SoT 305: Dolphins Doing Backflips

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Professor Jonti Horner, Sarah de Garis

[00:01:22] The longest lunar eclipse in 18 years gave viewers in much of the world a stunning spectacle – a blood red moon.

[00:03:08] Radar data from the Mars Express probe has revealed a large lake of liquid water beneath the red planet’s surface.

[00:14:49] CRISPR is a defence mechanism used by bacteria against viruses. And it’s pretty good – but it has one major weakness that viruses exploit.

[00:22:22] Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Yale University have now made a significant breakthrough – by using gene editing to treat a genetic condition in utero. In mice.

[00:30:15] Dr Jurgen Otto loves peacock spiders – a lot. And his passion has let him on a journey through southern Western Australia in search of a tiny (but cute) spider he saw 23 years ago. Check out his site: Peacockspider.org

This episode contains traces of Journalist Simone Boyce discussing the lunar eclipse with Dr. Jackie Faherty and Hanneke Weitering on NBC’s “Space is Awesome” live stream.