February 09, 2015

2:33 PM | BacterioFiles 201 - Plastic-Producing Prokaryote Process
This episode: Bacteria from wastewater treatment sludge can produce lots of biodegradable plastic! Download Episode (7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Soil bacterium spores could treat tumors when injected In mice, antibiotics early in life disrupt metabolism Figuring out what our microbiome does in the body after we die (paper) Microbes affect geological formations in caves Insect gut microbes may be good source of new antibiotics Post questions or […]
9:59 AM | SoT 174: The Happiest Place on Earth (For Measles)
Visitors to Disneyland left with something more than just exhaustion and overpriced souvenirs this month. The Happiest Place on Earth has been identified as ground zero for an outbreak of Measles that has so far infected more than 84 people. Why Did Vaccinated People Get Measles at Disneyland? Blame the Unvaccinated Sherri Tenpenny’s Australian Tour Cancelled #stoptenpenny The Vaccination Chronicles Read Roald Dahl's Powerful Pro-Vaccination Letter (From 1988) 4 Ways Oprah […]
6:00 AM | The return to Antikythera - podcast
Marine archaeologists return to the remains of the Roman ship from the first century BC where they had discovered a 2,000-year-old proto-computer built to detect the motion of celestial bodies, plus Hannah Devlin, our new science correspondent talks about UK parliament's yes vote to 'three-person embryos', and launch of Nasa's twin astronaut study Continue reading...

February 06, 2015

9:27 PM | Emily Willoughby -- Paleoartist and Bird Illustrator
The final pick by guest picker Annalee Newitz, the creator of io9 and current Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo.There are many incredible paleoartists, but Willoughby’s careful, beautiful illustrations of small dinosaurs with feathers are among the most arresting I have ever seen. She often works with paleontology researchers to illustrate their papers, and brings her knowledge of the bird world to bear on realistic paintings of four-winged microraptors hunting in the forest and contemplative […]
9:08 PM | Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science Is Hard
Find out why “rocket science is hard” when Neil deGrasse Tyson answers fan questions about Antares, Rosetta, Philae, SpaceShipTwo, the Space Shuttle and more with the help of Bill Nye and Chuck Nice.
4:07 AM | Youreka Science
Our second pick by guest picker Annalee Newitz, the creator of io9 and current Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo.This video series is one of my favorite places to immerse myself in the life sciences. Created by UC San Francisco student (and elementary school teacher) Florie Mar, each short video uses whiteboard animation to explain a recently-published scientific paper, on topics ranging from how HIV affects the microbiome to how chromosomes age. Somehow, Mar makes even the most complicated […]

February 05, 2015

1:41 AM | Episode 214 – Live at BASF
Live from the Bay Area Science Festival it’s Science… sort of! Featuring Kelly Weinersmith, Ben Tippett, and Ryan Haupt from the fabulous confines of Piston & Chain we bring you a show that encompasses some things that are science, some things that are sort of science, and some things that wish they were science! It’s […]

February 04, 2015

11:38 PM | TWiM #97: There’s gold in them hills
The TWiM team reveal how bacteria in a shipworm’s gills help digest wood in the gut, and an approach that identifies a new antibiotic from the soil.   Links for this episode:   Gill bacteria enable a novel digestive strategy (PNAS) Killing bacteria without resistance (Nature) An irresistable newcomer (Nature) Peptidoglycan synthesis animation 10 x 20 initiative (IDSA) Longitude Prize Visit for more.
6:44 AM | David Epstein: Holographic Supplements
Sports writer David Epstein tracks down some surprising health claims circulating in the football world. David Epstein is author of the recent New York Times bestseller The Sports Gene, an exploration of the genetic basis of athleticism. He is currently an investigative reporter at the non-profit ProPublica. Up until September, he was a senior writer at Sports Illustrated. He has been a crime reporter at the New York Daily News, and an education reporter at Inside Higher Ed. In his past life, […]

February 03, 2015

11:32 PM | San Francisco Archipelago
Our guest picker this week is Annalee Newitz, the creator of io9 and current Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo.This poster of the San Francisco Bay Area after 100 feet of sea level rise was the result of a collaboration between San Francisco blogger Burrito Justice, and the map makers at Urban Life Signs. What sets it apart from typical “your world after sea level rise” maps is that Burrito Justice understands San Francisco history and culture so well, and has created new landmarks and […]
2:37 AM | Episode One Hundred And Ninety Four – On A Scientist In Wonderland – Interview With Edzard Ernst
A quick note about supporting the podcasts! Check out – and consider becoming a Patreon for these shows.  Professor Edzard Ernst has written the story of his life as a doctor and a scientist – in A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble Despite a youthful ...

February 02, 2015

3:16 PM | BacterioFiles 200 - Converted Clostridium Consumes Carbon monoxide
This episode: Carbon monoxide-eating bacteria get modified to produce more useful products! Download Episode (16 MB, 17.5 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Other mosquito microbes compete with and inhibit Wolbachia Helicobacter extract seems to help prevent asthma (paper) Lots of microbes living in water drops suspended in tar Spores could be good for vaccines delivered to mucosal surfaces (review) Various archaea are floating around in the air (paper) Post […]
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