SoT 227: Aha! There’s A Thing!

Hosts: Ed Brown, Dr. Shayne Joseph, Lucas Randall.

A Canadian teenager may have found a lost Mayan city. Or, it might just be a marijuana plantation. Either way, he deserves credit for coming up with a hypothesis and testing it – with help from the Canadian Space Agency!

There’s a parasite that’s turning Alaskan king crabs into zombies. The parasite castrates the males, takes over their bodies and makes them raise its offspring. But the good news is the crab’s legs are still edible!

A new study finds a link between folate and autism. But it’s not so simple – and there’s no reason pregnant women should stop taking folate supplements if their doctor advises.

We respond to some feedback from Michelle Franklin about biological controls in Australia. Not all attempts to control pests with other organisms have been failures, some have been quite successful.

 

This episode contains traces of Paul Barry on Media Watch.