18 April, 2018 – Episode 667 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

April 19th, 2018

Space Diamonds, Brains In Brains, Ebola Vaccine Hope, MoOOOoles, Famous Animal Victims, Ant Rewards, Neander Noses, Plastic Eating Enzyme, Fog Harvest, Face Palm Science, Diseases And Drinking, And Much More…

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This Week in Science,
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Space Diamonds
Diamond inclusions discovered in meteorite fragments contain elements suggestive of a planetary source. Were these chunks of space rocks from an ancient planet that once orbited the sun?

Brains In Brains
Researchers showed that mini human brains implanted into mouse brains survived and functionally integrated into the host tissue.

Ebola Vaccine Hope
Two years in, a vaccine for the Ebola Zaire strain of the disease continues to protect volunteers.

Could an implantable “tattoo” sensor tell us if we have cancer?

Famous animals victim of their own success
Animals frequently shown in branding and other aspects of the media are often perceived to be more prevalent than in real life, which is quite the unexpected blow to species on the brink of extinction.

Ants like to treat themselves after a hard day’s work!
Does that cold beer taste better after a tough day? It might, and the same might be true for ants as well.

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“The clock works! I was fixing my clock listening to the show and realized all the science that has been applied to making my simple wall clock tell time. Here are just a few:
– Metallurgy to purify and produce metals and metal coatings that resist corrosion so the fine gears keep cooperating!
– Physics to balance the 12″” clock hands so the tiny motor turns with nearly no effort.
– Chemistry in the battery to tease out a way to hold and slowly release electrons to power the clock.
…and a bunch more between the plastic creation and molding and the printing of the numbers, on and on. The more I think about it, the more I see the fruits of science being harvested in this everyday gizmo.
Thanks for a great show with tons of variety and levity.
Minion Andrew”

Neander Noses
Turns out their nasal passages delivered more air to the lungs than modern human noses.

Plastic Eating Enzyme
Two years after discovering a plastic eating bacterium in a Japanese dump, researchers have isolated the enzyme that gives it this special power.

Meanwhile back on Tatooine…
A simple harp design facilitates greater water harvest from fog.

Airline Transmission
Sick people spread germs, but this study didn’t have any sick people.

Animal Predictions
Studies on this topic have been few, and poorly run.

Kissing Disease
Turns out that the kissing disease, mono nucleosis, might predispose you to lots of other diseases.

No More Noro?
Not yet…

Drink Less
An international study found increased risk of death at levels lower than those recommended by national guidelines.

Zoos and Aquariums are important contributors to science!
They have published over 5,000 studies in the past 20 years, and have completely changed how we care for and conserve species.

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11 April, 2018 – Episode 666 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

April 12th, 2018

Fixing Alzheimer’s, Finger Bone Finding, Birds Of A Feather, Wall Downfall?, Smart Lemurs, Of Bathrooms And Bacteria, Scrubbing Memzymes, Carbon XPrize, Bloodless Monitoring, Viral Rich History, Immunity Migrations, SlaveMakers, And Much More…

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What is a number?
Does it mean more than a count, a measure, a label?
The number of this show tonight
is many things:
It is the largest repdigit triangular number;
It is a Smith number;
It is an apocalyptic number;
It is an evil number,
but then so are pi and the golden ratio.
However, this number is said to be the number of the beast,
referred to in Revelation 13:18,
“”Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:
for it is the number of a man; and his number is 666.””
Yet, this is an example of a time that a number is not just a number.
In this case, when written it was a code.
The old Hebrew words used to write the number 666
Were in fact pointing to Nero Caesar as the root of all evil at that time.
One man who was beastly in his actions
became a number feared through history.
And, this is just a show
This Week in Science, episode number 666,
Coming up next…

Fixing Alzheimer’s
Using human cells, researchers at the Gladstone Institute in San Francisco confirmed that the presence of a protein called ApoE4 leads to damage that potentially causes Alzheimer’s. Additionally, using a “structure corrector”, they were able to fix the mutant protein and reverse its cellular effects.

Finger Bone Finding
One finger bone is helping tell the story of human migration out of Africa.

Birds Of A Feather
A study of prosocial food sharing in Pinyon jays finds they are more likely to share when dosed with the bird version of oxytocin, mesotocin.

The proposed border wall in Texas
…is ruffling more feathers, this time of animals and plants. The border wall is likely to fragment habitat, threaten species, reduce flood resilience, and decimate the ecotourism industry along the Rio Grande. How is that making America great again, I ask?

For lemurs, it’s the smart who are popular.
Revenge of the nerds, indeed! Lemurs know to stay connected and spend more time with the brainiest members of their group, since they are most likely to lead them to successful foraging strategies!

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“TWIS team,
I love your show and I’ve been listening for years. One episode a while back made me laugh when you were talking about trucks, and you said that one-ton trucks weighed one ton. They actually weigh around 2.5 tons.

What has science done for me lately?

This is short but to the point. I’m a Mechanical Engineer in my 50’s, and I have been working in the automobile industry for my entire career. However instead of boring you with all the advances in automotive science and technology, I want to talk about what science has done for me lately in regards to medicine.

I recently had a torn meniscus in BOTH knees, which made it painful to walk. I had arthroscopic surgery done to both knees (done separately because the Doctor told me if he did them both at the same time, I would not have a leg to stand on! Ha Ha.). The science of arthroscopic surgery made the procedure quick, had minimal scarring, and had me walking without crutches within a few days! Pain that I endured for months went away immediately after surgery.

Every week listening to your show I’m impressed hearing about new advances in medical science, and I hope for the sake of mankind that a cure for cancer is just around the corner. I’ve known too many wonderful people that have passed on due to cancer.

Thank you to you, Justin, Blair, and everyone behind the scenes that makes this show possible.
–Roy Loponen”

Of Bathrooms And Bacteria
Use a paper towel instead of a dryer to keep your hands the cleanest.

CO2 scrubbing memzyme – good idea, bad idea?
Is pulling the CO2 out of smoke the answer to our climate woes, or does it just delay the inevitable?

Carbon XPrize
The top 10 competitors have advanced to the final stage of the Carbon XPrize, which will test their technologies to capture and repurpose CO2 from coal plants in real world situations.

Bloodless Monitoring
A new non-invasive patch is being developed to allow diabetics to monitor their gluscose levels without having to use blood.

Toxo Causes Diabetes?
Research suggests that infection of the pancreas with Toxoplasma gondii can lead to persistent Type 1 diabetes.

Viruses may have been around as long as vertebrates have.
That’s a long, rich evolutionary history, that enriches the viruses’ past.

Immunity Migrations
Do birds evolve migration to avoid having to fight more diseases?

Slave Makers
Ants were brood parasites before becoming enslavers.

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04 April, 2018 – Episode 665 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

April 5th, 2018

Interview w/ Dr. Ayanna Howard, Cloud Life, Down The Drain, Dead People Problems, Anti-bacterial Enzyme, Turtle Table Manners, Hot Tub Monkeys, Fiery Death, Bird Vision, The Smoking Diet, And Much More…

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Often people have a radically precise,
but horribly inaccurate view of how to go about doing science…
Yes, you can start with a question,
form a hypothesis,
test it rigorously,
and at the end,
wind up with a result…
And, right or wrong,
you will have done something science-y…
And while starting with a question sounds right.
And winding up with a result seems sound.
You could just as easily start with the result and search for questions.
it may be the answer too…
Or you could focus on the rigorous testing,
resolving every variable,
narrowing down a methodology to a set protocol…
then go looking for things to test it with.
There is no one way,
best way,
only way to do science…
We know that people have been doing science
Since long before science was a thing that people knew they were doing…
Because at the core of all that
is science is this simple statement:
Make an observation and follow it wherever it goes for as long as you can.
That’s it.
Well, that and…
This Week In Science,
Coming Up Next…

Interview w/ Dr. Ayanna Howard
Dr. Howard is a busy woman with many roles. As an entrepreneur, she founded Zyrobotics, which develops mobile therapy and educational products for children with differing needs. As a researcher, she is Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech University, where she also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and functions as the Director of the Human-Automation Systems Lab (HumAnS). In both of these positions, she innovates in the area of technology development for intelligent agents that must interact with and in a human-centered world. She is also an educator, founding and directing a traineeship initiative in healthcare robotics and functioning as the lead investigator on the NSF undergraduate summer research program in robotics. We are glad she is able to join us this evening. Welcome to the show, Dr. Howard…

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“Hey Kiki, Justin, and Blair!

I’d been meaning to write you about how science allows me and my co-workers to work at a geographically distributed company thanks to the science behind networks, video conferencing, and crowdfunding platforms.

But the word “”Lately”” in this segment recently became more relevant to me.

About a month ago, I spent the weekend in an intensive care unit. I was treated for dual pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in both my lungs that were restricting blood to and from my heart). Sur-PRISE!

Apparently, the clots were amazingly extensive. But…

By the mere fact that you’re hearing this, you’ve correctly guessed that the treatment was successful. I got tPA (clot-busting juice) dripped into me via IV. After only about an hour and a half of that, the clots were gone! I felt better laying in that ICU bed at 2 am than I literally had in months!

During that same period, my average heart rate came down from 80-90 bpm to the 50-60 bpm it normally is. My really scary blood pressure dropped back down to its normal level, which is in the 120s / 80s. Apparently, no lasting damage had been sustained to my heart.

For now and for the next few months, I’ll stay on a blood-thinner, just in case.

Anyway, I feel like I often hear about the failures of western medicine. But holy moly, what happened to me was science at its best. My life-threatening condition was so quickly handled, in fact, it almost seems like science fiction! In just one short weekend’s treatment, I’m feeling on top of the world again. I’m amazed, and I hope all of you get to be just as amazed as me, if something should ever go so wrong for you.

All thanks to science.
And thanks This Week in Science, for being awesome!
Bruce R. Cordell”

Cloud Life
Could bacterial life exist in the clouds of Venus?

Down The Drain
There may be hundreds to thousands of baby black holes circling the drain of Sagittarius A* at the Milky Way’s center.

Dead people problems
A new analysis of early human burial sites suggests that they are not indicative of ritual burial, but rather scavenging. If supported further the evidence could pose a problem to the idea that early people had “culture”.

Anti-bacterial enzyme
A synthetic enzyme produced in a lab is effective at putting holes in bacteria when stimulated with light, and could be beneficial for use in hospitals and other places needing sterile surfaces.

Sea turtles have table manners
A recent study using crowd-sourced images shows that sea turtles use their flippers to manipulate food, despite the fact that they evolved for locomotion.

Japanese macaques, or “snow monkeys,” prove hot tubs could be good for you
Or, more accurately, hot tubbin reduces stress, most likely from cold, in these snow-dwelling primates. Does this mean I can get a hot tub covered by my health insurance??

Fiery Death
Tiangong-1 met its end this past weekend in the expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

Bird Vision
Magnetoreception in birds is possible thanks to a protein in their eyes.

Smokers have a worse diet than non-smokers
While smokers often ate less in quantity than non-smokers, the quality and calorie count was not good. The question is, what side of cause and effect is this on? Or is it just another sticky correlation?

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28 March, 2018 – Episode 664 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

April 3rd, 2018

No Dark Matter, Too Much Water, Humans In Canada!, People Everywhere, Mama Bears, Shark Poop Factories, Buried Controversy, Worms For Weightloss, Superbug Battle, Brain Mapping Revolution, Not Really New Organ, Fish Lunch Lag, And Much More…

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The following hour of programming is for people
with really big brains to enjoy at their leisure.
Other people are welcome to listen as well,
but may run the risk of over filling their brains with science-y information.
If unsure of your particular brain’s capacity,
Ask yourself the following questions:
1.) When I learn a new thing do I immediately forget something I used to know?
If the answer is no, you will be fine listening to the show.
If the answer is yes, move on to question #2
2.) Is the thing I forget, that I used to know, a uselessly outdated piece of information that I can safely do without?
If the answer is Yes, you may proceed with listening further…
or closer as the case may be.
If the answer is No, you may want to reconsider listening…
If the answer is I don’t know, then it may be too late,
as you are already listening to
This Week In Science,
Coming Up Next…

No Dark Matter
A galaxy that should have loads of dark matter has been found lacking.

Too Much Water
Does the TRAPPIST-1 system have too much water for life?

Humans in Canada!
Or, at least their footprints.

People everywhere
Even where the Amazon was thought to be uninhabited.

Mama bears have another reason to keep their cubs at home.
Due to hunting pressure, bears are staying home longer. Is this an explanation for those “lazy millenials” who won’t move out? Perhaps…

Sharks are important! For even more reasons!
They’re population control, but they’re also… Poop factories! And their poop keeps coral reefs thriving!

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“Science has given me a deeper appreciation for EVERYTHING, and is constantly keeping me humble and amazed. I graduated from UC Davis in 2000 with a BS in Electrical Engineering, I was one of the 10% of females in my class by the way, but that is another topic. The amount of physics, math, logic and programming that I studied has allowed me to see the world with new appreciation. I was particularly interested in learning about where the hardware met software and how we could possibly push these electrons through silicon logic gates and get the amazing software we all take for granted today.

I’m far from an electrical engineer now, but I am an avid knitter! I started knitting when I was pregnant with my son 11 years ago and haven’t stopped. You might be wondering what has this got to do with science? Well, knitting is made up of two stitches, Kint and Purl. Much like the 0’s and 1’s that underpin our entire complex digital life, I can take the knit and purl stitchs and create elaborate sweaters, socks, hats and plushies for my kids. I’ve grown an appreciation for the natural properties of wool, did you know it is naturally antibacterial, water wicking and keeps you warm in the cold yet breaths in warmer temperatures? Knowing the micron lengths of the fibers has allowed me to pick the non-scratchy fibers. Science has given me “”super wash”” wool yarn that if my knits get thrown into the wash then they won’t felt. I also spin my own yarn now, and again it’s science that has given me a deep appreciation for this ancient craft and understand how the twist energy in a single ply and the alignment of the fibers can affect how fluffy or smooth the yarn turns out, which affects the drape of the garment or object I create. I’ve learned about natural dyes and how indigo dye vats are actually alive! These age old chemistry experiments have given us color to play with and wear. Could you imagine only wearing gray, white, black or brown every single day?

So, that’s my odd story about what science has done for me… that and everywhere I look I can appreciate just how much science goes into it. Science is all around us. Sometimes I see Forier Transform patterns when driving past a field of young orchard trees. We have learned so much being on this planet, yet there is so much still unknown. So thank you for bringing the science each week!
–Sharon Troia”

Buried controversy
Did the Neanderthals bury their dead?

Worms For weight loss
The newest dietary fad may soon be… tapeworms!

Or Don’t Eat
Caloric restriction might keep us young.

Give me room lots of room…
C.difficile likes its space.

Brain Mapping Revolution
In the vein of faster and better, MAPseq technology might be the path to better understanding of the brain.

Superbug Battle
Teixobactin proves successful at treating Staph infection in animals.

Not Really New
What’s being touted as a “new” organ system in humans is not really new, and probably not really an organ.

Fat fish can’t swim
A big meal slows even the most dominant fishes down to the back of the pack. So quit rushin me, Karen, I just had a big lunch!!

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21 March, 2018 – Episode 663 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

March 22nd, 2018

Scientist Doodles, Rogue Star, New Neander News, Double Denisovan, Batty Communication, Cane Toad Traps, The Sinkhole State, Plastic Everywhere, Gerrymandering Science, Graphene Hair, Fat Fries Taste, 5 Fantastic Frogs, And Much More…

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The wonderful thing about the world we are living on…
if you haven’t noticed by now
Is that it is covered with living things…
So many planets in our solar system without life…
So much of the universe apparently uninhabitable…
And yet this one planet…
This one we live on…
Life is abundant.
It is everywhere we have looked…
And it should come as no surprise that with all this teaming, resplendent, abundance…
We would want to learn everything we can about it
Here on
This Week In Science…
Coming Up Next!

Scientist Doodles
One in three kids now draws a woman when asked to draw a scientist compared to nearly 100% male depictions in the 60’s.

Rogue Star
Simulations of the movements of objects in the solar system suggest that about 70,000 years ago Scholz´s star perturbed their Oort cloud orbits and set them on different paths through the solar system.

New Neander News
The five new genomes will help in reconstruction of Neandertal population histories.

A Dab of Denisovan
Twice over even! Looks like Denisovans and Humans mixed more than once.

Bats learn from other species
Is this new? Apparently, it is.

It’s high time we addressed the cane toad in the room… er… in Oz…
New traps combine audio and visual effects to make a dent in the approximately 1.5 billion toad problem in Australia.

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“Hi Dr Kiki!

So, how to start? Well, I listen to these segments, which are often about health issues, and while I’m really happy for the people who are helped, I also find them a bit depressing because they ignore the, let’s say, less good, parts of health science.

I’ve got a health problem that’s been going on for nearly 10 years. It took me eight years to find a doctor who would do more than say “”go away””, and even now, while my current doctor has had a pretty good go at trying to figure out what is going on, they still don’t know, and so there is no solution.

However, that’s not the problem. I accept that we won’t always be able to get answers. What is the problem is the lack of care. All the doctors that I’ve seen show no signs of caring about me, or how the lack of answers affects me, and for that I blame science. Doctors have become blinded by all the good stuff that they can do, with the consequence that when they can’t provide a solution, they don’t know how to provide, or don’t see the need to provide, a caring human touch. All their science, which they worship (just look at the way that they react to any alternative health system), has insulated them from human needs and wiped out their humanity.

It’s not just in treatment that this is a problem. Chronic fatigue isn’t my problem, but way that people with it have been treated by the research community illustrates the problem. Initially, there was Simon Wessely who said it was all in people’s heads, and because he was such a prominent figure, everyone in the science community fell into line, presumably without thinking. Even now, when the “”all in the head”” explanation has been debunked, he is still lauded by the science community. More recently we’ve had the PACE trial, where the authors fought tooth and nail against releasing their data. And who did the science community back? Well, I don’t think that it was the patients. Where is the care in any of this?

So, what has science done for me lately? I think that it’s taken the care out health care, and I don’t think that’s a good thing.

Hope that you can use this. Or if it’s too hard, at least use it as inspiration to recognise the damage that science sometimes does.

Why Texas is such a sinkhole state…
Or, we just dig it too much.

BPA Brains
Even low doses of BPA altered neuron development and later behavior in mice.

Plastic Everywhere
A questionable study finds microplastics in bottled water.

New gerrymander
Can science direct politics?

Hawking Accuracy
Read the paper, people.

Astronaut Genes
Clarifications on last week’s story.

Graphene Hair
A new use for graphene might be as a hair dye. Will this lead to conductive hair integrated electronics elements?

Being fat could be killing your taste buds.
Or at least it does in mice. What a vicious cycle…

Five new frogs found hanging out in a museum…
True story.

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14 March, 2018 – Episode 662 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast

March 15th, 2018

No New Neurons, Different Signals, Nursemaid Neanderthals, Barn Mouse Domesticity, Team Termite!, A Hermit’s Bones, Bt Benefits, Detecting The Undetectable, Flying Fossil, Raven Ravings, Spider Gifts, And Much More…

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In the brief history of time we have shared together on this show…
We rarely have had to say goodbye to an influential intellect
as impactful as Stephen Hawking.
Partly because that sort of intelligence is rare…
But also because celebrity is so rarely linked to intelligence.
Between the pregnant pauses of an 1980’s synthesized voice…
We waited with anticipation,
and often wound up astonished and amazed
At the seemingly effortless communication of the immensely complicated…
At the insightful often whimsical talking tours of our universe…
By one who understood it better than most of us will ever comprehend…
In his memory we offer these moments of science
Coming Up Next

Hawking Radiation
May he radiate in peace.

No New Neurons
The jury is still out, but a recent study suggests that adult humans do not grow new brain cells.

Different Signals
Astronomers find not dark matter at the center of our galaxy, but really old stars instead.

The future of nursing…
may be waiting in our past.

Which came first? The barn cat or the barn mouse?
Wild mice domesticated themselves, when given food, shelter, and some warmth. What’s more, they started to look like pet mice! These domesticated species are looking less and less intentional… take that, human hubris?

Old termites take one for the team
Older soldiers take on the front line, saving the young, spry individuals to guard the inner-most sections of the nest. But, they don’t appear to be better or worse fighters, so termites just seem to see the elderly as disposable. Yikes…

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“Hi Dr. Kiki,

First, I would like to say that I love the show and have been
listening for years. I don’t have the financial means to donate, but I
try and get everyone I know to watch/listen to the show. Now, On to the
topic at hand.

First off, I would not be alive without the involvement of
medical science. Apparently, my mother and I did not get along to well
during gestation. Without the help of doctors and advances of medical
treatments I likely would have died before I was born.

When I was a kid I spent most of my time watching/reading
science fiction. I was always more drawn to realistic sci/fi such as
Arthur C Clarke. A trait I have yet to out grow. Thus I have had
multiple decades of of entertainment and thought provoking stories.

I’ve always had a knack for technology. Rather it be
electronics or computers. Computers really just being very complex
electronics. Thus I have spent most of my adult years in the computer
repair field. The advances in physics and technology have left me in a
perpetual state of learning. Something I enjoy way more now then I did
as a kid.

Both of my kids have had life saving medical treatments.
Without which I would not have the two most precious things in the
world to me. My girls have grown to be amazing people. My oldest is
wanting to move to California for college and considering UC Davis as a
likely destination for a degree in genetics. I think in large part to
listening to your show.

What has science done for me lately? My life, my kids lives, a
career, and basically everything I enjoy and hold dear in this life.

Thanks again for an awesome show,

Rediscovered phantom
Footprints in the earth are corroborated by bones found in a hermit’s collection.

Bt Benefits
A study suggests that Bt corn has a lot of benefits.

What do spacecraft, newborns and endangered shellfish have in common?
Bacteria, of course.

Flying Fossil
Archaeopteryx might have flown like a pheasant.

Raven Ravings
Raven calls communicate age and sex of the caller to those listening.

Chinese Space Junk
It’s falling to Earth later this month.

Twinning No More
The results are in. Going to space changes DNA.

Hunting spider ladies are not fooled by flashy wrapping paper, they only care about the quality of gift inside.

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07 March, 2018 – Episode 661 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 10th, 2018

Interview w/ Michael Shermer, African Flip Flop, Early Photosynthesis, That Sinking Feeling, Martens & Squirrels, Flying Pesticides, Earhart’s Bones, Tattoo Persistence, Killer Animals: Exposed!, And Much More…

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The view from wherever you are is never all that you can see…
For there are worlds beyond your immediate location…
There are galaxies
Out there beyond…
And more numerous than the stars that you can see…
And everywhere around you there are living creatures…
Hidden from sight, mostly…
Though hints of their existence may show up from time to time…
On a bit of old cheese left half wrapped in the back of the fridge…
Or a sniffling drizzle that won’t let you bizzle…
If you have ever wondered at magic, fantasized about traveling through space, or dreamed an impossible dream…
You already know what it’s like to explore
This Week In Science,
Coming Up Next…

Interview with Dr. Michael Shermer
Dr. Shermer is a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, founder of the Skeptic Society, founding publisher of Skeptic Magazine, and a prolific science writer with a monthly column in Scientific American and several book titles on subjects related to human beliefs. He has published a new book, called ‘Heavens on Earth: The Scientific search for the afterlife, immortality, and utopia’, and is here to talk with us about it.

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African Flip Flop
Ancient burned huts reveal evidence of a cyclic pattern to magnetic field changes.

Early Photosynthesis
Did photosynthesis get it’s start a billion years earlier than thought?

That sinking feeling…
City of San Lantis

This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
“Hi Dr Kiki,
I have been a listener of the show since your appearance on Talk Nerdy and since then I have been wondering what story I should tell. Should I tell how I became a scientist and how I can help make medical procedures better? Should I tell about my first ever journey in an ambulance? But then this happened: My father had a major heart attack, he had an angiplasty and everything is fine. But that’s not what my story is! My story is about how science has given me critical thinking, because of which I could butt heads with my relatives whose “”alternative”” views would have affected the care that my father got. I come from India where the health industry is rife with homeopathy and alternative treatments. And without an exception EVERY relative said the same thing. “”I know this guy who had multiple blockages and he did not get an angioplasty and he is doing better than before!””. “”I know this guy who treated his heart problem with homeopathy””. No matter how much data you show them it seems impossible to change their views! And pat comes their reply “”But what would you say about the guy who it really helped!”” On top of that, its disheartening when the govt. proposes a “”bridge course”” to homeopaths which will allow them to practice normal medicine like a normal doctor! But well, in the end, I am content that I am able to take (at times force) decisions about my parents’ healthcare from all the scientific knowledge that I was able to gain with their support, help and encouragement ???? Happy Science to everyone!

Pine Martens and Squirrels work together
Conservation tale as old as time, or Blair’s worst nightmare??

Natural pesticides are really the only way to farm.
Science says so! Now how to we get industrial agriculture on board with ditching the chemicals and recruiting birds of prey??

Making bones about it…
Did Amelia Earhart die on an island in the Pacific?

Tattoo Persistence
Science has discovered why tattoos last.

Killer Animals: Exposed!
…and it’s not sharks… or spiders… or snakes…

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28 February, 2018 – Episode 660 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)

March 8th, 2018

It’s Alive!!!, Dry Life, Wet Life, Neanderthal Art, Flopper Ants, Dog Poo Eating, Ancient Smokers, Body Language, Seeing Thru Dust, Ciao Alcoholism!, Big Nose Monkeys, And Much More…

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The longer we wait for something
The more we either appreciate it
Or resent it for making us wait so long
Or long for it more for making us appreciate
how much we would otherwise be resentful
But obviously aren’t in this case
as here we are waiting for whatever it might be..
And whatever it is that you are waiting for…
Hopefully you will find right here on
This Week In Science,
coming up next…

It’s Alive!!!
Or, is it? Giant viruses having the genetic machinery to make all 20 amino acids deemed necessary for life blur the definition of “living”.

Dry Life
Microbes in the Atacama desert suggest life could be possible on Mars.

Wet Life
A species of methanogen extremeophile normally found near deep sea vents was able to thrive in lab conditions simulating the oceans of Enceladus.

Neanderthal Art
Cave paintings suggest Neanderthals were arty before Homo sapiens.

Why do dogs eat poop, and how can we stop them from doing it??
Well, a recent study suggests the only correlated factor is access to poop. So, there is an easy fix. The why is a bit more complicated…

Flopper Ant & Paramedic Ant: the unlisted Aesop’s Fable
African Matabele Ants not only care for their fallen comrades in battle, but they also only treat those that could make a full recovery! Now that is smart Iif a little cruel) military management.

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?
I just started listening to your show and I LOVE IT. ?
My only wish is that you shorten the “”Disclaimer”” part… It’s irritatingly long haha.
But on to the actual message.
What has science done for me lately?
Well, it allows my daughter to progress in her lack of muscle and neurological growth. My daughter, who is now three suffers from hypo-thyroidism and has since age one when we were shocked to find out her diagnosis. After several years of therapy and regular oral thyroid doses, I’m proud to say she can now speak a little over 10 words clearly and is able to get around the house by scooting her butt across the floor (the cutest thing you will ever see).
So in conclusion, my daughter would not be where she is today without the help of modern medicine and physical therapy. She’s my sweet little angel and I only wish the best for her.
P.S. – Here’s hoping she’s able to walk independently by the age of five. ?
Thanks again for an awesome show. Keep up the good work.
Jordan Uhl”

Batty language skills
Deaf humans can become highly skilled echolocators.

Sex Sells
At least, sex sells to monkeys.

Tracking smokers back in time
Using dental plaques from ancient teeth tells a tale of culture over time.

Body Language
An analysis of Bonobo and Chimpanzee gestures found a preponderance of similarities suggesting that the two species could understand one another.

Seeing Thru Dust
Using infrared radiation and polarized light, astronomers are visualizing the magenetic field lines of the the Milky Way Galaxy.

Ciao, Alcoholism!
Genetic studies suggest we may be weeding out this nasty disease in our DNA.

Is it true what they say about a big nose?
That it is an indicator of testicular mass? For proboscis monkeys it is…

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