Super Awesome Science Show (SASS)
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Are bugs good to eat? Should you fear a pandemic approaching? What exactly IS blockchain? If you’re questioning the world around you and looking for answers, Jason Tetro, the Germ Guy, is here to help answer science questions and share SUPER AWESOME discoveries with you. We'll venture into all areas. If it ends in “ology”, we’ve got it covered – chemistry and physics too.
||CleanGO GO KETO||On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we dig into the nature of the ketogenic diet, its history, and what good it can do for you. There are all sorts of diets but only a few have proven to be effective at helping you lose weight. One of the most popular options that also works is the ketogenic diet. It’s known as a fat buster as it helps to melt away unwanted fat while improving your metabolic health. We first start with Desiree Nielsen, a registered dietitian, author, and television host. She helps us understand what the ketogenic diet does to our bodies and how best to find the right foods to improve your chances at losing weight. My next guest is Dr. Roger McIntyre at the University of Toronto. He explains that there’s a potential hidden benefit of choosing the keto diet. It may help you emotionally and maintain your mental health. Although as he says, this isn’t quite ready for prime time, you’ll want to hear how the latest research may one day help us to stay balanced naturally. In our SASS class, we pour a little cold water on the keto diet by finding out just how much weight we can expect to lose and how long the diet will keep burning the fat. The Knowledge Translation and Evidence Coordinator for the College of Family Physicians, Adrienne Lindblad tells us that when it comes to weight loss, the keto diet may not be your first choice. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts and be sure to tell a friend about the show. Thanks to you, we’ve been nominated for a Canadian Podcast Award as Outstanding Science and Medicine Series. Let’s keep the awesome momentum going together! Twitter: @JATetro Email: email@example.com Guests: Desiree Nielsen Registered Dietitian https://desireerd.com/ Twitter: @desireerd Dr. Roger S. McIntyre University of Toronto https://www.uhnresearch.ca/researcher/roger-s-mcintyre Adrienne Lindblad College of Family Physicians http://peerevidence.ca/the-team/adrienne-lindblad/ Twitter: @ajlindblad||1/15/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDisturbed Sleep||Most Canadians are getting enough sleep but statistics reveal the numbers are dropping and the quality of that rest continues to suffer. Figuring out how to improve our sleep patterns has led to a confusing environment filled with pharmaceuticals, natural health products, and even supplements of chemicals naturally found in our bodies. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we crawl under the covers of sleep science to find out what may work best to help us get some rest. I talk with neuroscientist, Dr. Michael Antle at the University of Calgary, about the biology of sleep and why it can be difficult to get the quality we need. We also examine the different options to help us find that slumber. The answer may lie not in supplementation but supine poses. We then explore a traditional method to help us get to sleep. Scientifically it’s known as bibliotherapy but most of us call it bedtime stories. I talk with Kathryn Nicolai who has a podcast designed to give adults an enjoyable night’s rest through relaxing and enjoyable storytelling. In our SASS class, we explore one reason kids don’t get enough sleep, school start times. We learn from Dr. Geneviève Gariépy that an early school bell could mean problems for students’ performance and weight. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Guests: Dr. Michael Antle, Professor, University of Calgary Website: https://psyc.ucalgary.ca/profiles/michael-antle Kathryn Nicolai, Host, Nothing Much Happens Website: https://www.nothingmuchhappens.com/ Dr. Geneviève Gariépy, McGill University Institute for Health and Social Policy Twitter: @DrGenGariepy Website: https://genevievegariepy.com||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNew Year Rehabilitation||Have you made a New Year’s Resolution? If so, how long do you think it’ll last? Most resolutions end up being a losing battle. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we pledge to get to the bottom of why resolutions don’t work and how that isn’t too far off from someone trying to kick a habit. First, we talk with Dr. Lalatendu Acharya at Purdue University. He studies consumer behaviour in health ranging from eating habits to HIV spread. He tells us that the Holiday season may be the reason for our inability to make a resolution work . We also may need more than just willpower to achieve our goals. We next hear from Courtney Bir, a doctoral student at Purdue University. She’s studying how we lie to others to make ourselves look good. It’s known as social desirability bias and can stand in the way of making a resolution that is scientifically right as opposed to one that is socially acceptable. In our SASS Class, we find out from Dr. Lizzy Pope at the University of Vermont how the grocery store may be our worst enemy when it comes to sticking to a diet. Her research has shown that while we may tend to buy healthier after the Holidays, the amount of the bad stuff remains the same. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: email@example.com Guests: Dr. Laltendu Acharya, Purdue University Website: https://www.purdue.edu/hhs/csr/directory/faculty/acharya_lalatendu.html Courtney Bir, Purdue University Twitter: @courtney_bir Website: https://ag.purdue.edu/agecon/Pages/GradStudents/birc.aspx Dr. Lizzy Pope, University of Vermont Twitter: @lizzypope Website: https://www.uvm.edu/cals/nfs/profiles/lizzy_pope_phd_rd||12/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmells of the Season||We are all familiar with the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season. But what about the smells? They have an enormous impact on us and can influence how we celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. On this week’s episode of the Super Awesome Science Show, we stick our noses into the science of smelling, scientifically known as olfaction, and find out how certain scents can draw out attention, bring back memories, and even affect our buying behaviour. We first talk with Dr. Leslie Cameron at Carthage College. She’s been studying how we detect and recognize odours throughout life and how we can equate some aromas with the festive season. Next we hear from renowned smellosopher, Dr. Ann-Sophie Barwich at Indiana University Bloomington. She’s examining how certain odours can be autobiographical in nature leading us to open up memories of times of past Holidays and other moment long gone by. In our SASS Class, we speak with Dr. Jenny Lin at California State University Monterey Bay. She’s researching how the sense of smell affects our brains through what is known as event-related potential. As she tells us, the right combination of odours may prompt us to stick around in a store and inevitably buy more. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Guests: Dr. Leslie Cameron, Carthage College Website: https://www.carthage.edu/live/profiles/261-leslie-cameron Dr. Ann-Sophie Barwich, Indiana University Bloomington Twitter: @smellosopher Website: http://www.smellosophy.com/ Dr. Jenny Lin, California State University Monterey Bay Website: https://csumb.edu/directory/people/jenny-lin||12/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Blockchain Boon||Blockchain has become the latest buzzword in tech but few of us understand what it is and how it relates to us. On this week’s episode of the Super Awesome Science Show, we invest in the topic of blockchain as we hope to decode its cryptic nature so we can all profit by knowing what it is and how it may change our lives. We start off with the basics with blockchain consultant, Olivia Lovenmark. She tells us a little bit more about the platform, explains what cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are, and helps us to understand some of the terminology. The lure of money appears to be the only way to get people interested in using blockchain. Yet we talk with Duane Conners of rprt management consulting who tells us the use of incentives in absence of cash might bring everyone to the fold. Next is Brian Magierski, President of nanovision, a company that wants to use blockchain to improve our health. He believes the real-time and secure nature of the platform may improve the results of clinical research. In our SASS Class, we speak with Singularity University’s Anne Connelly about how blockchain may be able to create an entirely new economy based not on money, but impact. It’s already being done in Toronto and may improve the way we conduct international development. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: email@example.com Guests: Olivia Lovenmark, blockchain consultant Twitter: @OliviaLovenmark IG: olivialovenmark Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/olovenmark Duane Conners, rprt management consulting Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/f-duane-conners-b776644 Brian Magierski, President, nanovision Twitter: @bmagierski Website: https://nanovision.com/team/brian-magierski/ Anne Connelly, Singularity University Twitter: @Anne_Connelly Website: https://anneconnelly.ca||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCredence in Climate Change||Climate change is real and is becoming more accepted by the day. But there continues to be debate about whether we are contributing to the problem or are just innocent bystanders in the process. While the arguments may appear to be heated between the two sides, a recent declaration may help to lower the volume. In a rather unprecedented move, the Vatican held a conference last year where they declared climate change to be caused in part by humans. They also called for action to reduce our effect on the planet. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we are given a guest pass into this rather unexpected event with Dr. Lise Van Susteren, a Psychiatrist who specializes in climate change and psychological health. We find out what it was like to be in the room and how a centuries-old rift between science and religion was mended, at least for this topic. We also explore with Dr. Van Susteren a relatively unknown consequence of climate change for which she is an expert: mental health. We discuss how disasters and other threats can lead to worry, panic, and even depression. In our SASS Class, we take a look at different but maybe even more troubling effect of climate change. I talk with Dr. Nathan Mueller of the University of California, Irvine, who has recently published a report saying that global warming could threaten our beer supply. He also discusses whether we should prepare for the worst by stocking up. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Guests: Dr. Lise (Lisa) Van Susteren, Psychiatrist Dr. Nathan Mueller, Assistant Professor at University of California, Irvine. Twitter: @muellern||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPandemic State Of Mind||When you hear the word, pandemic, you might imagine an apocalyptic scenario in which our very existence is threatened. That might have been the case in the Middle Ages but today, pandemics are far less dangerous and more common than you think. The most recognized is flu as it is the only pandemic in recent times to affect our country. But there are others out there and they continue to spread under the radar. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, we take a look at pandemics. Starting with the flu, we talk with Dr. Earl Brown of the University of Ottawa to examine how these events begin and how we can use medicine to stop them in their tracks. We next talk with Dr. David Evans of the Univesity of Alberta to explore whether or not we may be able to make a pandemic virus in the lab. He has made headlines for making a virus entirely from mail order components but as we find out, it’s not as easy as it seems. In our SASS Class, we examine another pandemic threat – the melting permafrost. We can resurrect microbes and worms frozen for tens of thousands of years meaning we may unleash a pandora’s box of pathogenic pain. But Dr. Charles Greer of the National Research Council of Canada calms that fear and tells us about how the microbes in the frozen soil may help prevent a different type of pandemic – the global warming apocalypse. If you enjoy The Super Awesome Science Show, please take a minute to rate it on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts, tell us what you think and please tell a friend about the show. Twitter: @JATetro Email: email@example.com Guests: Dr. Earl Brown, Professor Emeritus at the University of Ottawa Dr. Dave Evans, Professor, University of Alberta Dr. Charles Greer, National Research Council of Canada||12/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPesty Eaters||Local exhibitions and fairs are known for their rides, games, and concerts. They are also known for introducing some pretty strange food items ranging from deep fried butter to 24 karat gold coated ice cream bars. Lately, there’s been a new kind of food to try in the form of insects. The idea of eating bugs may seem odd or macabre but these food choices are growing in popularity and have migrated from the midway to the grocery store. This movement is being led by The Goldin family, the owners of Entomo Farms in Ontario. They have gone national with their food products and are reaching out to other countries to improve food security. On this week’s episode of The Super Awesome Science Show, I talk with one of the brothers, Ryan, about the journey from insect farmers to Canada’s insect food provider. We also learn why insects may be a regular food choice of the future and may have a spot on Canada’s Food Guide. In our SASS class, we’ll explore the nutritional value of insects and learn how you can enjoy this food like you would a potato chip or biscotti. Follow Jason Tetro "Germ Guy" Twitter: @JATetro Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Guests: Ryan Goldin, co-owner of Entomo Farms in Norwood, Ontario Twitter: @entomofarms IG: entomofarms FB: EntomoFarms Website: entomofarms.com Silvia Ronzani and Claudio La Rocca of Camola Sustainable Foods in Edmonton FB: CamolaBakery Website: camolafoods.com||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWelcome to SASS||Jason Tetro, The Germ Guy, has been a researcher for decades. He has published scientific articles, hit conferences, and explored the natural world to uncover its hidden wonders. Now he's here to share those discoveries with you and a bit of SASS on the SUPER AWESOME SCIENCE SHOW! We're going to answer all your science questions. If it ends in “ology” we’ve got it covered – chemistry and physics too. We'll talk with experts, and share the vast knowledge that exists out there. We guarantee it will be an experience you won’t forget. In fact, you might even call it… SUPER AWESOME||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
SUPER AWESOME! Seriously, Jason is a pleasure to listen to as he so obviously enjoys learning about and discussing really amazing things. Definitely worth subscribing and keeping up to date!
Jason is great! Very knowledgeable and informative and also...SUPER AWESOME!
Loved the Pesty Eaters episode. Will be adding bugs to my diet now.