14 June, 2017 – Episode 623 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)


Multi-Dimensional Brains, Solar Twins, Jupiter Is Old, Iced Out, Promiscuous Salamanders, Meerkat Paste, Human Transition, Wireless Energy, Deep Brain Stimulation, Two-Headed Space Worms, No-Spray Tan, Fungal Creeps, And Much More…

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Multi-Dimensional Brains
The Blue Brain project has concluded that the brain forms tiny multi-dimensional structures when stimulated in synchrony, and that these ephemeral structures could be the basis of our intelligence.

Solar Twins
New evidence suggests that all sun-like stars are born with a twin.

Jupiter Is Old
An analysis of meteorite fragments determined that Jupiter is the oldest planet in the solar system.

Salamanders bring a whole new meaning to promiscuous
This species maintains its all-female makeup by mating with males of other species, and stealing bits of their genetics. Freaky, right??

Meerkat smell is all about the microbes.
Meerkat 1 to meerkat 2: nice to meet you, here is my card, I mean my bacterial scent.

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Human Transition
New tool discoveries give insight into the Neanderthal to Human transition.

Wireless Energy
Stanford University researchers have managed to build a wireless energy transmission system that can power a moving object up to a distance of 3 feet.

Deep Brain Stimulation
Researchers published a possibe methodology for transcranial deep brain stimulation. We are skeptical.

Two-Headed Space Worms
Flatworms sent to the ISS underwent modifications for survival. One grew two heads.

No-Spray Tan
Researchers are developing a topical cream that induces the production of the pigment melanin in skin cells. If it is shown to be safe for humans, it could be combined with sunscreen to be a self-tanner with massive built-in cancer protection.

Mosquito Killing Fungus
Scientists have modified a fungus to produce spider and scorpion toxins that allow it to become a potent mosquito killer.

The fungal horror!
This week in nightmare juice, we aim to make you afraid of… THE FUNGUS AMONG US!

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