Category Archives: Podcast

Episode 17: Dr. R. Douglas Fields and “The Other Brain”

This week Kelly and Zach speak with Dr. R. Douglas Fields about his book “The Other Brain”.

LINKS

Section on Nervous System Development and Plasticity (Dr. Fields’ Lab)

Glia

Dr. Ichiji Tasaki

Firefly luciferin/luciferase

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) 

Astrocyte

Oligodendrocyte

Microglia

Schwann Cell

Neurons

Scientific American Articles authored by Dr. Fields

The Other Brain (links to Amazon)

Below is a really amazing talk by Dr. Fields. It is not related to glia, but it’s so awesome I had to post it anyway.

Episode 16: Science Exchange and Dr. Elizabeth Iorns

Zach and Kelly interview Dr. Elizabeth Iorns about Science Exchange, an online marketplace connecting scientists and laypeople to research facilities.

LINKS

The Weinerworks

Science Exchange

SciFund Challenge

Pasadena Bioscience Collaborative

MORE Foundation Embark program

Y Combinator

 

Episode 11: Weinersmiths, W.E.I.R.D., and W.R.O.uN.G

This week Zach and Kelly catch up on their recent adventures, and discuss the predominance of W.E.I.R.D. (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) subjects in psychology studies.

Links

The Weinerworks (Zach’s math blog)

Dr. Raine Kortet

This week’s paper: The weirdest people in the world?

An early draft of “The weirdest people in the world?”, available online for            free

Ultimatum Game

Dictator Game 

Episode 5: Peters, Printers, and Polymers

This week we talk to Ben Peters, graduate student at MIT’s Media Lab, about 3-D printing.

Links

MIT Media Lab

RepRap-the 3-D printer that makes some of the parts for itself

MakerBot

Thingiverse-free designs for MakerBot

Episode 4: Barnhart, Biofuels, and Baseloads

This week Zach and Kelly talk to Dr. Charlie Barnhart about energy!  You can hear more from Charlie every week on the Science…sort of podcast!

Links
Stanford’s Global Climate and Energy Project 

International Energy Agency

BP Energy Outlook Report

Energy subreddit

Episode 2: Plait, P(l)uns, and Planets

In this week’s episode we interview blogger and author, Phil Plait! We talk to Phil about the James Webb Space Telescope, and about science funding for space projects in general. Check out Phil’s blog, Bad Astronomy, and his most recent book! AWESOME!

Links:

Zeugma

Superconducting Super Collider

SpaceX

Cassini

 

 

Episode 1a: Mushrooms, revisited

Hello, Weinersmithians! Our good friend, Dr. Paul Smaldino, called and asked to speak in defense of the psilocybin paper we discussed last episode. He’s a bona fide psychologist, and helps us to evaluate our critique.

Links

Mystical Experiences Occassioned by the Hallucinogen Psilocybin Lead to Increases in the Personality Domain of Openness (the article we are discussing)

Phineas Gage

Big Five Personality Traits

Hood’s Mysticism Scale

The Hypnosis Thing Zach Mentioned