Four U.S. vaccines are in the final stage of clinical trials, plus other news from the week.
Indigenous peoples burned their land for thousands of years to prevent much larger fires. Why it might be an important part of future wildfire prevention.
A new film explores the extraordinary life and legacy of neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
Some birds use the shape of their feathers as a communication tool, using the sound their feathers make to relay messages.
Compounds in tick saliva can reveal to how these parasites can create anesthetics and anticoagulants to breakdown human and animal defenses.
Infrared waves help firefighters know where to focus their efforts—and help keep them safe.
On Episode 163, Jamie Semple and Mike McGlone, education specialist and coordinator, respectively, based at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, share how students and teachers get involved in the form of student programs and challenges that contribute to missions across the agency.
Soutenez nous sur Patreon.com/PodcastScience // et fr.tipeee.com/podcast-science // Retrouvez nous sur PodcastScience.fm // Twitter: Twitter.com/PodcastScience // Facebook: Facebook.com/PodcastScience // Notes d'émission : Auditrices et auditeurs de toutes contrées, ce soir nous partons à la rencontre de la lumière. Cette onde mystérieuse, si mystérieuse qu’on ne sait pas bien si elle est réellement une onde, une particule, ou les deux à la fois… Ce qui ne l’empêche décidément pas d’avoir des comportements très particuliers lorsqu’elle entre en contact avec les objets du quotidien. Ce soir, Johan Mazoyer, , notre brillant astrophysicien, toujours aussi éblouissant, nous emmène voir la lumière sous un autre angle, littéralement, puisqu’on va parler du phénomène de “polarisation”. Ca ne vous dit rien ? Mais si, pensez aux lunettes de soleil … Mais de toute façon, vous êtes au bon endroit ! Nous sommes le mercredi 16 septembre de l’an 0 après COVID-19, l’année dont on ne doit pas prononcer le nom, vous êtes bien sur Podcast Science !
Join Prof. Daniel Blumstein (UCLA) as he discusses his new popular science book The Nature of Fear: Survival Lessons from the Wild. Prof. Blumstein has scoured the animal kingdom in search of better ways for us to live wisely with this primordial emotion and cope with risk. It’s a journey that’s involved diving with giant clams, biking through tiger country, and developing an inordinate fondness for marmots.
The genetic structure of a population can shape an organism’s ecology and evolution. However, that structure often changes depending on the geographic scale you’re looking at. In this episode Dr Alex Twyford (University of Edinburgh) discusses the complicated genetic structures displayed by an emerging model – the yellow monkey flower, Mimulus guttatus. A proud botanist, Dr Twyford also explores the issue of ‘plant blindness’: the unfortunate tendency of biologists to overlook the research value, and potential, of plant systems. Associated article: Multi-level patterns of genetic structure and isolation by distance in the widespread plant Mimulus guttatus https://www.nature.com/articles/s41437-020-0335-7
A novel tumor type with EWSR-CREB fusions blending features of Angiomatoid FH and Mesothelioma; a discussion with the author Pedram Argani. Associated article: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41379-020-0646-5
Is there life on Venus? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Paul Mecurio, and astrobiologist David Grinspoon investigate the recent discovery of phosphine gas in Venus’s atmosphere and answer your Cosmic Queries. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-life-on-venus/ Thanks to our Patrons Patrick Gibbs, Jonathan O'Rear, Landon Orman, Rommy Jamal, Jason Peller, Dave McNeely, Andrew Nourry, and Kyle Rhodes for supporting us this week. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
The application of the study of genetics and the use of big data to identify patterns of inheritance as well as de novo mutations has had a dramatic impact on the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder research, and it offers pathways to a greater understanding of biological mechanisms, even potentially treatments. Matthew State, chair of the department of psychiatry at University of California San Francisco, and his colleagues wrote a review paper in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, called “Leveraging large genomic datasets to illuminate the pathobiology of autism spectrum disorders.” Have a listen to learn more! Related Article - https://www.nature.com/articles/s41386-020-0768-y
There’s this idea that the female orgasm is a complicated riddle, but for a man with a penis, getting off is easy peasy. Is there really an orgasm gap? And if so — can science explain it? To learn more, we talk to neuroscientist Dr. Nan Wise, neuroscientist Dr. Nicole Prause and psychologist Dr. Candice Hargons. Here’s a link to our transcript: bit.ly/340vQDV - Learn more about Dr. Nicole Prause’s’s lab, the Liberos Center: https://www.liberoscenter.com/ - Check out Dr. Nan Wise’s website and her book “Why Good Sex Matters”: https://askdoctornan.com/ - And check out Dr. Candice Hargons' website: http://drcandicenicole.com/ Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey and shared your orgasm stories with us! This episode was produced by Hannah Harris Green, with help from Wendy Zukerman, Michelle Dang, Rose Rimler and Nick DelRose. We’re edited by Blythe Terrell. Fact checking by Eva Dasher. Mix and sound design by Peter Leonard. Music written by Peter Leonard, Marcus Bagala, Emma Munger, and Bobby Lord. Data Analysis by Morgan Green. Consulting by Rebecca Kling. Thanks to everyone we got in touch with for this episode including Dr. Adam Safron, Professor Larry Baskin, Professor Caroline Pukall, Dr. Laurence Levine, Dr. Jasmine Abrams, Dr. Justin Garcia, Dr. Laurie Mintz, Dr. Michael Brecht, Dr. Marcalee Alexander and Dr. Erica Marchand. A special thanks to the Zukerman family, Patty Harris, Richard Green and Joseph Lavelle Wilson.
When will there be a COVID-19 vaccine? Is COVID-19 here to stay? How do vaccines work? Neil deGrasse Tyson, comic co-host Paul Mecurio, and vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit, MD, answer your fan-submitted questions on COVID-19 and vaccines. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can listen to this entire episode commercial-free here: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-covid-19-vaccines/ Thanks to our Patrons Patrick Gibbs, Jonathan O’Rear, Rusty Faircloth, Jaclyn Mishak, Jeremy Scott, Alejandra Salinas, Tom Bock, and Marcus Richardson for supporting us this week. Photo Credit: Storyblocks. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
They’re fun, they’re fast, they’re drones. Neil deGrasse Tyson explores the Drone Racing League with founder and CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski, Marilyn Smith, PhD, Director of the Georgia Tech Vertical Lift Research Center of Excellence, Chuck Nice, and Gary O’Reilly. NOTE: StarTalk+ Patrons can watch or listen to this entire episode commercial-free. Photo Credit: Drone Racing League. See omnystudio.com/policies/listener for privacy information.
On Episode 162, Dr. Tom Williams, element scientist for human factors and behavioral performance in the Human Research Program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, details a reminder called CONNECT and how it not only benefits astronauts in space but those on terra firma here on Earth.
Volcanologist Kayla Iacovino studies the crystals and gases formed inside of volcanoes to figure out what causes eruptions.
From special diets to airplane dives, a deaf historian chronicles past treatments for hearing.
Wildfires and COVID-19 are shining a light on the systemic issues in ill-equipped, worn out facilities, causing many to rethink what long-term care looks like in America.