March 24th, 2016
Episode 85 of 118 episodes
The Zika virus most probably entered Brazil between May and December 2013 according to new research published in the journal Science. This is almost a year earlier than first detected. The team sequenced seven genomes of Zika virus and by comparing changes to the genome they could calculate when the virus was likely to have entered the country, and also that is was a single introduction. Using airline data they could see that the virus entering Brazil was linked to an increase in passengers travelling from Zika infected countries in South East Asia. Early embryo development Just two days after conception the cells in an early embryo appear different to each other. It had been thought that these cells are pluripotent – that they are able to divide and grow into any cell in the body. But new research shows that some of the cells show pluripotency, while one cell at this stage was not as genetically active and went on to become the placenta in the mouse embryo. More carbon than dinosaurs Humans are putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs according to research published in the journal Nature Geoscience. We examine what that might mean for Earth. It’s just not cricket Scientists have found that cricketers have a significant advantage if they bat with the “wrong” hand. The research is published in the journal Sports Medicine. No splashing Scientists are trying to understand why liquids at high altitudes fail to splash. Water lab A new Interactive Data lab has opened this week at the Dutch Water Institute. It’s a globally connected hub where information from sources from around the world, from cell phones to satellites, can be fused, and shared during a disaster, for use by researchers, government agencies, consultants and policymakers. (Main Image: Brazilian Navy pass out pamphlets warning of the Zika virus in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 13 February 2016. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Have you trembled ‘round the campfire as the ghost stories are told? Do tales of horrors wrought by nature and beyond strike fear in your soul? Is it best when you are afraid to turn out the light? Thrill to stories that strike at your deepest fears, as host Stephen Kilpatrick brings the best of horror fiction to your ears and your mind, read to you by the most chilling narrators that podcasting has to offer. <br /> <br /> Podcasting the finest in genre fiction, Tales to Terrify is where the depths of horror reveal the truths of good, evil, and the human spirit in the District of Wonders podcast network. Like all shows in the District of Wonders, Tales to Terrify is supported by a welcoming community of dedicated fans and contributors. Subscribe today, and begin your journey through the spine-tingling depths of storytelling.<br /> <br /> Everyone has a story in the District of Wonders. Come and find yours.