Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Alayna Hansen.
[00:00:58] We’re hosting Dr. Pamela Gay for a talk, Q&A session and live show in Melbourne on Wednesday 10 October! Tickets $20 from scienceontop.com/live and all proceeds go to the non-profit Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
[00:02:23] The government of Sierra Leone has announced the discovery of a new species of Ebola virus. Fortunately there’s no indication that it’s spread to humans yet, but that could be just a matter of time.
[00:10:23] Hurricanes Irma and Maria wreaked havoc on the Caribbean, causing extensive damage and hundreds of deaths. But it did provide a rare opportunity for a team to study how natural disasters affect the evolution of some small tree-dwelling lizards.
[00:16:52] Researchers are insisting that the hybrid cross of a melon-headed whale and a rough-toothed dolphin that was discovered in Hawaii is not a “wolphin”. So of course, everyone’s calling it a “wolphin”.
[00:23:08] For the first time physicists at the Large Hadron Collider have accelerated atoms at near the speed of light. Usually the LHC fires sub-atomic protons and atomic nuclei, so this is a big step up and could herald a new branch of particle physics exploration.
This episode contains traces of astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talking with Melissa Francis about the newly announced Space Force on Fox Business.