SoT 287: An Army of Clones

March 3, 2018

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

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[00:01:06] SpaceX successfully launched the most powerful operational rocket in the world, sending a car into space.

[00:12:34] An invasive species of crayfish has been tracked back to single animal, which reproduces by cloning itself.

[00:19:50] Researchers have found a surprising amount of bacteria-eating viruses in an unlikely place – women’s bladders.

[00:27:16] DNA analysis and facial reconstruction techniques have revealed a surprising portrait of a Cheddar Man, a human who lived in England 9,100 years ago.

[00:31:41] Palaeontologists have found spectacularly well preserved proto-spiders suspended in amber. The ancient arachnids had tails longer than their tiny bodies.


This episode contains traces of “Starman” being deployed into space to the music of David Bowie, and the celebrations of engineers at SpaceX.