Brain fun for curious people.
Placebo Effect, Technoableism, Florida Citrus, Neuroscience Music. Sept 29, 2023, Part 2
Researchers are learning that placebos might be more effective when patients are told they’re receiving them. Plus, a new book argues that cutting-edge technology is not always a needed solution. And a food scientist explains how an invasive insect is turning oranges sour.
Vision and the Brain, Jellypalooza. Sept 29, 2023, Part 1
A neuroscientist discusses how your brain filters visual inputs. Plus, two stories about jellyfish -- tracking a freshwater jelly that’s spreading across the US, and the surprising finding that one species of jelly may be able to learn.
Ocean Climate Solutions, Florida Corals, Climate Video Games. Sept 22, 2023, Part 2
The ocean is the world’s largest carbon sink. We need to take better care of it. Plus, after this summer’s heat, marine biologists are scrambling to help protect the rapidly dying reef in the Florida Keys.
Our Fragile Moment, Climate Comedy. Sept 22, 2023, Part 1
Climate scientist Michael Mann talks about how important it is to take action now—before we see climate change’s worst consequences. Plus, research suggests that comedy is a powerful way to mobilize people.
New Covid Vaccine, Moroccan Earthquake, Native Bees. Sept 15, 2023, Part 2
The recent 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco left thousands of people dead, injured, or lost. Why was it so dangerous? Plus, three new vaccines will be available this fall to address COVID, the flu, and RSV. And the buzz on native bees in your neighborhood.
Radioactive Wildlife, Bus Stop Heat, Football Jersey Numbers. Sept 15, 2023, Part 1
Measuring cesium in wild boar and uranium in turtles sheds light on how radioactive materials travel through the environment. Plus, a new study explains why wide receivers on professional football teams feel slimmer and faster when they wear smaller numbers.
Lose the Music
I listened with great interest to the section about brain-body connection, but was very distracted by the atonal background music & nature sounds (birds, water). I can’t understand why you would think that any random music playing under a scientific discussion would enhance the experience. Please don’t do this in future.
More science, less propaganda
I don’t care care about politics or social issues. Very disappointing
Wide ranging topics
Every week there are interesting topics that bring science findings to the general public. I never fail to listen and learn each Friday. Thanks, Ira, and team!