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Episode 26: Bioluminescence!

April 16, 2013

In Episode 26 we talked with the awesome Siouxsie Wiles of the University of Auckland about bioluminesence and communicating science.  Seriously, I can’t even describe how cool the squid are, and you’ll never look at a mouse with TB the same way either!  (Well, if you had a way of looking at a mouse with TB to begin with, I suppose…)

* Siouxsie’s awesome squid video can be found here.

Episode 25: Gecko Baywatch!

April 11, 2013


In Episode 25, we chat about all things gecko with Alyssa Stark (Ph.D. student at the University of Akron):  gecko-inspired tape, swimming geckos, gecko harnesses, pet geckos, crapping geckos … the fun never stops.  Join us to find out why it’s a bad idea to give your experimental animals names!


  • For more information on Alyssa’s research, you can find her page here.

Episode 24: D20 is people!

April 3, 2013

In episode 24, we chat with Anthony Salvagno (@thescienceofant), newly minted Ph.D in physics, about his thesis research on the effects of heavy water on living things (come, see the giant E. coli!) and his open science approach. It’s a great conversation, so have a listen!

Episode 23: Academentia and administrivia!

March 26, 2013

In episode 23, Tom, Morgan and I return to our roots of shooting the scientific breeze, ranging from de-extinction to the … interesting things … that people ask us when they find out what we do. Plus, for bonus points, you can play the Breaking Bio drinking game!

Episode 22: NOT just dinosaurs

March 19, 2013

In episode 22 we talk with @JohnRHutchinson, who does awesome biomechanics work on big animals (NOT just dinosaurs).  Ever wanted to know what it’s like to get a look at an elephant’s intestines?  He’s your man.  Also, this is Heidi’s first episode as a regular cohost of the show!  As you’ll see, she fits right in.

Episode 21: Attack of the Fire Ants!

March 12, 2013


In Episode 21, we talk with Heidi Smith from the University of Texas at Austin about her postdoc in behavioural ecology with Mike Ryan, the wonders of nature, bathing in fire ants, guns everywhere!, and a lot more!

Episode 20: Sexy dinosaurs!

March 5, 2013

Did we get your attention?  Join us for episode 20, where we talk to Jon Tennant (@protohedgehog), PhD student in paleontology at Imperial College, London about the ins-and-outs of the Jurassic-Cretaceous extinction, feathers and sexual dimorphism in dinosaurs, and how the “terrible lizards” got freaky!

Science-wise, the Knell et al. paper on detecting sexual selection from the fossil record can be found here, but several of the authors have blogged about it as well (Darren Naish at Scientific American, and Dave Hone at the Guardian). If, however, you want to go straight for the good stuff, check out Buzzfeed’s top NSFW dinosaur images

In addition, a response to the Knell et al. paper prompted our very own Rafael Maia to start blogging, with this excellent post entitled ‘Understanding the sexual selection we cannot see‘. Go check it out!