- Building a better biome, one cute little bacterium at a time
Alexis Chernosky is one of our most brilliant biologists and brings a meetup you don't want to miss! She will lead us in a discussion related to bacteria and the microbiome. Who knew these microorganisms could do so much? In these podcasts our worlds are rediscovered and possibly reinvented. 3 episodes to engage, enlighten and inform!! https://www.stufftoblowyourmind.com/podcasts/roller-derby-microbiome.htm Once upon a time, the word "outdoors" wasn't a thing. But then humans invented "indoors," and with it an artificial environment containing an artificial environment of microorganisms. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Julie discuss the ways in which we might manage or even engineer the microbiology of these indoor worlds. https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/funky-hand-jive Back when Robert was kid, he had a chance encounter with then President John F. Kennedy. The interaction began with a hello and ended with a handshake. And like many of us who have touched greatness, 14 year old Robert was left wondering if maybe some of Kennedy would stay with him. Now, 50 years later, Robert still finds himself pondering that encounter and question. And so with the help of brand new science and Neil Degrasse Tyson, he sets out to satisfy this curiosity once and for all. https://player.fm/series/the-microbiome-report/how-similar-are-the-microbiomes-of-identical-twins 100% the same DNA. Only 40% the same microbiome. This was the shocking discovery that led today’s identical twin guests down a path that’s just getting started.
- Evolution?-"Whaa-?? That's all monkey business!"
We know Darwin and we know evolution but how long does it really take for an adaptation to occur? Hostess with the mostest, Lynn Jansing leads us into a discussion of evolution, adaptation and how did we get here? or better yet--how fast? These podcasts allow room to discuss various other topics of interest including psychology, behavior and intergenerational change. The following podcast is probably one of our all time favorite! "Leaving your LaMarck", Radiolab podcast https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/251884-leaving-lamarck The following are supportive podcasts for further discussion. . . "You are what your grandpa eats", Radiolab podcast https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/251885-you-are-what-your-grandpa-eats first five minutes only of this one! Any evo-devo majors? It's going to rock your world! stop at the terms "infective heredity." I mean unless you're a rebel, in which case, I like you. "Infective Heredity" Radiolab https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/infective-heredity
- Altruism—giving so much!!
This month we are so excited to welcome one of our most notable, eloquent hosts—Kaity Stone—to our table. The topic of interest—altruism. “But I have so much to give!!! Pass the potatoes.” We think we are kind and generous and brave and then we meet someone who donates a kidney...to a stranger. What tha? I don’t get it? and maybe you don’t either? Please bring questions to share, an inquisitive mind . . . and a spare kidney? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ted-radio-hour/id523121474?mt=2&i=1000428430804 https://www.npr.org/programs/ted-radio-hour/529942441/wired-for-altruism Ted Radio Hour, Wired for Altruism, January 24, 2019
- TMS—changing personalities one shock at a time
Autism. This is a hot button topic and one we are willing to dive into. No. Not a discussion as to what causes it but a discussion of the latest remedies. Oh wait? Is it a remedy? What does it mean to alter one’s personality? Who are we to judge what is the proper personality? Or the proper emotional response? Or character? Do a little search on TMS transcranial magnetic stimulation. You will be shocked in what you learn. Don’t judge the messenger but do bring your own set of questions. This is going to be a good one! Switched On / Snap Judgment, "Fortress of Solitude" by Snap Judgment https://soundcloud.com/snapjudgment/switched-on-snap-judgment-fortress-of-solitude on #SoundCloud https://www.npr.org/2016/07/07/485138695/invisibilia-an-experiment-helps-one-woman-see-the-world-in-a-new-way
- Tower of Babble!
Radio Replay: Bringing up Baby https://www.npr.org/2018/11/19/669319079/radio-replay-bringing-up-baby In honor of all the new moms in our group and especially our veteran moms we present "Bringing up Baby"! A special welcome to any moms who can provide experience and questions to provoke. This is an awesome podcast not only related to babies but in general, learning and behavior. Please listen to this podcast and consider these experiences. 1. Have you ever had difficulty learning a new language? If so, what? 2. Was there ever a time you felt your learning was cut short? stifled in some way? What were you learning and how was it cut short? or why?
- Climate change? Hey! Thats ok. I like my marshmallows toasty
https://player.fm/series/ted-talks-daily/the-most-important-thing-you-can-do-to-fight-climate-change-talk-about-it-katharine-hayhoe The most important thing you can do to fight climate change Talk about it Katherine Hayhoe https://player.fm/series/tedtalks-audio/ep-100-solutions-to-climate-change-chad-frischmann 100 solutions to climate change Chad Frischmann Ok. Ladies! Here we go. This is a short one but what a great discussion this can bring! I would love to see the data we can provide when discussing our various thoughts regarding climate change. Are you pro or con? Although this is highly shrouded in political mayhem we are no political insurgents. We just want some true data and even more analysis after the fact! Don't have data? Cool. Then bring a thought to share and an opinion and we will love you even more! Please note the time shift due to the holidays. See you soon!
- The Science of Booze!
Alcohol is always a hot topic especially among a few nerdy friends. Join us for one of our favorite topics of discussion as Ashlee Felker, our Meetup hostess leads us in some engaging questions and comments that will have us wanting more. https://soundcloud.com/inquiringminds/86-adam-rogers-the-science-of-booze Title and name of the podcast for other accessible audio mediums: Inquiring Minds 86 Adam Rogers - The Science of Booze More questions and comments to follow Here are the questions for our discussion at the meetup: “Civilization begins with distillation” Humans have benefited from fermentation for a long time, without understanding it. But distillation has been a much more recent discovery. Do you think distillation fundamentally changed our understanding of our environment - chemically, physically, biologically? The mass produced wines and beers seem to be the most scientifically produced, while the craft and microbrews seem to be the most left to chance. Why do you think our society is placing such a premium on small batch/craft beers if they really aren’t able to reproduce their results? While we understand the process of how yeast makes alcohol, we don’t fully understand how different kinds of yeast make different flavors. Often the different yeast strains produce great flavor, but high alcohol content. What benefits are there in better understanding the science behind the flavors that yeast produce? What benefits could there be in letting the magic just happen? Smell and taste are very subjective. And yet they impact our enjoyment of the alcohol. Smell and taste are very tied into memory. When you think of alcohols you enjoy or dislike, do you have a memory associated with those alcohols. There are a lot of people that place significance on glassware paired with the right kind of alcohol. Rogers says that scientifically the glass doesn’t matter. Emotionally, the glass matters. How does the glassware choice impact your experience with a beverage? Ethanol has an effect on the brain without an obvious receptor in the brain. We don’t truly understand what ethanol does to the brain. Our best understanding is that it represses our functions that keep us from getting out of control. As long as humans have enjoyed alcohols, what impact could understanding how ethanols work on our brains change our enjoyment of the substance? Does knowing more about a beverage increase your enjoyment - think sommelier’s analyzing the wine, or a brewer telling about the provenance of the hops?
- Rethinking Medicine
We are so excited about this podcast! There is so much to discuss for this one hour special. Click on the link, give it a listen. You’ll love it! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ted-radio-hour/id523121474?mt=2&i=1000398056361 The TED Radio Hour December 21, 2017 Rethinking Medicine To start— 1. What section of the podcast was your favorite and why? If you did not listen to the podcast then please share an aspect of medicine where you might most be interested. More engaging questions. . . 1. For those of us having taken Biology in college or high school the antigen,antibody approach is a basic of every class. Did you ever question this approach to healing sickness? When Mukherjee starts speaking of how this approach shaped our view of medicine he says we need a new view of medicine. He describes taking care of the "soil". Do you agree with this perspective? Why or Why not? Is there an additional perspective you care to add to the discussion? 2. In 2010 Mukherjee published a paper in Nature regarding the environment that cancer grows and manipulating this environment. Are there ways you believe nutrition can effect the environment where cancer grows? What is your take on this idea? at 15 minutes into the podcast we meet Atul Gawande an advocate for checklists in hospitals 3. Have you experienced what he describes as the "Cowboy" method of hospital care? (one clinician handling multiple decisions, or multiple people people making divergent decisions) Or have you experienced the new method with checklist and a case manager? 4. Are there other aspects of society where we could use this method of success? At 32 minutes into the podcast we discover a method of using stem cells to essentially regrow the brain (Jocelyne Bloch) 5. What is your knowledge regarding stem cells? 6. Were you surprised to discover the monkey was able to recover 30-50% ON THEIR own after modeling a lesion in the brain (similar to a stroke). What is our own perspective in society regarding a stroke. DO we know or believe humans are able to recover as much? 7. What she discovers is revolutionary in science but altogether not unheard of. Why is stem cell research still not in the forefront of today's medicine? The last 10 minutes of the show we meet Joseph Ravenell and his foresight of using barbershops as a means to connect with men and their health. 8. As women, is their place we might be more inclined to speak of our personal health concerns? What place do you feel the most open to discuss these matters? 9. Did you relate to the men's feeling their doctors did not listen to them?
- Bolero! A symptom of madness?
https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/unraveling-bolero/ https://www.podcastone.com/episode/Unraveling-Bolero- https://player.fm/series/radiolab-from-wnyc/unraveling-bolero On your podcast app.. Radiolab's "Unraveling Bolero" This is the perfect opportunity to test our ability to prepare for a meetup within one week. A few members expressed desire for a weekly meetup and this is our chance! This week's podcast explores the brain's ability to wrestle between visual cognition and our love of all things math and science. We will provide some questions but please plan to bring one question to throw in the hat on Tuesday. Questions to consider: 1. Is there a time you have experienced the communication part of your brain quieting down and the visual aspect becoming more clear? Or vice versa? 2. Was Anne’s choice to leave her job and begin painting an early sign of the disease? If so, then how do we compare this to other major life decisions people make? When is it a “disease” and when is it just “living”? 3. Anne unintentionally and unwillingly sacrificed years in her life for a new or bold artistic talent. Are there careers or places in society whereby people willingly sacrifice something in life to gain a new talent? Would you sacrifice years for a new talent? If so, what? 4. How does this disease compare/contrast with other diseases we know? Alzheimer’s, MS, Lou Gehrig’s...?
- Member Happy Hour
Thursday Night Happy Hour! This month we are having a Happy Hour and Game night at Flying Saucer. We are taking a fall break from podcasting to mix and mingle. Hope to see the regulars and those of you who can’t make Tuesday nights every month. <3