By Ainissa Ramirez of Science Underground
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Science Underground is a two-minute podcast hosted by TED speaker and scientist Ainissa Ramirez. By the time you sip your coffee or eat your cereal, Science Underground explains a science topic in a fun and understandable way. The show explores a range of topics—some that are pulled right from the headlines, others are topics you’ve been wanting to know. Ainissa interviews tops scientists and translates their work in everyday language--arming you with science nuggets for the next lunch table chat, water cooler klatch, or cocktail party. Each week there is a separate topic that can be listened to before class or when you have a brief moment to spare. The ideas will give you much to think about long after the podcast is over. New episodes are released on Sunday mornings. (Many topics align with NGSS.)
||CleanThe Science of Fireworks||Fireworks are a display of color and chemistry. Everyone loves fireworks, especially astronomers. Find out why.||7/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Fireflies Make New Medicines||Fireflies light up the summertime night, but the glowing molecules inside them are also used by scientists to make new drugs.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan We Make A Transporter?||Lots of technologies on Star Trek have become a reality. But what is missing is the transporter. Lawrence Krauss, physicist and author, sheds some light on the possibilities.||6/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Ketchup Hurry Up||Ketchup takes a long time to come out of the bottle. Fortunately, science has a few answers for how to help ketchup hurry up.||6/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZOMBEES||Honeybees are turning into zombie bees after a small fly injects a parasite into them. Scientists are asking everyone to report weird bees at zombeewatch.org.||6/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Animals Camouflage||Get ready to be introduced to nature's best master of disguise--the cuttlefish.||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmart Shirts||In the future, you will be able to download data from your shirt, which has electronics embedded in the fabric.||5/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Lightning Makes Magnets||When lightning bolts zap iron minerals they make magnets called lodestones. NASA scientists coax bolts to strike rocks using a trick from Ben Franklin.||5/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSay Cheese, Pandemic||There are special cameras, called thermal cameras, that can detect heat. These cameras are the first defense against threats and diseases.||5/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSaving Monarch Butterflies||Twenty years ago, there were a billion monarch butterflies. Now, there are less than 10 percent of them left. Their disappearance is linked to a weed.||5/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeat Grown in a Lab||Scientists can now grow beef outside of the cow. In the not-so-distant future, you might get your burger from a beaker.||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Animals Gossip||Imagine if we could talk to the animals. To do so, we will have to think about time differently.||4/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Plants Know Which Way Is Up||Seeds that are buried deep in the soil need to figure out which way their roots and stem should go. Ends up they have special cells to tell them what's up.||4/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBubbles that Print||Deep in your ink jet printer are millions of explosions, which cause bubbles that help you print.||4/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpace Suit Secrets||Astronauts wear special suits so that they can work many hours in space. Find out about a special accessory they wear, which is very useful if they drank too much Tang in the morning.||3/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInvisibility Cloaks||Scientists have made invisibility cloaks in the laboratory. What does it take to make something invisible? A bit of brain trickery.||3/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAs Sweet As Pi||Pi is the mysterious number of 3.14 that keeps our appliances running, our GPS going, and our clocks ticking. This number is pretty sweet.||3/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Atoms Keep Time||We keep time by measuring repeating patterns, like a swinging pendulum or the earth's rotation. But, the best way to measure time is with atoms inside atomic clocks.||3/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Frog's Legs Helped Make the Oscars Possible||In the 1700s, a scientist was dissecting frogs and found the legs twitched when touched with his tools. This freaky experiment allows us to make golden statues and get power from batteries.||2/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking a Phone Call in Ancient Africa||To send messages over long distances, the ancients used a drum. Recently, scientists have discovered how drum beats travel for miles with the help of the surface of the Nile.||2/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Science of Chocolate||Chocolate is tasty chemistry. What takes weeks to prepare, takes moments to enjoy. The steps from tree to your tongue are described.||2/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConcussions||Concussions seem to be in the news lately. A leading expert explains what is going on in the brain during a concussion.||2/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHigh Tech High Heels||The design of the high heel shoe is over a century old. However, there are new materials and modern technologies that can make shoes more comfortable. Fashion engineers are on a mission to rescue hurting feet.||1/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy is Snow White?||Water is clear, but snow is white. Light dances on the snowflake edges creating this white color.||1/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Lakes Create Blizzards||Cold dry air from Canada traveling over clear lakes are the ingredients for a miserable winter.||1/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Science Behind the Gateway Arch||The Gateway Arch is a beautiful example of the marriage between materials and mathematics. The secret behind this monument's longevity is revealed.||1/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Skinny on Fat||Our waistlines are increasing partly because of our modern diet, but also because of our Stone Age bodies. Back then, food was rare. Now? Not so much.||1/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLight From Sand||LEDs are small lights that come from a material that is under your feet at the beach--sand. The uses of LEDs are almost as numerous as the grains of sand that make them.||12/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThis Is Your Brain on CTE||Boston University's Dr. Robert Stern tells us about a brain disease that has been in the news recently -- CTE.||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy Snowflakes Have Six Sides||Snowflakes have six sides. The answer to why can be found in your local supermarket in a stack of oranges.||12/20/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Origami Saves Lives||Origami is the ancient art of paper folding. Today, origami can be seen in pizza boxes and fancy napkins, but it can also save your life in a car accident.||12/13/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Chameleons Change Color||The colors we see in a chameleon's skin is not really what it seems. Their skin is playing with light in the same way soap bubbles do.||12/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMolecules That Heat The Planet||Sitting in a hot car is the same thing that is happening to the earth. Molecules are trapping heat and warming the planet. If we all work together we can stop this trend.||11/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaste With Your Nose||While we think the tongue is responsible for taste, actually the nose has a nose for it. Food without your nose would be pretty boring.||11/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Bubbles Catch Comets||Soap bubbles are not just for kids. Foams can help you from spilling your coffee and can help scientists understand the origin of our solar system.||11/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTires From Lettuce||There are 2 billion tires sold every year and each takes several gallons of oil to make it. Scientists have found an unusual source of natural rubber that is hidden in your salad.||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Leaves Change Color||The secret for how leaves change color is uncovered. Find out how yellow and orange colors are made and how they are made differently from the reds and the purple colors. The best tree to see in the fall is also revealed.||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFootball Science with Jerry Rice||NFL legend Jerry Rice discovered something that perplexes rocket scientists. The football looks different if thrown by a left-handed or right-handed quarterback and will drift off its target. The reason? The spin.||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntro to Science Underground||The host of Science Underground invites you to explore the wonders of the world and to get back in touch with your inner scientist. Welcome the the Underground ... Science Underground.||11/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Short but sweet!
Very well-produced and insightful podcast about science. Add it to your list for your school-aged kids. At 2 minutes, you don’t have to worry about short attention spans.
What an awesome idea!
It's short and packed with fascinating information. Can't wait to hear more! I'll be sure to pass this along to all my friends with kids!
Excellent and fun!
Dr Ramirez does a wonderful job of tying together what we see every day (football pass) and why this works. On top of this she makes it easy to understand! Enjoyed these 2 minutes very much - a must listen to for all school aged children!!!