Science Vs

There are a lot of fads, blogs and strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE. Science Vs is the show from Gimlet Media that finds out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. We do the hard work of sifting through all the science so you don't have to. This season we tackle alcohol, fasting diets, DNA tests, race and the fertility cliff.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 36m. Bisher sind 92 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts
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episode 1: The Dinosaur Explosion


Why are there so many new, weird dinosaurs? Friend of the show Joel Werner goes down the rabbit hole, and finds a surprising answer. He speaks to paleontologists Dr. Steve Brusatte and Dr. Jonathan Tennant. Listen to Joel’s podcast The Sum Of All Parts here:  https://ab.co/2YujtzU. 

Science Vs will be back in September with a brand new season!

Credits: This story came from the podcast the Sum of All Parts which is produced and hosted by Joel Werner...


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episode 13: SHARKS!!!


Are sharks the super-predators we think they are? Or have we been baited with great white lies? To find out, we interviewed shark researchers Dr. Taylor Chapple, Dr. Tricia Meredith and Dr. Chris Pepin-Neff, along with surfer Mike Wells.

Check out the full transcript here. 

Selected references: 

  • Tricia’s shark smelling study: https://bit.ly/2F4Osqr
  • Chris’s book “Flaws”: https://bit.ly/2IGKe9B
  • Tiger shark study here: https://bit...


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 14 June 2019  42m
 
 

episode 12: How Bad Science Killed A President


When President Garfield was shot by an assassin in 1881, the best and brightest in medicine and science did everything they could to save him - and turned the President into a human guinea pig. But they missed something big, that could have saved him. To find out what it was, we spoke to surgeon and medical historian Dr Ira Rutkow, and Sara Murphy - collections manager at the National Museum of American History.

To find out more about this story, read Dr Ira Rutkow’s book - James A...


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 06 June 2019  31m
 
 

episode 11: Peanuts: Public Enemy No. 1?


Peanut allergy in children has been on the rise since the 1990s. What’s to blame? We find a clue in a very unexpected place, and talk to pediatric allergist Prof. Gideon Lack.
Check out the full transcript here: https://bit.ly/2W7IwmA

Selected References: 

  • Gideon’s landmark 2015 study: https://bit.ly/2QsvOMv
  • The mouse rash study: https://bit.ly/2Mf6hZV
  • CDC’s report on rising skin and food allergies (1997-2011): https://bit...


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 31 May 2019  17m
 
 

episode 10: The Abortion Underground


Before Roe v. Wade, there were thousands of illegal abortions in the U.S. every year. Some of these were incredibly dangerous; women would use knitting needles or coat hangers to end pregnancies. This, and other illegal methods, could lead to injury or death. In the 1970s, one group of women got fed up and decided to take women's health into their own hands. We talk to “self-helpers” Carol Downer and Francie Hornstein, who led a movement for safe abortions and education for women by women...


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 24 May 2019  37m
 
 

episode 9: Placebo: Can the Mind Cure You?


Could fake medicine actually take away your pain or treat a disease? We dig into the science of placebos to find out more about the power of the mind to heal. We speak to medical researcher Prof. Ted Kaptchuk, neuroscientist Prof. Fabrizio Benedetti and medical psychologist Prof. Manfred Schedlowski.

Check out the full transcript here: https://bit.ly/2Jrb3Rj 

Selected References: 

  • Great summary paper on placebo: https://bit...


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 10 May 2019  32m
 
 

episode 7: Vaccines: Time for a Booster Shot [Rebroadcast]


Autism, seizures, and overloaded immune systems - could these really be side effects of vaccines? From the archives, we bring back our dive into the science to find out how safe vaccines really are. We spoke to public health researchers Prof. Dan Salmon and Prof. Amy Kalkbrenner and neurologist Prof. Ingrid Scheffer.


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 02 May 2019  39m
 
 

episode 7: Fertility Cliff: Is It Real?


We’re often told to have kids quickly, before our biological clock strikes and we fall off the fertility cliff. This week we find out it’s that’s true for women or men. And if the cliff is real, can you do anything about it, like freezing your eggs? Plus, the sperm-aggedon! We speak to epidemiologist Prof. Lauren Wise, reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Mary Sabatini, and andrologist Prof. Allan Pacey.

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 26 April 2019  43m
 
 

episode 6: Race: Can We See It In Our DNA?


For decades, we've heard that race is a social and cultural idea — not scientific. But with the changing world of genetics, is race science back? We speak to sociologist Prof. Dorothy Roberts, evolutionary biologist Prof. Joseph L. Graves Jr. and psychological methodologist Prof. Jelte Wicherts.
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 19 April 2019  35m
 
 

episode 5: DNA Kits: Can You Trust Them?


Millions of people are sending off their DNA to companies like Ancestry.com and 23andme to find out where they come from, and what diseases they might get. But how much can you trust these DNA kits? To find out, we speak to anthropologist Prof. Jonathan Marks and geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford.

Check out the full transcript here. 

Selected references: 

  • This academic paper on genetic ancestry testing
  • Ancestry...


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 12 April 2019  38m