30 January, 2019 – Episode 706 – This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS)


Interview w/ Dr. Rebecca Helm On Jellyfish, Eyes From Skies, Think And Say, Dating Old Man, Rising Tides, Artsy Bees, Mice-olation, Baby Talk, Sequencing Axolotl, Church Science, and Much More…

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The way it works is like this…
You have a question
You ask that question
Or more likely you google that question
And you get an answer
Sometimes that’s all it takes to satisfy a curiosity.
All it takes to acquire new knowledge
Other times the questions we ask lack sufficient grammar and past knowledge to be answered simply
Requiring more questions to be asked
On occasion the questions don’t even have answers yet
This is where the curious minded questions we come up with can take us in many directions
They can propel us out of ignorance
They can pull us towards knowledge
And perhaps most importantly of all
They can lead us to
This Week in Science
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Interview w/ Dr. Rebecca Helm, assistant professor at the University of North Carolina, Asheville, specializing in the evolution and development of jellyfish. She wrote an insightful article for The Atlantic that describes the neuston and its inhabitants. Follow her on Twitter for great ocean conservation and jellyfish information.

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Now, back to the regularly scheduled science…
Fire Prediction
Looking down on the planet can help us look ahead.

Speaking Brains
Using neural network and Vocoder technology trained to recognize brain patterns related to listening to speech, scientists were able to create a brain to speech interface that can be understood about 75% of the time, which is better than anything else created to date.

Ancient hominid cave reveals more secrets of the past
Clarifying dates and relations.

Expected sea rise is… on the rise
seas may be rising faster than thought

This bee isn’t sure about your art
Bees have been shown to be able to discern art styles of two different artists after a short experiment. Does that mean all our art looks like flowers? Or do bees actually have an opinion on the fine arts?

Mice of a feather do or do not flock together, depending…
Socialized, or “friendly” mice group together quickly when regrouped in the lab, but those who were kept inside during their childhood did not play well with others. What’s more, if you mixed the two, the friendly mice were quite good at getting the quiet individuals to come out of their shell! Mice aren’t so different, are they? *squeak!*

Baby Talk
Babies who are exposed to two languages at home see early development of the attentional system, which underlies all of cognition, providing an explanation for how early language learning provides life-long benefits.

First the axolotl genome, then THE WORLD!
If anyone wanted to make an x-man, we might be one step closer. Oh, or heal spinal injuries and brains. That, too!

Church turns to…
science to save it from the natural world

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