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Episode 59: June 2019

In this episode, we hear about the emerging field of palaeoshellomics, wasp eggs that keep their food fresh, a monkey with a missing visual cortex, new biological methods inspired by astronomy and how to mix a family with a research career.
Episode 59: June 2019
A paralyzed bee buried with a beewolf egg. Image credit: Erhard Strohm (CC BY 4.0)

Chapters

  1. 0:32
    New insights into blindsight
    One of nature's mistakes is giving clues about the inner working of the visual cortex.
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  2. 6:32
    A fresh approach for wasps
    How do wasp eggs preserve the food they will eat when they hatch?
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  3. 13:18
    A twinkle in your eye
    A method used in astronomy is harnessed to measure individual blood cells in eye vessels, exposing errors in old models.
  4. 20:22
    An age-old archeological riddle
    'Palaeoshellomics' is a new field that relies on proteins to read the archeology of shells used by early humans.
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  5. 27:04
    What to expect when you are an expecting scientist
    The scientific workforce is changing, but the research culture has not: what could be done to address this gap?
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