Cinema Science Podcast: Scientists Chat About Their Favorite Movies and Shows
S02E02:Cloning in Jurassic Park: What Came First, the Egg or the Dinosaur?

S02E02:Cloning in Jurassic Park: What Came First, the Egg or the Dinosaur?

October 18, 2020

Jurassic Park is a classic favorite of many scientists. Except for Anne, who apparently still hasn't seen the movie to this day! In this episode, Scientist Becca Mellema teaches us how to make a dinosaur using cloning techniques! Well... not exactly. But we do talk about the awesomeness of gene editing, the ethics of cloning, and debate what creature laid the dinosaur eggs at the park.

Check out Becca's blog: http://gettingthesciencewrite.com/

Follow Becca on Twitter: @beccmel2

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S02E01Time Perception & Dredd: Why Zoom Meetings Last Forever

S02E01Time Perception & Dredd: Why Zoom Meetings Last Forever

October 18, 2020

We are BACK for Season 2! We're starting our season with a quick (maybe?) episode on Dredd. Neuroscience graduate student Kevin Huang walks us through this dystopian future by teaching us how bees perceive time, why the good times end early, and why meetings feel like they take forever!

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E15 Fight Club: How Media Depicts Schizophrenia

S01E15 Fight Club: How Media Depicts Schizophrenia

June 10, 2019

Fight Club is riddled with commentary on modern society, and it's explosive ending suggested a main character with schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder. But is the movie's depiction of multiple personalities accurate or even fair? Neuroscientist Jenifer Einstein joins us in this season finale to help us understand these disorders, the psychology of economics, what the heck synaptic plasticity means, and how she would fund her own "Project Mayhem."

**Follow Jenifer on Twitter! @AerialNeuroSci

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E14 Black Mirror: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Awkward Feelings

S01E14 Black Mirror: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, & Awkward Feelings

April 16, 2019

With our ever evolving technology, Black Mirror addresses the potential dark future of our society's relationship with advanced technology. We discuss "all the cool dark science" (as Anne puts it) in this television series. Dr. Marsa Taheri helps us understand the difference between artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, how a robot could creep us out, and what technology presented in Black Mirror she would most likely use and stay away from. 

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E13 Game of Thrones: Game of Poison

S01E13 Game of Thrones: Game of Poison

March 19, 2019

This is our second episode in a two part series on neurotoxins! Check out Episode 12 where we talk about Toxic Shark and toxins from an evolutionary perspective. In this episode, we summarized all of Game of Thrones to Anne, who has never seen the show. Ana Santos joins us to help us understand how poisons work, why we study poisons in the lab, why it's exciting to eat a Puffer Fish, and what venomous or poisonous creature best represents her.

 

S01E12 Toxic Shark: Venom, Toxins, and Snail Bros

S01E12 Toxic Shark: Venom, Toxins, and Snail Bros

March 5, 2019

This is the first episode in a two-part special on neurotoxins! We watched Toxic Shark, a trashterpiece comparable to Sharknado. Peter joins us to help us better understand the difference between poison vs venom, how he'd become best friends with an immortal snail bro, what toxins can do to your brain, and his endless supply of puns!

To learn more, check out our website: cinemasciencepodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

 
 
S01E11 Walking Dead Cows: IRL Zombie Diseases

S01E11 Walking Dead Cows: IRL Zombie Diseases

February 18, 2019

The Walking Dead portrays the complexities of life following a zombie apocalypse. Naturally, chaos ensues, but how dangerous are zombies... really? Evan teaches us about zombie-like diseases that occur in real life, why zombies eat, what to do if you see a drooling deer, and how he would survive a zombie apocalypse. Diseases discussed include: mad cow disease, Dengue, tetanus toxin, rabies, and cerebral malaria.

To learn more, check out our website: cinemasciencepodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E10 Avatar: Exoskeletons Made out of Washing Machines

S01E10 Avatar: Exoskeletons Made out of Washing Machines

February 5, 2019

James Cameron's epic science fiction film Avatar was a breakthrough in 3D technology when it was released. In it, Jake Sully is a parapalegic former marine who takes control of an Avatar to explore a planet that is essentially a... brain. In this episode, Deeptha joins us to help us learn about spinal cords, what happens when they become damaged, how closely related we are to zebrafish, and whether or not you can (and should) make a tiger avatar. We also debate whether Heidi should continue creating an avatar in her basement or switch to making an exoskeleton out of washing machine parts.  

To learn more, check out our website: cinemasciencepodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E09 A Quiet Place: A Parent’s Dream World of Silent Monopoly

S01E09 A Quiet Place: A Parent’s Dream World of Silent Monopoly

January 22, 2019

If they hear you, they hunt you. We watched the movie A Quiet Place in which a post-apocalyptic world of silence is overrun by creatures that hunt using sound. A bearded-John Krasinski and his family navigate this quiet world, surviving games of Monopoly, grain silos, and babies. Bioengineering Graduate Student Marta Iversen joins us to help us understand how we hear, how hearing aids and cochlear implants work, and how hearing compares to a cat.

To learn more, check out our website: cinemasciencepodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Interested in SciComm science writing? Contact Ari on Twitter @endairatena or email us at cinemasciencecast@gmail.com!

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative.

S01E08: Rick & Morty: Voles, Dogs, & Love Potions

S01E08: Rick & Morty: Voles, Dogs, & Love Potions

January 8, 2019

Rick and Morty: Rick Potion #9, Rick creates a love serum for Morty to use at the school dance; as per usual, a mantis-disaster occurs leading to a world of hurt and destruction. Rick confesses the delicate balance of designing a love potion, but what does neuroscientist Joshua Barrios think? In this episode, Josh talks about monogamous voles, whether petting your dog can cause oxytocin release, and what combination of species' DNA he would use to create the most dangerous animal possible.

To learn more, check out our website: cinemasciencepodcast.com

Follow us on Twitter: @CinemaSciCast

Theme Music by Kagan Breitenbach, @krbreitenbach

Edited by Eli Ramsey, @TheVikingBear__

Co-Hosted by Heidi Febinger, @PandaBumHah

Co-Hosted by Anne Gibson, @HubbleGibson

Interested in SciComm science writing? Contact Ari on Twitter @endairatena or email us at cinemasciencecast@gmail.com!

Cinema Science was graciously funded by the University of Utah Neuroscience Initiative. 

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