Cara is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue her conversation with paleontologist, geneticist, anatomist, and popular science author Dr. Neil Shubin (Your Inner Fish, The Universe Within). They discuss Tiktaalik's place in our evolutionary past, along with new technologies and techniques that continue to unify Darwin's prescient theory and provide new clues to the great tree of life here on Earth. Also included: answers to brilliant questions asked by previous Talk Nerdy guest, young Stella Krone. Follow Neil: @NeilShubin.
Cara is joined by Lila Higgins, the Manager of Citizen Science for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Together, they geek out about bugs (ahem, hemiptera), urban wildlife, and how we can all participate in the scientific process through citizen science initiatives, like those at the NHMLA. Follow Lila: @lilamayhiggins.
Cara is joined by her FabLab cohost NIck Uhas, who also happens to host a fabulous YouTube series called Nickipedia. They talk extensively about Nick's past as a professional rollerblader, as well as how science often leads to accidental discoveries that go down in the history books. Follow Nick: @NickUhas.
Cara is joined by KPCC Science Reporter Sanden Totten to talk about science storytelling through an auditory medium. They also talk about the difference between journalism and reality TV, their personal identifications as skeptics, and his awesome podcast for kids, "Brains On!" Follow Sanden: @SandenTotten.
Cara celebrates the 100th episode of #TalkNerdy by letting YOU interview HER! She turns the tables in this special #AskMeAnything edition, ranging from topics like depression to science fiction to, of course, her famous two questions that end the show. THANK YOU for an incredible 100 episodes! Talk Nerdy wouldn't be possible without the support of listeners like you.
USC PhD candidate Chris Cantwell joins Cara to talk about his recent labor of love, Quantum Chess. He tells the story of how the came was conceived and some of the challenges he's faced on his road through academia, including a spinal cord injury in high school that left him with limited mobility. Follow Chris: @SchrodingerKing.
To support the Quantum Chess Kickstarter, click here!
Cara is joined by Caltech PhD candidate Sarah Gossan, a researcher in the LIGO Lab who contributed to the recent detection of gravitational waves. They discuss what this discovery means--not just for physics, but for humanity--and just how they were able to detect two black holes merging 1.3 billion light years away. Follow Sarah: @PrincssSuprnova.
Cara chats with "mini-nerd" Stella Krone about what it's like being a ten year-old who loves to learn! They discuss her interest in genetics, the perks and challenges of taking high school and college courses, and why she isn't terribly fond of the label "gifted."
Cara reminisces with her old roommate and labmate, Michael Matthews, while she's visiting her home state of Texas. They talk about the good old days at the Center for Network Neuroscience, the guilt associated with using non-renewable resources, like and oil and gas, and the American culture of perpetual debt. Also included: SHIPLEY'S DONUTS!!!
Kevin Roose (News Director, Fusion) chats with Cara about their new television show, "Real Future." They offer an inside look at the production process, sharing stories of how technology is shaping our future in ways we never imagined. Follow Kevin: @kevinroose.
Catch "Real Future" Mondays at 10pm ET on Fusion.
Cara chats with science writer Dr. Jason Goldman about urban wildlife in Southern California, including the pumas/mountain lions/panthers/cougars of the Santa Monica Mountains and the Catalina Island foxes. Also discussed: what we've learned about domestication from Dmitry Belyaev's silver fox study. Follow Jason: @jgold85.
Cara is joined by the "Master of Disaster" herself, geophysicist and science writer Mika McKinnon. They discuss her work as the science consultant on Stargate, how life was a driving force behind an explosion of earthly minerals, and the improvements Canadians are hopeful for under their new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. Follow Mika: @mikamckinnon.
Cara is joined by graduate student Raquel Nuno, from UCLA's Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences. They talk science communication, water in our solar system, and how a non-traditional academic path can sometimes lead to exactly where you wanted to be all along. Follow Raquel: @raquelnuno.