Interronauts | Episode 5: T. rex lovers, toxin-testing lab-on-a-glove, the largest dino print & Martian atmospheres

By Jesse Hawley

7 April 2017

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Episode 5 of Interronauts is our d-d-d-inosaur special. We talk about the new tyrannosaur skull that reveals the terrible lizard’s sensitive side, and how Mars may have lost its atmosphere (spoiler: it was solar winds). On the CSIRO front, we talk about the new lab-on-a-glove, able to detect the deadly OP compounds on surfaces. And, being our dino special, we speak with Dr Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland about the Dinosaur Coast, the thrilling multitude of prints and an imprint from the world’s largest foot.

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Interview

We spoke with Dr. Steve Salisbury from the University of Queensland who was part of a team studying the Dinosaur Coast, near Broome, Western Australia. The Dinosaur Coast is one of the most diverse dinosaur trackways in the world and is now home to the world’s largest footprint at 1.7 m. Here’s a great write up from the ABC, and here’s the research paper.

Here’s an extended edition of the interview:

CSIRO news

hand in purple glove, fingers out stretched, three grey "wave" lines running down the index finger, black circle on thumb pad. background: blurred computers and cables in a lab setting.

The ‘lab-on-a-glove’ developed by University of California, San Diego and CSIRO can detect OP compounds, a group of toxic chemicals found in some pesticides. CREDIT: University of California, San Diego

Lab-on-a-glove: Swipe right on nerve agents

“The ‘lab-on-a-glove’ was designed specifically with the defence and forensic industries in mind, providing reliable, real-time and on-site chemical screening for rapid response to terror threats. But this clever device might also be useful in the food security industry to screen for contaminated food at the farm gate,” from our blog. Learn more about the handy little thing here.

 

 

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