SoT 259: That’s His Blowhole!

April 10, 2017

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

[00:01:03] The difficult thing to do when growing artificial organs is building the intricate networks of tiny blood vessels that keep the tissue alive. A team at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts found a simple way to do that: with spinach.

[00:12:00] Set to launch in 2018, the Solar Probe Plus is a mission to study the Sun from a very close distance – about 6 million kilometres. It will become the fastest manmade object ever built.

[00:21:49] A team of ecologists and microbiologists have been studying the bacteria found in the blowholes of killer whales. And while their results were somewhat worrying, they’re not as conclusive as many media reports have claimed.


This episode contains traces of Elon Musk after SpaceX successfully reused a rocket.