Podcast: Fox aggression, microbiota and geoengineering

Join Adam Levy and Benjamin Thompson for the latest news from the world of science.

This week, shaping the gut microbiota, geoengineering’s effect on farming, and the genetics of fox aggression.

In this episode:

00:45 Geoengineering and your food

A new study suggests that undoing some of the warming from greenhouse gases wouldn’t undo the effects on agriculture: Research paper: Proctor et al.

07:12 Gut bacteria vs the immune system

An insight into how the immune system affects the gut microbiota of mice: Research paper: Fulde et al.

11:57 Research Highlights

Modern humans aren’t at all hobbit; and mapping microbes on the metro: Research Highlight: A single island spawned two populations of miniature humans; Research Highlight: Transport network’s handrails teem with a mix of microbes during evening rush hour

13:33 Fox genetics

Over half a century of studying tame and wild foxes uncovers some genetic clues to aggression: Research paper: Kukekova et al.

19:42 News Chat

The winners of a prestigious maths prize; and a new look at the origins of language: News: Number-theory prodigy among winners of most coveted prize in mathematics; News: Diverse genome study upends understanding of how language evolved

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