12 June, 2019 – Episode 725 – Are We Kidding About Science?


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Worm Behavior, Ancestor Cells, Mass in the Moon, Smart Bees, Elephant Nose, Twins No More, Making Universal Blood, Artery Hardening, Feather Lice Lives, Research Ban, Contagious Yawning, Sleep Schedules, And Much More…

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They say that the children are our future,
but in order for that to be true,
there has to be a future to begin with…
I’m not surprised when children get upset hearing about the world that they will be left…
so in order for us to nurture the curiosity and promise of what could be the greatest generation yet,
we have to do our best to right wrongs,
set the stage,
and leave nature, beauty, and creativity for these generations to come.
The first step preserving this future is to foster that same curiosity by encouraging questions,
celebrating individuality,
and setting the stage for wholesome education – that is accessible to everyone.
Let’s start all of that, by exploring this weeks discoveries on…
This Week in Science!
Coming up next…

First up, some science news!

Worm Behavior
Worms use small RNA molecules to pass learned behaviors on to their offspring according to two new studies.

Ancestor Cells
A comparison of the transcriptomes of sponges to single-celled organisms suggests that multi-cellular organisms didn’t evolve from single-celled organisms, but instead from something more similar to stem cells.

Mass in the Moon
What put an unexpected mass in the moon?

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

Bees are smarter than you.
Bees have shown to exhibit some basic number symbol recognition, reminding us once again that these stripey buddies might not be trying to hurt you, they might instead be trying to tutor you in math.

The elephant nose knows.
Elephants can smell a larger snack, sight unseen. Now that is a superpower I could get behind!!

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This Week in What Has Science Done for me Lately?!?

Kai tells us about how science helped him with a school report on snow leopards.

Let’s continue with some more science news…

The donut of my sister is not my friend.
Despite genetic identicality, twins have very different food responses, and no surprise, microbiomes.

More Blood!
Maybe gut bacteria can help us produce more blood for transfusions.

Hard Arteries
A decade of research has discovered that a molecule normally involved in intracellular DNA repair is responsible for calcification and hardening of the arteries, AND that a common antibiotic can reverse that damage.

How do you get lice to reproduce on tape?
Hint: the answer is not to ask nicely…

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

Fetal Research Ban
A new policy makes research involving fetal tissue at the NIH impossible, and NIH funding for such research much
more difficult to get.

Contagious Yawning
A new study adds to the evidence that yawning is useful for brain cooling.

Go To Sleep
Irregular sleep is linked to metabolic disorders.

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