36. Human Evolution (A Brief Overview)

We humans are pretty fortunate. Our intelligence and physical features are a result of the evolutionary hand we’ve been dealt, and are what have allowed us to build an advanced society with sophisticated infrastructure.

Get it?? The HAND we’ve been dealt??

Despite what you may have learned from 2001: A Space Odyssey, genetic changes, which produce physical and behavioral changes, don’t happen overnight, propelled by the power of a giant Monolith. Adaptations like walking upright, dexterity, and large complex brains, took millions of years to develop, and required the right environmental conditions for these random genetic changes to be considered assets. Join Kira and Keera on the journey of just how, and why, our ancient primate ancestors became… us.

35. 6th Grader Questions, Part 2

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 question writers brought up some super interesting topics, and we wanted to answer them all, so we broke this one up into 2 separate episodes. On today’s show the science ladies tackle:

-How the Earth was formed
-Why the Earth’s axis is tilted
-Where Earth’s water came from
-The first plant to emerge on Earth
-The number of endangered species on Earth
-The temperature on the moons of Neptune

34. 6th Grader Questions, Part 1

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 question writers brought up some super interesting topics, and we wanted to answer them all, so we broke this one up into 2 separate episodes. On today’s show the science ladies tackle:

-Geese vs. Swift formations
-Why we have droughts
-How Magnetic Levitation works
-How much gasoline humans use
-How trees make Oxygen
-How moss reproduces

33. Bad Science Fiction Movies #2

If there’s one thing we love, its ruining movie night for everyone by informing them of all the horrible science in wonderful movies. Play along with our 2nd Bad Science Fiction Movies Quiz, and see if you can pinpoint the scientific slip-ups in Transformers, The Core, Spider Man, and The Matrix.

32. Allergies

Are you suffering from a stuffy nose? Itchy eyes? Endless sneezing? Overall-dear-god-why-won’t-it-stop-misery? It could be the flu… or it could be allergies! On today’s show, K+K explore our immune system’s response to airborne pollen, the specific mechanisms inside the body that make those of us with allergies feel so awful, and just why the immune system attacks innocent little pollen in the first place.


Yo, guys! Guess what? WE HAVE T-SHIRTS!!! I guess that means we’re preeeeetty official now.

Would you like a T-shirt? You would?? Well, there’s two ways to get one:

  1. Come to our booth on Saturday (tomorrow!) at the March for Science Expo! Which you should do anyway, cause it’s gonna be great. We’ll have lots of ocean-themed hands on science demos for you to play and learn with. Look for us in Waterfront park between 10am and 2pm.
  2. If you won’t be at the march, e-mail us at 2scienceproject@gmail.com and we’ll find a way to get you one. All proceeds go towards furthering our mission to inspire people to use science to explore the world around them!

Shirt graphic by Louis Duncan, lduncandesign.com.  Thanks, Louis!

31. Way, Way Down At The Bottom Of The Sea

Bathypterois grallator, the Tripod Fish. So named because it’s an avid photographer.

Have you been feeling like ,homes in Portland are becoming too expensive to afford? Well, good news! There’s plenty of available real estate… under the sea! If, of course, you don’t mind adopting some of the necessary physical adaptations needed to survive there. If fact, the deeper down you go, the stranger your characteristics will have to be. That’s because the deeper down you go, the more extreme conditions like temperature and pressure become. Just ask the creatures that live there!

Female Anglerfish. Male is not visible because his tiny dwarf body has already mostly absorbed into her flesh.

Think you could hack it as a deep sea creature? Listen in to today’s episode and see what it would take!

30. Octo-Knowledge

What’s going on inside a nautilus’s shell? Is it true that cephalopods can edit their own genes? An octopus has how many brains?

Oh hey.

Join Keera & Kira, plus coordinators of the Portland branch of the March for Science and test your Octo-knowledge in today’s quiz, “Science Fact or Science Fiction: Cephalopod Edition.”

We hope to see you at the Portland March for Science, taking place on Saturday, April 22nd, 2017!  Kira & Keera will be there, with their nonprofit educational organization, Science Project. From 10am until 3pm, the Science Project’s exhibit, “Oceans: Dive Deeper!” will provide lots of exciting hands-on experiments that will give you a better understanding of the many layers of our oceans. Plus we’ll be unveiling our very first edition Everything Is Interesting t-shirt!! Come by and visit us, and get your very own!


Contact Your Legislators About OR SB3!

Hi everyone! If you listened to our show this morning about suction dredge mining, you heard us mention that you should contact your Oregon representatives and let them know how the health of salmon and the stream ecosystem is important to you. Specifically, that you would like them to vote YES on Senate Bill 3.
Below is the contact information for some of our state-level legislators, plus a script of what to say in your email.

(If your rep isn’t listed here, click on this link: Find Your Legislator and find your district on the map. Remember, each district has a senator and a representative! Double the fun!)

Mt. Tabor area: 

Senator Michael Dembrow – 503-986-1723 – Sen.MichaelDembrow@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer – 503-986-1446 – Rep.AlissaKenyGuyer@oregonlegislature.gov

Reed College, Milwaukee & SE Portland:

Senator Kathleen Taylor – 503-986-1721 – Sen.KathleenTaylor@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Rob Nosse – 503-986-1442 – Rep.RobNosse@oregonlegislature.gov

Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tualatin: 

Senator Richard Devlin -503-986-1719-  Sen.RichardDevlin@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Ann Lininger – 503-986-1438 – rep.annlininger@oregonlegislature.gov

North Portland: 

Senator Lew Frederick – 503-986-1722 – Sen.LewFrederick@oregonlegislature.gov

Representative Tawna D. Sanchez – 503-986-1443 – Rep.TawnaSanchez@oregonlegislature.gov


Be sure to share the science by emailing your reps a link to this episode & the following (you can copy and paste, we don’t mind!) :

“Dear _____________(your rep’s name here),

I love being a resident of Oregon, in part because I love the natural beauty of this state. This includes the streams, rivers, and lakes that are essential to our way of life. I care about protecting these bodies of water, and our ecosystem as a whole, so I am urging you to vote YES on Senate Bill 3, expanding the moratorium on suction dredge mining.

I learned about SB 3 on the science show, Everything Is Interesting, that aired this morning on Portland’s XRAY 107.1fm station. By presenting the science in an approachable and interesting way, the show put me in a better position to understand the importance and fragility of the stream ecosystem and how suction dredge mining threatens the integrity of our water ways. I urge you to also listen to it. Click on this link and it’ll bring you right to it: “Salmon, Streams, and Suction Dredge Mining”

Thank you for your time,

__________________ (your name here)

29. Salmon, Streams, & Suction Dredge Mining

A healthy stream ecosystem is an intricate fabric, where pulling one thread could cause the whole system to unravel. Furthermore, each aspect of this ecosystem may provide a service to you directly, but in ways you probably often overlook. You eat the salmon, but the Aquatic Reed Sweetgrass makes your oxygen, the Western Pearlshell Mussel filters the toxins out of your drinking water, and the stable riverbanks supply nutrients that eventually end up in the food you eat.

On this episode, Keera and Kira talk with Jack Williams of Trout Unlimited and Matt Sloat of the Wild Salmon Center, 2 of Oregon’s premiere experts on fishery science and aquatic ecosystems, about our streams, why they matter, and what’s threatening them.

********(Looking for the information about how to send this show to your legislators? Go here: Contact Your Oregon Legislators)*********

(Looking for more information about Suction Dredge Mining and healthy stream ecosystems? Go here: OLCV 2017 Legislative Priorities, here: Trout Unlimited, or here: Wild Salmon Center