Thu, 26 January 2017
Podcast: Bringing back tomato flavor genes, linking pollution and dementia, and when giant otters roamed Earth
This week, we chat about 50-kilogram otters that once stalked southern China, using baseball stats to show how jet lag puts players off their game, and a growing link between pollution and dementia, with Online News Editor David Grimm. Also in this week’s show: our very first monthly book segment. In the inaugural segment, Jen Golbeck interviews Helen Pilcher about her new book Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction. Plus Denise Tieman joins Alexa Billow to discuss the genes behind tomato flavor, or lack thereof.
[Image: Dutodom; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 19 January 2017
Podcast: Explaining menopause in killer whales, triggering killer mice, and the role of chromosome number in cancer immunotherapy
This week, we chat about a surprising reason why killer whales undergo menopause, flipping a kill switch in mice with lasers, and Fukushima residents who measured their own radiation exposure[link tk], with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Stephen Elledge about the relationship between chromosomal abnormalities in tumors and immunotherapy for cancer.
[Image: Copyright Kenneth Balcomb Center for Whale Research; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 12 January 2017
Podcast: A blood test for concussions, how the hagfish escapes from sharks, and optimizing carbon storage in trees
This week, we chat about a blood test that could predict recovery time after a concussion, new insights into the bizarre hagfish’s anatomy, and a cheap paper centrifuge based on a toy, with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Christian Koerner about why just planting any old tree isn’t the answer to our carbon problem.
[Image: Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 5 January 2017
Podcast: An ethics conundrum from the Nazi era, baby dinosaur development, and a new test for mad cow disease
This week, we chat about how long dinosaur eggs take—or took—to hatch, a new survey that confirms the world’s hot spots for lightning, and replenishing endangered species with feral pets with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Megan Gannon about the dilemma presented by tissue samples collected during the Nazi era. And Sarah Crespi discusses a new test for mad cow disease with Kelly Servick.
[Image: NASA/flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]