06 October, 2021 – Episode 845 – Who Are the Science Prize Winners?

October 7th, 2021
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This Week: Nobel Prizes!, Fat Bears, Stressed Solitude, No Spider Medicine?, Old Bears, Error Correction, COVID Update!, Worm Milk, Cold Women, Ancient Jaw, Just Good News, Brain Implant Success, Constipation Memory, And Much More…

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the unrealistic expectation that interest and excitement about science was universal,
and that it painted an unachievable goal of intelligent conversations with your fellow human.
And we’re sorry.
Actually that was easier to say than I thought…
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Let’s start with some quick science news

Nobel Prizes!
As we do every year, it is time to celebrate the old white men of science! Oh, right… celebrate the scientists who have stood on the backs of others while erasing the influence of many… oh, still not right? Well, we celebrate the big achievements in science that have changed the way we look at the world around us.

Fat bear week winner
It’s not just the fattest, but the laziest!

Stressed individuals prefer solitude
Is this surprising?

No Spider Medicine?
Researchers have found no evidence to support the myths that spider webs having healing powers.

16 million year old tardigrades found
Everyone needs to inspect their amber!

Error Correction
Quantum qubits get more accurate!

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Molnupiravir
How does this antiviral work?

No Serious Sides
The COVID-19 mRNA vaccines have no serious side-effects.

Mouse Myocarditis
Is it the veins?

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner?

Worm mother’s milk themselves to death
Which part makes you uncomfortable? All of it?

Women are always cold
Especially bats and birds!

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Ancient Jaw
Found in the floor of a cave, could it lead to new understanding of humans?

Just Good News
But, is it really good news that Americans are getting less healthcare for higher cost?

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Great News
WHO green-lights malaria vaccine in Africa.

Brain Implant Success Story
A woman with severe depression was treated successfully using deep brain stimulation targeted at interrupting intrusive negative thoughts.

Treating Memory & Constipation
Researchers are investigating a drug for constipation as a possible treatment for cognitive impairment & memory improvement.

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29 September, 2021 – Episode 844 – Pump Up the Science!

October 1st, 2021
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This Week: Old Rock Life, Bat Friends, Following Fish Pee, Interview W/ Bill Schutt RE: Pump, Giraffe Towers, Save The Rabbits, New Mexican Footprints, Just Good News, Love Bites, Brainy Storyteller, And Much More…

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Let’s start with the science news

Old Rock Life
How did life show up in rocks dated to a billion years older than life supposedly evolved? It didn’t. The rocks cracked and life abides.

Bats of a feather…
vampire together.

Fish pee – the essential resource for our future
As the climate changes, fish move and their pee moves with them, turns out this could be disasterous!

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INTERVIEW W/ Bill Schutt
You might recall Dr. Schutt from his previous appearances here on TWIS to discuss blood-eating animals & cannibalism. He is an Emeritus professor of biology at LIU Post, research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and is here to discuss his latest book ‘Pump: a natural history of the heart.”

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What is in Blair’s Animal Corner?

Giraffe social lives are complicated
Women have closer ties, but men have more acquaintances.

Rabbits are keystone species now
So, like, are we eventually going to find out all animals are important??

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What did Justin bring for us?

Footprints in New Mexico
How far back did humans inhabit North America?

Just Good News: Ecology Edition
23 species removed from the endangered species list!

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Love Bites
Love in the time of T. rex meant face biting.

Brainy Storyteller
Your hippocampus is the brain’s storyteller. Recent evidence from UC Davis suggests that the hippocampus integrates events into common narratives.

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You might also enjoy this episode from 2011! Scientists were helping to check on that FTL result at CERN, and we discovered Justin is easily embarrassed. Who knew?!? There was a lot more, but you will have to listen to hear what it was. Enjoy the blast from the past!

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22 September, 2021 – Episode 843 – How Metal is Science?

September 24th, 2021
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This Week: Wildfire Smoke, 3D Printed Future, Interview w/ Dr. Michael D.L. Johnson re: Metal & Microbes, Moth Manipulations, Seahorse Placentas, Salt For Cancer, Old Dark Energy, Autistic Identity, Hot BioFuel, Tiny Robots, Memory Formation, And Much More…

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Here you are, the most advanced, the most evolved, the most genetically diverse…
Not to mention the oldest and most populous life-form the planet has ever known.
And, perhaps as you listen to this you are covering the ear lobe of a human ape.
Or, perhaps you are on the houseplant near the window.
You could be hovering in the air riding on a particle of dust.
Or, even just be at rest upon the speaker that is producing this audio.
But wherever you are, remember:
This world would not be alive without bacteria like you
to do all the little things that need to be done.
Those tiny tasks you carry out while going about your day
Make everything else possible.
Yes, occasionally a few of your friends wind up in places where they may not be so welcome.
But, you will always have a home…
pretty much anywhere you choose to
In the water and in the soil,
Within the niches and on the surface,
Beneath the bottom of the ocean floor,
High aloft the upper atmosphere, and
On the skin and in the guts of every living creature.
And as always, right here on
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with the science news

Wildfire Smoke
The smoke is in the air releasing particulates and carbon dioxide – more than is released by India in a year. The WHO has warned that pollution needs to be reduced. And UN officials are meeting during climate week in NYC at the UN general meeting. Some good news: China has vowed to stop relying on coal. It will build no new coal power plants after the year’s end.

3D printed food
Cooking with lasers one layer at a time.

3D printed materials that can feel
Does that maybe make you feel uncomfortable? Should it? I don’t know…

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INTERVIEW W/ Dr. Michael D.L. Johnson
Dr. Michael D. L. Johnson is an assistant professor in the Department of Immunobiology and BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona. His lab is studying how certain metals can be used to kill bacteria.

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What is in Blair’s Animal Corner?

Seahorse placentas
Which part is more confusing, that a fish makes a placenta, or that a daddy does?

You know what they say, never trust a moth
At least, if you’re a bat, and you’re trying to eat… the moth…

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What did Justin bring for us?

High sodium diet kills cancer (dot dot dot) in mice
Adding salt to the mouse diet found to suppress cancerous tumor growth.

Did we already find dark energy?
It could be coming from the sun.

Autistic individuals are more likely to be LGBTQ+
Our biases are showing.

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Hot BioFuel
What else can you do with nuclear waste? Maybe make biofuel!

Tiny Robots
Aloft on a breeze collecting air pollution data or monitoring an oil spill, these tiniest of robots might be watching our world soon.

Memory Formation
How does it happen that your brain associates a smell with an event?

This Week in Science Questions!

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You might also enjoy this episode from 2011! It was the week of potential faster than light particles (remember that one?). Justin ranted about needing to support gifted students. We learned some things about T. gondii, and how microRNA from our food affects protein translation in our cells. There was a lot more, but you will have to listen to hear what it was. Enjoy the blast from the past!

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15 September, 2021 – Episode 842 – Science For Inspiration

September 16th, 2021
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This Week: IgNobel Awards!, Martian Rocks, Pulse Connection, Under Pressure, Mammoth Solution?, COVID-19 Update, Toilet-Trained Cows, Cannibal Butterflies, Tiny Anchors, Protein Aging, Hearing Hope, KidneyX Prize, And Much More…

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The following program contains controversial subjects such as
Facts supported by science
If you are one of those people
Who somehow feel threatened by facts supported by science
Know that you are not alone.
Many people in the past have had irrational fears of the known.
The earth was known to be round since before the days of ancient greece.
A Greek astronomer who would be a household name
if not for having a name that is nearly unpronounceable,
estimated the Earth’s circumference to within 15 percent in 240 BC
His major flaw? Assuming the earth was a perfect sphere.
We’re bulgy round the middle and we like it that way.
Ancient sailors before this time likely understood that the earth was round
as ships at a distance have a habit of sinking into the horizon.
Yet, some people more than 2000 years later still have trouble accepting that the earth is round.

Giordano Bruno and Galileo Galilei could both attest to the fact that the earth orbits the sun,
and not the other way round…
And yet, this made men who like to wear robes to work feel less special,
and so they had to be imprisoned, murdered, or forced to recant.
So being afraid of facts supported by science has a long history.
The question is, what do you do about it?

The best thing to do when faced with fear of the known
Is to simply learn more about it yourself.
Take some basic science classes, watch a few documentaries on the subject,
or read books written by scientists involved in the work you are fearful of.

If learning isn’t your thing, that’s ok, I get that.
But then I have a question.
When did this happen?
You can no doubt tie your shoes, maybe drive a car and possibly hold down a job.
So learning must creep into your life on occasion.
And if you try it…
With science.
You might just find that learning isn’t so bad after all…
And if there’s one thing we know for sure that we don’t ever need to fear,
It’s This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

IgNobel Awards!
Who received the awards that celebrate the unusual, and make people think this year???

Martian Rocks
Recent rock samples hint at a watery past on Mars.

Are you listening to me?
Let me check your pulse.

Under Pressure
Do black holes exert pressure on the universe?

Fighting global warming with herds of mammoths
George Church is involved in a start-up to do just this.

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Want a COVID Update?

1 in 500 Americans have died from COVID-19.

Common Colds
SARS viruses make the leap from animals to humans more often than you’d think.

Want to learn more about bats?
The research of our guests Angelique Corthals & Liliana Davalos is featured in a PBS special now available online.

Fertility Findings
Vaccines do not affect male or female fertility (or swell the testicles), while COVID-infection can do all of the above AND has decreased European & US baby-making.

Covid has been using social media filters
(it’s not that pretty after all)

Just Good News (I promise this time)
Covid Edition

More Good News
The media is overselling the controversy, and social media is bad for society.

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

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner?

Toilet training cows
It’s more than just charming, it could help the planet!

Soul-sucking, baby-eating…… butterflies?!
Butterflies feed on the young of their own species to increase their fitness. But, was it really worth it?? Seems like yes.

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What science news does Justin have?

Thousands of tiny anchors keep our cells in place
And, now we know how.

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

Protein Aging
An increase in errors during protein translation might underlie limited longevity. Could we tweak a gene to live longer lives?

Hearing Hope
Cochlear organoids could lead to new treatments for hearing loss.

KidneyX Prize
UCSF team created a prototype implantable kidney-like device that could help those on dialysis and waiting for transplants.

This Week in Science Questions!

Ok. What do you think about de-extinction of mammoths? Mammoths have been extinct for about 10,000 years, but we have enough of their DNA that researchers and now entrepreneurs want to attempt to revive it in living organisms. Should we spend money on creating elephant-mammoth hybrids that may or may not positively impact the environment and climate? Will this become a scientific boondoggle or will it really kick-start technologies that will assist us in conserving species and ecosystems before they go extinct? There are a lot of ethical conversations that need to take place before we allow the fruits of this well-funded project into the wild. But, let us know what YOU think.

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What were we discussing at this time last year? Listen to our episode that was full of science news about life on other planets, defensive Orcas, DNA information transfer in worms, venomous plants, and time perception. I mean really, is this pandemic over yet? Curious about it all? Listen to the show!

This one from 2011 included science news about Kepler discoveries, crow intelligence (they ROCK the marshmallow test!), inorganic life made progress, the Arctic was shockingly ice-free (Ha! if we could see us now), and much more. Check it out!

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08 September, 2021 – Episode 841 – Will Nuclear Fusion Ever Work?

September 9th, 2021
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This Week: Fusion Magnets, Justin’s Good News, Transplant Sniffer, Shape Shifters, Perseverance Payoff, Duck Talk, COVID Update, Gecko Bot!, Dog Knowledge, Bad Police Behavior, Cellular Mimic, Danger Smellers, Cat Stripes, And Much More…

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You might not think about it often
But space is a big cold place with the occasional nuclear fireball,
And the odd gravity well capable of devouring nuclear fireballs.
It’s an insane place.
And it is where you live.
Which is also insane because for the most part…
Pretty much everywhere that we know of
Is extremely hostile to life.
But you,
lucky, lucky you…
You happen to live in the one place we know of where life can and does actually exist!
And of the life forms on that one place where we know life can even exist
You happen to be the most intelligent species
Now…
what can you do with that?
Quite a lot!
Or very little at all.
It’s mostly up to you.
Which is pretty amazing for a tiny creature living on a wet rock in a universe of incomprehensible size,
where giant gravity wells can eat nuclear fire balls by the billions…
You…
still have a choice.
No matter what forces are swirling around in the cosmic dusts.
No matter what the laws of nature happen to be inside the belly of a black hole.
No matter what matter is ultimately comprised of…
You will always have a choice to determine your own future.
And we are just happy you chose to hang out with us
Here on
This Week in Science
Coming up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Magnet SPARC
MIT researchers along with Commonwealth Fusion Systems successfully ramped their high temperature superconductor electromagnet design to 20 Tesla, demonstrating that it is ready for incorporation into the SPARC tokamak design, which aims to have fusion by 2025. We’re going to need it because…
Fossil fuels need to stay in the ground.
And, climate change is going to cost us a lot more than we’ve thought.
This Just in…
Some GOOD NEWS! Climate edition.

A real life smell-o-scope
But this one sniffs out lung transplant failures!

Shape Shifters
Animals are adapting to warmer temperatures by changing their shapes.

Perserverance pays off
Rock on!

Duck Talk
A duck learned to talk. This is not normal.

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Pediatric COVID
COVID-19 cases are climbine in children, increasing 10% during the weeks transitioning between August and September to make up 26% of all cases (over 250,000 out of nearly a million in just one week). There were 750,000 pediatric COVId cases in the month of August. The largest jump in child COVID numbers since the start of the pandemic.

Mental Relief
After just one of two vaccine shots, people report improved mental health.

Delta Dominance
More bifurcated spikes and better replication makes for a more successful virus.

Double Good
If you were infected with COVID-19 and then got an mRNA vaccine, you just might be “super-immune”.

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

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner?

You’ve read about gecko feet, but what about their tails?
The tails prevent them from a nasty fall when jumps fall short.

Dogs know when you’ve made a mistake
So don’t feel too bad when you step on their toes, they know you didn’t mean it!

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What science news does Justin have?

Do police act more violent towards children of color?
Yes. Yes, they do.

Mimicking cell behavior
Scientists made an inorganic cell that does all sorts of neat things.

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

Danger Smellers
Hummingbirds smell danger.

Cat Stripes
Thank you genes!

This Week in Science Questions!

What do you think about fusion research? It’s been the concept staying ever out of our grasp — just past arms reach. For 70 years we’ve been discussing its potential, yet it has yet to provide usable energy. Do you think it will ever work? Do you think magnetic tokamaks are more promising than laser ignition? Do we need both? We’d love to hear from you about your thoughts on whether fusion will help us combat climate change as we share ours every week on the show…

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What were we discussing at this time last year? Listen to our episode that was full of science news about stressed out sleepless mice, a general lack of aliens, deaf molerats, and hummingbird torpor. Curious about it all? Listen to the show!

This one from 2011 included science news about hints of dark matter (which we are still looking for), many senses, CRAB bots, and much more. Check it out!

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01 September, 2021 – Episode 840 – What’s Up With Science NOW?

September 3rd, 2021
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This Week: Disappearing Debris, Just Good News, Pay What?, Step On It, Old Chinese Beer, Muscular Microbes, INTERVIEW W/ Dr. Alok Patel RE: COVID & NOVA NOW, Octopus Ladies, Cockatoo Tools, CRIBS For Coral, Microbial Rain, Genetic Friends, Personality Faces, And Much More…

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It was a good one, but Justin didn’t post it in our show notes…

Let’s start with the science news

Disappearing Debris
Where does debris from cosmic collisions within the solar system go if not to eternally orbit within the Asteroid Belt or Oort Cloud? Perhaps it is vaporized and escapes or is eaten by the Sun.

Just good news
Global Warming Edition

Pay What?
It turns out paying better makes better experiences for all!

Step On It
Wood is being engineered to produce electricity, so that your floor might someday light up your house.

9000 year old beer discovered in China
Beer has been a thing for a long time…

Muscular Microbes
Would you wear a shirt made from microbe muscles?

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And, now for our Interview!

INTERVIEW W/ Alok Patel
Dr. Patel is a TV producer, host, and physician. He is a correspondent for the Bay Area ABC News, host of the NOVA science podcast NOVA NOW, and Parentalogic on PBS.

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What is in Blair’s Animal Corner?

Octopus ladies have had enough
I said go away, Gerald!

Cockatoos know their tools
How smart do you need to be to use three different tools in sequence to access sweet fruit? Cockatoo smart!

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What did Justin bring for us?

It’s raining microbes
And, it helps plants grow.

CRIBS for coral
Coral aquaculture could help the oceans.

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

Genetic Friends
Do genes determine our friendships?

Personality Faces
Do our personalities determine our faces?

This Week in Science Questions!

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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Want to see what we were talking about at this time last year? Check out this episode of TWIS from 2020. Black holes were merging, bacteria were merging, and Elon Musk was pitching his Neuralink.

You might also enjoy this episode from 2011! We discussed vampire mice, skink sex, and chatty bots. Enjoy the blast from the past!

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25 August, 2021 – Episode 839 – Digging in the Science Soil

August 27th, 2021
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This Week: Space Vs Health, Evolution Education, Isolated Flies, Eat For Life, INTERVIEW W/ Dr. Noah Fierer RE: Antarctic Microbes, Babbling Baby Bats, Choking Under Pressure, Preventing Plant Pests, Caribbean Cannibals?, Political Prison Profit, Brainy Organoids, Social Tourette’s Tics, And Much More…

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It’s approved!
As the COVID-19 vaccine gets the government scientists’ seal of approval,
hesitant Americans everywhere are finally rushing out to get vaccinated…
Or, so we would hope.
In reality, there are enclaves of Americans who have been left out of understanding science.
They haven’t been left out by science teachers, or scientists, or science news.
They have been willfully kept ignorant of science by ideology.
Ideology that does not like what science has to say.
And so, unbiased, rational thought is assaulted relentlessly.
Conditioning minds to see science as fraudulent, agenda driven, and nefarious –
The desperate manner in which the unvaccinated now fill hospital beds to capacity is not their doing alone.
It takes convincing.
Misinformation, disinformation, an all out assault on the sense of self preservation.
They aren’t stupid people.
They are people who have been lied to, repeatedly and continuously.
Generationally.
They are victims of ideologies that lose power when exposed to reason,
That lose credibility when science is understood,
That punch holes in stained glass windows every time there’s another episode of
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with the science news

Space Vs Health
Thanks to COVID there is a liquid oxygen shortage that threatens public health, water purification, AND launches into space.

Nearly half of Americans don’t know how life began
But, those who DO can thank their S… cience education.

Isolation makes fruit flies fat and lazy
That doesn’t make me feel any better about the last 18 months tho…

Eat For Life
Nutritional assessment linked with environmental impacts lets us know exactly how bad foods in the US are for us.

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And, now for our Interview!

INTERVIEW W/ Dr. Noah Fierer
Dr. Fierer is a professor in the Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) department and a fellow in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado. He is also the director of the Center for Microbial Exploration. His lab explores the distribution and roles of microscopic organisms in diverse environments and the relevance of microbes to the health and function of ecosystems, plants, and animals (including humans).

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What is in Blair’s Animal Corner?

Baby bats babble beautifully
Just like us, bats mimic their parents to gain speech

Monkeys choke under pressure
When the stakes are highest, monkeys fail tasks they were previously good at. Like parallel parking in front of a friend!

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What did Justin bring for us?

Policies for prison profits
There is money in prisons.

The cannibals of the Caribbean
Weren’t really cannibals.

Smell Of Fear
Is there a better way to repel pests?

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

Brainy Science
Brain organoids illuminate a possible path for more personalized brain disease treatment research. And, did you say optic vessicles?

Social Tourette’s Tics
YouTube and TikTok plus stress are influencing the development of what researchers are calling ‘Mass Social Media Induced Illness’ wherein kids are adopting ‘Tourette’s-like’ tics without actually having Tourette’s.

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You might also enjoy this episode from 2011! Justin had stories about the strange (to him?) creature called women. And, Dr. Kiki brought time cells and a bunch of reality. Enjoy the blast from the past!

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18 August, 2021 – Episode 838 – Maybe it Could Have Been Worse?

August 26th, 2021
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What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

This Week: Fusion Breakthrough, Children Are Different, Targeting Cancer, COVID Update, Polygamous Woodpeckers, Big City Mammals, CFC’s & Climate Change, Contact Tracing?, Camo Chameleons, And Much More…

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As Haiti reels from another man made disaster
The sort that happens when you continue to grow and rebuild on land with a long history of earthquakes…

People everywhere should look at the cycle of building and destruction that comes from ignoring history and basic science that allows us to predict the future habitability of an area.

In the united states for instance, there is some of the highest population growth in areas that are predicted to be the most affected by climate change.

The deserts of Arizona have grown over 20% in the last decade despite predictions of increased heat and diminishing water supplies.
Likewise the gulf coast of Texas and Southern coastline of Florida have grown by more than 10% despite sea level rise and increased hurricane force storms.

And when the inevitable loss of lives, homes, and destruction of infrastructure comes…
People will blame global warming, which is right but it isn’t going to be the whole story.
Global warming is a man made problem.
As is not combating global warming sooner, which none of these states have taken seriously.
And, ignoring the predictions of science is man made ignorance.

Avoiding ignorance is not hard.
All that is needed is the curiosity to learn, the ability to read, and

This Week in Science,
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news

Fusion Breakthrough!
Another goal reached for NIF.

Children are truly another species
They burn so much energy, their metabolism is unrecognizable

Targeting cancer with CAR-T
Getting better at aiming.

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Want a COVID Update?

Version 2.0?
Looks like it’s got some kick.

Israel warns vaccination blunts but does not defeat Delta

New Zealand enters a new lockdown
Let’s wish them well.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner?

Don’t kink shame woodpeckers!
Polygamous woodpecker males sire more offspring when they practice big love

Cities are making mammals bigger
So it’s your fault that coyote’s big enough to eat your dog, KAREN!

Chameleon robot either cute or terrifying
but why not both??

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What science news does Justin have?

CFC’s and climate change
Bad as it is, it could have been worse.

Remember contact tracing?
It does work if we use it.

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This Week in Science Questions!

Do you think it helps or hurts to consider that our current situation could actually be worse? If we had never tried to address CFC’s, our climate would have warmed much faster. If we hadn’t tried to lock-down at the beginning of the pandemic, more people would be dead from COVID-19. But, where does that leave us now? Would you say that our situation is good? And, how does it help move us forward to a brighter future?

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Listen to our episode 787 from one year ago! We discovered slingshot capabilities of spiders, AND how eye-spots on cows can save them from predation. There was lots of other science, too! We hope you enjoy it.

This one from 2011 included science news about bacterial bombs, stinky Cleveland, bat navigation, and spiderwebs. Check it out!

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