Archives: Podcast

  • 164: Bumblebee Tunnel

    Researcher Sridhar Ravi of UNSW Canberra looks to the humble bumblebee to answer questions about how to program a more nimble drone. The way he and his researchers studied bumbles […]

  • 163: Return of Phobias!

    Way back in August of 2018, Phobia was our 16th episode. We were in person (thanks COVID 19) and still working out how to actually do this podcast thing. We […]

  • 162: Penguin Guano & Giggle Gas

    There’s a strange connection between King penguins, one of their favorite islands, and Nitrous Oxide gas.

  • 161: Wild Hamsters

    Our best topics come from late night dinner table conversations with our kids. Amy attempts to answer the question: Are there herds of hamsters roaming the wilds? The answer might […]

  • 160: Fab Female Frog Lungs

    Imagine if you could block out loud noises at a party by taking a really deep breath. That’s how the female American Green Tree Frog manages to filter out interesting […]

  • 159: Wanna Cuttle?

    Can a cuttlefish master a test that very young children often struggle to pass? Instead of using marshmallows like we do with people, scientists used tasty shrimp to test if […]

  • 158: Spider Pulley

    Arachnophobes BEWARE! Imagine a spider that uses special silk to lift something that’s 50 times bigger than itself. There is a video! You must watch after you listen to the […]

  • 157: The Shady Game of Pinball

    Our longest Brainstorm YET! Who knew there was so much to know about pinball?! Amy dives into the origins, history, and shady past of this quintessential arcade game.

  • 156: Smell This

    What is that weird smell? It’s called trimethylamine (TMA) and for most of us it stinks like rotten fish. For a small percentage of people it smells very different. The […]

  • 155: Gallon of PB&J

    What if we burned calories the same way cars use gas for fuel? Amy fell down the comparison hole trying to figure out the “car calories” for humans in motion. […]