Podcast: A burning body experiment, prehistoric hunting dogs, and seeding life on other planets
September 15, 2016•25 min
News stories on our earliest hunting companions, should we seed exoplanets with life, and finding space storm hot spots with David Grimm.
From the magazine
Two years ago, 43 students disappeared from a teacher’s college in Guerrero, Mexico. Months of protests and investigation have not yielded a believable account of what happened to them. The government of Mexico claims that the students were killed by cartel members and burned on an outdoor pyre in a dump outside Cucola. Lizzie Wade has been following this story with a focus on the science of fire investigation. She talks about an investigator in Australia that has burned pig carcasses in an effort to understand these events in Mexico.
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