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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

Bird Fossil Shared Earth with T. rex

4/2/2020
Dating back 67 million years, this representative of the group of modern birds has been dubbed the Wonderchicken (which is not an April Fools’ Day joke).

Duration:00:02:41

City Birds: Big-Brained with Few Offspring or Small-Brained with a Lot

3/31/2020
To make it in urban areas, birds tend to be either large-brained and able to produce few offspring or small-brained and extremely fertile. In natural habitats, most birds brains are of average size.

Duration:00:03:27

Coyotes Eat Everything from Fruits to Cats

3/30/2020
The diets of coyotes vary widely, depending on whether they live in rural, suburban or urban environments—but pretty much anything is fair game.

Duration:00:03:49

Tiny Wormlike Creature May Be Our Oldest Known Ancestor

3/29/2020
The bilateral organism crawled on the seafloor, taking in organic matter at one end and dumping the remains out the other some 555 million years ago.

Duration:00:02:49

Science News Briefs from around the Planet

3/29/2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about the discovery of an intact chicken egg dating to Roman Britain.

Duration:00:02:18

Help Researchers Track COVID-19

3/26/2020
By entering your health status, even if you’re feeling fine, at the Web site COVID Near You, you can help researchers develop a nationwide look at where hotspots of coronavirus are occurring.

Duration:00:03:16

Sick Vampire Bats Restrict Grooming to Close Family

3/26/2020
When vampire bats feel sick, they still engage in prosocial acts such as sharing food with nonrelatives. But they cut back on grooming anyone other than their closest kin.

Duration:00:02:55

Exponential Infection Increases Are Deadly Serious

3/25/2020
Listen in as I use two calculators to track the difference in numbers of infections over a short period of time, depending on how many people each infected individual infects on average.

Duration:00:04:26

Swamp Wallaby Reproduction Give Tribbles a Run

3/21/2020
They’re not born pregnant like tribbles, but swamp wallabies routinely get pregnant while pregnant.

Duration:00:06:32

Ocean Plastic Smells Great to Sea Turtles

3/19/2020
Ocean plastic gets covered with algae and other marine organisms, making it smell delicious to sea turtles—with potentially deadly results.

Duration:00:02:33

Ancient Clam Shell Reveals Shorter Day Length

3/17/2020
The growth layers in a 70-million-year-old clam shell indicate that a year back then had more than 370 days, with each day being only about 23.5 hours.

Duration:00:02:28

Snapping Shrimp Make More Noise in Warmer Oceans

3/11/2020
As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures.

Duration:00:02:23

Stress from Undersea Noise Interferes with Crab Camouflage

3/10/2020
In an example of how sea noise can harm species, exposed shore crabs changed camouflaging color sluggishly and were slower to flee from simulated predators.

Duration:00:03:32

Indigenous Amazonians Managed Valuable Plant Life

3/4/2020
Studies on very old vegetation in the Amazon basin show active management hundreds of years ago on species such as Brazil nut and cocoa trees.

Duration:00:02:42

Computers Confirm Beethoven's Influence

3/3/2020
By breaking 900 classical piano compositions into musical chunks, researchers could track Ludwig van Beethoven’s influence on the composers who followed him. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:03:00

Science News Briefs from around the World

3/2/2020
Here are a few brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from off the California coast about the first heart rate measurement done on a blue whale.

Duration:00:03:16

Introducing Life's Little Mysteries

3/2/2020
Life’s Little Mysteries is the newest Audioboom original podcast and co-production with Live Science. This podcast is for everyone and anyone who loves science and wants to know more about everything around us. Join hosts Mindy Weisberger and Jeanna Bryner of Live Science as they give you the lowdown on all things big and small that truly make you wonder. Life’s Little Mysteries has new episodes every Monday. Subscribe to Life’s Little Mysteries on Apple Podcasts:...

Duration:00:10:45

Jet Altitude Changes Cut Climate-Changing Contrails

2/25/2020
Increasing or decreasing the altitude of aircraft by a few thousand feet to avoid thin layers of humidity could make a major reduction to contrails’ contribution to climate change.

Duration:00:02:40

Thoroughbred Horses Are Increasingly Inbred

2/24/2020
Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the past 45 years, with the greatest rise occurring in the past 15 or so of them.

Duration:00:02:44

Pablo Escobar's Hippos Could Endanger Colombian Ecology

2/20/2020
Hippos that escaped from drug kingpin Pablo Escobar’s private zoo are reproducing in the wild. And with increasing numbers, they could threaten ecosystems.

Duration:00:02:51