16 March, 2022 – Episode 867 – When Irish Pi Are Smiling

March 17th, 2022
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This Week: Egg To Offspring, Female jockeys, Webb Alignment, Homeopathy, Cell Lineage, Good news; but just Blairly, COVID Rising, School Masking, Birds Smell, Fire Bad, Fire Good, The Winning Mindset, Mouse Perception, And Much More…

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Of all the things in nature, there are few as perfectly constructed as an egg.
Which egg I am referring to doesn’t much matter,
but picture if you must the egg of a chicken.
It has a protective shell, able to withstand the weight of a chicken resting upon it
Within the egg is perhaps, the very meaning of life explained…
Inside are all the ingredients for needed,
the nutrient building blocks,
the instructions of DNA,
And eventually, a fully formed baby chicken will be living in there
Free from the worries of the outside world
Unconnected, self-sustained, and perfectly happy in its little egg world
Until it’s time to break out of its shell and get on with being a chicken
Sent out of the egg life with one overriding mission
Make more eggs.
People have pondered the question of which came first
Chicken or egg
The answer is egg. Eggs came first.
Chickens are less than 60,000 years old,
a relative newcomer to being a species.
Dinosaurs, lizards, amphibians
all had eggs long before there were birds let alone chickens.
The first mammals were likely egg layers too…
Hundreds of millions of years before any of these, fish were laying eggs.
But that’s the genius of eggs!
Fish – dinosaur – turtle – chicken – it doesn’t matter to an egg.
To an egg, everything is about eggs.
every niche of the food web and each adaptation of evolution
The structure of the genome
and every instinct of every lifeform upon the planet
All just strategies towards making more eggs
More eggs, and more episodes of
This week in science
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Some quick science news to keep you smiling!

Egg To Offspring
CRISPR-caused parthenogenesis, Is it the same as the real thing?

Volcanos!!!
Just when you thought it was safe… volcanos!!!

Female jockeys are just as good.
…. And for some reason, that was something that we needed science for…

Webb Alignment
Webb image released! NASA has completed mirror alignment on the Webb optical telescope, and the results are better than anyone expected. After calibrating the mirrors with a few other instruments onboard, the science will begin.

Homeopathy
Did we really need a homeopathy study?

Good news, but just Blairly.
Our protections for sea turtles do some good! Now if we could just refrain from killing them with climate change….

Cell Lineage
Renewed reproduction sort of

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COVID Rising
Several European countries are seeing increases in COVID cases and hospitalizations again, likely being driven by a surge in BA.2 spread. What does this mean for COVID generally?

School Masking
School mask mandates reduce the spread of covid, so let’s just ditch them. Seems like a good idea!

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

It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Birds smell!
And this time, they turn out to be more or less smelly depending on the time of year

Before buying that, please submit for testing.
Testing ivory trinkets’ DNA could put detectives hot on the trail of poachers

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What science news does Justin have?

Fire Bad
More Fires, More Frequently

Fire Good
It has to be the right type of fire at the right time made by the right people

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The Winning Mindset
Salk researchers have detected the neural signature of a winning mindset… in mice.

Mouse Perception
Is it real or is it a photo? Apparently, mice know the difference!

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9 March, 2022 – Episode 866 – What is the Secret to Longevity?

March 13th, 2022
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This Week: Science Headlines, Hybrid Genes & Mammoth Things, Napping Sharks, Mice Aging Cured, Jay Learning, 10-Legged Octopus?, Animal Sounds, Stormwater Emissions, Shackleton’s Ship!, Worm Decisions, Aging Brains, And Much More…

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When it comes to the crossroads of science and geopolitics
Scientists have a long tradition of ignoring politics
and borders
and cultural differences.
Because whatever conflicts governments engage in
Science is founded on collaboration –
A mutual interest in knowledge, discovery,
and the furthering of science for the betterment of all humanity.
Nothing should interfere with that,
And few things do.
One thing that does…
Bombs dropped on towns full of humans.
The senseless brutality of the recent Russian attack on civilians in Ukraine
Has galvanized many in the scientific community
To cut ties with colleagues, organizations and projects connected to Russia.
MIT has ended it’s partnership with a university in Moscow,
which MIT started.
The Alliance of Science Organizations in Germany,
which funds research,
will no longer collaborate with Russian researchers.
There are journals that will no longer publish research from scientists at Russian institutions.
While CERN and ITER have yet to expel Russian researchers,
institutions across Europe and the US are looking for ways to distance their projects from the Russian state.
And to be clear, there are Russian scientists who are speaking out against the war.
A letter signed by more than 5,000 scientists, including 85 members of the Russian Academy of Sciences called the attack an unjustifiable war for “geopolitical ambitions”.
While we should always treat scientific exchanges differently than soccer matches, cultural pageantry and financial transactions…
because science is again, at its core is an effort of collaboration towards global knowledge…
It is hard to maintain that spirit of cooperation
when bombs are being dropped on towns full of humans,
and while other fellow researchers are fighting or fleeing for their lives.
But we should.
If only to show the rest of the world that working together
across borders, across cultures,
despite geopolitics, and in some cases, in defiance of them,
Is not only possible,
But necessary for
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Some quick science news to give you the secret to Longevity!

Quick Headline Stories!
Pig heart transplant patient has died after only two months.
Responding to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
NASA won the Congressional budget lottery in budget allotments for the SLS, Earth-observations, & LEO projects

A new approach to bring back extinct creatures!
It’s more about creating hybrids than bringing them back.

Awwwwww napping sharks!
News flash, sharks nod off!

Mice Aging Cured!
But, if you really want to live longer, get a dog or ask a yellow-bellied marmot.

What do you call a ten-legged octopus?
I guess we kinda need to know if it is an Octopus and if it really has ten legs.

Jay Learning
Scrub jays don’t learn the same as Mexican Jays, but they aren’t all that different either.

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Pig grunts
Do you know what your bacon is saying? Some day, the farmer may….

Fish boops
Did you know fish could talk? No, I’m not talking about Nemo….

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Stormwater Ponds
What panda, Bigfoot, and Egypt all have in common with Florida?

100 Year search finally pays off
Lost Shackleton ship found off the Antarctic coast.

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Worm Decisions
Nematodes discriminate between predation and territoriality.

>Aging Brains
Are tribal groups really less likely to get dementia or Alzheimer’s? Or is it just sampling bias?

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3 March, 2022 – Episode 865 – How to Pronounce Science

March 3rd, 2022
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Democracy, the ability of a people to choose their leaders and hold influence over their government…
is the greatest threat to world governments.
At least to those governments that do not have elected leaders.
While democracy is something we kind of think of as a given in the western world, 37% of the planet’s humans are living in authoritarian regimes.
In these authoritarian regimes, the people have limited freedoms, highly controlled access to information, and essentially no rights that cannot be taken away from them.

What we call misinformation, is often the only information people in these regimes see or hear.
Try to imagine for a moment if that was all the information you had access to…
If every media outlet, website, and social media platform only presented you with false narratives.

Then I could tell you there is no pandemic virus, no global warming, and no such thing as cancer.
That not only did America win gold in every event at the Winter Olympics but I, your glorious leader personally competed in and won each of those events!

While that can sound ridiculous…
Ahmadinejad claimed Iran had no homosexuals, State media claimed Kim Jong-il didn’t defecate, that North Korea had cured all disabilities, cancer, AIDS and that they found an actual unicorn lair.

China posts around 500 million fake profile, pro-government posts on social media per year.
Right now Russian media is reporting that they are fighting fascist Nazis and that Ukrainians are meeting the Russian troops with flowers and homemade pie.

And in the US, there was a recent attempt to overturn a democratic election with propaganda and fraudulent electors.

37% of your fellow humans are living under regimes of state-sponsored misinformation 37% of your fellow humans cannot vote, cannot speak their minds in public, and do not have basic human rights protections.

37% of your fellow humans will live and die without knowing the simple joy of…
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Some quick science news to brush up on your pronunciation skills!

Science & Policy
What will come next for the US? Biden gave a State of the Union address that spoke of climate change only twice.

The Gut/Energy Level Connection! 
Your Gut may be affecting more than you know.

Masks are killing animals
You should still wear one, but dispose of them properly!

Let’s Eat Bugs
Eat insects for the plants.

Cancer has been cured… in mice
Gotta look for the keywords (Mice) still impressive though!

Tires are Bad
Aquatic life responds poorly to tire pollution from roads.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

“Use your words,” said the chimpanzee
Say is better than show for chimps and humans, so teachers really are all that for animals, too!

Animals pull all-nighters, too
No time for naps when danger is afoot!

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What science news does Justin have?

Face Masks and Tin Foil hats
Sifting the tweets of the Danish people to see the shift in (mis)information throughout the pandemic.

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Epigenetic Brain MRI
Using a totally new, multidisciplinary technique, researchers are imaging how experience changes the DNA in the brain.

Energetic Vision
Mitochondria are for focus.

Moon Booster Update!
It’s not a SpaceX booster, but likely of Chinese origin (although they deny it). Regardless, the space junk will hit the far side of the moon on March 4th at 7:25 am EST.

No Black Hole
Just a ‘Vampire’ binary system.

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23 February, 2022 – Episode 864 – It’s not Twosday. It’s Science Day!

February 25th, 2022
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This Week: It’s A Gas, Tapir Frog, Synthetic Neurons, Why Tie Tubes?, The Birds, COVID Vs. HIV, Vaccine Networks, Lizard Tails, Self-aware Fish, Rat Time, Singing In The Brain, Brain Death, And Much More…

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We are in living in the now.
This now we are in is a lot like now’s past.
In the past now’s, humans thought about the future as some unknown territory,
filled with possibilities, plausibilities, and contemplated preferred futures
as well as dreaded ones.
We now know what their futures held,
or at least we have some general idea of how the past might have occurred.
When we look to the past we see a combination possible and plausible events that took place with varying degrees of certainty about what exactly happened.
Our own probable futures are only possible because of this plausible past.
The actions taken by people of the past
In their now
That hardly knew how that now came to exist.
And, could not have predicted how it would lead to our now.
No matter where or when you are in time
The view is the same.
The past is vague.
The future unknown.
The only moment in which you can do anything is now.
And this now, the current one that is taking place
In this narrow slice of perspective,
Is the way all of history happened.
It is not an imagined reality.
Is not a memory.
It is only
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Some quick science news to fuel your after Twosday!

It’s a Gas!
Methane emissions are up to 70% higher than reported.

Frog with the cutest wittle nosey
Tapir frog found by it’s little peep peep peeps!

Why tie tubes when you could just place a plug?
It turns out tube tying in women is just as effective as an IUD & visa versa. so why go into non-reversible surgery when an IUD is an option?

Synthetic Neurons
Someday they will do more than control a Venus Flytrap.

The Birds!
We need to discuss these Magpies.

City Birds
Cities impact their residents.

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Neandertal Genes
Your Neandertal heritage might make COVID more severe, but protect you from HIV.

Vaccine Networks
People are delivered vaccine messaging in echo chambers based on their contacts.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

How did the lizard shed it’s tail?
Lizards twitch in special way to release their tails.

Are fish self- aware?
The thing is, I can tell you who is, the scientists who took the pedantic challenge of their colleagues.

Rats can estimate their own timing accuracy
Rats know approximately how long it will take them to do something, so there’s something else rats are better at than me!

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Get the most Science we can on this day after Twosday!

Singing In The Brain
It’s very local and specific.

Rhythm Perception
Our brains don’t just sing they keep a rhythm!

Brain Death
What does the brain do when you die?

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What were we discussing at this time last year? This time last year we discussed Perseverance’s landing! Art Rocks, Underwater Glider, AI Exploration, Magnetic Extinctions, Cute Clones, MonkeyVision, Taxes & Democracy, Seasonal Change, And Much More!

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16 February, 2022 – Episode 863 – How to Make A Time Crystal

February 24th, 2022
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This Week: Time Crystals, HIV Cured?, Sex Ed, AI Fashion Maps, Extreme Life, Heart Fish, Venom Resistant Birds, Animal Optimism, Bacteria & Fatigue, Caloric Restriction, Clutter Or Enrichment?, MS Twins Study, And Much More…

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Attention spans are crashing harder than an Olympic figure skater on a bobsled run…
Or so the popular belief seems to be, and in some ways it is true…
Attention spans of most adults are likely much shorter than they used to be
for a very simple reason… we now have smart devices.
In ancient times, before texting and smartphones,
if people had a question they had to either talk to somebody who might know the answer or look it up in a book.

So say you have a question that comes up on a Sunday…
Who was that guy who invented that thing with the books?
You might have known the name of that guy once, but now it escapes you so it is absolutely urgent that you find out who it was as quickly as possible…

Let’s look it up in a book…

Books were like websites that had every page printed out
And these pages were kept in a brick and mortar repositories called a library
that you would have to physically visit during certain times of the day
and now it’s too late… so let’s call a friend
and calling a friend meant that the friend had to be home to hear that you were calling because the phone was attached to the wall usually in the kitchen or living room.
Some of the high tech humans had a recording device that would allow you to leave a message if they weren’t home
then they would call you back, often the next day, but you then had to be home or likewise have one of those recording devices and the whole conversation go on like this for weeks.

On Monday you would leave a message
“Hey Blair, it’s Justin, who’s the guy who invented the thing with books? Totally can’t remember and it’s super urgent, thanks, bye”

Tuesday you might get a message back
“Hey Justin it’s Blair, do you mean libraries? That’s Ben Franklin. Hope that helps, bye.”

Wednesday Blair would get the message
“Hey Blair, Justin, no no, the guy who invented books, thanks bye”

And then on Saturday you would run into Kiki at the farmers market and ask her the question in person and she would say “Gutenberg?” and you would be like. It was on the tip of my tongue! Whatever that means.

Then Saturday night there would be a message on the answering machine from Blair saying

“Do you mean Gutenberg?”

And then Sunday rolls around again and you see your Sunday buddy and you blurt out
Gutenberg!

Weeks worth of attention, for just the smallest of details…

Whereas in today’s world you would google it in your device and just move on to the next thing
So while our attention spans may be shorter, so is the speed of our informational resolutions…

Which is why we are able to bring you a week’s worth of science in just one hour here on
This Week In Science!

Some quick science news to help you figure out time crystals!  …Maybe

Time Crystals
Will a new technique take them out of the lab and into application?

Just Good News!
HIV-addition!

Sex-ed
It’s a GOOD thing, who knew?

AI Fashion Maps
Want to know what to wear in SoHo? The Left Bank of Paris? A new algorithm might know the trends.

Novel Organism Discovered
Discovered via Spacecraft!

Heart Fish
How about a fish made of heart cells that will help build a heart?

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Covid Can’t be Ignored
Justin explores the differences between the US and Denmark and here is a depressing link about Covid-19 deaths around the world.

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

It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Snake-Eating Birds
Why don’t snake-eating birds fall prey to venom? It’s not immunity, it’s savagery!

Optimistic animals fare better
But what’s really going to bake your noodle, is whether the optimism begat good fortune or the other way around….?

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What science news does Justin have?

Energy and Fatigue and the Gut? Oh, my!
Energy and Fatigue May Be Connected to Gut Bacteria

Caloric restriction study
Calorie restriction helps you age well

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As strong as a Time Crystal!

Clutter Or Enrichment?
Will we add ultrasound to our mind-control toolbelt?

Twins study
Multiple sclerosis study using twins.

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What were we discussing at this time last year? This time last year we discussed Phase Genomics with Dr. Ivan Liachko, Perseverence On Mars, Meat For Cats, Looking Out, Fish Tracks, Cockroach Wings, Spider Legs, COVID Protection Genes?

This week 10 years ago we discussed Stardust, TWIWRD, Bones And Sperm, TWIBabies!, Gonorrhea Steals Genes, Pesticides and Parkinsons, Walk Like An Egyptian, Tyche Controversy, And Much More! Take a blast to the past with TWIS!

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09 February, 2022 – Episode 862 – Is this the Science trap?

February 10th, 2022
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This Week: Scientific Resignation, Fusion Megajoules, Laser-Powered Martian Spaceship, Nervous Spider Silk, Partner Pathogens, COVID Update, Cheater Crabs, Chimp Bug Medicine, Old Europeans, App Avoidance, Sonogenetic Science, Friendly Lady Brains, And Much More…

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Justin didn’t enter his disclaimer
Because he had a baby
and now he gets no sleep.
He told us all that we need sleep and…
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Some quick science news to keep you from falling into traps!

Scientific Resignation
Eric Lander resigns following reports of bullying.

MegaJoules
European researchers achieve fusion energy records.

Starlight
Laser powered Martian spacecraft discovered!

Spider silk… Inside your body!
Healing nerves on spider silk. It’s a rope, it’s a web, it’s scaffolding for organs!

Partner Pathogens
When bacteria & fungi cooperate to avoid a predator it can backfire for human health.

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Not There Yet
CDC warns against dropping COVID precautions prematurely.

No Booster Benefit?
Will Moderna’s new Omicron variant-specific booster be worth it?

COVID Confusion
Survey results suggest significant confusion over COVID-19 communications & response in the U.S.

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

It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

In the animal Kingdom, cheaters do prosper.
Crabs may be full of ahem… Chiton… Despite their posturing.

Forget “rub dirt in it,” chimps say, “rub a bug on it.”
Is this medicine? What else could it be?

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Humans and Neanderthals and Humans oh my!
Do molars mean humans invaded France 54,000 years ago?

An app a day keeps the doctor away
Health apps could help older adults with anything from sleep to diabetes, but most don’t use them.

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Sound Genetics
Will we add ultrasound to our mind-control toolbelt?

Seeking Contact
Move over oxytocin, amylin is a major brain player for social contact in female mice.

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02 February, 2022 – Episode 861 – Why is One the Loneliest Number?

February 3rd, 2022
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This Week: Earth’s Trojans, Artificial Leaf, Better Plastic?, Electric Microbes, Capybara Guts, COVID Update, Alcohol Reduction, Mental Mashup, Exercise Harder, And Much More…

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Like the ever-changing surface of the sea
So goes human history.
It’s strange we search for stability
when what is optimal is always shifting.
The wind blows and creates ripples across the sands of time.
Yet humans search for a cave
where they will be protected from the elements,
where their dancing shadows
will be forever etched against the walls.
We ache for safety, security, certainty…
and This Week in Science,
Coming up next…

Some quick science news to keep you from being lonely!

Earth’s Trojan
A second Trojan asteroid has been confirmed. And, it’s bigger than the first!

Artificial Leaf
Will these new advancements make it easier to capture carbon?

Better Plastic?
A new plastic polymer is lighter & stronger than ever.

Electric Microbes
EET allows microbes to power their activity nearly everywhere.

Capybara Guts
Apparently, capybara guts have potential.

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BA.2 Dominance?
It’s more transmissible, BUT seems not to have the same vaccine escape as BA.1.

Vaccination Recognition
From Alpha to Omicron, vaccination gets T-cells to recognize them all.

Start Predicts End
A new study finds several predictors of long-COVID.

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Let’s finish strong with science from our one & loneliest Dr. Kiki!

Alcohol Reduction
It’s as simple as adding a liver hormone?

Mental Mashup
Our visual system lives in the past.

Exercise Harder
You’re just not working hard enough.

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26 January, 2022 – Episode 860 – How to Regenerate a Leg

January 27th, 2022
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This Week: Webb Wins, Dinosaur Death Month, Growing Frog Legs, Ichthyosaurs Went Backwards, How Deep Is Life?, COVID Update, Hippo Language, Female Feline Flirts, Artificial Sweetness, And Much More…

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You need to start somewhere.
An inspiration
A twinkle in an eye
It doesn’t come from nowhere.
Sometimes, a good book,
a walk in a park,
a nice long shower…
Sometimes, it’s getting the sleep you need
it’s drawing outside the lines,
or staying inside a box.
Sometimes, it’s a bunch of cells
struck by electricity
in a muddy cocoon.
Or, ingredients stirred in a pot
at just the right temperature
Or, it could be
This Week in Science,
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Let’s get a leg up with some quick science news!

Webb Wins
The JWST has unfurled its mirror & solar shades, and arrived at its orbit around L2. Calibrations & testing will take place for the next 5 months until it is officially ready for SCIENCE. Also, a SpaceX rocket booster is going to impact the far-side of the moon on March 4th. No observations are planned at this time.

We know what month the dinosaurs died
Yes, fossil dating has gotten this good.

Ichthyosaurs went backwards
Evolutionarily speaking, of course.

Growing Frog Legs
Is a newly reported method going to set us on the path of limb regeneration? How hard will it be to grow a leg in the future? How long will it take to regenerate a limb? There are so many questions still needing answers.

How Deep Is Life
1200 meters below the seafloor researchers found microbes not just existing, but running on high metabolisms. What is going on underground?

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New Variant
An omicron lineage variant that is taking over rapidly in other countries has made it to the US. The WHO President says we need to be ready for more variants.

Pfizer Trials
Pfizer has started human clinical trials of its new vaccine based on the COVID-19 omicron variant.

COVID mice
Mice can catch COVID now. Good news for labs?

What Next?
Animal reservoirs might lead to the next pandemic variant allowing for antibody AND T-cell escape, but right now we just don’t know. However, omicron & vaccine immunity is promising for now.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

How to speak hippo
Don’t ask me, but hippos know a friend from a stranger.

Female Feline Flirts
But not for a fun reason, sorry.

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

Artificial Sweet Sensors
Researchers are using biological design to create robotic taste receptors.

Sensing Artificial Sweeteners
How does the brain know what you have eaten? A new study highlights the different signalling pathways for sugar versus sucralose from the gut to the brain via the vagus nerve.

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