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Ep222 part 2: Black hole business



part 2: Black hole business

It’s the second part of the two part episode on black holes, where not even our point can escape.
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Ep 222 part1: Blackhole background



part1: Blackhole background

We decided to do an episode on blackholes. It was by Phil’s request. it is the fiftieth episode wherein I have been joined by my brother as my co-host. Turned out to go a bit long, so here’s the first part, which turns out to be a bit short. It’s the story of how we figured out there were blackholes long before we ever saw one.
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Ep 221: Your brain smells



Your brain smells

From finding good food, to recognizing familiar people and places, to choosing a good person to make babies with, today we talk about your surprisingly useful sense of smell.
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if only twitter loves us.



Ge wiz, we’d sure like the twitter media tag thinggy to work. And there are two ‘g’s in thinggy, I swear!
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Ep 220: Wagging tongues over taste



Wagging tongues over taste

Researching this episode made me so hungry! Today, phil and I talk about your tongue, a berry that makes sour things sweet, mice in mid yum, and your brain and the sense of taste.
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Ep 219: Balance



Balance

You hardly notice it unless something goes wrong, but your sense of balance relies on most of your other senses to work, and uses all sorts of interesting bits of your interesting brain. Along with sleeping birds, bionic men, and beer bottles, Phil and I talk about your sense of balance.
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Ep 218: Touching on touch



Touching on touch

Throughout your body, you have nerves. These send signals about the world through your spinal cord, and into your brain. More than just what you feel, your sense of touch includes temperature, pressure, the position of your body, and a bit about what your internal organs are up to today. We continue our look at your senses and your brain with an episode that touches on touch.
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Ep 217: Take a look at looking



Take a look at looking

Your sense of vision is arguably the most complicated sense you have. Estimates range from one half, to as much as two thirds of your brain dedicated to using light to make sense of your world. From the way your eyes turn light into nerve impulses, to different bits of the brain that process them, we take a close look at looking.
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Ep 216: the stuff between your ears, including the ears



the stuff between your ears, including the ears

From the shape of your ears to bits of your brain, and just a little bit about fish for some reason, have a listen to how we listen.
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Ep 215: What is a cortex?



What is a cortex?

From the Latin word for tree bark, “cortex” refers to the outer most layer of an organ. In the brain, the outer most layer is made of several layers of neurons. That’s true in the cerebellum, in the cerebellar cortex; and the cerebrum, in the better known cerebral cortex. Today, we take a look at how these separate areas of cortex work together, and talk about the six layers of your neocortex.
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