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eLife Episode 59: Brain basis of blindsight - eLife Podcast - 19.07.10

7/9/2019
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This month, the blind monkey that lacks a visual cortex but can still see, the bee-hunting wasps that use a gas cloud to keep harmful fungi at bay, adaptive optics that can image blood vessels of all sizes in the eye, the new field of palaeoshellomics, and how to mix a family with a scientific career...

Duration:00:34:21

eLife Episode 57: Malaria and Myrmecophiles - eLife Podcast - 19.05.31

5/30/2019
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This month, stunning fossil remains of a beetle that evolved to exploit ants and appeared rapidly after ants became social themselves, how inflammation in early life alters the ability of the nervous system to adapt to changing respiratory demands in adulthood, how DNA can be used to track where people picked up malaria, the researchers drawing up new ways to illustrate science, and meet Mike Eisen, eLife's new Editor-in-Chief...

Duration:00:31:50

eLife Episode 56: Vaccines and viral swarms - eLife Podcast - 19.04.26

4/25/2019
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How the brain handles sensations from amputated body parts, evidence that government vaccination campaigns to target measles really work, the heel-prick blood test at birth that can detect prematurity, testing the reproducibility of science at the level of a whole nation, and the multipartite viruses the spread as an infectious swarm: scientists show that they replicate different parts of the virus in different cells...

Duration:00:32:34

eLife Episode 55: Weaponised insulin - eLife Podcast - 19.03.29

3/28/2019
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The shellfish that release insulin into the water to catch fish, brain activity patterns that predict future addictions, how to do gene drive experiments safely, and is the first author position gender neutral? Chris Smith talks to leading scientists publishing groundbreaking papers in eLife...

Duration:00:27:09

eLife Episode 54: Dodgy cells and big neurons - eLife Podcast - 19.02.27

2/26/2019
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Why one in five published papers that use cultured cells may be wrong, the frog that sings underwater without air, genes that make you live longer, seeing evolution through bats' eyes, and do brainier people have bigger brain cells? Join Chris Smith as he talks to the authors of five hard-hitting new papers published in eLife...

Duration:00:34:20

eLife Episode 53: Insect Farmers and oxytocin - eLife Podcast - 19.01.29

1/28/2019
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This month in the eLife Podcast, how scientists got oestrogen signalling all wrong in breast cancer, fungus-farming ants and their microbial helpers, how smells influence memory, the tension between Pacific mineral riches and deep-sea species, and how oxytocin boosts bravery...

Duration:00:36:11

eLife Episode 52: Fossil Flowers, and Fur Seal Parasites - eLife Podcast - 18.12.19

12/18/2018
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In this episode of the eLife Podcast, the nerves with a taste for salt, why fur seal pups succumb to hookworms, the oldest fossilised flowers ever found, the monkey business of chimp personalities, and the 11 million year old flying squirrel foung in a rubbish tip...

Duration:00:31:54

eLife Episode 51: Transmissible Tumours and LSD Receptors - eLife Podcast - 18.11.14

11/13/2018
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The wildlife impact of urban sprawl, how climate change will affect the distribution of mosquito-borne outbreaks, Devil Facial Tumour Disease 2, how LSD works in the brain and gender bias in peer review all go under the microscope in this latest episode of the eLife Podcast.

Duration:00:34:17

eLife Episode 50: Inside Your Microbiome - eLife Podcast - 18.10.10

10/9/2018
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This special edition of the eLife Podcast marks our 50th episode and we've decided to mark the milestone by focusing on a field that's huge and tiny both at the same time: huge in terms of the rate at which the discipline's growing and the impact it's set to have our lives, and tiny because its subjects are microscopic. It's our microbiome, the community of micro-organisms that live on us and in us and outnumber our own human cells by maybe 50 fold: we're literally passengers in our own...

Duration:00:31:58

eLife Episode 49: Pigeon patterning and stiff lungs - eLife Podcast - 18.08.24

8/23/2018
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In this episode of the eLife Podcast, we hear about the RNA world, bovine TB, lung fibrosis, and why rock pigeons have different wing patterns...

Duration:00:28:49

eLife Episode 48: Bugs and Drugs, and Chocolate Cake - eLife Podcast - 18.07.04

7/3/2018
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In this episode of the eLife Podcast, signs that trees exchange genes over hundreds of kilometres, how our gut bacteria protect us from plant toxins, and new insights into the placebo effect...

Duration:00:31:31

eLife Episode 47: BatNav, TB and Aspirin - eLife Podcast - 18.05.31

5/30/2018
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In this eLife Podcast, echolocation in bats, chemical probes for open science, using aspirin to manage TB meningitis, brain topography, and combining science and parenthood...

Duration:00:34:26

eLife Episode 46: Robin Hood Publishing and Autism - eLife Podcast - 18.03.28

3/27/2018
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How much of the world's scientific literature now sits in SciHub, we hear why statins might be making diabetes worse, if oxygen did - or didn't - hold back the evolution of multicellular life, the neurological basis of lip-reading, and how the brain can compensate for autism...

Duration:00:37:47

eLife Episode 45: Ant Undertakers and the Human Cell Atlas - eLife Podcast - 18.02.26

2/25/2018
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In this episode, we hear about disease control in insects, placental development, post-traumatic stress disorder, the mission to create a human cell atlas and how crickets amplify their song...

Duration:00:32:41

eLife Episode 44: Sperm Competitions and Ancient Horses - eLife Podcast - 18.01.16

1/15/2018
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In this episode, we hear about self-esteem, a new genus of extinct horse, the future of biological engineering, tracking mosquitoes with mobile phones, and how a love rival causes salmon to increase their sperm speed...

Duration:00:30:07

eLife Episode 43: Is science getting harder to understand? - eLife Podcast - 17.11.22

11/21/2017
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In this episode, we hear about tool use in monkeys, sleep regulation, marsupial placentas, health campaigns and why science papers are so hard to read.

Duration:00:30:24

eLife Episode 42: eLife at Five - eLife Podcast - 17.10.24

10/23/2017
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In this special episode we hear about photosynthesis, forensics, peer review, and the past, present and future of eLife.

Duration:00:28:59

eLife Episode 41: Fish Recognise Faces - eLife Podcast - 17.09.11

9/10/2017
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In this episode of the eLife Podcast, biomarkers for epilepsy, how fish can recognise faces, insect anti-anti aphrodisiacs, and why striving for novelty may hinder the progress of science...

Duration:00:25:10

eLife Episode 40: Glowing Squid, and Electric Anxiety - eLife Podcast - 17.07.18

7/17/2017
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Hear about the sea urchin immune system, symbiotic bacteria in squid, anxiety and a training course to promote collaboration between scientists.

Duration:00:23:58

eLife Episode 39: Spotlight on tropical diseases - eLife Podcast - 17.06.15

6/14/2017
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In this special episode of the eLife Podcast, we discuss diseases common in tropical countries including tuberculosis, Zika, malaria and schistosomiasis.

Duration:00:28:50