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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute of commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American.

Leading science journalists provide a daily minute of commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American.
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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute of commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American.

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English


Episodes

Bots Outperform Humans If They Impersonate Us

11/21/2019
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Bots masquerading as humans in a game outperformed their human opponents—but the their superiority vanished when their machine identity was revealed. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:35

Implanting Memories in Birds Reveals How Learning Happens

11/20/2019
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Researchers activated specific brain cells in zebra finches to teach them songs they'd ordinarily have to hear to learn.

Duration:00:03:11

Dogs Like Motion That Matches Sound

11/19/2019
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Pet dogs appeared more interested in videos of a bouncing ball when the motion of the ball matched a rising and falling tone. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:53

Egyptian Vats 5,600 Years Old Were For Beer Brewing

11/16/2019
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Archaeologists working in the ancient city of Hierakonpolis discovered five ceramic vats containing residues consistent with brewing beer.

Duration:00:02:55

Famously Fickle Felines Are, in Fact, Clingy

11/13/2019
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Cats are clingier to their human owners than their reputation would suggest. Karen Hopkin reports.

Duration:00:02:51

Aversion to Broccoli May Have Genetic Roots

11/12/2019
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Study subjects with a gene variant that heightened their sensitivity to bitterness tended to eat fewer vegetables than people who didn’t mind bitter flavors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:58

Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change

11/9/2019
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A measleslike virus is ricocheting through marine mammal populations in the Arctic—and melting sea ice might be to blame. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:43

Ant Colonies Avoid Traffic Jams

11/7/2019
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Researchers tracked thousands of individual ants to determine how they move in vast numbers without stumbling into gridlock.

Duration:00:02:36

Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents

11/6/2019
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In an analysis of chess and tennis matches, players rising in the rankings did better than expected against higher-ranked opponents and better than similarly ranked players who were not rising.

Duration:00:02:54

Familiar Tunes Rapidly Jog the Brain

11/5/2019
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Within just a third of a second of hearing a snippet of a familiar refrain, our pupils dilate, and the brain shows signs of recognition. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:03:06

Science News Briefs from around the Globe

11/1/2019
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A few brief reports about international science and technology from Brazil to Hong Kong, including one about male elephants in India exhibiting unusual social behaviors.

Duration:00:02:15

We Owe Our Pumpkins to Pooping Megafauna

10/31/2019
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The pumpkin’s ancestor was an incredibly bitter, tennis-ball-sized squash—but it was apparently a common snack for mastodons. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:35

Bird Egg Colors Are Influenced by Local Climate

10/30/2019
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In cold, northern climates, eggs tend to be darker and browner—heat-trapping colors that allow parents to spend a bit more time away from the nest. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:49

Crabs Do a Maze

10/29/2019
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Green crabs learned to navigate a maze without making a single wrong turn—and remembered the skill weeks later. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:54

Odd Bird Migrates Twice to Breed

10/24/2019
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The phainopepla migrates from southern California to the desert Southwest to breed in the spring before flying to California coastal woodlands to do so again in summer.

Duration:00:02:55

Piranha-Proof Fish Gives Inspiration for Body Armor

10/23/2019
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A gigantic fish from the Amazon has incredibly tough scales—and materials scientists are looking to them for bulletproof inspiration. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:31

Galloping Ant Beats Saharan Heat

10/22/2019
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The Saharan silver ant feeds on other insects that have died on the hot sands, which it traverses at breakneck (for an ant) speeds.

Duration:00:03:07

Some Mosquito Repellents Act like Invisibility Cloaks

10/21/2019
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Synthetic repellents such as DEET seem to mask the scent of our “human perfume”—making us less obvious targets for mosquitoes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:00

Your Skull Shapes Your Hearing

10/18/2019
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The resonant properties of your skull can amplify some frequencies and dampen others—and, in some cases, affect your hearing. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:33

Tardigrade Protein Protects DNA from Chemical Attack

10/16/2019
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The Dsup protein protects DNA under conditions that create caustic free radical chemicals.

Duration:00:02:36