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Science Underground

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Science Underground is a two-minute podcast hosted by TED speaker and scientist Ainissa Ramirez. By the time you sip your coffee or eat your cereal, Science Underground explains a science topic in a fun and understandable way. The show explores a range of topics—some that are pulled right from the headlines, others are topics you’ve been wanting to know. Ainissa interviews tops scientists and translates their work in everyday language--arming you with science nuggets for the next lunch table chat, water cooler klatch, or cocktail party. Each week there is a separate topic that can be listened to before class or when you have a brief moment to spare. The ideas will give you much to think about long after the podcast is over. New episodes are released on Sunday mornings. (Many topics align with NGSS.)

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Science Underground is a two-minute podcast hosted by TED speaker and scientist Ainissa Ramirez. By the time you sip your coffee or eat your cereal, Science Underground explains a science topic in a fun and understandable way. The show explores a range of topics—some that are pulled right from the headlines, others are topics you’ve been wanting to know. Ainissa interviews tops scientists and translates their work in everyday language--arming you with science nuggets for the next lunch table chat, water cooler klatch, or cocktail party. Each week there is a separate topic that can be listened to before class or when you have a brief moment to spare. The ideas will give you much to think about long after the podcast is over. New episodes are released on Sunday mornings. (Many topics align with NGSS.)

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Lovely

By Girliedoc - Jan 28 2016
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A wonderful, digestible and informative podcast. Highly recommended.

Next!

By Magmsw - Nov 15 2015
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Thanks so much for creating this podcast! I'm looking forward to listening to more. Bravo!

iTunes Ratings

26 Ratings
Average Ratings
23
1
1
1
0

Lovely

By Girliedoc - Jan 28 2016
Read more
A wonderful, digestible and informative podcast. Highly recommended.

Next!

By Magmsw - Nov 15 2015
Read more
Thanks so much for creating this podcast! I'm looking forward to listening to more. Bravo!
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Science Underground

Latest release on Jun 21, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail about 1 month ago

Rank #1: Tires From Lettuce

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There are 2 billion tires sold every year and each takes several gallons of oil to make it. Scientists have found an unusual source of natural rubber that is hidden in your salad. 

Nov 08 2015

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Rank #2: How Leaves Change Color

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The secret for how leaves change color is uncovered. Find out how yellow and orange colors are made and how they are made differently from the reds and the purple colors. The best tree to see in the fall is also revealed.  

Nov 01 2015

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Rank #3: How Bubbles Catch Comets

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Soap bubbles are not just for kids. Foams can help you from spilling your coffee and can help scientists understand the origin of our solar system. 

Nov 15 2015

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Rank #4: Meat Grown in a Lab

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Scientists can now grow beef outside of the cow. In the not-so-distant future, you might get your burger from a beaker.

Apr 24 2016

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Rank #5: Saving Monarch Butterflies

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Twenty years ago, there were a billion monarch butterflies. Now, there are less than 10 percent of them left. Their disappearance is linked to a weed. 

May 01 2016

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Rank #6: How Plants Know Which Way Is Up

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Seeds that are buried deep in the soil need to figure out which way their roots and stem should go. Ends up they have special cells to tell them what's up.

Apr 10 2016

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Rank #7: How Lightning Makes Magnets

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When lightning bolts zap iron minerals they make magnets called lodestones. NASA scientists coax bolts to strike rocks using a trick from Ben Franklin.

May 15 2016

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Rank #8: How Animals Camouflage

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Get ready to be introduced to nature's best master of disguise--the cuttlefish.

May 29 2016

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Rank #9: This Is Your Brain on CTE

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Boston University's Dr. Robert Stern tells us about a brain disease that has been in the news recently -- CTE.

Dec 20 2015

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Rank #10: The Skinny on Fat

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Our waistlines are increasing partly because of our modern diet, but also because of our Stone Age bodies. Back then, food was rare. Now? Not so much.

Jan 03 2016

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Rank #11: Concussions

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Concussions seem to be in the news lately. A leading expert explains what is going on in the brain during a concussion.

Feb 07 2016

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Rank #12: Say Cheese, Pandemic

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There are special cameras, called thermal cameras, that can detect heat. These cameras are the first defense against threats and diseases.

May 08 2016

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Rank #13: Smart Shirts

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In the future, you will be able to download data from your shirt, which has electronics embedded in the fabric.

May 22 2016

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Rank #14: The Science of Chocolate

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Chocolate is tasty chemistry. What takes weeks to prepare, takes moments to enjoy. The steps from tree to your tongue are described. 

Feb 10 2016

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Rank #15: How Animals Gossip

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Imagine if we could talk to the animals. To do so, we will have to think about time differently.

Apr 17 2016

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Rank #16: How Atoms Keep Time

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We keep time by measuring repeating patterns, like a swinging pendulum or the earth's rotation. But, the best way to measure time is with atoms inside atomic clocks.

Mar 06 2016

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Rank #17: Making Ketchup Hurry Up

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Ketchup takes a long time to come out of the bottle. Fortunately, science has a few answers for how to help ketchup hurry up.

Jun 12 2016

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Rank #18: Why is Snow White?

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Water is clear, but snow is white. Light dances on the snowflake edges creating this white color.

Jan 24 2016

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Rank #19: Invisibility Cloaks

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Scientists have made invisibility cloaks in the laboratory. What does it take to make something invisible? A bit of brain trickery.  

Mar 20 2016

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Rank #20: As Sweet As Pi

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Pi is the mysterious number of 3.14 that keeps our appliances running, our GPS going, and our clocks ticking. This number is pretty sweet.

Mar 13 2016

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