30 May, 2018 – Episode 673 – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast


Ups And Downs, 3D Eyes, Cosmochemical Start, Adaptable Zombie Ants, Too Many Women?, Feathered Friends, No Regrets, Pass Along Stress, Olive Older, Robot Muscles, Killing the Electric Car, And Much More…

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Ups And Downs
The current decline in the Great Barrier Reef isn’t its first. A new study suggests the reef died and came back 5 times over the past 30,000 years.

3D Eyes
In a technology first, researchers have shown proof-of-concept for 3D printing corneas.

Cosmochemical Start
Even though it’s not a true planet anymore, Pluto came from somewhere. Researchers with SWRI using data from ESA’s Rosetta and NASA’s New Horizon’s missions think it took the combining of a billion comets or equivalent Kuiper belt objects.

Zombie Ants find climate change solution
It’s all in what they decide to bite.

A world with too many women?
Once, it seemed like women outnumbered men to a radical degree, but thanks to some computations now we know the genders of that time and place were more balanced.

Birds know each other, even across species!
Fairy wrens can tell each other apart, even when they aren’t the same species! This way, they can tell friend from foe.

Alarm calls from feathered friends keep the neighborhood safe
Antshrikes in the Amazon are a keystone species, allowing for other birds to venture out in the open.

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A life without regret…
Is really no life at all.

Pass Along Stress
A Tufts University study showed two miRNA molecules found in the sperm of both mice and humans that correlate to stress in early life. In mice, these miRNA are passed to offspring for several generations.

Olive Older
The oldest oil ever found…

Robot Muscles
Scientists at the University of Tokyo are giving real muscles to robots.

Killing the Electric Car
In Scandinavia, an undercover shopper study found that car sales people were to blame for directing shoppers away from electric vehicles.

Chewing Gum
Can you walk and chew gum? If you’re trying to lose weight, maybe you should.

The more we learn, the less special we are…
Muscles considered “uniquely human” are actually quite commonplace in the ape family. Surprise surprise…

What does a stick insects and a strawberry have in common?
They both benefit from animals eating them. Maybe…

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