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Talk of intermittent fasting has grown in the news. Some feel intermittent fasting is a new dieting fad, others claim that it’s an amazing technique to improve health and lose weight. But what does the research actually have to say on the subject? Join us this week as James looks at a study on the effects of intermittent fasting.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Our planet is bombarded with tons of extraterrestrial dust every year. While much of the dust comes from asteroids, some of these particles may have come from supernovas - ancient stars that exploded nearly 20 million years ago! But finding this dust on Earth is tricky, and determining that the dust came from an exploding star is even tougher. This week Charlie takes on a new study from some “stellar” researchers who were up to the challenge. Thanks to Ben from Australia for the paper recommendation this week!Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Tracking the productivity and impact of research has always been problematic. Especially in the highly competitive environment of today where hiring and promotions can be tied to a single performance metric such as “total number of citations” or “h-index.” The problem is that these metrics don’t tell the full story of productivity. Different disciplines in science publish papers at different rates. And many times, your new papers are required to cite your old papers to avoid self-plagiarism. So what are we to do to understand scientific impact? Join us this week as James and Charlie dive into a new investigation on a more nuanced way of looking at citations.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
For the average person, the words used to describe whiskey can seem strange, if not completely arbitrary. Dignified vs. subtle, austere vs. rich, mouth-coatingly winey...the entire process of tasting feels extremely subjective. However, new research from the University of Glasgow is seeking to change that with their creation of an artificial tongue that can differentiate the subtleties between very closely related whiskeys. Join us this week as Charlie dives into exciting new research that may leave your taste buds looking for a new career.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Nearly everyone has heard the advice “walk 10,000 steps per day to be healthy!” As fitness trackers like FitBit have grown in popularity, many people use the 10,000-step benchmark as their goal for daily fitness. But where did this goal come from? And are there actually measurable health benefits if you walk 10,000 steps per day or more? Join us this week as Charlie dives into new research that seeks to quantify the benefits of your daily step tally.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
News channels have been buzzing with the new press releases from Elon Musk’s brain-computer interface company, Neuralink. The company hopes to develop new devices that could change the way humans interact with technology by interfacing directly to the brain. Join us this week as James dives into a publicly-available paper published by Neuralink to learn more about the technology that has lit up popular science news.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Stonehenge has puzzled people for centuries. What was the purpose of such a massive rock formation? And how were people able to move such large boulders from quarries 50-150 km away? As scientists and archaeologists have learned more though, a new mystery has appeared: why is there such a high concentration of pig fat on pottery found in the area? Join us this week as Charlie explores a new paper looking at how pig fat may have facilitated the construction of this famous, mysterious site.Check out the paper, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like the show? Want more every month? Fan of universal constants? Check out www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
Recent research has sparked popular news headlines about the brain “seeing what’s around the corner.” Can your brain actually look around corners? Well, not quite...however, fascinating research from the University of Glasgow has shown that the parts of your brain responsible for vision actually try to predict what you’ll see next--even faster than the time it takes to move your eyes side to side! Join us this week as James breaks down this fascinating neuroscience paper. (Big shout out to Dennis Bontempi for the paper recommendation!)Find the paper, news, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com. Bonus episodes and eternal love from James and Charlie at www.patreon.com/paperboyspod.
In the early 20th century, Einstein, Hubble, and other scientists confirmed the universe was expanding. With the exception of a few nearby galaxies, nearly all galaxies are moving away from us. Scientists have long been tempted by the challenging problem that arises from trying to measure how fast these galaxies are moving away, resulting in some fascinating findings. It turns out that by measuring the gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars, we might just find a better answer! Join us this week as Charlie dives into new research that improves humanity’s (and the Paper Boys’) understanding of our ever-expanding universe.Check out the CRAZY paper, old journal papers, news articles, and more at www.paperboyspodcast.com.Like this episode? Want more? Go to www.patreon.com/paperboyspod!
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