Science Decoded

Science Decoded

We interview the scientists behind the studies and find out how they did them! Science Decoded is the official podcast of Sciworthy.com. Sciworthy is a non-profit science explainer website full of easy to understand articles that summarize published studies. We satisfy the curiosity of knowledge seekers for whom scientific journal articles are too technical, but find science news to be too biased or superficial.

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September 2, 2021 35 min

In this episode Dr. Jonathan Nassi, Senior Director of Translational Science at Inscopix Inc, joins Science Decoded to discuss his recent paper on brain imaging in non-human primates. The goal of Dr. Nassi's study is to bridge a gap in brain imaging. Brain imaging traditionally has been done at the micro scale, or sub-cellular level, and at the macro scale, which gives a zoomed-out view of the brain. To observe the brain at a s...

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This episode discusses the use of data processing to categorize stars. Dr. Anamaria Berea joins our host Justin to talk about her recently published paper on the language of stars. Dr. Berea has studied communication and data science for many years, and uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) data to shed light on the different languages that stars use. NLP is a branch of computer science focused on giving Artificial Intelligence th...

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Magic mushrooms for science! Dr. Natasha Mason, psychopharmacologist at Maastricht University, joins Science Decoded with a new study on psilocybin. After defining the term creativity, researchers measured the brain activity of participants under the influence of psilocybin using fMRI machines. How does brain activity change when on psilocybin? Does the brain create more or better cognitive connections? How does creativity change d...

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This month we interview Dr. Kiran Musunuru, professor and genetics researcher from University of Pennsylvania, and find out about his impressive results in mice that show promise for using CRISPR, the gene editing technology, to prevent cardiovascular disease in humans. His website is here: https://www.kiranmusunuru.com/

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In this episode, Justin chats with Dr. William Bain, assistant professor of medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine department. We were all excited to ask him about how you can actually see the coronavirus in living tissue!

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In this episode, Justin sits down with Dr. Adrienne Wootten, who studies the uncertainty in climate models at University of Oklahoma and the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. She breaks down what this uncertainty means for regional climate models using her 2021 paper, "Statistically downscaled precipitation sensitivity to gridded observation data and downscaling technique." These models are used for tons of t...

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Justin sits down with Dr. Darwin Guevarra from University of Michigan to talk about his recent study on using placebos to help anxious people better regulate their emotions during stress. The crazy thing? The patients KNEW it was a sugar pill, and it STILL worked! So how could that be? Find out from listening to this fascinating episode.

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Can chemicals evolve, even though they aren't technically alive on their own? In this episode, Justin and his guest Lena Vincent, a PhD candidate at University of Wisconsin, dives into the deep questions about what life is and how she studies this through chemistry!

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This episode was recorded back in January 2021. Dr. Jennifer Bailey at University of Washington in Seattle tells us about her research with families, children, and adolescents in the wake of marijuana legalization on the West coast. Do kids smoke more weed now? Are there social and family factors that influence the decision? Is weed REALLY a "gateway drug" to the hard stuff as they told us in the 90s? A fascinating and enjo...

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This episode explores the effects of exposure to anesthesia in child hood and adolescence on how the brain processes alcohol later in life. Who would have thought that undergoing surgery as a youngster might impact your relationship with alcohol as an adult? Listen to this fascinating interview with Dr. Justine Landin to discuss her paper on this topic, titled "General anesthetic exposure in adolescent rats causes persistent ma...

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If there was oxygen on a far away planet, how would we know? This episode features D.r Thomas Fauchez, and we discuss his study "Sensitive probing of exoplanetary oxygen via mid-infrared collisional absorption" that was published in Nature Astronomy in January of 2020. He talks about some of the simulations scientists use to figure out how to detect gasses on exoplanets!

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