#71: Alzheimer’s treatment approved; human brain map breakthrough; time flowing backwards

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28m · June 10, 2021

#71: Alzheimer’s treatment approved; human brain map breakthrough; time flowing backwards

For the first time in 18 years, a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This is big news because rather than just treating the symptoms, the drug targets the amyloid plaques that are thought to cause the disease. But the team explains why there are still many reasons to remain cautious. They also discuss an exciting breakthrough in our understanding of the brain, as Google researchers have, for the first time, , containing a whopping 50 thousand brain cells and 130 million connections. Then there’s the little story about how time can appear to violate the second law of thermodynamics, . The team also celebrates the , and they travel to the very edges of the galaxy where, for the first time, . On the pod are , Tiffany O’Callaghan, Mike Marshall and Anna Demming. To read about these stories and much more, subscribe at