planarianThe TWiV team considers whether those who can do, can’t teach, and newly discovered viruses of planarians and Aplysia with the largest RNA genomes.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan DoveKathy Spindler and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Science Picks 1:29:11

Brianne – Climate change visualization
Alan – Anova sous vide cooker
DicksonFire season in western US
KathySunscreen in UV and The Projector Illusion
Vincent – The Usefulness of Useless Knowledge

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RiverThe Conscience of the Present

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Soviet Bioweapons FacilitiesJens returns to present a brief history of bioweapons, with a focus on the program in the Soviet Union, the largest ever undertaken, and his experience working in the decommissioned Soviet bioweapons laboratory known as Vector.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierRich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guest: Jens Kuhn

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Weekly Science Picks 1:49:12

Jens – Nudibranchs, Beastly Garden, large nidovirus (one, two)
Rich –Living inside a canister
Dickson –
Global rivers and streams
Kathy – TWiM 181 Dr. Warhol’s Periodic Table of Microbes
Vincent – Twitter Bots and Russian Trolls Amplify Vaccine Debate

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vaccinia virus proteinsThe TWiV team discuss the biology of Ebola viruses, and how localization of the membrane proteins of vaccinia virus drive function: the fusion machinery sits at the tips of virions, and binding proteins are at the sides.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Science Picks 1:38:52

Alan – Puzzled Escape Games
Rich – An Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Election
Dickson – Parker Solar Probe
Kathy – Ancient earth globe and connected Dinosaur database
Brianne
 – STEMM education should get HACD
Vincent – Free tuition for all NYU medical students

Listener Pick

HeatherGoFarm blog

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David TullerDavid Tuller returns to provide an update of his investigative work to expose the methodological and ethical problems with the PACE trial for ME/CFS.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guest: David Tuller

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CROVThe TWiVniks explain how the three-dimensional structure of the giant Cafeteria roenbergensis virus suggests a new mode of assembly, and the apparent elimination of dengue fever in an Australian city by release of mosquitoes harboring Wolbachia.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Science Picks 1:27:45

Alan – Ebola research begins at the NEIDL
Dickson – Science Photo Library

Brianne
 – First liquid water (underground lake) found on Mars
Vincent – Thirty years ago, we could have saved the planet

Listener Pick

EdmundSTEM talk

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persistence of herpesvirusThe TWiV hosts review persistence of Ebola virus after the end of the Liberian outbreak, and the potential role of two herpesviruses in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Science Picks 1:44:33

Alan – Impossible Burger
Rich – SpaceX Just Sent Algae to the ISS, Here’s How It’ll Power Deep Space Missions
Dickson –
Art and Science Intersection (Art Science Museum)
Brianne
 – Why it is not a ‘failure’ to leave academia
Kathy – 2003 video history of nuclear explosions 1945 – 1998
Vincent – Revisionist History Episode 8 and Episode 9

Listener Pick

Mark – TWIV bingo (png)

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Nipah at Outbreak ExhibitThe TWiVerinos discuss Nipah virus and the recent outbreak in India, and the first cast of polio in Papua New Guinea in 18 years.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, and Brianne Barker

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Weekly Science Picks 1:32:05

Alan – Glaciers of the Rockies aerial photos
Rich – SpaceX CRS-15 mission to the space station (wiki)
Dickson –
Test of Einstein’s theory of relativity
Brianne
 – biorender
Vincent – True or False? with Michael Schmidt

Listener Pick

JoleneDogs cannot get autism

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Vincent, Rich and Kathy travel to ASV 2018 at the University of Maryland to speak with Svetlana Folimonova and Anne Simon about their work on viruses that infect plants.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Svetlana Folimonova and Anne Simon

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The TWiV team travels to Texas A&M University, home of the Center for Phage Technology, where they speak with Ry Young and Jason Gill about their work on viruses that infect bacteria.

Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler

Guests: Jason Gill and Ry Young

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Vincent visits the Smithsonian Institution and speaks with Sabrina Sholts, Jon Epstein, and Ed Niles about the exhibit Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World.

Host: Vincent Racaniello

Guests: Sabrina Sholts, Jon Epstein, and Ed Niles

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