SoT 186: Kiwi Chicks

May 20, 2015

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Dr. Kate Naughton, Lucas Randall

Audi claims to have produced clean, synthetic diesel fuel by using electrolysis to turn air and water into hydrocarbons. When using green electricity the process can be 100% renewable and the fuel works in existing diesel engines.

An international project to sequence the complete genome of the woolly mammoth has been successfully completed. So once again the idea of ‘de-extinction’ – bringing the mammoth back – is a hot topic.

For the first time, scientists have been able to monitor an underwater volcano eruption in real time, thanks to sensors placed around the Axial Seamount.

Rotoroa is a tiny, 82-hectare island off the coast of New Zealand. And for the last few years, it’s been the site of an extraordinary conservation experiment. This project isn’t about recreating an ecosystem, rather it’s creating a brand new one.

Kate Naughton is a geneticist and marine biologist.