06 December, 2017 – Episode 648 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

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Interview w/ K. Arcand & M. Watzke On Magnitude, North South Links, Sea Turtle Lost Years, Missing Link!, Bronze Age Space Bling, Hereditary Mental Illness, Tongue Clusters, Uterus Ethics?, And Much More!!!

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We live in interesting times.
There are other descriptors we could apply.
But for the sake of time,
and the lack of safe harbor,
we’ll leave it at that for the moment.
In these interesting times,
there are plenty of things to vying to occupy your mind.
And these things are everywhere…
Every form of entertainment is at your disposal…
Television and movies that take you away to strange and exotic places that…
during the car chase and after the recycled formulaic plot twists…
may seem pretty familiar by now…
Our political satire has never been better,
often performed by actual politicians!
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play the game they’ve been playing over and over again,
year after year…
Ya’know, I think they’re getting pretty good at it too…
And video gaming has never been better…
tickling brains with better graphics then ever before…
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Have failed to be interesting to you…
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–Nero Kosonen”

Interview w/ Megan Watzke and Kimberly Arcand, authors of Magnitude: The scale of the universe.
Kimberly Arcand is the visualization lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, specializing in image and meaning research, and in data representation. She lives near Providence, RI.
Megan Watzke is the press officer for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, specializing in communicating astronomy with the public. She lives in Seattle, WA.
Together, Arcand and Watzke are the authors of several popular science books including Light: The Visible Spectrum and Beyond and Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Universe.

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North South Links
California will get drier and experience more drought as the Arctic melts.

Sea Turtle Lost Years
Not so lost after all, sea turtles from South America appear to actively swim to avoid the continental shelf and stay offshore during their developmental years prior to reproduction.

Missing Link!
But, isn’t every link missing until it’s found?

Bronze age space bling
It’s all meteorites, yo!

Hereditary Mental Illness
Children of Finnish women evacuated from Finland during WWI experience more psychological disorders than others suggesting that some aspect of trauma is passed from one generation to the next.

Tongue Clusters
New microbial imaging of the tongue shows that unlike the bacterial mixing that occurs in other tissues, the tongue appears segregated.

Uterus transplant a success!

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