12 January, 2022 – Episode 858 – How to Transplant a Pig Heart

January 13th, 2022
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This Week: Pig Heart Transplant, Older Modern Humans, Dolphin Clitoris, Moon Churn, Moon Chum, Zoo Air, COVID Update, Spider Pants, Dog Language, My Little War Pony, Drug-Laden Invasion, Genetic Fingerprints, Fixing Broken Hearts, And Much More…

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Without meaning to offend anyone else who might be listening…
You are a current modern human.
But what is a current modern human?
A mostly hairless ape descendant
Made up of a collection of odd ape descendants
who over time
Added their genetic make up to form that which you consider to be you
And what are you?
Most philosophers would agree that You are a construct of consciousness
A self aware squishy brain creature living in a shell of bone
And reliant on a system of anatomical parts
All working together to supply you with a steady diet of human blood upon which to feed
Everything you know of the world beyond is through intermediaries
Senses that report back information that is stored, correlated, inter-connected and analyzed within the neural network that is you…
And when something goes wrong
When a part malfunctions
When a limb, nerve or organ begins to fail
It can jeopardize the comfort, quality, safety and security of squishy brain creature life
And so you do the thing that squishy brain creatures are so adept at,
you seek solutions…
How best to keep the blood flowing,
the senses reporting
and the anatomical parts operating at optimal levels…
At times the solutions are simple…
a new pair of glasses, a brace for the knee, a medication for an ailment, a vaccine even, to preempt a problem from happening in the first place…
And in an extreme situation…
you may even need to replace your heart.
If you do…
that new heart, that new part, that new blood pump…
regardless of where it originated…
becomes yours…
Because you are more than a collection of parts
You are the very model of a modern squishy brain creature living in a shell of bone
And your best tool for surviving in the world is
This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news – it’s not all pig hearts!

Pig Heart Transplant
The first pig to human heart transplant has successfully taken place. Will there be more pig hearts for people in the future?

Layered Humanity
The oldest modern human just got a whole lot older

Dolphins have a functional clitoris
And for some reason this is shocking news.

Moon Churn
A new simulation of an impact that created the Aitken Crater on the south pole of the moon suggests that it might have induced the creation of the volcanic features in the north.

Moon chum
Are shark attacks correlated to the phase of the moon?

Zoo Air
What if you could tell all the animals in a zoo just by sniffing the air? A new airDNA approach does just that.

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Prior Exposure
That cold last winter could protect you from COVID-19!

Cannabi-COVID Protection
Oregon State researchers found that hemp can protect you from covid-19 because of course they did…

Do you have COVID-19 related questions? Let us know!

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Leaf-curling spider wears it like a hat? Or a pair of pants?
I’m not sure what would be analogous in this case, but it takes some serious tool use and planning.

Dogs know multiple languages
And by “know,” I mean they can tell them apart. Not that they could order lunch in Paris.

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What science news does Justin have?

My little war pony
Medieval warhorses were surprisingly small in stature.

Better government through drugged beer
A Mayan civilization spread to new regions by sharing an hallucinogenic drug.

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Let’s finish strong with science from Dr. Kiki!

Genetic Fingerprints
What stimulates the unique formation of fingerprints? Some scientists are following the genetic clues find an answer.

Fixing Broken Hearts
A new CAR T-cell therapy that can be done inside the body instead of removing cells to be modified externally was successful in reducing scar tissue on the heart in mice. With therapies like this on the way, perhaps we won’t need pig hearts after all.

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05 January, 2021 – Episode 857 – 2022 Science Predictions

January 6th, 2022
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This Week: Predictions from 2021, Predictions for 2022, Schrödinger’s Tardigrade, Fishmobile, Hostile Earth, Amputee Advantage?, Baby Cry Recognition, Crow Tools, Bear Guts, No Matter Difference, And Much More…

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Every year…
Science adds to our knowledge.
Every year…
Discoveries are made.
Every year…
More tools for our survival are created.
Every year…
We get a little bit closer to having everything figured out.

The question then will be…
What do we do with the tools and knowledge that science has built?

When we look at the present day, or peer into the not too distant future
We have some serious issues that need to be resolved.
Many of them, science has solutions for…
Many more, science is the only path towards finding a solution.

A future will come no matter how we focus our efforts in the present
If we bring science along with us
If we encourage and support the next generation of scientists
If we put our trust in in data driven solutions
If we apply the tools we have already learned
The future we one day wake up in
Will be much better than the one we will find without it.
That’s it, that’s all… just a better future.
That’s the entire goal of science.

And if there is one thing that better future requires more than anything
It’s This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with last year’s predictions

Who did the best at predicting the science of last year? What was the most wild prediction to come true? Let us know in the comments!

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And, jump into the 2021 Science predictions…

JUSTIN PREDICTS:
2021 was a mental roller-coaster of pandemic related emotions…
“But now that the worst is over…” is a phrase people will slowly stop saying in 2022.

Despite all of the looming threats, in 2022 everything is going to be just fine…
That or everyone is going to die.
If I predict that everyone dies, nobody will be left alive to appreciate that I was correct.
But if I predict that everything will be just fine and everyone dies, no one will know I was wrong.
So my prediction is that everything will be just fine.

In 2022 both Websters and Oxford dictionaries will change the definition of “fine” to include a state where things are “Actually terrible beyond belief but ranking too far down the list of anxiety ridden awful things ones gotta deal with to do anything about at the moment.” Fine.

The Large Hadron Collider will continue running experiments mid year. While it was upgraded and expanded with additional detectors. The increased sensitivity they get will be considered a bit too much information even by data scientists looking forward to the upgrade.

New waves of variants will be met by a robust response of new vaccines. And an increased portion of the worlds population will be vaccinated… but only because the portion of the population that refuses the jab keeps mysteriously shrinking. Also, it’s not a mystery, they are dying of COVID-19.

2022 is the year when everyone stops putting up with willful idiots.
Nowhere is this new attitude made more dramatically apparent then the airline industry…
Which begins removing unruly passengers at altitude.

In 2022 a group of NASA scientists conducting experiments in search of a potential deep space cryogenic state will accidentally discover that, in large enough quantities, tardigrades taste absolutely delicious. While only a fad diet item in 2022 many tardigrade farms spring up around the world and genetic modification programs begin to increase their size. In the coming decade they reach the size of a small pig as Brazil races to reforest the Amazon in order to provide enough feeding grounds for the new meat staple. The situation seems to be a win, win for food supply and carbon sequestration until the tardigrades are discovered to be capable predators and soon are stalking the Amazonian rivers, jungles and coastline of Brazil in search of human flesh. It is said they prefer vegetarians.

When media reports that a large comet has been spotted hurtling towards the earth with near certainty of a direct impact… most people write it off thinking they’ve already seen the show on Netflix, while the rest ingest a topical antifungal cream meant to treat hogs feet in order to divert the comets path.

A guy named Dave will discover that his cat has been not only secretly accessing his computer, but reporting on his daily activities to other cats in the neighborhood who have in turn shared pictures of Dave with still more cats… by the end of 2022 cats all over the world are sharing human memes of Dave, who they refer to as “The Grumpy Ape”…

With the non-binding commitments of the COP26 meeting no longer remembered, delegates of various glitterati from around the world will look forward to making performative statements on climate during COP27 in November…

The year 2022 is the year that we discover that we really really really should have listened to Justin way back when, and just taken a few months off from everything.

BLAIR PREDICTS:
-Humans will create a new, stronger material modeled after spider silk, but it still won’t be better than the real thing.
-Tardigrades will do something weird
-The world will declare the end of the pandemic, just in time for a new one.
-A new nightmare-inducing deep sea fish will be discovered.
-In human origins, a new, Out of Antarctica theory will surface.
-Webb telescope will break in some way. Sorry!
-A billionaire/millionaire will have their ashes scattered in space.
-Crows will reveal that they have understood everything we’ve said this whole time. And they will not forget.
-Mammoth cloning will move to the next stage, attempting to make viable blastocysts. It won’t work yet.
-Baby Yoda will return to the Mandalorian as Teen Yoda, and he’ll be a rude dude.
-TWIS will return to the stage at a live show!

DR. KIKI PREDICTS:
– the virus causing COVID19 will mutate further due to further vaccination difficulties leading people to wonder if they ever really did have a life before the pandemic or if it was just a fever dream
– HOWEVER, pandemic waves will be less and less concerning as new mRNA booster shots updated based on the mutagenesis will become available before year’s end
– Our gravitational wave detectors will detect more gravitational waves
– The LHC will once again provide support for the standard model even as other experiments like muon g-2 try to escape its clutches
– We will see SpaceX Starship successfully reaching orbit in 2022
– The NASA SLS will see further delays, and will not get of the ground
– The JWST will continue its trip to L2 & return images before the end of the year that wow and astound the world
– scientists will continue to become better communicators, finally understanding that people have trust issues, but politicians will continue to use facts any old way they darn please
– unless social media is regulated, we will continue to see a growing distrust in science
– NASA’s DART mission will crash into Dimorphos, the asteroid moonlet of Didymos, & we will rejoice at the successful crashing of a spacecraft (talk about a high impact science mission!), but will be saddened as the craft will be gently cradled & enveloped in the soft dust of the moonlet’s surface rather than moving the space rock in its orbit.
– We will continue to be depressed rather than inspired by Justin’s Good News stories
– Artificial intelligence will be trained on reality in virtual reality designed by other AIs
– An artificial intelligence will design a synthetic biological lifeform
– TWIS will welcome a new member to the family
– TWIS will continue to bring you science!

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What is the science news THIS week?

Schrödinger’s Tardigrade
Did physicists quantum entangle a tardigrade with a qubit?

Fishmobile
A fish outta water (and doing just fine) story.

Hostile Earth
Radiation posed a problem for developing lifeforms until the atmosphere thickened.

Olympic Leg Debate
Amputees and people born without legs do not have an advantage in a foot race.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

“Mooooom!”
Elephant seal moms recognize their baby’s cry after 2 days

Cows keep special tools extra safe
Crows know what tools need extra care

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Let’s finish strong with science from Dr. Kiki!

Bear Guts
Human food is bad for bears.

No Differences
Matter & anti-matter keep on matching.

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29 December, 2021 – Episode 856 – The Top Science News of 2021

December 30th, 2021
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This Week: What does This Week in Science think were the year’s top science stories? This end-of-year episode counts down the Top 11 science news stories of 2021, and much more…

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The end of another wonderful year
Full of fantastic science.

Beyond that it was somewhat terrible.
2021…
As we end the year,
the planet has lost an additional 3.6 million lives due to our inability to take a virus seriously.
As if the 1.8 million humans we lost in 2020 was not warning enough…
And we are…
as we were, this time last year
At a peak of transmission and death
Just as a new variant offers up a more contagious acceleration of infection.
2021…
So contagious was this year, that even as it leaves,
it is passing along the virus to the following year.
2021…
The year that showed again how well
“Ignore it and maybe it will go away?”…
strategies fare when dealing with actual threats…
2021…
The year we didn’t learn from history
And repeated it immediately.
While there is some desire even now to not look back

We pause for a moment to look back
At all we have learned.

This Week in Science
Top 11 year-in-review
Coming up next…

Counting down the top science news from 11 to 6

(Clicks the links below to navigate to the original episodes and stories)

Number 11: Animal Intelligence
Let me hear your monkey talk
Can a cuttlefish say “chubby bunny” with a mouthfull of marshmallows?
Cockatoos know their tools
Orangutan drawing show us something special

Number 10: Cloning
Cloned ferrets could change the game
Fighting global warming with herds of mammoths.

Number 9: Xenobots
Xenobot – The Sequel
Reproducing Bio-Bots

Number 8: Regeneration
Slugs chop off heads, then regrow bodies
Stimulating Sight
limb regeneration
What once was one is now three

Number 7: Synthetic Bio
No Womb
Irish Crying Eyes
Synthetic Life
Making Chimeras
Mimicing cell behavior
Big Brains
Brainy Science
Hearing Hope

Number 6: AI Proteins
Protein Structure
Alpha Fold Release

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Continuing the countdown from 5 to 1!

Number 5: MARS
Perseverence Has Landed!
Mars Milestones
Perserverance pays off
Martian Rocks
Water On Mars!
Perseverence On Mars

Number 4: Space Exploration
Heart of the sun
Telescope naming controversy
Talk About Space
Blue Origin space launch
Future System

Number 3: Climate Change
Allergy Woes?
Climate change just makes food webs worse.
Protecting the ocean is good for everyone
Moving Fish
We’re doomed.
Hot News
Sea Rise
Russia is melting
IPCC Alarm Bells
Just good news – Global Warming Edition
Just Good News: Global Warming Edition
Just Good News
Australian BS
Water vs food in river regions
UK to get banking to net-zero… someday
Back to back hurricanes likely to be a new normal
The post Paris/ UN climate picture

Number 2: Hominid Histories
Oldest ever symbols found
The mystery archaic human was no mystery once
Enter the dragon man – Homo longi
Another new human
Footprints in New Mexico
Ancient jaw
Missing link between upright walking and tree climbing found
When is a bear not a bear?

Number 1: Vaccines
Malaria Success
Malaria Promise
Great News
mRNA for MS

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Blair has Honoarable Mentions!

Dinosaur butthole
An explanation for the full moon crazies
Kids burn so much energy they are like a different species

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And, some final weird science from Dr. Kiki!

Brain Bonding
Duck Talk
Toilet training cows
Worm mother’s milk themselves to death
Who needs a head??
Googley-eyed bird deterrents

Science that wasn’t, or further evidence that people REALLY don’t understand science: UFO’s, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, and more…

This Week in Science Questions!

We want to ask YOU!!!
Which were your favorite stories from 2021? Let us know in our Discord or on Twitter with the hashtag: #TWIStop11.

Do you have questions that you want us to answer? Send us your questions! We will do our best to have answers!

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15 December, 2021 – Episode 855 – Bringing TWISmas Cheer with Science!

December 18th, 2021
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This Week: Krypton Origins, Probing The Sun, Defusing A Bomb, Dog-Fish-Worm Parasite, New Organs, 14 New Shrews!, COVID-19, 10,000 Monoliths, Pregnant In America, Neandertals Loved Fire, Plastic Brains, Life On Earth, And Much More…

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Well, maybe you’ve been to school for a year or two
and think you’ve seen it all…
What you really need is a holiday in science…

Yes…
It’s beginning to sound a lot like TWISmas
Intro to the show
A pair of NASA probes, and a rover that roves
Is the wish of Barney and Jen…
A robot that talks and will go for a walk
Is the hope of Janice and Ben…

Such a beautiful sight
Happy tonight
Talking in a science wonderland

As we hoop de do and dickory dock
into the holiday season
With science stories comin’ around

We want to wish you a merry TWISmas
we wish you a merry TWISmas
and a happy new year…

before we are off

Dashing through the show.
In a science podcast sleigh.
On the air we go – This Week in Science on the way
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Krypton Origins
This origin story for volatile elements on Earth concludes that much of the carbon, nitrogen, & water arrived before the moon-forming impact, and that there are multiple sources for these elements in the mantle & atmosphere.

Heart of the sun
Parker Solar Probe has dipped into the sun’s corona and discovered a lot of fascinating things.

Defusing A Bomb
Thanks to sterilization, contraception, & education, India now has a fertility rate below the replication rate of 2.1 children per household.

Dog/ fish/ worm parasite
Pet Dragons?

New Organs
How do they evolve?

14 new mammals described
New shrews to fill out the mammalian family tree! And, perhaps a new version of a Christmas carol?

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COVID Update
Omicron continues to spread rapidly around the globe spurring heightened alerts by public health agencies & local governments. At least one American university, Cornell, has shuttered in-person finals & graduation as a result of a dramatic increase in COVID-19 cases & evidence of omicron in the hopes that it will prevent a larger outbreak in the community at large. Scientists are warning that although omicron might not result in serious disease as often (especially with high rates of vaccination & previous infection in many places) the transmissibility is enough that the sheer number of cases will overload hospitals IF prevention isn’t taken seriously.

TWISmas Safety List – Check it twice!
– Get your booster if you are vaccinated.
– Take ventilation & masks seriously.
– HEPA filtration works!
– N95 for the win!
– Be transparent – talk openly with friends & family about risks
– Rapid testing is your friend.
– So is PCR.
– Think about ways to reduce your potential for infection – can you isolate in the days before festing?

If you have concerns, talk to a doctor, check the CDC website,
& do your best to keep your community protected.
We re in this together.

Retracted Study
Study finding no effect of lockdowns on COVID-19 deaths found to have faulty methods unable to actually find such effects if they did indeed exist.

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What science news does Justin have?

10,000 Stone Monoliths
A closer look finds they are older than we thought.

The high cost of being pregnant in America
It really isn’t good.

Neanderthals And fire
Did Neandertals use fire to manage their environment?

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Let’s finish strong with science from Dr. Kiki!

Plastic Brains
How easily the brain heals depends on whether it is healthy or sick to begin with.

Life On Earth
Hydrothermal vents could have done it all by themselves.

This Week in Science Questions!

We want to ask YOU!!!
Which were your favorite stories from 2021? Let us know in our Discord or on Twitter with the hashtag: #TWIStop11.

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08 December, 2021 – Episode 854 – What Time Does Science Say to Eat?

December 11th, 2021
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This Week: Pollution & Sex, Just Good News, Salmon Taste Test, Primate Cavities, Unconfirmable Results, Daytime Eating Good, COVID Update, Light Flyers, Spider Boys, Bear Feet?, Prison Education, Klotho Strength, Brain Boost, And Much More…

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You can only go so far in this world before you find yourself at a door
You unlock this door with the key of education.
Beyond it is another dimension
A dimension of sound reasoning, a dimension of insights,
a dimension of mindful observation.
A place to contemplate the vastness of space and the timelessness of infinity.
You are now traveling through a wondrous land of both science and substance,
of things and ideas
whose boundaries are that of imagination.
Sign post up ahead…
You’ve just crossed over into
This week in Science
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Pollution & Sex
Correlation does NOT equal causation. Beware of headlines.

Just Good News – Melting Glaciers Edition
Some fish got all the luck…

More Recently Than Thought
A mammoth find is not horsing around.

Farmed salmon tastes better, sorry.
Blind taste testing proves bad food tastes delicious.

Primate Cavities
Not just humans get cavities.

Unconfirmable results
Cancer research vs reproducibility and transparency

Daytime Eating Good
To avoid metabolic and circadian misalignment, eat during the day suggests a new study.

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Do you have COVID-19 related questions? Let us know!
Omicron
The omicron variant is spreading rapidly around the world, and causing concern on the basis of potentially increased transmisbility and immunity-evading mutations. It has been detected in 19 states, but Delta is still the dominant variant. While neutralization of omicron is decreased by 41-fold in previously infected or vaccinated individuals, protection against severe outcomes does appear to be maintained. Additionally, vaccination after infection and booster doses seem to reinvgorate the body’s immune respone. It also appears that immunity against Delta gained from infection lasts up to 13 months, so vaccination now that omicron is working its way through communities will be additionally protective.

South Africa
Early data has scientists and doctors optimistic that omicron might not be as virulent, or dangerous, as previous variants; although, it could be a vaccine effect that is skewing the data so far based on the ages & vaccination status of people ending up in the hospital. So, it is too early to celebrate, but fingers are crossed.

Chewing gum for COVID safety.
Plant based ACE2 protein in chewing gum could reduce transmission.

Plant Vax
Medicago & GSK are reporting positive results of their stage III clinical trial for a plant-derived virus-like-particle vaccine. While not as effective as mRNA vaccines, the results suggest a benefit to their use.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Migratory birds lighten up for migration
Lighter birds have an easier time on long flights

Spider boys wanna get close but there’s a lot at stake.
Just like planets or electrons, male spiders orbit females at a safe distance.

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What science news does Justin have?

When is a bear not a bear?
When it is an ancient hominin!

Learning your way out of prison
Why aren’t we educating more inmates?

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Klotho Strength
UPMC researchers have concluded that muscle regeneration is impaired in aging as blood-borne extracellular vessicles carrying bits of a longevity protein called Klotho decrease.

Brain Boost
Every brain needs Clusterin – a protein involved in knocking down inflammation that had beneficial effects on the cognition of mice.

This Week in Science Questions!

We had a letter from listener Scott Rhoades wanting to clarify vulture bee honey production. What a fascinating topic!

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This time of year 10 years ago we were excited about vitamin D & multiple sclerosis, a vaccine for Ebola, cheap solar, aging smarts, video game smarts, and so much more. Take a blast to the past with TWIS!

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01 December, 2021 – Episode 853 – Science to Soothe Your Mississippi Madness

December 3rd, 2021
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This Week: Xenobot Reality Check, Spicy Breast Milk, Sperm Plastic, Solar Water, Flexible Biorepair Gel, COVID Update, Community Hippo Poop, Fishing Monkeys, Internet Of Brains, Brain PING, And Much More…

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Today the Supreme Court of the United States of America
heard the arguments for a Mississippi state abortion case.
The case in question,
Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, No. 19-1392,
targets Roe v. Wade.
Comments from the conservative justices suggest
that we may see this major pillar for advancements
in women’s health and educational & professional attainment in the US
over the past near to 50 years
pulled out from beneath us next June.
If Roe is overturned:
17 states will immediately enact bans on most abortions,
11 will enact laws that ban abortions at or after 6-weeks
(most people find out they are pregnant around this time),
Missouri will ban abortion at 8-weeks
(three-quarters of abortions occur by 9-weeks)
Arkansas will ban at 12
Mississippi will get its wish to ban at 15, and so will Louisiana,
Utah bans at 18-weeks,
and so on…
(did you know that 99% of abortions happen by 21-weeks – the supposed viability line)
Those states that protect abortion or have no laws making it illegal will
very likely experience a surge in the number of women who travel on average 280 miles to abort safely & legally.
But, those are only the women who can afford it.
The rest,
some 100,000 women a year,
will either carry unwanted children to term – perhaps to give them up for adoption,
or they will resort to illegal and unsafe abortion methods.
Scientific studies have shown that
“the consequences of not getting a wanted abortion are worse than those experienced by women who get one…”
14 times as many women die in childbirth as from receiving legal abortions.
in fact, 4 times as many women die from getting colonoscopies as die from having legal abortions.
Protecting women is protecting children.
And, we support protecting Roe v. Wade
here on
This Week in Science.
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Reproducing Bio-Bots
Xenobots – biological robots made from embryonic frog stem cells – reproduced all on their own… kinematically.

Spicy breast milk
Need I say more?

Sperm Plastic
It doesn’t need to be sperm, just a lot of sustainable produced DNA.

Solar Water
How much water in our solar system (and on Earth) came from the sun?

Biorepair Gel
A flexible gel might be the answer to repairing dynamic tissues like the vocal cords or heart muscle.

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Omicron
Have patience. Practice safe gathering. Get vaccinated if you can.

Euro Pfizer For Kids
Coming soon!

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Hippo poop creates a river-wide microbiome
We know poop brings nutrients to the Nile, but now it also looks like it brings all the bacteria to do a body good.

Why did the monkey go fishing?
He was cold and hungry, of course!

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Internet Of Brains
Researchers have developed a platform for wireless behavioral neuroscience studies. Start an experiment at the flick of a switch!

Brain PING
Brain surgery that doesn’t require a scalpel.

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This time of year 10 years ago… the TWIS time machine brings us back to this episode in which we discussed controversial gain-of-function flu research, climate change developments, public acceptance of climate change, space worms, sex with neanderthals, and so much more. Give it a listen to see just how for we have come.

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24 November, 2021 – Episode 852 – It’s TWISgiving 2021!

November 30th, 2021
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This Week: Talk About Space, Just Good News: Big Brother Edition, Face Touching, Storing Carbon, Baby jokes, Baby Smells, STEM Gender Bias, Worm Mind Reading, COVID Update, Meat Eating Bees, Ant Spit, Missing Link, Post Paris Picture, Mammoth Find, Seabirds Aren’t Turkeys, The Albatross Difference, And Much More…

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Thanksgiving
That one day out of the year where Americans pause to give thanks
for all the good things in their lives…
Thanks for health and family and thanks for that giant turkey on the table.
Which likely had a diet of 95% corn…
as do most livestock of any sort.
Foods like corn, potatoes, and tomatoes originated in the Americas.
But, they weren’t just discovered…
they were created, cultivated over thousands of years by observant Native American farmers
in multi generational breeding efforts in well engineered irrigated farms…
Which turned what was basically a grass into corn,
the most consumed grain in the world.
A pitiful proto-tomato the size of a blueberry
was converted into the most consumed fruit and/ or vegetable in the world…
And the potato,
domesticated and cultivated back some 10,000 years ago in the Andes,
is the worlds 4th most produced food…
While we give thanks to this or that…
we should remember…
Native Americans didn’t just feed a party of starving pilgrims a few hundred years ago…
They are feeding the entire world,
now,
today…
through the food technology that was developed before modern Europeans stepped foot in Europe.
And while native peoples have suffered cultural annihilation, destruction of sacred lands, religious conversions, theft, kidnapping, rape, child abuse, institutional murder, enslavement, germ warfare, and genocide on two continents…
The rest of the world has become better nourished…
And should give thanks…
But as Americans especially,
it should be a day where you simply acknowledge
The people whose food you are eating,
whose land you occupy,
and whose children you and your children have replaced.

In the spirit of experiment, innovation, and discovery
that the ancient Americans used to create the bounty we all enjoy,
we bring you…
This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Talk About Space
The JWST lost a clamp, and a little spacecraft is on it’s way to push an asteroid.

Just good news: Big Brother Edition
What minor muscle movements in your face give away your lies?

Stop touching your face while you drive!
Don’t worry, I can’t either

Storing Carbon
Researchers map areas of high carbon storage that should be prioritized for conservation.

Baby jokes & Baby Smells
When does humor develop in babies, and why do they smell so good?

Worm Mind Reading
What happens in the brains of worms? Researchers are using machine learning to find out.

The STEM gender problem runs deep
Why do children as young as 6 think computers are for boys? And what can we do about it?

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COVID Update
The surge is coming! The surge is coming! I feel like chicken little with the warnings that so few people are taking to heart anymore.

Vaccinate The Children
Kids cases of COVID-19 are spiking – making up 25% of all cases. Let’s vaccinate the kids before we relax our practices.

CoVac-1
Is a vaccine for long-lasting immunity on the way?

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Meat eating bees
Don’t worry, they don’t have stingers!

“Here, let me spit in your mouth real quick” – some ant, probably…
Community metabolism is only a mouthful of spit away!

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What science news does Justin have?

Missing link between upright walking and tree climbing found
Was it always Australopithecus sediba?

The post Paris/ UN climate picture
Things are not rosy.

Mammoth Find
A mammoth tusk was discovered 10,000 feet beneath the ocean off the coast of California.

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Seabirds Aren’t Turkeys
Most monogamous seabirds don’t break-up, but when they do it usually has to do with reproduction.

The Albatross Difference
Environmental hardship affects divorce rate in addition to reproduction difficulties in albatross.

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What were we discussing at this time last year? This time last year we were saying thanks and talking about human space flight, turkey feathers, memory maps, the smell of cooperation, and so much more. Listen to the show!

This time of year 10 years ago… looks like we took a week off. We hope that you enjoyed your TWISgiving as well.

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17 November, 2021 – Episode 851 – What Would You Call It?

November 18th, 2021
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This Week: Natural HIV Cure?, Telescope Names, Disrupting Bacteria, Lungfish Cocoons, COVID Update, Orangutan Art?, Cats Do Care, Exercise Guts, Grandmother Brain, Psychopathic Society, And Much More…

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Mairzy doats and anecdotes and little lies be flying…
Keep your eyes peeled dear friends.
The facts are being checked on the daily,
but you need to be your own fact checker.
Just because you want to believe
doesn’t mean you should believe.
Not even when you’re listening to
This Week in Science
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Natural HIV Cure?
Did the Esperanza patient cure herself?

Telescope naming controversy
Why do we even bother naming things after people anymore? What would you call the James Webb Space Telescope? Let us know!

Bacterial Disruption
Let’s take them out.

Lungfish Cocoons
The cocoon is the fish.

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Reservoir Found?
A new tool helps researchers get closer to identifying the SARS-CoV2 reservoirs.

Rollout
It was good

Placental Propagation
SARS-CoV2 propagates through the placenta.

More Anti-depressant Evidence
COVID-19 patients on SSRIs are less likely to die.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Orangutan drawing show us something special
Do animals create art as a rewarding, reflective experience? Maybe.

Cats care about you
Or at least, they want to know where you are and what you’re doing.

Coral parents online dating
Can we pick coral parents to make our reefs stronger? Worth a try…?

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Exercise Guts
Exercise reduces pain via release of endocannabinoids AND by altering the gut microbiome to release pain-reducing molecules.

Grandmother Brain
It’s primed for empathy with grandchildren.

Psychopathic People
There are lots of psychopaths according to a new review study.

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At this time last year we were celebrating our 800th episode! (Wow! There are more than 50 more on the list since then…) There was even a quiz! We discussed science news about zoo monkeys, long-necks on dinosaurs, COVID-19 vaccines were coming soon (and there were only 250,000 dead in the US), we said no to geo-engineering, and so much more. Listen to the show!

This one from 2011 was full of great science news. What were we discussing 10-years ago? People were blaming The Pill for prostate cancer in Canada, Antarctic mountains had a double origin story, invasive rats were pollinating flowers in New Zealand, and so much more. Take a trip down memory lane with TWIS!

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