Episode #782

News Items

  • Monster Quasar
  • Asteroid Killed the Dinosaurs
  • Visualizing Data
              • Science or Fiction

                • Item #1 Science

                  Scientists were able to keep pancreas slices alive in culture for up to 10 days and demonstrate regeneration of the insulin-producing cells when stimulated by a growth factor. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-17040-8

                • Item #2 Fiction

                  Medical researchers successfully coaxed damaged adult mouse lungs to grow new air sacs, increasing lung capacity and oxygen exchange. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/new-stem-cell-identified-lung-tissue-regeneration

                • Item #3 Science

                  Researchers were able to reprogram adult cells normally present in the inner ear into sound-sensing hair cells using only four transcription factors. https://stemcell.keck.usc.edu/usc-stem-cell-scientists-find-a-simpler-way-to-make-sensory-hearing-cells/

                Skeptical Quote of the Week

                “Pulling bad science apart is the best teaching gimmick I know for explaining how good science really works.” ― Ben Goldacre, I Think You’ll Find it’s a Bit More Complicated Than That