SoT 175: I Broke The Scorpion!

February 19, 2015

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

The President’s 2016 budget proposal has some big news for NASA – finally a mission to Europa! We look at some of the good and bad (but mostly good!) proposals made in NASA’s FY2016 Budget Request.

Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles, have discovered fossilised remains of bacteria from 1.8 billion years ago that, when compared to modern bacteria, doesn’t appear to have evolved in that time.

Many creatures can sever part of their tails, or their legs or other body parts when in danger. Some scorpions can break off part of their tails, but that creates some significant problems.

Scientists in New Zealand have found a ‘slippery zone’ – a transition zone between the tectonic plates and the upper mantle. This discovery could provide new clues into the mechanics of plate tectonics.

Halting the spread of Australia’s notorious cane toad could be as simple as fencing-off water dams, according to a paper published in the Journal of Applied Ecology.

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