Curiosity Daily
Curiosity Daily
Oct 23, 2020
Could Parasites Turn Us into Zombies?
14 min

Learn about whether parasites can turn us into zombies, why awkward silences are so awkward, and why bubbles form in boiling water.

Could parasites turn us into zombies? By Cameron Duke

The Science of Awkward Silences by Anna Todd

  • Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T., & Gordijn, E. H. (2011). Disrupting the flow: How brief silences in group conversations affect social needs. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47(2), 512–515. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2010.12.006 
  • Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T., & Gordijn, E. H. (2013). Resounding Silences. Social Psychology Quarterly, 76(3), 224–241. https://doi.org/10.1177/0190272513496794 

Why do bubbles form in boiling water? by Ashley Hamer (Listener question from Abu)

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Nature Podcast
Nature Podcast
Springer Nature Limited
Neutrinos give insights into the workings of the Sun’s core
Scientists have finally confirmed the existence of a CNO cycle fusion reaction in the Sun, and why women’s contraception research needs a reboot. In this episode: 00:47 Detection of CNO neutrinos Since the 1930s it has been theorised that stars have a specific fusion reaction known as the CNO cycle, but proof has been elusive. Now, a collaboration in Italy report detection of neutrinos that show that the CNO cycle exists. Research article: The Borexino Collaboration News and Views: Neutrino detection gets to the core of the Sun 08:48 Coronapod We discuss the search for the animal origin of SARS-CoV-2, with researchers raiding their freezer draws to see if any animals carry similar viruses, and the latest vaccine results. News: Coronaviruses closely related to the pandemic virus discovered in Japan and Cambodia News: Why Oxford’s positive COVID vaccine results are puzzling scientists 19:32 Research Highlights How sleep patterns relate to ageing, and a solar-powered steam sterilizer. Research Highlight: For better health, don’t sleep your age Research Highlight: Technology for sterilizing medical instruments goes solar 21:50 Getting women’s contraception research unstuck Since the 1960s there has been little progress on research into women’s contraceptives. This week in Nature, researchers argue that this needs to change. Comment: Reboot contraceptives research — it has been stuck for decades 29:35 Briefing Chat We discuss a highlight from the Nature Briefing. This time, a tool to summarise papers. Nature News: tl;dr: this AI sums up research papers in a sentence Try the TLDR tool yourself! Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday.   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
35 min
The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman
The Psychology Podcast with Scott Barry Kaufman
Scott Barry Kaufman
Susan Baum || To Be Gifted & Learning Disabled
Today it’s great to have Susan Baum on the podcast. Dr. Baum is the Director of the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, a school for twice-exceptional children. She is also Provost of the Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education. She is the author of many books and articles primarily focusing on understanding and nurturing the needs of special populations of gifted underachieving students including the award-winning 3rd edition of her seminal work To Be Gifted & Learning Disabled. Her research and experience in the field of twice-exceptional education have earned her much recognition: 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award granted by the Weinfeld Group, 2011 recipient of the Connecticut Association for the Gifted “Friend of the Gifted Award; the 2015 Distinguished Professional Alumni Award from the Neag School of Education; the Lifetime Achievement Award from AEGUS and the 2e Newsletter in 2017, as well as the Alexinia Baldwin Award from National Association for Gifted Students in 2019. _Time Stamps_ [01:30] Dr. Baum’s experience in the field of twice-exceptional education [02:53] “Gifted Education” research in 1985 [04:07] What it means to be 2e [06:00] The difference between gifted and non-gifted in students with learning disabilities [07:50] What counts as “gifted” [09:25] The importance of divergent thinking in creative problem-solving [14:07] Dr. Baum’s work on multiple intelligences theory [16:18] Dr. Baum’s assessment tools for identifying strengths, interests and talents [19:54] The 4 personality types identified by Dr. Baum’s assessment tools [24:48] Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education and embracing neurodiversity [30:18] “It isn’t easy being green” [36:33] Learning styles vs. strengths [41:58] General intelligence and working memory in 2e learners [46:05] Circumventing the limitations of working memory and strengths-based education [49:41] The importance of a community of support in 2e education
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