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Boiling Point’s end-of-year review: The Top 5 Science Stories 2021

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2021 has been one tough year for everyone. But to round things up on a high note we figured we wanted to share our favourite science stories with our listeners. So tune in for the top 2021 science stories picked by your favourite Science Podcast, Boiling Point.

It’s all of your favourite hosts in one episode: Anastasia, Ben, Tim, Chon, and Cat! Each of us has picked our favourite story of the year. We chat mammals dreaming in the womb, ant and human brain evolution, a trip to Mars in a helicopter, the first double arm transplant, and the danger hiding in your pots and pans.

Pictured Felix Gretarsson after receiving arm transplant. Source: RTE Radio

Look out for more cool stories and guests in 2022 on BoilingPoint. You can keep up with all the Boiling Point news and podcast episodes through Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year from the crew at Boiling Point!


Double arm transplant Jan 2021 Felix (rte.ie)

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Mammals dream in the womb Aug 2021 Eyes wide shut: How newborn mammals dream the world they’re entering | YaleNews

Ant and Human brain October 2021 Frontiers | When and Why Did Human Brains Decrease in Size? A New Change-Point Analysis and Insights From Brain Evolution in Ants | Ecology and Evolution (frontiersin.org)

Mars Helicopter December 2021 NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter reaches a total of 30 minutes aloft (phys.org)