SoT 180: Condescending Chameleons

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Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely, Lucas Randall

Astronomers using the Hubble Space telescope have found large methane storms raging on the planet Uranus.

Only three animals go through menopause: humans, short-finned pilot whales, and killer whales. The leading theory behind this is known as the ‘Grandmother hypothesis’, but it doesn’t explain other long-lived familial animals like elephants.

Spectroscopy analysis may have revealed how chameleons change colour. Intricate latices of tiny photonic crystals reflect light differently depending on how they are aligned and the spaces between them.

The microbes in a city’s sewage could give an indication of the rate of obesity in the city, according to an American study.

Dr. Helen Maynard-Casely is a an instrument scientist for the WOMBAT high-intensity powder diffractometer at the Bragg Institute. She writes“The Shores of Titan” column on The Conversation.

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