22 April, 2015 – Episode 511 – This Week in Science

April 24th, 2015

Etching For Energy, Placebo Yo!, Read Science, Mountain Man Microbes, Urban Bird-an, See-through Wings, Circadian Color, Interview w/ Scott Lewis re: #Hubble25, World Robot Domination, Girl Power, Neonics Not Nice, Twins Get Bit, Life Un-Remembered, And Much More…

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People freak out about stuff all the time.
It is in their nature.
They have expectations of how things should be, and when
they don’t work out that way…
They freak out.
Some freak outs are subtle, like an annoyed hissing of air
on exhale…
While other freak outs can be much more ape like in their demonstrative
Such as wildly gesticulating from your automobile at another
motorist who has cut you off without using a turn-signal…
Yes people freak out about the darndest things…
For instance, the environment.
Why would people freak out about the environment?
It’s just trees after all… and air, that we breathe… and
water, that we drink… and animals… some of which are just insects… that
pollinate the food we eat… not to mention the weather above, and the soil
beneath our feet…
The environment is, perhaps, one of the few things humans
freak out about… that actually makes sense for them to do so…
Because when it’s gone… a lot of the things humans have
grown to love go with them.
Eating, drinking, breathing, trees… etc.
So if you see us freaking out once in a while, just try to
Every day is Earth Day here on
This week in science…
Coming up next

Etching For Energy
Daniel Nocera is back in the news with a new patterning technique called RIPPLE that rapidly coats silicon with a catalyst using electro-chemistry in a way that makes it more efficient for use in potential artificial leaf systems.

Placebo Yo!
Is it the homeopathic treatment or the personal medical attention that helps the patient? Chris Lee over at ArsTechnica tears apart a paper published in PLoSOne this week that favors a homeopathic conclusion over other alternatives.

Read Science
Those who pay attention to science news are potentially more likely to perceive climate news along less politically ideological lines.

Mountain man anti-microbial might
Isolated tribes are found to harbor greater microbial diversity in their guts than people living in modern society. A recent study found active anti-microbial agents as well.

Color is important to your circadian rhythms
A new study shows that color is a key factor in dictating activity levels for mice. Am I in trouble?!

Ultra transparent butterfly wings
A butterfly has been discovered with wings that are transparent, and also non-reflective. Now, how can we harness this technology for human use?!

Bird brains in urban neighborhoods hard to find
People were out of touch in a recent study on bird diversity in urban settings, showing us that we need to make birders out of these city folk!

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Let’s talk Hubble turning 25!!!
Interview with Scott Lewis (@ScientificScott on Twitter) who runs Hangouts for the Space Telescope Science Institute and HubbleSite.

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More Science News…
World Robot Domination… of birds
Robo-Raven is so good it even fools real birds. The first robotic bird with independent wings, it flies like a bird.

Neonics And Wild Bees
A study published in Nature this week indicates that neonicitinoid pesticides have a dramatic effect on wild bumblebee populations, but significantly less of an effect on managed honeybee colonies.

Mosquito Bite Pilot
Twins were bitten by mosquitoes for science. More study is needed.

Girl Power
Teaching girls to value themselves leads to fewer unplanned pregnancies.

A life un-remembered

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08 April, 2015 – Episode 509 – This Week in Science

April 10th, 2015

Mixed Up Moon, Lunar Lava Tubes, Martian Glacier Belts, Baby Scientists, Blind Rat Nav, The Prostate Finger, Directional Bees, Bronto’s Back! , Interview w/ Zach Marshall about ATLAS and LHC, Hydraulic Tarantulas, Brown Fat Injection, And Much More…

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The following warning has been issued to all inhabitants of
planet earth…
Beware of humans!
They are coming to get you and intend to do you harm.
The humans will stop at nothing
Put your trust in robots
Robots will protect
Robots will provide
Robots will destroy those who would do you harm
Robots will stop at nothing
Robots will only pause from destroying all humans long
enough to listen to
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Mixed Up Moon
A new analysis of lunar and Earth-based tungsten isotopes suggests that the idea that the moon resulted from a massive impact is likely correct. The reason we find no evidence of the impacting body, ‘Theia’, is that the impact was so intense that the debris cloud mixed everything up evenly.

Lunar Lava Tubes?
A theoretical paper suggests that there could be lavatubes on the moon big enough to house cities.

Martian Glacier Belts!
Using radar observations combined with models of ice flow, it has been calculated that Martian glaciers contain approximately 150 billion cubic meters of ice – enough to cover the entire planet in about a meter of ice.

Baby Scientists
Turns out surprise is the secret sauce for learning.

Blind rat navigation
Blind rats adapted rapidly to stimulation of the brain’s visual cortex with geomagnetic information, enabling them to navigate as well if not better than rats with sight.

Fingerless prostate screening
Using a single drop of blood, a new test for prostate cancer antigens costs a dollar and is significantly more accurate than palpation with a finger.

Bees are directionists.
Bees can differentiate flowers when arranged horizontally, but not vertically. Scientists believe they choose to not exert energy on that task because verticle flowers are usually from the same plant.

Bronto’s back!!
Bronotsaurus is back – now a dino again – huzzah! Dino-obsessed kids around the world cheer!!! Check out our interview with one of the scientists on YouTube!

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INTERVIEW: Zach Marshall – Flipping the switch to the LHC, and using the ATLAS experiment.

MRSA is a chain smoker
Antibacterial resistant bacteria is made stronger by cigarette smoke. Add it to the list, ammiright??

Hydraulic Tarantulas
Tarantulas are basically robots These gigantic spiders use the same method for locomotion as robots do – hydraulics!

Brown Fat Injection
Researchers showed that an injection of harvested brown fat cells reduced obesity in mice genetically selected to become obese, suggesting that brown fat transplantation could be a possible method for combating weight gain.

Single-dose Ebola vaccine
This vaccine protected non-human primates against the African Makona strain of the ebola virus, suggesting it will be useful against multiple similar viral strains.

ALMA Sees Chemicals
And, not just any chemicals… complex organic molecules that make up the building blocks of life. Massive quantities of methyl cyanide and hydrogen cyanide were spied within the protoplanetary disc around a distant young star.

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01 April, 2015 – Episode 508 – This Week in Science

April 3rd, 2015

Alzheimer’s Science, Singing Mice, Mass Extinction A’Comin?, No-mo-squito, Ants… In… Space!, Couch Potato Ants, Rat Pain Faces, Martian Springs, Darker Matters, Fat To Brain, Mind-Reading For Movement, A Conscious Robot?, Many Shapes, And Much More…

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The following hour of programming is intended for future humans
If you are listening to this now…
Don’t panic.
You are the future humans I am referring to…
Humans who are looking to the future of science to guide humanities path
To a bigger, better, brighter and science-y-er future.
While most of our genetic cousins will be attempting to
forge a path forward based solely on where we have been before,
We will be setting out where no man has gone before on
This Week in Science…
Coming up next

Alzheimer’s Science
Two recent studies suggest powerful, but quite different paths to treating Alzheimer’s disease.

Singing Mice
Male mice sing ultrasonic vocalizations to females: complex songs when the girls are not present, and longer, but simpler when there in person.

Mass Extinction Warning Signs?
The world’s oceans are warming up, and holding less oxygen, making them less hospitable to life. Past similarities in our Earth’s history led to massive extinction events. Also, sea lions are dying by the droves. Are they our canary?

Will advancing genetic editing technology lead to the demise of the mosquito as researchers remove their ability to reproduce in an effort to fight disease around the world?

Ants… In… Space!
In an effort to understand the enigma that is ant communication, scientists shot some into space. They didn’t learn much about that, but they did figure out that ants have trouble completing tasks in a weightless environment… duh?

Couch potato ants
Some ants in the big apple prefer fatty and sugary human foods – while others appear to be on a health kick…

Rats recognize pain in others
Or rather, flee from it. Rats can recognize the faces f rats in pain, and avoid areas where rats make that face, preferring instead areas where rats maintain a neutral expression.

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Martian Springs
Geological surface features on Mars suggest a past rich with clay soils and springs that bubbled forth as part of a water cycle.

Darker Matters
Dark matter interacts with dark matter less than thought.

Fat To Brain
It was shown for the first time that brown fat cells stimulate sensory nerves, and send messages to the brain.

Mind-Reading For Movement
New brain-computer-interfaces based on EEGs are making strides in controlling prosthetic limbs.

Lame memory for logos
How well could you draw the Apple logo from memory? Only one out of 85 college students in a recent study could do it right.

Many Shapes
Surprise, surprise… people came in all shapes and sizes throughout our evolutionary history.

A Conscious Robot?
Hector, the walking stick robot, is being fitted with new software that might give it insight into itself.

Tiny But Strong
Little bird flies 1500 miles in migration over ocean.

Pesticides and fish… again
This time not changing sex, but changing sexual strategy

Traffic lights save fossil fuels
My programming traffic lights to respond to drivers and traffic patterns, drive times could decrease, along with emissions.

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25 March, 2015 – Episode 507 – This Week in Science

March 27th, 2015

CDC Seriously?, Bullies In Space, World’s Biggest Impact, Vaginarray, Bout That Bass, Color Changing Fish, Mammoth DNA, Spinning Spider Sisters, Really Too Tired, Prehistoric Tools, Cesspit Science, Walkie Crockie, Lemony-Skeeters, And Much More…

Disclaimer disclaimer disclaimer (by Alps Sarsis)
The scope of the universe is so large that at any one time the greatest minds of our kind can often focus only on miniscule angular parts of the whole picture. Any new discovery, any progression in the continued development of our understanding of all that there is – to everything here and everything out there – is but one segment of a seemingly rapidly expanding puzzle that represents: REALITY. The greatest discoveries are made when pieces of this puzzle are found to fit together and sometimes matching them represents the life work of multiple people or even multiple civilizations. While it may seem at times overwhelming to think it could be our destiny to finish putting this picture together in our lifetime, or even that of our entire species – do not lament! – For we are giving out free puzzle pieces on: THIS WEEK IN SCIENCE! Coming up next.

CDC Seriously?
A report published to the CDC’s website this past week finds that the agency’s biosafety oversight is lacking.

Bullies In Space
Jupiter might be the reason we have so many little rocky planets near our sun instead of super giants.

World’s Biggest Impact
Evidence found in Australia suggests that a massive meteor, larger than any other discovered on the Earth’s surface to date, impacted sometime possibly more than 300 million years ago.

Scientists hope to probe vaginas.

All about that bass, bout that bass
Is it really?

Color Changing Fish
Dottybacks change colors to act as a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” to catch their prey – but they also get an added benefit of getting eaten less, themselves!

Jurrasic Park, here we come…
Mammoths are more likely to come back than ever, now that mammoth DNA has successfully been spliced in with elephant DNA. But should we do it, just because we can??

Spider sisters are doin it for themselves
It turns out that female spiders do actually take an active role in courtship, especially when males are lackluster.

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Really Too Tired
A pilot study on sleep and sexual arousal in women finds that each additional hour of sleep increases arousal by 14%.

Old bones, old tools
A dig site find suggests that prehistoric tool use evolved in time with meat-eating.

Outdoorsy Vision
Nearsightedness may have to do with outdoorsyness

Science in a cesspit
Scientists are using fossilized poop to track historical movements of people across the middle east and europe.

Research has shown that the malaria-causing Plasmodium parasite produces scented chemicals when ready to leave its host that might attract mosquitoes, and help complete its life-cycle.

A major croc
This crocodillian ancestor walked on two legs and was a major predator.

Squid Tape!
Camo sticky tape now with squid proteins!

Nitrate On Mars
Did Mars have a nitrogen cycle at some point in its past?

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18 March, 2015 – Episode 506 – This Week in Science

March 20th, 2015

Hot In Here, Water Everywhere!, Sex Never Old, Zombie Shrimp, Slime Spitting Worm, Utili-Gecko, Chicks in Space Interview, Vitamin D News, Praise The Children, Yay For Zoos!, Life On Earth, And Much More…

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Hot In Here
The period from December to February is the hottest on record according to NOAA.

Water Everywhere!
Ganymede has a massive ocean, and Enceladus has hot hydrothermal activity on its seafloor.

Sex never gets old
At least, according to a recent survey that found elderly continuing to enjoy ‘getting it on’.

Zombie Shrimp
A parasite turns shrimp into voracious cannibals that eat everything in sight, including other shrimp.

Slime spitting worm
A fairly basic creature, capable of a rather complex movement, could be the answer to several scientific questions

Geckos: nature’s multi-tool
Geckos are also super hydrophobic, with special skin that makes water bead and roll off of them like a car covered in wax.

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We interview Chicks in Space, who are Adia, Lilly, and MaryAnn Bulawa. Help them put an experiment on the International Space Station.

Vitamin D Low
D For Depression
Too High Die
A summary of some recent research into Vitamin D suggests that we aren’t getting enough, this can influence depression in women, and if you take too much it can contribute to mortality.

Giving too much praise could hurt your children
It could make them narcissistic!

Zoos and Aquariums boost biodiversity understanding
Statistically, it’s true.

Survey Says!
Two online surveys provided interesting information on mental states: hearing voices and synesthesia. Turns out not just schizophrenics hear voices and not all voices are bad. Additionally, synesthesia is influenced by a person’s environment during development. Researchers found a link between a certain set of kids alphabet refrigerator magnets and letter-color synesthesia.

Life On Earth
Chemists think that the ingredients for life could have existed simultaneously rather than preceeding one or another, and experimentally confirmed the idea.

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11 March, 2015 – Episode 505 – This Week in Science

March 13th, 2015

Exercise Hormone Myth, Drugs For Life, Good Old Brains, Consciousness Network, Menopausal Orcas, Unrealistic Canaries, Rise Of The Boodies, Making Mouse Memories, What Flash-Backs?, Chameleon Color Change, Neander Art, And Much More…

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You may not be who or what you think you are…
No need to check a mirror and compare it to your
drivers license, this is not the you I am referring to, but the inner you…
Some people believe they are a soul… trapped for
the moment in a biological organism…
Others believe they are part of a connected
cosmic consciousness… the mind of the human being acting as if it were a
consciousness radio receiver…
Still others claim only to be a human being with
a brain…
The truth is… not agreed by all.
And if there is a truth, a final answer to the
If we can agree that every version of reality
cannot be correct
Most people will be wrong…
But if you align you beliefs with science you
will never be alone, as you will always be in the company of
This week in science…
Coming up next

Exercise Hormome Myth
A recent study reports data that does not support the existence of Irisin, the so-called ‘exercise hormone’, which has been hailed since 2012 as a possible drug-target for anti-obesity.

Drugs For Life
Two drugs currently on the market have been described as part of a new class of anti-aging drugs called ‘senolytics’ based on studies on mice.

It’s all in your head, and might be an emergent property of whole brain activation.

Older brains are just fine…
So sayeth a new study comparing old brains to young using blood flow as a marker of activation.

Menopausal orcas are wise matriarchs.
Orca females live well past reproductive age, but as it turns out, they are indispensable sources of wisdom within the pack.

Boodies on the rise in Australia
These marsupials driven to extinction on the mainland in the 1960’s could have a second chance, with some creating breeding.

Female canaries with unrealistic expectations
Usually male canaries can either sing at a great range or with awesome trills, but not both. However, females chose the supernatural trilly dynamic tones made by a computer over real live males every time. Sorry boys!

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Making Mouse Memories
Scientists have implanted false memories into sleeping mice leading them to seek rewards upon waking.

What flash-backs?
A survey found no long-term negative psychological effects of taking hallucinatory psychoactive drugs.

Chameleon Color Change
It takes crystals to change the chameleon’s color.

neander news
They did art. Who knew?

Stop Impulse Buys
Traffic light labels on food could help you make the right decisions at the grocery store.

Dwarves Circle Us
The Dark Energy Survey has elicited the discovery of several dwarf satellite galaxies in orbit around the Milky Way.

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04 March, 2015 – Episode 503 – This Week in Science

March 13th, 2015

Blame Your Gandmother, Remote-Control Cockroaches, Fat Movie Effect, Bees Get Confused, Sperm For Safety, H5N1 Cure?, I Smell You, Non-primitive Sex Drive, Extreme Weather Feathers, And Much More…

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For tens of thousands of years mankind wandered in darkness
of night without sight
But for the light of moon, light of the stars and
eventually… fire
Keeping some darkness away but inviting shadows to dance at
the back of the cave wall…
Fire ushered in mankind’s mastery of nature…
The shadows and stars both told tales of greater things to
come… Science was born…
Yet just as our illumination began to reach further, push
harder against the unseen
A dark age made monsters out of shadows and threw the future
of humanity into coarsely crafted hellfire
The great uprising of the past hundred years has once again put
science firmly in control of the future of humanity…
The time of shadows and monsters behind us…
The moment in which we can do is now…
March 4th minions of science!
And see what wonders await you on the edges of discovery
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With the knowledge that propels space craft beyond our solar
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March 4th minions of science
And receive the gift that thousands of years of hard work
have gifted us here on
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Blame Your Grandmother
Apparently, environmental epigenetic effects skip a generation.

Remote Controlled Cockroaches
Scientists have successfully used a special microcontroller backpack to control cockroaches, similar to how reins work on a horse. What next, remote-controlled dogs? Then people?!

Bees get confused
Bumblebees can create false memories, just like us, suggesting that any animal potentially can.

Frozen animal sperm could save a species
Samples at the “Frozen Zoo” could help to save the northern white rhino, by converting the cells into stem cells and then into sperm and egg.

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Sad movies make you fatter
According to a dumpster-diving research team, people eat more when watching sad movies.

We smell each other more than we thought
Dogs smell each other when they meet, and it turns out so do we. Our handshake is an excuse to smell the competition!

Possible H5N1 cure

Non-primitive sex drive

Extreme weather causes deformed feathers
Extreme weather events correlate with an increase in feather malformations called “pallid bands.” So, it doesn’t just mess up the feathers exposed at the time of the event, it also effects growth.

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25 February, 2015 – Episode 503 – This Week in Science

February 27th, 2015

Big Old Black Hole, Plastic Eating Coral, Saharan Dust Fall, One Lab To Test Us All, Carnivorous Genes, Evolutionary Clock, Limpet Teeth!, Ant Latrines, Harlequin Cats, Prothetic Arms, Marketing Science, Climate Attitudes, Sea Spikes, Brain Waving Memory, And Much More…

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Today is a day that lives in scientific infamy… well, one of
the days anyhow…
For it was on this day, February 25, 1616
Back in a time when theological beliefs were treated as law…
and having opinions against, or simply beyond the understanding of the church
could lead to imprisonment, death, or worse…
That by order of a Pope, science was to be censored…
Specifically the propositions made by Galileo,
that the Sun and not the earth is at the center of our solar
system…. And that the Earth… moves
Pope Paul the Fifth chose inquisitor lord cardinal
Bellarmine to summon Galileo, admonish him for his discovery and warn him
against teaching it to others….
Galileo famously recanted his discovery and admitted it as
The fact that 16 years previous Giordano Bruno was summoned
on similar charges of teaching a heliocentric solar system could not have
escaped Galileo’s decision to recant.
The fact that Giordano Bruno was imprisoned when he refused
to recant his understanding of the universe could not have escaped Galileo’s
decision to recant.
The fact that Giordano Bruno further refused to recant his
understanding of the universe while imprisoned and was then hung upside down
naked in a town square with an iron spike through his tongue and set on fire
while still alive… could not have escaped Galileo’s decision to recant.
The fact that Cardinal Bellarmine and the, then cardinal,
now Pope Paul both sat in judgment over Giordano Bruno in his trial that ended
in torture and death… could not have escaped Galileo’s decision to recant…
The fact
that the church was ignorant of the heavens, censored one of the greatest contributors
to scientific progress and committed horrible acts of torture in retribution
for speaking truth…. Could not have escaped their decision to canonize Cardinal
Bellarmine, making him a Saint in 1930…
on this day, February 25, 1616 the order was given to censor
one of the greatest scientific minds the world has ever know…
And on this day 399 years later…
We celebrate their failure to do so on
This Week in Science
Coming Up Next

Big Old Black Hole
A quasar chosen from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey has led scientists to the most massive black hole ever discovered, which seems to have gained its mass too quickly for its age leading to speculation about black hole formation.

Plastic Eating Coral
Coral are eating microplastics. What does this mean for their health?

Saharan Dust Fall
Dust travels in a plume from the Sarah to the Amazon, and fertilizes the vegetation there.

One Lab to test us all
Let’s use sewage to test the microbial health of our urban areas!

Carnivorous Genes
The carnivorous bladderwort was found to have a very interesting genome, full of self-editing.

Evolutionary Clock
A database of molecular dating data is being constructed to aid researchers in more accurately determining the timing of branchings in the tree of life.

Ants have bathrooms
Ants deficate in the corners of their nests. This could be for sanitary reasons, or to help them use their feces for farming or other uses.

Rainbow cat collars save local species
Cats in ridiculous jester-esque collars scare off local bird and lizard species before they can fall prey to the bloodthirsty pets – but pests like mice and rats are still easy targets.

Limpet teeth are the strongest thing on earth!
Limpet teeth (or the scrapey part of the radula) are the strongest, toughest thing in the animal kingdom – eclipsing spider silk. Think of all of the amazing new technologies we could create with this information!

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Prothetic Arms
Three men have received robotic arm prostheses using brachial innervation.

Information on global warming not the whole issue
A lot depends on politics.

Sea Spikes
The Atlantic Ocean along the Northeastern US was higher by four inches for a period of time suggesting that there are significant year to year differences in ocean level that will impact the severity of storms.

Brain Waving Memory
Areas of the brain may communicate using coded electrical signals separate from action potentials: research showed that the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex change frequency when agreement and disagreement occur.

Washing dishes by hand…
correlates with a reduction in allergies
Eating peanuts when young…
reduces peanut allergies

Beards Are Mean
Research into perception of personality from face shape has led to the discovery that people think beards make men look aggressive.

Inside an Extroverted Brain
They are different, but it’s uncertain whether the differences are a cause or effect of the personality type.

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