Telepathic Rats and a Red-lored Amazon: SciShow Talk Show #10 | Summary and Q&A

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May 21, 2013
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Telepathic Rats and a Red-lored Amazon: SciShow Talk Show #10

TL;DR

In this Scishow Talk Show episode, Emily Grassley discusses animal skulls, showcasing a crabeater seal skull, and the hosts delve into a scientific study on rat telepathy.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is unique about the crabeater seal's teeth and feeding behavior?

The crabeater seal has specialized teeth with ridges called tubercles that fit together, allowing it to sieve water and capture krill. They can feed for about 16 hours a day using this feeding strategy.

Q: How does rat telepathy work?

Rat telepathy involves implanting electrode brain implants in rats, allowing them to communicate. One rat solves a problem, and the encoded signal is sent to another rat in a different location, which then solves the same problem in the dark.

Q: How do scientists plan to adapt rat telepathy to humans?

Scientists are exploring the possibility of making the communication wireless and using it to recreate sensations and feelings for amputees with prosthetics or teaching new skills without the need for conventional learning.

Q: What is the benefit of being a messy eater for birds like Amazon parrots?

Birds like Amazon parrots are messy eaters because they live in the jungle and need to eat quickly and move on. By dropping seeds or fruit while eating, they contribute to seed dispersal and aid in plant growth.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Emily Grassley brings in various animal skulls, including that of a crabeater seal, highlighting its unique teeth and feeding behavior.

  • The hosts discuss a scientific study on rat telepathy, where rats communicate through electrode brain implants, enabling one rat to solve problems and send the encoded signal to another rat, allowing it to solve the same task in the dark.

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