Tag Archives: January 2022

Analysis: The ‘Bossy State’, Boris Johnson’s ‘Party’ Issues, U.S.-China Politics

A selection of three essential articles read aloud from the latest issue of The Economist. This week, beware the bossy stateBritain’s party-animal prime minister (11:45) and, why America and China are one military accident away from disaster (18:00)

Science: Cloning Saves An Endangered Species And Exoplanet ‘Super-Earths’

On this week’s show: How cloning can introduce diversity into an endangered species, and ramping up the pressure on iron to see how it might behave in the cores of rocky exoplanets.

First up this week, News Intern Rachel Fritts talks with host Sarah Crespi about cloning a frozen ferret to save an endangered species.

Also this week, Rick Kraus, a research scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, talks about how his group used a powerful laser to compress iron to pressures similar to those found in the cores of some rocky exoplanets. If these super-Earths’ cores are like our Earth’s, they may have a protective magnetosphere that increases their chances of hosting life.