Tue, 29 May 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Alayna Hansen, and Peter Miller.
00:02:13 The internet blew up with the Yanny/Laurel audio illusion. Why do some people hear one thing, others hear another, and some people can hear both?
00:08:50 A new look at old data reveals signs of plumes of water coming from Jupiter's moon Europa.
00:13:35 Watching Europa is Peter's audio-visual artwork imagining life on Europa.
00:23:02 The chytrid fungus is devestating amphibian populations, but geneticists have finally traced its origins back to the pet trade, and East Asia in particular.
00:30:32 Ice cores have long been used to track global climate change, but a team from Oxford have studied ice cores for a more archaeological purpose - detailing the economic booms and busts of the ancient Roman empire.
00:36:55 Australian magpies appear to have learnt the calls of other birds - eavesdropping on their communications to learn of nearby predators.
This episode contains traces of Deep Look's video, "You've Heard of a Murder of Crows. How About a Crow Funeral?"
Tue, 22 May 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Carolyn de Graaf
00:11:15 Harvard researchers have systematically profiled every cell in developing zebrafish and frog embryos, showing how one cell develops into an entire organism.
00:15:28 81-year-old James Harrison has saved millions of babies. His weekly blood donations have been used to create a treatment to protect unborn babies from the deadly Rhesus D Haemolytic Disease (HDN).
00:23:16 Experts from around the wold have signed a letter to the World Health Organisation calling for more action to fight the cancer-causing retrovirus HTLV-1.
00:29:36 Ancient tools found on Mediterranean islands could suggest that Neanderthals had at least rudimentary seafaring skills.
Mon, 7 May 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Sarah de Garis
00:01:25 A study by a team from University of Sussex shows that horses can not only distinguish human facial expressions, but they remember people's emotional states several hours later.
00:08:23 Male fruit flies enjoy sex.
00:17:07 There's a fungus that uses tiny crystals to sense gravity. And it can do that, because it stole genes from a bacteria.
00:21:06 Kids have a lot of energy - but in terms of endurance and recovery, they can even perform better than highly-trained adult endurance athletes.
This episode contains traces of Amazon and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos sharing his vision of a space-faring future.
Tue, 1 May 2018
Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall
00:01:31 While studying the enzyme produced by a bacteria that eats plastic, an international team has accidentally made it even better.
00:08:57 NASA's new planet-hunding spacecraft has launched. TESS will study 85% of the sky, and will be able to study the mass, size, density and orbit of thousands of exoplanets.
00:23:37 Retrotransposons - elements of DNA that can spread to other species - are being found more and more often. And they're almost ubiquitous in marine animals, especially shellfish.
This episode contains traces of French President Emmanuel Macron speaking before the US Congress.