07 September, 2016 – Episode 583 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)


Interview w/ Dr. James O’Donoghue, EmDrive Rumors, FDA Finally Bans, Magnets In Brains, Milky Pockets, Core Carbon Concerns, Conservation Balance, Social Neurons, Philae Found, Maya codex, Bad Early Spring, And Much More!!!

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is a much more distant journey than anywhere in our galaxy…
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Interview with Dr. James O’Donoghue
A planetary scientist at Boston University, Dr. O’Donoghue specializes in astronomy of gas giant planets. He uses ground-based observatories to view the upper atmospheres of Jupiter and Saturn, and is mostly interested in aurorae, Saturn’s “ring rain” and the atmosphere above Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, which appears to be rather hot. He recenly published an article in Nature on the heating of the atmosphere above the great red spot.

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EmDrive Rumors
The hotly debated EmDrive is going to space on a CubeSat, and it’s rumored that a paper authored by NASA’s secret project lab on the technology has passed peer review and will be published.

FDA Finally Bans
After years of reports by TWIS (jk)… scientific evidence against the usefulness of antibacterial agents in soaps, the FDA voted to ban 19 specific substances giving manufacturers a year to phase them out of products.

Magnets In Brains
Magnetite nanoparticles produced by the body have previously been linked to Alzheimer’s disease, but a new study found that similar particles from the environment are somehow entering the brain and getting into neurons. Many questions arise from this study.

Milky Way mash up
It seems an old bit of galaxy is all mixed in with a new bit of galaxy. We thought it was all the same, but it’s not.

It came from space
Does Earth’s core contain more than Iron??? Levels of planetary carbon suggest that an ancient impact might have given us an elemental edge.

Social Neurons
Researchers recording electrical activity from the brains of epilepsy patients discovered that an area called the rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex might be responsible for monitoring expectations when it comes to the behavior of others.

Two Steps Forward
Positive news this week declares the giant panda is no longer considered critically endangered.
Also, many humpback whales around the world are doing better, too.

Two Steps Back
But, African savannah and forest elephants are losing ground due mainly to poaching.

Philae Found!
Finally imaged by Rosetta, researchers now confirm the landing location of the Philae lander.

Fake codex found fundamental

Early spring bad for ag

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