7: Malleable intelligence, merit badges, and depressed roommates

This week we cover articles from the education section of our site. We learn about teaching children that intelligence is malleable, merit badges, and depressed roommates. We also have an interview with Derek Muller of Veritasium and Snatoms.

Guests: 

Derek Muller

Derek Alexander Muller is an Australian-Canadian science communicator, filmmaker and television presenter. He is best known for creating the YouTube channel Veritasium. Muller has appeared as a television presenter on the Australian television program Catalyst since 2008.

Hosts: 

Andrew Blevins

Andrew holds a B.A. in English and Cognitive Science from the University of Georgia. He lives in Brooklyn, where he writes stories and essays and works at a legal publishing agency. He's been summarizing scientific studies for friends and loved ones for years (whether they wanted him to or not), so it's nice to be putting this skill to use. Other interests include philosophy, comedy, busking, and running.

Michael Gaultois

Michael is hunting a PhD in Chemistry at the University of California, and is a big fan of fountain pens, smoked gouda, M.C. Escher, and high fives. His interests have taken him to collegiate service organizations, RC helicopters, organizational management, start-up companies, world travels, and scientific endeavours.

Kevin Neibert

Kevin graduated from McGill with a PhD in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, specializing in Nanotechnology. In his spare time he reads & writes about science in society. He also works with video game developers as a science media consultant at Thwacke! to help to make games smarter.

Cameron Spencer

Cameron is a designer and web developer. He is the founder of Lab 43.