22 May, 2014 – Episode 465 – This Week in Science


Bacteria On Mars, Bacteria On Beaches, Killing Bacteria, Little Pig Sperm, Red Queen Snails, Toss Your Snails, Anti-Stick Octopus, Interview W/ Chris Patil On MarsOne Project, And Much More…

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This week in
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Bacteria on Mars
Researchers report on the bacteria that survived NASA’s sanitation efforts of Curiosity.

Bacteria on the beach
The Deepwater Horizon spill shifted bacterial communities on coastal beaches to contain those with genes for degrading hydrocarbons.

A better way to kill bacteria
With pulses of electricity, researchers are killing bacteria in wounds to reduce the use of antibiotics.

Pigs select sperm
Internal sperm selection allows them to “choose” to make little boy or girl piggies.

Red queen hypothesis tested
… in snails?! And, it looks like it works.

How to properly dispose of a garden snail
Throw it over the fence… or take up baseball.

Octopus skin is anti-sticky
Specialized reactions in the skin keep octopuses from sticking from themselves.

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Interview with Chril Patil about being a candidate for the Mars One planned trip to Mars. Check out his blog, and his Facebook page, A Biologist on Mars.

This is your brain on meditation
Directed and non-directed meditation elicit different activity patterns in the brain.

What you taste might kill you
Taste buds might influence our physiology and thus how long we live.

Sending messages thru time and space
IF a wormhole is longer than it is wide, it just might stay open long enough to send a photon through it.

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