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093: Cricket Diplomacy

We ring in 2019 with news of lovelorn crickets, the far side of the moon, food allergies, and a new branch on a big tree. But the proverbial elephant in the room is the ongoing shutdown of the United States' government.

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092: Gabriela Montejo-Kovacevich

The best in science communication tells a compelling story. This week we have a great one! Gabriel Montejo-Kovacevich joins us to talk about her field research in Central and South America studying butterflies of the genus Heliconius. She shares her story of the hard work and the gratifying rewards of field research in challenging conditions. Gabriela is at the front line of science, and we are grateful to her for sharing her adventure and her research with us.

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091: Fourth National Climate Assessment, and more

A year ago we were in shock and disbelief in the days after the Tubbs Fire in Northern California incinerated our neighborhood, and our home. One year later and that scene of apocalyptic devastation has been replaced by a community coming together and rising from the ashes. 

I'm overjoyed to announce that we can put that awful year behind us. My family and I have moved back into our wonderful neighborhood, and we're looking forward to more and more of our neighbors' return.

A million thanks to the Blue Streak Science team. You are simply the best. I'm indebted to you, and it's my honor to work on this project with you. 

Thanks to our incredible audience for sticking with us during the past year. For you, we pledge to take the Blue Streak Science Podcast to the next level. The future is gonna be awesome! 

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090: Get Out the Vote for Science!

Science is under assault, but there's something we can do about it. We can VOTE! Blue Streak Science is proud to endorse four candidates who will put science back into the halls of Congress. Vote for democracy! Vote Science!

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089: Rage Screaming for Science!

There were many interesting science stories this week, but none more important than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 1.5˚C Report. This may be one of the most important news stories of our lifetimes. Our government's failure to recognize its importance, and their continued contempt for inconvenient truths warranted a collective rage-scream by the Blue Streak Science Team.

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088: Nobel Prize Week Begins!

Last week it was the fun stuff, but this week it's that most serious of awards ceremonies, The Nobel Prize Awards. Sophie gives us the low-down on this year's winner in the category of Medicine and Physiology. JD breaks in with a newsflash, as one does, with Nobel Prize in Physics.

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087: Japan Threatens To Resume Industrial-scale Whale Slaughter

Science marches forward, but sometimes nations take a step or two backward. This is the case in recent years with my own country, and we're not alone in our regression to a lesser form of ourselves. The government of Japan is throwing an international temper tantrum because the majority of nations do not want to fall back to the old ways of wanton slaughter of whales for commercial profit. Yes, we're judging. And the verdict speaks poorly of this great nation. Japan can, and must do better.

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086: Time And Relative Dimension In Space

A slight diversion from the usual format today. But hey, do we know how to turn out a science podcast or what? Chris and JD talked about everything from cigarette smoker kids to self-administered colonoscopies. And of course, this episode was custom-made for all the Whovians out there. You know WHO you are.

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085: Climate Change & Hurricanes – What's the Deal?

It's that time of year again, the peak of hurricane season. At the moment this episode goes live the people of America's southeast coast are bracing for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, a storm with historic and deadly potential. At the same time the President of the United States has denied that thousands of Americans died as a result of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

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084: A Leak On The International Space Station

Shhhh!!! You hear that? No? It sounds like a kind of hissing-whining sound. What is that? Is it a leak? It can't be a leak! We're on the International Space Station! Seriously, was that you? Tell me it was you.

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083: Evidence of Neanderthal/Denisovan Hybridization

Seriously, an empathy expert under fire for bullying? | Mama is a Neanderthal and Daddy is a Denisovan | Earth's Quick Flippin' Magnetic Field | Ancient Turtle Had No Shell | A****** of the Month: Tokyo Medical University | Pub Quiz

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082: Dr. Kaeli Swift – Crow Thanatology

Interview with Dr. Kaeli Swift – Crow Thanatology | Cancer drugs may help the liver recover from common painkiller overdoses | Earliest galaxies found ‘on our cosmic doorstep' | Crows Tidy Up Amusement Park in France | The Climate Lounge – The Earth Is One Heck Of A Resilient Place | Pub Quiz

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081: Amber Stuver, Ph.D. – Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory

We had a great time talking to our guest today, Dr. Amber Stuver, who is an assistant professor of Physics at Villanova University and is also a member of the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, better known as LIGO. Our team of dangerous scientists brought their A-game with the Science News, the Climate Lounge, and the Pub Quiz!

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080: Grant Ballard – Point Blue Conservation Science

Interview with Dr. Grant Ballard of Point Blue Conservation Science | Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico over 1,100 | The Trump Administration Proposes to Scrap Automobile Fuel Efficiency Standards | A new White House science officer, finally! | California Hits Its Emissions Target Years Early!

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079: Heatwaves and Wildfires in the Climate Lounge!

The month of August has just begun, and “fire season” in the west of North America has barely begun. The peak doesn't arrive until late September, but we're already seeing another season of devastation exacerbated by global climate change. Europe and North America are likely entering into uncharted territory when it comes to wildfires. Pack up a disaster kit, we just may need it.

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078: Let's Get Political!

It's the beginning of the that silly season once more! Seriously, does it ever end? The 2018 Washington state primary is just days away and we are proud to endorse Dr. Shannon Hader to represent Washington's 8th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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077: Michael MacFerrin, Ph.D. – Glaciologist

On This Week's Show Conversation with Michael MacFerrin, Research Glaciologist Science News The Climate Lounge Pub Quiz Science News with Nevena Hristozova and Chris MacAlister An Origin of Cosmic Rays Discovered In a galaxy far far away… For real though – it’s really far – 4 billion light-years away. My calculations show that with the...

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076: Mariana Di Giacomo – Paleontologist

A very full episode today. We started off talking about the latest science news with items such as the possibility of a new microbiome found in artificial implants, the Trump Administration complaining about too much science in the science, and Kepler coming to the end of the road. Tom turned up the heat in the Climate Lounge today, and it was a hella-good time at the Pub Quiz, too! Our featured guest is Mariana Di Giacomo, paleontologist and fossil preserver extraordinaire! Get on board!

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075: Chris Ryu – Dorset Science & Technology Centre

On This Week’s Show Interview with Chris Ryu of the Dorset Science and Technology Centre Science News with Sophie McManus and JD Goodwin The Climate Lounge Pub Quiz Science News with Sophie McManus and JD Goodwin Crow vending machine skills ‘redefine intelligence’ Last week a new study published in Nature Scientific Reports revealed further evidence...

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074: The Life and Legacy of Koko the Gorilla

Sophie and JD discussed the recent death of Koko, the famous gorilla who learned sign language. Also in the podcast are how some parts of the world are still struggling with high rates of HIV/AIDS, and news of the recent finding of all the stuff in the universe. This week's Asshole of the Month is an ABSolute jerk.

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073: Antarctic Melt Rate Triples!

The Antarctic melt rate has tripled in recent years and is accelerating. Those here today will not suffer the worst of this. But our children, and our grandchildren beyond them will ask why we let this happen to them. This is our lasting legacy.

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072: Organic molecules on Mars, slowing hurricanes, dogs and influenza

Nevena steals Tom's thunder by covering a story about hurricanes. Tom manages to compose himself as he escorts us into the increasingly warm Climate Lounge.

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071: Pluto Has Dunes!

What? Pluto has dunes, and Chris so eloquently informs us that if we experienced the minor indiscretion of flatulence on the dwarf planet the little fart would freeze in the air and could result in a category 5 hurricane! A fart hurricane! Oh, the humanity!

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070: The Nipah Virus, Scientific Reports Retracts HPV Paper, Stolen Asteroid, and Survivor Birds!

What a great episode! JD was in rare form as he ranted…and ranted…and ranted about the A**h*le of the Month. We had dinosaurs, asteroids, mysterious viruses, and scientific self-correction. Oh, and this was also Chris' first go at the Pub Quiz!

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069: Talking LOUDLY About Sea Level Rise

With thunder rolling in the background, as if on cue, Tom Di Liberto takes us into the Climate Lounge. Amrita Sule and Sophie McManus get us up to speed on the Science News. JD emcees the boisterous bacchanalia we call the Pub Quiz.

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