SoT 322: Captain’s Log

February 20, 2019

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall

[00:01:48] When researchers from the Max Planck Institute were looking at the teeth of an 11th or 12th century German woman they found tiny bright blue specks. This was a clue that illuminated the role women may have played in the history of book production.

[00:09:19] What if plants could be trained just like pet dogs? Spoiler alert: they can! Sort of.

[00:12:12] Also, plants can hear you with their ear-flowers.

[00:21:29] For spiders, their webs are also sensory organs. And depending on their body position, they can tune their webs to specific vibrations.

[00:28:29] No longer aimlessly drifting, the Earth’s magnetic North Pole seems to be moving determinedly towards Siberia.

This episode contains traces of Harrison Ford addressing the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit.