SoT 284: The Executive Committee Range

December 11, 2017

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

[00:01:07] Antarctica is littered with volcanoes, and while there hasn’t been a major eruption in 8,000 years, there are signs that there might be one coming.

[00:12:48] Rock art in Saudi Arabia dates back thousands of years, and possibly features the oldest images of dogs.

[00:17:53] The “Cat’s Brain” long barrow in Wiltshire, near Stonehenge dates back to around 3,800BC. It’s recent excavation offers new insights into Britain’s neolithic civilisation. We were reminded of our fascinating discussion earlier this year with Dr. Lynne Kelly.

[00:22:32] When a star goes supernova it usually appears to us as a very bright star that hangs around for maybe 3 or 4 months. But a newly analysed supernova stuck around for more than 2 years, getting brighter and dimmer throughout that period.

[00:32:34] Researchers in West Australia have discovered and identified eight new species of spinifex grass, and one of them tastes like salt and vinegar chips!

This episode contains traces of “Come to Australia” by the Scared Weird Little Guys.