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We live science every single day but we take for granted that the world around us and how we think about it is constantly changing. Join Western Science Speaks with host Henry Standage, as he talks with geneticists, astronomers, software developers, evolutionary mathematicians, synthetic chemists, geologists, and a variety of other experts working together to answer humanity's most interesting and important questions, because, behind all the formulas and graphs, sciences is our past, our present, and our future.

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We live science every single day but we take for granted that the world around us and how we think about it is constantly changing. Join Western Science Speaks with host Henry Standage, as he talks with geneticists, astronomers, software developers, evolutionary mathematicians, synthetic chemists, geologists, and a variety of other experts working together to answer humanity's most interesting and important questions, because, behind all the formulas and graphs, sciences is our past, our present, and our future.

Miss an episode? Catch up today on our wide range of topics in science, relevant to a broad spectrum of listeners.

    WSS S4E12: The Next Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope

    WSS S4E12: The Next Hubble: The James Webb Space Telescope

    One year in advance of the James Webb Space Telescope's official launch, Western Science Speaks is thrilled to be joined by Prof. Els Peeters, for an all-you-need-to-know audio exhibit of the revolutionary telescope that will follow in Hubble's footsteps. Episode image courtesy of NASA. 

    • 16 min
    WSS S4E11: Can I join? The Social Behaviour of Animals

    WSS S4E11: Can I join? The Social Behaviour of Animals

    Dr. Anne Simon joins Western Science Speaks to talk about the processes within group behaviour in a variety of animals. Later, Dr. Simon talks about her own research with fruit flies and the impact of experiences on genetic predispositions. 

    • 28 min
    WSS S4E10: Will you be my Valentine?

    WSS S4E10: Will you be my Valentine?

    Just in time for Valentine's Day, Amanda Moehring and Geoff Wild join Western Science Speaks to discuss mating, courtship, and everything you need to know about love.
     

    • 37 min
    WSS S4E9: Ground Up Perspectives: Projecting the Future of Plants

    WSS S4E9: Ground Up Perspectives: Projecting the Future of Plants

    Professor Dani Way from the Department of Biology joins the show to discuss her work predicting future climate realities on Earth - and what that means for our plants and trees.

    • 18 min
    WSS S4E8: Don’t Blink: How Living Species Deal with the Rapid Evolution of Parasites

    WSS S4E8: Don’t Blink: How Living Species Deal with the Rapid Evolution of Parasites

    With a population in the millions of trillions, parasites are able to evolve at a faster pace than just about anything on Earth. Beth MacDougall-Shackleton, joins the Western Science Speaks Podcast to discuss some of the innovative mechanisms used by parasites to attach to a host, some of the warning signs of infection across different species, and why we wouldn’t want to completely eradicate parasites from our ecosystem.

    • 21 min
    WSS S4E7: Are we alone? Examining the recipe for intelligent life in the universe

    WSS S4E7: Are we alone? Examining the recipe for intelligent life in the universe

    Dr. Jan Cami joins the podcast to discuss the origins of life on Earth, the process of finding other Earth-like planets, and the likelihood that we will ever find company out in the Universe. 

    • 33 min

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