11/27/18 Show feat. Kelsey Ockert on Adventures in Memory

Featured image: An important section of the brain, the hippocampus, looks a bit like a seahorse. The Østby sisters use this metaphor throughout their journey in neuroscience. (Courtesy Greystone Books)

Public librarian Kelsey Ockert is back with another TVR2C book giveaway! Today it’s Adventures in Memory: The Science and Secrets of Remembering and Forgetting by Hilde & Ylva Østby. Meet a cast of characters with different perspectives on how we remember, both from the science they do and the brain differences they exhibit. Neuroscientists have burrowed their way down to locating individual memories in mice brains, and can now trigger those memories by hooking up brain neurons to external inputs. This, and many other neuroscience anecdotes, come through our book review and subsequent giveaway (thanks as usual to the Princeton Public Library!).

In other news:

  • The InSight Lander has successfully landed on the planet Mars, ready to dig deep into the Martian past by examining its soil layers.
  • Massive supernova explosions concoct the bulk of our universe’s heavy elements. It turns out turbulence in the explosive clouds may trap fusing particles for longer, sustaining the reaction and producing more heavy atoms.

The full playlist is available online at WPRB.com or below.

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