26 September 2019: Mysteries of the ancient mantle, and the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
This week, diamond-containing rocks may help uncover secrets of the Earth’s mantle, and a reflection on science since the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published.
In this episode:
00:46 Earth’s Evolution
Explosive eruptions have allowed researchers to study Earth’s mysterious mantle.
Research Article: Woodhead et al.; News and Views: Enigmatic origin of diamond-bearing rocks revealed
06:08 Research Highlights
Supersonic cork popping, and the timing of vaccines.
Research Highlight: An uncorked champagne bottle imitates a fighter jet; Research Highlight: Why midday might be a golden hour for vaccinations
07:53 Don’t Panic
40 years since the publication of the ‘Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy’ we reflect on how far science has come.
15:22 News Chat
A huge telescope with exquisite sensitivity is opening in China, and gene-editing to save bananas. News: Gigantic Chinese telescope opens to astronomers worldwide; News: CRISPR might be the banana’s only hope against a deadly fungusFor information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy