So you’re ready to take the big leap, and start fermenting your own vegetables at home. Congratulations! This is an important time in any person’s life, and K+K want to make sure you have the support you need. In this episode, you’ll learn:
A fast, easy, and SAFE method for making sauerkraut
How to acquire good bacteria in your sauerkraut jar, without inviting in the pathogenic (a.k.a. icky) kind
What a “fermenting bacteria” is, and how they work their ferment-y magic
The epic-micro bacterial drama that plays out while you wait for your cabbage to become tangy, delicious, shelf-stable sauerkraut
In part 2 of their exploration of these space oddities, K+K talk to guest host Emily Gilliland about what would happen if our sun spontaneously imploded, how anyone falling into a black hole would turn into spaghetti, and what it means to exist in time, but not in space. They even attempt to explain how, to an observer moving faster, time (literally!) moves slower, by making Emily do (proverbial) back-flips in space.
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
They’re not animals, they’re not plants, and they’re delicious in stir-fry. Despite the fact that mushrooms have been used in medicine for thousands of years, they still remain a bit of mystery to us humans. The more research we do, the more we realize that fungi might be our greatest tool in the quest for saving the world.
A special thanks to Dr. Ann Rasmussen from Oregon State University for lending us her mycological expertise!
Humans love fire, in the form of BBQ or combustion engines. A raging forest fire, however, can be devastating for our flimsy wooden human houses. Why then, is it so important that we let them burn? In this episode, the Science Ladies uncover:
How fire has been shaping ecosystems since long before any human ever lit a match
The forest-dwelling pyromaniacs that thrive in the flames, and why these species need fire to survive
What fire really is, and how it burns
The science behind putting out a fire (or, “How to not burn down your kitchen”)
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!