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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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    • 4.1 • 427 Ratings

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.

    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…

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    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…

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    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
    Let's Talk Science!

    Let's Talk Science!

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Water Worries, Union Economics, Predator Poop, Brain Tumor Vaccine?, Not So Mysterious Human, Anti-Vax Vaccination , Wafting Bee Wings, Bonobo Baby, Brain Pathogens, Bronze Age Grub Hub, Big Brains, Removing False Memories, 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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    America is getting back to normal…

    Nowhere is that more clear than with the recent mass shooting in Colorado.

    Since there are tens of millions more guns than people in the United States

    I thought we might start the show with a few fun gun facts…

    1 – there are around 70 millions more guns than people in the United States.

    About ? of Americans own a gun,

    which means gun owning Americans are really into owning guns…

    In 2018, 73% of homicides were committed with firearms according to the FBI,

    And 600,000 violent crimes were committed with a gun.

    While the majority of Americans support stricter gun laws according to the pew research folks in 2019 at 60%,

    That number is even higher in women who, fun fact…

    are three times more likely to be murdered with a gun by an intimate partner than a perfect stranger.

    As also reflected in a 2019 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine that

    showed states with the highest gun ownership had 64.6 percent increased incidence rate

    of domestic firearm homicide when compared to states with the least.

    And…

    • 1 hr 45 min
    17 March, 2021 – Episode 816 – How Do Irish Eyes?

    17 March, 2021 – Episode 816 – How Do Irish Eyes?

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    No Womb, Shipwrecked Solar System, Mask Destruction, Cancer Force Field, Bad Air, Giraffe-Mice, Fast Heart Attacks, COVID Vaccine Update, Tone Deaf Honeyeaters, Savage Plovers, Ocean Protection, Green Arctic Acres, Irish Crying Eyes, New Genes, 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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    Justin said things, but didn’t share his script. Does someone want to transcribe it for me?

    Let’s start with the science news

    No Womb

    Researchers are growing mouse embryos in jars.

    Shipwrecked solar system

    The Antikythera device is being decoded bit by bit!

    Masks are destroying the planet!

    And no, this isn’t going to magically disappear when the pandemic ends…

    Cancer Force Field

    Researchers at Ohio State University have evidence that elecromagnetic fields reduce the spread of breast cancer cells.

    Bad air

    Malaria has been with us for thousands of years.

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    • 2 hr 1 min
    10 March, 2021 – Episode 815 – How to Hunt Volcanoes

    10 March, 2021 – Episode 815 – How to Hunt Volcanoes

    What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

    Conserve Or Use?, A Second Pill, Catnip Deterrent, Sponge Earth, Shortest Story Ever, Volcanic Effects, Interview with Ms. Adventure Volcano Jess Phoenix, Slug Heads, Frog Lungs, Solitary Science, Helpful Traits, Psychedelic Placebos, 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 planet on which you are standing is likely nothing like what you imagine it to be.

    You might have a picture of the ground beneath as being made up of dirt and rocks,

    and the occasional blind mole rat kingdom or dinosaur graveyard.

    And, if you dig a little, you would have that belief somewhat confirmed.

    Dig a little deeper, and you would begin to discover that what you thought of as the earth…

    Is but a porous floating crust of firm detritus upon a thick layer of slushy silicate…

    A thin film of cooled minerals on a molten substrate.

    Descend deep into the earth, and you will find temperatures and pressures

    thousands to millions of times what we experience on the surface;

    Rewriting everything you think you know about the normal states of matter on earth.

    There is a lot more to the earth than what we can see or touch.

    It has a diameter of around 8000 miles

    Making it somewhere in the 4000 mile range from surface to core.

    Yet the deepest hole we’ve ever drilled is a measly 7 and a half miles deep.

    It took over 20 years to get that deep, and fun fact,

    • 1 hr 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
427 Ratings

427 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.

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.

TaBAscO$ ,

AMAZING

I don’t understand everything there are saying cus I guess u could say I’m young but I love this show and learning about science over a huge span of topics and because of them I know so much more about our world and definitely inspired me to do and complete so many new and great things

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