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Season 1, Episode 27
Eggcellent formula, Face-planting geckos, Memory Transfer, and Cussing Ducks
In today’s episode of STEMology…
David & Sophie talks about the universal formula for an egg, the use of geckos’ tail when landing on a tree, how worms transfer memories to its offspring and how male musk ducks can mimic human speech
With those four parameters, you can stick that into equation and you can mathematically describe the exact surface of any egg, the exact surface of any bird’s egg in the universe
They created their robo gecko and they did a tail and tail-less (geckos) experiments and also different length tales. And what they found was in their trials, 55% of the trials involving the tailed robot, they were able to land successfully and 15% of no tail robots were able to land successfully.
The worm is taking up some bacterial RNA … it’s acting on its own genetic code and its germ cells, which will be like its reproductive cells basically. And that is changing the genetic code of these germ cells, such that when they produce offspring, the offspring’s nervous system works in a slightly different way, such that it’s programmed to now avoid this bacteria.
So basically, like we have sounds that Ripper is imitating years later, that will literally produce that he heard at like a very early age … And apparently they say in the paper, that’s consistent with how songbirds are primed to sing.
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