosols can be naturally existing or man-made, and both types of aerosols exist in our atmosphere. Alexander Laskin, Professor of Analytical Chemistry at Purdue University, explains how aerosols are classified, where different types of aerosols can be found throughout the world, and the goal of his research in atmospheric chemistry.

    • 32 min
    Cryptography and Number Theory: From Password Encryption to Secret Codes

    Cryptography and Number Theory: From Password Encryption to Secret Codes

    Did you know that a 6 digit passcode takes less than 1 day to crack, while a 10 digit passcode can take several years? Just do not use a phone number, as this can be guessed easily. Nick Egbert joins us from Purdue University and is specializing in cryptography and number theory. He explains how simple and extremely complex codes work. Nick teaches us that everything from depositing a check using your phone, logins to any website, to reusing passwords, all use cryptography.

    • 49 min
    Bioenergy, Biomass, and What is in a Barrel of Petroleum?

    Bioenergy, Biomass, and What is in a Barrel of Petroleum?

    Professor Tim Donohue from University of Wisconsin-Madison joins us to discuss Bioenergy. Donohue explains the importance of thinking about bioenergy-based research solutions and emphasizes that biofuels are not a new concept. Donohue explains various products that come from a barrel of oil, and making fuels and chemicals from dedicated non-food energy crops.

    • 39 min
    What is Environmental Health? Looking at endocrine disrupting chemicals, health disparities, and environmental racism

    What is Environmental Health? Looking at endocrine disrupting chemicals, health disparities, and environmental racism

    Most all diseases include some kind of environmental component according to Dr. Sarah Evans, Assistant Professor of Environmental Medicine and Public Health. If environmental factors are responsible for rapid disease rates, then we can work toward solutions that will be helpful in slowing these rates. Dr. Evans suggests using our dollars to choose products that are phthalate free, BPA free, and fragrance-free, using more whole and fresh foods, and reducing household dust.

    • 59 min

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I always learn something new from the Superheroes of Science podcast. These are experts in their fields and they don’t skim over topics. They drill down into the subject. My favorite so far has to be the fireworks podcast. Well done!

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