In this Episode of MostlyScience, Wes is joined by Holly Bunden and Chris James as they tackle some of the science headlines of the week. We learn all about the new world record for stargazing in Australia, new breakthroughs in understanding of what causes childhood cancer (Acute lymphoblastic leukemia), and a healthy discussion about the ramifications of the Nobel committee taking the Trump nomination seriously.
The current world record for the most people stargazing across multiple venues, set in 2015 by the Australian National University, is 7,960 people across 37 locations. With more than 200 stargazing parties registered and thousands of telescopes delivered across the country, organisers say another world record could be within reach. –> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-05-23/stargazing-abc-world-record-attempt-by-1000s-across-australia/9787990
Prof Mel Greaves, from the Institute of Cancer Research, has amassed 30 years of evidence to show the immune system can become cancerous if it does not “see” enough bugs early in life. It means it may be possible to prevent the disease. –> http://www.bbc.com/news/health-44199844
Donald Trump has been formally nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for the US President’s efforts to solve the North Korean nuclear tensions. A group of 18 of Mr Trump’s biggest Republican supporters in the House of Representatives sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee urging it to consider Mr Trump for next year’s award in recognition of “his tireless work to bring peace to our world.” –> https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/may/02/donald-trump-nobel-peace-prize & https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/03/donald-trump-formally-nominated-nobel-peace-prize-tireless-work/
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