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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Coming up next…

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.

Do you have questions that you want us to answer (like, how to pronounce words other than science?)? Send us your questions! We will do our best to have answers!

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Take a blast to the past…

What were we pronouncing at this time last year? This time last year we discussed Science Trappings, Fat & Wine, Playing Possum, Space Hurricanes, Anteosaurus Update, Lyre Birds Lie, Delaying Cuttlefish, Climate Webs, Nano Lenses, Changing Economics, Neanderthal Speech, Less Sex, Who Knows?, And Much More…

This week 10 years ago we discussed Elsevier Jumps, Antimatter Hunt, Neander Pirates, Asteroid Itokawa Update!, New Improved Marijuana, TWIWRD, Hunting Ancient Ohio’ns, An Interview W/ Carl Zimmer About Viruses, And Much More! Take a blast to the past with TWIS!

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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
This Week in Science
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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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Let’s finish strong!

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!

This week 10 years ago we discussed Cell Phone Redux, A Mouse Heart, TWIWRD, Print Your Skin, Mind On Driving, Unlocking The Locked In, Bloody Chemicals, Planets And Exoplanets, A Leaky Gut, And Much More! Take a blast to the past with TWIS!

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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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Want a COVID Update?

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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Let’s finish strong!

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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Take a blast to the past…

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…
This Week in Science,
Coming up next…

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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Want a COVID Update?

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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What science news does Justin have?

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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Let’s finish strong with science so we can outsmart any traps!

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.

This Week in Science Questions!

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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,
Coming up next…

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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Want a COVID Update?

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.

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

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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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This week 10 years ago Blair brought us bower birds & bonobo evolution in her “Update from Zooland”. We also discussed tricky neutrinos, trojan viruses, mitochondrial DNA relations, and so much more. Take a blast to the past with TWIS!

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19 January, 2022 – Episode 859 – Within the Margin of Error

January 20th, 2022
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This Week: Error Free Quantum Computing?, Billions Of Black Holes, Concussion Urine, Poo Pills For People, Antifreeze Mice, Ribosome Disruption, COVID Update, Helpful Neighbors?, US Tiger Problem, Martian Life?, Bone-Building Bots, And Much More…

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Intelligent life…
It was not tried before on this planet before the human lineage,
Not like this anyway…
A life form with such great intelligence and creativity
The tool maker
The builder
The architect and engineer
Able to transform hostile terrains into suburban sprawl
While ever able to change behaviors and adapt to a new environments…
The language user
Able to talk and tell and teach, passing information from one generation to the next
A collaborator, a competitor, a connoisseur…
A creature unlike anything the world had seen before
Humans are a grand experiment of sorts
But as far as sustainability goes, it is still being tested
Whenever there has been a weakness with humans, they have sought to overcome it
With technology, with culture, with science…
But as things stand now…
there is one weakness that has gone unchecked
which threatens all of the progress we have made
The almost entire lack of critical thinking among many if not most of the humans
Critical thinking…
That approach to navigating information that is able to tell a good source from a garbage one
Critical thinking…
The ability understand and interrogate information without bias
Critical thinking…
That skill humans can develop that replaces attempts to complain our way out of trouble with thinking our way out…
Critical thinking…
the only thing you will ever need to bring with you for an episode of
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Let’s start with some quick science news!

Error Free Quantum Computing?
Three papers were released this week reporting success in reaching more than 99% accuracy, which will lead to development of silicon quantum computation platforms.

40 billion billion black holes
Black holes are everywhere!!!

Concussion? Pee in this cup.
Could this make the MRI obsolete?

Poo Pills For People
A phase three clinical trial for bacterial spores isolated from feces in pill form to treat Clostrifium difficile infections was successful. Will poo pills pass?

Antifreeze mice
Frostbite cream developed

Ribosome Disruption
Old ribosomes are part of our aging problem.

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Placebo Effect Problems
2/3s of COVID vaccine reactions could be due to the negative placebo, or nocebo, effect.

Disgust Threshold
COVID made us more sensitive to disgust.

COVID Climate
Well, COVID has certainly been a distraction for the past couple of years, and according to Facebook sharing data, people cared less about climate during COVID.

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

Helpful neighbors shouldn’t be trusted
That bird next door helping you out when you’re in trouble might only do it because he’s the real father of your children!

When it comes to illegal animal trade, US heal thyself
New research tells us the US is responsible for a large portion of illegal tiger trade, despite our tendency to blame asian countries…

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Curiosity finds signal of life on Mars… maybe
Carbon-12 is abundant

Martian meteorite carbons are not life
Organic material yes/ life it is not

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

Bone-Building Bots
Newly developed “microbots” can make their own bone.

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

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

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Without meaning to offend anyone else who might be listening…
You are a current modern human.
But what is a current modern human?
A mostly hairless ape descendant
Made up of a collection of odd ape descendants
who over time
Added their genetic make up to form that which you consider to be you
And what are you?
Most philosophers would agree that You are a construct of consciousness
A self aware squishy brain creature living in a shell of bone
And reliant on a system of anatomical parts
All working together to supply you with a steady diet of human blood upon which to feed
Everything you know of the world beyond is through intermediaries
Senses that report back information that is stored, correlated, inter-connected and analyzed within the neural network that is you…
And when something goes wrong
When a part malfunctions
When a limb, nerve or organ begins to fail
It can jeopardize the comfort, quality, safety and security of squishy brain creature life
And so you do the thing that squishy brain creatures are so adept at,
you seek solutions…
How best to keep the blood flowing,
the senses reporting
and the anatomical parts operating at optimal levels…
At times the solutions are simple…
a new pair of glasses, a brace for the knee, a medication for an ailment, a vaccine even, to preempt a problem from happening in the first place…
And in an extreme situation…
you may even need to replace your heart.
If you do…
that new heart, that new part, that new blood pump…
regardless of where it originated…
becomes yours…
Because you are more than a collection of parts
You are the very model of a modern squishy brain creature living in a shell of bone
And your best tool for surviving in the world is
This Week in Science
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Let’s start with some quick science news – it’s not all pig hearts!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It’s time for Blair’s Animal Corner!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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