Up To Date : Snail Memory Transplants, Eyes In The Back Of Your Head, and Treating Epilepsy with CBD

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Aplysia Californica, better known as a sea slug

There are reports that scientists have ‘transferred a memory' in snails—what does the research actually say?; we examine a study that suggests people can form a “sphere a sensitivity” around their heads; and we look at new research on using Cannabidiol (CBD), a compound derived from the cannabis plant as treatment for a severe form of epilepsy.

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Indre's Brain Dive on our senses

Eyes in the "Back of Your Head"

Transplanting Memories

CBD and Epilepsy

Up To Date : Pre-pregnancy Genome Sequencing, Mass Prescribing Antibiotics, and the Trolley Problem

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This week: A study looking at how much actionable information pre-pregnancy genome sequencing can actually give you; the benefits and consequences of mass mass prescribing antibiotics; and a new study looking at the trolley problem and how peoples’ hypothetical judgment compares to their real-life behavior.

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Pre-pregnancy genome screening

Trolley problem in mice

Maryn McKenna on Antibiotic Catch-22

 

Up to Date: Genetically Editing Fat Tissue, A Turing Test For Water, and Another Mars Lander

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University of Copenhagen scientists managed to genetically delete an enzyme in mice that made it impossible for them to get fat, even on a very fatty diet; Alan Turing wrote a paper in 1952 that is still having impacts on science today in ways you may not expect; and NASA sends the InSight Lander to Mars.

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Eliminating the Enzyme in Mice that processes fat

Turing inspired water filter

Insight launch webcast

Up To Date: Anonymous Study Subjects, Genetically Engineered Livestock, and Asteroids Delivering Water

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This week: Scott Pruitt’s fight against anonymous study subjects, a debate on should be regulating genetically engineered livestock, and new research that shows asteroids could have delivered water to the early Earth.

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Scott Pruitt and EPA Transparency?

Our episode on Gene editing livestock with Alison Van Eenennaam

US Agencies clash on who regulates gene editing livestock

Asteroids delivering water to early Earth

Up To Date: Night Owl Death, Space Launches, and Viagra’s Greater Purpose

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Tess telescope

This week: new research shows being a night owl might mean you’re at a greater risk of dying early, multiple interesting space launches are happening, and there’s new research into using phosphodiesterase 5 inhibitors like Viagra and Cialis to help other drugs do their job better.

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Night Owl Study - From the Authors

TESS launch visualization

Inside Insight 

Viagra repurposed for rare cancer treatment

Up-To-Date: James Webb, Shrimp, and Chilled-Out Monkeys

We're introducing a new, additional weekly episode! Every Friday, listen to Indre and Kishore do a quick recap of some of the week's most interesting science news.

Today, we talk about why shrimp and lobster fishing might be worse for the environment than you think, the ongoing troubles with the James Webb Space Telescope, and a study that sort of shows monkeys who go to the spa are more relaxed.

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James Webb delays

Shrimping and climate change

Chillaxing Monkeys in Japan