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Author: Jason Zackowski

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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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Ever wondered why stepping on ice can send you skating off like a cartoon character? Special guest Katie Nicolaou, a seasoned meteorologist, storms in with her personal journey through tornado alley to the broadcast screen, debunking weather myths and recounting a dramatic dance with an EF4 tornado.Imagine mastering the "Animaniacs" song for a talent show or donning costumes to connect with fellow pop culture aficionados. It's all in a day's work on our podcast, where we blend a passion for m...
Ever find yourself captivated by the flickering dance of the northern lights or the serene gaze of your pet cat? Today's episode is a cosmic journey juxtaposed with the grounding presence of our feline friends. We begin under the celestial canvas, reflecting on a geomagnetic storm's nighttime spectacle and diving into the European Space Agency's research on solar campfires—could these be the key to the sun's fiery corona mystery? Then, we turn to a UK study shedding light on what influences c...
In this episode, we explore the significance of those wild patches on our lawns and why they're crucial for our buzzing friends. We also navigate the emotional landscape of new mothers who find solace, challenge, and joy in their pet companions amid the transformational journey of parenthood.Ever been face to face with someone you've known for years, only to realize you can't quite place them? Imagine that being your constant reality. Joining us is Stephanie Duesing, a mother who shares the s...
Kris and I uncover the secrets of lab-grown diamonds, embracing the science that sculpts these lustrous marvels. We'll even delve into the high-stakes world of diamond selection, sharing a tale from my own quest for the perfect engagement ring. But the sparkle doesn't stop with gemstones; we're beyond thrilled to welcome Michelle Waitzman to our show. Her insights on the therapeutic wonder of dogs, and her book "Be as Happy as Your Dog," promise to shed light on how our furry friends can teac...
Have you ever wondered about the mysterious connections we share with our four-legged friends, even beyond their passing? Maybe some of you have superhuman sweat! You'll have to listen on!Losing a pet can leave a void filled with sorrow and, sometimes, unexplainable occurrences that offer solace in the midst of grief. We'll navigate the delicate terrain of pet loss with a study by Dr. Jen Golbeck, delving into supernatural experiences that challenge the boundaries of our understa...
Back from the eclipse!Ok let's delve into how the simple act of writing and ditching our negative thoughts, inspired by a Japanese study, could be the outlet we've been searching for. I also weave in a heartening snippet of pet science, revealing the profound influence our furry companions wield over children's lives, and set the stage for a fascinating discussion with conservation biologist Sam Helle, whose passion for wildlife conservation ignites our conversation with tales from her path i...
Prepare to be tattooed with knowledge as we trace the lines of ancient artistry on the skin of Otzi the Iceman, whose 5,200-year-old tattoos might just share a lineage with the buzzing machines in your local tattoo parlor. Ever caught yourself in that high-pitched cooing when talking to your pets or a baby? It's not just you—it turns out there's a science to our soppy speech, and we're unpacking the adorable why's in this episode.Mary Reiter, a wizard of Geographic Information Systems, charts...
As Kris and I gear up to witness our very first total solar eclipse, we're bringing you all the stunning science that this rare event has to offer. Embrace the darkness with us for an extended four and a half minutes of groundbreaking research and chuckle along with eclipse-themed jokes to keep things light. Plus, we're sinking our teeth into a study on dog growls, deciphering what our canine pals are really trying to tell us with their vocal repertoire.Delving into dreams of prehistori...
Imagine trekking to witness an awe-inspiring eclipse and stumbling upon a radical idea that trees might just be the next big thing in neutrino detection. That's exactly the kind of unexpected twist you'll find in our latest podcast adventure. Our guest, neuroscientist Dr. Allison Coffin, joins us to shed light on the remarkable similarities between fish and human auditory systems and their implications for treating human hearing loss. We'll explore the regenerative prowess of our underwater c...
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 profoun...
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 conne...
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 Tea...
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 it...
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 fur...
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...
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 your...
Ready to challenge what you think you know about cats? Or perhaps you're intrigued by the alarming effects of a sedentary lifestyle on the heart? Set aside the remote, stand up, and join us for a deep dive into these and more fascinating topics in this episode of the Science Podcast. We're busting popular myths about our feline friends and revealing how they're more social than you might believe. We're also unveiling findings of recent research that underscores the importance of movement for ...
Prepare to set sail on an informative adventure as we dive deep into the mysteries of the ocean, explore the mind-boggles of inattentional blindness, and unravel the secrets of a groundbreaking weight loss drug. Ever wondered about the marvels of weight loss drugs? Eager to uncover their potential benefits and drawbacks? We embark on a voyage of discovery with OZEMPIC, exploring its health outcomes and how it mimics a gut hormone to suppress appetite. But that's not all! We also venture into ...
Can you tell the difference between a real human face and one generated by AI? We kick off our enlightening conversation by delving into the curious world of artificial intelligence image generators and our ability to discern real from the AI. A fascinating study we discuss reveals that AI faces are often considered more realistic than actual human faces, and we explore the implications of this finding.Our conversation takes an emotional turn as we welcome Dr. Faith Banks, a seasoned hospice ...
Ever pondered how kingfishers dive into water at lightning speed, yet emerge unscathed? Prepare to have your curiosity satiated as evolutionary biologists Shannon Hackett and Chad Ellison draw back the curtain on this avian marvel, revealing a genomic analysis that identifies over 90 altered genes. Brace yourself as we unearth the secret behind the tau protein, and its potential implications in preventing human concussions and brain injuries. Imagine an infant's reaction to a dog's sound - cu...
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Anna Kochetkova

We have a wonderful movie about the Middle Island penguins and the dogs. It's such a beautiful story 🐧🐧♥️.

Apr 18th
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