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Season 1, Episode 36
Jerk-hating mongooses, logarithmic soup perception, tumour-killing parasites & dogs going full tilt
In today’s episode of STEMology…
Sophie & Dave talk about mongooses’ rejection towards jerks in its communities, calculating the perception of soup thickness using logarithm, killing tumour with kitty poop parasites and why dogs tilt their heads..
Mongooses hate jerks … They hate them so much to the point where like they will withhold grooming from jerk mongooses, which apparently is one of the most offensive things you can do in Mongoose society.
So they modeled that mathematically, so they could kind of objectively, calculate the total stress on their fluids by the your tongue and roof of mouth combo
And really interestingly, even though they’re injecting the parasite into these big tumors that they’ve made with the inoculation, they also saw shrinking in the tumors that were not at the primary site.
Apparently it (dog’s head tilting) could be a sign of increased concentration and attention, and also maybe evidence of what they call lateralization of processing of the information.
This is a “kind of, sort of, vaguely close” copy of the words that David & Sophie speak in this episode.
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