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.

8. Milk!

In Keera and Kira’s first episode with Jefferson Smith, host of XRAY’s Morning Show, the ladies discuss the history and science of milk. Jefferson, on the other hand, internally questions whether or not he ever wants to do another show with 2 nerdy ladies who seem to be unusually enthusiastic about the science of dairy products.

Topics include:

  • What’s happening at the molecular level when cream becomes whipped cream?
  • Why are some people lactose intolerant? What features do lactose tolerant people possess that gives them the ability to safely digest dairy?
  • Is cheese really as addictive as crack?

7. Back to School

Kids are going back to school! Which means they’re inevitably going to come home with questions about science that you may not remember the answer to because, well, you learned them a long, long time ago.

In today’s episode we cover some of the basics of chemistry, biology, and physics, and how to make science exciting for both you and your kids. We also lay out some science experiments you can do at home, and how to explain them appropriately to little kids, medium kids, and big kids.

We also make Christine throw paper airplanes around the studio. So, your welcome.

6. The Energetic Cost of Living

Your body is almost always using energy, whether you’re going hard labor, or just sleeping. Play along with our Labor Quiz to see if you know the answers to questions like:

  • True or False: When you sleep your body consumes the caloric equivalent of 1 tablespoon of ketchup.
  • Thinking requires energy, so you burn a lot more calories thinking really hard
  • Celery is a “negative calorie food,” because it takes more calories to digest celery than you absorb from eating it.
  • It takes more energy to digest a sandwich made with whole wheat bread and real cheese than one made of white bread and American cheese.
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5. Fake News?

We live in a pretty amazing, and crazy time: We have more information than we know what to do with. Every day in the media we are bombarded with information and ideas that divide us, that encourage us to take a stance and make decisions about big issues like what to eat and how to behave.

While it may not be obvious, media is often presented in a way that does not accurately depict what researchers have found, or adds emotionally-charged conclusions that an academic scientist wouldn’t be so quick to jump to.

How are the following headlines misconstruing actual scientific findings? Is the emotional-spin that Media lends to articles swaying our opinions, and keeping us divided?

  • Meat-Eaters May Have a Higher Risk of Death, But Plants Are the Answer
  • Several Animal Studies Indicate Health Risks Associated with GM Food
  • Hugging Your Dog Is Making It Stressed Out, Study Finds

8/23/16