Curiosity Daily Podcast: Memory’s Role in Social Anxiety, The First Synthetic Self-Replicating Genome, and Penguins Can Call Underwater

Learn about new research into how social anxiety works in the brain; how scientists developed the first synthetic self-replicating genome; and the adorable sounds penguins make underwater.

March 25, 2020

Episode Show Notes:

It's harder for people with social anxiety to remember encounters that ended positively by Kelsey Donk

Scientists just created the first synthetic self-replicating genome by Cameron Duke

Penguins can call underwater by Steffie Drucker

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