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Breaking Bad Science Podcast

Breaking Bad Science Podcast

Episode 30: The Science of Solving Crimes

December 20th, 2020|Science, Technology|

The past must have been so weird. A comedian once made the observation that a killer's blood at a crime scene used to be something that required a mop, not an evidence bag. How did people even solve crimes in the past? How do they do it now? Why were there monkeys involved? What on earth does it even mean to consider something forensic science? We’re serious about the monkeys. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk about some of the science behind solving crimes, some of its earliest forms and how some of the most advanced techniques are being used today. Additionally, there are some big announcements this week with the launching of the website, patreon, and public facebook group. We look forward to hearing from you all and working to better the podcast in the future.

Episode 29: COVID Vaccine Update Phase III Trials

December 13th, 2020|COVID-19, Public Health, Scientific Method, Vaccine|

Every day is a new headline. Vaccine effective. When will we be over COVID. Exploding whale, ok, that last one isn't related. As far as the vaccine. We've talked about it previously, but today we're talking not just about the prospect of a COVID vaccine. We're talking about those that have developed phase 3 data. In this corner, Pfizer. In this corner, Moderna, Astrazeneca, Johnson and Johnson. How does it look? How interesting is it really? Is there a chance we may really see a light at the end of the tunnel? Should we be concerned? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk with Dr. Bryan Simons and break down the most recent information about these vaccine trials and where we stand right now.

Episode 28: Logical Minds and the Utah Monolith

December 6th, 2020|Conspiracy, Psychology|

How many times have we heard Dr. Spock say, “It’s only logical?” Well, is it always only logical? Throughout this podcast we’ve discussed all sorts of scientific information, but what do we do when the information we have isn’t scientific. How does a logical mind deal with illogical information. Fortunately, this is 2020 and illogical information is rampant. In the recent news, we chose The Utah Monolith. Join hosts Shanti and Danny for a light-hearted episode where we discuss how we look at something so bizarre in the news and come to a conclusion that makes sense. Even when that means questioning what seems obvious.

Episode 27: Rocket Science…How Hard Can it Be?

November 29th, 2020|Physics, Science, Technology|

We've all heard it...It's not Rocket Science, or it's not Brain surgery, or my personal favorite it's not Rocket Surgery. Well in this week’s episode, it is Rocket Science and if we're lucky maybe some rocket surgery. But what even is rocket science? Why is it the bar we use for difficulty? The one and only Jordan Slavish joins us to talk about this fascinating topic. He's an educator, rocket enthusiest, and future Discovery Channel star. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss this complex topic and breakdown what makes it so unique, and don’t forget to check out “Rocket Around The Christmas Tree” Dec 3rd at 10 p.m. EST.

Episode 26: Game Theory

November 22nd, 2020|Economics, Psychology|

Prisoner's dilemma, tragedy of the commons, rock paper scissors, and I'm not making this up, the goat game. All of these can be influenced by game theory. What is game theory? How has it been incredibly influential throughout the 20th century without most of us even realizing what it is? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they discuss Game Theory, what it is, and the method some people employ to stay out of jail.

Episode 25: Herd Immunity and COVID-19

November 17th, 2020|COVID-19, Health, Public Health, Science, Vaccine|

After some harrowing technical difficulties causing significant delays in the release of this week’s episode, we’re back! This week we’re talking about how one might go about creating herd immunity? As well as what it even is? How do we plan to achieve it in the concept of coronavirus? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss what science means when they say herd immunity and why it’s so important in this current atmosphere.

Episode 24: The Internet of Things

November 8th, 2020|Science, Technology|

Robots, A.I., machine learning, and the internet of things; what are they? How are we handling them? Should we be worried about it? Should we be excited? Are we even aware of what’s going on around us as technology develops? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk about the Internet of Things and how it is impacting our lives and how it may in the future.

Episode 23: Science and the Paranormal

November 1st, 2020|Conspiracy, Other, Psychology|

So many people are fascinated by the paranormal. Ghost, spirits, monsters, and shadow people I guess; what makes them so interesting? I have to admit, I myself find myself intrigued by the unexplainable. Let's talk about the mysterious, the spooky, and the maybe unexplainable? I know I know we're a day late, but still. It's still kind of Halloween. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk about the paranormal and what science can and cannot explain.

Episode 22: When Science Goes Sideways – Nobel Prizes and Opioids

October 25th, 2020|Conspiracy, Ethics, Public Health, Science|

To date, we've talked about all sorts of wonders associated with Science. We've discussed cutting edge testing and where things are possible and where they aren't. But what about what I said back in the intro? What about the liars? What about the mistakes? It's not always full visible spectrum light arcs and narwal like horses. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk about When Science Goes Sideways.

Episode 21: EMF, 5G, and Hallucinations

October 18th, 2020|Conspiracy, Environment, Health, Physics, Science|

What is EMF? How is it related to 5G? Can they cause cancer? Can they cause hallucinations? Can they give you the coronavirus? These are all the questions being asked about the electromagnetic spectrum. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we dig into the fantastic world of light, how it relates to these concepts, and whether we should be concerned about the growing 5G drive.

Episode 20: The Science of Influence

October 11th, 2020|Psychology, Science|

In this age of instant information and social media, influencers seem to be a dime a dozen, but what does it mean to be influential? More importantly, can we truly break down the concepts that make someone capable of influencing others in an attempt to mimic them? Is there legitimate science behind these concepts, or is it all just witchy space lizard mind-control nonsense? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they dig into the mystery behind the Science of Influence.

Episode 19: Cannabidiol – What is CBD

October 4th, 2020|Biology, Health, Science|

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is touted as a treatment for nearly everything. A wonder drug. This amazing, life saving molecule that "the man" is trying to keep under wraps. What is it really? Does it truly treat anything? Are online sources just selling you snake oil? Is there any point to taking it and does the government even allow you to? So many questions. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as they try to answer as many of them as possible in this mind altering episode of Breaking Bad Science.

Episode 18: Lulu, Nana, He Jiankui, and Gattaca

September 27th, 2020|Biology, Ethics, Health, Science|

We've talked about genetic engineering before, but when we hit on Dr. He Jiankui and his genetically modified infants, we may have missed something. After talking with a few people it seemed we needed an update to Episode 4 - Genetic Engineering. Ethical questions involve us all, and understanding where science stands on these issues is more important now than possibly ever before. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we welcome someone who’s been featured in Popular Mechanic magazine, participated in multiple extreme sports, founded the non-profit organization Crossing Lines, oh and she holds a Doctorate in Cell and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Dr. Sonya Iverson. Tune in as we all discuss the ethics and questions surrounding this mysterious testing.

Episode 17: COVID-19 Vaccine Update – What’s Going on in Russia

September 20th, 2020|COVID-19, Public Health, Science, Scientific Method, Vaccine|

With so many companies developing vaccines for the coronavirus the media is a frenzy with information, but what does any of it mean? We talked in the past about the development of the vaccine and started to get a sense of what might be different as far as information with the Russian development. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we bring back special guest Dr. Bryan Simons to discuss what may be the most important episode of this podcast to date. A real-time analysis of the research conducted in Russia, the data that’s been released, and what it truly means.

Episode 16: Overfitting Data and Data Modeling

September 13th, 2020|Science, Scientific Method|

What makes a good model? Is it grace? Beauty? or just a really great set of data? What happens when your data goes wrong. What is overfitting data and how does it affect your results? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss Data Modeling, Overfitting/Underfitting Data, the Dunning-Kruger effect, Tom Cruise, and Underwater Basket weaving.

Episode 15: Convalescent Plasma

September 6th, 2020|Biology, COVID-19, Public Health, Science|

Recently, the US released an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the use of convalescent plasma in the treatment of COVID-19. What is an EUA? What does it mean? Is it something the population should be concerned about? Does this mean we should be using it on all patients who are attempting to recover from the virus? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss the importance of this treatment, whether it holds promise and try to make sense of the political landscape surrounding this treatment.

Episode 14: Big Pharma and Cures for Disease

August 30th, 2020|Economics, Pharma, Science|

Treating disease will always be more profitable. There’s no doubt that from a financial perspective a company makes more money treating a disease over the lifetime of the patient than they ever will by curing that same disease. So why do cures still get developed? Why did we eradicate smallpox and cure Hepatitis C? Is there some reason why the all powerful Big Pharma wasn’t able to block these cures from ever being developed? Would they try? Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we discuss how Big Pharma influences and is, in turn, influenced by innovation and what that means for potential disease cures.

Episode 13: COVID Vaccine What We Know

August 23rd, 2020|Biology, COVID-19, Pharma, Public Health, Science, Technology, Vaccine|

With Russia’s announcement and subsequent walking back of their comments on development of a COVID vaccine, the world is left to question how we know a vaccine is ready. The data can be complicated and difficult to find. Join hosts Shanti and Danny as we talk with Dr. Bryan Simons about clinical trials, what they are, how they work, and where we stand with the COVID-19 vaccine currently.

Episode 12: Origin Story

August 16th, 2020|Other|

Who are Shanti and Danny? What is the true motivation behind Breaking Bad Science? Who on Earth is Melvin? Join us as we discuss who we are, why we’re here, and our own individual paths that lead us to creating this podcast as well as a little glimpse into what we hope the future holds as we try to grow this endeavor.

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