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Why Are You Multicellular?

Why Are You Multicellular?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments January 9, 2020

[MUSIC] This episode is sponsored by Audible After our planet cooled from a glob of molten space dust, survived the collision that made the moon, and endured 300 million years of bombardment from space rocks, life showed up about as soon as it could. But for the next 2 billion years, it got stuck. Just […]

Your Microbiome: The Invisible Creatures That Keep You Alive!

Your Microbiome: The Invisible Creatures That Keep You Alive!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments January 5, 2020

[SHOW OPENING MUSIC] This episode was sponsored by Audible. [OPENING SHOW MUSIC] Teleport every one of your cells into the next room, and you’d leave a strange shadow behind. A ghostly cloud of single-celled creatures that live on and inside your body. Your microbiome. Zoom in and we can see this cloud is made of […]

Bioluminescence: Nature’s Fireworks!

Bioluminescence: Nature’s Fireworks!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments January 5, 2020

This episode is supported by Curiosity Stream. For centuries, humans have been harnessing chemistry to create explosive awe inspiring light shows. But our celebrations aren’t Earth’s only dazzling light displays. Nature’s got fireworks of its own… [OPEN] Nearly all life on Earth is ultimately powered by light. But some special species have figured out how […]

%$?# Allergies!

%$?# Allergies!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 29, 2019

[MUSIC] [PIANO MUSIC] (sneezing) (coughing) (blowing nose) (sneezing) (groaning) (sneezing) (coughing) (groaning) Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that “Earth laughs in flowers” “Ha ha ha ha” Well, you know what? I don’t think it’s funny. If you’re like me, the coming of spring signals one thing: allergies. [MUSIC] I mean seriously, how much crud can my […]

What’s in That Snowflake on Your Tongue? | Microbe Minute

What’s in That Snowflake on Your Tongue? | Microbe Minute

By Micah Moen 4 Comments December 29, 2019

ED YONG: A first snowfall can make lifelong memories. And there is beauty at all scales. Curiously, microbes are playing a role. When liquid water turns to ice, crystals sometimes need a place to start growing. Without that seed, water can cool to minus 40 degrees before freezing. Often, a bacterium acts as the seed. […]

Why Nature Loves Hexagons

Why Nature Loves Hexagons

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 26, 2019

[MUSIC] Is nature a mathematician? Patterns and geometry are everywhere. But nature seems to have a particular thing for the number 6. Beehives. Rocks. Marine skeletons. Insect eyes. It could just be a mathematical coincidence. Or could there be some pattern beneath the pattern, why nature arrives at this geometry? We’re going to figure that […]

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

Why Is Blue So Rare In Nature?

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 26, 2019

[PBS Bumper] [OPEN] There are no blue tigers. No blue bats, no blue squirrels, or blue dogs. Even blue whales aren’t that blue. Animals come in pretty much every color, but blue seems to be the rarest. What’s cool, though, is when we do find a blue animal, they’re awesome looking. Nature doesn’t do halfway […]

A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment | I Contain Multitudes

A World Without Microbes: An Apocalyptic Thought Experiment | I Contain Multitudes

By Micah Moen 12 Comments December 23, 2019

[MUSIC PLAYING] ED YONG: Imagine wiping out every microbe on Earth, every bacteria, every germ. I’ve done that. That is Professor Jack Gilbert from the University of Chicago. Catastrophic ideas are exciting. Everyone loves a disaster movie. ED: This summer– JACK GILBERT: As a microbe guy, you’ll like this movie. ED: In a world without […]

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

Extreme Microbes Are Eating The Titanic

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 22, 2019

[PBS Bumper] On April 15th, 1912, an “Unsinkable ship” named the Titanic hit an iceberg and came to rest nearly 4 kilometers beneath the surface. Light? None. The temperature? Two degrees Celsius. Pressures? 5000 pounds per square inch. But more than 100 years later, this watery graveyard is somehow teeming with life. Those strange icicle […]

Nature’s Killer Cocktails: VENOM Science!

Nature’s Killer Cocktails: VENOM Science!

By Micah Moen 100 Comments December 22, 2019

[MUSIC] Alex I’ll take “Potent Potables” for $200 please. I may move slow, but my venom can kill you in minutes. Joe What is a cone snail! That is correct. I’ll take “Potent Potables” for $400 please Alex. Whether it’s Mortal Kombat or my venomous tail, play against me and you could see a “fatality”. […]