Retracted Research, 3.3 Million-Year-Old Stone Tool, and Panda Guts

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Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories this week: A Science study from December that looked at how short conversations could change the voters’ minds on big questions was retracted by one of the authors; researchers dug up a 3.3 million-year-old stone tool in Kenya; plus, scientists investigated microbiome of pandas.

Then, Megan Palmer, a bioengineer-turned-security policy researcher, joins us to talk about the potential good—and bad—of engineering yeast that can brew up compounds like opiate drugs.

Segment Guests

Rachel Feltman

Rachel Feltman is author of Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex, and is the host of “The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.”

Megan Palmer

Megan Palmer is research fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University in Stanford, California.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.