47. Death: La Frontera Final (Part I )

Yes ladies, he is single!

Today is a day about Death. It’s Día de los Muertos, the Latin American holiday that honors the souls of loved ones that have passed away, and celebrates death as an essential and natural part of life. For a science show, death is a tricky subject to tackle, because no one has really been able to define what it is. But that won’t stop K+K from trying! In this episode, they explore

  • Creatures whose existence blurs the line between living and nonliving
  • How we know our bodies are meant to die, and why we can’t stop it from happening
  • Why death is essential for the continuation of life on Earth

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