Through the lens of science, hosts Kira Klingenberg & Keera Lindenberg (yes, really) explore surprisingly fascinating topics — like hive minds, sea monkeys, and lactose intolerance — in a way that everyone, despite their inherent level of nerdy-ness, can enjoy.
What goes through the mind of a bee? Does it have its own thoughts, or is being part of a hive-minded collective like being a part of the Borg? Can an organism with swarm intelligence have a private identity, or does the community simply add each individual’s biological and technological distinctiveness to its own?
On this episode, Keera and Kira examine the decision making process in communities of bees, birds, neurons, and slime mold, and discover what life is like as part of a hive mind.
Every now and then, Keera and Kira hang out and do stuff OTHER than talk about science. Like, sometimes they reminisce about growing up in the 90’s, and the strange toys and commercials and fashion that shaped their impressionable little minds.
That’s how K+K stumbled upon the Amazing Live SEA MONKEYS! Remember getting those eggs in the mail, and how excited you were for your microscopic primates to come alive with just a little water? Kira and Keera do!
On this episode, the Science Ladies talk about this aquatic crustacean species, Artemia salina, (Spoiler Alert: they’re not monkeys. Sorry.) as wells as where they come from, how they evolved, and why you can send them through the mail like a pack of tomato seeds. They also explore the story of Harold von Braunhut, the man who sold these little creatures as living magic tricks, and the science behind really good marketing.
It’s Valentines Day! So in true nerd fashion, Keera and Kira delve into the biochemistry of love. Why DO your palms get sweaty when you see the person your attracted to?
Also, they explore the heart throughout medical history. Why do we use the heart as the symbol for where love comes from, when we now know that emotions, thoughts, and sweaty palms all begin in the brain?
On today’s episode, Kira and Keera quiz the XRAY team on the life and times of Amazing Arachnids! Can spiders get caught in their own web? Why DO spiders have 8 eyes? What would a 20 foot tall spider be like? And what would really happen if you were bitten by a radioactive spider?
Then in the last 5 minutes, we share some ways that you, the listener, can be active in our national democracy and advocate for science!
A raging ice storm has had most everyone in Portland trapped indoors, with nothing to do but listen to old episodes of Everything Is Interesting. Visions of snowflakes dancing in their heads, K+K the science questions they dreamed up about cold weather, and the way snow forms.
They also asked listeners what snow questions they had been pondering, and got some pretty good ones! So here’s the answers!
When the future is now, what will you be coming home to? On this episode, K+K take a look at how our houses will change as we begin to run out of finite resources like petroleum and natural gas. Refrigerators will be powered by magnets, your clothes will be made from garbage, and your house might just be smarter than you are. Get ready for Crab Pants!
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.
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.