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Category: Science

A fun take on the latest science news with enough data to sink your teeth into. Lagrange Point goes beyond the glossy summary and gets in depth with the research from across the world.

May 8, 2017

Episode 221 - Scorpion sea monsters, origins of mandibles and extracting dinosaur proteins

Sea-scorpions ruled the ancient oceans with a slicing tails. Finding the origin of the evolutionary success story of mandibles. Forget extracting DNA from dinosaur fossils, we learn of a new method using proteins to reconstruct the past.

May 1, 2017

Episode 220 - Cassini’s long goodbye, Bubbling lakes on Titan and Rings in a centaur

The long goodbye to Cassini will include close encounters of a ring kind. Plus what we can learn from Oil and Gas about the bubbling lakes of Titan. As well as the tiniest ringed object in our solar system - a centaur.

April 24, 2017

Episode 219 - The state of our reefs and lakes from Aus to Japan and the USA

What is the state of our marine ecosystems from Australia through to Japan and the Great lakes in the USA? What is happening to the Great Barrier Reef and what can we learn from islands near Japan on the future of our reef? Plus how does salting our roads impact the Great Lakes.

April 17, 2017

Episode 218 - When are you the most random Plus biases lurking in the algorithm

When are you at your most random? How do we measure random and what does it really mean to be random? Plus how underlying biases in data set can propagate through algorithms and the apps in our everyday lives.

April 10, 2017

Episode 217 - Tiny creatures with unique venoms and offence

Tiny creatures can pack a big punch but we need to be alert not alarmed. While Whitetail spiders are painful they're not as dangerous as media would have you believe. The cute blenny fish has a unique venom that can make predators chill out. Plus even plankton can hunt prey.

April 3, 2017

Episode 216 - A good offence is the best defence and unravelling jumping genes

Against viral infection, a quick offence is the best defence. So that's where a good playbook comes in with CRISPR. Plus making sure jumping genes don't unravel your DNA.

March 27, 2017

Episode 215 - The disappearing sea, complex earthquakes and antartic su

Salt from the past can help us understand the future decrease of the Dead Sea. Plus we find out how the 2016 quakes brought New Zealand closer together (literally) along with an update on Boaty McBoatface.

March 20, 2017

Episode 214 - Surviving by working together, infiltrating an empire and adapting to change

Infiltrating an enemy ant empire, taking them down from the inside. Spiders working together to survive. Species surviving a climatic disaster.

March 13, 2017

Episode 213 - Saving the tasmania devil and rhinos in zoos

The long running research efforts to save the Tasmanian devil is slowly but surely making breakthroughs. Plus the challenges of conservation as the efforts poachers go to kill animals has zoos across the world on notice.

March 6, 2017

Episode 212 - Regenerative medicine and DNA activated robots

Regenerative medicine has made some great strides include printing vascular networks and helped reconnect damaged nerves. Plus DNA activated robots that function on a molecular level.

February 27, 2017

Episode 211 - A treasure trove of new planets around Trappist

We've discovered a treasure trove of planets around Trappist. What does that mean in the search of intelligent life across the universe? How do we find exoplanets? What other earth like planets are out there?

February 20, 2017

Episode 210 - Studying language in the brain from poetry to McGurk

Studying language in the brain from the way we process words, recognise poetry and mishear with the McGurk effect. Are we hard wired to appreciate poetry? What happens when we see one sound but hear another? All this and more on Lagrange Point.

February 13, 2017

Episode 209 -Turning farming high-tech with Drone Bees, Electric plants and Big data crops

Farming becomes high-tech with electricity generating trees, farming crops of big data and robots bee-coming a polinator by swapping drone bees for drone UAVs.

February 6, 2017

Episode 208 - Asteroids and Meteorites from billions of years ago to today

What happened 470 million of years ago that has been showering us with meteorites ever since then? What connection is there between an explosion in meteorites with an explosion in life in ancient oceans? What do we know about meteorites today?

January 30, 2017

Episode 207 - Cannibal Criters, Killer mice and watchman plants

What turns hamsters into crazed cannibals? What part of the brain turns mice into hunter killers? How do plants signal when they're under attack from strange prey?

January 23, 2017

Episode 206 - Earthquake cluster and swarms from Italy to Tonga

Clusters of earthquakes from Italy to Tonga. What causes these strange swarms of earthquakes and what have we learnt from the recent disasters in Italy and Tonga?

January 16, 2017

Episode 205 - Asgardian connections to cellular life in strange places.

What is the Asgardian connection to the very beginning of life itself? How do we classify the different kinds of life at a cellular level? What was the spark that kicked it off? How does life survive in strange places like a glacier?

January 9, 2017

Episode 204 - Bee-ing one step ahead in the fight against antibiotic resistance

How can we bee one step ahead of bacteria in the fight against antibiotic resistance? How do bacteria hide and survive against all our countermeasures? What codes do they use?

January 2, 2017

Episode 203 - Saving time, resetting time and adding time

Saving time, resetting time and adding time. To celebrate new years we focus on some time related stories of science of the brain and of the very concept of time itself.

December 26, 2016

Episode 202 - Santa, the doppler effect and general relativity, plus cool reindeer

What's the connection between Santa, General Relativity and the Doppler Effect? How can reindeer help keep the planet cool, and what magic lies inside a reindeer's nose?