Episode 48: Naked mole rats

This week Zach and Kelly talk naked mole rats.


The Kickstarter for Zach’s newest adventure of your own choosing gamebook has only 7 days left! 

Naked mole rat



Paper 1: van der Horst et al. 2011. Sperm structure and motility in the eusocial naked mole-rat, Heterocephalus glaber: a case of degenerative orthogenesis in the absence of sperm competition?

Press coverage on Not Exactly Rocket Science

Paper 2: Tian et al. 2013. High-molecular-mass hyaluronan mediates the cancer resistance of the naked mole rat.

Press coverage on The Conversation

Paper 3: Avivi et al. 2010. Neuroglobin, cytoglobin, and myoglobin contribue to hypoxia adaptation of the subterranean mole rat Spalax

Press coverage at Ars Technica

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

Episode 47: Biofilms and bumblebees

This week Zach and Kelly talk about cheating in bacterial biofilms, and how the microbiome influences susceptibility to disease in bumble bees.


Trial of the Clone 2: Wrath of the Pacificist (Zach’s adventure of your own choosing game book) is up on Kickstarter!

Technically Speaking – A podcast about engineering, and the newest member of the Brachiolope Media Network family!

Paper 1 – Popat et al. 2012: Quorum-sensing and cheating in bacterial biofilms


Episode 42: Fecal transplants and eye development

Paper 2 – Koch and Schmid-Hempel 2012: Gut microbiota instead of host genotype drive the specificity of a natural host-parasite system

Red Queen hypothesis

Episode 25: Dr. Ryan Earley and “why are there males”?

Episode 46: Ryan and Ben hijack the Weekly Weinersmith

This week we let Ryan Haupt and Benjamin Tippett take over the show. Ryan and Ben are co-hosts on the Science…sort of podcast, and Ben is host of The Titanium Physicists podcast. Both of these podcasts are part of the Brachiolope Media Network, the podcast network to which the Weekly Weinersmith belongs. Ryan and Ben will talk about….well….you’ll see.

This podcast is probably not appropriate for a younger audience (you know, as usual).




Explosive eversion of a duck penis

Tapir’s third leg

Banana slug penis eating

Whale threesome

Kangaroo vagina

Kangaroo penis

The Dr. Dick Cox who studies penises

Detachable nautilus penises

Episode 45: Dr. Christopher Lynn on glossolalia

This week Zach and Kelly talk with Dr. Christopher Dana Lynn, an anthropologist at the University of Alabama who studies the relationship between glossolalia and stress in Apostolic Pentecostals.

Chris leads the Human Behavioral Ecology Research Group (HBERG)


Chris’ manuscripts to which we refer:

Lynn et al. 2011: Glossolalia is associated with differences in biomarkers of stress and arousal among Apostolic Pentecostals

Lynn 2013: “The Wrong Holy Ghost”: Discerning the Apostolic Gift of Discernment Using a Signaling and Systems Theoretical Approach


Marjoe (documentary)

Participate in the Pop Culture Knowledge & Mating Success Study

IndieGoGo campaign to keep summer undergraduate research going in the HBERG

University’s Alabama Lecture’s on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) series

University of Alabama’s EvoS program (evolutionary studies major)

Episode 44: Caffeinated and telepathic rats

This week Zach and Kelly talk about how the smell of coffee changes gene expression and protein production in rat brains, and discuss a study that hooked rat brains up to one another so the rats could share information and perform tasks together.


Submit an application for the Festival of Bad Ad Hoc Hypotheses!

#SciFund Challenge is looking for a django developer!

Coffee on the brain

Seo et al. 2008: Effects of coffee bean aroma on the rat brain stressed by sleep deprivation: a selected transcript- and 2D gel-based proteome analysis

Science Daily coverage

Rat brain-to-brain interface

Pais-Vieira et al. 2013: A brain-to-brain interface for real-time sharing of sensorimotor information

Science Daily coverage

Episode 43: The Valentine’s Day Episode

For Valentine’s Day, Zach and Kelly talk whether or not brazilian waxing is causing the extinction of pubic lice, and about how housework influences the frequency of sex.


Zach and Kelly news!

Check The Story Collider for our nerdy love story!

JJ Darling took our photos while we were in NYC. Our favorite photo can be found below.

Kickstarter for Zach’s book of science-themed comics (featuring a story by Adam Savage!)

Is brazilian waxing causing the extinction of pubic lice?

Popular press coverage


Bug Girl – debunking the pubic lice are going extinct claim: here and here

Scientific articles/letters

Waxing common amongst undergrads

Did the “brazilian” kill the pubic louse?

Housework and sex

Popular press

Scientific article: Egalitarianism, housework, and sexual frequency in marriage

Erectile dysfunction and income inequality

Photo by JJ Darling

Episode 42: Fecal transplants and eye development

This week Zach and Kelly discuss a study that used infusion of donor feces to treat a bacterial infection, and a second study that found that light is important for eye development in fetal mice.


Zach and Kelly stuff!

Zach has a Kickstarter running for his new science-themed comic book!

Zach and Kelly will be part of the Story Collider show in NYC on Feb. 5th!

The Small Dinosaurs have put out their first album!

Bandcamp (where the album can be streamed):


iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/the-small-dinosaurs/id592783699

Music video: http://youtu.be/-5B4067Y2u8

Paper 1: Nood et al. 2013 Duodenal infusion of donor feces for recurrent Clostridium difficile

Clostridium difficile

Nature coverage

Paper 2: Rao et al. 2013 A direct and melanopsin-dependent fetal light response regulates mouse eye development

MedicalXpress coverage

Episode 41: Science and Math

This week Zach and Kelly talk about how fear and/or awe of math differs between academic fields.


What are Zach and Kelly up to?

Zach and Kelly will be at the Story Collider show on Feb. 5th in NYC. Join us!

Kickstarter for Zach’s new science-themed comic book


Paper 1: The Nonsense Math Effect

Paper 2: Heavy use of equations impedes communication among biologists

Episode 40: The Reproducibility Initiative with Dr. Elizabeth Iorns

This week Zach and Kelly bring back Dr. Elizabeth Iorns to talk about the Reproducibility Initiative through Science Exchange. Elizabeth was recently named one of Nature’s 10 People Who Mattered This Year!


Zach and Kelly news

The Story Collider has invited us to be part of their February 5th show on love and science. Check it out if you’re in the NYC area!

Check out other Brachiolope Media Network podcasts!

Science…sort of

The Titanium Physicists

Press coverage for the Reproducibility Initiative


New Scientist

The Scientist

EconTalk episodes on reproducibility and bias in science

Brian Nosek on Truth, Science, and Academic Incentives

Ed Yong on Science, Replication, and Journalism

This American Life episode that discussed research using electromagnetic waves to kill cancer cells: So Crazy It Just Might Work