11 November, 2020 – Episode 799 – How to Grow Younger

November 13th, 2020
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What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

Glow Moon, Bacterial Worm Transport, Space Bacteria, Masks Until Mates, Hard Hitting Hurricanes, Sharks & Pterosaurs, Immune Gene, Growing Young Interview w/ Marta Zaraska, Touchy Fish, Mean Mongoose Mob, Voting Science, I Got Chills!, Brain Decoding, COVID Update, And Much More…

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Nothing in the notes from Justin. Just listen to the episode!

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Glow Moon
Europa might glow because of the radiation from Jupiter.

Hurricanes are getting wetter and hitting harder
Global Climate Change

Oil removal through bacteria…
In the gut of a worm… Yes, really!

Space Bacteria
Some bacteria might be made for space travel.

Shark study
…discovers new pterosaur!

Wrinkle-faced bats pull down their mask to mate.
But… this mask is made out of skin. Sexy, no? You’re right, no…

Immune Gene
A gene called CRELD1 might be responsible for the aging of your immune system. Will understanding this help us grow younger?

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We have an interview that will help you age better!

Interview with Marta Zaraska
Marta Zaraska is a Polish-Canadian science journalist who lives in a tiny French village, and recently wrote a book called Growing Young: How Friendship, Optimism, and Kindness can help You Live to 100. The science suggests we can grow younger with connections, purpose, and optimism. Let’s all try it today!

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Touchy touchy…
Gobis, and maybe all fish…? Can feel extremely well with their fins. Are we so special, with our prodding fingers? Perhaps not!

Hate the mongoose game, not the mongoose player.
Female mongoose start fights with rival groups just to gain access to novel males and their unique genes. But, is it worth it??

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This Just-in… Science!

Christian nationalists and atheists have something in common
They both don’t go to church.

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Dr. Kiki wants to discuss so many things!

I Got Chills!
Researchers describe brains on musical chills.

Brain Decoding
An algorithm can discern various behaviors out of the noise that is brain activity.

Now for the weekly COVID-19 Update!

Pfizer Vaccine
It’s exciting, but hold your horses.

Twitter Poll Results
Most of you support lockdowns to control COVID.

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04 November, 2020 – Episode 798 – Science is All About Patience

November 6th, 2020
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Missing Height Found, Lady Hunters, Glowy-pus, Earwax Measures, Crabs & Rats, Voyager Calling!, COVID Update, Drab Birds, Surfing Fish, Ancient Denisovans, Mushroom Magic, Corporate Nudges, Old Holes, And Much More…

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Math.

You either have it on your side
Or you don’t.

Whatever numbers you are working with,
It’s never going to add up to anything other than the sum of its parts.

You can wishful think
You can squint your eyes, look sideways at the equation and if you like,
You can stand on your head to get a different perspective
But math has a way of being perniciously indifferent to how you approach the solution

And as the ballot counting continues in America
Millions await the fate of a nation
Now at the mirthless mercy of math.

But don’t blame the math!
After all without math we couldn’t bring you
This Week in Science
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Missing Height Found
We know the genes responsible!

Lady hunters of the ancient past
Men hunt, women also hunt…

Glow in the dark platypus
No, it’s not just a fever-dream.

Earwax Measures
Can doctors see stress by looking at your earwax?

Oh rats…
Removing invasive species invites other invasive species in their place

Voyager Calling!
After months of silence, Voyager2 returns a signal.

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Now for the weekly COVID-19 Update!

Llama Bodies
Researchers now making llama antibodies synthetically!

COVID Minks
More than 1 million minks will be culled because of COVID infections in Denmark.

Leukemia super-spreader
Could there be more?

Long-term lungs
They don’t look good.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

What’s in a color, anyway?
Drab-colored birds have trouble seeing colors with the furvor of brightly-colored ones. What does that say about me, then??

Underwater surfing on a blue whale
No, it’s not the latest version of the X Games (remember those?), it’s the favorite pasttime of remoras!

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This Just-in… Science!

Denisovan ancestry in ancient Asians
More news about our past.

Magic mushroom has positive effects on depression
And, it’s legal in Oregon!

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Dr. Kiki wants to discuss so many things!

Corporate Nudges
Are you really making your own decisions online?

Old Holes
Old black holes might enjoy giving up information.

This Week in Science Questions!

“Hello TWIS Hosts,
So here’s my head-scratcher/ponderer for your TWIS User Questions section — this question either shows I am incredibly brilliant for thinking of something no one else has thought to do, or that I am incredibly stupid and have no idea what I’m talking about or how Astronomy actually works. Either way, I think it is a fun thing to ponder.

So, when our best visual telescopes view phenomena in our Galaxy & the Universe, be they the Mount Wilson Observatory, the Cerro Paranal or Cerro Tololo Observatories of Chile, the Hubble Space Telescope or the future James Webb Space Telescope, we have to deal with the fact that, due to that whole speed of light thing (299,792.458 km/sec., or 186,282.397 miles per second), what we are looking at is a snap shot of how this object, be it star, star cluster, nebula, black hole or distant galaxy, looked that many light years ago that is its distance from us. So when we’re looking at, say, the “”Pillars of Creation”” Nebula, we are not looking at how it looks now, we’re looking at how it looked 7,000 years ago, because it is 7,000 light years from earth, and it took its light seven eons to reach us. When we look at the Andromeda Galaxy, we are actually looking at what that Galaxy looked like 2.537 Million years ago, etc. For all we know, in those interims, any of these objects could have since ceased to exist by now, but the speed of light hasn’t gotten us the memo — yet.

So my question is —
given our best guess as to where the Universe center is, moving away and expanding from the Big Bang…
and given that we could estimate the general path or arc of our Milky Way Galaxy away from that original Big Bang and Universal expansion…
…would it be possible to point a powerful visual telescope, like the Hubble Space Telescope, back along that path our Milky Way Galaxy has traversed from the Universal center, and actually take an ancient picture of our own galaxy from thousands or millions of years ago — a Galactic Selfie??
I know — like I said it could be the silliest/stupidest thing I ever asked, or the smartest. Let’s see where this one falls!
As always, love the show & all the Science you bring!

best,
Faddah Wolf”
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28 October, 2020 – Episode 797 – Don’t Fear TWISoween!

October 30th, 2020
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Haunted Science, Giant Terror Birds, Potent Potions, Sneaky Strike, Shrinking Ice, Vampire Distance, COVID Update, Home Invasion!, Mole Rat Slaves, Cold People, Plastic Babies, Controlling Fear, Common Core, And Much More…

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The United States of America is about to get the one thing it always wants.
Democracy.
The opportunity to vote.
The chance to change the direction of a nation…
Or keep it going down the path it has been on.

However the masses choose to vote
The results will have consequences.
Good ones,
Bad ones.
And, we will live with them because democracy is worth it
Even when we don’t like the outcome.
Much more so when we do.

While the fairness of elections can always be questioned.
Be it the electoral process itself,
The contemptible attempts to disrupt access to voting,
Or the threat of foreign influence and disinformation campaigns.

Questioning, challenging, and putting elections under a microscope
is an entirely necessary part of being in a democracy.
But nothing is more important than the act of voting itself.

As election day draws near,
keep in mind that it is up to you to determine the future.
So make good choices
Because without a bright future we wouldn’t be able to bring you
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Haunted Science
Why do we enjoy fear? Researchers monitored 110 subjects as they went through a commercial haunted house to find out.

The giant birds of Antarctica
Once upon a time, birds of the Antarctic were huge.

Most potent potions
Fish showed less males and less babies in general born to extremely small concentrations of hormones we are often flushing down the toilet. Sorry, fishes!

Sneaky Strike
A new analysis of the malaria parasite discovered that it produces different genes during the rainy and dry seasons that change the way it interacts with the human immune system.

Sea ice update, it’s the worst news yet
Things are melting faster.

Vampire Distance
Vampire bats tend to social distance when sick.

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Now for the weekly COVID-19 Update!

Plasma Problems
A randomized trial from India found no benefit to convalescent plasma, but many have trouble with the conclusions.

Scary Result
You might have seen the story this week reporting that people with COVID-19 experience up to 10 years of cognitive loss from the disease. Well, that’s not necessarily the case.

Aerosol Support
From minion Tom Santa Cruz, we have a study out of the journal Physics of Fluids, that supports aerosol transmission albeit at significantly reduced likelihood compared to droplet transmission. Which is good because that means that masks really will be effective at continuing to reduce transmission this winter.

Trick-or-Treat Time
Ok, people, follow whatever your local rules are for Halloween gatherings and trick-or-treating, but here is some basic info for those of you who still need to wander the streets with the ghouls and ghosts. Keep your distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands! Outdoors is always safer than indoors, but play it safe!

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Look out! home invasion!!
Mantis shrimp size up the competition before breaking and entering. So, look big?

And is that… A kidnapper??
Naked mole rats kidnap the pups of rival colonies. Yipes! Is the squeal coming from inside the tunnel??

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This Just-in… Science!

It’s getting colder!
In your body?

Micro plastic in babies
It comes from the bottles themselves

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Dr. Kiki wants to discuss fear!

Controlling Fear
Fear extinction learning can help get rid of fears, and might be activated by a molecule in the amygdala called CREB.

Common Core
Fear and anxiety have a common core in our brains. Researchers shocked people to get proof.

This Week in Science Questions!

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21 October, 2020 – Episode 796 – Would You Take the Shot?

October 23rd, 2020
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Bennu Boop, Bee Barrier, Diabolical Ironclad, Nasal Organ?, Sanctuary Service, Happy Ending, Interview w/ Dr. Josiah Zayner on Biohacking & DIY COVID Vaccine, And Much More…

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Who knew AOC is a gamer?
She played Among Us on Twitch
The stream was so rich
You know that I never would flame her!

Because here lies the science
We steer away from MMPORG violence.
And, though my cohosts are gone
The show carries on
You know you can always find
This Week in Science
coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Bennu Boop
NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission to asteroid Bennu was successful yesterday. After four years, and 200 million miles, the spacecraft performed a touch and go maneuver in which it was on the surface of the asteroid for 16 seconds to collect up to 60 grams of regolith.

Bee Barrier
If you are a child of the 80’s you are probably well aware of the terrifying spread of Africanized or Killer bees. According to a study out of UC Davis, these bees appear to be limited by climate, unable to survive colder winters.

Diabolical Ironclad
A southern California beetle called the diabolical ironclad beetle gave up its secrets of impermeability to science. A new paper in Nature details the microscopic nature of the materials making up its protective exoskeleton, which can withstand forces up to 37,000 times the beetle’s bodyweight.

Nasal Organ?
Have scientists discovered a new organ in our heads, or is it just another pair of salivary glands?

Sanctuary Service
A report published in PNAS finds that sanctuary policies reduce deportations by one-third, but that those policies do not reduce deportations of people with violent criminal convictions. It also finds that sanctuary has no measurable effect on crime, and do not threaten public safety.

Happy Ending
Using a small number of only male volunteers, researchers published their investigation into how two brain areas, the amygdala and anterior insula, are involved in tracking the value of experiences over time and influence decision-making. According to their very small, biased sample, they conclude that the amygdala encoded the actual value of a choice, while the anterior insula encoded dislike towards a negative ending.

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Now for an interview!

Interview with Dr. Josiah Zayner
Previously joining TWIS to discuss diy bio with CRISPR and fecal transplants, our guest tonight is a global leader in the BioHacker movement, scientist, artist, and Founder and CEO of The ODIN – a company enabling people in genetic design. And, he was part of an attempt at making a DIY COVID-19 vaccine, called Project McAfee.

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This Week in Science Questions!

“Hello Dr. Sanford,

Last week, you brought a story about how genetic variants can determine whether we can smell certain things such as fish and cinnamon. In my house, we eat a lot of vegetables, including grilled asparagus. After eating asparagus, my urine has a distinct odor. I heard that some people’s urine doesn’t have that distinct odor after eating asparagus. A friend of ours told a story about sharing a bathroom with someone who couldn’t smell that odor after eating asparagus. This leads me to wonder if some people process asparagus in a way that their urine doesn’t smell, or if some people are incapable of smelling that distinct odor. Does science have an answer to this question?

Best,
Paul

Paul Lombardi, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition
University of South Dakota”

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14 October, 2020 – Episode 795 – What is Room Temp, but Super Cool?

October 15th, 2020
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Superconductive What?, Racism Among Police, Birds Share, Smells Fishy, Tattooed Circuits, Fluorescent Bears, COVID Update, Bees Have Guts, Ants With Tools!, Computer Enhance, Positively Selected, Social Manipulation, Pandemic Impacts, And Much More…

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Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!
Whenever you think about the state of the world keep in mind…
That the world of today is but the yesterday of the world of tomorrow.
And what is left to say about the world of tomorrow that hasn’t been said before?
For one thing, there have always been those that think things would get better…
The optimists!
And of course there have always been those that think things would get worse…
The pessimists.
And depending on which one you listen to more,
you are likely more likely to think one way or the other
And depending on what state of the world you happen to be tracking
you are probably going to be right…
or wrong…
or both…
“CD’s aren’t going to last, vinyl has a better sound than digital”
“CD’s are the future, digital music is here to stay!”
Regardless of how you think about tomorrow, there is another way to envision it.
One that is neither through the optimistic nor pessimistic lens but rather…
By following scientific perspective.
Bread crumbs of what’s to come…
of what is possible,
what is probable,
and what is most likely to be our tomorrow,
has always shown up first as published science
And the best way to catch a glimpse of that world of tomorrow
Is right here on
This Week in Science
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Superconductive What?
Temperature is no longer a limiting factor to superconductivity! Publishing in Nature, scientists at the University of Rochester in New York have created the world’s first room-temperature superconductor.

Racism…
it’s a thing that cops do.

Birds share…
So why can’t you??

Smells Fishy
Icelandic genomes were scanned for mutations related to olfaction. They found three of particular interest reducing the ability to smell fish, and increasing the detection of licorice and cinnamon.

Tattooing circuits on skin like henna
Could be the trend of the future.

Fluorescent Bears
Indian scientists discovered a new species of reddish-brown tardigrade that has fluorescent proteins in their skin. The pigments fluoresce and protect the waterbears from UV radiation.

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Now for the weekly COVID-19 Update!

COVID Update
With over one million deaths internationally, and the US now reporting 650-700 COVID-19 related deaths daily, the virus continues its spread around the world. Interestingly, due to safety concerns, Astra Zeneca has not yet restarted its phase 3 vaccine trial, Johnson & Johnson paused its trial this week, and Eli Lilly has paused its antibody trial.

Winter Air
A study looked at the transmissibility of SARS-CoV2 in different environments, from warm and dry to cool and humid. They found cooler, more humid environments enhance the virus’ ability to spread as droplets, whereas warmer air favors aerosols. The results suggest the virus might spread up to 6 meters from a source and stay viable for days instead of hours in the right environment. Additionally, the authors suggest people might consider different strategies for safety in different environments.

Young Then Old
If we want to predict outbreaks in older populations, look to the young.

Handy Change
People are washing their hands more since the onset of the pandemc.

Arizona Measures
Data from Arizona supports the use of social distancing measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Bee? Which bee? These bees?
Bees get their ID from their microbial communities. That almost rhymed!!

Ants use tools, too!
In the latest update of Aesop’s fable, ants use san to keep from drowning. They’re so smart!

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Dr. Kiki wants to discuss genetics!

Computer Enhance
Robots study flies to understand evolution.

Positively Selected
microRNA in a part of the genome that allows us to drink milk also is connected to obesity and diabetes.

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This Just-in… Science!

Covid disinformation, conspiracies, and…
… why social media companies need to be more like journalists and the CIA. You can play the social media game Justin talked about here.

How a pandemic is slowing global warming
Very slowly.

This Week in Science Questions!

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07 October, 2020 – Episode 794 – We are Speaking… Scientifically

October 8th, 2020
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Nobel Prize Time, Squid Bot, Two Season Humans, Better Than Earth?, Dino Sense, Love Or Anxiety, COVID Update, Sneaky Turtle Eggs, Snake Colors, Inflammation & Downs, Tinnitus Shock, And Much More…

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Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!
This past week we saw a great example of the power
that science and public health care can have
over an otherwise hopeless situation

An obese 74 year old man with covid-19
on government supplied healthcare
Was taken to a non-profit hospital
Which entrusted his care to cutting edge medical science
He was treated by doctors on the federal taxpayer payroll
And survived his otherwise certain death sentence
And then… still contagious… went outside multiple times to wave to people

While we all appreciate the gesture of showing strength after an injury
The thumbs up from the injured player being carted off the football field
always puts the crowd at ease with a sense of…
He’s going to be ok
Or not, it’s really too soon to know,
but now, guilt free, we can go on enjoying

This Week in Science
Coming up next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Nobel Prize Time
The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded jointly to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice “for the discovery of Hepatitis C virus”. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2020 was awarded with one half to Roger Penrose “for the discovery that black hole formation is a robust prediction of the general theory of relativity” and and the other half jointly to Reinhard Genzel and Andrea Ghez “for the discovery of a supermassive compact object at the centre of our galaxy”. And, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing”.

Squid bot
A 3D printed underwater robot that acts like a squid.

Humans experience 2 seasons, not 4
…at least in California…?

Better Than Earth?
Researchers publishing in the journal Astrobiology say they have identified 24 superhabitable exoplanets. This means they have at least one out of four characteristics that might make them better than Earth for complex life: slightly older, bigger, warmer, & wetter. The researchers looked at planets orbiting G-type stars like our sun, and cooler, but longer-lived K-type stars to find these candidates for future investigation.

Dino sensory organ found
Dino/Gator convergent or inherited evolution?

Love Or Anxiety
Oxytocin might be better known as the love hormone, but UC Davis researchers have confirmed that it has a role to play in anxiety, AND that that role is specifically related to production of the hormone in an area of the brain called the BNST – the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis.

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Now for the weekly COVID-19 Update!

COVID Update
With more than 210,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States, the White House outbreak is concerning. Currently, 35 people including the President have tested positive for the virus having visibily ignored recommendations for mask-wearing and social distancing.

Antibodies
But, what about the treatments that the President was given? We’ve talked at length on the show about Regeneron‘s antibody cocktail that has shown limited success in trials to date. Another pharma company, Eli Lilly, is also developing an antibody cocktail, which is seeing limited success in early clinical trials. Both companies have applied for emergency use authorization by the FDA.

Vaccines
The FDA released vaccine guidelines that will not allow any vaccine candidates to be ready for authorization before the election in November. They specify that vaccine trial volunteers need to be followed for at least two months after their past injection for any potential adverse reactions and for efficacy. While not politically expedient, the transparency of the guidelines will help provide a safer and smoother process toward authorization.

Airborne Transmission
Speaking of guidelines, should we call them guideareas? The CDC has waffled on their guidelines around airborne transmission; first not saying anything, then posting something only to take it down. But, they have finally updated their guidance.

Masks work
Another study adds to the evidence supporting mask-wearing.

Covid lung jelly
Jelly in the lungs comes from a natural process that we might be able to control.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

InvestEGGator helps track down poachers
3D printed, decoy sea turtle eggs help lead wildlife protectors to the sellers and buyers to stop the trafficking.

Sssssnakes provide clues in mystery of animal coloration
There’s a reason reptiles are crazy colors but your dog or cat remain some variation of brown. Snakes may have given us the key to understanding how coloration is determined in animals.

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Dr. Kiki wants to discuss brains!

Inflammation & Downs
Could neuroinflammation caused by activated microglia be a cause for cognitive deficits in Downs Syndrome?

Tinnitis Shock
A new treatment for tinnitus is shocking. Specifically, shocking the tongue.

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This Week in Science Questions!

“Hello TWISters,
Thank you all for many hours of entertaining education.
I have a question and I hope that Blair’s vast knowledge may save me much rummaging around the interweb. I was recently surprised to learn that ants are not related to termites. That, in fact, ants share a common ancestor with bees and wasps. Which got me wondering. I know that are several species of both bees and wasps which are non social. Are there any solitary ant species making their way through this cold hard world without the support of friends and family.

Keep on shining the light of science.

Jorj”

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30 September, 2020 – Episode 793 – Better Know a Virus

October 2nd, 2020
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Trust In Science, Matter Numbers, Starving Birds, Speedy Breakdown, Vaping Hot Take, Friendly Virus, Interview w/ Dr. Efra Rivera-Serrano on Cells & Viruses, Scary Snakes, Firefly Scene, Fishy Food, Y Neanderthals?, Social Brains, Crow Consciousness, And Much More…

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The following program contains civil discourse.
That’s the thing where one person speaks, while others listen
and then that first person stops talking
and listens as a different person talks

There may be occasions where more than one person is talking at once
largely due to enthusiasm
for the subject matters being discussed
But we will try to keep that to a minimum

An informal, loosely formatted and completely unmoderated conversation is expected
And while no ground rules have been agreed upon…
At no point will you hear anyone verbally attacking anyone’s character
Belittling another’s intelligence
or
Besmirching somebody else’s family members

Because even without rules and moderators…
People can be well behaved and interact in a civil manner
Like adults. Or children for that matter, they’re pretty good at that too.

We choose to be civil.
We choose to be civil with one another on this podcast, and not say the bad things,
not because it is easy…
But because it is hard… to listen to people who aren’t being civil
Besides, being civil is easy.
All you need to do is listen
To
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Trust In Science
Good news everyone! A new Pew Research survey is out in which they looked at 20 global publics, surveyed more than 35,000 people, to find out public attitudes on science. Let’s talk about US.

How much matter makes up the universe?
Scientists precisely measure total amount of matter in the universe.

Birbs and climate change don’t mix
Shifting seasons spell danger for our flappy friends.

Speedy Breakdown
Adding another enzyme to the mix within plastic degrading bacteria doubles the digestion rate! This is great news for our plastic problem.

Vaping Hot Take
Heating in vaping device element might be the cause for vaping-related lung injuries.

Friendly Virus
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a fungus that’s normally pathogenic, or more specifically necrotrophic, to its plant hosts. In a study published on September 29 in the journal Molecular Plant, when it was infected by a small DNA mycovirus, a virus that infects fungus, it switched roles, and became helpful – helping the plant be more defensive and to grow faster.

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Now for our interview!

Interview with Dr. Efrain Rivera-Serrano
Dr. Rivera Serrano is a cellular biologist interested in virus-host interactions. He has left the laboratory life as of today for adventures in the world of science communication, and is working as a social media specialist for American Scientist. He also has many dogs.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

In a new twist for nature being scary, snakes disembowel live toads.
“What’s this? You developed poison glands that make your skin yucky? OK, lemme just stick my head into your gut and eat your organs while you watch instead.”

Fireflies know how to make a scene
They synchronize their light shows with each other, and not due to internal clocks or anything else, just watching and vibing!

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Neanderthal Y
Turns out it is more modern human than neanderthal.

Fishy food webs
Seems that nature self regulates.

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Dr. Kiki’s got some science for you!

Social Brains
A brain area for meeting people!

Crow Consciousness
The birds know…

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23 September, 2020 – Episode 792 – Where is the Dark Energy?

September 25th, 2020
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What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?

Wobbly Ring, Covid Cats, Oldest sperm, Pi Planet, Close Call, Early Arsenic Life, Interview w/ Dr. Kevin Croker re: GEODEs, Friend Zone, Stranger Danger, Chicago Race, Microbial Brains, Dissociation Center, And Much More…

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Disclaimer, Disclaimer, Disclaimer!!!
Science.
It’s the reason for the modern world
Why medicine is a thing
How technology comes to exist
A great collection of facts that have given humanity access to reliable knowledge
Reliable because it is derived rationally, based on evidence and experimentation.

Take the evidence of facts collected by thousands of scientists using the scientific method on the subject of global warming.
Increases in atmospheric carbon
Global temperature rise
Warming oceans
Melting ice sheets
Retreating glaciers
Decreased snow cover
Rising sea levels
Increases in extreme weather events
Ocean acidification

Now contrast that with a politician who says
“It’ll just start getting cooler, you just watch,
I don’t think science knows, actually,”
And while not thinking science knows is nothing new amongst politicians, cigarette manufacturers, the fossil fuel industry, religion, racists, lawyers fighting dna evidence, who ever’s job it is to convince people to wear magnets, go on a pre-packaged diet or avoid vaccinating their kids…
None of these are reliable sources of information.

Science works because it comes from the most reliable source of information humans have ever discovered… a combination of reality, rational unbiased methodology, and of course
This Week in Science,
Coming Up Next…

Let’s start with some quick science news stories…

Wobbly Ring
Remember that picture of a black hole that we were gifted with last year? Well, a review of data from several previous observations of the black hole at the center of galaxy M87, and a little mathematical computer aided zhoozhing has now resulted in a movie that shows changes in the matter in the accretion disc around the event horizon. It looks like it has a wobbly hoola-hoop.

Covid Cats
They get it.

Oldest sperm
It’s really old.

Pi Planet
With an orbital period of just 3.14 days, K2-315b is the Earth-sized exoplanet that Pi fans will love.

Close Call
School bus-size asteroid to safely zoom past Earth

Early Arsenic Life
Adding to evidence suggesting that earth’s early micro-organisms likely photosynethsized in the absence of oxygen, researchers have found oxygen-free modern microbial mats in the high-altitude Atacama desert that appear to use arsenic instead.

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Now for our interview!

Interview with Kevin Croker
Dr. Croker is an astrophysicist at the University of Hawai’i at M?noa where he is studying dark energy and objects like neutron stars and GEODES. He recently authored a paper on GEODES that we discussed on the show a few weeks ago (You can find it at about 1:30).

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Male baboons could do well in the friend zone
Male baboons with female friends could end up living longer. So it’s not that I don’t want to be with you, Gerald, it’s that I want you to live forever!

People are strange when they’re a stranger
But once animals get friendly, they become easy prey.

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Tell us a story Justin!

In Chicago…
your race determines how you are covered in the news when you are killed

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Dr. Kiki’s got some science for you!

Microbial Brains
Microbes influence the development of brains while young are in utero, according to a study looking at mice.

Dissociation Center
Have we found the part of the brain that holds our sense of reality together?

This Week in Science Questions!

The world seems crazy at the moment. And, it kind of is. Keep your wits about you. Stay curious, but also check your sources. I hope you count on us as a reliable and credible source of science information. But, I also hope you double-check things if they don’t sound quite right. Thank you for spending this time with us. Stay safe, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands. Make sure you are registered. And vote.

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