This week, China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and translating brain patterns into speech.

In this episode:

00:46 China’s Belt and Road

How might China’s enormous infrastructure-building project affect global science? Editorial: Build a sustainable Belt and Road; News Feature: How China is redrawing the map of world science; News Feature: Scientists in Pakistan and Sri Lanka bet their futures on China

07:54 Research Highlights

A surprising snake find, and improving a cancer therapy. Research Highlight: A viper’s tooth in ancient human poo hints at snake-eating rituals; Research Highlight: A cancer therapy’s grave dangers subside after a little fine-tuning

10:20 Making waves in synthesising speech

Researchers train a computer to translate brain patterns into speech. Research article: Anumanchipalli et al.; News and Views: Brain implants that let you speak your mind; News: Brain signals translated into speech using artificial intelligence

19:04 News Chat

An ancient jawbone sheds new light on the mysterious Denisovans, and gender bias in grant reviews. News: Biggest Denisovan fossil yet is the first found outside a Siberian cave; News: Male researchers’ ‘vague’ language more likely to win grants

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