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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

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By incognito82 - Jul 06 2018
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It is educational and fun.

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The science in this is amazing and entertaining

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201 Ratings
Average Ratings
194
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Best podcast

By incognito82 - Jul 06 2018
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It is educational and fun.

#Seeker+

By 3.14-guy - May 08 2018
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The science in this is amazing and entertaining
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Built for enthusiastic science fans seeking comprehensive conversations on the geeky topics they love. Host Trace Dominguez breaks down big topics and digs beyond the usual scope to deliver details, developments and opinions on advanced topics in physics, biology, space exploration, psychology, and more!

Rank #1: Who Decided We Needed Vitamins?

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Take your vitamins! A phrase from our parents mouths to our ears since time immemorial. Turns out it’s been a pretty effective message because nearly half of American adults take a vitamin or mineral supplement. But why? Who decided vitamins were important? What kind of vitamins do you actually need to survive? And are they all they’re cracked up to be?

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Dec 27 2018
29 mins
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Rank #2: Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter?

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Matter Makes Up Everything, So What Makes Up Matter?

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Sources:

Discovery of the Electron
http://www.pbs.org/transistor/science/events/electron.html
“Scientists worked with electricity long before they understood that current was made of electrons. The cathode tube was a prime example, no one knew how it worked. Some thought the rays were a wave traveling through a mysterious "ether" which they thought permeated all space.”

Who was Democritus?
https://www.universetoday.com/60058/democritus-atom/
“One such person is Democritus, an ancient Greek philosopher who is viewed by many as being the ‘father of modern science.’ This is due to his theory of universe that is made up of tiny ‘atoms’, which bears a striking resemblance to modern atomic theory.”

Thales of Miletus
http://www.iep.utm.edu/thales/
“The ancient Greek philosopher Thales was born in Miletus in Greek Ionia. Aristotle, the major source for Thales's philosophy and science, identified Thales as the first person to investigate the basic principles, the question of the originating substances of matter and, therefore, as the founder of the school of natural philosophy.” 
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Mar 01 2018
38 mins
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Rank #3: You Think You Know What Meat Is... But You Have No Idea

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Eating meat has been part of the human identity for 2.5 million years, but according to science, what exactly is meat?

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What Gives Meat Its Color?
https://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/meat/INT-what-meat-color.html
“Red, or dark meat is made up of muscles with fibers that are called slow-twitch. These muscles are used for extended periods of activity, such as standing or walking, and need a consistent energy source.”

Will Meatless Meat Be The Future Of Food?
https://www.seeker.com/will-meatless-meat-be-the-future-of-food-1968210074.html
“Books, TV and film have given us many concepts of futuristic food over the years. Perhaps a pill that makes you full without having to eat anything else, or various liquid concoctions full of essential vitamins and minerals. In reality, the near future of food, particularly meat, actually looks... a lot like the meat we eat today, but for one major difference: it’s grown inside a lab.”

Organic Farming Could Feed the World, but Only If People Consume Less Meat
https://www.seeker.com/earth/organic-farming-could-feed-the-world-but-only-if-people-consume-less-meat
“Arguments have rung hollow among those who question whether farmers can grow enough organic food to feed the world’s growing population without the help of science. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, however,  scientists conclude that organic agriculture could feed everybody on the planet if people wasted less food and ate less meat.”

Will Fake Meat Ever Be As Good As Real Meat?
https://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/veggie-burgers-fake-meat-substiutes-vs-real-investigation
“Today in America we kill over 9 billion food animals per year. Raising animals for food consumes half of all water used in this country, and three-quarters of all our grain. By some estimates, food animals produce more greenhouse gasses than every last airplane, train, car, bus, boat, and truck on Earth.”
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Feb 01 2018
48 mins
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Rank #4: Are We Alone In the Universe?

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Originally broadcast June 2015.

We've been asking the question, "Are we alone?" for decades. Has math finally solved the question burning in all of our minds?

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Sources:

NASA: We'll Find Alien Life In 10 To 20 Years: http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-nasa-search-alien-life-20150407-story.html

The Drake Equation: https://www.seti.org/drakeequation

The Fermi Paradox: https://waitbutwhy.com/2014/05/fermi-paradox.html

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Feb 08 2018
45 mins
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Rank #5: Star Trek Science: Fusion is Happening NOW! Here’s How it Works IRL

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The Science of Star Trek is complicated - so we teamed up with our sister pod BAD SCIENCE and brought in a experimental physicist to break it all down!

Check out Bad Science at cms.megaphone.fm/channel/bad-science
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Is Warp Drive Real?
https://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/technology/warp/warp.html

How Lasers Work
https://lasers.llnl.gov/education/how_lasers_work

Why Star Trek Phasers Don’t Exist Yet
https://gizmodo.com/5978482/why-star-trek-phasers-dont-exist-yet

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Jul 12 2018
43 mins
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Rank #6: Let’s Talk About Sex Baby, Let’s Talk About Brain Regions… And Also Robots

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Today we're breaking down all things sex. From how it's working in the brain, to what it does to your body, to robots and VR sex- It's gonna be a wild one. (Parents, you've been warned.)
Check out Bad Science at cms.megaphone.fm/channel/bad-science
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The Future of Sex: How Intimacy is Transforminghttps://futurism.com/the-future-of-sex-how-intimacy-is-transforming/
The Brain: Where Does Sex Live in the Brain? From Top to Bottom.
http://discovermagazine.com/2009/oct/10-where-does-sex-live-in-brain-from-top-to-bottom

Brain Sex in Men and Women – From Arousal to Orgasm
http://brainblogger.com/2014/05/20/brain-sex-in-men-and-women-from-arousal-to-orgasm/
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Aug 09 2018
32 mins
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Rank #7: A Battery Is a Dynamic and Crazy Place, And We Ain’t Li-Ion

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Today we're diving into everything you’re ever going to need to know about the tiny bricks that power all the devices on (and in) your person.  We'll talk about some of the best batteries in the world, the oldest batteries ever found, what batteries actually are (they’re not what you think), and we even have a special guest to talk about the atomic movement of batteries!
We're digging deep into the physics and chemistry, design and possible future of these ubiquitous pieces of modern technology. It’s going to be shocking. Get it?
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Sources:

Unlocking the Potential of Cation-Disordered Oxides for Rechargeable Lithium Batteries
http://science.sciencemag.org/content/343/6170/519

The Configurational Space of Rocksalt‐Type Oxides for High‐Capacity Lithium Battery Electrodes
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/aenm.201400478

Solid electrolytes open doors to solid-state batteries
https://phys.org/news/2016-03-solid-electrolytes-doors-solid-state-batteries.html

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Apr 19 2018
47 mins
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Rank #8: In the 1930s Nuclear Energy Fueled the Future… Where is it Now?

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This sucker is nuclear, baby! Nuclear energy has been toted by some as the solution to our energy crisis, while others warn of its immense danger. But how did we even discover it? Why aren't we using it more? And what's the real deal with radiation, really? In this episode with Trace Dominguez, and special guest Dianna Cowern (Physics Girl), we explore all things nuclear.

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Sources:
Introduction: The Nuclear Age
https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9956-introduction-the-nuclear-age/

Could this be the first nuclear-powered airliner?
http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160713-could-this-be-the-first-nuclear-powered-airliner

Why America abandoned nuclear power (and what we can learn from South Korea)
https://www.vox.com/2016/2/29/11132930/nuclear-power-costs-us-france-korea

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Jun 14 2018
48 mins
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Rank #9: This is Your Brain on Noise... Any Questions?

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Noise and sound are not the same thing… Noise is more than just an annoyance, it's messing with our heads, literally. Too much noise can actually affect how we evolve, but just the write amount of noise makes us more productive! In this episode with Trace Dominguez, and special guest Mike Rugnetta (Reasonably Sound, CrashCourse) explores how exactly noise impacts our lives.

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Sources:
How Sound Shaped The Evolution Of Your Brain
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/10/436342537/how-sound-shaped-the-evolution-of-your-brain

The World Now Sounds Different to How it Did a Century Ago
http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20161110-the-world-now-sounds-different-to-how-it-did-a-century-ago

Owls use 'stealth technology' to help capture prey
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/aug/17/owls-use-stealth-technology-to-help-capture-prey
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May 17 2018
46 mins
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Rank #10: How The Internet Uses Your Reward System to Keep You Hooked

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Today, we’re going to break down the science of Internet Addiction or as we like to call it: Information Obsession.

New technologies are always met with skepticism, and yet much of the skepticism we're hearing today dates back hundreds of years. Join SeekerPlus as we explore: where this obsession came from, why it has such a grip on us, how people use our phones to take advantage of our biology, and what we can do about it.

We are warned about the effects of long hours in front of screens, but what if the internet is actually a better way to experience reality?

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Sources:

Some See 'Physiological Changes' After Using Internethttp://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-south-west-wales-40117312“Both heart rate and blood pressure increased in those who admitted extended time online - along with reported anxiety levels. There was no such changes for those with no internet-usage problems.”
Meet the tech company that wants to make you even more addicted to your phonehttps://techcrunch.com/2017/09/08/meet-the-tech-company-that-wants-to-make-you-even-more-addicted-to-your-phone/ “Now, armed with $1 million in seed funding and some initial data that their experiments in mind control actually work, Dopamine Labs is spending money to boost its staff and sales and marketing efforts to bring more apps in on its brain science.”
Louis Anslow Article - What technology are we addicted to this time?
https://timeline.com/what-technology-are-we-addicted-to-this-time-f0f7860f2fab
“From novels to telephones to smartphones, we’re always supposedly hooked on the latest medium. When a new thing comes along people say it’ll never catch on. When it catches on they say it’s a fad. When the fad gains enough traction, they say it’s an addiction.” 

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Mar 22 2018
42 mins
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Rank #11: WTF Are Algorithms Anyway?

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In this episode we’re talking about the science of algorithms. Where they came from, what they really are, whether they’re good or EVIL, and much, much more.

Links:

‘Breakthrough’ algorithm exponentially faster than any previous one
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/06/180628131104.htm

How an ex-YouTube insider investigated its secret algorithm
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/02/youtube-algorithm-election-clinton-trump-guillaume-chaslot

Back to Basics: Algorithms
https://www.computerworld.com/article/2551886/enterprise-applications/back-to-basics--algorithms.html

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Nov 29 2018
32 mins
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Rank #12: BAD SCIENCE: Star Wars: Episode V

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We're excited to share the first episode of our new podcast BAD SCIENCE. If you'd like to subscribe, be sure to find the show on Apple Podcasts or find us wherever you discovery and listen to podcasts.
Calling all padawans! For Bad Science: Episode I, Ethan sits down with Reggie Watts for an epic conversation with Emily Manor-Chapman, a NASA Systems Engineer, to break down the science of STAR WARS: EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.

We learn about gas giants like Bespin, the body warmth of dead Tauntauns, communicating at the speed of light, and a whole lot more.

Shoot us an email at BadScience@Seeker.com.

Check out Emily's Inisght Mission (to Mars!) which launches May 5th.
https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

More on Reggie at reggiewatts.com - see him nightly on THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN, and check out his new show TASKMASTER, Fridays at 11pm on Comedy Central.

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May 01 2018
46 mins
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Rank #13: WTF Is Gravity? Scientists Don’t Really Know Either

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Gravity is a simple concept, but the “why” and the “how” are magnificently complicated. In today’s episode, we’re digging into all things gravity, from how we discovered it, to what would happen without it, and so, so much more.

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Isaac Newton: The Man Who Discovered Gravity
https://www.bbc.com/timelines/zwwgcdm

Gravity mysteries: Why is gravity so weak?
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227122-900-gravity-mysteries-why-is-gravity-so-weak

High-Tech Suits Help Pilots Avoid Gravity’s Perils
https://www.nytimes.com/2000/08/22/science/high-tech-suits-help-pilots-avoid-gravity-s-perils.html

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Oct 04 2018
33 mins
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Rank #14: The Plan To Evacuate Earth

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Earth has shaped the way humans look and behave. How will future generations in space evolve under radiation and little gravity?

Sources:

How Many People Can Earth Support?:
https://www.livescience.com/16493-people-planet-earth-support.html

"The power of population is so superior to the power of the Earth to produce subsistence for man, that premature death must in some shape or other visit the human race."

AFTER EARTH: WHY, WHERE, HOW, AND WHEN WE MIGHT LEAVE OUR HOME PLANET:
https://www.popsci.com/science/article/2011-02/after-earth-why-where-how-and-when-we-might-leave-our-home-planet

"Earth won't always be fit for occupation. We know that in two billion years or so, an expanding sun will boil away our oceans, leaving our home in the universe uninhabitable-unless, that is, we haven't already been wiped out by the Andromeda galaxy, which is on a multibillion-year collision course with our Milky Way."
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May 10 2018
43 mins
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Rank #15: Using Asteroids To Further Humanity

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In 2013 NASA introduced an asteroid-capture mission called ARM (Asteroid Redirect Mission) which would bring an asteroid to moon's orbit.

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The Evolution Of NASA’s Ambitious Asteroid-Capture Mission:
https://www.space.com/28963-nasa-asteroid-capture-mission-history.html

“NASA's ambitious asteroid-capture mission has changed a lot since the agency officially announced its existence less than two years ago. The original plan, which was revealed in April 2013, called for dragging an intact small space rock into orbit around the moon, where it would be visited by astronauts, perhaps as early as 2021."

Animation Of Proposed Asteroid Retrieval Mission Video:
https://www.youtube.com/user/VideoFromSpace

“NASA's 2014 budget poposes a mission to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and bring it into a stable lunar orbit where astronauts can visit and explore it, a 'stepping stone' to future missions to farther asteroids."

Asteroid Retrieval Feasibility Study:
https://www.rt.com/usa/158784-nasa-asteroid-landing-mining/

“This report describes the results of a study sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) to investigate the feasibility of identifying, robotically capturing, and returning an entire Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) to the vicinity of the Earth by the middle of the next decade."

NASA Aims To Land On, Capture Asteroids Within Next 15 Years:
https://www.rt.com/usa/158784-nasa-as...

“NASA researchers are at work developing a plan that not only hopes to physically place astronauts on an asteroid for the first time, but also to wrangle a space object and place it in the orbit of the Earth’s moon."

Meet The Team At Planetary Resources:
https://www.planetaryresources.com/company/#company-intro

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Jun 28 2018
35 mins
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