Episode 301: The Pooping Population

 

This episode contains: This episode is full of anniversaries and sick burns. We also talk about the nonsense that is the 5G blocking USB stick that does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. We talk about it in depth, more depth than we were anticipating.

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-52810220

Biological Imperative: Migration patterns reveal an ‘Eden’ for ancient humans and animals. Researchers have discovered a new migration pattern (or lack of) at Pinnacle Point, a now-submerged region in South Africa.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200522140210.htm

Threat Level Brown: Sewage could signal impending burst of COVID-19 cases. Scientists took daily samples of sewage sludge from the East Shore Water Pollution Abatement Facility in New Haven, Connecticut, which serves a population of around 200,000 people. The researchers then measured the total amount of RNA in each sample, as well as the amount of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. This showed that levels of coronavirus rose over that time, peaked, and then decreased. This could be used to warn the public of impending cases of Covid-19. There hasn’t been any peer review on this study, so take it with a grain of salt.

https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/05/pooping-for-public-health-coronavirus-in-sewage-could-warn-of-outbreaks/

Science Fiction: Steven covers the delay of all Star Wars: The High Republic media in the face of the current pandemic. Ben talks about the delay in Picard Season 2 and how it could potentially help the show. Steven has been playing Space Haven on PC and give a mini-review on the space colony builder. Ben has rediscovered the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics and talks about the continuing seasons. Steven talks more about The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Ben and Steven talk about what HBO Max has and how it developed into a streaming platform.

 

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