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Let’s call this the Science Solstice! – This Week in Science (TWIS) Podcast – Episode 676



Let’s call this the Science Solstice! – Watch Episode 676 of the This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS), with hosts Dr. Kiki, Blair Bazdarich, & Justin Jackson now!

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Dr. Kiki, Blair & Justin explore the world of science news with a few of the week’s popular stories.

(0:00) – Recording Start
(0:23) – Show Start, Intro – Blair
(0:50) – Disclaimer! Disclaimer! Disclaimer! – Justin
(3:08) – Opening Theme Music.
(3:42) – Opening “Good Science!” Greetings – with Blair & Justin. Intros & Top Story Headlines.

(5:48) – Giant lasers pass new milestone towards fusion energy, Dr. Kiki –
(10:29) – Study could help humans colonise Mars and hunt for alien life, Dr. Kiki –
(20:49) – Venus’ thick atmosphere speeds up the planet’s spin, Dr. Kiki –
(25:25) – Gut microbes may contribute to depression and anxiety in obesity, Justin –
(29:00) – Mayo Clinic discovery is first step toward new bacteria-based constipation treatment, Justin –
(29:49) – Spacefood for cows, Justin –

(38:56) – Blair’s Animal Corner
(39:09) – Blair’s Animal Corner Theme.
(39:31) – Flying spiders sense meteorological conditions, use nanoscale fibers to float on the wind, Blair –
(45:02) – Bees get stressed at work too (and it might be causing colony collapse), Blair –

(54:01) – And we’re at the break!
(54:14) – Half-Time Theme Music – “Our 1st Assumptions Were Correct” by Jake Mann from his album, “Daytime Ghost.”

(54:35) – This is where you can find out about our Zazzle store ( and supporting us through Paypal ( and Patreon ( Tell more folks about TWIS ( And please leave great reviews for the podcast on iTunes ( More minions, please!

(59:38) – Interstitial Music

(1:00:00) – Back from the break!

(1:00:06) – What has Science done for ME, lately?
TWIS Minion David Eckard shares of his struggles throughout his life with hearing loss and how the technology behind hearing aids has enhanced his life.
Send your Science stories to: or message us on Facebook –

(1:08:56) – FSU researchers find religious involvement deters recreational and medical marijuana use, Justin –
(1:15:10) – FSU study finds religious involvement does little to prevent opioid abuse, Justin –
(1:18:50) – Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee, Dr. Kiki –
See also – Could coffee replace insulin injections for diabetics? –
(1:25:57) – Often overlooked glial cell is key to learning and memory, Justin –
(1:29:58) – Constructing new tissue shapes with light, Dr. Kiki –
(1:32:12) – T. Rex couldn’t stick out its tongue, new research shows, Justin –
(1:35:06) – The most important study of the Mediterranean diet has been retracted, Dr. Kiki –
(1:38:52) – BPA can induce multigenerational effects on ability to communicate, Dr. Kiki –

Quick Science Bytes! —

(1:41:20) – Non-antibiotic antimicrobial triclosan induces multiple antibiotic resistance through genetic mutation, Dr. Kiki –
(1:44:27) – European eels are swimming in cocaine and other illegal drugs, Dr. Kiki –
(1:48:30) – Mammals going nocturnal to avoid humans, Blair –
(1:51:31) – People recall information better through virtual reality, says new study, Blair –

(1:56:01) – Show wrap up.

(1:56:52) – Thank you’s to Patreon sponsors

(2:00:23) – End Theme

And that’s all, folks! Except, we still have…

(2:03:53) – The After Show -So many microbes! Dr. Kiki is a microbe girl. Thunder & Lightning in Portland, sizzling hot where Blair will be! Dr. Kiki tells of her family trip hiking in Lava Tubes with translucent worms. Requests for the TWIS Music soundtrack. And much, much more…

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  1. owl

    June 21, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Hey, check it Kiki:
    You like politics in science, don't you.
    Do you think she was brought down by the patriarchy or do you think she was an actual fraud?
    I gots to know!

  2. owl

    June 21, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    The time Dr Kiki ties her hair back.

  3. Justin Steiner

    June 25, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I love TWIS!

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How NeuroTechnology is Changing Our Lives




Who among us anticipated that in 2015 we would be talking through our steering wheels while driving? From the basic ways we communicate to how we pay bills and make purchases, technology is transforming our lives. Add neuroplasticity, the scientific discovery that our brains change throughout our lives, to the mix, and what lies ahead becomes even more interesting.

Zack Lynch, Chairman and Founder of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization, will present his vision for the future and will moderate a conversation with:

Jen Hyatt, founder of Great Britain’s Big White Wall, a company that provides a 24/7 safe online community of people who are anxious, down or not coping, guided by trained professionals.

Corey McCann, MD, PhD, founder of Pear Therapeutics, a company that combines digital therapies with supplements, medical foods and pharmaceuticals to create more effective treatment solutions.

Jocelyn Faubert, PhD, whose laboratory at the University of Montreal has yielded technologies that led to the launch of CogniSens, a neurotechnology company that specializes in measuring, identifying and improving neurobiological activity, whose practical applications are used for attention training, in the identification of mild perceptual impairment related to a variety of illnesses, and by professional sports teams and elite military forces.

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Professor Merryn Tawhai – Digital Breaths: The benefits of bioengineering (2018)




Royal Society Te Apārangi | 2018 NZ Research Series
Digital breaths: The benefits of bioengineering

An aging population and increase in people living with chronic disease calls for new approaches to reduce healthcare costs and improve patient outcomes. Recent advances in imaging, sensor, and communications technologies, combined with innovative bioengineering approaches, has the potential to revolutionise healthcare. However, does New Zealand have the capability to become a world leader in this industry?

Professor Merryn Tawhai explains how each stage of this multi-disciplinary process, from a science discovery through to the applied science and then clinical research, are each critical to developing both technology and devices that can reduce the burden of chronic disease. Merryn’s own research advances computer modelling of the human lung in search of better methods to diagnose and treat lung disease, particularly in the older generation.

About the speaker:
From a keen interest in biology and mathematics in her youth, Professor Merryn Tawhai is now the Director of the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE) and Deputy Director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at University of Auckland.

At the 2016 New Zealand Research Honours, Merryn was awarded the MacDiarmid Medal by Royal Society Te Apārangi for her research to create anatomically detailed models of the respiratory system. The medal is awarded for outstanding scientific research that has the potential for human benefit, and the models created by Professor Tawhai provide new tools for diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of lung disease.

This talk was held at Royal Society Te Apārangi in Wellington on Thursday 21 June and was proudly presented in partnership with the Auckland Bioengineering Institute of University of Auckland and the Medical Technologies Centre of Research Excellence (MedTech CoRE).

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How to upgrade Ubuntu 16.04 & 17.10 to 18.04 LTS




Hello everyone,

In this video, you’ll see how to upgrade Ubuntu to 18.04 LTS.
These steps are for Ubuntu 16.04 and 17.10.
The most important thing to do before the upgrade is to backup all the data you have.

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Console commands:

1. sudo apt update

2. sudo apt upgrade

3. sudo apt dist upgrade

4. sudo apt autoremove

5. sudo apt install update-manager

6. sudo do-release-upgrade

7. sudo do-release-upgrade -d

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