Episode 041: Top 10 Episodes – Season 1 of Verge of Discovery Podcast

Verge of Discovery - Science and Technology LogoLet’s recap season one with the top 10 episodes of the very first season of Verge of Discovery Podcast.







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Episode 001: Robot Taxis and the Future with Dr. Jeffery Greenblatt:

Dr. Jeffery Greenblatt introduces his field of energy modeling and explains how our ideal version of the future can look so much different with a few minor changes.  He continues his discussion of the future with his latest research in autonomous vehicles and “robot taxis”.  He explains how new developments in this field will benefit our energy usage and transportation efficiency and and how this will ultimately improve the way we live our lives.  Dr. Greenblatt ends the interview by sharing with us the importance of having a “champion” to help you take that extra step in achieving your vision.

Episode 007: Drones, Poaching and the African Plains with Dr. Thomas Snitch

Dr. Thomas Snitch introduces his current work with UAVs (drones) in Africa.  He explains how by bringing appropriate technology to Africa, high resolution satellites, exquisite mathematics and UAVs, we can dramatically reduce, and in many cases stop the poaching of rhinos, elephants and other animals.  He expands on the poaching behaviors in Africa and how it ultimately creates ecological, economic and environmental implications in the region and our world as a whole.  Dr. Snitch concludes by describing how teaching younger generations math and science can lead us into the future.

Episode 014: Why We Are Wired to Worry and How Neuroscience Will Help You Fix It with Sharie Spironhi

Sharie Spironhi is a renowned motivational speaker, educator, counselor and author of ‘Why We Are Wired to Worry and How Neuroscience Will Help You Fix It’.  She is an undisputed expert in human behavioral science who has dedicated her life to helping people get off their Worry-Go-Round™.  Inspired by her overnight defeat of Bi-Polar disorder, Sharie is a living example of neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change and heal). She tells us her compelling story of living with Manic Depression since childhood and having it disappear literally over night.  Sharie expands on  the power of our mind and how it deals with stress and why we tend to worry as much as we do.

Episode 021: The Importance of Sleep to Your Health and Well-being with Dr. Aric Prather

Dr. Aric Prather introduces his field of work as a clinical-health psychologist.  He expands on his latest project that studied correlation between sleep and sickness.  He stresses the fact that too much stress or not enough sleep is bad for us and we are starting to look inside the body to understand why, as well as understand who is especially vulnerable, who is resilient, and what types of interventions might be most effective.  Dr. Prather concludes the interview by telling us a few fun facts about his work with sleep and what his work means for our future.

Episode 023: Top 10 American Fears with Dr. Christopher Bader

Dr. Christopher Bader is one of the principal investigators of the Chapman University Survey of American Fears.  Dr. Bader starts our interview by discussing satanic panic back in the 80s/90s and how it peaked his interest in the overall study of fear.  He then introduces his group’s work with the Chapman University Survey of American Fears.  Dr. Bader dives deeper into the findings of the study and how it affects our lives.  Stay tuned for top 10 fears of 2015.

Episode 025: Predictive Policing, Space Travel and The Internet of Things with Dr. Perkowitz

Dr. Sidney Perkowitz is Emeritus professor of physics at Emory University.  He is a scientist and a writer.  Dr. Perkowitz discusses some of his interests in science and technology and dives deeper into his most recent articles including predictive policing, the internet of things and space travel.

Episode 029: Brain ‘Zaps’ to Improve Language, Cognition & Motor Abilities with Dr. Mehta

Dr. Jyutika Mehta is an associate professor at Texas Woman’s University.  Her primary research interests are to study speech & language representation in normal & disordered brains.  Dr. Mehta describes how recent discoveries in science and technology allow us to study our brain in added detail.  She further expands on her groups work in noninvasive neuromodulation and how it can improve cognitive, motor and language abilities in Parkinson’s and stroke patients in the future.

Episode 031: Rockets and the Challenges of Space Travel with Dr. Vanstone

Dr. Leon Vanstone is an aerodynamic engineer and a real life rocket scientist.  Travelling really fast through the atmosphere generates a lot of heat due to friction from the air. Leon’s work looks at how to stop things that do this from melting. It’s pretty hard to travel fast enough to melt something unless you drop the object from space and so this problem usually only applies to rockets and re-entry vehicles.  Leon discusses some of these challenges and tells us a bit more about orbital travel.

Episode 033 & 034: Why God Plays Dice and the Quantum Pigenhole Effect with Dr. Tollaksen

Dr. Jeff Tollaksen joins us to discuss his groups’ latest discovery of the quantum violation of the pigeonhole principle.  He starts our interview by introducing his field of work and what his group has been working on in particular.  Dr. Tollaksen then expands on how the field of physics has developed from classical to quantum physics over the years.  He explains how the culture has shifted from a deterministic view to a more capricious view with the acceptance of the quantum theory.  We then discuss “quantum miracles” and the pigeonhole effect in this part one of our two part series with Dr. Tollaksen.

Episode 037: The Dangers of the Zika Virus and its Transmission with Dr. Sarkar

Dr. Sarkar is a professor of Integrative Biology and of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught since 1998. His laboratory focuses on spatial ecological planning and neglected tropical diseases including Chagas, Dengue, and Zika.  Dr. Sarkar discusses his work on the modification of transmission models for dengue to perform risk analyses for the emerging threat of Zika.  He also discusses Zika virus with its implications and transmission patterns in added detail.


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