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Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of science... the thrill of discovery... and the agony of failed experiments... the human drama of scientific advancement... This is the Blue Streak Science Podcast!

Jul 25, 2015

The desire, the yearning for answers lies within each of us. The discomfort of not knowing the answers can lead us down many paths of beliefs and behaviors.

Our discomfort at not knowing everything immediately has given us 24 hour cable news, and smartphones never outside of our reach. It’s given us our social media, news websites…one more peek at the smartphone before we drift off to sleep…only to reach for the smartphone the very moment we awake.

When a major tragedy happens in the world this discomfort of not knowing everything about it can result in obsessive media watching. And when the news outlets have repeated ad nauseam every known detail about the tragedy, and fill in the gaps with gratuitous speculation still they continue on. Conspiracy theories, cultural bigotry, meteors, terrorist plots…no amount of speculation is too outlandish, ugly, or improbable to breathlessly blather while the ever-believing public look for answers...any answers.

We must accept that when we don’t know, we just don’t know. Conjecture, religion, superstition and conspiracy theories may fill the void, but you must consider what you are being filled with.

Don’t get comfortable with not knowing. Scratch that itch, feed that jones, but feed it with rationality. Nourish it with science.

The answers may be a long time coming. They may never come at all.

But the comfort that science and reason provide the curious mind will always be more satisfying and fulfilling than the emptiness of ignorance.

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Blue Streak Science News

  • Pentaquark discovered by LHC
  • Catalog of DNA modifications produces surprises
  • Metal Foams Can Shield Against Gamma, X-rays?
  • Enormous quantities may soon be called 'genomical'
  • As Climate Warms Hawaiian Forest Birds Lose More Ground to Mosquitoes
  • Stephen Hawking and Yuri Milner Announce $100M Initiative to Seek ET

The A$$---- of the Week is Fran Drescher

That Time Fran Drescher Tweeted About GMOs

We have a guest on the A$$---- of the Week!

Our guest is Amanda Zaluckyj. Amanda runs a terrific and informative website called The Farmer’s Daughter USA. You can visit the website at thefarmersdaughterusa.com

In addition to writing for her own blog, Amanda also contributes to other websites and blogs dedicated to educating consumers about modern agriculture.

Those other blogs are: Genetic Literacy ProjectAsk the Farmers, and GMO Answers.

Amanda and I discuss her recenter encounter with Fran Drescher, outspoken celebrity opponent of science-based agriculture.

Shout-outs and Acknowledgments

Please visit BioDetectives as they track life science stories from Down Under to Up North.

The Squirrel Census is expanding. We're seeking Squirrel Census Ambassadors at colleges across the eastern United States. Ambassadors will:

  • serve as a contact person/liaison between the Squirrel Census and the institution
  • organize squirrel counts on their college campus in October of this year
  • probably do other cool stuff

It's not a paying position, but "Squirrel Census Ambassador" certainly looks good on a resume and is a guaranteed conversation starter. No experience counting squirrels necessary, but a strong curiosity about life and a desire to be a positive member of your college community are required. Email ambassadors@squirrelcensus.com if interested.

This episode of Blue Streak Science Podcast comes to you from Atlanta, Georgia; and Sonoma County, California!

See you again next week!