20 March, 2019 – Episode 713 – Fishing for Science?


TWIS logo orange square

What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

An Interview w/ Dr. Chris Donnelly on ALS & proteins, Magnetic Brains, Mini-Brains, God & Society, Bird Poop, Old Sperm, Asteroids, Grey Goo, And Much More…

Want to listen to a particular story from TWIS, the This Week in Science podcast? You can do that here. Just look for the time-code link in the description.


It’s all in your head.
What am I talking about?
Everything that is or isn’t real.
Everything that is or isn’t possible.
Everything that has ever happened or will ever happen.
Is all in your head.
Yes, there is a world on the other side of the skull wall that goes on regardless of what’s going on inside…
But as far as you go,
nothing comes closer to the reality of your existence than that which takes place between your ears.
And if you happen to be a scientist…
or wish to think like one…
The most intuitive instinct you must overcome…
Is trusting what is in your head.
The most important training you will ever undertake..
Is learning to trust what is on the other side…
While this traditionally takes oodles of hours of patient practice
We have devised a method to accelerate the process.
An injection of scientifically formulated information applied directly to your ear holes
That we call
This Week in Science.
Coming up Next…

Who did we interview this week?

Dr. Christopher Donnelly is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Scientific Director of the LiveLikeLou Center for ALS Research in the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute. His studies are focused on the biology underlying neurodegenerative diseases with a particular interest in understanding neuronal death observed in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), and Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD).

Support us on Patreon!

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

“Ok I’ve got one, it may be slightly embarrassing but it’s for science that I tell my tale.

This is kind of a life hack I made up.

Run out of deodorant? Caught out on a busy day? You’ve been running hither and yon and notice you stink ! No problem, hand sanitizer, it’s small and you can carry it in your bag also it’s everywhere on desk and in public bathrooms. What science has done for me is taught me that underarm stink comes from bacteria eating and pooping. The hand sanitizer kills the things making the smell under your arms its almost instantly. That beats any deodorant I’ve every heard of or used.
–Beth Gilmore”

And, NOW, Some Science News From This Week in Science

Birds & Humans Do It?
Do humans detect the Earth’s magnetic fields? A new study suggests our brains may respond to this signal even though we aren’t aware of it. But, how?

Mini Brains Are Amazing
Brain organoids composed of human brain cells grown from stem cells by researchers in the UK spontaneously connected to mouse spinal cord neurons and enabled muscle contraction. The system contracted spontaneously, but irregularly.

Where gods are made
In already complex societies!

Blair’s Animal Corner!… with Blair!

Bird poop: it does a coral good.
The missing piece of the puzzle in recovering coral reefs was there all along, right above us. No, don’t look up KAREN, OH NO, NOW IT’S ON YOUR FACE. LOOK WHAT YOU DID…

Very old sperm
Ahhh. Still good.

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

Science is getting really good at this game of asteroids with a bunch of data coming in this week about Ryugu and Bennu.

Grey Goo?
Not quite yet, but researchers are developing what they call “particle robots”.

And, a virus sheds light on ancient human population movements.

If You love TWIS, and all the science news we bring you each week, please consider making a donation to the This Week in Science podcast.


About the Author

I'm the host of this little science show.