Science: How Humans Started Counting, Sea Anemones & ClownFish

The cross-discipline effort to work our how ancient humans learned to count.

In this episode:

00:45 Number origins

Around the world, archaeologists, linguists and a host of other researchers are trying to answer some big questions – when, and how, did humans learn to count? We speak to some of the scientists at the forefront of this effort.

News Feature: How did Neanderthals and other ancient humans learn to count?

07:47 Research Highlights

How sea anemones influence clownfish stripes, and how skin-to-skin contact can improve survival rates for high-risk newborns.

Research Highlight: How the clownfish gets its stripes

Research Highlight: Nestling skin-to-skin right after birth saves fragile babies’ lives

09:48 Briefing Chat

We discuss some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time, an upper limit for human ageing, and could tardigrades survive a collision with the moon?

Scientific American: Humans Could Live up to 150 Years, New Research Suggests

Science: Hardy water bears survive bullet impacts—up to a point

Views: Red-Tailed Hawk On The U.S.- Canada Border

A vole has made a fatal mistake and wandered into ‘The Slash’–the narrow cleared pathway that serves as a border to Canada. Out in the open, she’s easy to spot and a predator would need no second invitation.

The red-tailed hawk is a bird of prey that breeds throughout most of North America, from the interior of Alaska and northern Canada to as far south as Panama and the West Indies. It is one of the most common members within the genus of Buteo in North America or worldwide.

Medicine: The Future Of ‘MR Technology’ (Video)

We’re already integrating Adaptive Intelligence-powered applications into our MR systems, improving workflow and patient comfort, increasing diagnostic confidence, and increasing speed.

We’re already integrating Adaptive Intelligence-powered applications into our MR systems, improving workflow and patient comfort, increasing diagnostic confidence, and increasing speed.

Our Ingenia digital MR portfolio integrates Adaptive Intelligence-driven SmartExam analytics for automatic planning, scanning and processing of exams, helping improve the entire MR workflow, from image acquisition to reading preference.

News: Top 5 Stories For June 2, 2021 (Reuters)

Five stories to know for June 2: June 2: Biden on Tulsa massacre, Harris’ voting efforts, Dems on Texas, Florida’s ban on transgender athletes and Netanyahu faces uncertain future.

1. Joe Biden became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where hundreds of Black Americans were massacred by a white mob in 1921.

2. President Joe Biden announced Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the administration’s efforts on voting rights as Republican state lawmakers across the country attempt to enact voting restrictions.

3. Democrats celebrated the boycott by Texas state lawmakers that prevented sweeping new Republican-backed voting restrictions from becoming law over the weekend.

4. Florida became the latest and largest U.S. state to ban transgender girls and women from participating in female sports at schools.

5. Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and forming a new government after agreeing terms with several parties, a spokesman said.

Views: Rodin Museum In Paris Reopens (HD Video)

The Musée Rodin in Paris, France, is a museum that was opened in 1919, primarily dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites: the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris, as well as just outside Paris at Rodin’s old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon, Hauts-de-Seine. 

Reviews: EU Approves Insects As ‘Food’ (Video)

Insects have long been a staple food in Asia. In Europe, not so much. But diets are changing, with ever more people trying to avoid meat – for health or moral reasons, or because raising farm animals is less and less sustainable. Now, the European Commission has officially declared mealworms to be food. It’s a game changer for insect farmers, many of whom have so far operated under temporary license. Insects are rich in protein: Up to 70 percent of their entire mass is protein. In addition to that, they’re also rich in healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, like fish. Some insects, especially the mealworm, have over 14 percent of fatty acids – that’s seven times as much as fish.

Morning News: Meat Producer Cyberattack, Tokyo Olympics & Covid

The White House is stepping in after one of the world’s largest meat producers was targeted with ransomware believed to be from Russia. 

After experiencing a spring surge, Michigan is easing COVID restrictions. The Tokyo Olympics are still weeks away but some fear it could turn into a superspreader event.