Interronauts | Episode 11: Eggs to live birth — how pregnancy evolved, Alzheimer’s link with iron deposits, bonobos don’t overimitate, and Cassini’s grand finale

By Jesse Hawley

28 July 2017

This fortnight Jesse and Sophie have a special selection of science news, plucked from all over town in this, their penultimate episode. In their first ontogenetic episode yet, they chat about breaking news from Yale on the evolution of pregnancy in marsupials and eutherians (ourselves), childhood learning in apes (bonobos’ inability to copy silly stuff), a chat with Dr Olivier Salvado about iron deposits’ relationship with Alzheimer’s, and finally the living funeral of NASA’s Cassini as it plummets into the Saturnian atmosphere — and you’re invited!

Science news

Interview

The overall differences in terms of the iron-sensitive biomarker between people with high and low level of Amyloid protein in the Frontal, Temporal and Hipocampal regions (the hotter the colour, the higher the differences )

The overall differences in terms of the iron-sensitive biomarker between people with high and low level of Amyloid protein in the Frontal, Temporal and Hipocampal regions (the hotter the colour, the higher the differences )

We speak with Dr Olivier Salvado, the leader of CSIRO’s bioinformatics group, about some of his latest research, using technology to shed light on Alzheimer’s and its apparent link with iron deposits on the brain.

CSIRO news

Jupiter, Venus, 20 years of orbiting come to an end this September.

Love science? Join us in Canberra and be a part of history with Cassini’s end of mission celebration

“NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is in the closing stages of a nearly 20-year odyssey at Saturn. The mission will come to a spectacular end on Friday 15th September 2017, as the spacecraft completes its final orbit and plummets into the atmosphere of the giant ringed-planet – ending the mission.

The massive antenna dishes of the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex will be providing the final radio contact with Cassini as it ends this epic voyage of exploration and we are inviting a lucky few to join us and help spread the word around the world as witnesses to this moment in space exploration history,” from our blog. Join up here!

Billions and billions. Hawley + Sagan.

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