Episodes

  • Today, you’ll learn about how that light coming in through your window at night is in fact ruining your sleep, how some diseases—including cancer—can be smelled by dogs and we’re on the verge of being able to smell them with modern technology, and how algae may one day provide the power for our smallest devices.

    Close your blinds.

    “Light exposure during sleep impairs cardiometabolic function” by Ivy C. Mason, Kathryn J. Reid, Chloe D. Warlick, Roneil G. Malkani, Sabra M. Abbott, and Phyllis C. Zeehttps://www.pnas.org/doi/full/10.1073/pnas.2113290119“Sleeping with a light on may be bad for your heart and blood sugar” by Nicoletta Lanesehttps://www.livescience.com/sleep-in-lit-room-worse-heart-metabolic-health“Sleeping with the light on may be harmful to you” by Erin Blakemorehttps://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2022/03/20/sleep-lights-health/“What is the difference between lux and lumens?” by Waveform Lightinghttps://www.waveformlighting.com/home-residential/what-is-the-difference-between-lux-and-lumens“Insulin Resistance & Prediabetes” by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseaseshttps://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/overview/what-is-diabetes/prediabetes-insulin-resistance

    What’s that smell?

    “Cancer has a smell. Someday your phone may detect it.” by Noam Hassenfeldhttps://www.vox.com/unexplainable/22323113/unexplainable-smell-mystery-nanonose“Dogs Are Teaching Machines to Sniff Out Cancer” by Asher Joneshttps://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/dogs-are-teaching-machines-to-sniff-out-cancer-68469“The Quest to Make a Bot That Can Smell as Well as a Dog” by Sara Harrisonhttps://www.wired.com/story/quest-to-make-robot-smell-cancer-dog/“What DARPA Does” by DARPAhttps://www.darpa.mil/about-us/what-darpa-does

    Get used to algae-power.

    “Algae-powered computing: Scientists create reliable and renewable biological photovoltaic cell” by Eureka Alerthttps://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/952203“Algae-powered computing: scientists create reliable and renewable biological photovoltaic cell” by University of Cambridgehttps://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/scientists-create-reliable-biological-photovoltaic-cell-using-algae“Scientists create algae computer powered by photosynthesis” by James Vincenthttps://www.theverge.com/2022/5/16/23074715/algae-computer-chip-photosynthesis-arm-cortext-iot-biophotovoltaics“A Potato Battery Can Light Up a Room For Over a Month” by Tuan C. Nguyenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-potato-battery-can-light-up-a-room-for-over-a-month-180948260/

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  • Today we are speaking to another member of the Explorers Club, Peter Tattersfield. Peter has an awesome story for us today about his work finding the shipwreck of the Steamship Independence, which sank off the coast of Baja, Mexico in 1853.

    Peter Tattersfield Interview from 4/23/22

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how a man with advanced ALS, who can’t move a muscle, was able to communicate with his family using his thoughts, about a sixty-year-old mystery involving the earth and why it pulsates every twenty-six seconds, and how cats can learn the names of their fellow cats under the right conditions.

    A man with ALS can communicate with his thoughts.

    “Brain Implant Allows Fully Paralyzed Patient to Communicate” by Jonathan Moenshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/22/science/brain-computer-als-communication.html“Brain Implants Allow Paralyzed Man to Communicate Using His Thoughts” by Margaret Osbornehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-implants-allow-paralyzed-man-to-communicate-180979817/

    The earth pulsates underneath your feet.

    “Earth Pulsates Every 26 Seconds. Know One Knows Why” by Caroline Delberthttps://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/a34531984/earth-pulsates-every-26-seconds/“Earth is Pulsating Every 26 Seconds and Seismologists Don’t Agree Why” by Anna Funkhttps://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/the-earth-is-pulsating-every-26-seconds-and-seismologists-dont-agree-why

    Cats know the names of their friends.

    “Cats learn the names of their friend cats in their daily lives” By Saho Takagi, Et al.https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-022-10261-5“Cats know the names of other cats that are their friends, study says” by Matthew Rozsahttps://www.salon.com/2022/05/16/cats-know-the-names-of-other-cats-that-are-their-friends-study-says/“Cats can memorize their friends' names, new study suggests” By Brandon Specktorhttps://www.livescience.com/cats-remember-names

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how carnivorous plants evolved from their more peaceful ancestors, how there’s an apparent difference in the frequency and severity of head injuries between male and female athletes, and about a new theory regarding the cause of Alzheimer’s.

    Plants that eat flesh?

    “How Carnivorous Plants Evolved” by Stephanie Painhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-carnivorous-plants-evolved-180979697/“Adapted to kill: How the pitcher plant traps its prey” by Alun Salthttps://botany.one/2013/10/adapted-kill-pitcher-plant-traps-prey/

    Male and female concussions are not the same.

    “Why Sports Concussions are Worse for Women” by Katharine Sandersonhttps://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02089-2“Sports-Related Concussions in Female Athletes: A Systematic Review” by Neil McGroarty, Symone Brown, and Mary Mulcaheyhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7366411/

    Hope for Alzheimer's research.

    “A New Hypothesis for Alzheimer’s Disease: The Lipid Invasion Model” by Jonathan D’Arcy Rudgehttps://content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-alzheimers-disease-reports/adr210299“Alzheimer’s brain barrier damage theory proposed” By University of Readinghttps://www.reading.ac.uk/news/2022/Research-News/Alzheimers-Disease-lipid-invasion-theory“New hypothesis argues leaky blood-brain barrier triggers Alzheimer's” By Rich Haridyhttps://newatlas.com/science/new-hypothesis-alzheimers-disease-blood-brain-barrier-lipid-invasion/

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  • Today, we’re talking to Explorers Club member, Dr. George C. Nield. Dr. George C. Nield is currently the Associate Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation at the Federal Aviation Administration (or FAA). He has over 30 years of aerospace experience and has worked with the Air Force and NASA. Dr Nield came to the FAA from the Orbital Sciences Corporation, where he served as a Senior Scientist for the Advanced Programs Group. He has a wealth of experience from working as an Astronautical Engineer at the Space and Missile Systems Organization to working on the Shuttle/Mir Program and the International Space Station Program.

    George Nield Interview from 4/23/22Autonomous Flight: What We Mean and Why It’s First - Wisk Bloghttps://wisk.aero/news/blog/autonomous-flight-what-we-mean-and-why-its-first/#:~:text=By%20autonomy%2C%20we%20mean%20that,remote%20pilot%20on%20the%20groundInternational Astronautical Federation (IAF) - Biographies - George Nieldhttps://www.iafastro.org/biographie/george-nield.html

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  • Today, you’ll learn about why it's best to leave your shoes at the door when you come inside, how animals form and maintain their mesmerizing murmurations, and how certain food storage products release sub-microscopic, plastic particles when exposed to hot water.

    Your mom was right about taking your shoes off inside.

    “The science is in: wearing shoes inside your home is just plain gross” by Mark Patrick Taylor and Gabriel Filippellihttps://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/mar/17/the-science-is-in-wearing-shoes-inside-your-home-is-just-plain-gross“Scientists Discover Why You Should Take Off Your Shoes Before Entering Your Home” by Robert Lockehttps://www.lifehack.org/317735/scientists-discover-why-you-should-take-off-your-shoes-before-entering-your-home“Should You Take Your Shoes Off While Indoors?” by Ally Spierhttps://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/should-you-take-your-shoes-off-while-indoors

    Murmurations not murmuring.

    “The Secrets and Science Behind Starling Murmurations” by John Donovanhttps://animals.howstuffworks.com/birds/starling-murmurations.htm“Gazing at the “Black Sun”: The Transfixing Beauty of Starling Murmurations” by Søren Solkærhttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/04/travel/starling-murmurations.html“Swarm Robotics Promises to Boost Diagnostics, Treat Cancer” by Inga Shugalohttps://www.roboticsbusinessreview.com/health-medical/swarm-robotics-boosts-diagnosis/

    The tiny side of plastic.

    “Your Take-Out Coffee Cup May Shed Trillions of Plastic 'Nanoparticles'” By Dennis Thompsonhttps://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2022-05-03/your-take-out-coffee-cup-may-shed-trillions-of-plastic-nanoparticles“NIST Study Shows Everyday Plastic Products Release Trillions of Microscopic Particles Into Water” By NISThttps://www.nist.gov/news-events/news/2022/04/nist-study-shows-everyday-plastic-products-release-trillions-microscopic“What are microplastics?” by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationhttps://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/microplastics.html

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how the next step in nuclear fusion is actually a real estate question, how the death of our sun would be a beautiful thing to see if we were around to witness it, and how an athlete’s desire for perfection can lead to them burning out with their sport altogether.

    Nuclear plants near the nuclear family.

    “The World's First Nuclear Fusion Power Plant Is Coming” by Caroline Delberthttps://www.popularmechanics.com/science/energy/a34850835/worlds-first-nuclear-fusion-power-plant/“The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) has asked residents in five areas to provide feedback on potential plans to construct a prototype nuclear fusion power plant.” by Jack Loughranhttps://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2022/01/locations-for-the-uk-s-first-fusion-energy-power-plant-revealed

    A new take on sun flares.

    “Scientists Figured Out How And When Our Sun Will Die, And It's Going to Be Epic” by Michelle Starrhttps://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-figured-out-how-and-when-our-sun-will-die-and-it-s-going-to-be-epic“Sun 'will flare into massive planetary nebula when it dies,” by Ian Samplehttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/may/07/sun-will-flare-into-massive-planetary-nebula-when-it-dies“Celestial Objects: Nebulae” by SeaSkyhttp://www.seasky.org/celestial-objects/nebulae.html

    Perfection can be dangerous.

    “Obsession with failure and hunt for perfection linked to burnout” by University of Essexhttps://www.essex.ac.uk/news/2022/04/22/obsession-with-failure-linked-to-burnout“What Causes Athlete Burnout? A New Study Suggests Perfectionism Plays A Role” By Victoria Forsterhttps://www.forbes.com/sites/victoriaforster/2022/04/22/what-causes-athlete-burnout-a-new-study-suggests-perfectionism-plays-a-role/?sh=2ba2544f2152

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  • Today for our Explorers Club series, we are about to be hit by a meteorite of space knowledge as we have a wildly accomplished scientist and researcher entering our atmosphere, Dr. Nina Lanza. She is the Team Lead for Space and Planetary Exploration in Space and Remote Sensing at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She is also the Principle Investigator of the ChemCam instrument on the Mars Curiosity Rover (sadly not sponsored by us) and a team member for the SuperCam instrument on the Mars Perseverance rover. She’s an expert on Mars and does a lot of research on meteorites and minerals that can tell us about the interactions between rocks, soil, atmosphere, and water on the planet.

    Nina Lanza Interview from 4/23/22Dr. Nina Lanza - About Ninahttps://www.ninalanza.com/about-nina/NASA's Curiosity Rover Measures Intriguing Carbon Signature on Marshttps://mars.nasa.gov/news/9113/nasas-curiosity-rover-measures-intriguing-carbon-signature-on-mars/?site=msl2020 Mission Perseverance Rover - SuperCamhttps://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/spacecraft/instruments/supercam/Mount Sinai - Manganesehttps://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/supplement/manganese#:~:text=Manganese%20is%20a%20trace%20mineral,clotting%20factors%2C%20and%20sex%20hormones.

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how humans could potentially evolve to be venomous, the challenges of repurposing used electric car batteries, and how people who hate magic are more likely to have certain socially aversive traits, like needing to control social situations.

    The good and the bad side of snake venom.

    “Could Humans Ever be Venomous?” by Stephanie Pappashttps://www.livescience.com/could-humans-be-venomous.html“How Snake Venom Kills… and Saves Lives” by James Patersonhttps://letstalkscience.ca/educational-resources/stem-in-context/how-snake-venom-kills-and-saves-lives“Protein Folding: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” by Harvard Universityhttps://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/flash/2010/issue65/“This Animal Can Kill 10 Grown Men, But Its Body Adapted To Save Itself” by Tara Yarlagaddahttps://www.inverse.com/science/the-strange-reason-why-poisonous-animals-survive-their-own-toxins

    A new era for batteries.

    “Cars are Going Electric. What Happens to the Used Batteries?” by Gregory Barber and Aarian Marshallhttps://www.wired.com/story/cars-going-electric-what-happens-used-batteries/“Transportation of Electric Vehicle Lithium-ion Batteries at End-of-life: A Literature Review” by Margaret Slattery, Jessica Dunn, and Alissa Kendallhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921344921003645“Global Implications of the EU Battery Regulation” by Hans Eric Melin, Mohammad Ali Rajaeifar, Anthony Y. Ku, Alissa Kendall, Gavin Harper, and Oliver Heidrichhttps://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abh1416“The Lithium Mine Versus the Wildflower” by Gregory Barberhttps://www.wired.com/story/lithium-mine-for-batteries-versus-the-wildflower/

    Who hates magic?!

    “People who hate magic tend to be higher in socially aversive traits, according to new research” By Mane Kara-Yakouabianhttps://www.psypost.org/2022/04/people-who-hate-magic-are-higher-in-socially-aversive-traits-according-to-new-research-62968“Who hates magic? Exploring the loathing of legerdemain.” By Paul J. Silvia et al.https://psycnet.apa.org/record/2022-45549-001

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  • Today, you’ll learn about an ancient couple found buried in an embrace, why it’s so darn hard to keep fleas off your beloved pets, and how your body’s natural chemistry can help you get a leg up on diet and exercise if you begin to build the habits.

    They took “til death do you part” seriously.

    “1,500-year-old burial in China holds lovers locked in eternal embrace” by Laura Geggelhttps://www.livescience.com/buried-lovers-embrace-china.html“1,500-Year-Old Skeletons Found Locked in Embrace in Chinese Cemetery” by Livia Gershonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-chinese-skeletons-found-locked-embrace-180978509/

    Fleas won’t be making it to the Olympics

    “How Do Fleas Jump?” by Kate Lathamhttps://insectcop.net/how-do-fleas-jump/“A Flea’s Fantastic Jump Takes More Than a Muscle” by Josh Cassidyhttps://www.kqed.org/science/1957872/a-fleas-fantastic-jump-takes-more-than-muscle

    Exercising affects one’s cravings.

    “Intense exercise while dieting may reduce cravings for fatty food” by Sara Zaskehttps://news.wsu.edu/press-release/2022/04/21/intense-exercise-while-dieting-may-reduce-cravings-for-fatty-food/“Acute high-intensity interval exercise attenuates incubation of craving for foods high in fat” by Georgia E. Kirkpatrickhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/oby.23418“Ubiquitous nutrients suppress appetite and promote movement” By Fabrio Bergaminhttps://ethz.ch/en/news-and-events/eth-news/news/2022/04/ubiquitous-nutrients-suppress-appetite-and-promote-movement.html

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  • Today, you’ll hear our interview with Richard Garriott, the president of the Explorers Club. Garriott is not only the first American second generation astronaut, but also the first person to visit both poles, outer space and dive to the Mariana Trench. He started out as a video game designer, and as soon as he made enough money, he began investing in human space flight, creating a company called Space Adventures.

    Richard Garriott Interview from 4/23/22https://app.trint.com/editor/_xFCb8WQRFyO4qID1o4q4A

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  • Today, you’ll learn about the state of the Amazon rainforest, the truth behind the mythical sugar rush, and how studies involving MRI scans may have been too small to produce significant results, but researchers may have found a solution.

    The forest needs attention - not the company.

    “75% of Amazon rainforest shows signs of loss, a 'tipping point' of dieback, study shows” by Doyle Ricettps://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2022/03/07/amazon-rainforest-dieback-deforestation-climate-change-study/9380372002“Fires in the Amazon are out of Control. Again” by Benji Joneshttps://www.vox.com/down-to-earth/2021/8/27/22639885/amazon-rainforest-fires-climate-change-2021“Heaviest Object on Earth Weighs 116B Pounds” by Jenn Gidmanhttps://www.newser.com/story/259238/the-10-heaviest-objects-on-earth.html“A Framework for Quantifying Resilience to Forest Disturbance” by Timothy Bryant, Kristen Waring, Andrew Sánchez Meador, and John B. Bradfordhttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/ffgc.2019.00056/full“7 Organizations You Can Support to Protect the Amazon Rainforest” by Erica Sánchez, Pia Gralki, and Joe McCarthyhttps://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/organizations-donate-amazon-rainforest/

    Maybe sugar isn’t the problem.

    “Sugar rush or high on life? Dieticians explain why kids become hyperactive at parties” by Kate Dorrellhttps://www.abc.net.au/everyday/sugar-rush-dietician-does-sweet-food-make-kids-hyperactive/100839044“There’s No Such Thing as a Sugar Rush, According to Science” by Joshua A. Krischhttps://www.fatherly.com/health-science/theres-no-thing-sugar-rush-according-science/

    Data sets need to grow to bolster studies.

    “M.R.I.s Are Finding Connections Between Our Brain Activity and Psychology” By Kim Tingleyhttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/19/magazine/mri-brain-activity-psychology.html“Reproducible brain-wide association studies require thousands of individuals” By Scott marek et alhttps://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04492-9“Brain scans may reveal a lot about mental illness, but not until studies get bigger” by Jon Hamiltonhttps://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2022/04/26/1094319294/mri-brain-scan-mental-illness-brain-research

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  • Today, you’ll learn about why our ability to remember things seems to get worse with age—it’s not memory loss, which animals could become the new dominant species in the event of our extinction, and how an unsupportive romantic partner can actually affect the way you think and feel about yourself.

    Maybe your mom was right about cleaning your room.

    “How Memory ‘Clutter’ Makes it Harder to Remember Things as we Get Older” by Alexander Eastonhttps://theconversation.com/how-memory-clutter-makes-it-harder-to-remember-things-as-we-get-older-176767“Memory Issues for Older People Could be the Result of ‘Clutter’” by Sarah Sloathttps://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/memory-issues-older-people-result-clutter-rcna15133

    The next era for animals.

    “When humans are gone, what animals might evolve to have our smarts and skills?” by Joanna Thompsonhttps://www.livescience.com/what-animals-will-fill-human-niches“Can introduced animals replace extinct ones?” by Brigitte Osterathhttps://www.dw.com/en/can-introduced-animals-replace-extinct-ones/a-16937417

    Couples therapy may in fact help your brain.

    “Having an unsupportive romantic partner is associated with neurophysiological changes in error processing” by Eric W. Dolanhttps://www.psypost.org/2022/04/having-an-unsupportive-romantic-partner-is-associated-with-neurophysiological-changes-in-error-processing-62977“Unsupportive romantic partner behaviors increase neural reactivity to mistakes” by Erin N Palmwoodhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0167876021008886

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  • Calli and Nate interview members of The Explorers Club, and today you’re going to hear from a man who largely represents what The Explorers Club is all about - Josh Gates. Josh Gates is a fearless explorer and adventurer and host of Discovery's popular, long running series Expedition Unknown. He's also hosting a brand new series that chronicles the incredible history of the club, called Tales from The Explorers Club.

    Interview conducted with Josh Gates on 5/3/22.

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how cultures across the world often make constellations from the same groups of stars due to the nature of vision and perception, what to do when an animal tries to steal your food during a picnic on the beach, and drones smaller than a red blood cell that can be controlled using only the power of light.

    Does your star pattern look like my star pattern?

    “Constellations Across Cultures: How Our Visual Systems Pick Out Patterns in the Night Sky” from the Association for Psychological Sciencehttps://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/releases/2022-march-constellations-across-cultures.html“Perceptual Grouping Explains Similarities in Constellations Across Cultures” by Charles Kemp, Duane W. Hamacher, Daniel R. Little, and Simon J. Cropperhttps://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/09567976211044157“The Big Dipper (the Plough)”https://nineplanets.org/the-big-dipperThe Astronomical Leaguehttps://www.astroleague.org/content/constellations-other-cultures-checklist

    Staring contests really do work.

    "Stare at Seagulls and They'll Leave Your Food Alone” by Mindy Weisbergerhttps://www.livescience.com/staring-at-seagulls-stops-stealing.html“Stare seagulls out to save your snacks, researcher says” by Ian Samplehttps://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/07/stare-seagulls-out-to-save-your-snacks-researcher-says“Staring down seagulls can stop them stealing your chips” by Sam Wonghttps://www.newscientist.com/article/2212592-staring-down-seagulls-can-stop-them-stealing-your-chips/“Herring gulls respond to human gaze direction” by Madeleine Goumashttps://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rsbl.2019.0405

    Sun doesn’t just give plants life, but drones, too.

    “Microdrones With Light-driven Nanomotors” By Universitat Wurzburghttps://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/news-and-events/news/detail/news/licht-motoren-fuer-mikrodrohnen-1/“Light-Driven Motors Power Tiny Drones” By Patricai Daukantashttps://www.optica-opn.org/home/newsroom/2022/april/light-driven_motors_power_tiny_drones/“Polarization” by The Physics Classroomhttps://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/light/Lesson-1/Polarization#:~:text=Polarized%20light%20waves%20are%20light,of%20methods%20of%20polarizing%20light

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how the human sense of smell may be much better than we ever thought, how the bones inside your body are having interesting conversations with your organs, and a new innovation in desalination technology that uses significantly less energy than its predecessors.

    What’s that smell?

    “Let’s obliterate the myth that humans have a bad sense of smell” by Brian Resnickhttps://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/5/11/15614748/human-smell-good-science“Mechanisms of scent-tracking in humans” by Jess Porter et Brent Craven, Rehan M Khan, Shao-Ju Chang, Irene Kang, Benjamin Judkewitz, Jason Volpe, Gary Settles & Noam Sobelhttps://www.nature.com/articles/nn1819“Humans Can Discriminate More than 1 Trillion Olfactory Stimuli” by C. Bushdidm, O. Magnascol, B. Vosshalland, and A. Kellerhttps://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.1249168“Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth” by John P. Mcgannhttps://www.science.org/doi/full/10.1126/science.aam7263

    Your body talks without talking.

    “How Bones Communicate With the Rest of the Body” by Amber Dancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bones-communicate-with-the-rest-of-the-body-180979643/“Bones make hormones that communicate with the brain and other organs” by Cassie Martinhttps://www.sciencenews.org/article/bones-make-hormones-communicate-brain-and-other-organs“Bone-to-Brain: A Round Trip in the Adaptation to Mechanical Stimuli” by Laura Gerosa and Biovanni Lombardihttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2021.623893/full#:~:text=Thus%2C%20bone%20emerges%20as%20a,act%20at%20the%20brain%20level.

    Water with salt on the side, please.

    “Modular Solar PV and Tidal Power Desalination Buoys from Canada” by Ryan Kennedyhttps://pv-magazine-usa.com/2022/04/11/modular-solar-pv-and-tidal-power-desalination-buoys-from-canada/“Wave-Powered Desalination Buoys” by Solar Impulse Foundationhttps://solarimpulse.com/solutions-explorer/wave-powered-desalination-buoys\

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  • Today, you’ll learn about the benefits of shading rooftop gardens with solar panels, caffeine’s dark secrets, and how the first image from the James Webb telescope promises a great run for Hubble’s successor.

    The sun really can feed you.

    “Your Rooftop Garden Could Be a Solar-Powered Working Farm” by Matt Simonhttps://www.wired.com/story/your-rooftop-garden-could-be-a-solar-powered-working-farm/“Exploring The Potential of Rooftop Agrivoltaics” by Jennifer Bousselot and Thomas Hickey, Jr.https://livingarchitecturemonitor.com/articles/potential-rooftop-agrivoltaics-sp22“Volunteer State (Finally) Discovers Solar Power — With A Regenerative Twist” by Tina Caseyhttps://cleantechnica.com/2022/04/04/volunteer-state-finally-discovers-solar-power-with-a-regenerative-twist/

    Caffeine: the ultimate chicken or the egg dilemma.

    “The invisible addiction: is it time to give up caffeine?” by Michael Pollan

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2021/jul/06/caffeine-coffee-tea-invisible-addiction-is-it-time-to-give-up

    “Caffeine: How much is too much?” by Mayo Clinic Staff

    https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/caffeine/art-20045678#:~:text=Caffeine

    “Caffeine - Uses, Side Effects, And More” from WebMD

    https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-979/caffeine#:~:text=Caffeine

    “How and When Did Humans Start Consuming Alcohol?” by Sedeer el-Showk

    https://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/accumulating-glitches/how_and_when_did_humans/#:~:text=According

    “Coffee and caffeine consumption and depression: A meta-analysis of observational studies” by Longfei Wang, Xiaoli Shen, Yili Wu, and Dongfeng Zhang

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26339067/

    A picture might be worth more than a thousand words.

    “1st image snapped by iconic Webb telescope pushes limits of the 'laws of physics'” by Tom Metcalfehttps://www.livescience.com/james-webb-telescope-image-limits-of-physics““Better than our most optimistic prediction” – first images from James Webb exceed all expectations” by Jamie Priesthttps://cosmosmagazine.com/space/james-webb-telescope-first-images/“About Webb Orbit” By NASAhttps://webb.nasa.gov/content/about/orbit.html

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  • Today, you’ll learn about a new process that can make cells younger by up to thirty years, the incredible artificial intelligence that is helping piece together the puzzles of ancient texts, and how researchers have developed a rapid test for viruses like coronavirus that is just as accurate as PCR tests and takes only thirty minutes.

    The fountain of youth may be closer than we think.

    “‘Time Jump’ by 30 Years: Old Skins Cells Reprogrammed To Regain Youthful Function” by Babraham Institutehttps://scitechdaily.com/time-jump-by-30-years-old-skins-cells-reprogrammed-to-regain-youthful-function/“Multi-Omic Rejuvenation of Human Cells by Maturation Phase Transient Reprogramming” by Diljeet Gill, et al.https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.71624“Aging Changes in Organs - Tissue - Cells” by Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinaihttps://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/special-topic/aging-changes-in-organs-tissue-cells

    The overlap between artificial intelligence and the ancient world.

    “DeepMind’s new AI model helps decipher, date, and locate ancient inscriptions” By James Vincenthttps://www.theverge.com/2022/3/9/22968773/ai-machine-learning-ancient-inscriptions-texts-deepmind-ithaca-model“Radiocarbon Dating” by Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unithttps://c14.arch.ox.ac.uk/dating.html#:~:text=For%20radiocarbon%20dating%20to%20be,or%20left%20as%20a%20residue.“A New A.I. Can Help Historians Decipher Damaged Ancient Greek Texts” by Jane Reckerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-new-ai-can-help-historians-decipher-damaged-ancient-greek-texts-180979736/“AI could decipher gaps in ancient Greek texts, say researchers” by Nicola Davishttps://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/mar/09/ai-could-decipher-gaps-in-ancient-greek-texts-say-researchers

    Turns out some things can actually be good, fast, and cheap.

    “UT Dallas researchers develop accurate rapid test for viruses” By EurekaAlerthttps://www.eurekalert.org/news-releases/950413“UT Dallas Researchers Create High-Accuracy Rapid Virus Test” by Marin Wolfhttps://www.govtech.com/education/higher-ed/ut-dallas-researchers-create-high-accuracy-rapid-virus-test

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  • Today, you’ll learn about some incredible new surfing technology that makes the sport possible even if you don’t live near the ocean, why the lab-grown meat industry needs to be beefed up to solve food system problems, and how the link between multiple sclerosis and the Epstein-Barr virus is leading to potential treatments for the illusive and damaging MS.

    Turns out you don’t need an ocean to surf.

    “The innovative surfing tech making waves” by Richard Bainbridgehttps://www.bbc.com/news/business-60689501“Reports on How Things Work: Hydrofoils” by MIThttps://web.mit.edu/2.972/www/reports/hydrofoil/hydrofoil.html

    Fake meat. Yum.

    “Lab-grown meat is supposed to be inevitable. The science tells a different story” by Joe Fasslerhttps://thecounter.org/lab-grown-cultivated-meat-cost-at-scale/“Want People to Eat Less Meat? Fake Burgers Probably Won’t Cut It.” by Charlie Mitchellhttps://www.motherjones.com/food/2021/08/want-people-to-eat-less-meat-fake-burgers-probably-wont-cut-it/“The Myth of Cultured Meat: A Review” by Sghaier Chriki and Jean-Francois Hocquettehttps://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnut.2020.00007/full

    Sharing is caring. Especially when it comes to medical treatments.

    “MS Reversed by Transplanted Immune Cells That Fight Epstein-Barr Virus” by Michael Le Pagehttps://www.newscientist.com/article/2315586-ms-reversed-by-transplanted-immune-cells-that-fight-epstein-barr-virus/“MS Symptoms Improved by Treatment That Attacks Glandular Fever Virus” by Alice Kleinhttps://www.newscientist.com/article/2186387-ms-symptoms-improved-by-treatment-that-attacks-glandular-fever-virus/“Molecular Signature of Epstein-Barr Virus Infection in MS Brain Lesions” by Monica A. Moreno, et al.https://doi.org/10.1212/NXI.0000000000000466“Clonally Expanded B Cells in Multiple Sclerosis Bind EBV EBNA1 and GlialCAM” by Tobias V. Lanz, et al.https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04432-7“Types of MS” by National Multiple Sclerosis Societyhttps://www.nationalmssociety.org/What-is-MS/Types-of-MS

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  • Today, you’ll learn about how your brushing routine may not be the biggest factor in whether or not you get cavities, how a new method of building pharmaceutical production facilities may bring medical access to previously underserved regions, and how the discovery of a plastic-eating bacteria could revolutionize the recycling industry.

    Brush but STILL get cavities? You’re not alone (and brushing isn’t enough).

    “Why People Who Brush Still Get Cavities” by Maggie Koerth

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-people-who-brush-still-get-cavities/

    “How Can You Get Cavities If You Brush Your Teeth?” by davis & Beyer Dental Health Professionals

    https://www.venicedentist.com/how-can-you-get-cavities-if-you-brush-your-teeth

    “History of Sugar” from Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_sugar

    BioNTech is now making vaccines on the go.

    “BioNTech plans to make vaccines in shipping containers” by The Economist

    https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/biontech-plans-to-make-vaccines-in-shipping-containers/21807708

    “BioNTech Covid vaccine plan to ship container labs to Africa” By Jenny Hill

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60400114

    “____-Eating Bacteria” is now nothing to fear! It could be the future of recycling.

    “The Future of Recycling May Be in Microbes” by Ula Chrobak

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-recycling-may-be-microbes-180979645/

    “Scientists uncover the secrets of a plastic-destroying enzyme” by Abe Musselman

    https://www.inverse.com/innovation/enzyme-helps-bacteria-eat-plastic

    “Plastic-eating bacteria: Genetic engineering and environmental impact” by Scott Dutfield

    https://www.livescience.com/plastic-eating-bacteria

    "Endlessly recyclable materials could fix our plastic waste crisis" by Katharine Sanderson

    https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25333763-000-endlessly-recyclable-materials-could-fix-our-plastic-waste-crisis/

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