SoT 199: Look Into My Eyes

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall.

A new theory about our solar system’s history proposes that there was a fifth giant planet early on that influenced Neptune’s orbit and was flung out into interstellar space.

Two independent teams have manipulated a piece of viral protein so it can teach immune systems to fight whole groups of viruses, rather than a single strain. This could be the first step towards a universal flu vaccine and could eventually eradicate influenza altogether.

Over the last three years Professor Brian Nosek from the University of Virginia has managed to get a lot of psychologists from around the world to repeat 100 published psychology experiments. In a lot of cases, the new results were considerably different from the original experiment’s results.

A psychologist in Italy got study participants to stare into each other’s eyes for ten minutes and describe what they felt. Weird things happened!