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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!

Jan 9, 2016

Talking Peer Review with Dr. Peter ChahalesA picture of Dr. Peter Chahales

Peter is a newly minted Ph.D. from the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at Stony Brook University. Peter is an enthusiastic and skilled science communicator and loves everything science.

Our topic today was peer review. We talked about what peer review is and how it works, and why it is fundamental to science. 

List of Peter's publications


What The Hell Was That?

Leon Letkeman, a listener from Islamabad, Pakistan got last week's What The Hell right when he answered with "earthquake". In this case, the sound was the horrific earthquake that devastated Fukushima, Japan. The sound was captured on a hydrophone in the Pacific 1,500 kilometers away in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Vents Program at Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory and Oregon State University recorded the temblor using the U.S. Navy’s Sound Surveillance System. This portion of the recording was 16 times normal speed.

The great majority of guesses and answers were some kind of rocket. The space shuttle getting the top spot in the number of guesses.

Way to go Leon!


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False Positive, the science game with the scary name!

This week"s winner is nobody! Our crack team of science professionals were nil for one when both guessed wrong. Better luck next time!