06 June 2019: Microbes modifying medicine and kickstarting plate tectonics

This week, how gut microbes might be affecting drugs, and a new theory on the beginning of plate tectonics.In this episode:00:45 Microbes metabolising drugsResearchers are investigating whether the gut microbiota can alter the activity of medicinal drugs.Research article:Zimmermann et al. 06:40 Research HighlightsElephants counting with smell, and audio activity monitoring.Research Highlight:Elephants have a nose for portion sizeResearch Highlight:Deep learning monitors human activity based on sound alone08:57 The origin of plate tectonics?A new theory suggests that sediment may have lubricated the Earth ’s tectonic plates, allowing them to move.Research article:Sobolev and BrownNews and Views:Earth ’s evolution explored 14:14 News ChatScientists protest in Hungary, and a trial of a new post-review process to test reproducibility.News:Hungarians protest against proposed government takeover of scienceNews:Reproducibility trial publishes two conclusions for one paper
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