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Episode 11: Game of Thrones - The Biology of Dragons

Episode 11: Game of Thrones - The Biology of Dragons

May 26, 2019

NO LAST SEASON SPOILERS! In this episode, we explore the biology of the dragons of Game of Thrones. We interview Dr. Bret Tobalske, Director of the University of Montana Flight Laboratory. We chat about the evolution and biomechanics of flight, the physiology of large reptiles and the biology of fire breathing. I'm joined in The Lab by special guest co-host, actor and comedian Ted Limpert. Check out the latest and greatest of TBOSP!

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Episode 10: The Immortal Iron Fist - Biology of a Living Weapon

Episode 10: The Immortal Iron Fist - Biology of a Living Weapon

April 16, 2019

In this episode, we explore the biology of Danny Rand, AKA The Immortal Iron Fist! We dig into biomechanics of extreme movement, compensating for extreme forces and evolutionary tradeoffs of extreme performance. We chat with Dr. Sheila Patek of Duke University, who studies evolutionary biomechanics to get the lowdown on The Protector of K’un-Lun and nature’s real life Iron Fist, the mantis shrimp. How fast is the fastest strike in the Tree of Life? What would happen if The Iron Fist punched Luke Cage? Is it even possible to generate light and heat with a single punch? Take a listen a find out!

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Episode 9: Evolution and Genetics in the Star Trek Universe

Episode 9: Evolution and Genetics in the Star Trek Universe

February 2, 2019

In this episode, we take a look at the Star Trek Universe! We explore evolution, genetics, the search for intelligent alien life and interspecies boot-knocking. We chat with Dr. Mohamed Noor of Duke University, an evolutionary geneticist and author of Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek can teach us about Evolution, Genetics and Life on Other Worlds. Could alien nanobots actually evolve? Is it possible that Captain Kirk has illegitimate alien babies running around the galaxy? Take a listen a find out!

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Minisode: TPWKY Zombie Crossover (Alternate Ending)

Minisode: TPWKY Zombie Crossover (Alternate Ending)

January 19, 2019

Because we just can't get enough of The Erins, we had to post this alternate ending to our epic crossover with This Podcast Will Kill You. The Erins nerd out with us about superpowers and send us all back to the wonderful memories 90's young adult scifi. Just...the...best

Episode 8: Venom - The Biology of Extremophiles and Symbiosis

Episode 8: Venom - The Biology of Extremophiles and Symbiosis

December 9, 2018

In this episode we take a look at Spiderman's longtime nemesis, Venom. We explore the character's origins, what it would take to survive on an asteroid headed towards earth and the amazing biological phenomena that can result from symbiotic relationships. We interview Dr. Heather Olins, whose research focuses on the biology of marine extremophiles and Dr. John McCutcheon who studies symbiosis in the natural world.  Take a listen and enjoy!

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Episode 7: The Walking Dead- Biology of the Zombie Apocalypse

Episode 7: The Walking Dead- Biology of the Zombie Apocalypse

October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween! This episode is one part of a very special 2-part crossover event with This Podcast Will Kill You. We chat with Dr. Erin Welsh and Dr. Erin Allmann-Updyke about death, epidemics and behavior manipulating parasites. How do we diagnose death? What happens in our bodies after we die? Is it possible that parasites could manipulate rotting corpses to feast on the unsuspecting masses? Take a listen and find out!!!

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Episode 6: Jurassic Park (Part 2) - The Biology of Ancient Communication

Episode 6: Jurassic Park (Part 2) - The Biology of Ancient Communication

October 11, 2018

We're back!!! In this episode we sit down with Dr. Evan Kingsley, a developmental biologist at Harvard Medical School, to chat about dinosaur sounds. What did dinosaurs sound like and how can we learn about animal sounds from millions of years ago? Take a listen and find out!

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Episode 5: Evolution of Weapons in the Comic book Multiverse

Episode 5: Evolution of Weapons in the Comic book Multiverse

May 6, 2018

This episode comes to you live from the historic Roxy Theatre in Missoula, MT as part of the 41st Annual International Wildlife Film Festival. We were able to chat with Dr. Doug Emlen, professor of biology at University of Montana and author of Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle. We talk about the parallels between weapons in the comic book multivese and those that have evolved across the tree of life. Camouflage, horns, claws, and human technology - we've got you covered. Enjoy!

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Episode 4: Jurassic Park (Part 1) - The Biology of De-extinction

Episode 4: Jurassic Park (Part 1) - The Biology of De-extinction

March 9, 2018

In this episode we talk about Jurassic Park and the science of de-extinction. We chat with evolutionary biologist and MacArthur Fellow, Dr. Beth Shapiro. She tells us all about the possibilities, complications and ethical dilemmas of bringing back ancient and extinct species. Can we get dino DNA? How would we use it to create a living, breathing animal? What are the dangers of this kind of technology? Check it out!

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Episode 3: The Flash of Two Worlds - Fate, Chance and Evolution in the Multiverse

Episode 3: The Flash of Two Worlds - Fate, Chance and Evolution in the Multiverse

February 1, 2018

Earth 1's Barry Allen meets Earth 2's Jay Garrick in a classic showdown of speedsters! How did evolution play out on their respective worlds to get such similar results? We talk with Dr. Jonathan Losos, evolutionary biologist and author of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution to get some insights! Check it out!

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