Nicklas Brendborg on Jellyfish Age Backwards

Books on Pod with Trey Elling | 19 July 2022 | 0h 54m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Nicklas Brendborg about his book Jellyfish Age Backwards: Nature’s Secrets to Longevity. Discusses why we age, a jellyfish that ages backwards, large animals outliving small ones, genetics and lifespan, why eradicating major diseases doesn’t extend lifespans much, hormesis, the epigenetic clock, whether old people benefit from young blood transfusions, the microbiome and aging, fecal transplants, caloric restriction, insulin and the aging process, and exercise.

Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces

Science for the People | 8 July 2022 | 1h 00m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Laurie Winkless about her book Sticky: The Secret Science of Surfaces. Discusses the science of surfaces and stickiness, using examples from nature such as geckos to describe how they generate their stickiness.

Ed Yong on How Animals Sense the World

Sean Carroll’s Mindscape | 20 June 2022 | 1h 09m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Ed Yong about his book An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us. Discusses examples of the different sensory modalities that animals have, from echolocation to direct sensing of electric fields, and considers what those different capabilities might mean for the animal’s-eye (and -ear, etc.) view of the world.

Human Mind: Into The Unknown with Richard Dawkins

Conversations with Coleman | 30 April 2022 | 0h 51m | Listen Later | Podcasts | Spotify
Interview with Richard Dawkins discussing technological progress, whether race is a social construct or biological reality, the mystery of consciousness, the concept of a meme, religion and its relationship to a happy life, whether wokeness plays the role of a religion in people’s lives, and advice for up and coming scientists.

Architects of the Underworld

Many Minds | 19 January 2022 | 0h 58m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Walter Tschinkel about his book Ant Architecture: The Wonder, Beauty, and Science of Underground Nests. Discusses the notion of ant colonies as superorganisms; how he developed his nest-casting technique; where the blueprint for an ant nest resides, whether ants might appreciate the beauty of their own nests; the scientific process – the joys of low-tech problem solving, the importance of negative results, and the pleasure of pursuing a good scientific mystery.

Purely By Coincidence

The Remnant with Jonah Goldberg | 16 November 2021 | 1h 07m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the evidence that covid-19 could have emerged from a lab, the implications for virological research, how to prepare for future pandemics, science more generally, and climate change.

COVID, Innovation, and Optimism with Matt Ridley

The James Altucher Show | 23 November 2021 | 1h 14m | Listen Later | iTunes | Spotify
Interview with Matt Ridley about his book Viral: The Search for the Origin of COVID-19, co-authored with Alina Chan. Discusses the purpose, and journey of writing the book against the context of his earlier books, especially The Rational Optimist. Considers whether we should be optimistic about the pandemic, whether anything good will come out of it, and why it is so hard to look for the origin of the virus.