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Spanning the globe to bring you the constant variety of science... the thrill of discovery... and the agony of failed experiments... the human drama of scientific advancement... This is the Blue Streak Science Podcast!

Dec 24, 2016

Chestnuts are roasting on a something-something, Jack Frost is nipping at whatever. Yes, it's that time of year!

Keep your Xmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa because there's Festivus for the rest of us. Let us sit around the aluminium Festivus Pole and tells stories of Festivi past. Feats of Strength, Airing of the Grievances, and peculiar feasts.

It's a Festivus Miracle, boys and girls!


What The Hell Was That?

Have a listen to this week's WTHWT!


Blue Streak Science News Roundup

These are summaries of our discussions on the podcast. For the full conversation please listen to this episode of the Blue Streak Science Podcast.

Dental hygiene, caveman style
Unlike the fictional character Austin Powers, it seems that humans living more than a million years ago in northern Spain had some idea of dental hygiene. The authors of this study, published in The Science of Nature, made this discovery by examining some of the earliest ancient hominin fragments ever found in Europe. These fragments, discovered in Sima del Elefante, Spain, are about 1.2 million years old.

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated waterhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsmtnprairie/25511417264
On 28 November a huge flock of snow geese flying south encountered a body of water in Butte, Mont. However, this wasn’t an ordinary pond. It was the 280 hectare Berkeley Pit, a former mine now submerged in water as acidic as distilled vinegar.

Woman gives birth thanks to ovary removed when she was a child
A woman in the UK is thought to be the first person in the world to have given birth after having the ovary removed and cryopreserved before she entered puberty. She was eight years old when she had her ovary removed before having chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant for the inherited blood disorder Beta Thalassaemia.

New studies suggest Greenland's ice sheet could melt far faster than currently thought
From Time.com, scientists find that rocks in Greenland now buried under 3,000 meters of ice were ice-free for long periods of time during the past 1.4 million years. This has led the scientists to predict that the Greenland Ice Sheet could melt much more rapidly than previously understood.

Current projections for sea level rise over the next few centuries would have to be revised upward, way upward, and that includes the recent predictions by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, according to a new study published last week in the journal Nature.


Blue Streak Pub Quiz

The Blue Streak team is on fire as they demolish this week's questions! Join in the fun, but you gotta be quick!


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