Yet Another Science Show is a fun, interactive podcast about science and the world around us. Hosted by Orad Reshef and Jesse Corbeil, the show aims to look at what makes the universe go, and lead its listeners down a path of discovery — usually with a bit of history thrown in for good measure.
Episode 9: Getting Meta with Materials
Now you see it, now you don’t – episode 9 of Yet Another Science Show is finally here! Special guest, Harvard PhD Student Phil Munoz, sits down at Jesse’s table with Orad, Jes and Nina to talk meta-atoms, metamaterials and invisibility cloaks. Don’t miss out!
Here are some references we used while researching this show:
The Radiolab Episode about the colours that animals see.
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Episode 8: Making Sense of Smell
Smell is a powerful thing. In fact, some say it’s the most powerful of our senses. But it’s not a well-understood sense by any means. Every now and again, a new study appears with a new set of categories or a new angle, but for now, the definitive answer on how smell really works remains elusive. A recent study set the number of odour categories at 10, but the YASSers think that something about it just smells off. Take a listen to find out why.
After a brief hiatus, the guys are back! Orad and Jesse introduce their new co-host Nina Pariser and discuss smell. Plus, our first legit voicemail!
Here are some scientific references we used while researching this show:
Categorical Dimensions of Human Odor Descriptor Space Revealed by Non-Negative Matrix Factorization from PLOS one, 18 September 2013.
An article in the BBC about smell.
The Science of Scent, a TED Talk by biophysicist Luca Turin.
How do dogs “see” with their noses? – Youtube video.
The Smell Report from the Social Issues Research Centre.
Photo Source: Armin Kübelbeck, CC-BY-SA, Wikimedia Commons
Yet Another Science Minute #2: The Edge of the Solar System
The Voyager golden record.
Miss Yet Another Science Show? Well, here’s a quick teaser of our imminent return. It’s a convo Jes and Orad had about Voyager when it was leaving the solar system. Stay tuned for more full-length episodes and science minutes, coming soon!
Episode 7: Tiny Things Made of Light
Orad in his cleanroom gear.
Ever wondered what your co-hosts do when they’re not being fab broadcast personalities? Or what the show would sound like if at least one of us really knew what we were talking about? Well listen up, because it’s about to happen: In this episode, Orad describes just what it is he does as a scientist, while Jesse tries to not get confused. Plus, the strangest voicemail we’ve gotten so far… Okay, the only voicemail we’ve gotten so
Yet Another Science Minute #1: Mpemba
Good morning Yassers!
We’re trying something new at Yet Another Science Show called our Science Minute. No time to explain it (that’s the point!) so just give her a listen and let us know what you think.
And don’t you fear – a full episode of Yet Another Science Show will be coming up in just two short weeks!
Episode 6: Material Toughness
Professor Steve Yalisove of the University of Michigan
Do you know what the difference is between a material’s strength and its toughness? If you’re like most of us, you don’t. But that difference plays a big part in why springs don’t snap under pressure and why only certain materials can be used for the frames in buildings and bridges.
Listen in and get the scoop on material toughness and strength as we host our first interviewee, Professor Steve Yalisove of the University of Michigan’s Material Science and Engineering department, where he teaches an introductory material science course.
Peter from Calgary writes:
I just listened to the episode on speciation – thanks for the shout out – and I have a beef with one of the items you discussed. There was mention in there of humans evolving larger thumbs because of computers or losing their pinkies, etc. This was taken as proof that “we’re still evolving”.
Now, maybe I’m off-base here, but although mutations happen all the time they only become dominant if there’s some evolutionary advantage. If someone with a longer thumb was more successful (i.e. more likely to reproduce) then over time the thumb would grow. The same goes for any feature. Humanity will not lose its pinky unless:
People with stubby pinkies are sexy and make lotsa babies
People with long pinkies are gross and rather than mating will spend their time in the basement alone playing WOW
People with stubby pinkies are more likely to live to reproductive age, as longer pinkies are fatal
The above example may be a bit extreme, but it illustrates that in an age of “there’s a match for everyone” and “science should be able to cure all (or at least give anyone with any condition or deformity a normal life” we have removed the evolutionary pressures from our society.
Come to think of it, the evolution of man (past, present and future) could prove to be a very interesting show on its own.
Keep up the good work!
PS: Orad, unless you were hosting this podcast from the bottom of a rain barrel, it’s definitely time for a new mic.
This episode was researched, written, hosted and recorded by Orad Reshef, Jesse Corbeil and Steve Yalisove. Sound editing was done by Jesse Corbeil, Orad Reshef and Aimee Gillespie.