Hear and Now: Echidnas Are the Coolest Monotremes Ever

Hear and Now: Echidnas Are the Coolest Monotremes Ever HowStuffWorks Now

Welcome to the roundup for this week's edition of the HowStuffWorks Now podcast.

Our first story, from host Lauren Vogelbaum, is something that many of us can relate to: fear of missing out, or FOMO. And, of course, we are missing out. Something is going on somewhere that we're not invited to, and social media just makes it easier for us to find out. Which may lead us to hop on social media more to boost self-esteem but also exposes us to negativity, which increases anxiety. It's a whole vicious cycle. Here's the link to the study from Nottingham Trent University that Lauren breaks down.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange wouldn't have been caught in that vicious FOMO cycle. That's because his internet access was cut off last week, thanks to the government of Ecuador, with whom he has sought asylum since 2012. Why did Ecuador do that? How will that affect WikiLeaks, if at all? Jonathan Strickland has the scoop.

Rounding out our trio of stories is a snippet from Robert Lamb on one of the cutest monotremes from Down Under: the echidna. It's not just adorable; it's helping to keep the Australian soil healthy. In the quest for bugs, short-beaked echidnas are digging through and aerating a lot of dirt. In fact, a dozen or so can move an Olympic swimming pool's worth, according to the researchers who studied these "spiny anteaters" and published their findings in the Journal of Experimental Biology.

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