Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall
00:01:18 Hyabusa 2, Japan’s latest sample return mission, has briefly landed on the asteroid Ryugu. It’s an ambitious mission looking at the building blocks of the solar system.
00:16:14 And what’s the point of dragging samples all the way back to Earth, when we can send whole labs to celestial bodies?
00:20:59 Echidnas are cute but spiky Australian native animals, with rather strange mating habits. But they’re in high demand on the illegal pet trade, so wildlife forensic scientists have developed a technique to track where they’ve been smuggled from.
00:28:34 The commercial arm of the Mars One plan to colonise the red planet has filed for bankruptcy. Was this an interplanetary Fyre Festival?
00:35:56 Australian scientists may have found a way of developing a universal flu vaccine, that would work against all strains and eliminating the need for yearly flu shots.
This episode contains traces of Mars One CEO Bas Lansdorp answering questions in a company-produced interview back in 2015.