The Science Pawdcast

Jason Zackowski

The Science Pawdcast breaks down the latest science happening in the human world AND the pet world.
Each episode will also bring you a guest to enthral you with their area of knowledge.
You'll learn, be captivated, and laugh along with host Jason Zackowski.
Pets and Science, it's the pawfect mix.

You'll also get episodes of SciChat and PetChat which are the live shows from social audio.
SciChat has an interview and Q+A with a scientist, while PetChat is a live community gathering for games and stories about pets!
For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!

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Season 6 Episode 5: Striped Fish, Men and Dogs, and Sniffing out Science with Kayla Fratt
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Season 6 Episode 5: Striped Fish, Men and Dogs, and Sniffing out Science with Kayla Fratt
Leap into a world where science meets companionship, and the wag of a tail leads to a conservation revolution. Join us as we marvel at the astonishing Striped Marlin, whose high-speed chases and vivid color changes captivate our imaginations. Then, we pivot to our terrestrial friends, revealing how studies show a man's four-legged companion might just influence women's perceptions more than a snazzy profile. Our expert guest, PhD candidate Kayla Fratt, enriches our discussion with her profound insights on canine behaviors and their intersection with human psychology.In the heart of our episode, we trek into the wilderness with the co-founder of Canine Conservationists, unraveling their story from a nature-filled childhood to training dogs that sniff out wildlife scat for science. These canine heroes, many rescued from shelters, are not just pets but partners in preserving our planet's diverse tapestry of life. Their exceptional olfactory skills are not just fascinating—they're essential to collecting data that paints a clearer picture of our natural world, all without disturbing a single leaf.And for those who cherish the cold nose and warm heart of a pet during the winter's frost, we share personal anecdotes that bring laughter and a shared sense of the joy and challenges our furry family members present. So, bundle up and tune in for an episode that promises to be as heartwarming as it is enlightening!Kayla's Links:TwitterWebsiteBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
February 2024 Science Round Up: From Micro-Vertebrates to Moon Landers
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February 2024 Science Round Up: From Micro-Vertebrates to Moon Landers
Prepare to embark on a scientific odyssey with us, your hosts Jason and Kris Zakowski, along with Bunsen and Beaker, the Science Dogs, guiding you through a universe of discoveries that span from earth-shattering medical innovations to the far reaches of outer space. This episode promises to test your grey matter with a live interactive Kahoot game, where we uncover the smallest vertebrates and touch on the unexpected benefits of weight loss drugs. Buckle up for tales of lunar landings gone awry, as we recount the Odysseus Moon Lander Incident and celebrate the quick thinking of Intuitive Machines, ensuring their place in space exploration annals.Feel the pulse of our digital era as we navigate the tangled web of social media's effects on teenagers, illuminated by recent Congressional sessions with Mark Zuckerberg. Examine the fine line between its advantages and the rising concerns over mental health. From the classrooms of British Columbia to home living rooms, we explore the challenge of keeping our youth safe and balanced in a connected world. Then, marvel at medical marvels that reimagine the fight against cancer and aging, alongside the cosmic bounty hauled back from asteroid Bennu by the Osiris-Rex spacecraft, offering a treasure trove of secrets about the origins of our solar system.Concluding this adventure, we share the heartwarming success of a CAR T-cell transplant, bringing new hope to cancer patients everywhere. Thanks for listening!Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat February 24 2024: Coyote Tales, Dog Training, and Rolling Bone Magazine Spotlight
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Pet Chat February 24 2024: Coyote Tales, Dog Training, and Rolling Bone Magazine Spotlight
Get ready to unleash the inner superstar of your four-legged friend with our latest podcast episode! We're rolling out the red carpet for pet lovers and science enthusiasts alike, as we introduce the uproarious new spoof magazine, Rolling Bone, and share how you can feature your pet in its pages. As a special treat, we reminisce about the time Bunsen and Beaker turned heads and warmed hearts, demonstrating the undeniable charm pets bring to the educational sphere, even amidst the chaotic backdrop of a teachers' convention.Venture into the wild as we unravel the mysteries of coyotes and their elusive coywolf cousins, taking you on a suspenseful recount of a close encounter that had our heroes Bunsen and Beaker springing into action. This episode isn't just about hair-raising tales; it's also packed with laughs, community insights, and the infectious joy of dog walks – even Ginger gets in on the fun with her backpack antics! You won't want to miss Dr. Tracy's expert knowledge on Eastern Coyotes, adding a layer of depth to our fascinating discussion that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for these adaptive creatures.As we wrap up, the conversation turns to the practical, with some indispensable dog training advice that might just make your life with your furry friend a little smoother. From mastering the 'place' command to understanding the importance of puppy socialization, we've got you covered. Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 6 Episode 4: Fusion Power, Fish Tanks, and The Heart of Veterinary Care with Dr. Melanie Butera
23-02-2024
Season 6 Episode 4: Fusion Power, Fish Tanks, and The Heart of Veterinary Care with Dr. Melanie Butera
Have you ever wondered about the emotional depths of your furry companions or the latest in scientific breakthroughs? Join us on a heartwarming and intellectually stimulating journey where we bridge the gap between the compassionate world of veterinary care and the cutting-edge advancements of science. This week, we're sharing the stage with Dr. Melanie Butera, who brings the touching story of a deer named Dilley to life, a tale that captured hearts worldwide and emphasizes the profound connections between animals and humans.Our conversation with Dr. Butera delves into the realities of being a veterinarian, the emotional rollercoaster of saving lives, and the unforgettable Christmas Eve rescue that will leave you reaching for the tissues. But it's not all tears—we're also unpacking the thrilling success of the National Ignition Facility's fusion experiment, equipped with diamond capsules and an army of lasers. And for a lighter note, find out how even a simple workplace fish tank can have a surprisingly soothing effect on your day.Expect laughter and perhaps a new perspective on the world around you as we recount Bunsen and Beaker's adventures in and out of the classroom, revealing the untold benefits of dogs in educational environments. From the poignant to the peculiar, this episode is a tapestry of stories that celebrate the spirit of discovery and the unbreakable bond we share with our pets!Dille the DeerLink 2Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat February 18th: Bunsen and Beaker in the Big City and other Tales!
19-02-2024
Pet Chat February 18th: Bunsen and Beaker in the Big City and other Tales!
Welcome to another heartwarming adventure with the Zackowski clan, where pets are not just animals, but family, teachers, and comedians rolled into one!  This episode is brimming with tales from the Calgary Teachers Convention, where our science dogs Bunsen and Beaker stole the show, to the hilarity of a service dog Easter egg hunt that showcased just how much fun our canine companions can be.Valentine's Day might have come and gone, but the love stories we share here are timeless, featuring a viral video that swept our community off their feet. Tune in to hear about the dynamics between our furry friends - how Bunsen keeps his cool amidst Beaker's playful energy and Ginger the cat's successful, yet cheeky, attempts at scoring a second breakfast. Our listeners also chime in with their pets' clever antics, proving that our four-legged pals are much more than just cute faces; they're masterminds at melting hearts and bending rules.Lastly, we tackle the essential topic of choosing the perfect dog breed for families with special needs children. Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 6 Episode 3: Toddlers, AI, Reading to Dogs, and Invasive Microplastics with Dr. Imari Walker-Franklin
18-02-2024
Season 6 Episode 3: Toddlers, AI, Reading to Dogs, and Invasive Microplastics with Dr. Imari Walker-Franklin
Imagine the world through the eyes of a toddler, where every sight and sound is a piece of an intricate language puzzle.  Our journey begins with a look into how AI might mimic these tiny linguists, based on a study that is both intriguing and a bit unsettling. While pondering the potential of AI, we'll weave in stories of my niece's son Raffy's adorable encounters with our faithful dogs, Bunsen and Beaker, and offer a glimpse of the wholesome pet research I'm bringing to the Calgary Teachers Convention. Expect to chuckle at a bad joke or two about AI's internet escapades - because, who doesn't enjoy a little humor mixed with their science? Together with Dr. Imari Walker Franklin, our amazing guest, we'll unravel the complex threads of microplastic pollution, its health implications, and their insidious journey from our textiles to the peaks of Everest.As we wrap up, let's reflect on the pressing reality of plastic pollution with a critical eye towards the ineffective recycling rates and the symbols of environmental neglect scattered around us. Sharing insights and personal commitments towards sustainability, we'll explore how each of us can contribute to the fight against this crisis. No family section this week, but it will be back with a ton of heart and humor before you can shake your tail!Dr. Imari's links:  Twitter (X)Social Links and Website LinksBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat February 10th: Paws, Purrs, and Pet Antics
13-02-2024
Pet Chat February 10th: Paws, Purrs, and Pet Antics
As the sun rises on a new day, our hearts and homes are filled with the pitter-patter of paws, the essence of today's Pet Chat episode. Picture this: Ginger the cat, gallivanting alongside us on family walks, Bunsen and Beaker, our science dogs, reveling in the unique complexities of dog ownership, and Pedro Pascal, the newest canine sensation who's already carving out a special place in our community. We dive tail first into the mishaps and marvels that pet ownership brings to our lives, from uproarious barking episodes disturbing the tranquility of the neighborhood to cozy Valentine's Day plans with our furry companions.What's a pet story without a dash of global spice? Listeners from every corner of the world chime in, sharing tales that tug at the heartstrings—like Sasha's touching health battles with her cat Fiona—and those that provoke chuckles, such as pets claiming beds as their rightful thrones. We offer a glimpse behind the curtain at the responsibility that comes with our animal friends, discussing the ins and outs of managing heat cycles and the technological aid of GPS trackers. Meanwhile, we're not just yapping about our own experiences; we're also taking action by inviting local councilors to step into the shoes—or wheels—of those facing accessibility issues, demonstrating our commitment to inclusivity for all, furry or otherwise.Wrapping up our pet-centric palaver, our live chat reveals the amusing underbelly of pet antics, such as bed hogging strategies and snow tunnel escapades. Not forgetting the human side of the equation, we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science, weaving the importance of this global event into our conversation. And as we share updates on Bunsen and Beaker's latest projects and look forward to future events, we laugh, we ponder, and we invite you to join us on this journey where every step—whether on four legs or two—is a step toward a more connected, compassionate world.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 6 Episode 2: Tardigrades, Noses and Baby Bears with Danielle Rivet
09-02-2024
Season 6 Episode 2: Tardigrades, Noses and Baby Bears with Danielle Rivet
This episode takes you through a whirlwind of fascinating science and heartwarming tales, starting with the remarkable tardigrades and their ability to slip into suspended animation to survive harsh conditions. Discover the molecular triggers that arm these micro-animals for survival, and how understanding their cryptobiosis could revolutionize future science. Switching to our furry friends, we also unravel a UK study's findings on the intriguing link between the length of a dog's face and its lifespan.The heart of this episode lies in the untamed wild, where Danielle Rivet joins us to share his expertise on polar bear behavior amidst an ever-changing environment. Feel the chill of the Arctic as you learn about the innovative use of trail cameras to study polar bears, revealing not only their behavior but also the unexpected biodiversity thriving in the Arctic. For Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Danielle's Links:TwitterWebsiteBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Science Chat: The Extraordinary Role of Detection Dogs in Wildlife Research
08-02-2024
Science Chat: The Extraordinary Role of Detection Dogs in Wildlife Research
Kayla Fratt joins us from the rugged wilderness of ecological conservation, bringing stories that transform our understanding of how dogs' incredible noses are not just for sniffing out treats, but are vital tools in wildlife research. As a PhD student and conservation detection dog specialist at Oregon State University, Kayla shares her journey from an animal-crazed kid to a trailblazer in utilizing canines for conservation efforts. Her tales of four-legged professionals navigating the field with GPS collars and doggles are not just fascinating—they're a testament to the unique bond between humans and their furry partners.Imagine a dog that can sniff out not just your hidden stash of cookies, but also elusive wildlife scat that's crucial for ecological studies—and yes, that's exactly what Kayla's canine colleagues do. Our conversation with her reveals the intricacies of training these talented pooches, balancing their lives as both working dogs and beloved pets. As Kayla describes the gear these dogs don and the importance of maintaining peak physical fitness for both handler and hound, it's clear that these conservation dogs are in a league of their own.We round off our chat with the heart-stopping excitement of Kayla's close encounter with a jaguar in Guatemala, bringing home the reality of the wild and often untold stories from the field. For those eager to be part of this dynamic and challenging world, Kayla invites you to explore the resources on Canine Conservationists and engage with her work through social media. Join us for an episode that is as educational as it is inspiring, highlighting the incredible contributions of our canine companions to the field of conservation.Kayla's Links: Twtter (X)WebsiteBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat February 3: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond
05-02-2024
Pet Chat February 3: Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond
When our beloved Beaker decided to give Ginger a surprise lick instead of their usual rambunctious romp, it was a moment that had to be shared. That's just a slice of the heartwarming, tail-wagging tales we unpacked on Pet Chat, where we bridge the gap between pet lovers worldwide. From the antics of trailblazing beavers caught on cam to the on-screen cuteness of Kuno and Chesnyy sporting their finest bandanas, we celebrated the furry and feathered friends that infuse our lives with joy and laughter.The magic of our global pet community came to life with Jamie from Australia recounting a cyclone's fury and the steadfast courage of her pets amidst the chaos. The resilience that animals exhibit in the face of adversity is simply awe-inspiring, and we felt honored to bring these stories to light. We journeyed through the maze of feline genetics, pondering over Benedict Cumberbatch the cat's weight loss success, and dispelled some of the myths surrounding cat adoptions, proving that every color, from calico to tabby, deserves a loving home.Training is not just about obedience; it's about connection and adaptability, as we learned from Marla and her rally-ready canines. Whether it's adjusting techniques for a deaf dog or navigating the intricate legislation surrounding service animals, we covered the ground on the patience and profound bond required in training dogs for various important roles. Join us for a heartfelt episode filled with laughter, shared experiences, and an undeniable celebration of the human-animal bond that shapes our lives in extraordinary ways.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 6 Episode 1: Teen Cannabis Use, Tail Wagging, and Golden Retriever Cancer
03-02-2024
Season 6 Episode 1: Teen Cannabis Use, Tail Wagging, and Golden Retriever Cancer
Embark on an enlightening journey as we unravel the mysteries of cannabis use among teens and the language of canine tail wags! We'll tackle the tough questions about THC potency, addiction, and mental health in young people, armed with fresh research that's bound to challenge your preconceptions.This season, we're delighted to welcome Dr. Kelly Diehl to our show, providing a deep dive into the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Her expertise illuminates the complex relationship between our furry friends' health and environmental factors, drawing invaluable parallels with landmark human studies. Wrap up with a dose of warmth and wit, celebrating the profound connections we share with our animal companions. We're here to foster that bond through stories that stir the soul, backed by the science that explains their world. Don't miss out on these groundbreaking insights and adorable anecdotes. Tune in for a season packed with discovery, where every episode promises to leave you better informed and more in tune with the pets that grace our lives.Golden Retriever Lifetime Study WebsiteBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat: Weathering the Storm with Wagging Tails, Winter Gear, and Wholesome Pet Tales
28-01-2024
Pet Chat: Weathering the Storm with Wagging Tails, Winter Gear, and Wholesome Pet Tales
Escaping a deluge at home, we're back on air with tails wagging and a tale of near disaster to share! The floodgates opened, but Pet Chat HQ and our gear were spared—cue collective sigh of relief. Our furry trio, Bunsen, Beaker, and Ginger, each coped in their own way, with Ginger providing comic relief amid the chaos of unboxing our Starlink system. We're broadcasting live across various platforms, and this episode is no exception, filled with pet shenanigans and heartwarming stories, including a guest from Scotland with a rescue that will tug at your heartstrings.As the mercury drops, we're bundling up and getting creative with canine cold-weather gear. Picture Beaker in suspender booties—yes, they're as adorable as they sound! And as we navigate the freeze, we're also keeping tabs on regional food safety warnings, ensuring our companions' meals are as safe as they are scrumptious. We even have a chuckle over South Park memes, which add a sprinkle of humor to the frosty conversation. And for the cat lovers, we're not just talking about booties and blizzards—we're diving into feline food preferences and the surprising findings of a cat behavior study.Finally, we're embracing the power of social media to bring our pet-loving community closer.   We wrap up with an eye to the future, looking forward to engaging SciChat sessions and a Starlink system that promises to keep our multicasting smooth as a kitten's fur. So, cozy up with your four-legged friend and join us for an episode that's a warm cuddle full of laughs, learning, and lots of pet love.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
January 6th Pet Chat: Tales from the Tank to the Home Office
07-01-2024
January 6th Pet Chat: Tales from the Tank to the Home Office
When our turtle Carl decided that sharing his tank was more drama than a reality TV show, we knew we had to get personal with our pet tales on this week's Pet Chat. This episode traverses the quirky world of our pets, from Bunsen the dog's elbow bump saga to the turtles' territorial disputes. Prepare to be charmed by anecdotes like Ginger the cat's unexpected vet visit prowess and laugh along with Kris' chilly escapades in the great outdoors – because family life with our furry and shelled companions is nothing short of a sitcom.Challenge your pet knowledge against Kris in our lively Kahoot quiz, and cozy up for heartwarming stories that showcase the incredible bonds we form with our animal friends. You'll hear about the innovative efforts of a paleontologist and her service dog braving the wilds of fieldwork, and we'll delve into the evolving dynamics of pets adapting to human presence at home – especially during these times when the home office has become the literal cat's pajamas for many of us. Plus, we'll shed light on the curious case of a cat who seems to prefer the company of one dog over another, proving that the politics of pet friendships are just as intricate as our own.Wrapping up, we don't shy away from the heavier topics. The episode spotlights the nuanced roles of support and service animals, breaking down their differences and the impact they make in workplaces and schools. Listen to the inspiring journey of Claire, a red lab with too much energy for her intended role, and how she still found her perfect place in the world. It's an episode filled with laughter, insights, and a sincere appreciation for the animals that grace our lives, as we navigate the sometimes messy, often hilarious, but always rewarding adventure of pet companionship.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Paws, Laughter, and Milestones: A Year in Review with Bunsen and Beaker
02-01-2024
Paws, Laughter, and Milestones: A Year in Review with Bunsen and Beaker
Hello, beloved pet enthusiasts! If you're ready to crack a smile or shed a happy tear, you've come to the right place. This episode is a treasure trove of tails and tales, featuring our science dogs, Bunsen and Beaker. Picture Beaker as the cutest Beakachu you've ever seen and Bunsen donning his best Ash Betcham impression. Our laughter is contagious as we reminisce about Bunsen's grunting hedgehog toy love affair and our son Adam's leap into biochemistry (berets included). Relive the joy of canine cameos at Emmett Comic Con and the infectious charisma of Chesney, the internet's sweetheart, not once but twice!Transitioning from costumes to couches, this episode is filled with heartwarming and hilarious yearly reflections. Hear about our printer-fueled sticker spree, Beaker's virtual puppy love, and the TikTok trials that ended in viral victory. But it wasn't all smooth sailing; we also breathe a sigh of relief over Bunsen's health scare that turned out to be nothing but a scare. As we celebrate Beaker's birthday and Adam's graduation, we can't forget about the epic 'Couch Wars' for the prime spot—a war of fluff and stubbornness that's sure to entertain.December brings delightful chaos with pet adventures and near smelt-head snacking disasters (yes, you read that right). We're joined by the globetrotting Benny, who swaps classroom chalk for leashes and litter boxes, giving us the inside scoop on the Trusted House Sitters app and the vibrant community it nurtures. And as we acknowledge time's swift passage through birthdays and milestones, we also invite you to share what you love most about our content—from drone footage to GoPro antics. So, curl up with your furry friend, and let's celebrate the bond of pets and people together.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 5 Episode 44: Daydreaming Mice, Wooly Dogs, and Teaching Science with Heart with guest Skylar Stevens
22-12-2023
Season 5 Episode 44: Daydreaming Mice, Wooly Dogs, and Teaching Science with Heart with guest Skylar Stevens
Ever found yourself marveling at how even the tiniest creatures might wander off into their own little worlds? We sure have, and we bring that sense of wonder to our season finale! Our special guest, the inspiring Skyler Stevens from UNM Gallup campus, joins us to chart the intersection of daydreaming studies in mice and her vibrant journey in the realm of science, from biology to infectious disease research. Imagine, if you will, mice reflecting on checkerboard patterns – it's a delightful thought that might carry a deeper evolutionary purpose, much like the paths that led Skyler from the deserts of the Southwest to the academic thralls of New England and back again.The conversation takes a practical turn, revealing the behind-the-scenes of nurse education and anatomy management. Skyler's experiences in teaching anatomy, complete with the hilarious trials of dealing with unexpected pig uteruses, are bound to bring a chuckle. And if you're an animal lover, you're in for a treat! We share laughs over pet antics, highlighting how these loyal companions weave themselves into the fabric of our lives. Skyler's tales from the classroom and her service dog Missy May's escapades offer a glimpse into the human side of science and education.As we close the book on the year, we reminisce about the Christmas cheer spread among students by Dad and the family dogs, Bunsen and Beaker. The joy of the festive season intermingles with heartfelt stories from our own lives, leaving you with a warm, fuzzy feeling as we head into the holidays. We're incredibly thankful for the "pot pack" community's support and hope to leave you smiling as you await our return in February. So, snuggle in with a hot cocoa, and let's send off the year with a blend of science, laughter, and good old holiday spirit!Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat Dec 16 Festive Follies, and Furry Foe Fixes: Year-End Reflections with Jason and Kris!
18-12-2023
Pet Chat Dec 16 Festive Follies, and Furry Foe Fixes: Year-End Reflections with Jason and Kris!
Remember those pet misadventures that had you running around the house? We're no strangers to them either! Join us, Jason and Kris, as we share amusing anecdotes of Bunsen's snow frolics, Ginger's vet visits, and even Trixie's first Christmas escapades. We'll also be addressing some tricky issues like cat urination and defecation problems and discuss non-toxic solutions that could potentially save your favorite rug.Ever felt the holiday warmth amplified by your pets' antics? We dive right into that feeling, reminiscing about holiday traditions, along with our listeners' stories. We even touch upon how our furry friends help us cope with loss and create beautiful memories. And if you've ever had a squirrel trouble, you'd relate to Indra's garden invasion story. But don't worry, we've got the best (and funniest) tips to keep those pesky critters at bay.As we bid adieu to another memorable year, we reflect on our favorite squirrel stories and announce the lucky winner of the Bark & Beyond Supply Co. prize. Plus, we're super excited about our special guest, Dr. Nazir Ibrahim, who will be joining us in February. So here's to a pet-loving community that’s grown over shared stories and experiences — we can't wait to continue this journey with you in 2024!Bunsen and Beaker Links:Save 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 5 Episode 43: Horned Snakes, Wolf Microbes, and Sarah Laframboise on Yeast Power
15-12-2023
Season 5 Episode 43: Horned Snakes, Wolf Microbes, and Sarah Laframboise on Yeast Power
Prepare to venture into a world of fascinating science facts and pet anecdotes.Submerge yourself in a gripping discussion about the purpose of reptile horns and how gut bacteria in wild wolves could potentially benefit our pet dogs. We're also thrilled to introduce our guest, Sarah Lafamboise, a Canadian PhD student with intriguing insights about the role yeast plays in cancer analysis and the trials she faces as a graduate student in a low-funded environment.Sarah opens up about her research and love for yeast and its implication on human diseases. Surprisingly, yeast shares 20% of its genes with humans, making it a vital player in studying diseases. What's more, we touch on the challenges she and other graduate students face due to insufficient funding. The sacrifices these students make and the potential impact on research and innovation cannot be overlooked - a topic that requires immediate attention. A softer side of science awaits as we talk about the significance of empathy and cuteness in our lives.  We round off with a fun and light-hearted discussion about yeast, filled with interesting facts and captivating stories from Sarah's experience. So, fasten your seatbelts and get ready to embark on this thrilling scientific adventure, where we uncover the unexpected connections between science, pets, and empathy.Sarah's Links:Sarah on Xhttps://twitter.com/SLaframboise14Sarah's Website:https://www.sarahlaframboise.ca/Support Our Sciencehttps://www.supportourscience.ca/Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
November Science Round Up: from Synthetic Melanin Gels to Debunked Misconceptions about Left-Handedness
13-12-2023
November Science Round Up: from Synthetic Melanin Gels to Debunked Misconceptions about Left-Handedness
What if you could accelerate wound healing and protect against sun damage with a synthetic melanin gel? Or what if you discovered that being a left-handed individual doesn't necessarily mean you have an advantage in certain activities? Just when you think you've seen it all, our science podcast never fails to intrigue and amaze. JWe start off with a riveting discussion on a mysterious infection in dogs, and why staying calm when facing new diseases is crucial. We also touch on internet speed tests and their role in our tech-savvy lives. As we tread further, we tackle the hot topics of plastic pollution and the ethical usage of artificial intelligence, particularly in generating eerily human-like faces. You'd be surprised how these two seemingly unrelated subjects intertwine in our everyday lives. In an unexpected twist, we also unearth a recent study debunking the long-standing belief about left-handed individuals and their supposed advantage in spatial skills.As we switch gears to the topic of skin health, we explore a new synthetic melanin gel and its potential to revolutionize wound healing and sun protection. Not forgetting the hidden dangers lurking in our everyday routines, we discuss the risks associated with UV lights used in nail salons and why regular check-ups with a dermatologist are paramount. Our journey through this episode may be winding, but we assure you, it's one you wouldn't want to miss. So buckle up, and let's embark on this rollercoaster of science, discovery, and personal experiences.Bunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Season 5 Episode 42: Dark Matter, Dogs and Bats with Dr. Dan Riskin
08-12-2023
Season 5 Episode 42: Dark Matter, Dogs and Bats with Dr. Dan Riskin
Discover an exciting blend of science and pets in this week's enlightening episode, where we explore captivating topics from NASA's innovative dark matter observations to surprising facts about canine health. We profile the fantastic world of bats with our highly esteemed guest, Dr. Dan Riskin, who shares his unforgettable encounter with Jay Leno and contributes to our discussion on a bat species with an unusually large penis. As we traverse these diverse realms of knowledge, you'll find yourself not just entertained, but also more informed and curious!We also tackle the serious issue of gender stereotypes perpetuated by AI models, like GPT. Unravel the mysteries behind these biases and explore how they can influence the digital space. You'll get a behind-the-scenes look at the success of our resident science dog, Bunsen, on social media. Be prepared to be amazed by the effort that goes into maintaining his vibrant online presence and how it helps spread the love of science.In our concluding chapters, we move from digital spaces to more organic ones. We share our adventures into vampire bats' unique feeding habits in Trinidad and discuss the role of dogs in the dating scene. We'll leave you with a sense of awe about the wonders of nature and an appreciation for the dedication of those who strive to understand it. As your hosts, we are thrilled to share these insights and more in a podcast episode that's sure to be a delight for any science enthusiast or pet lover. So, plug in your headphones and prepare for a fascinating journey into the world of science and pets.Dan's links:https://noctilio.com/Xhttps://twitter.com/riskindan?lang=enBunsen and Beaker Links:30% off the first month at Zencastr - use the code in the show!https://zen.ai/3LXIX2UYb1RLXwtWHHjryXAutdr3HS5EpVHMW80BOKgSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!The 2024 Bunsen and Beaker Calendar is ready to order!The Ginger Stuffie is on presale so check the link here!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd
Pet Chat December 2nd: Ginger, Bunsen, Beaker and Other Pet Nonsense
03-12-2023
Pet Chat December 2nd: Ginger, Bunsen, Beaker and Other Pet Nonsense
You know those amusing pet stories you can't help but share with everyone? The ones that make you laugh, cringe, and sometimes even shed a tear? That's exactly what you'll find in our latest episode of Pet Chat. We bring you a hearty dose of our pet adventures involving Bunsen, Beaker, and Ginger. From Ginger's unusual litter box antics to our Advent calendar tradition with the dogs, we've got a lot to share. We also touch on some current events, like the peculiar lack of snow that's left our dog Bunsen a tad confused. Plus, we dive into community time, sharing news, and having a laugh at your hilarious pet stories. From northern lights to territorial cats, we chat about it all, promising to keep you entertained and informed.We're not just about the laughs though. We also explore intriguing topics such as the Starlink internet service, how to protect pets from urban coyotes, and the amazing abilities of dogs. We're all about celebrating the joy, companionship, and sometimes, the confusion, that comes with having pets. So, whether you're a pet enthusiast or you just love a good chat, join us for a delightful ride into the wonderful world of pets.Trust us, it's going to be 'pawsome'!Bunsen and Beaker Links:Get Texts From Bunsen here: www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSave 10% at Bark and Beyond with the coupon code BUNSEN!Join The Paw Pack to Support The Show!https://bunsenbernerbmd.com/pages/paw-pack-plus-communityOur Website!The Bunsen and Beaker Website has adorable merch with hundreds of different combinations of designs and apparel- all with Printful- one of the highest quality companies we could find!www.bunsenbernerbmd.comSign up for our Weekly Newsletter!Bunsen and Beaker on Twitter:Bunsen and Beaker on TikTok:Bunsen and Beaker on FacebookSupport the showFor Science, Empathy, and Cuteness!Being Kind is a Superpower.https://twitter.com/bunsenbernerbmd