26 April, 2017 – Episode 616 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

April 27th, 2017
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Science March Recap, Lamb Bags, Super Supernova Discovery!, Hobbit Origins, Hungry Hungry Caterpillars, Drunk Invertebrates, Buggy Bidding, No Air No Problem, Feet Hitting Pavement, Nutritional Issues, Phages Vs. Bacteria, Whispering Whales, And Much More…

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Don’t give up…
I understand,
believe me I get it…
somehow, nothing makes sense…
But so what?
So what if not all the puzzle pieces fit…
So what if the data sets seem a bit screwy…
The time line’s totally topsy-turvy…
So what if the conclusions you’ve come to,
conform to no prevailing theory…
If you’ve done things the right way…
Allowed the right method to motivate the mode of inquiry…
Followed facts as they were found…
Recorded results as they were revealed…
Then chances are…
you’ve got it right…
And if you’re wrong…
well that’s ok too…
Because regardless of how things began,
they’ve at least led you to…
This Week in Science…
coming up Next…

This Week in What Has Science Done For You Lately…
came from Minion Mike Hampton:
“You can have your TV, your computers, your internet, your electricity, etc.  How about the most obscure or taken for granted technology?  Like the greatest influence of science in the past 20 years has been pay at the pump (when buying gas).   Just think of all the countless hours that are saved every single day by not having to go into the convenience store to pay for your gas (which should never take more than 20 seconds) and having to inevitably always stand there for 5+ minutes stuck behind 3 other people who are buying cigarettes and scratch off lottery tickets at the register. Yea yea.. first world problems and all that. 🙂  It’s a basic technology that everyone takes for granted and no one ever thinks about, but no one would want to go back to not having it.” 

Science March Recap
Thousands marched world-wide generating varying amounts of media attention from many different viewpoints. We will see what happens next? Will science become politicized as many have predicted? Or, will science eventually find its proper place in political decision-making?

Lamb Bags
Fetal lambs at an age approximately equivalent to a 23-week old human fetus developed normally in artificial womb environments called Biobags for up to 4 weeks raising the possibility of eventually using this technology to support extremely premature babies.

Super Supernova Discovery!
A distant galaxy is gravitationally bending the light from a type 1a supernova. But, that’s not all, the gravitational warping created four separate lensed images that astronomers are using to test calculations of the expansion of the universe itself.

Origins of Indonesian hobbits
It’s an out-of-Africa story that adds to the rich diversity of human evolution.

Caterpillars could eat us out of our plastic problem
And no, they aren’t just chewing it into tiny pieces!

Social crayfish are drunken crayfish
Crayfish exposed to alcohol had higher sensitivity when brought up in a social environment. What does this mean for humans??

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Gut bacteria “speak” to the brain
And, they tell us what to eat.

No Air No Problem
Naked mole rats just got weirder… they can change their metabolism to survive without oxygen for up to 18 minutes.

“>Walking, running, but not bicycling, good for the brain…
There is something about feet landing on solid ground that triggers brainy benefits.

Nutrition Science Highlights Problems
This past week several studies and articles were published within the sphere of nutritional science, which we report on here at TWIS regularly. However, as a whole, they highlight trouble – not just with understanding how to apply the science to your daily lives, but with the scientific practice itself.

To start, a cohort study looked for links between sugar or diet soda drinks and stroke and dementia. The result are being reported all over as a reason to throw away your diet sodas, but the reality is that their statistical analysis seems more like a search for anything statistically significant at all rather than well-reasoned tests.

A second study brings data from 60 year old dusty cardboard boxes back to life with a finding that goes against the common idea that saturated fat is bad and should be replaced by unsaturated vegetable oils, and is a historical tale that should be a warning to scientists about cherry-picking data to fit hypotheses. This comes as doctors argue that the evidence supports a rethinking of our stance on dietary saturated fats.

And, finally, an analysis of a few papers by a prominent nutritional psychology researcher has come up with some inconsistencies that might lead to a deeper review of the scientist’s entire body of work – it was sparked by a blog post made by the scientist intended to inspire grad students to look for opportunities, but instead revealed questionable research practices.

None of this should tell you that science is generally bad, but remind us that science is currently under a period of intense self-scrutiny and evolution… hopefully, to a stronger and more efficient form.

Phages Vs. Bacteria
For the first time in the US, phage therapy was used to treat multi-drug resistant bacterial infection.

Whispering whales
Mothers and calves “whisper” to one another, possibly to avoid predators.

From the TWIS mailbag:
“There is a major difference between hemp plants used for fiber, and marijuana used for THC. Marijuana plants make very poor fiber plants and hemp doesn’t have thc in useable quantities.

Growing strategies are also very different. in marijuana you want to keep all the leafy female plants in hemp the tallest make plants give the best fiber because the vast fiber is what holds the plant up and you want long straight fibers.

Here’s a link for more information.
http://www.leafscience.com/2014/09/16/5-differences-hemp-marijuana/

I do spinning demos at a folk art festival in Seattle, WA where marijuana is legal medically and recreationally. I get a ton of questions.

Love the science,
Sara Faulds”

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19 April, 2017 – Episode 615 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

April 20th, 2017
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Marching For Science, Dark Matter Filaments, Hydrogen Around Us, Snow Pack Predictions, Vanishing Rivers, Battery Bottles, Pigeon Society, Pigeon Sex Differences, Bacterial Cancer Diagnosis, Blood For Brains, Rub Weed On It, Frogs For Noses, Blind Cave Evolution, And Much More…

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Forget everything you don’t know…
Ignore anything you didn’t hear…
Put off all tasks not assigned to you…
And pay close attention to the unknown…
This world you are in is full of interesting things…
Life lives here, wonderful, wild, lush lifeforms are everywhere…
And picture this…
And it all got started…
In the Sediment at the bottom of the sea…
From there to here, then to now,
From ocean floor to space explorer…
Even well before the magnificent human mind was involved…
we earthlings took things to extremes…
And now look around…
this wondrous world about you is but a snap shot…
A still image of today…
If we can go as far as we’ve come…
What futures await will look nothing like today…
And to get there…
from here…
we will need but one thing…
This Week In Science,
Coming Up Next…

Marching For Science
People around the globe will be gathering to march for science on April 22nd. Whether or not you are able to march, science is an endeavor we understand to influence our lives on an ongoing basis, and which should be socially supported… not just celebrated.
Since our early years of podcasting, TWIS has reported on policy matters influenced by science because although the practice of science and the empirical gathering of information itself is not partisan, how it is used does and will continue to affect us politically. Beyond that however, our lives are impacted by scientific discoveries each and every day.
And, so, we are beginning a regular segment on the show called “This Week in What has science done for you lately”.
Tell us how science intersects with your life on a regular basis, and we will share it with the rest of our audience to create an ongoing compendium of scientific banality.

Dark Matter Filaments
A statistical analysis of weak light lensing between pairs of Luminous Red Galaxies enabled researchers to get rid of random noise, and to predict the filaments of dark matter that connect the galaxies.

Hydrogen Around Us
The Milky Way is surrounded by a halo of hydrogen gas according to a new analysis of images collected via the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.

Snow Pack Predictions
Beware of massive reductions in snowpack in the western US. A new analysis predicts that snow pack will decrease by 60% in the next 30 years.

Vanishing Rivers
The retreat of a Canadian glacier resulted in the disappearance of a river. Over the course of just a few days, the melt-water balance that was previously shared between two rivers tipped in favor of one, leaving the other a dry dustbowl. The conditions causing this change are linked to anthropogenic causes of climate change and temperature increase.

Battery Bottles
Turning bottles into batteries… thank you science!

Pigeons pave way for scientific recognition of gender differences
You know how men and women are different? This study indicates that male and female research subjects are also different – go figure!

Greater than the sum of their parts
Pigeons also tell us that animals other than humans can pass on and build from previous individuals’ experiences, proving once again that complex society and generational knowledge permeate species.

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Bacterial cancer diagnosis
Will bacteria one day be the cues we pay attention to?

Blood For Brains
Once again, young blood is beneficial to old mice.

Rub some marijuana on your skin…
And put a frog up your nose

Blind Cave Evolution
It turns out the blind cave fish have to be blind. If they weren’t, they would have left the cave.

LHC Sniffing Hints
Maybe there is a new particle that doesn’t fit the Standard Model of physics. Maybe there isn’t. LHCb is seening faint hints, but nothing definitive yet.

Pokemon Go Benefits
Playing Pokemon Go is good for you!

NASA Image Base!
Search, and you will find…

“ROAD CLOSED FOR BIRD SONG”
That could be the new normal, as a new study shows that bird songs are shortened, and thus breeding success reduced, by traffic noise.

The Plants are Listening
And if they had a bladder, they would have to pee… They can hear running water and can grow towards the source when thirsty. What’s more, they can tell the difference between real flowing water and artificial sounds.

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12 April, 2017 – Episode 614 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

April 14th, 2017
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More Melting, Whence Came The Virus?, Early Dino Discovery, Elephant Smarts, Bee-ing Smart, Bacterial Protection?, Sperm Vs. Cancer!, Electromagnetic Shock, Young Poo For Old Fish, Editable Octopus, And Much More!!!

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Humans…
They seem to be everywhere these days…
And while we watch their hopes and dreams,
Fears and flaws play out across the globe..
The wider world is waiting…
The world of everything that is not human…
That world that has been watching the activities of hairless apes
Sometimes with curiosity…
Too often in horror…
The world is watching, waiting, for humans to strike a balance
To find a niche within the greater earthling community
And while the wayward activities of the hairless apes shows little sign of slowing…
There are some promising signals…
As some of the brighter ones begin to understand,
That within the mysteries of how things work…
There is a lesson in longevity,
a logic to living within the balancing act of other life forms…
And so,
to get the word out to as many as possible,
we will take human form just long enough to bring you another episode of…
This Week In Science,
Coming Up Next…

Adopt the Planet!!!
Just sign up, and NASA will give you a little part of the Earth to call your own.

More Melting
Greenland’s glaciers might be at a much greater risk of melting thanks to a more in-depth analysis of the waters beneath the ice. Also, Canada has a freezer go on the fritz, which resulted in a puddle of ancient ice core water on the floor.

Whence Came The Virus?
We love the giant viruses, and a new one gives us a few more hints about their origin.

Early Dino Discovery
Part crocodile, part dino… this may be a missing link!

Bee-ing too smart could get you killed
If you are a bumblebee, that is.

Elephants are super smart!
They know they’re heavy, and they know where they are.

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Intestinal bacteria may protect against diabetes
Or, it might be the result of one of they compounds they produce.

Sperm Vs. Cancer!
Researchers have loaded sperm with iron so they can use magnets to drive them to uterine tumors.

An electrodynamic upset!
Maybe there are no monopoles in magnetism…

Young Poo For Old Fish
Just like it sounds, old fish that nibble on poo from youngsters are more likely to frolic.

Octopuses are evolving right before our eyes
But not the way you think…

Parasites In Hawaii
It’s not really an epidemic, but it is a concerning uptick in a dangerous, untreatable parasite.

Tree-Climbing Crabs!
Watch out for falling coconuts AND crabs!

Pink Floyd Shrimp
A pink claw gets this shrimp a name after a scientist’s favorite band.

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05 April, 2017 – Episode 613 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

April 7th, 2017
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Real Replication Trouble, CRISPR Reveal, CRISPR Surprise, Scientific Strawberries, Fang Blennie Bennies, Fish Need Friends, Chemical Eye Regeneration, Microbial Harpoons!, 10,000 Years Native, Mouse Brains And Babies, Plastic Trash, Cow Burying Badgers, And Much More…

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They say that a watched pot never boils…
But they never ask the Lobster who has been watching it intently
And as we resolutely, and steadfastly, move forward without addressing greenhouse climitia,
The changes begin to take place all around us…
The end is not nigh…
In fact, it’s just beginning…
It’s going to be a long enough process
that none of us here now will likely live to see the end result
But it is developing fast enough that we will all see with certainty where it is headed…
The constant flooding of New York City…
Miami and New Orleans first frequent flooding,
then simply under water and abandoned for good…
The state Capitol of California, nearly a hundred miles inland,
swampy marsh land…
In other parts of the world, we will see much of the same…
as coast lines recede…
As Ports and harbors are swallowed up by rising waters…
and dead seas come back to life…
Most famous world cities have a close relationship with the ocean…
and all are at risk
The End is not nigh…
but it is nigh to impossible to ignore anymore…
Though oddly, we won’t even mention it once on this episode of…
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Real Replication Trouble
A meta-analysis of nearly 30,000 statistical records from almost 4000 psychology and coginitive neuroscience studies concluded a likelihood of false results being 50%.

CRISPR Reveal
CRISPR/Cas9 is revealing the secrets of our non-coding DNA.

CRISPR Surprise
When researchers used CRISPR to knock out a cancer cell proliferation gene, they got unexpected results.

Scientific Strawberries
Apples and strawberries benefit from a scientific analysis of pollinator behavior.

Fang blennies want you to relax
It turns out their venom, instead of causing pain, may numb it, and rely on the disorientation to save them. Far out, blenny-man…

Fish need their friends
…or they might get scared… Fish! They’re just like us!!

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Chemical Eye Regeneration
A new study suggests that it might be possible to regenerate light-sensing molecules that start to degrade from injury, age, or disease.

Microbial Harpoons!
A sea-dwelling dinoflagellate uses a tiny harpoon to capture and reel in its prey.

Native groups embracing genome study
A study tracing genomic ancestry back nearly 12,000 years found that Native people in the US Northwest have populated the area consistently.

Mouse Brains And Babies
Relatively low doses of penicillin led to brain and behavioral changes in mice who were given the antibiotic as pups.

70% Of Trash
70% of the trash in the oceans is plastic.

Plastic To Gas
A non-profit company is developing a miniaturized method of producing diesel fuel from plastic in the oceans.

Badgers be crazy… Crazy smart… Like a fox!
A badger was caught on camera caching a whole cow. Talk about a cash cow! Is that something…??

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29 March, 2017 – Episode 612 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 31st, 2017
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Body Signals, Citrus Clean, Exporting Ground Water, Weather Whiplash Woes, Spider Personalities, Chimps Don’t Care, Survival Of Sex, Raven Cliques, Guppy Love, Plant Microbiome, Cannabis Wine, Arctic Plankton Bloom?, Bullies And Bulimia, Tazzie Tigers Alive???, And Much More…

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You have arrived at a destination…
which is a good thing.
One in which all your wildest inquiries are being pursued…
The go to destination of the wondering mind.
How do you know if you’ve found the right spot?
If you are:
Irritated by ignorance…
Unsatisfied with not knowing…
Left Wanting when hearing only half truths…
Find uninformed rhetoric anti-climactic…
Then look no further…
You have arrived.
From ground shaking insights,
to far distant planetary discoveries
You will hear the harmonic tremors
As we will move the heavens and earth into clearer focus
Until you are completely satisfied…
A wondering mind is a wonderful thing
And we’re so happy you chose to share yours with us…
Here on…
This Week In Science…
coming up next

Listen to your body and STAHP EATING
Does your body tell you when you are full? Even better, can it tell you when you’re getting fat??

Fruit peels for clean water
Those useless peels from your grapefruit or orange could be used to make clean drinking water!

Exporting ground water
Up to 11% of groundwater depletion is directly linked to agriculture for internationally traded foods.

Weather Whiplash Water Woes
Drought will have a major impact on water quality and availability in the mid-West.

But he’s got a great personality…
Spiders may not be as hard wired as we thought – in fact, their range of personalities may be vast.

Music falling on deaf ears
Chimps don’t care about your music. Can it really be??

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Survival of the sex…
why we do it

Raven social structure may be as complex as the High School cafeteria
Ravens remember who is friend and who is foe, develop patterns as social butterflies or loners, and use their social knowledge to get ahead. Ravens – they’re just like us!

Smart ladies know what they like
…and if you’re a guppy, it’s flash and panache.

A call for A Plant Microbiome Project
Do it right!

Getting snooty
About cannabis.

Arctic plankton bloom?!?!
The ice has gotten so thin (how thin is it?) that enough light has penetrated to cause a plankton bloom. Uh oh?

Bullies and bulimia
School bullies and their victims are obsessed with weight loss compared to others.

Tasmanian Tigers??? Alive????
We’re still not sure, so don’t fly off the handle, KAREN!

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22 March, 2017 – Episode 611 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 23rd, 2017
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Spanish Cannibals, Venom For Stroke, Spiders Got Personality!, Self-Sustaining Cell, Lab Animal Handling, Happy Lab Rats, Contagious Laughter, See Through Silver, Arctic Depletion, Bad For Bees?, Finding Dormant HIV, Blueberry Vigor?, Tardigrade Survival, Martian Ring Toss, And Much More…

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Global warming research is facing obstacles…
Not in data collection or analysis…
Not in consensus or modeling…
And unfortunately not obstacles to actual warming of the planet…
But obstacles of opinion and willful opposition to science…
Rarely in recent history has the scientific community been so vigorously opposed
Yes, there was that dust up over evolution…
And, there may be some who still believe that cigarettes don’t cause cancer…
And, no matter how hard the teachers try,
some folks will continue to think that physics is just too un-intuitive to be true…
Despite the modern society in which they live being dependent upon the understanding of such things…
And this is the challenge…
What can we do to take the body of knowledge that science has compiled…
The obstacles we have overcome in the past…
And communicate to the world that is living within its solutions…
If we blind ourselves to the obstacles of today…
If we abandon solutions for a better future…
How many brighter futures will we fail to realize…
If we turn our backs on
This Week In Science
Coming Up Next…

Spanish Cannibals
If you find human bone remnants in human excrement, there was some cannibalism going on. And, that’s what has been discovered in a Spanish cave dating back to about 10,000 years ago. Cannibalism isn’t unheard of in humans, so the question here is what drove the people to eat each other: hunger or ritual?

Venom For Stroke
Venom from a highly venomous Australian spider might lead to a new and better treatment for brain damage caused by stroke.

“>Self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell
More powerful than previous bacterial batteries, this little cell that could has the potential to power many and varied devices… if we can get the bacteria to live together peacefully forever.

How we handle lab animals makes all the difference
What?! Living things respond differently to stimuli, and previous experiences influence data?? The devil you say!!

A happy lab rat is a good lab rat
But how do we know if they are happy? Look at the ears!

Laughter is contagious
Even for parrots! But what does that mean for science? Actually, quite a lot…

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See Through Silver…
Don’t go looking for invisible coins, this new formulation of silver that might first take shape as a coating for touchscreens has the potential to impact technology at multiple levels and lead to advancement in all sorts of places.

Arctic Depletion
It’s at least half the fault of humanity that sea ice is waning in the Arctic, according to a new study.

Sea ice down globally!

Budget Worries
The proposed budget from the Trump administration cuts a lot of science funds, but Congress makes the final appropriations. Should we worry?

Almonds are bad for bees…
Well, at least the fungicides that are being used by many almond growers.

Finding Dormant HIV
Recent work has identified a protein marker produced by dormand HIV infected cells called CD32a, which could potentially be used to target latent HIV in infected people.

Blueberry Vigor
A special cocktail of blueberry juice and other hormone altering nutirients might have had an effect on post-partum blues, but we don’t know because the study was small and not properly controlled.

No Supplements For Old Men
A study looking at Vitamin E and Selenium supplements did not find any effect of these antioxidants on dementia incidence.

Martian Ring Toss
It could be that Mars once had rings, and will again.

Tardigrades make their own proteins
This may have something to do with why they are nearly invincible – and adds to my theory that perhaps they are aliens…

In honour of Sir David Attenborough
An animal gets a name.

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15 March, 2017 – Episode 610 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 17th, 2017
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50 Years A Model, Healthcare Science, CRISPR Update, Bad Stem Cell, Penguin Parenting, Lazy Ant Ethics, Food Say What?, Debunking The Old, Invasive American Icon, Airport Brain Scans?, Itchy Scratchy, Mars Potatoes, Spider Love, And Much More…
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The wow factor…
That thing at the end of a good sales pitch,
That makes you go:
“Yeah that’s cool… but I still don’t really need one of those.”
The wow factor is what every advertiser wants to get you excited
And movie makers want it too,
Giant space ships that take forever to clear the frame,
A herd of dinosaurs animated back to life,
A car chase involving very expensive vehicles
Or a car chase made up of dinosaurs in space ships
being pursued by advertising executives going wow wow wow…
But there is another wow factor out there…
It comes when we tune our brains to discoveries in science…
When learning something new…
When learning what we didn’t think could be true…
Or when learning about the sort of thing we wish just wasn’t true…
The wow factors in science aren’t just in the text books…
They’re arriving daily,
and being reported weekly right here on
This Week In Science.
Coming Up Next…

50 Years A Model
The first climate model paper turns 50 this year, and it predicted our current climate fairly well.

Healthcare Science
A study of people suffering from cystic fibrosis found that those in Canada live a decade longer on average than patients in the United States.

CRISPR Update
Human embryo editing by Chinese scientists kinda worked, and kinda didn’t.

Bad stem cell trial goes badly
People are blind because of an unregulated stem cell trial at a clinic in Florida.

Penguin parents have difficulty cutting the cord, too.
In times of plenty, penguin parents will continue to feed their adult offspring, proving yet again that many of our bad habits have roots in nature…

Yet another apologetic study explaining away laziness
This time, we learn that ants have “varying stimulous rates,” which means different points at which they are inspired into action. This means the whole colony does not get tired at the same time. Sure, I guess that makes sense, but that is NO EXCUSE FOR YOU TO SIT THERE KNITTING KAREN! GET TO WORK!!

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No Fat, No Sugar, No Good…
Don’t listen to the marketing words on your food’s packaging.

Debunking The Old
A new study looking at dendrites in the brain find that they are much more active, and in a more complex way than previously thought.

Researchers investigating the mechanism of anesthesia have upended the old idea that drugs primarily interact with the lipid membrane of cells with a new study that concludes anesthetics engage receptors on the membrane surface.

Invasive American Icon…
When and how did the Bison get here?

Airport Brain Scans?
A group of lawyers and neuroscientists did a study… and found the brain activity of people changes when they know they are engaged in an illicit activty.

Itchy Scratchy
Scientists have started unpacking the neural mechanisms underpinning contagious scratching.

Mars Potatoes
They aren’t on Mars yet, but scientists at the International Potato Center and NASA teamed up to build a CubeSAT containment unit to grow the terrific tubers in soil at a temperature, pressure, and daylight cycle similar to that on Mars. The spuds are doing great. Next step… SPAAAACE!

Save a spider, cause we owe them.
In honor of save a spider day, we learn that spiders eat as much biomass (in the form of bugs) as whales in our oceans. Now think of a world without spiders… ewwwww…..

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08 March, 2017 – Episode 609 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 10th, 2017
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Women In Science, What They Ate, Troubling Sinks, Molecular Leaf, Panda’s Technicolor Dreamcoat, Elephants Get Fitbit, Eyes Came First, DNA Storage, Time Crystals, Boney Appetite, Spider Nightmare Juice, Sex Talk, Ladies In Space, And Much More…

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The following hour of programming would not be possible without women…
Not only is it created, owned, produced and managed by a woman…
But two of the three hosts are women!
And the one male host on the show was raised by, you guessed it…
a woman…
More than one in fact…
And while women are being recognized for all the wonderful things they do this women’s day…
I’d like to take a quick moment to speak on behalf of all men…
We get it…
some of us are the worst people ever…
And those of us that intend to get it right,
often don’t…
But please don’t give up on us…
We don’t always understand.
We don’t always make the effort to understand.
But don’t give up.
Don’t give up, and please don’t be patient either…
Patience was tried valiantly in the past,
it doesn’t work.
Your patience is always viewed by us as acceptance.
Do not accept the status quo,
do not suffer fools,
And make all mankind better by being heard
Right here on…
This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Women In Science
Women are making strides in the sciences around the globe, bringing parity to what has historically been disparate gender representation.

What They Ate
Neandertals ate food that corresponded with where they lived according to a study on dental plaques published by Australian paleontologist, Laura Weyrich.

Troubling Sinks
What goes down can come back up concludes a study of bacterial growth in sink P-traps by a team led by Amy Mathers, a molecular epidemiologist at the University of Virginia.

Molecular Leaf
A new material can convert carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide just using the power of light.

Why is the panda black and white?
Because it is bad at being a bear.

Using fitbits to track elephants and learn about sleep
Elephants only sleep for 2-4 hours a night, and not very deep. Perhaps this stufy will illuminate why we sleep and how to improve our quality of sleep! But hopefully it won’t be too bright, I’m trying to catch some z’s…

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Heading out to see
Massive Increase in Visual Range Preceded the Origin of Terrestrial Vertebrates.

DNA Storage
Researchers just developed a method to store information in DNA that closes in on its theoretical maximum by using an error correcting encoding algorithm usually used for noisy data communications systems.

Time Crystals
The name doesn’t just sound cool. This new phase of matter breaks time symmetry. No one has ever done that before.

Boney Appetite
Your bones help regulate your appetite, according to recent research published in Nature by Stavroula Kousteni and her colleagues.

Spiders who live together, are terrifying together
Spiders band together to withstand heavy rainfall and predation pressures in the rainforest.

Let’s Talk About Sex
Americans are having less of it! We can thank Jean Twenge for a new analysis of sex trends in the US that makes life seem less fun.

Ladies In Aerospace!!!
A fellowship in the name of Brooke Owens has named its first class of 36 women who will spend the summer gaining valuable experience at various organizations in the aerospace industry.

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