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This Week in Science Podcast (TWIS) - Episode 590
Episode #590 — There Was No Patient Zero (TWIS-o-ween show!) — This week on TWIS (@TWIScience), hosts Dr. Kiki (@drkiki), Blair Bazdarich (@blairsmenagerie) & Justin Jackson (@jacksonfly) discuss this week's science news.

Dr. Kiki, Blair, & Justin explore the world of science news with a few of the week's popular stories:

(0:00) - Recording Start (w/ spooky noises! woooooo...!)
(0:31) - Show Start, Intro - Dr. Kiki.
(1:01) - Disclaimer! Disclaimer! Disclaimer! - Justin
(1:54) - Opening Theme Music.
(2:29) - Opening "Good Science!" Greetings with Dr. Kiki, Blair & Justin. Intros & Top Story Headlines.

(4:05) - Ok, this time, is it really... Aliens?! Either stars are strange, or there are 234 aliens trying to contact us, Dr. Kiki - , &
(13:20) - There was NO Patient 'Ø' - AIDS: The making of the 'Patient Zero' myth, Dr. Kiki -
(22:02) - New species of extremely leggy millipede discovered in a cave in California, Justin -
(26:59) - Parasitic plants may form weapons out of genes stolen from hosts, Justin -

and so it's time for...

(33:51) - Blair’s Animal Corner (and what's that on the wall behind her?!)
(34:01) - Blair’s Animal Corner Theme Music
(34:20) - Carpenter ants: When social instructions may be dangerous, Blair -
(40:34) - Man-made noise can affect how animals use information from scents, Blair -

(48:09) - And we're at the break!
(48:32) - Half-Time Theme Music.

(49:15) - Pre-sales on TWIS 2017 Calendars! $20 + shipping.

(50:05) - And a reminder! - TWIS will also be Live! at the Maryland STEM Festival ( at the National Aquarium ( — Blair will be ecstatic!) in Baltimore, MD on November 4th.

(51:30) - This is where you can find out about our Zazzle store ( and supporting us through Paypal ( and Patreon ( Tell more folks about TWIS ( And please leave great reviews for the podcast on iTunes ( More minions, please!

(53:55) - Interstitial Music: George Hrab, "Skeptic," from the album "Vitriol." (

(55:11) - And we're back from the break!

(55:16) - Dinosaurs of a feather flock and die together? (featuring special guest star, Nick Cage!!), Justin -
(1:01:21) - Added Neurons Are Functionally Integrated into Mouse Brain Circuits, Dr. Kiki -
(1:01:36) - BUT WAIT! Safari Blair is attacked by the Giant Spider! OH NOES! (but don't kill spider!)
(1:05:39) - Visual BOLD Response in Late Blind Subjects with Argus II Retinal Prosthesis, Dr. Kiki -
(1:08:38) - BUG BURGERS!! The buzz about edible bugs: Can they replace beef?, Justin -
(1:15:10) - Restoring the sense of touch in amputees using natural signals of nervous system, Dr. Kiki -
(1:20:32) - Study finds earliest evidence in fossil record for right-handedness, Justin -

Quick Science Bytes! —
(1:24:05) - Homeopaths slam FDA for warning about infant deaths, illnesses, Dr. Kiki -
(1:27:53) - ESA Mars Lander Found! NASA has found Europe’s Mars lander, Dr. Kiki
(1:29:17) - Tasmanian devil fights back against face cancer: study, Blair -

(1:31:47) - Show Wrap-up & Thank you's.
(1:37:26) - End Theme

And that's all, folks! Except, we still have...
(1:40:48) - In which Blair continues her TWIS-o-ween battle against the hordes of Rubber Toy Creatures, Justin considers what's shakin' in his family tree, and Kiki flips her wig looking very Leeloo/David Bowie.

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