11 May, 2022 – Episode 875 – Why is Helium Rising?

May 12th, 2022
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This Week: Atmospheric Rise, Viva La Virus, Concussions, One In 10, California, Fungal Fitness, Stress and fertility, Ominous Omicron, COVID Creativity, Good news, Dolphins with the Snake, Bee like Bats, Ancient indigenous Uruguay DNA, Healthy tattoos, Brain Fluid Boost, Brain Squirts, Brain Berries, And Much More…

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Religion

I don’t care which one, it really doesn’t matter the winged donkey rider, the winemaking street magician, the elephant-headed boy, the deadbeat dad navel gazer, the bearded old man telling mankind to get off his lawn, and sending a flood to kill them all…or any of the various ensembles of godly soap opera stars.

All the same to me, and as far as I can tell, functionally the same to anyone else as well, collections of stories, mixed moral messages, and conflicting logics, transformed into doctrines of social behavior that for the most part bear no relation to the texts from which they are supposedly derived.

And none of which should be considered at all relevant to today’s world because they largely manifested to serve medieval theocracies, and yet here we are in the land of separation of church and state, separated not just in the United States, but around the world as well there are a few places where theocratic rule still exists – Afghanistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia unless you are rich and that last vestige of colonial authority, Vatican City, and very soon, if we are not actively vigilant several of the less than United States of America.

What we are seeing happen already, in the rewriting of math and history test books, the rolling back of personal freedoms, the persecution of our LGBT+ communities, the elimination of sex education along with forced pregnancies regardless of age or consensual conception… is the introduction of theocracy to the modern world.

The world was once full of theocracies every nation was one. We gave them up for a reason. They are terrible, yet gaining momentum in the one place that has never been one.

And there is no greater threat to theocracy than… Science!

Science that answers big questions, that heals the sick, that invents technology, that allows near-instantaneous communication around the world, that lays bare the actual workings of the human body, the cosmos, and the very matter of the universe.

No matter what the origin story is, from which culture or whose religion, nationality, ethnicity, tribe or tradition anthropology can point to a mountain of evidence that proves that it is wrong.

As the fact-checkers of human history, anthropologists will have to be the next evolution removed from textbooks, biology replaced with creation myths truth, facts, data, and evidence, all contorted to conform to a theocratic narrative of the death of logic, the death of reason, and the death of applicable knowledge and the only thing standing in its way is…

This Week in Science

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

Atmospheric Rise
Helium levels in the atmosphere are rising. But, why?

Viva La Virus
Patient injected with virus… gets better

Concussion data- from the gut
Could gut analysis track health post-concussion?

One In 10
Researchers have discovered that while there are 10 different dopamine-producing neurons in the substantia nigra, only one, in particular, dies in Parkinson’s patients.

California has a plan
Summary

Fungal Fitness
Does diversity drive a thriving ecosystem?

Stress could impact female fertility
At least, in rats, subjected to screaming sounds…

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Ominous Omicron
Just get vaccinated, okay?

COVID Creativity
We got creative over lockdown. That’s one upside.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Good news in conservation: condors return home
It’s important to remember that we do have the tools to right some of our wrongs.

We’re sure you heard about those dolphins with the snake….
Let’s talk about it!

What’s the buzz on bats that talk like bees?
That’s the buzz. They talk like bees.

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Ancient indigenous Uruguay DNA
Finding a strain of DNA from a people that were almost totally wiped out

Healthy tattoos
Forget a watch to track your health, you can use tattoos!

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Rise up with Dr. Kiki for these stories!

Brain Fluid Boost
Young brain fluid component helps old brains.

Brain Squirts
Sea squirts and other ascidiaceans could prevent Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

Brain Berries
Eat 1/2 cup of blueberries per day to keep dementia at bay.

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4 May, 2022 – Episode 874 – May the Fourth be with us!

May 5th, 2022
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The supreme court of the united states has written a legal opinion to overturn roe vs wade joining a shortlist of countries which prevent women from having reproductive rights which include:

Egypt, Libya, Senegal, Iran, Afghanistan, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, Laos, Nigeria, and the popular pseudo-socialist right-wing boogie man Venezuela.

Now it is important to keep in mind that the legal shift would primarily affect states that have already passed laws to impose abortion bans should roe vs wade be overturned these include states like:

Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia to name a few.

All of which voted for slavery the last time that was a thing you could vote for in America.

Which isn’t completely fair seeing as that was over a hundred and fifty years ago and the confederacy only lasted for four years, and only some people in those states still claim the four-year fight for slavery as their heritage despite having a black president for 8 in very recent history.

Yet curtailing the rights of women, or LGBT communities, or minorities, or anyone else for that matter is a matter of deep-held cultural identity for some Americans, as ugly as that sounds and while some frame it as states rights giving the state the ability to impose restrictions on individuals is an act of taking rights away forcing women into essentially a legal contract to give birth is the sort of thing even most authoritarian governments feel is a bit much.

But maybe these laws, however misguided, are in some way out of a love for children. Let’s look then at how states spend tax revenue on parentless children.

California which definitely not going to outlaw reproductive rights spends three times as much as on children living in foster care than Texas which definitely will outlaw reproductive rights.

New York state outspends Texas as well, despite having only half the population.

Oregon spends twice what South Carolina spends on foster youth.

Washington spends three times what Mississippi spends despite only having twice the population.

Maryland spends three times what Arkansas spends, despite having half the population.

States that already have the greatest restrictions on reproductive rights, consistently underfund foster care systems, and also those happen to be states with the highest rates of incarceration.

Again and again, everywhere you look, the commitment to actual outcomes is missing the actual outcome of criminalizing reproductive choice will be an increase in youth at the greatest risk for incarceration. Incarceration that could find these children performing unpaid prison labor the likes of which exist today in states like Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Texas.

But keep in mind, these are again states that voted for slavery when they had the chance, which doesn’t seem so unfair to mention now.

So maybe they are committed to an outcome for children by suppressing the reproductive rights of women. But it isn’t one anyone should be in favor of.

The only thing you should be in favor of is more

This Week in Science

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

Black Hole Sound
The echoes of X-rays from black holes are helping to map their local space. Also, black holes sound cool.

Dr. Justin’s Poo Pills
Fecal transplants reverse hallmarks of aging

Abortion access is just the beginning
Overturning Roe v. Wade could half the number of qualified OBGYNs available in the future.

Global warming will kill all the fish
For the dinosaurs it was a meteor, for the fish it’ll be… us.

Coral Coves
Turns out people are bad for corals.

Sweet CO2
A new method using yeast fermentation turns CO2 into glucose or long-chain fatty acids.

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What’s that? A tired bird?
Tired magpies sing strange and can’t solve problems.

Blind as a bat? Not quite….
Despite having great vision, these bats use echolocation when flying during the day.

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Veggie kids are just fine
Children who eat a vegetarian diet had similar measures of growth and nutrition compared to children who eat meat

Bioreactor burgers can save the planet
Fungal protein replacement for just 20% of beef would cut deforestation by half.

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Eye Screen
Can a smartphone app tell you if you have Alzheimer’s?

Factory Reset?
Would you edit your brain if it could get rid of your anxiety & related damaging behaviors?

Reset Disease?
What about gene modification for kids?

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27 April, 2022 – Episode 873 – This Show has Teeth!

April 28th, 2022
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This Week: Death, Regeneration, Fear, All Your Base, Snot Bugs, Yamanaka factor, Locating Lupus, Lockdowns, New mRNA Vaccines, Great Tits, Teeth, Fire Control, Microbe Survivalists, Brain Ocean, Altered Arousal, And Much More…

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Imagine a world without science…

Not a world of yesterday

But a world of tomorrow

A world where, all at once, while everyone was sleeping the scientists and teachers of the world simply walked away put down their pipettes, deleted their algorithms, and left their students to languish.

What then would the world of tomorrow look like?

If a generation of students had No math education, No biology, No chemistry, No logic, No critical thinking If research in every field simply stopped.

What then would the world look like in five years? In ten?

Global warming is no longer talked about as sea levels rise and wildfires burn, and the next pandemic goes unchecked. Economies are in ruins as hospitals staffed by untrained volunteers are overrun the history of the planet, in the hands of revisionists has always been authoritarian.

The environment, according to industry spokespeople has never been cleaner the next generation, uneducated, raised on propaganda unable to tell fact from fiction data, facts, truth, all replaced by spun narratives slick ad campaigns, and well-marketed conspiracy theories.

In short, the world would devolve into what it nearly is today.

And the only thing keeping us from this dystopian vision of a not too distant future? Is This Week in Science!

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

All Your Base
Every RNA & DNA base has been found in meteorites, providing evidence for panspermia.

More kids die from ____ than anything else
Guns. The answer is guns.

It’s the small ones you gotta worry about
Confirmed, the smaller the scorpion the more deadly.

Snot Bugs
Some bacteria live the life — they stimulate mucus production in humans so that they can eat it.

Yamanaka factor, cell regeneration
Regenerating body parts could be the health care of the future.

Locating Lupus
The genetic mutation responsible for Lupus has been found.

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Government lockdown
Stricter lockdowns seemed to have a better effect on mental health than not so strict versions

PPE vs Lockdowns
Trying to lockdown just the most vulnerable and letting everyone else do what they want could have led to many more deaths.

New mRNA Vaccine?
Arcturus Therapeutics reported successful results of its phase 1 clinical trial of 17,000 people in Vietnam.

Retraction
An influential study suggesting the benefits of high doses of vitamin D for COVID 19 patients has been retracted after issues with randomization of patients were reported.

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

It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

CATAPULTING SPIDERS! TO ESCAPE POST-COITAL CANNIBALISM!!
In what is perhaps the best science story ever, orb weaver males catapult away from females to end their courtship in order to avoid becoming dessert.

75-year-long Great Tit study reveals the reality of climate change.
After this extremely long study, the timing of the first hatch started a whole month earlier in the year. In just 75 years, our changing climate has accelerated. What does this mean for our feathered friends around the world?

The teeth are coming from outside the house
Bloodworms form copper teeth by absorbing marine sediments. Is it just me or does that sound like the next x-man?

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Fire Control
Canada needs to use indigenous forest stewardship methods.

Microbe Survivalists
Some microbes don’t worry about fire.

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Fixing Fear
Researchers figure out where a chemical compound acts in the brain to extinguish fear memories.

Brain Ocean
Your brain is like an ocean. Well, not really, but kind of.

Altered Arousal
It’s all about the waves, man.

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20 April, 2022 – Episode 872 – Going Cuckoo For Earth Day!

April 21st, 2022
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This Week: Earth Day Climate, Sound Cancer Cures, Robot Rat, Accelerating Currents, Acoustical Charging, The Oreometer, COVID Update, Cuckoo Eggs, Rhino Value, Trilobite Camera, Spicy Fuel Cells, Lying Lyres Like Drama, Imagine Aphantasia, And Much More…

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Hello science, our old friend we’ve come to talk with you again.

About research soft-ly creeping

Newly published while we were sleeping

And the stories implanted in our brains, still remains, within the sound of This Week in Science!

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

Earth Day Climate
Things have been changing on Earth Day. Thanks to Climate Matters for the run-down.

Sound cures cancer!
In rats.

SQuRo, the robot rat
Previous robot rats had treads, but these buddies have legs!!

Accelerating Currents
Climate change is heating the surface of the oceans and speeding up ocean currents.

Acoustical Charging
Single-celled electricity!

The porpoise of this story
Is to tell you about a dolphin, who spoke with a porpoise.

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Long COVID
30% of those infected with COVID went on to experience long COVID.

Viral Feces
Up to 7 months after COVID infection, SARS -CoV2 particles were found in feces suggesting that the persistence might be related to long COVID.

Get Smart
A smartwatch can track infection AND response to vaccination.

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

It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Cuckoos may have found their match
Turns out, they can’t go green, and that’s enough to spoil their game, potentially for good!

Black rhinos are in trouble.
Yes, from that. But it’s worse than we thought. We underestimated females, again…

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500 million-year-old camera lens
Extinct trilobites are helping make the cameras of tomorrow.

Spicey fuel cells
A tastier way to use turmeric.

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Lying Lyres Like Drama
While male Splendid Lyrebirds lie to their potential mates, other Lyres are drama queens. Lyrebird songs are composed by placing discordant song sequences next to each other.

Aphantasia
Very unlike the Disney classic Phantasia, the disorder called aphantasia is a lack of visual imagination and is apparent through a lack of pupil changes.

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13 April, 2022 – Episode 871 – Can the Internet Handle This Science?

April 14th, 2022
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This Week: Scientific Scepticism, Linking Brains, Biodiversity with Leeches, Less Lightning, Electricity from archaea, Porpoise’s, Chimps, Rhesus monkey hearts, Missing hub of humans, Space Balloons, Baby Brains, Plant Protection, And Much More…

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In the past, we have looked to the future waiting around in present’s past.

Planning and procrastinating, Predicting and anticipating

All in the expectation that one day the future would arrive and wouldn’t you know it the future is here.

In fact, the future might even be here ahead of schedule because from the looks of it, we aren’t ready for it.
Case in point, an autonomous vehicle was pulled over this week the vehicle had apparently failed to put its lights on while driving at night the police approached the car and it sped off, only to come to a stop a little further ahead in a what the vehicle might have considered a safer location.

When police approached the vehicle for the second time they immediately lacked any protocol on how to proceed with the traffic stop. They couldn’t demand a license or registration, they couldn’t ask the car if it had been drinking or even ask it to roll down its window so they could turn on its lights they tried to open the door, but it was locked.

In short, the future happened and nobody was prepared for it. Making us look very much not the people of the future but people of the past who somehow stuck around too long and while there are plenty of examples of how stuck in the past we are as a planet, the oil economy, authoritarian autocracies, racial inequality, income inequality, gender inequality, matching socks, all relics of bygone eras…

The future always happens this way nobody is ever ready for it, not really, it just happens
Week by week, day by day, slowly and methodically until before we know it we find ourselves listening to yet another episode of This Week in Science!

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

Scientific Scepticism
Two big science stories out this week need to be considered with skepticism. Let’s talk about the thing that W bosons & Tanis dinosaurs have in common.

Brains that link together better
Thinking abstractly is a human thing.

Understand biodiversity, with the help of leeches
Yup, it’s the blood, baby!

Less Lightning
Early Earth’s atmosphere probably wasn’t as conducive to lightning strikes as previously thought.

Electricity from archaea
Single-celled electricity!

The porpoise of this story
Is to tell you about a dolphin, who spoke with a porpoise.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Chimps know what you did last summer…
…. If that involved a chimp skull I guess

Rhesus monkeys know their heart
Errr… Beat.

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The Missing Hub of Humans
May lead to a better understanding of cultural evolution.

Space Balloons
Luxury cabins in space make a splash.

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Baby Brains
What is genetic & what depends on experience in the brain?

Plant Protection
Rain activates plant immune systems. How does that happen? And, why?

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6 April, 2022 – Episode 870 – Are Brains or Brawn Better?

April 7th, 2022
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This Week: Honey Tech, Squid Games, Nighttime Solar Energy, Fungal Phenomena, Nighttime Solar, XE Identified, WHO Plan, Infection Inflammation, Bat Buddies, Darwin vs. bigotry, Fungal Phone, Asbestos, Brain Changes,  And Much More…

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Recently a Republican US Senate candidate asked a question, he said:
“At one time, science said man came from apes…. If that is true, why are there still apes? Think about it”

Ok… I will. First of all, if there were no apes now there wouldn’t be any humans since humans are a kind of ape. A mostly hairless bipedal ape, with a big brain and great technology, but an ape all the same.

What’s striking is that this creationist hot take has been around a long time comedian Tim Allen posted the same question to twitter five years back
“If we evolved from apes why are there still apes.”

Again, the answer is if there were no apes, there would be no humans, no Twitter, no Tim Allen, and no way to answer the question because we would not exist. So the question is a bit like asking “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

The answer to which is of course YES, yes it does, that’s how object permanence works, something babies learn in their first year but philosophers spent centuries worrying about this until science came along.

If we can interpret the question to be asking why are there still other apes, it just reveals that the cartoon they have in their head of how evolution works is wrong and we can blame science communicators’ past for that. The infographic of a chimp-like creature slowly becoming upright as evolution transitions from knuckle-dragging to bipedal, from hunched over caveman to a modern-day upright posture is fundamentally incorrect.

Nowhere in the 6 million year human ancestral record did our forbearer apes walk on their knuckles like a chimpanzee or a gorilla that is something other apes evolved into because they have spent just as much time-evolving as we have.

We have a common ancestor, one that likely climbed trees and walked bipedally. But evolution isn’t linear, and since then we experienced different pressures, we evolved in different directions and it is actually a really good example of how evolution works.

It’s the same reason sharks are fish, and yet there are still other fish.

Why people have pet cats and yet there are still lions and tigers.

Why there are over a thousand species of bat, more than 10,000 species of bird, and while there were several species of humans living at the same time, we are down to one now, though our DNA has traces of past interminglings which means they never really left us altogether.

So “why are there still apes?” is a really good question to think about!

And the answer should be obvious

There are still apes because without them we wouldn’t have This Week in Science!

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

IPCC Part 3
People, it’s time to act. CO2 emission reduction is essential to altering the path of climate change. And, now our technology allows us to see the changes in atmospheric CO2 in almost real-time.

Honey tech industry
Move over high-tech industry now there’s something way sweeter and stickier too!

Nighttime Solar
Solving a long-time problem with solar energy, Stanford researchers develop solar cells that function at night. But, not how you think.

SPARCLD
High throughput nano experiment

Brains OR Brawn
Early mammals used brawn to survive after the dinosaurs died.

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XE Identified
A new version of Omicron? It’s like if BA.1 & BA.2 had a baby.

WHO Plan
How will we get out of the pandemic phase?

Infection Inflammation
Antibody-mediated infection of blood monocytes gets aborted but triggers systemic inflammation.

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It’s time for Blair’s Justin & Kiki’s Animal Corner!

Squid games
Color matching games!

Bat Buddies
Roommates make good friends.

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Asbestos is getting canceled… again
Hopefully, once and for all.

Darwin vs. bigotry
Disbelief in evolution is linked to racism & bigotry. Who would have guessed?

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Fungal Phone
What are fungi communicating?

Brain Changes
Our brains grow and shrink during our lives. The biggest accumulation of brain scans ever charts brain development over our lifetimes.

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30 March, 2022 – Episode 869 – Science Appreciates Manatees

March 31st, 2022
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This Week: How AI will kill everyone, Tissues, Caribou, Nasal sprays for covid, Vaccine vs Vaccine, Fruit Fly Sperm, Boa Constrictor Breathing, Rude AI, Two Legged Snakes, And Much More…

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The following program deals with subjects of a scientific nature occasionally some people think that science is biased… Against their politics, their religion, or their financial interests.

So, before we dig into stories, a few words about Science.

Science is a way of observing the world objectively without politics, without religion, without commercial concerns, and without human bias of any kind.

Science is a method, a process of asking and interrogating questions that can be broken down into steps.

First, you ask a question, based on existing knowledge or on a new observation.

Next, you hone that question into a hypothesis, considering what the answer might be, and narrowing it down to a testable core.

Then, you make a prediction about the hypothesis and design an experiment based on that prediction, putting constraints on the experiment to remove any bias the researcher may have for a result.

Which is why there are randomized double blinds, and control groups, and sufficient sample sizes required, to protect the experiment against bias.

Most importantly, it must be able to disprove the prediction. If an experiment cannot disprove a prediction based on a hypothesis, there is no point in running the experiment.

Then you run the experiment.

Whatever the result, it alone cannot prove a hypothesis. Only disprove, or allow for it to be interrogated further.

And the final step is to ask a better question, form a new hypothesis, and build another experiment.

With this relatively simple set of instructions with this ethic of integrity of logic we make science possible without it, there is no such thing as science.

And without science the could be no such thing as

This Week in Science!

Some quick science news you can appreciate!

How AI will kill everyone
What if we asked AI to do bad things? Would it?

Are your tissues see-through, or are you just happy to see me?
A new method of tissue cleaning allows researchers to see beyond our opaque insides to the treasures within

Caribou
How to care for Caribou!

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Nasal Spray keeps the COVID away
One spritz could prevent COVID and treat it all at once,

Which vaccine is the best?
There are many vaccines out there but which one is truly the best?

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Fruit fly sperm doesn’t stay male
After copulation, the female fruit fly’s body nurtures and cares for the sperm to keep it alive, turning it partially female.

Boa constrictors breathe deep while squeezing prey
Boas can selectively move different portions of their ribs to keep breathing while giving a deep squeeze!

Spiders can hear!
Orb spiders can hear with their webs!

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Two-legged snakes?
Snakes with hind legs may show us evolution in action.

How to keep AI from being rude
AI needs better bedside manner, we should teach it now while they’re still young!

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23 March, 2022 – Episode 868 – What Should Astronauts Eat in Space?

March 24th, 2022
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This Week: RNA Replication, Space Health, Entangled Protons, Robot Control, Ruffs, Totipotent Cells, Climate Optimism, Replication, Mind Control, And Much More…

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There are parts of your brain that are not you.

It’s your brain, and you are your brain and so yes, it’s part of you but the part you think of as you?
That’s just one piece of the brain puzzle that’s the cognitive reasoning, active thinking, impulse controlling,
list-making, order of operation part of your brain that knows how to make breakfast.

The rest of your brain is that of an apes
A great ape mind you
A really fantastic ape in fact!

There are far more connections within the human mind than any other creature we know of. Far greater processing power is available too.
We are walking talking supercomputers, with amazing powers of observation but behind it all, just beneath the surface, always waiting to put us in our place is the brain of an animal.

A brain that is used to being the one running the show telling the rest of the biological machinery,
What to do,
Where to go,
When to fight,
When to flee,
And when to fall in love,
And right now… that part of your brain is telling you to fall in love with
This Week in Science

Some quick science news to keep you smiling!

RNA Replication
RNA shows its evolutionary ability.

Covid reduces gut infections
Just when you thought it was safe… volcanos!!!

Lettuce for space health!
No, it’s not potatoes. Lettuce could be engineered to help ease the biological stress of space flight.

Entangled Protons
The inner life of protons is maximally entangled.

Remote mind control with lasers
Don’t worry it’s in mice! For now.

Robot Control
YouTube videos are training robot hands for human control.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

But mom, play is an important part of my evolutionary history!
Howler monkeys use play instead of grooming to ease tension and promote social bonds.

Ruffs and their genes are big foolers
Male ruffs sneak and prevail despite looking like females. Why? And how?

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The original people of the bay area
Archeologists and Native American’s working together

Club drug used to treat PTSD
It’s like the 70’s again

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Totipotent Cells
Have researchers finally created the induced totipotent cells that are necessary for organ regeneration?

Climate Optimism
It’s all about the long game. Let’s make it shorter.

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