Re-Release: 6th Grader Questions, Part II (edited & updated)

The kids from Mrs. Pace’s 6th grade class at Pleasant Valley Middle school in Vancouver, Washington sent us so many excellent science questions, we had to take 2 whole episodes to answer them all! This week K+K tackle:

-How the Earth was formed
-Why the Earth’s axis is tilted
-Where Earth’s first water came from
-What the Earth’s first plant was
and weirdly,
-The temperature on the moons of Neptune

Re-Release: 6th Grader Questions, Part I (edited & updated)

In a special “Listener Question” episode of Everything is Interesting, K+K answer some excellent inquisitions, sent in by the kids from Mrs. Pace’s 6th grade class at Pleasant Valley Middle school in Vancouver, Washington. The science ladies tackle:

-The physics of flying in a V-formation
-Why there’s droughts when the world is covered in water
-The magic behind Magnetic Levitation
-The strange & wondrous ways mosses reproduces

Season 1: Loops – Thought Loops & Habits

Its a new year! That means its time to make some resolutions about picking up new, healthy, shiny habits! Habits that will definitely become part of your routine right away and you’ll do them every day and you’ll never break them even when you get super stressed out at work because of that one lady that always comes in and gets on your last nerve and the next thing you know you’re eating chocolate chip cookies… right?

Why are bad habits so hard to break, even when we rationally know better? Why do we replay the same thoughts over and over again in our minds, even when we don’t want to? Is it possible to rewire our neural pathways in order to break the old, bad habits in favor of some healthier, more conscious decisions? (Spoiler: yes, yes it is.) Join K+K and guest David Zimelis to find out!

Season 1: Loops – Life-cycle Loops (Part I)

All living creatures on earth reproduce themselves in some way or another. But there are so many different ways to make a baby,  virtually the only commonality is that DNA inside one organism is copied and then passed on to an offspring organism. And usually, the offspring will grow, reproduce, and die in the same way, completing the same loop, as their parent. 

Today K+K, and guest co-host Paul Francis, explore some of the world’s weirdest life-cycles, and the lengths some creatures will go to in order to keep the life-cycle chain unbroken.

He can’t WAIT to tell you about eating his own bones!

Season 1: Loops – Wild Wolves & Feedback Loops

Kira and Keera are trying something new: seasons! With themes! In Season 1, they’re exploring the idea that in nature, many processes happen in reoccurring patterns, or more specifically, loops.

In today’s episode, K+K dive into how important, and also difficult, it is to keep ecosystems in balance. They talk to Alma Frankenstein, Project Manager for the Cascadia Systems Institute, about how the natural world keeps itself from completely falling part, through the use of positive and negative feedback loops.

Then they use this knowledge to tackle a debate that has been waging in the U.S. for nearly 100 years: is the big, bad Grey Wolf really bad? Should we continue to guard its population under the Endangered Species Act, or is this dangerous predator a threat that needs to be eradicated?

Come along and ride on a fantastic Science Voyage, and find out!

Re-Release: The Science of Love (Edited & Updated)

Love. Some would say its the reason for being alive. So why does it make you feel sweaty, shaky and nauseous, like someone’s forcing you to jump off a bridge at gunpoint?

Join K+K to discover what’s happening inside your body when you fall in love, why we give out little candy hearts on Valentine’s Day instead of candy brains, and whether or not the characters from Wayne’s World will ever find their true soulmates.

Re-Release: LAVA!! (Edited & Updated)

Kira & Keera explore the immense geological forces that help to shape our planet, and then share some of the places you can go to see them, right here in our own National Parks.

  • LAVA!
  • The discovery of plate tectonic theory
  • The Cascadia Subduction Zone
  • Crater Lake
  • Yellowstone geysers and the ocean of magma beneath them
  • The Missoula Floods and the creation of the Columbia Gorge

Re-Release: The Santa Species (Edited & Updated)

If you’re an avid pursuer of rare and unique species, this is a very exciting time for you. Christmas Eve is when you have the best chance of catching a glimpse of the elusive Santius Clausadae, more commonly known as the Santa Claus.

62. Hot-Topics Debate: GMOs and CRISPR

What do you get when you take 2 science nerds & 3 radio producers, and put them in a small room to discuss a hotly debated topic like Genetically Modified Organisms and their role in agriculture? Apparently you get today’s episode of Everything is Interesting.

After reading recent news stories explaining that the public should embrace “CRISPRing,” a new(er) technology for engineering DNA, because its different from the topic of GMOs they’ve spent years protesting against (spoiler alert: its not, and CRISPRing isn’t a word)  K+K set out to bring some actual science into the public conversation. With the XRAY crew, they get extremely passionate about:

  • the definition of a GMO
  • how it is that genes change naturally
  • Golden Bullets and other fun ways to get new genes into old organisms
  • how the mass use of GMOs could affect the environment
  • why being strongly for or against all GMOs as a broad category is, frankly, kinda ridiculous

If you want to have an informed debate about GMOs with your friends and neighbors, and we know you do, this is the episode for you!