Ladybird on parasitoid cocoonThe TWiVsters reveal the puppet master: an RNA virus injected with wasp eggs that paralyzes the ladybug so that she protects the cocoon until the adult emerges.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Kathy – Science Showcase Video Contest
Alan
Biochemical pathways on one chart
Rich – 35th America’s Cup
Vincent –  Viruses (pdf) and A whole new Jupiter

Listener Pick

Peter – Fake typhoid epidemic saves Polish city and Life gets complicated when disease
overruns your town
Ralph – Dilbert on climate change

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Tim RequarthFreelance science journalist Tim Requarth joins the TWiVers to explain why scientists should stop thinking that explaining science will fix  information illiteracy.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Tim Requarth

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Kathy – Life Saver Lightning
Alan
Model rocket engine burning in slow-mo
Rich – scistarter
Vincent – The quest to wipe out a virus and FCC Votes to Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality

Listener Pick

Robert – Zika presentation

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Y chromosomeThe Beacons of Viral Education (aka the TWiVoners) reveal a cost of being a male mouse – the Y chromosome regulates their susceptibility to influenza virus infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Kathy – Social science research on “luck” in motherhood
Alan
– Foiling dinghy built by engineering students (video)
Rich – Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA)
Vincent – Make measles great again in Michigan and Which tech giant would you drop?

Listener Pick

Steven – Difficult truths about a post-truth world

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Floating circumvolution

Floating circumvolution by Nenad Cerovic

No problem not being nice to Dickson in this episode, because he’s absent for a discussion of a new giant virus that replicates in the cytoplasm yet transiently accesses the nucleus to bootstrap infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

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Kathy – U-M Rubik’s Cube story   #1 video   #2 video    #3 video
Alan
You’re not going to believe this
Rich – High School student builds robot to solve Rubrik’s cube
Vincent – NIH limits grant money and The abomination of a bill

Listener Pick

Ken – The Fab Lab with Crazy Aunt Lindsey
Laurel – Sally Hoskin’s CREATE program
Maureen – Simple Science Experiments You Can Do With Eggs Before Breakfast

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Paul BieniaszPaul Bieniasz joins the TWiV team to talk about the co-option, millions of years ago, of an endogenous retrovirus envelope protein by hominid ancestors for host defense against viral infection.

Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Paul Bieniasz

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Kathy – UM Science Communication TeachOut
Alan
LLNL nuclear test videos
Rich – The Great A.I. Awakening  (Artificial neural network; DeepDream; DeepDream images)
Dickson
 – Cassini images
PaulHoward Hughes Medical Institute
Vincent – Google rewrites search rankings; Senator Whitehouse on politics of climate change

Listener Pick

Anthony – Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Weather Monitor Kit

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plaque assaysHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVsters reveal new giant viruses that argue against a fourth domain of life, and discovery of viruses in the oceanic basement.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:29:05

Kathy – Cloud appreciation society
Rich – High Rise Urban Farming
Dickson
 – Planets orbiting a distant star
Vincent – TWiEVO 18: Raiders of the lost orco

Listener Pick

KevinCherry blossoms at Brooklyn Botanical Garden

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TWiV436Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Susan Daniel, Colin Parrish, and Gary Whittaker

At Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, Vincent speaks with Susan, Colin, and Gary about the work of their laboratories on parvoviruses, influenza viruses, and coronaviruses that infect dogs, cats, horses and other mammals.

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Poliovirus watercolor by Doris CullyHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

The TWiVome discuss the blood virome of 8,420 humans, and thoroughly geek out on a paper about the number of parental viruses in a plaque.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:39:50

Alan – Couple donates insect collection
Kathy
 – Why is science important to you?
Rich – Hook
Dickson
 – Ten Incredible Astronomy Pictures
Vincent – Why Trump’s NIH Cuts Should Worry Us and
The Real Threat to National Security: Deadly Disease

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Pteromalus puparumHosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Kathy Spindler

The esteemed TWiVumvirate reveal the discovery of a new negative stranded RNA virus of wasps that regulates longevity and sex ratio of its parasitoid host.

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Weekly Science Picks 1:23:40

Alan – The Wrath of Khan from Bug Chicks
Kathy
 – Boaty McBoatface submarine launching
Dickson – Fierce animal portraits
Vincent – Westworld

Listener Picks

Hannah – Plague, Inc
Stig – John Oliver: Trump vs the truth

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