10 July, 2019 – Episode 729 – Science Freestyle!


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Interview w/ rap artist Baba Brinkman, Crab Power Rays, Molecule Storage, Toothy History, Ancient Human Skulls, Inherited Memory, Spider Aggression, Extinction Revival, Smells Like Love, Long live corn!, A Hot World, And Much More…

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First up, an interview!

This week we spoke with rap artist, science communicator, and award-winning playwright, Baba Brinkman about his life as a science rapper. He is most well-known for his series of “Rap Guides”, the most recent being the Rap Guide to Consciousness, and has a new album of songs out now. The video he mentioned at the end of this week’s episode is here.

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Also, no polio.
–Rodrigo Roesler”

Let’s continue with some science news…

Crab Power Rays
Water tanks buried deep beneath the Tibetan Plateau have detected the highest energy photons ever seen coming from the Crab nebula.

Molecule Storage
Brown University scientists have demonstrated a proof of concept experiment for data storage using small molecules contained in the metabolome.

The tooth is out there…
Some current humans have Denisovan traits!

Oldest human?
The oldest human fossil ever found outside of Africa just got a whole lot older.

Study finds psychiatric diagnosis to be ‘scientifically meaningless’
The take-home is that psychiatry needs new diagnostic methods.

And, now it’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!… with Blair!

Memory can be inherited
Even if mom just wants to avoid those darn wasps!

Rhinos, mammoths, it’s all on its way!
The first step in reviving extinct species has proven possible. But where to go from here?

Spiders can be aggressive, but it just isn’t their fault!
They can’t help the fact that growing up alone is a tough lot. So tough in fact, they forget how to be friendly. Yikes…

And, finally, Some Quick Science News Stories To End The Show

Smells Like Love
Female lampreys respond to an odorant molecule in sperm called Spermine. Researchers hope they can use this to limit reproduction in this species that can be a pest in some river systems.

20+ year old tooth in man’s foot gives valuable science data
Just the kind of headline you would expect from “Florida Man.”

It’s getting hotter in here!!!

Long live corn!
Some 600 genes for longevity have been discovered that might influence harvests of all cereal grains.

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