The Helyx Show

Since their conception, human beings have been asking questions and testing their assumptions to learn more about the world around them. We know this today as science, a word that is as broad and as the edges of the observable universe (well, not really). Hosted by Chris Jung, a high school student with a passion for science, The Helyx Show takes a look at science in all its forms, from solo episodes to guest interviews.

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Analyzing Pseudoscience with Dr. James and Alison Kaufman

Who can we trust when it comes to scientific integrity in a headline-chasing, "fake news" world?  Dr. James and Alison Kaufman, esteemed psychology professors at the University of Connecticut and authors of Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science, join host Chris Jung for a conversation about pseudoscience in the history of science, social media, and even established journals.

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Science Goes to the Movies with Dr. David A. Kirby

Science media expert Professor David A. Kirby discusses the history of science in films, the changing representation of scientists in media, and how science and entertainment industries both can both help and harm each other through science consulting and public attention with host Chris Jung on The Helyx Show.

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Haley Wahl: Pulsars, Physics, and Pressures in Academia

Haley Wahl, a PhD student studying pulsars and astrophysics at West Virginia University, joins us today on The Helyx Show. Haley's main topic of research is pulsar polarization and emission, and she is an active advocate for mental health and science communication. She talks with Chris about her path in astrophysics, unhealthy pressures in academia, her work to make science accessible, and her undeniable knack for baking.

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Gary Siuzdak: Mass Spectrometry, Metabolomics, and Memories

Dr. Gary Siuzdak is a Professor of Chemistry, Molecular and Computational Biology and Director of the Center for Metabolomics at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, where he and his team are leading researchers in developing mass spectrometry-based technologies for understanding metabolism. In this interview, Dr. Siuzdak talks about new techniques in mass spectrometry, the applications of metabolomics, and the importance of balance as he looks back at his "regrets" and recollections.

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Parallel Universe

The concept of a multiverse may seem like a paradoxical myth reserved for Marvel movies and science fiction, but they could actually exist. Join Chris Jung as she talks about the principles behind the multiverse theory and what it means to question absurd phenomenon. Be sure to email chris@helyxscience.org for any questions or comments!

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Einstein vs. Heisenberg and the Theories of Relativity

German physicists Albert Einstein and Werner Heisenberg fundamentally changed the way we think about the nature of the universe. Join Chris Jung as she talks about Einstein’s theories and discusses his feud with Heisenberg’s principles.

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Synaptic Plasticity and our Ability to Change

Steinbeck once wrote that "change comes like a little wind that ruffles the curtains at dawn, and it comes like the stealthy perfume of wildflowers hidden in the grass." We are familiar to constant changes in our life - from learning how to walk, moving out to go to college - and we desire change in our habits, our personalities, and our long-term goals. And yet, we are also familiar with hardened prejudices and the lull of learned behaviors, intrusive thoughts. The human brain is intricate and contradictory, and the nature of our plastic brain has perplexed philosophers and scientists alike for many years. In this episode, Chris dives into the basis of synaptic plasticity and neurotransmission, and shares her thoughts and experience with this fascinating concept of human adaptability. 

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Scientist - What's in a Word?

In 1833, William Whewell (1888-1965) Cambridge University historian and philosopher, coined the term “scientist” to describe someone who studies the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. What does it mean to be a scientist and what role does science play in our lives? Join Chris Jung, a wildly unqualified host, as she attempts to answer this question and more on the first podcast episode of The Helyx Show.

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Offshore Wind Farms - Our Best Bet

In 1991, eleven fully constructed turbines were lifted into the waters between 1.5 and 3km from the southeast shores of Denmark. Compared to today’s standards, these turbines were elementary structures mounted on concrete, and yet DONG Energy’s construction of the very first offshore wind farm, called Vindeby, revolutionized renewable energy for the coming years. What impact do offshore wind farms have on our growing search for renewable energy sources? What is the science driving the rapid interest and funding in this technology?