19. Science Fact or Science Fiction?

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18. Santius Clausadae

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.

How he makes toys with those flippers is anyone’s guess.

Unfortunately, researchers have yet to successfully acquire DNA samples from this creature. We’re instead forced to speculate on how the Clausadae species looks and behaves in order to survive in it’s natural habitat: the arctic.

17. Bioluminescence

Its December, the world is cold and dark. Luckily the world glows bright with the magic of bioluminescent organisms! Fireflies, squid, mushrooms, and bacteria generate their own light for the purposes of luring prey, attracting mates, and even blending in with their environments. Follow Keera and Kira on a magical journey to discover:

  • What’s special about a bioluminescent animal’s body
  • An exotic Brazilian mushroom that glows in the dark, and how scientists discovered its purpose
  • What happens when scientists inject genes for glowing proteins into traditionally non-glowy organisms

15. Thanksgiving Science

Whats the best way to cook a turkey? Will microwave ovens fry your brain? What is the difference between saturated fats and unsaturated fats, really? And do you know the difference between convection, conduction and radiation?

14. Watson the Water Molecule Becomes A Rain Drop

Join the Science Ladies and Jefferson, the Up-For-Any-Challenge DJ from XRAY in the morning, as they relay a tale sure to delight both young and old.  This is the story of Watson, a water molecule from the Pacific Ocean, and his amazing journey up into a rain cloud, and back down again.

Somewhere in the middle of the story, we stop to quiz the XRAY crew on some very important facts about lightning. You might call it a Lightning Round.

13. Marijuana Part II

Is there research to support that marijuana can be used as medicine? What diseases would it treat?

What is CBD, and what does it do to your body?

12. Marijuana – Part I

Today’s show is Part I of a two-part episode, all about the science of Marijuana! (Don’t worry, we live in Oregon. It’s totally legal.) Today Kira and Keera cover:

  • Human’s millennia old history with marijuana
  • The specifics of the Cannabis species
  • What THC does to your neurons to gets you high
  • Science of drug addiction

11. Science News Quiz: October 2016

On today’s episode, Kira and Keera quiz Ed Hill and XRAY guest-host Emily Gillilia on their knowledge of the latest science news. Headline questions include:

  • What is so exciting about Dione’s underground ocean?
  • Scientists want to harvest the milk of what exotic species?
  • How are silk worms making unbreakable super-silk?
  • What’s the link between risk of mortality and having a sense of humor?

10. I Can Smell Your Genes From Here

Your sense of smell plays a big part in your attraction to potential mates. When you have a physiological response of attraction towards a person, chances are it’s because you, consciously or subconsciously, enjoy the smell of their B.O.

What is the science behind the scent of attraction? And how can you use it to find your soul (smell) mate?

9. Bacteria: Friend or Foe?

Bacteria cells in and on your body outnumber the human cells by ten to one.

You are a giant, human shaped pile of bacteria.