SoT 272: Raven Pocket

August 2, 2017

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

[00:03:41] An enormous iceberg breaks off from Antarctica. But did climate change cause it, like many news outlets claimed?

[00:13:34] Plants don’t turn caterpillars into cannibals. But hungry caterpillars will turn cannibal if the plant doesn’t taste nice.

[00:21:53] Gene modification tool CRISPR has been used to encode an animated gif in the genes of live bacteria. DNA could be the digital storage device of the future!

[00:34:03] Ravens are smart – they can use tools, and solve puzzles – and they may even be able to plan for the future.


This episode contains traces of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and Mars 2020 Project Scientist Ken Farley during a hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Space and Technology’s Space Subcommittee.