SciFriday: Drunken Wasps, Space Bacteria, and Humanity 3.0

THE UK IS under attack by Asian murder hornets and drunken German wasps. Weather conditions have produced a bumper crop of yellowjackets that don’t have anything better to do at this time of the year than eat fruit that’s fallen from trees and fermented, making them more aggressive than usual. Meanwhile, Giant Asian Hornets have been spotted in Devon and experts fear for England’s honeybees.

Also: We discuss news that seismographs detected a mysterious series of six explosions spaced exactly 11 seconds apart before the blast that devastated Beirut, the Scots language Wikipedia site that’s somehow been edited for years by an American teen who clearly does not speak Scot, and how humanity is being reshaped by the way information is filtered on the Internet.

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