Listen to the latest from the world of science, with Benjamin Thompson and Nick Howe. This week, establishing climate change’s role in Australian bushfires, and revisiting Isaac Asimov’s thoughts robots.
In this episode: 00:46 Behind the bushfires
Researchers are working to establish the role that climate change is playing in the bushfires that are raging across Australia.
News Feature: ; The race to decipher how climate change influenced Australia’s record fires Editorial: Australia: show the world what climate action looks like 10:02 Research Highlights
The debate around how Vesuvius claimed its victims, and an ancient mummy speaks.
Research Highlight: ; Vitrified brains and baked bones tell the story of Vesuvius deaths Research Article: Howard et al. 12:21 Asimov’s legacy
This year marks the centenary of Isaac Asimov’s birth. We reflect on the impact of his writing on the field of robotics.
Essay: Isaac Asimov: centenary of the great explainer 21:00 News Chat
The latest on a new virus from Wuhan in China, and social scientists’ battle with bots.
News: Coronavirus: latest news on spreading infection ; News: Social scientists battle bots to glean insights from online chatter
Hear the latest science news, brought to you by Nick Howe and Benjamin Thompson. This week, why stress makes mice turn grey, and how to think about climate change.
In this episode: 00:45 Going grey
Anecdotal evidence has long suggested stress as a cause of grey hair. Now, a team of researchers have showed experimental evidence to suggest this is the case.
Research Article: ; Zhang et al. News & Views: How the stress of fight or flight turns hair white 08:39 Research Highlights
Ancient bones suggest that giant ground sloths moved in herds, plus an atomic way to check for whiskey fakes.
Research Highlight: ; A bone bed reveals mass death of herd of giant ground sloths Research Highlight: Nuclear-bomb carbon unmasks fraudulent luxury whisky 10:40 Climate optimism
To tackle climate change, the former UN secretary for climate change argues that the biggest change needs to be mindset.
Comment: Paris taught me how to do what is necessary to combat climate change 18:09 News Chat
The latest on a new virus from Wuhan in China, and insights from ancient African genomes.
News: ; China virus latest: first US case confirmed Research Article: Lipson et al.
From “MMGY Global’s 2019–2020 Portrait of American Travelers”:
Overtourism: Sixty percent (60%) of American travelers believe tourism overcrowding will have a significant impact on destinations they choose to visit within the next 5–10 years.
Climate Change: Forty-eight percent (48%) of travelers agree that climate change will have a significant influence on what destinations they want to visit in the next 5–10 years.