SoT 337: Fear-Relevant Non-Slimy Small Animals

July 31, 2019

Hosts: Ed Brown, Penny Dumsday, Lucas Randall, Jo Benhamu

[00:00:26] A seemingly successful treatment of a nasty genetic disease would not have been possible without zebrafish.
[00:10:52] It may seem counterintuitive, but a strain of virus linked to the common cold has been used to treat patients with a type of bladder cancer.
[00:20:44] Fast Radio Bursts – the strong blasts of radio waves from distant galaxies – have mystified astronomers since they were first detected in 2007. But now for the first time, an FRB has been traced back to its host galaxy, 3.6 billion light years away!
[00:33:39] Psychologists have conducted a large survey of nearly 2,000 volunteers to determine which animals and insects people are most afraid of, and most disgusted by. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it didn’t go well for spiders.

This episode contains traces of astronaut Buzz Aldrin talking about the meaning of the Apollo 11 moon landing.