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Breaking Bad Science Podcast

Breaking Bad Science Podcast

Episode 54: The Impacts of Social Media

June 20th, 2021|Conspiracy, Health, Technology|

Orson Scott Card could not have had any idea when he wrote Ender's game that he was predicting instant messaging, VR, and yes even social media. In his view of the concept the technology was used for some interesting things. The question is, how right was he? Can two people with a voice on a forum impact the entire world like Locke and Demosthenes? We've railed against social media before on this podcast, and it begs the question: is it just something that rots your brain like our parents once claimed the TV did? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss the impacts of social media as well as its importance in our future.

Episode 53: Alzheimer’s Drug… Was it Approved or Not? …I Can’t Remember

June 14th, 2021|Health, Medical, Research, Technology|

There are few things more terrifying than considering the possibility of developing Alzheimer's towards the end of one's life. With modern medicine the way it is there could be little doubt we've made great advances in the treatment of this disease. So it might surprise you to hear that the recent Biogen news means that the FDA has approved the first drug for the treatment of Alzheimer’s in twenty years. Turns out, though, that's not actually what makes it such big news. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk about what’s going on with aducanumab, Biogen, and some strange moves by the FDA.

Episode 52: Genetic Heritage 23, Me, and the Mailman

June 8th, 2021|Biology, Science|

What happens when the family you've always known or the story about them turns out to be, I dunno a lie or maybe a confused misconception repeated through generations? If you listened to the intro, you know that I'm a firm believer in the fact that people as a whole, sometimes lie. The beauty and the danger with this is that science can be misconstrued or misinterpreted, but the science itself doesn't lie. So why then, are there so many questions about our DNA ancestry? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we welcome back Dr. Sonya Iverson and discuss genetic heritage, DNA ancestry, and the mailman.

Episode 51: Biological and Chemical Warfare

May 30th, 2021|Biology, Ethics, Science, Technology|

Ghengis Khan had some pretty brutal war tactics, but did he once use biology as a weapon? How is Ted Kaczyinski tied to chemical warfare experimentation? Has a biological weapon ever been used intentionally? Are either of these even scientifically practical? When was the last time chemical weapons were employed? Is the fear of biological and chemical weapons just a great premise for video games and TV or are these as terrifying as they seem? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss the legitimacy of biological and chemical warfare and why the practice is virtually teeming with conspiracy theories and rumors.

Episode 50: Symbiotic Relationships

May 23rd, 2021|Biology, Environment, Nature|

As a scientist, obviously Danny knows plenty about the creatures from Klyntar and their partnerships with other species. Well, did we say scientist? I guess we meant nerd. Venom and Marvel's other symbiotes do certainly portray a practice that has been fascinating scientists for centuries, though. Symbiosis and more importantly mutualism is the pinnacle of interspecies relationships, but what is it, what do we know about it and what other interspecies relationships exist. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss how some species can be so intricately tied together that separation could mean certain extinction for both.

Episode 49: Mosquito Twitter

May 16th, 2021|Biology, Environment, Ethics, Nature|

What happens when toxic males go out into the wild, propagate more toxic males, and kill every female progeny they produce? Well...Florida is working on finding out. That is, at least, with their mosquito population. Genetically Engineered mosquitoes, can they accomplish what the aliens in Lilo and Stitch worked so hard to prevent? Both kudos and my apologies for those of you who get that reference. What does it mean to have these creatures in the wild? Is it a concern and is it even the first time something like this has been done? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss the recent news that Florida has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into the wild.

Episode 48: Virtual and Augmented Reality

May 9th, 2021|Technology|

If you listen to David Icke, the whole world is a simulation controlled by the lizard people using the know...the moon matrix. But can we create a whole new virtual world? Could we remake our world virtually? What is VR? What is AR? Training, gaming, and just making the world more convenient; how far has this technology come and what is the future?

Episode 47: Nature is Freaky

May 2nd, 2021|Biology, Nature, Science|

Is war an exclusively human practice? How about sexual behavior and pair-bonding among members of the same sex? Is the heat of the surface of the sun just an everyday experience for some in nature? Is one-punch man alive and well in the animal kingdom? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss. Emu wars, chimpanzees, and the terrifying creatures of the deep and talk about what makes nature so much stranger than even the fiction we imagine.

Episode 46: Medical Technology and the Future

April 25th, 2021|Economics, Medical, Science, Technology|

In the past, we discussed the idea of reversing the aging process. The concept that in the future we might be able to end a human's tendency to die simply because we survived for too many years. What about the issues that arise simply from trying to live. What if our organs fail or get damaged, or what if we lose large sections of bone? From 3D printing to organ-on-a-chip, what does the future look like when we consider where medicine is going?

Episode 45: Shanti’s Weight Loss Breakdown

April 18th, 2021|Health, Physiology, Research, Science|

Every week we look at a new scientific concept and delve into the science behind it. How do we go about that? What does it take to look at information that someone presents and evaluate its quality? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we dive into Shanti’s fitness background and evaluate the work of Dr. Mike Israetel who influenced our co-host in his training days.

Episode 44: Clean Energy

April 7th, 2021|Economics, Energy, Science, Technology|

We all understand what it means to be dirty, more importantly we understand how something becomes clean. But what about energy? How do we clean energy? What is clean energy? Is it achievable? Do we even have any energy that can be considered clean? What is lithium mining? Why does it come up in this discussion. What does the word fossil fuel even mean?

Episode 43: The Psychology of Cults

April 4th, 2021|Conspiracy, Psychology|

In the late 1980's a former NFL defensive end stabbed 2 men with zero provocation, and if you ask him it was done at the urging of his leader to which he was devout. In the mid to late 2010's the hit show Smallville took on an entirely different meaning when the world realized a star actress was recruiting other women to be branded and exploited. In both cases we can't help but ask ourselves, how does this happen? How does a human being find themselves in a situation where these things happen? In a word, cults, but it's so much more than that. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we dig into manipulation, fear, blackmail, and the disturbing minds of what passes for a "leader" in this world's cults.

Episode 42: Starlink and Elon Musk

March 28th, 2021|Technology, Uncategorized|

In the 80's a hero known as Al Gore produced one of the greatest inventions of all time..the internet. Ok well maybe that's just a comment quoted out of context that comedians at the time found hilarious and some of us still do. Today, though, Elon Musk is doing something with the internet early users like myself would never have thought possible. What is Starlink and what is the point? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss the introduction of Starlink, what makes it so impressive, and what it may mean for our future.

Episode 41: Stem Cells

March 21st, 2021|Biology, Science|

Stem cells are a mysterious cellular construct with some pretty unique properties. Properties which have led to intense discussions about life, aging, cancer, the nature of disease itself, and even religion. But what are they? Why was the discovery of these cells so important? Why are they so controversial and how has that controversy affected research in the last few decades? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss stem cells, the confusion surrounding them, and why the controversy is not only important but necessary in this episode of Breaking Bad Science.

Episode 40: Cryptocurrency

March 14th, 2021|Economics|

Trying to draw a similarity between a hitman, miners, and paying $590 million for 2 pizzas sounds like some sort of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon weirdness, but it turns out it's not really that hard. The cornerstone here, the Kevin Bacon if you will, is Bitcoin, which is....Currency, but not, you know, kind of like when we went from having gold, furs, salt, and goods to trade to using coins and paper. Except in this case with no tangibility. So what is it? Why does it exist and how is it being used? Most importantly, how is it shaping our future?

Episode 39: Artificial Sweeteners

March 7th, 2021|Science, Technology|

There's no doubt at this point that eating foods high in sugar can lead to diabetes and heart conditions. Because of this, the market for sugar substitutes has been a highly valuable industry. Honestly though, are these substitutes healthy? Are we consuming something worse in an effort simply to keep us from becoming overweight or developing these or other diseases or are these concerns mere hokum and Tom foolery? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss not just the health benefits and risks of artificial sweeteners, but also, hokum and Tom foolery.

Episode 38: Evolution and Synthetic Biology

February 28th, 2021|Biology, Science|

If we evolved from monkeys, why are there still monkeys? This is the most common question associated with misunderstandings in the concepts of evolution. So what is evolution? What are the misunderstandings surrounding the subject? How does the whole monkey thing work? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they talk again with synthetic biologist Dr. Sonya Iverson about the misconceptions and mysteries surrounding evolution.

Episode 37: Climate Change, Global Warming, and Judith Curry

February 21st, 2021|Environment|

The world is on fire. It's a natural cycle. Global warming. Climate Change. What does any of this mean? Why are people worried? Should people be worried? Is it a global threat? A hoax? Who is Judith Curry? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they try to weed out what information is really out there and what science is saying right now about global climate change and why or if it should matter.

Episode 36 – Hypnosis: Science or Sci-Fi?

February 14th, 2021|Psychology, Science|

This week we're talking about something that's roots go back so far that an entire dungeons and dragons class is based on it. For those of you who don't get the reference, we’re talking Old Norse ancient. The concept became so popular that comic book characters are literally named after the man who westernized the principle. Yet it's so misunderstood that every cop drama has a case involving it, comedies mock it's possibilities, and we place its effects in league with illusionists and magicians. Somehow, though, it may be used in clinical practices as well. So what is it? In a word.. Hypnosis, but what does that word truly mean and is it really possible? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we welcome our first M.D. to the podcast, Dr. Brian Wasicek and discuss this fascinating topic.

Episode 35: The Science of Learning

February 7th, 2021|Other, Science|

To early humans, hitting a rock with another rock and seeing what happened constituted learning. Well that, or even hitting another human with a rock to see what happened was learning. Eventually, the Greeks learned the importance of teaching as a tool for the advancement of society. Then it became a tool for the advancement of the rich. Throughout this entire time, though, learning looked nothing like it does today. When did what we know as learning truly start, why is it done the way it is, and is it the best system possible plus what is pedagogy? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we explore what learning really means, how it was developed, and what it means to accumulate knowledge in the 21st century.

Episode 34: Digital Eye Strain and Blue Light Glasses

January 31st, 2021|Health, Science|

I imagine I'm not the only one whose parents told them not to sit so close to the TV because, “it will rot your brain," or some semblance of that statement. Looking back, though, where would they even get that information from? TV technology changed so rapidly throughout the 80s, 90s, and 2000's I don't see how any scientific evidence could even have existed; let alone long term studies on development. Years later I’ve come to recognize the idea that not everything we tend to believe is backed up by science. So what about this one? Are screens bad? Do they rot your brain or hurt your eyes? More importantly can the all powerful BLUE LIGHT GLASSES! actually help? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss how damaging this technology can be and the legitimacy of blue light blocking glasses.

Episode 33: The Scientific Method – Is It Working?

January 16th, 2021|Science, Scientific Method|

The Scientific Method as we understand it today, wasn't developed until well into the 19th century. If you've been listening to the podcast long, you know that witch hunting and spectral evidence are clear indications of that, but somewhat surprisingly, the idea behind the scientific method was described as early as the 4th century BCE. Because of this, Aristotle is considered the inventor of this methodology. So what exactly is it and how do we even know it's working?

Episode 32: COVID Vaccine – The Verdict

January 10th, 2021|COVID-19, Public Health, Vaccine|

So many of our discussions to date have revolved around the Pandemic, and it makes sense. This has been the most relevant subject since the start of this podcast. Conversations laced with misinformation, conspiracy theorists pushing their agendas and using the virus as a stepping stool. It's truly been what we started this podcast for. With that being said, let's take one more look at the virus, the pandemic, and the vaccine. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk one more time with Dr. Bryan Simons about the COVID-19 Vaccine and look into the future of how its development may change the scientific community forever.

Episode 31: Social Behavior – Policy in a Pandemic

January 3rd, 2021|Economics, Public Health|

We've talked about the science behind behavioral analysis when we talked about the show Criminal Minds. We've talked about how things are worded and how they're done influencing how we react when we discussed the Science of Influence, but how does all this affect us when it comes to policy making? How does it come into play in say, a pandemic? Have these concepts been used in our society as a whole? Would you be surprised when a podcast like this says absolutely? Would you be surprised if I told you a whole subcommittee was in place for exactly this purpose? What if I said....maybe it's not such a bad thing? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk with Jonathan Moses, host of “A Better Question” and discuss the Science of Social Behavior and its role in the Pandemic.

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