Sun, 23 August 2015
In 2011 a tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing 158 people. It also brought with it a rare flesh-eating fungus that killed another five.
The first two species of 'venomous' frogs have been discovered - the hard way - in the Caatinga forests of Brazil. And you really don't want them to headbutt you.
There's a parasitic wasp that uses mind control on spiders to force them to spin cocoons. Because nature is like that.
We mention this David Attenborough video about the Cordyceps fungi that zombifies ants.
We also mention spider webs produced by spiders on drugs.
Shayne recommends the XKCD webcomic about the bee orchid.
Ed recommends watching Ed Yong's TED talk about mind controlling parasites.
Simon Chapman is Professor in Public Health at the University of Sydney, and was called upon to give evidence before the Select Committee on Wind Turbines. They asked his opinion, and he well and truly delivered it!
Sun, 9 August 2015
A special episode all about Pluto and the New Horizons mission. We're joined by Dr. Mike Goldsmith, a science writer with a PhD in astrophysics who's currently writing a book about Pluto. Keep an eye on Amazon for New Horizons To Pluto to be published in the next month or so.
Tue, 4 August 2015
One study suggests a dip in solar activity in 15 years. Mainstream media gets it so very wrong.
The world's first malaria vaccine gets regulatory approval, but it's not the panacea you might think.
Billionaire Yuri Milner funds US$100 million dollar search for extra terrestrial life. Which is awesome!
A 14,000 year old tooth shows signs of early dentistry. Early PAINFUL dentistry.
NASA announces thousands of newly discovered exoplanets, including one that might possibly be a bit like Earth only different.
Album art: David McClenaghan / CSIRO (CC BY 3.0)