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Episode 4 – Cleaning up space junk, crystal armored ants & get moving

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Space Junk and the mission to clean it up

The European Space Agency has embarked on a noble mission to clean up Earth orbit with the help of a start-up based in Switzerland.

Crystal-armored ants

Leaf-cutter ants have crystal armor in their exoskeleton thanks to evolution

Doing more exercise to fight off the ill-health effects of sitting

WHO has come out with a recommendation to address the growing health concerns from having a sedentary lifestyle.

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Episode 3: Stopping the pandemic, rapid tests & social spiders

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What have been the most effective method in stopping COVID-19 spread

Stopping the spread of COVID-19 involves layers of methods coming together in unison

Frequent & rapid testing can help stop the pandemic in weeks

Early detection of those who have the virus, isolating or treating would speed up the victory against the pandemic

Social spiders

Spider colonies do exist and it’s remarkable!

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Episode 2: Mosquitoes, dog heaven, and the dark secrets of pet cloning

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Mosquitoes can learn to avoid humans that swat

A clever way on how mosquitoes improve their chances of survival by remembering which humans to avoid

How mosquitoes distinguish between blood and nectar

Only the female mosquito bites as it needs blood to lay eggs while their male counterparts feed mainly only nectar. Now we know how a mosquito tells one food source from the other.

Do all dogs go to heaven? Tracking human-animal relationships through the archaeological survey of pet cemeteries

Not only do we believe in life after death for pets, we also think they go to the same heaven as we do.

The ugly & cruel side of cloning pets

Genetics and cloning technology has given pet lovers the chance to have their pets back among the living. However, it usually comes at a heavy price.

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Episode 1 – Spiders can hear, social distancing bats, scary movies & a tribute to Sir Sean Connery

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Spiders that can detect sound waves

Ogre-faced spiders have organs in their legs that are sensitive to sound which they use to hunt prey

Social distancing vampire bats

Vampire bats social distance when they are sick which helps prevent the spread of diseases to other bats

What makes a horror movie scary

There are 7 elements that make a horror movie. A combination of these elements or a masterful use of one is what defines a horror classic.