Quick Dip of world news and Dorktales Storytime Podcast episode swap

Jun 15, 2022 Episode 103

Quick Dip of world news and Dorktales Storytime Podcast Hidden Histories episode swap

Episode Transcript



LEELA: We’re taking you to the stars this week with space news, questions about Google’s artificial intelligence, Australia’s creepy crawly solution to plastic, Ireland’s “flying” boat and a sweet rescue from a chocolate factory.


OPENING STING – LEELA: “Hey, hey, hey. Listen up. New, new, newsy – Newsy Pooloozi!”


LEELA: Hello – I’m Leela.


MAMA: And I’m Lyndee.


LEELA: And we’re Newsy Pooloozi – the coolest news pool for curious kids and adults.


MAMA: Welcome to our summer special Quick Dips into the Newsy Pooloozi – followed by a fabulous episode swap with some of our dorkiest podcasting friends this week.


LEELA: That would be the fabulous Dorktales Storytime Podcast and Hidden Histories. But first, let’s dive into this week’s news with the…


BIG NEWS STORY STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “The big news story of the week!”


MAMA: The head of NASA has confirmed the space agency will be officially investigating if aliens have already visited earth.


LEELA: And when Bill Nelson says aliens, he means organic or… ROBOTIC!


MAMA: Yes, they’re going to try and figure out what that tic-tac looking Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon were that Navy pilots saw on their radar back in 2004.


LEELA: Speaking of robots… A new type of artificial skin – developed at the University of Glasgow – could give robots “near-human levels” of sensitivity to touch. Creepy!


MAMA: Speaking of creepy… Did you hear that Google has sent home an employee for saying that the company’s artificial intelligence chatbot – you know, the computer program designed to simulate conversation with humans, like at a bank or airline online – was actually “sentient?”


LEELA: Sentient is a fancy way of saying the AI is able to perceive or understand things. Like a HUMAN! OMG!


MAMA: OMG! I’m trying to be robot… Moving on to our second story…


NATURE STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “The call of nature. Get on your safari suit. Or squeeze into your scuba gear. And get ready to hop into a jeep. Or submarines. Submarine. Because Mother Nature is calling! Nature.”  


LEELA: We all know plastic pollution is a BIG problem. And we’ve discussed many solutions on Newsy Pooloozi before. But never one as creepy-crawly as this…


MAMA: We’re talking about plastic-eating super worms!


LEELA: Yuck!!


MAMA: Researchers in Australia have discovered a beetle that can eat a type of plastic called polystyrene!


LEELA: That’s one of the most common forms of plastic – like for making Styrofoam.


MAMA: And it’s not easy to recycle. Getting into our water streams and possibly even into our body.


LEELA: Enter the larvae of a certain species of beetle – usually called a super worm.


MAMA: Which can eat through polystyrene thanks to some special stuff in their gut called enzymes.


LEELA: We’re happy to say that the researchers are trying to replicate, or copy, this enzyme in a lab


MAMA: And then use THAT to gobble up the world’s excess plastic and NOT an army of super worms.


LEELA: Thank goodness for that!


MAMA: Next!

TECH STING – LEELA/MAMA: “It’s time for…. Technology News, technology news, tech news!”


LEELA: Have you seen the flying boat launched in Northern Ireland? Epic!


MAMA: But when Leela says flying she means it looks like it’s flying.


LEELA: But the reality is just as cool, trust me. Because this vessel has special HYDRO-FOIL wings – which are wing-like blades! – attached to the bottom of the boat.


MAMA: They rev up, push the boat up and out of the water, picking up speed, and pretty much looking like it’s flying.


LEELA: And did we mention this 10-tonne vessel that can carry 12 people is also eco-friendly electric powered.


MAMA: No nasty diesel in the water with this boat.


LEELA: Impressive!


MAMA: And finally…


ODDBALL STING – VARIOUS VOICES: “Step right up, step right up… Have a go at the lucky dip machine… What’s it gonna be today, eh? An oddball, no doubt!”


LEELA: Now getting trapped somewhere is no fun at the best of times. But imagine if you were trapped in a vat of chocolate? Deelish – or what?


MAMA: Unless you don’t like chocolate.


LEELA: Yes, if you don’t like chocolate this would be your worst nightmare. But who doesn’t like chocolate?


MAMA: Firefighters had a strange call from the Mars M&M candy factory in the US state of Pennsylvania a few days ago.


LEELA: Two people doing maintenance on a tank partially filled with chocolate – well, they fell in! Yummm!


MAMA: I’m not sure how yumm it was, the rescuers had to cut a whole out of the bottom to release them from the sugary sludge.


LEELA: Still, it’s yummmm!


MAMA: It’s unclear how they fell in or if they were injured, though they were taken to hospital for evaluation.


LEELA: Talk about a sticky situation…!


MAMA: Ha ha – nice one.




LEELA: Alrighty then we’ll be back next week with more wacky world news. But now…


MAMA: It’s time for a hidden history from the Dorktales Storytime Podcast. You might want to get your swimsuit on for this one.


LEELA: Or stay out of the water entirely,


MAMA: Yeah, come to think about it…


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