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The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, Justin Jackson, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist, and Blair Bazdarich, a zoologist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web - check it out and hear a science news program like no other.

This Week in Science – The Kickass Science Podcast Dr. Kirsten Sanford Science Media

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The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, Justin Jackson, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist, and Blair Bazdarich, a zoologist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web - check it out and hear a science news program like no other.

    05 May, 2021 – Episode 823 – Cinco de Mayo Science Salsa!

    05 May, 2021 – Episode 823 – Cinco de Mayo Science Salsa!

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    This Week: Cytobacteria?, Invisible Fences, Jurassic Garden, Zee Deeehnay, Branching Worms, Simulated Impact, COVID Update, 1 To 3, Baby Mantis Punch, Holographic Histopathology, Fertility Feed, Bat Senses, Seat Of Consciousness, Cinco de Mayo Science News…

    Become a Patron!

    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

    And, remember that you can find us on all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! Science podcasts on Google? We are there! You’re looking for science podcasts on iTunes, science podcasts on Apple? We are there, too! Just look for This Week in Science…

    Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!

    World governments continue to reflect thoughtfully over the past years pandemic.

    Waiting patiently to reopen until such a time as it is safe for the general public to return.

    Like Florida did before leading the nation in COVID cases.

    Like India did before leading the world in COVID cases.

    How did the virus overwhelm hospital capacity?

    Who knows, it was a novel virus…

    Despite dire warnings from scientists who study such things,

    it was pretty obvious that it was safe because – why bother with facts?

    Even now I am talking about it in the past tense

    despite there being more new cases in the world this past week than at any other time,

    and peak deaths will naturally follow…

    So, statistically we’re at the worst point…

    but, why bother with facts?

    • 1 hr 55 min
    28 April, 2021 – Episode 822 – This Show is Totally Reasonable

    28 April, 2021 – Episode 822 – This Show is Totally Reasonable

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Mars Milestones, Whey To Go, Whale Speak, Malaria Success, Bacterial Biofilms, Anti-Stars?, COVID Update, Sponge Tracks, Fruit Fly Marathoners, Antibiotic Time Bomb, New Nomenclature, Drug-Finding Tool, Lost Identity, And Much More…

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    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

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    Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!

    The following program is unintended for audiences of any age

    As it contains information presented as news and informed opinion by experts

    But often is not…

    Reasonable people are expected to understand the difference

    between actual journalism, political propaganda, and paid sponsorship influence manipulation in all content…

    Though it will be considered an unreasonable burden for the program to point out which is which.

    Any medical advice, supplement testimonials or favorable product mentions

    are at the sole discretion of the audience to regard as meaningful.

    While some people may be called doctor

    and even hold degrees of higher education relating to those titles,

    always remember that they may not be “that kind” of doctor.

    • 1 hr 49 min
    21 April, 2021 – Episode 821 – Putting Science in the Light

    21 April, 2021 – Episode 821 – Putting Science in the Light

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Making Chimeras, Bad Humans, Forgotten Coffee, Interview w/ Dr. Greg Gbur on Light and Invisibility, COVID Dogs, Beetle Pee, Snake Venom, Honey Fallout, Slow Rex, Glancing Gaze, Traveling Tarantulas, Shift Work Woes, And Much More…

    Become a Patron!

    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

    And, remember that you can find us on all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! Science podcasts on Google? We are there! You’re looking for science podcasts on iTunes, science podcasts on Apple? We are there, too! Just look for This Week in Science…

    Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!

    Nothing is in the way of the world

    doing all the right things to prevent the climate emergency

    that is looming over our planetary future like a dark…

    foreshadowing…

    cloud of…

    dystopian gloom,

    ready to burst with thunderous metaphors.

    The sort of mechanisms used to alert a reader to the danger to come in a story.

    Only this isn’t fiction, and instead of literary props that hint at action ahead

    We have scientific papers that spell out the threats,

    the causes, the solutions, the consequences and outcomes in great detail…

    If you watch the news these days, you won’t hear anything about it.

    The story has no arc, no reveal…

    to ratings appeal.

    It’s just spoiler alert after spoiler alert…

    Like a who done it, where the real killer is revealed on the first page.

    A mystery twist movie

    where the big secret is revealed in the trailer, and the title gives away the inevitable end.

    And so, with nothing left to the imagination.

    Nothing left to interest or entertain.

    • 2 hr 4 min
    14 April, 2021 – Episode 820 – Is it Time Yet???

    14 April, 2021 – Episode 820 – Is it Time Yet???

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    FermiLab Followup, Almost Astronauts, How Do You Scream, Moving Fish, Magic Mood Mushroom, Crazy Light, Monkey Speed Bumps, COVID Update, It’s A Yawn, Bird Blood Heaters, Halfway To Zero, Imprinting Autism?, Facial Phrenology?, Gar Brains, And Much More…

    Become a Patron!

    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

    And, remember that you can find us on all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! Science podcasts on Google? We are there! You’re looking for science podcasts on iTunes, science podcasts on Apple? We are there, too! Just look for This Week in Science…

    Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!

    All of the content from all of the platforms in which content is contained

    On whatever new device that streams into our consciousness

    Cannot compare to simple beauty of a having your favorite beverage

    outside under the bright blue sky of sunny southern California springtime…

    Or a crowded café bookstore in cloudy sweater weather Portland

    Or a bustling New York Deli, with everyone bagels to briskets wanting what she’s having

    Or even mingling with masses in the fragrant fish markets of foggy San Francisco

    As the world begins to emerge, albeit too soon,

    from a half-masked attempt to divert a pandemic

    It’s those simple things we’ve been missing, once taken for granted,

    that we will relish with tremendous glee once everything begins to get back to normal

    Going out in public…

    to places not inside our own homes…

    will be amazing.

    But before we go full on post pandemic COVID complacency

    Let us keep in mind that while almost there…

    we ain’t there yet.

    So sit back, stay home and tune into the electronic void just a little longer with

    This Week in Science

    • 1 hr 47 min
    07 April, 2021 – Episode 819 – What Should You Know About Beavers?

    07 April, 2021 – Episode 819 – What Should You Know About Beavers?

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    New Physics?, Sensitive Tattoos, COVID Update, PUF Piece, Interview w/ Ben Goldfarb for International Beaver Day, Worm hunting Snails, Blaring Fireflies, Norwegian Blobs, Battery Race, Neander Ancestors, Rain Rules, Tit Turnover, Game Guides, Brain Glue, And Much More…

    Become a Patron!

    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

    And, remember that you can find us on all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! Science podcasts on Google? We are there! You’re looking for science podcasts on iTunes, science podcasts on Apple? We are there, too! Just look for This Week in Science…

    Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!

    For the past four years the Environmental Protection Agency

    has been the worst enemy of, well….

    The environment.

    Denial of global warming,

    Mass purges of research scientists,

    repeals of land, air, and water pollution regulations,

    Abandonment of federally protected nature areas,

    An odd attempt to get the auto industry to abandon their investments in cleaner emissions…

    Then, when many auto companies rejected the plan,

    announcing they would stick to the higher standard California regulations…

    They were investigated by the department of justice under antitrust laws…

    because not giving people an option to pollute more toxic exhaust out of their tailpipes

    is exactly what antitrust laws are for…

    Only, no, that’s not what antitrust laws are for,

    and so yes, the investigation went nowhere…

    But yes, the auto industry was investigated by the US federal government ...

    • 2 hr 14 min
    31 March, 2021 – Episode 818 – What to Do About the Beasts?

    31 March, 2021 – Episode 818 – What to Do About the Beasts?

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Synthetic Life, Old Bones, Circus Rabbits, Interview with Michelle Nijhuis re: Beloved Beasts, Dreaming Octopus, Big Fangs, Australasian South American?, Social Distanced Mice, Antimatter Lasers, Invasive Species, Xenobot The Sequel, And Much More…

    Become a Patron!

    Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube. You can do that here.

    And, remember that you can find us on all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! Science podcasts on Google? We are there! You’re looking for science podcasts on iTunes, science podcasts on Apple? We are there, too! Just look for This Week in Science…

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    The whole, here today, gone tomorrow outlook on life

    Can make us seize the day with the gusto of a first year declared poetry major.

    Evoking ancient themes of love and loss, action and change,

    as if all our moments were monumental.

    Born of some epic story never to be forgotten.

    Meaningful, intentional and beautiful to behold.

    Or, the terrible waiting between the poetic beats,

    As we endure simply to survive,

    Can make us fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.

    The apathy of permanence.

    The fleeting worry.

    The fleeting joys.

    The fleeting terror of fleeting moments.

    But these aspects of life that makes us aware of our brevity

    Ignore the larger story for pages that mention us by name.

    This idle skimming, this disjointed reading,

    Ignores the long shadows a life can cast

    We are all part of a much greater story.

    One that has evolved over billions of years.

    One that was once independent,

    That is now dependent on our monumental choices.

    • 2 hr 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
429 Ratings

429 Ratings

Artie_D ,

Wit, informative, awesome show!

I've been listening Kirsten and Justin since late 2006 and pretty much haven't missed a single show. They are one of mine source to get sciency goodness-:) on a weekly basis and I love to be able to contribute and share science news I find with other listeners. Keep up guys, you've been doing AWESOME job!!

PS. To MAGA people who believe the hosts are political and not fair to Trump - he is a traitor and none of his actions as president were to build a better America. He was squeezed to his presidency with a good chuck of Russian help to dismantle America. I’ glad it’s history by now.

trouser roller ,

Too Annoying to Listen to

Can’t stand being talked to as if I’m an imbecile on such serious topics. Format is terrible.

KregaDeth85 ,

Support

I used to be able to agree and support the science of this channel. But some of the things that are agreed with on this show are very unscientific. The political opinions expressed on this channel are not science and seem to ignore the typical scientific path of finding evidence to support these opinions. Hating trump isn’t scientific. Blindly hating everything he does is not scientific. Please look up the bills he has passed. Do some real research then form your opinion. The opinions expressed here are the opinions of CNN. Not science. Still 5 stars. Great show . Very well made. Minus political opinions.

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