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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute 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 . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Leading science journalists provide a daily minute 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 . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute 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 . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Language:

English


Episodes

Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching

5/27/2020
Exposed to mildly warmer waters, some corals turn neon, instead of bleaching white. The dramatic colors may help coax symbiotic algae back. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:15

Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn

5/22/2020
A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history.

Duration:00:02:38

Malaria Mosquitoes Are Biting before Bed-Net Time

5/21/2020
Mosquitoes that like to bite at night are being thwarted by bed nets, leading to the rise of populations that prefer to bite when the nets are not up yet.

Duration:00:03:19

We're Being Tested

5/15/2020
President Trump pointed out yesterday that if we didn't do any testing for the virus we would have very few cases, which forces us to confront the issues posed by testing in general.

Duration:00:02:10

Barn Owl Babies Can Be Helpful Hatch Mates

5/14/2020
Food sharing is mainly found in adult animals as a part of social bonding. But in a rarely observed behavior in birds, older barn owl chicks will share food with younger ones.

Duration:00:03:35

Donut Sugar Could Help Stored Blood Last

5/12/2020
Dehydrated blood that could be kept at room temperature for years may be possible thanks to a sugar used to preserve donuts—and made by tardigrades and brine shrimp so they can dry out and spring back with water.

Duration:00:02:56

Lemur Flirting Uses Common Scents

5/11/2020
To entice female ring-tailed lemurs, males rub wrist secretions, which include compounds we use in perfumes, onto their tail and then wave it near the gals.

Duration:00:03:16

Flamingos Can Be Picky about Company

5/7/2020
They don’t stand on one leg around just anybody but often prefer certain members of the flock.

Duration:00:03:00

Horses Recognize Pics of Their Keepers

5/5/2020
Horses picked out photographs of their current keepers, and even of former keepers whom they had not seen in months, at a rate much better than chance.

Duration:00:03:33

Tapirs Help Reforestation via Defecation

5/1/2020
The large herbivores appear to prefer disturbed areas over more intact ones and spread many more seeds in those places through their droppings.

Duration:00:03:01

Virus-Infected Bees Practice Social Distancing

4/30/2020
Bees infected with a virus cut back on interactions within their hive but find it easier to get past sentries at neighboring hives.

Duration:00:03:24

New Data on Killer House Cats

4/29/2020
Wild cats kill more animals than domestic ones do. But pet cats kill many more of them in a small area than similarly sized wild predators.

Duration:00:03:56

Science News Briefs from around the World

4/28/2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about what the eruption of Mount Vesuvius might have done to one ill-fated resident of Herculaneum.

Duration:00:02:21

Birds on Rhinos' Back Help Them Avoid Poachers

4/22/2020
Oxpeckers riding on rhinoceroses feast on ticks, and their calls warn the nearsighted herbivores about approaching humans.

Duration:00:02:54

Jane Goodall: We Can Learn from This Pandemic

4/21/2020
In a teleconference promoting her participation in Earth Day events on the National Geographic Channel, Goodall talked about what gives her hope during the pandemic and what she hopes we all learn from it.

Duration:00:03:21

Our 3,000th Episode

4/20/2020
Here are some “highlights” from the past 13.5 years of this podcast.

Duration:00:03:00

How Herbivore Herds Might Help Permafrost

4/17/2020
Introducing herds of large herbivores in the Arctic would disturb surface snow, allowing cold air to reach the ground and keep the permafrost frosty.

Duration:00:03:03

Lung Cancer Screen Could Be Easy Pee-sy

4/16/2020
In mice, a test for lung cancer involves nanoprobes that recognize tumors and send reporter molecules into the urine for simple analysis.

Duration:00:03:24

Obama Talks Some Science Policy

4/15/2020
As he endorsed Joe Biden today, former president Barack Obama touched on some environmental, economic and science matters.

Duration:00:02:10

Red-Winged Blackbirds Understand Yellow Warbler Alarms

4/13/2020
Researchers studying yellow warbler responses to the parasitic cowbird realized that red-winged blackbirds were eavesdropping on the calls and reacting to them, too.

Duration:00:03:16