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Season 1, Episode 38
Snaptacular fingers, necro-fungal-philia, cerebellar belly, little baby baby embryos
In the final episode of STEMology for 2021…
Sophie & Dave are talking about the role of friction when snapping your fingers, deadly mind controlling fungus consuming houseflies, cerebellum controls your hunger and the pre-embryo stage of mammals
I involves the movement of the fingie against the other fingie and if you change the amount of friction between the fingers, that seems to have a big effect on whether or not you can snap.
So we’ve got a deadly fungus for a start. It controls the minds of houseflies, which are themselves pretty gross, before consuming them from the inside out, which is gross. And that’s just for start, Sophie.
They found these neurons, cerebellar neurons and what they found is when they activated these neurons in mice, basically, it would like the effect was enormous…. So you’ve got these mice, they ate just as often as typical mice, but when these neurons were activated, their meals were 50 to 75% smaller.
That (the research) gives us an opportunity to look at something fascinating that we’ve never seen before, which is this transition phase from basically an undifferentiated mass of cells, like a, just a massive epithelial cells that then start to differentiate and become all of the cells that are going to make up all the body parts, that human being has.
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