Welcome to STEMology – Show Notes
Season 1, Episode 14
Stone Age Ravers, Singing Whales, Infected Ants and Weird Dreams
In today’s episode of STEMology, we’re going to talk to you about the lengths scientists have gone to understand the ancient wearing of amulets, how the almost extinct pygmy blue whale has been rediscovered in the middle of the ocean, how an infected ant can lead a longer life and weird dreams
This would be groundbreaking from the perspective of sound archeology… because there’s been no evidence of such instruments in the past, in this population. And according to ethnomusicologists… strong rattles of shells, bones, teeth, hooves, and beaks can be considered to be among the earliest musical or sound instruments known to have been used by human beings.
We write little algorithms to look for the kind of signal that the whales make
So what I found really interesting just to start off with was apparently, a single ant, can be infected by up to 70 parasitic larvae
Apparently there’s a thing called glymphatic drainage, which is something that, yeah, it’s basically a clearing mechanism. So when you go to sleep, there’s this drainage of the cerebral spinal fluid through the blood brain that removes metabolites and things like that.
This is a “kind of, sort of, vaguely close” copy of the words that David & Sophie speak in this episode.
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