SoT 297: Creepy Masks Are Creepy

May 29, 2018

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Alayna Hansen, and Peter Miller.

[00:02:13] The internet blew up with the Yanny/Laurel audio illusion. Why do some people hear one thing, others hear another, and some people can hear both?

[00:08:50] A new look at old data reveals signs of plumes of water coming from Jupiter’s moon Europa.

[00:13:35] Watching Europa is Peter’s audio-visual artwork imagining life on Europa.

[00:23:02] The chytrid fungus is devestating amphibian populations, but geneticists have finally traced its origins back to the pet trade, and East Asia in particular.

[00:30:32] Ice cores have long been used to track global climate change, but a team from Oxford have studied ice cores for a more archaeological purpose – detailing the economic booms and busts of the ancient Roman empire.

[00:36:55] Australian magpies appear to have learnt the calls of other birds – eavesdropping on their communications to learn of nearby predators.


Alayna Hansen is a journalism student and freelance science writer Alayna Hansen, and composer and sound designer Peter Miller.


This episode contains traces of Deep Look’s video, “You’ve Heard of a Murder of Crows. How About a Crow Funeral?”