16 January, 2014 – Episode 447 – This Week in Science


$1000 Genome!, Global Perception Bias, Phthalates And You, Fewer Snail Penises, Sneezing Sponges, What Is An Animal?, Microbes Control Locusts, Ancestral Bacteria Get Along, Plastic Cells, Placental Evolution, Avian Mathematicians, Old Trees Are Good, CERN Contest, Bird App, And Much More…

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$1000 Genome is here!
For $10 million… the server array will set you back, but once the tech is up and running it’s time for the cheapest genome sequencing yet. Although, we still don’t know what to do with them.

San Francisco, What do you think about global warming?
Warmer weather primes people to be more worried about global warming.

And, the Chemcals in You
Phthalates are going up and down in people, according to the first major study to track these controversial chemicals in adults and adolescents. Mainly, they are still well below levels of concern.

Fewer female snail penises
A ban of a certain pesticide means fewer females with penises. It’s a good thing!

Empathy… in lab rats?!
Rats freed trapped counterparts, but only of an ilk they had met before…

So, what is an animal?!
Animalia? Vertebrata? It’s not so easy…

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Belly Bugs!
Bacteria Controlled Locusts
New research suggests that while locusts become locusts thanks to bacteria, the bacteria can be controlled by a parasite.
Helicobacter Ancestry And You
Researchers found greater incidence of cancer in people whose ancestry differed from the ancestry of a gut bacteria, H. pylori.

Plastic cells
Chemists created plastic coated cell-like structures in the lab, which made it possible to test chemical reactions inside the system in a more cell-like way.

When did placental animals evolve?
It’s still up for debate. We thought it was while dinosaurs still lived, but a study last year suggested the explosion was after the KT boundary. New research takes it back again.

Birds do math on the fly!
The V is for efficiency, but birds also time their wingbeats to take advantage of the updraft and avoid the down.

D’uh, old trees are important for carbon capture
An old tree can put on an amount of mass equivalent to a new tree in one year. Can we say, preserve the old growth forests?

Do your students have an idea about what to do with a proton beamline?
CERN is throwing a contest to give students the opportunity to control high energy physics research.

Sneezing sponges
Do sponges have senses?!

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