22. Solar POWER!

Today, Kira and Keera talk about the incredible power of that fiery ball in the sky, the sun! how we clever humans have devised the technology to harness it.

We also answer some of your burning questions (get it?), like:

  • What is nuclear fusion?
  • How does old dead plant matter become fossil fuels?
  • How do photo-voltaic cells capture sun energy?
  • What is artificial photosynthesis, and how do we make it happen?

21. Snowflakes

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!

20. Hi Honey, I’m Living In the Future!

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!

Warning: the future is full of lightning

19. Science Fact or Science Fiction?

Continue reading 19. Science Fact or Science Fiction?

18. Santius Clausadae

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.

How he makes toys with those flippers is anyone’s guess.

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.

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.