19 November, 2014 – Episode 490 – This Week in Science

November 21st, 2014

What Did Philae Do?, Triclosan Does What?, Black Holes Spooky Quasars, Meteoric Pigeon Hypotheses, On A Bear Hunt, Of Mice And Men, Sea Stars A’wastin, Bankers Ethics, Living For Memory, Moldable Old Brains, Flies Under Pressure, Kiss Of Bacteria, And Much More…

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Science is knowledge that refutes myth, superstition, and conjecture…
It has the power to dissolve ignorance, cure illness, and is the main process by which necessity births invention…
To describe nature, the world and the cosmos without referencing mythology is the key to the scientific method.
Without this freedom, we would not be where we are today, and if we should ever lose this freedom, we will go no further in our scientific pursuit…
But for today, we still have this freedom and there for we still have
This week in science… coming up next

What Did Philae Do?
The little ESA lander on comet 67P, skipped to a stop in the lee of some kind of ridge last Wednesday morning. It’s location made energizing the craft with solar energy impossible, so scientists enacted a plan to use the craft’s batteries to do as much science as possible before they failed. The first result has come back from a German instrment, indicating that there are organic molecules on the comet.

Triclosan Does What?
A new study finds that long-term exposure to triclosan in mice leads to liver fibrosis and cancer.

Black Holes Spooky Quasars
Scientists working with data from the VLT found that quasars line up with the filaments of the universe.

The latest of the Pigeon Hypotheses
The newest research data suggests pigeons have a gyroscope in their brain, so it is gravity, and not magnetism, nor mental maps, that guide them home.

Bear hunting kills a lot more bears than just that prize specimen
Infanticide increased and Fecundity (reproductive success) decreased in times of high hunting pressure. This is a triple-whammy on these very important top predators.

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Of Mice And Men
According to the mouse ENCODE Consortium, mice and humans share many genetic elements and pathways, but there are differences that should be used to inform future research.

Sea Stars A’wastin
Researchers from Cornell University led a team of scientists in search of the cause of a sudden and devastating wasting disease in Pacific Ocean sea stars. The effort has identified a viral vector called a densovirus as the possible cause, leading scientists to home in on what is being described as Sea Star associated Densovirus.

Not a surprise…
Banking ethics are not found in bankers.

Fruit flies succumb to peer pressure
Fruit flies will often conform to societal norms, unless previously trained for other behavior. So, flies are not complete sheep, but there are definitely sheepish undertones…

Old brains just as moldable
Researchers found changes reflecting plasticity in the brains of older people, but not in the same places as in younger brains.

Trans Fats Bad For MemoryTumeric Time!SCN And MemoryShift Work And MemoryNo Nighttime Iron?
A number of studies this week point to ways that our diet and lifestyle influence our brain and body. Some foods contain components like trans-fat, which are bad for memory, while others contains like tumeric seems to boost memory. Additionally, when we sleep can affect the functioning of our SCN, and lead to declines in memory ability over time. It is also possible that lack of synchrony between the brain and organs like the liver can influence metabolic problems.

Calorie Restrict Your Brain
The gene profiles of female mice fed 30% fewer calories than controls were less likely to mirror the changes that occur with aging.

Kiss Of Bacteria
Kissing for 10 seconds allows the transfer of up to 80 million bacteria between partners.

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12 November, 2014 – Episode 489 – This Week in Science

November 18th, 2014

Mind-Controlled Mice, Philae Has Landed, Really Old Genes, Electronic Tongue, Knights Of the Feather, It’s Bat-otage!, Lung Regeneration, Twisted Light, Koala Clamydia, Testicular Prominence, Beat Deafness, And Much More…

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We live in a multi-lingual world where various beliefs are couched different languages…
and often, those with different languages live amongst each other…
While often thought to be a modern consideration, like multi lingual drivers tests at the
department of motor vehicles for instance…
There was another time when the wisdom of inclusion was put into action…
2200 years ago King Ptolemy had a kingly declaration to make to his subjects…
Because he wanted as many as possible to understand his demands, he had it carved in stone
not in just the Egyptian hieroglyphic of the day, but in two other languages as well…
At the time of its 1799 French discovery in city of Rosetta we knew nothing of how to
transcribe the strange hieroglyphics of ancient Egypt…
But we knew well the third engraved language… ancient greek…
And with this discovery, an entire branch of academic study was unleashed, and the
history of an ancient nation, a beginning of civilization became known to us for the first time…
It is just this sort of Rossetta stone we hope to bring you each week as we seek out the science
news stories that usher in new waves of inquiry and new insights into past dilemmas on
This week in science… coming up next…

Mind-Controlled Mice
Scientists demonstrated the potential of mind-controlled optogenetic gene expression, in the first experiment to link a human’s brain to a protein producing device implanted in a mouse.

Philae Has Landed
ESA’s Rosetta mission successfully landed the Philae lander on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Really old people genes
Whole genome analysis of supercentenarians revealed that there is no gene for old age.

Electronic “tongue”
A new electronic device called the e-tongue will lap up water, beverages, blood, and more to sense chemical fingerprint.

Knights Of the Feather
Male hummingbird beaks are for stabbiness, not flower-eating.

I’m Tellin Ya All, it’s a Bat-otage!
Bats use a “jamming” frequency to confuse competitors when going in for a meal

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Lung Regeneration
Scientists have discovered stem cells essential to the regeneration of damaged lungs.

Twisted Light
Physicists successfully transmitted beams of twisted light through the skies of Vienna, demonstrating the potential for open-air transmission of classical and quantum communications.

Koala Clamydia
Koala clamydia vaccine could save those cuddly, STD-ridden, fuzzy-wuzzy, outback darlings!

Testicular Prominence
A new protein atlas of the human body shows the testicles as a location of high protein diversity.

What Is Beat Deafness?
If you can’t hold a beat or adjust to match a beat, you’re beat deaf.

Drop Of Diagnosis
A new machine aims to diagnose diseases with just a small drop of blood.

Google Genome
$25 storage per year…

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05 November, 2014 – Episode 488 – This Week in Science

November 7th, 2014

Driving The Climate, D’Oh Clymatia, Connecting Humanity, Smelly Women, Big Ol Mammal, The Dumb Vote, Brains On Fat And Sugar, The Telomerator, Financial Advisors?, Life On Water, Lingering Smoke, Go Fever?, Ebola Update, And Much More…

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Remember, remember this fifth of November
That science is progress
And will not surrender
That elections of leaders who are doubters of reason
Will find a world without science
A world hotter each season
We have given a pass to a party of voices
Who habitually make un-science-y choices
Not the simplest concept can these jokers catch
They lead deaf-men through darkness and yet we lost the match
We supporters of science, we believers in proof
We seekers of knowledge and revealers of truth
Its just one election, for two years we’ll be vexed
Till then more than ever, this week in science…
Will be coming up next…

Driving The Climate
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab researchers looked at data regarding how well different surfaces on Earth emit in the far-infrared spectrum of light, and determined that it is probably much more influential on global heating than has been thought.

D’Oh Clymatia
Seriously, people. The climate is screwed unless we make changes, and the sooner the better.

Connecting Humanity
University of Washington scientists have successfully shown that they can send signals from one person’s brain over the internet to activate hand movements in another person.

Big ol’ mammal
Ancient groundhog that lived during the time of the dinosaurs weighed in at about 20 pounds; big for a mammal of that time. But, can we say… dino snack?

Smelly women
Anatomical study shows that women have more cells in their olfactory organs, explaining why they have a better sense of smell.

The dumb vote
Psychologists find that people are more likely to vote for healthier looking candidates over intelligence.

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Fat For Brains
It turns out that fat in your diet is good for your brain.

Brains On Fat And Sugar
Fat and a certain sugar are essential for neuronal stem cells to continue dividing healthily. Interestingly, animals lose this sugar as they age.

Financial Advisors?
Investment professionals are no better at investing than educated lay-people.

The Telomerator
A new tool for synthetic biology makes it possible to break circular DNA into linear pieces so that experiments can be
more closely aligned with the biology of higher organisms.

Life On Water
How much water does life need to exist and survive? A new study suggests that microbial life requires a water activity measure (related to humidity) of at least 0.6, versus a measure of 1.0 for pure water. This new measurement suggests life might be capable of living in many seemingly arid environments.

Lingering Smoke
Researchers found that chemicals left over from cigarette smoke that attach to dust particles, walls, and other surfaces in a smoker’s home, called third-hand smoke, linger for hours after a cigarette is smoked and may have significant health impacts.

Go Fever?
Capping off a terrible week for private space flight, the Vigin Galactic Space ShipTwo crashed last week killing one pilot and injuring another as a result of an uncommanded change in the ship’s conformation.

Ebola Update
The WHO has revised its estimates downward as improvements in the numbers of cases are being seen in Liberia. However, it is being conservative in its estimates as not all cases or deaths are being reported.

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29 October, 2014 – Episode 487 – This Week in Science

October 31st, 2014

Fairies Sing To Eggs, Who Decides Sex?, Better Beetle Babies, Cat Poo Fever, Sick Spit, Disgusting Politics, Ribozyme For Life, Beware Old Poo, Brain Changes In CFS, Orders And Morals, And Much More…

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The following hour of programming is not for the faint of heart…
As ghoulish corpses begin grumbling in their graves
and long sleeping vampires slowly slide the coffin lids ajar…
As witches stir all manner of creepy crawly creatures into their
And neighborhood children across the nation prepare to
embark in an ancient pagan celebration
We will keep you safe and sound with fairies, beetle sex and
Ebola protocals…
Comfortably distracted with brain parasites, and ancient poo
And as always… just a little creeped out by what is actually
going on in the natural world of
This Week In Science… coming up next…

Fairies Sing To Eggs
Fairy Wrens are found to sing a specific song to their offspring while they are still in the egg. The offspring respond to this song, and possibly learn it in order to gain an advantage in the nest against brood parasites once they hatch.

Who Decides Sex?
In ferns, the ladies use an inactivated sex hormone called gibberelin to tell immature plants to become boys.

Better Beetle Babies
A study looking at red flour beetle’s mating habits determined that signals conferring immune system instructions for specific pathogens are likely transmitted within the sperm, while other more general immune signals arise from the seminal fluid. It is likely that the signal in the sperm is epigenetic in nature.

Cat Poo Fever
Study determines close to 21 percent of schizophrenia cases may actually be the result of Toxoplasma gondii infections, which means they are potentially treatable.

Feel sick? just spit on it
A new assay of human spit found a significant number of completely unknown RNA based molecules that are thought to be involved in cell signalling. The finding suggests that simple assays for disease markers might be possible.

Disgusting Politics
Researchers found that fMRI brain scans of people’s brains while they view disgusting images are sufficient to determine their political leanings with 95-98% accuracy.

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Ribozyme For Life
Researchers have created an enzyme in the lab for catalyzing the joining of left-handed ribonucleic acids. It is hypothesized that self-repilcating ribozymes with specific handedness would have been necessary for life to get a start.

Beware Old Poo
Scientists identified two viruses in 700-year old caribou feces. They then infected plants with the viruses confirming that viruses might survive for long periods frozen in the ice.

Brain Changes In CFS
An MRI imaging study has for the first time shown distinct differences in the brains of people with Chronic fatigue syndrome from healthy individuals.

Orders And Morals
A study suggests that being talked into succumbing to a vice actually leaves you feeling better than not engaging in the vice at all or engaging in it of your own will. Also, a separate study suggests that time of day and your personal chronotype determine how likely you are to be immoral. Does it make a difference when you are being ordered to do something immoral?

Rocket Down
An Antares rocket exploded at launch yesterday destroying over 2000 kg of supplies for the International Space Stations. However, none of the supplies were critical, so there is no danger of astronauts currently on the ISS running out of things in the immediate future.

Nurse Defies Government
Kaci Hickox says she will not submit to a 21 day quarantine.

Ebola Rising
WHO puts numbers at 10,000

California Enacts Guidelines
California residents who have had contact with Ebola-infected patients are subject to a 21 day quarantine.

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22 October, 2014 – Episode 486 – This Week in Science

October 27th, 2014

Dark Matters, In The Light, The Fermi Signal, Olive Oil Update, Bendy Feathers, Skin Cells Brain Cells, Shrinking Goats, Latrines For Lemurs, Best. Experiment. Ever., Interview w/ Rob Manning From NASA JPL, And Much More…

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If you are listening to the sound of my voice, you are alive…
And what’s more, you are not alone…
No matter where on earth you find yourself, life is all
around you…
Running, flapping, swimming and wriggling about…
Eating, getting eaten, causing traffic jams…
And while the planet you are standing on may be teeming with
The universe itself is not so crowded
Hundreds of billions of Galaxies… each with hundreds of
billions of stars…
And yet for all we know, we are the only life anywhere in
the universe…
The possibilities are plenty, the probabilities abound,
and yet on the only planet that we know supports life
has done so only once in its 4 billion year history…
We are searching the surface of another planet tonight…
looking for clues of life beyond our little blue rock… and perhaps planning for
a second home amongst the stars
A home not unlike the home we have found here…
On This Week in Science… coming up next

Dark Matters
A group of scientists report that strange fluctuations in X-rays emitted by the sun could be the result of axions, a particle hypothesized to be the source of dark matter.

In The Light
German researchers are repurposing a telescopic mirror to search for photonic evidence of dark matter in the fabulously named FUNK experiment.

The Fermi Signal
NASA’s Fermi space telescope has evidence of photon emissions from the black hole at the center of the Milky Way, which could be related to dark matter collisions. However, the signal is too weak to correspond to the predicted quantity of dark matter that should encircle the black hole had it formed according to the standard model of black hole formation. So, either dark matter theory is wrong, or we need to go back to the drawing board with our ideas about our black hole.

Olive oil update
Turns out that olive oil holds up better under scrutiny… er, heat… than other seed oils.

Bendy feathers
Feather structure is more complicated than thought, and very specific depending on the species.

Star wars
Scientists film a laser pulse, and determine that the movies have gotten them all wrong.

Brains cells
Completely bypassing the pluripotent state, researchers programmed skin cells to become brain cells without any intervening steps.

Climate Change is Shrinking Goats
A rise in climate of 4 degrees celcius over the past 30 years has caused chamois goats to shrink by a whopping 25%, but it appears to be due to a change in behavior, rather than resources…

Latrines: Facebook for Lemurs
Lemurs use latrine trees to communicate with each other through their urine – so the next time you think your partner’s addiction to social media is disruptive, be glad they aren’t lemurs!

Best. Experiment. Ever.
By terrifying squirrels with remote controlled cats and hawks, a researcher learned that they use vocal cues and physical signals to communicate with other squirrels, as well as predators.

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We spoke with Rob Manning about his book – Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer – and learned all sorts of things about the one ton robot crawling across the face of Mars.

Rob Manning has worked at NASA and Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for more than 30 years. He now leads the engineering for the Mars Program Office and is chief engineer on a project to develop technologies for landing even larger robotic vehicles on Mars with hopes of eventually landing future astronauts and scientists on Mars.

More science!!!
Oldest sex is older than we thought
Placoderms are now the oldest vertebrate to show internal fertilization appendages, pushing sex’s origin back to 385 MYA.

Fish just want to have fun
Chiclid fish have been shown to exhibit “play” – proving fish have a lot more going on in their noggin than we like to believe.

The Coldest Meter
An experimental cryostat in the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy has officially become the coldest square meter in the known universe. The CUORE experiment, otherwise known as the Cryogenic Underground Observatory for Rare Events, cooled a copper vessel with a one meter volume to 6 milliKelvin, or -273.144 degrees Celsius, which is not far from absolute zero, 0 Kelvin, or 273.15 degrees celsius.

Feeling SAD
A new unpublished study finds that people with SAD experience a 5% increase in levels of a serotonin transporter protein called SERT compared to normal controls.

Myelin For Memory
Using mice genetically engineered to lack the gene for creating myelin, scientists discovered that myelin is necessary for muscle memory to form.

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15 October, 2014 – Episode 485 – This Week in Science

October 17th, 2014

Stem Cell Discovery, Nerve Proteins Get New Use, Stem Cell Solidarity, Pro-Anti-Biotic-Turkey-Pox, Estro-powers, Fecal Transplant Pills, Cooperative Crocs, Collapsible Birds, Gecko Glue, D-listing Da Drought, Oil Rigs Beat Reefs, Kanga-Shoes, Kanga-Shoes, Walk With Feeling, Holding It, Ebola Update, And Much More…

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The universe is stranger than you think.
Even if you woke up this morning thinking what a sane and rational
world it is you live in…
Even if you take the regular route to grab a morning coffee…
Even if your day is unusually uneventful…
Even if this evening, everything turns out the way you
expect it to…
Everywhere around you, all the time… just below the surface
of the way things appear…
Strange things are happening…
Not that they are actually strange things going on, seeing
as they go on all the time …
But atomic, sub atomic, quantum things… invisible-ish quirky
quarky things…
Taking vastly different paths through spacetime than you are
likely to encounter on your way to grab a Wednesday morning coffee…
Unintuitive worlds where Newtonian physics do not apply,
Where the tics and tocs of time are beat out to rhythms faster
than the speed of sound
Worlds without day or night or consciousness or coffee or casual
And yet, despite all this there is still
This week in science…
Coming up Next

Stem Cell Discovery
Possibly overturning conventional wisdom about stem cells, germ layers during development, and what cells can become which tissues, scientists discovered stem cells in the liver that could become both liver and blood vessel cells.

Nerve Proteins Get New Use
Nerve filament proteins are being used to create brush polymers for use in surface materials like paint and cosmetics.

Stem Cell Solidarity
Stem cells in the olfactory bulbs of mice were found to strengthen the organization of the brain area, and have been implicated in maintaining memory.

Turkeys might be giving us the next class of antibiotics. A strain of bacteria harvested from turkeys has a compound that kills other bacteria, which researchers are excited about.

Researchers are investigating whether the female powers of estrogen are related to infection resistance.

Fecal Transplant Pills
Poo pills are just as good, if not better than, invasive procedures to replace gut bacteria.

Cooperative Crocs
Citizen science data tells us that crocs may be working in groups to catch their prey (and after our previous story where they use tools – we are starting to get nervous).

Collapsible wings make birds better flyers
Closing their wings during turbulence and engaging in freefall allows the birds to fly on windy days. Dear god, please no collapsible wings on my airplanes!!

Geckos glue to gables with hinging hold
For the first time, scientists have studied gecko traction when traveling downhill. They rotate their wrists to keep their setae at the correct angle for maximum stickiness. Will the gecko never cease to amaze?!

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D-listing da Drought
California’s present drought is not worse than the 1934 conditions that created the Dust Bowl. In fact, although the ridge of pressure currently deflecting storms from the west is the same phenomenon that led to the 1934 drought, our land management is better and will likely not result in the same dust causing conditions.

Oil Rigs Beat Reefs
A survey of oil rigs and ecosystems determined that the biomass productivity for fish species is much higher than that found in natural reefs. More fish may be attracted to oil rigs due to their vertical orientation in the water column.

Sthenurine kangaroos, 550 pound carnivorous beasts with faces like rabbits that lived on Australia 100,000 years ago, were more likely to walk than hop according to recent research.

Feel blue? Walk it off
Body posture while walking was shown to affect peoples’ moods; straighter spines led to more upbeat attitudes.

Did an asymmetry between Higgs and anti-Higgs particles in the early universe lead to our matter dominant universe? And, can the Higgs particle explain dark matter?

Half As Much MAtter
Using a method developed one hundred years ago, astronomers calculcated that our galaxy contains half as much dark matter as thought. They also determined thed escape velocity for an object attempting to leave the clutches of the Milky Way.

Ebola Update
Nurse who treated the Dallas Ebola patient has contracted the virus, making this the first confirmed case of transmission in the United States.

Holding it – more complicated than you think
The muscles in your pelvic floor are linked to many other muscle groups in your body – and scientists are just starting to figure out which.

Flipping out

Sew what?

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08 October, 2014 – Episode 484 – This Week in Science

October 10th, 2014

It’s Nobel Week!, Oceans Are Bigger, Ridiculously Ridiculous Ridge, Foxy Origins, Brain Train To Rabies Town, Can Rhino’s Swim?, Loud Larvae, Sticky Spiders, Aesthetic Avians Architects, When You Die, Naval Robo-Ships, Amazing Expanding Brain, And Much More…

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There has always been a difference between what we see and
what is real…
Sometimes it is an intentional illusion…
like a Movie, which is made up of still photographs whizzing
past a beam of light at 24 frames per second…
Sometimes it is a more subconscious trick…when our vision of
an event is filtered by some connotations of past experiences…
You pass on the coffee refill not because you’ve had enough…
but because the waitresses shirt is yellow, and you don’t care for more yellow
just now and besides…
her face is similar in some strange way to a dog that once
bit somebody standing next to you and even though you aren’t actually
recollecting the event right now as she offers to refill your cup… somewhere
the connection has been made and the coffee refill has been averted…
And what do we see when we look with eyes?
Flickers of light?
With ears?
Vibrations of tiny hairs?
And even these events like all senses must be converted into
electrical impulses that whirl about the brain searching for pattern
So how is it we
know anything at all about the world around us if this is all we see?
Because this is all we need.
This whizzing, whirling subconscious flickering of recognition patterns is
Exactly what was required to do the work of an active mind…
and you have an active mind, which is why you find yourself looking forward to another episode
of This week in science…
Coming up Next

It’s Nobel Week!
“The winners of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics are :Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura “for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources”; for chemistry are: Eric Betzig, Stefan W. Hell and William E. Moerner “for the development of super-resolved fluorescence microscopy”; for physiology and medicine are: John O’Keefe, May-Britt Moser and Edvard I. Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a positioning system in the brain”. Yay for one woman in there!

The Oceans Are Warmer
Research using both sea level measurements and the Argo system of ocean monitoring floats suggests that the upper 2000 meters of the oceans are warmer than we thought. Also, findings suggest that the Southern hemispheres oceans have warmed more than measurements previously concluded.

Ridiculously Ridiculous Ridge
A recent paper suggests that a ridge of persistent high pressure in the north pacific ocean is what has kept California moisture free the past two years. Also, AGCC has created conditions where this might become the norm rather than an outlier… get ready for more drought in the future California.

The Origin of foxy  ladies
UC Davis scientists report the results of an analysis of the red fox genome based on the Y-chromosome, which concludes the Eurasian and North American populations actually comprise two separate species that have been reproductively isolated for more than 400,000 years.

Brain Train to Rabies Town
The bones of a large land mammal dated at 48 million years old ties African elephants and rhinos to Pakistani tapirs. The study ties up loose ends about the confusion over the ancestral linkages of these animals.

Can Rhino’s swim?
Israeli scientists determined that the rabies virus hijacks a nerve growth factor within nerve cells in order to move rapidly into the spinal cord and then brain of its host. An understanding of how such a virus can gain entry into the brain has the potential to influence research into drug development for disorders of the brain.

Aesthetic Avians Architects
When given the option, birds employed standard camouflage and disruptive camouflage when nest-building.

Sticky Spiders
More nightmare fodder – daddy-longlegs use very sticky glue to keep prey from evading their fate.

Loud Larvae
Snapper larva have been shown to make noise! WHAT? I CAN’T HEAR YOU OVER THE BABY FISHES!

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Ever wonder what happens when you die?
The Awareness During Resuscitation or AWARE study, which looked at 2060 cardiac arrest cases at 15 hospitals across the globe, reported that the terminology used to describe near death and out of body experiences is imprecise and insufficient to properly scientifically investigate conscious awareness. They suggest that cardic arrest should be used as a marker as it is biologically synonymous with death, and that further unbiased study into death is warranted.

Amazing Expanding Brain
The cerebellum has been shown to be potientially very important to understanding modern human cognitive abilities in light of evidence that it expanded rapidly in apes and our human ancestors. It is possible that the neocortex has received an unprecedented amount of attention to date.

Naval Robo-ships
The US Navy reported a successful test of its robot ships. Based on technology used by the NASA Mars rovers, which are fairly autonomous, these ships would not necessarily need human guidance, and a single person could pilot up to 20 of these drone ships on their own.

Sugary drinks…
messed up adolescent rats’ heads

It’s in your genes!

First Reported Ebola Transmission
A Spanish nurse has reportedly contracted Ebola from a patient who became ill while treating patients in Africa. Also, the Ebola infected patient in Dallas who was in critical condidition has died.

Soylent 1.1
Now with digestive enzymes… to reduce gas.

Bats Like Trees
It looks as though bats think windmills are trees when the wind is low. This is a probable influence on the number of bats killed by windmills yearly.

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01 October, 2014 – Episode 483 – This Week in Science

October 6th, 2014

First US Ebola Case, Life In The Stars, The Moon’s Man, Guns Kill People, Who’s Your Mommy?, Teenage Contraception, Magnetic Dolphins, Eyeless Cavefish Got No Rhythm, Bug Cam, Sharks Got Personality, What Is Wet?, Motivating Change, Apple A Day, Saved By Sugar, Pretty Mars Pictures!, And Much More…

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Time is a tricky thing…
Time can fly, drag, march, run out, heal and be killed,
You can give it, get it, have it, take it, leave it, be ahead of it, be behind it, spend it,
save it, lose it, and waste it…
Once gone you can’t get it back, but you can
always make more of it for the things that matter most
And as we learned from Einstein… it’s all a matter of perspective, as time doesn’t tick
the same everywhere for everything…
So while we begin our show at the same time of the day this week, but at different day of
the week this time
We hope that the sometimes confounding nature of time doesn’t keep you from being with us
right now as we tic off another episode of
This week in science…
Coming up Next

First US Ebola Case
The first case of Ebola has been diagnosed in the US, wherein the patient began showing symptoms 5 days after returning from West Africa, and went to a hospital in Texas for treatment.

Look For Life In The Stars
A search for the building blocks of amino acids by the Atacama Large millimeter/Submillimeter Array discovered the most complex molecule to date in dense star forming regions of space.

What Made The Moon’s Man?
Data from NASA’s GRAIL mission allowed researchers to conclude that the man in the moon resulted from volcanic activity, and not an asteroid impact as previously thought.

Guns Kill People
Evidence shows increases in gun sales match increases in homicides in the US.

Who’s Your Mommy?
Size of young in flies determined by first mating rather than male who sired the offspring.

Teenage Contraception
Free contraception program reduced pregnancy rates.

Dolphins are attracted to magnets! (Get it?!)
Dolphins showed increased interest in magnetized barrels as opposed to normal ones. They didn’t seem to react much differently to it though, they just seemed curious…

Eyeless Cavefish Ain’t got No Rhythm
Eyeless fish from Mexico have figured out how to capitalize on their deficit – by ignoring the sun.

New project helps citizens identify potentially dangerous bugs
A massive collaboration has set up a consistent bug-identification system to warn people of potentially dangerous vectors in their home

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Sharks Got Personality
Scientists found personality traits in sharks.

What Is Wet?
Researchers have developed a neural model to help us understand how we determine the feeling of wet. The conclude that temperature is an important component along with tactile sensations transmitted to the brain via specialized nerve fibers.

How do you motivate youth to change?
Shame them in real time!

An apple a day keeps the fat pants away
Granny smith apples in particular are irreplaceable when it comes to a healthy gut and a skinny human.

Gut Bacteria Saved By Sugar
Sick mice were found to produce a special sugar just for “good” bacteria in the small intestine while they were ill. The sugar might be linked to Crohn’s Disease.

Pretty Mars Pictures!
MAVEN and MOM have inserted into orbit around Mars, and started returning images.

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