07 December, 2016 – Episode 596 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)


Science Gets Policy, Dark Matter Distribution, Gut Feelings, Bird Laser Goggles, Fake News Memories?, Breathe In, Justin’s Habitat Corner, FDA Fast Tracks, Weed Scientists, Virtual Games, Sea Bees, And Much More!!!

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Science Gets Policy
The House and now the Senate have approved the 21st Century Cures Act, and sent it to the President for signing. It will earmark funding for Bidens Cancer moonshot, and possibly open the FDA up to fast-tracking medical devices and drug treatments.

Dark Matter Distribution
A new analysis of the universe suggests that dark matter is not as clumpily distributed as previously thought, and might lead to a more nuanced understanding of the formation of galaxies.

Gut feeling…
Microbial you gets more and more interesting.

Bird Laser Goggles
Stanford University just won the internet with this study investigating how birds fly. Check out this cool video from Stanford explaining the research and showing off the goggles.

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How many of us believe fake news… about ourselves?
Basically, everyone is prone to false memories.

Breathe In
Breathing, specifically breathing in, might influence our perception and memories.

Justin’s Habitat corner
It’s more bad than good these days.

FDA Fast Tracks
A new drug in late stage trials looks incredibly promising as a treatment for children with a neurodegenerative disease.
Researchers from MAPS are applying for FDA fast-track treatment of MDMA as a therapeutic agent for PTSD.

Weed Scientists
Not that weed… the kinds in your garden.

Virtual Games
University of Washington scientists are using magnetism to send signals to the brains of people to help them play video games.

Sea Bees
Pollinators of the sea???

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