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Friday, November 2nd 2012

On today's Mooney Goes Wild,

We find out why poisoned rats are proving deadly for our new population of Red Kites, and we’ll find out the origin of odd sayings like “as drunk as a newt” and “buying a pig in a poke”!

Launch Of Mooney Tunes 7


It's become a much-loved institution, and we're delighted to be able to tell you that tickets for Mooney Tunes 7, which takes place at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday, December 18th, are NOW ON SALE!!! But hurry, because they always sell out very quickly! Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan is at the NCH today to meet some of those queueing up for their tickets... Click here to find out more and book your ticket online! Tickets cost from €15 to €35, and you can also book 01 417-000. Lines are open today until 6pm today (Friday, 02/11/12), and between 10am and 6pm tomorrow, and you can visit the NCH Box Office during those times. Lines and box office are closed on Sunday, but of course you can book anytime online (subject to availability). And we are still accepting your submissions for stories and music that you would like to hear at the concert - click here for more details!

Million Puppets Launch

Have you heard about the protest that will take place outside the US embassy in Dublin tomorrow? What are we up in arms about now? Are the Americans stealing our jobs? No. McDonald’s just announced another 700 jobs here. Are the US Government still using Shannon Airport as a stopover for illegal rendition flights? What’s going on? To explain we are honoured to be joined on the programme today by someone who, in his own mind, is a builder, singer, politician, megastar, ladies' man, poet, artist, genius and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador - Dustin the Turkey!!

The Million Puppets March is to protest at Mitt Romney, the Republican Presidential candidate, who in the first debate with Barack Obama last month said he would cut funding to PBS even though he “likes Big Bird” (PBS make Sesame Street). Dustin also tells us about Anglo: The Musical!, by Paul Howard, which will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from November 14th - 25th. Tickets cost from €20 - click here for more info.

A Neutron Walks Into A Bar

Our panel have in studio a new book, called A Neutron Walks Into A Bar: Random Facts About Our Universe And Everything In It. A few of those random facts include:

  • Moon dust feels like snow and smells like gunpowder. It is mostly silicon dioxide glass created by meteors hitting the moon.
  • Clownfish undergo “Sequential Hermaphroditism”. After Nemo’s mum got eaten Nemo’s Dad should have become a female.
  • Hot water can freeze faster than cold water. No-one knows why. It’s called the Mpemba effect.
  • Rats can’t vomit, they have no gag reflex. Frogs don’t vomit either. They invert their stomachs out of their mouths, use their hands to clean them out and then re-swallow them.
  • Magnetism is more important than you think. Earth’s magnetic field keeps us from getting third-degree sunburn every day. -
  • And a little joke in honour of Maths Week, which took place recently: why are bacteria bad at maths? Because they multiply by dividing! (Boom boom)

The book is compiled by Humphrey Jones, Aoibheann Ní Shuilleabháin, Paul O’Dwyer and Maria Delaney, and Maria joins us in studio today… The website that Maria talks about is www.science140.org. All proceeds from the sale of A Neutron Walks Into A Bar: Random Facts About Our Universe And Everything In It go to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, and it retails at approx €14.99. For more information, click here.

Rodenticide Responsible For Red Kite Deaths

One of the most significant Irish wildlife stories in recent years has been the reintroduction of the red kite to Ireland after an absence of almost 200 years.

In his 2004 documentary, The Red Kite - Back From The Brink, Richard Collins gave us a glimpse of the world where red kites soared. You can listen back to Richard's documentary - and indeed all our nature documentaries - by clicking here.

Five years ago, the Golden Eagle Trust in partnership with the National Parks and Wildlife Service undertook a reintroduction programme that has to date released 160 red kites with great success.

A low point came late last year however with the deaths of nine red kites in Dublin. A post-mortem examination confirmed that rodenticide was the cause of six of those deaths. For more, Derek and the panel are joined today, from RTÉ Belfast, by Dr Marc Ruddock, Red Kite Project Manager with the Golden Eagle Trust.

Operation Iceberg

Cast your minds back to the last September 21st and reports of the dramatic decline in sea ice in the Arctic. The US National Snow and Ice Data Centre released figures which showed that on Sunday the 16th of September only 24% of the Arctic Ocean was covered by ice. That’s a new low, down from 29% in 2007. Mark Serreze, director of the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado spoke to us in September and explained that we’re getting very close to an ice-free arctic ocean.

Doug Allan
Doug Allan

BBC Cameraman Doug Allan is just back from the Arctic – you may have seen him on Operation Iceberg on the BBC this week. Doug believes that the ice may disappear from the arctic in around five years from now, as he explains to Derek and the panel today... To find out more about Operation Iceberg, click here, and to find out more about Doug Allan, click here!

The Island Landscape

RTÉ Television, in association with Mooney, is currently producing a major new documentary series on the history of the Irish landscape. The series will tell the story of how our landscape was created after the last major climatic event – the end of the last Ice Age, over ten thousand years ago.  And we want your help! Would you like to contribute video towards the TV series? Click here to find out what we're looking for!

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