SoT 314 – Sensitive New Age Gorillas

November 15, 2018

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

[00:01:11] It’s an old computer trick, but a gyroscope on the Hubble Space Telescope has been fixed – with a shake and a reboot.

[00:08:22] The tiny worms in dung beetle brood sacks – which are sexually transmitted – are beneficial for the beetle larvae.

[00:14:33] Polychlorinated biphenyls – better known as PCBs – are industrial chemicals that have been banned in most countries for decades. But their legacy remains and has dramatic consequences for orcas and other marine mammals.

[00:23:38] Humpback whales go quiet, and sometimes even silent, when large boats are around.

[00:24:37] Why do male gorillas seem to enjoy babysitting so much? One possibility is that females choose good carers to mate with.

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This episode contains traces of Michael J. Fox talking to Alan Alda on the Clear and Vivid podcast.