A highlight from Strange News: Embezzlement in Florida, Viral Police Videos, Crustaceans are Horny for Plastic

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Back to the show. My name is matt. My name's knoll. they call me ben. We're joined as always with our super producer. Alexis code-named doc holliday jackson. Most importantly you are you. You are here and that makes this the stuff. They don't want you to know folks. I'm recording from a very remote location this week. But i didn't wanna miss the opportunity to speak with everyone today. We are recording. Today's strange news segment on monday. August sixteenth and some deeply. Troubling things are happening across the globe. Wherever you live you have probably already heard about the chaos sweeping afghanistan as us forces. Make a hasty retreat and city. After city after city falls to the taliban the recent footage of massive crowds mobbing the airport to escape kabul burs a shocking similarity to the fall of saigon in nineteen seventy five our thoughts as individuals and as a show or with the citizens of afghanistan. Many of whom were born. After the events of september eleventh which sparked the us most recent twenty year period of activities in a country historically under siege from one foreign government to the next. It seems the graveyard of empires has once again proven. Its nicknamed true and as we record. The taliban is reimplementing. Jakonen bans on music. Human rights especially those of women and much much more will have blow full episode on the way but for now. Please be aware that. This is a profoundly complex situation with a lot of history that isn't often mentioned. It's a complexity that isn't being fully explored in most western media. So if you are listening and have personal experience in this region love to hear from you please write directly conspiracy iheartradio dot com or give us a call one eight three three s. Td w whitey que but for now something different. It's often said that the course of true love never did run true and it seems this. Observation is just as relevant beneath the waves as it is on the shore as we've discussed at length in the past the world's oceans are in a state of crisis. Anshuman pollution has created existential threat to an enormous choke of the world. Sealife rising temperatures oil spills plastic everywhere. You name it you know. Living in the ocean was never easy and now the creatures beneath those waves are essentially playing the game of life on hard mode. Scientists still understand the full spectrum of long-tailed effects and consequences. They come from dumping so much junk into the water and this goes far beyond the harrowing photos of turtles caught in plastic six pack rings or fish whose bodies are riddled with micro-plastics yet. This isn't the typical story about waste. It is a striking and for context. It's important to say that according to the international union for conservation danger at least eight million tons of plastic end up in the ocean every single year. Furthermore plastics in general make up eighty percent of what's called marine debris from the surface waters all the way down through the abysmal playing to deep sea sediments. It is literally affecting every single kind of maritime organism. There's no real exception to this rule but the humble hermit crab and a couple of other. Crustaceans are having a weirder time than most. Because you see. The hermit crab and some of these other organisms may actually be into plastic dot. Can we get some kind of like sexy rb. Music ears in the plastic like into plast quiet storm level into plastic. Here's what happened. A research team at the university of whole has found an additive in plastic named olea might is causing hermit crabs to get kinda hot and bothered as well as some kinds of shrimp When they're exposed to this chemical their respiration rate increases which indicates some sort of excitement kind of excitement. Well it depends on who you ask. Some people claim it's a kind of attraction my record. Skip what no seriously. It's true only is known to be what's called a sex fare. Mown or info chemical this acts as a stimulant for some marine species including things like hermit crabs and shrimp the researchers specifically found that quote olea might also has a striking resemblance to oleic acid a chemical released by arthropods during decomposition and since hermit crabs are scavengers. They might miss identify. Olea might as a food source which creates a trap. Only might which most people probably have heard of is a cobb in plastic added. It's used as what's called a slip agent That's a lubricant. that's put on plastics. That need to be released from molds after they've been shaped this stuff william i'd also helps the internal structure of plastics flow smoothly and it's used in polypropylene which is in a ton of things like Food containers but it's also an organic molecule that is found naturally human blood plasma and animal fair moans in something called the cleaner shrimp. This stuff olea might has been found to Help catalyze a mating response in sexual partners because they sent this faira mon mon signals to them that it's time for you. Know a little adult shrimps. Swim so some pop. Science news sites focused purely on the sexual angle here but researchers and experts like chemical ecologist. Polish macher are quick to note. This chemical may trigger different responses in different animals. So yes william. I could help trigger that meeting. Response in cleaner shrimp but in hermit crabs shurmur says the substance seems to trigger. Something a little more like what we will call food attraction. It's a feeding stimulant i mean. Maybe it's best to think of how excited you might be if you've been craving pizza

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