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Podcast Profile: 60-Second Science

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Site: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/60-second-science
500 episodes
2019 to present
Average episode: 4 minutes
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Podcaster's summary: Leading science journalists cover some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a deeper audio dive you can subscribe to Science Talk. To view all of our archived podcasts please go to https://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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List Updated: 2022-Sep-28 12:10 UTC. Episodes: 500. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Sep-27 • 8 minutes
What the Disease Feels Like, and Presidents Can't End Pandemics: COVID, Quickly, Episode 39
What the Disease Feels Like, and Presidents Can't End Pandemics: COVID, Quickly, Episode 39
2022-Sep-23 • 6 minutes
These Spiders Use Their Webs like Huge, Silky Ears
These Spiders Use Their Webs like Huge, Silky Ears
2022-Sep-21 • 3 minutes
Chewing Consumes a Surprising Amount of Energy
Chomping on food takes so much energy that it shaped human evolution. Our ancestors spent many hours a day chewing, which may have shaped our teeth and jaws.
2022-Sep-16 • 4 minutes
These Bats Buzz like Bees to Save Their Own Lives
These Bats Buzz like Bees to Save Their Own Lives
2022-Sep-13 • 7 minutes
Unvaxxed Kids and 8 Days a Week (of Isolation): COVID, Quickly, Episode 38
This is our second back-to-school special episode of COVID. Quickly . Today we talk about two big issues: the low vaccination rates among the littlest kids and how long you should quarantine after being sick (actually).
2022-Sep-09 • 8 minutes
Listen to Images from the James Webb Space Telescope
Listen to Images from the James Webb Space Telescope
2022-Sep-07 • 2 minutes
These Tiny Pollinators Can Travel Surprisingly Huge Distances
These Tiny Pollinators Can Travel Surprisingly Huge Distances
2022-Aug-31 • 7 minutes
During a Heat Wave, You Can Blast the AC, but What Does a Squirrel Do?
During a Heat Wave, You Can Blast the AC, but What Does a Squirrel Do?
2022-Aug-30 • 8 minutes
Back-to-School Special: Kids, Tests and Long COVID Reassurance: COVID, Quickly, Episode 37
Back-to-School Special: Kids, Tests and Long COVID Reassurance: COVID, Quickly, Episode 37
2022-Aug-26 • 3 minutes
This Artificial Intelligence Learns like a Baby
This Artificial Intelligence Learns like a Baby
2022-Aug-25 • 10 minutes
Understanding the Inner Workings of Stars [Sponsored]
Conny Aerts is an astrophysicist and a pioneer of asteroseismology. This year she shared the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for her research and leadership that has laid the foundations of solar and stellar structure theory, and revolutionized our understanding of the interiors of stars.
2022-Aug-24 • 3 minutes
Dogs Actually Tear Up When Their Owners Come Home
Dogs Actually Tear Up When Their Owners Come Home
2022-Aug-23 • 10 minutes
A Lifelong Quest to Improve Mental Health among Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
A Lifelong Quest to Improve Mental Health among Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
2022-Aug-19 • 10 minutes
How Next-Generation Sequencing Can Enable Precision Oncology [Sponsored]
How Next-Generation Sequencing Can Enable Precision Oncology [Sponsored]
2022-Aug-19 • 8 minutes
Hawking, a Paradox and a Black Hole Mystery, Solved?
We do not have a theory to tell us everything about how a black hole works, but new research is shedding a least some light on one of their many mysteries.
2022-Aug-16 • 10 minutes
Monkeypox Update and Homing in on Long COVID: COVID, Quickly, Episode 36
Monkeypox Update and Homing in on Long COVID: COVID, Quickly, Episode 36
2022-Aug-15 • 11 minutes
Fueling Patients' Drive to Treatment [Sponsored]
Fueling Patients' Drive to Treatment [Sponsored]
2022-Aug-12 • 7 minutes
Researchers Created a Potion That Turns Loud Lions into Placid Pussycats
Researchers Created a Potion That Turns Loud Lions into Placid Pussycats
2022-Aug-10 • 8 minutes
Reaching the Root of Disparities in Cancer Care [Sponsored]
Reaching the Root of Disparities in Cancer Care [Sponsored]
2022-Aug-10 • 6 minutes
For Some Dolphins, the Key to Mating is Rolling with a Tight, Noisy Crew
For Some Dolphins, the Key to Mating is Rolling with a Tight, Noisy Crew
2022-Aug-03 • 11 minutes
A Source of Integrative Support for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
A Source of Integrative Support for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
2022-Aug-02 • 8 minutes
How Common Are Reinfections? And How Trust Can Beat the Virus: COVID, Quickly, Episode 35
How Common Are Reinfections? And How Trust Can Beat the Virus: COVID, Quickly, Episode 35
2022-Jul-29 • 10 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Molecules [Sponsored]
Jacob Sagiv is a chemist who studies properties of self-assembled monolayers. This year, he shared The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for his research.
2022-Jul-27 • 9 minutes
Transforming the Trajectory of Lung Cancer [Sponsored]
Lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer deaths in the world. But how many lives would be saved if doctors could diagnose and treat it before it progresses?
2022-Jul-22 • 3 minutes
Polar Bears That Persist
A new subpopulation of Greenland polar bears offers insights into how this species might hang on as Arctic ice disappears.
2022-Jul-12 • 7 minutes
Omicron's Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34
Omicron's Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34
2022-Jun-30 • 3 minutes
A Remote-Controlled Carnivorous Plant?
Researchers design an artificial neuron that can trigger closure of a Venus flytrap.
2022-Jun-27 • 8 minutes
Kids' Vaccines at Last and Challenges in Making New Drugs: COVID, Quickly, Episode 33
Kids' Vaccines at Last and Challenges in Making New Drugs: COVID, Quickly, Episode 33
2022-Jun-24 • 4 minutes
How AI Facial Recognition Is Helping Conserve Pumas
Researchers tricked out conventional camera traps to snap headshots of Puma concolor, revealing a better way to track the elusive species.
2022-Jun-17 • 9 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration [Sponsored]
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Neurodevelopment and Neurodegeneration [Sponsored]
2022-Jun-16 • 4 minutes
Female CEOs Change How Firms Talk about Women
Female CEOs Change How Firms Talk about Women
2022-Jun-13 • 8 minutes
COVID Death Rates Explained, Dismal Booster Stats and New Vaccines
COVID Death Rates Explained, Dismal Booster Stats and New Vaccines
2022-Jun-08 • 4 minutes
Hedgehogs Host the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance
Bacteria resistant to methicillin emerged in hedgehogs long before the drug was prescribed to treat infections.
2022-Jun-03 • 3 minutes
Meerkats Are Getting Climate Sick
For meerkats in the Kalahari Desert, rising temperatures spark deadly outbreaks of tuberculosis.
2022-May-31 • 8 minutes
'Where Are Vaccines for Little Kids?' and the Latest on Long COVID
'Where Are Vaccines for Little Kids?' and the Latest on Long COVID
2022-May-20 • 5 minutes
Your Phone Could Be Used to Prosecute for Getting an Abortion: Here's How
Technology editor Sophie Bushwick breaks down the precedent for using your phone to monitor personal health data.
2022-May-19 • 5 minutes
If Sea Ice Melts in the Arctic, Do Trees Burn in California?
A new study links sea ice decline with increasing wildfire weather in the Western U.S.
2022-May-16 • 8 minutes
How to Care for COVID at Home, and Is That Sniffle Allergies or the Virus? COVID Quickly, Episode 30
How to Care for COVID at Home, and Is That Sniffle Allergies or the Virus? COVID Quickly, Episode 30
2022-May-12 • 4 minutes
How Astronomers Finally Captured a Photo of our Own Galaxy's Black Hole
How Astronomers Finally Captured a Photo of our Own Galaxy's Black Hole
2022-May-10 • 6 minutes
Two-Headed Worms Tell Us Something Fascinating about Evolution
Two-Headed Worms Tell Us Something Fascinating about Evolution
2022-May-06 • 6 minutes
The Harmful Effects of Overturning Roe v. Wade
A landmark study of women who were turned away from getting the procedure found that being forced to have a child worsened their health and economic status.
2022-May-02 • 6 minutes
Safer Indoor Air, and People Want Masks on Planes and Trains: COVID Quickly, Episode 29
Safer Indoor Air, and People Want Masks on Planes and Trains: COVID Quickly, Episode 29
2022-Apr-25 • 4 minutes
Climate Change Is Shrinking Animals, Especially Bird-Brained Birds
As the world warms, many animals are getting smaller. For birds, new research shows what they have upstairs may just make a different in how much smaller they get.
2022-Apr-20 • 6 minutes
Cosmic Simulation Shows How Dark-Matter-Deficient Galaxies Confront Goliath and Survive
Cosmic Simulation Shows How Dark-Matter-Deficient Galaxies Confront Goliath and Survive
2022-Apr-15 • 7 minutes
Venturing Back to the Office and the Benefits of Hybrid Immunity: COVID Quickly, Episode 28
Venturing Back to the Office and the Benefits of Hybrid Immunity: COVID Quickly, Episode 28
2022-Apr-13 • 4 minutes
Science Finally Has a Good Idea about Why We Stutter
A glitch in speech initiation gives rise to the repetition that characterizes stuttering.
2022-Apr-12 • 5 minutes
Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast
Love Computers? Love History? Listen to This Podcast
2022-Apr-08 • 6 minutes
Probiotics Could Help Save Overheated Corals
Probiotics Could Help Save Overheated Corals
2022-Apr-05 • 2 minutes
The History of the Milky Way Comes into Focus
The History of the Milky Way Comes into Focus
2022-Apr-01 • 9 minutes
Second Boosters, Masks in the Next Wave and Smart Risk Decisions: COVID Quickly, Episode 27
Second Boosters, Masks in the Next Wave and Smart Risk Decisions: COVID Quickly, Episode 27
2022-Mar-30 • 5 minutes
New Research Decodes the Sea Cow's Hidden Language
New Research Decodes the Sea Cow's Hidden Language
2022-Mar-25 • 4 minutes
Does This Look like a Face to You?
Does This Look like a Face to You?
2022-Mar-23 • 2 minutes
Some Good News about Corals and Climate Change
A nearly two-year-long study of Hawaiian corals suggests some species may be better equipped to handle warmer, more acidic waters than previously believed.
2022-Mar-18 • 9 minutes
Florida Gets Kids and Vaccines Wrong and Ukraine's Health Crisis: COVID Quickly, Episode 26
Florida Gets Kids and Vaccines Wrong and Ukraine's Health Crisis: COVID Quickly, Episode 26
2022-Mar-15 • 12 minutes
Are You Better Than a Machine at Spotting a Deepfake?
Are You Better Than a Machine at Spotting a Deepfake?
2022-Mar-11 • 6 minutes
A Treasure Trove of Dinosaur Bones in Italy Rewrites the Local Prehistoric Record
New fossils are changing a decades-old story about the species that roamed the Mediterranean 80 million years ago.
2022-Mar-08 • 2 minutes
Chimps Apply Insects to Their Wounds
Chimps Apply Insects to Their Wounds
2022-Mar-04 • 7 minutes
The Push to Move Past the Pandemic: COVID Quickly, Episode 25
The Push to Move Past the Pandemic: COVID Quickly, Episode 25
2022-Mar-03 • 10 minutes
Researchers Analyzed Folk Music like It Was DNA: They Found Parallels between Life and Art
Researchers Analyzed Folk Music like It Was DNA: They Found Parallels between Life and Art
2022-Feb-25 • 2 minutes
How Hong Kong 'Sees' Invisible Tailpipe Emissions and Pulls Polluters Off the Road
How Hong Kong 'Sees' Invisible Tailpipe Emissions and Pulls Polluters Off the Road
2022-Feb-22 • 7 minutes
This Maine Farm Is Harvesting the Sun's Power while it Picks the Blueberries
This Maine Farm Is Harvesting the Sun's Power while it Picks the Blueberries
2022-Feb-15 • 6 minutes
Tracking Outbreaks through Sewers, and Kids' Vaccines on Hold Again: COVID Quickly, Episode 24
Tracking Outbreaks through Sewers, and Kids' Vaccines on Hold Again: COVID Quickly, Episode 24
2022-Feb-14 • 5 minutes
The Romantic Temptation of the Monogamous Prairie Vole
The Romantic Temptation of the Monogamous Prairie Vole
2022-Feb-11 • 6 minutes
Answering an Age-Old Mystery: How Do Birds Actually Fly?
Equally surprising is the fact that we still do not know how birds actually stay airborne.
2022-Feb-04 • 6 minutes
More Kids Get COVID, Long Haulers and a Vaccine Milestone: COVID Quickly, Episode 23
More Kids Get COVID, Long Haulers and a Vaccine Milestone: COVID Quickly, Episode 23
2022-Feb-02 • 6 minutes
What Is the Shape of This Word?
What Is the Shape of This Word?
2022-Jan-25 • 2 minutes
Tiger Sharks, Tracked over Decades, Are Shifting Their Haunts with Ocean Warming
Tiger Sharks, Tracked over Decades, Are Shifting Their Haunts with Ocean Warming
2022-Jan-20 • 6 minutes
How Marine Wildlife Can Coexist with Offshore Wind [Sponsored]
Harnessing the wind to blow back emissions is not without its own impacts, so researchers are developing technologies to coexist with whales and other ocean-dwelling species.
2022-Jan-19 • 7 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 22: Colds Build COVID Immunity and the Omicron Vaccine Delay
COVID Quickly, Episode 22: Colds Build COVID Immunity and the Omicron Vaccine Delay
2022-Jan-10 • 5 minutes
The Surprising Physics of Finger Snapping
You might not think that you can generate more body acceleration than a big-league baseball pitcher, but new research shows you can.
2022-Jan-03 • 4 minutes
Salvador Dali's Creative Secret Is Backed by Science
The painter described falling into the briefest of slumbers to refresh his mind. Now scientists have shown the method is effective at inducing creativity.
2021-Dec-27 • 10 minutes
A Growing Force of Fiery Zombies Threatens Cold Northern Forests
A Growing Force of Fiery Zombies Threatens Cold Northern Forests
2021-Dec-21 • 5 minutes
Listen to This New Podcast: Lost Women of Science
Listen to This New Podcast: Lost Women of Science
2021-Dec-20 • 3 minutes
Canary Islands Eruption Resets Volcano Forecasts
Canary Islands Eruption Resets Volcano Forecasts
2021-Dec-17 • 5 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 21: Vaccines against Omicron and Pandemic Progress
COVID Quickly, Episode 21: Vaccines against Omicron and Pandemic Progress
2021-Dec-14 • 9 minutes
As Forests Burn, a Climate Puzzle Materializes in the Far North
A 15-year study of where carbon lies in boreal forests has unearthed a surprising finding.
2021-Dec-08 • 2 minutes
Astronomers Spot Two Dust Bunnies Hiding in the Early Universe
Astronomers Spot Two Dust Bunnies Hiding in the Early Universe
2021-Dec-03 • 7 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 20: The Omicron Scare, and Anti-COVID Pills Are Coming
COVID Quickly, Episode 20: The Omicron Scare, and Anti-COVID Pills Are Coming
2021-Dec-01 • 12 minutes
To Better Persuade a Human, a Robot Should Use This Trick
A new study finds that, for robots, overlords are less persuasive than peers.
2021-Nov-26 • 6 minutes
Redo of a Famous Experiment on the Origins of Life Reveals Critical Detail Missed for Decades
Redo of a Famous Experiment on the Origins of Life Reveals Critical Detail Missed for Decades
2021-Nov-19 • 9 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 19: Mandate Roadblocks, Boosters for All and Sickness in the Zoo
COVID Quickly, Episode 19: Mandate Roadblocks, Boosters for All and Sickness in the Zoo
2021-Nov-12 • 3 minutes
Flocking Together May Have Helped Dinosaurs Dominate the Earth
Flocking Together May Have Helped Dinosaurs Dominate the Earth
2021-Nov-10 • 8 minutes
Engineered Bacteria Use Air Bubbles as Acoustically Detonated Tumor TNT
Ultrasound triggered cells home in on tumors and then self destruct to deliver damage or therapeutics from inside.
2021-Nov-05 • 7 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 18: Vaccines for Kids and the Limits of Natural Immunity
COVID Quickly, Episode 18: Vaccines for Kids and the Limits of Natural Immunity
2021-Oct-31 • 7 minutes
These Bugs Produce Smelly Defenses That Need to Be Heard to Be Believed
You read that right. Researchers have taken the chemical defenses of some insects and turned them into sounds , which, it turns out, repel people just as well.
2021-Oct-28 • 7 minutes
For Some Parents, Hiding a Dead Body Shows How Much You Care
For Some Parents, Hiding a Dead Body Shows How Much You Care
2021-Oct-25 • 3 minutes
Date of the Vikings' First Atlantic Crossing Revealed by Rays from Space
By dating the remnants of trees felled in Newfoundland, scientists have determined that the Norse people likely first set foot in the Americas in the year A.D. 1021.
2021-Oct-22 • 7 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 17: Vaccine Lies and Protecting Immunocompromised People
COVID Quickly, Episode 17: Vaccine Lies and Protecting Immunocompromised People
2021-Oct-20 • 5 minutes
How Can an Elephant Squeak Like a Mouse?
How Can an Elephant Squeak Like a Mouse?
2021-Oct-15 • 7 minutes
Beethoven's Unfinished 10th Symphony Brought to Life by Artificial Intelligence
Beethoven's Unfinished 10th Symphony Brought to Life by Artificial Intelligence
2021-Oct-14 • 6 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding the Universe [Sponsored]
Ewine van Dishoeck received the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics in 2018 for elucidating the life cycle of interstellar clouds and the formation of stars and planets. What other mysteries of space are left to be uncovered?
2021-Oct-13 • 8 minutes
A Canary in an Ice-Rich, Slumping Rock Glacier in Alaska
A Canary in an Ice-Rich, Slumping Rock Glacier in Alaska
2021-Oct-08 • 5 minutes
COVID Quickly, Episode 16: Vaccines Protect Pregnancies and a New Antiviral Pill
COVID Quickly, Episode 16: Vaccines Protect Pregnancies and a New Antiviral Pill
2021-Oct-05 • 6 minutes
The Mystery of Water Drops That Skate Across Oil at Impossible Speeds
The speed of these self-propelling droplets on a hot-oil surface seemed to defy physics until researchers broke out the super-slow-motion camera.
2021-Oct-01 • 4 minutes
Night Flights Are No Sweat for Tropical Bees
New research uses night vision to see how nocturnal bees navigate the dark.
2021-Sep-28 • 3 minutes
These Bacteria Steal from Iron and Could Be Secretly Helping to Curb Climate Change
These Bacteria Steal from Iron and Could Be Secretly Helping to Curb Climate Change
2021-Sep-24 • 8 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 15: Booster Shot Approvals--plus Vaccines for Kids?
COVID, Quickly, Episode 15: Booster Shot Approvals--plus Vaccines for Kids?
2021-Sep-21 • 4 minutes
Dinosaurs Lived--and Made Little Dinos--in the Arctic
Dinosaurs Lived--and Made Little Dinos--in the Arctic
2021-Sep-17 • 5 minutes
During a Rodent Quadrathlon, Researchers Learn That Ground Squirrels Have Personalities
During a Rodent Quadrathlon, Researchers Learn That Ground Squirrels Have Personalities
2021-Sep-15 • 4 minutes
A Car Crash Snaps the Daydreaming Mind into Focus
A Car Crash Snaps the Daydreaming Mind into Focus
2021-Sep-10 • 8 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 14: Best Masks, Explaining Mask Anger, Biden's New Plan
COVID, Quickly, Episode 14: Best Masks, Explaining Mask Anger, Biden's New Plan
2021-Sep-09 • 7 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Atoms [Sponsored]
Gerd Binnig shared The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience in 2016 for inventing the atomic force microscope. What transformative impact has this invention had on nanoscience?
2021-Sep-08 • 3 minutes
In Missouri, a Human 'Bee' Works to Better Understand Climate Change's Effects
In Missouri, a Human 'Bee' Works to Better Understand Climate Change's Effects
2021-Sep-03 • 5 minutes
These Baby Bats, like Us, Were Born to Babble
The greater sac-winged bat develops its own language in much the way we do.
2021-Aug-31 • 6 minutes
Their Lives Have Been Upended by Hurricane Ida
Their Lives Have Been Upended by Hurricane Ida
2021-Aug-27 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 13: Vaccine Approval, Breakthrough Infections, Boosters
COVID, Quickly, Episode 13: Vaccine Approval, Breakthrough Infections, Boosters
2021-Aug-24 • 4 minutes
Flexible Microprocessor Could Enable an 'Internet of Everything'
Flexible Microprocessor Could Enable an 'Internet of Everything'
2021-Aug-20 • 6 minutes
Years Before COVID-19, Zombies Helped Prepare One Hospital System for the Real Pandemic
Years Before COVID-19, Zombies Helped Prepare One Hospital System for the Real Pandemic
2021-Aug-17 • 6 minutes
The Incredible, Reanimated 24,000-Year-Old Rotifer
The Incredible, Reanimated 24,000-Year-Old Rotifer
2021-Aug-12 • 3 minutes
Astronomers Find an Unexpected Bumper Crop of Black Holes
In trying to explain the spectacular star trails of the star cluster Palomar 5, astronomers stumbled on a very large trove of black holes.
2021-Aug-10 • 7 minutes
Inside Millions of Invisible Droplets, Potential Superbug Killers Grow
New research has created microscopic antibiotic factories in droplets that measure a trillionth of liter in volume.
2021-Aug-04 • 3 minutes
The Secret behind Songbirds' Magnetic Migratory Sense
A molecule found in the retinas of European robins seems to be able to sense weak magnetic fields, such as that of Earth, after it is exposed to light.
2021-Jul-30 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 12: Masking Up Again and Why People Refuse Shots
COVID, Quickly, Episode 12: Masking Up Again and Why People Refuse Shots
2021-Jul-22 • 6 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Touch [Sponsored]
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Touch [Sponsored]
2021-Jul-21 • 3 minutes
Moths Have an Acoustic Invisibility Cloak to Stay under Bats' Radar
Moths Have an Acoustic Invisibility Cloak to Stay under Bats' Radar
2021-Jul-16 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 11: Vaccine Booster Shots, and Reopening Offices Safely
COVID, Quickly, Episode 11: Vaccine Booster Shots, and Reopening Offices Safely
2021-Jul-07 • 4 minutes
Your Brain Does Something Amazing between Bouts of Intense Learning
Your Brain Does Something Amazing between Bouts of Intense Learning
2021-Jul-01 • 7 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 10: Long Haulers, Delta Woes and Barbershop Shots
COVID, Quickly, Episode 10: Long Haulers, Delta Woes and Barbershop Shots
2021-Jun-23 • 5 minutes
This Newly Discovered Species of Tree Hyrax Goes Bark in the Night
This Newly Discovered Species of Tree Hyrax Goes Bark in the Night
2021-Jun-18 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 9: Delta Variant, Global Vaccine Shortfalls, Beers for Shots
COVID, Quickly, Episode 9: Delta Variant, Global Vaccine Shortfalls, Beers for Shots
2021-Jun-16 • 5 minutes
Animal Kids Listen to Their Parents Even before Birth
Animal Kids Listen to Their Parents Even before Birth
2021-Jun-11 • 2 minutes
For African Elephants, Pee Could Be a Potent Trail Marker
For African Elephants, Pee Could Be a Potent Trail Marker
2021-Jun-09 • 5 minutes
A 'Universal' Coronavirus Vaccine to Prevent the Next Pandemic
A 'Universal' Coronavirus Vaccine to Prevent the Next Pandemic
2021-Jun-04 • 5 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic's True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate
COVID, Quickly, Episode 8: The Pandemic's True Death Toll and the Big Lab-Leak Debate
2021-Jun-03 • 4 minutes
Puppies Understand You Even at a Young Age, Most Adorable Study of the Year Confirms
Researchers in the happiest lab in the world tested 375 pups and found they connected with people by eight weeks
2021-Jun-02 • 5 minutes
New 3-D-Printed Material Is Tough, Flexible--and Alive
New 3-D-Printed Material Is Tough, Flexible--and Alive
2021-May-28 • 4 minutes
Bats on Helium Reveal an Innate Sense of the Speed of Sound
Bats on Helium Reveal an Innate Sense of the Speed of Sound
2021-May-26 • 3 minutes
The Dirty Secret behind Some of the World's Earliest Microscopes
The Dirty Secret behind Some of the World's Earliest Microscopes
2021-May-21 • 7 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 7: The Coming Pandemic Grief Wave, and Mask Whiplash
COVID, Quickly, Episode 7: The Coming Pandemic Grief Wave, and Mask Whiplash
2021-May-20 • 8 minutes
Math and Sleuthing Help to Explain Epidemics of the Past
One mathematician has spend decades uncovering the deadly calculations of pestilence and plague, sometimes finding data that were hiding in plain sight.
2021-May-14 • 2 minutes
Who Laps Whom on the Walking Track--Tyrannosaurus rex or You? Science Has a New Answer
Who Laps Whom on the Walking Track--Tyrannosaurus rex or You? Science Has a New Answer
2021-May-11 • 4 minutes
Artificial Light Keeps Mosquitoes Biting Late into the Night
Artificial Light Keeps Mosquitoes Biting Late into the Night
2021-May-07 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 6: The Real Reason for India's Surge and Mask Liftoff
COVID, Quickly, Episode 6: The Real Reason for India's Surge and Mask Liftoff
2021-May-04 • 5 minutes
Male Lyrebirds Lie to Get Sex
It seems like the males will do anything, even fake nearby danger, to get females to stick around to mate.
2021-Apr-27 • 4 minutes
Lovebirds Adore Our Inefficient Air-Conditioning
Lovebirds Adore Our Inefficient Air-Conditioning
2021-Apr-23 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 5: Vaccine Safety in Pregnancy, Blood Clots and Long-Haul Realities
COVID, Quickly, Episode 5: Vaccine Safety in Pregnancy, Blood Clots and Long-Haul Realities
2021-Apr-20 • 3 minutes
Beehives Are Held Together by Their Mutual Gut Microbes
Beehives Are Held Together by Their Mutual Gut Microbes
2021-Apr-16 • 2 minutes
These Endangered Birds Are Forgetting Their Songs
These Endangered Birds Are Forgetting Their Songs
2021-Apr-12 • 5 minutes
To Fight Climate Change: Grow a Floating Forest, Then Sink It
To Fight Climate Change: Grow a Floating Forest, Then Sink It
2021-Apr-09 • 5 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 4: The Virtual Vaccine Line and Shots for Kids
COVID, Quickly, Episode 4: The Virtual Vaccine Line and Shots for Kids
2021-Apr-07 • 8 minutes
Big Physics News: The Muon g-2 Experiment Explained
Particles called muons are behaving weirdly, and that could mean a huge discovery.
2021-Apr-05 • 4 minutes
Boston's Pigeons Coo, 'Wicked'; New York's Birds Coo, 'Fuhgeddaboudit'
Boston's Pigeons Coo, 'Wicked'; New York's Birds Coo, 'Fuhgeddaboudit'
2021-Mar-31 • 5 minutes
Imperiled Freshwater Turtles Are Eating Plastics--Science Is Just Revealing the Threat
We know a lot about how sea turtles are threatened by our trash, but new research has just uncovered an underreported threat hiding inside lakes and rivers.
2021-Mar-26 • 5 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 3: Vaccine Inequality--plus Your Body the Variant Fighter
COVID, Quickly, Episode 3: Vaccine Inequality--plus Your Body the Variant Fighter
2021-Mar-24 • 3 minutes
Using Dragonflies as Contamination Detectors
Using Dragonflies as Contamination Detectors
2021-Mar-18 • 4 minutes
Smartphones Can Hear the Shape of Your Door Keys
Can you pick a lock with just a smartphone? New research shows that doing so is possible.
2021-Mar-16 • 5 minutes
Chimpanzees Show Altruism while Gathering around the Juice Fountain
New research tries to tease out whether our closest animal relatives can be selfless
2021-Mar-11 • 6 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 2: Lessons from a Pandemic Year
COVID, Quickly, Episode 2: Lessons from a Pandemic Year
2021-Mar-09 • 2 minutes
That Mouse in Your House--It's Smarter, Thanks to You
That Mouse in Your House--It's Smarter, Thanks to You
2021-Mar-04 • 4 minutes
Kangaroos with Puppy Dog Eyes
Kangaroos with Puppy Dog Eyes
2021-Feb-26 • 4 minutes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 1: Vaccines, Variants and Diabetes
COVID, Quickly, Episode 1: Vaccines, Variants and Diabetes
2021-Feb-25 • 8 minutes
Machine Learning Pwns Old-School Atari Games
Machine Learning Pwns Old-School Atari Games
2021-Feb-22 • 4 minutes
E-Eggs Track Turtle Traffickers
Decoy sea turtle eggs containing tracking tech are new weapons against beach poachers and traffickers.
2021-Feb-10 • 3 minutes
Bromances Could Lead to More Romances for Male Hyenas
Bromances Could Lead to More Romances for Male Hyenas
2021-Feb-05 • 4 minutes
A Heroic Effort to Measure Helium
After an intense game of cat and mouse with different particles, atomic physicists have measured the radius of the helium nucleus five times more precisely than before. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2021-Feb-01 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the World
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from Costa Rica about decoy sea turtle eggs with the potential to catch poachers.
2021-Jan-28 • 2 minutes
Scientists Take a Cattle Head Count in India
Scientists Take a Cattle Head Count in India
2021-Jan-21 • 3 minutes
Ancient Dogs Had Complex Genetic Histories
Ancient Dogs Had Complex Genetic Histories
2021-Jan-11 • 5 minutes
Bees Use 'Bullshit' Defense to Keep Giant Hornets at Bay
The prospect of death by giant hornet has pushed some Asian honeybees to resort to a poop-based defense system
2021-Jan-07 • 2 minutes
Humans May Have Befriended Wolves with Meat
Humans May Have Befriended Wolves with Meat
2021-Jan-06 • 5 minutes
How to Avoid Becoming a Meal for a Cheetah
Researchers help farmers in Namibia avoid costly cattle losses by tracking big cat hangouts
2021-Jan-01 • 2 minutes
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Shaped Our Language in 2020
How the Coronavirus Pandemic Shaped Our Language in 2020
2020-Dec-28 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Planet
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one from Panama about the toll lightning takes on tropical trees.
2020-Dec-22 • 3 minutes
Ravens Measure Up to Great Apes on Intelligence
Ravens Measure Up to Great Apes on Intelligence
2020-Dec-21 • 3 minutes
Baby Bees Deprive Caregivers of Sleep
Bee larvae and pupae appear to secrete a chemical that does the work of a late-night cup of coffee for their nurses.
2020-Dec-17 • 5 minutes
How the Wolves Change the Forest
How the Wolves Change the Forest
2020-Dec-16 • 3 minutes
Brain Sides Are Both Busy in New Language Learning
A study of adults learning a new language found that speaking primarily activated regions in the left side of the brain, but reading and listening comprehension were much more variable
2020-Dec-12 • 4 minutes
Eye Treatment Stretches Mouse Sight Beyond Visible Spectrum
Nanoparticles that attach to photoreceptors allowed mice to see infrared and near-infrared light for up to two months.
2020-Dec-11 • 4 minutes
This Bat Wears a Face Mask
The wrinkle-faced bat covers its face with a flap of skin, seemingly as part of its courtship rituals.
2020-Dec-02 • 2 minutes
The Denisovans Expand Their Range into China
The Denisovans Expand Their Range into China
2020-Nov-30 • 3 minutes
Undersea Earthquakes Reveal Sound Warming Info
Travel time differences for sound waves produced by undersea earthquakes in the same place at different times can provide details about ocean warming.
2020-Nov-24 • 3 minutes
Duckbill Dino Odyssey Ended in Africa
Duckbill Dino Odyssey Ended in Africa
2020-Nov-18 • 2 minutes
Early Mammals Had Social Lives, Too
Chipmunklike animals that lived among the dinosaurs appear to have been social creatures, which suggests that sociality arose in mammals earlier than scientists thought. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Nov-17 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the world, including one, from the dormant volcano Llullaillaco in Chile, about a mouse that is the highest-dwelling mammal ever documented.
2020-Nov-12 • 3 minutes
Divide and Conquer Could Be Good COVID Strategy
Divide and Conquer Could Be Good COVID Strategy
2020-Nov-10 • 4 minutes
Zebra Coloration Messes With Fly Eyes
Horseflies misjudge landings on zebra patterns, compared with solid gray or black surfaces, which provides evidence for why evolution came up with the black-and-white pattern.
2020-Nov-06 • 10 minutes
Science Sound(E)scapes: Head Banging and Howling in the Amazon
Science Sound(E)scapes: Head Banging and Howling in the Amazon
2020-Nov-05 • 7 minutes
Science Sound(E)scapes: Amazon Frog Choruses at Night
Science Sound(E)scapes: Amazon Frog Choruses at Night
2020-Nov-04 • 10 minutes
Science Sound(E)scapes: Amazon Pink River Dolphins
Science Sound(E)scapes: Amazon Pink River Dolphins
2020-Nov-03 • 4 minutes
Frog Vocals Lead to Small Preference
The concave-eared torrent frog's unusual ear anatomy lets it hear high-frequency calls, which gives a mating advantage to the littler males that sing soprano.
2020-Nov-02 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from the United Arab Emirates about the the first interplanetary mission by an Arab country.
2020-Nov-01 • 4 minutes
Election Science Stakes: Technology
Election Science Stakes: Technology
2020-Oct-30 • 4 minutes
Election Science Stakes: Energy
Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti and associate editor Andrea Thompson talk about this election and the future of U.S. energy research and policy.
2020-Oct-29 • 3 minutes
Election Science Stakes: Environment
Scientific American senior editor Mark Fischetti talks about how this election will affect environmental science and policy.
2020-Oct-28 • 4 minutes
Election Science Stakes: Climate
Election Science Stakes: Climate
2020-Oct-27 • 4 minutes
Election Science Stakes: Medicine and Public Health
Election Science Stakes: Medicine and Public Health
2020-Oct-26 • 2 minutes
Election 2020: The Stakes for Science
Election 2020: The Stakes for Science
2020-Oct-25 • 3 minutes
Why Some Easter Island Statues Are Where They Are
Many of the statues not along the coast are in places that featured a resource vital to the communities that lived and worked there.
2020-Oct-23 • 4 minutes
Acorn Woodpeckers Fight Long, Bloody Territorial Wars
More than 40 of the birds, in coalitions of three or four, may fight for days over oak trees in which to store their acorns.
2020-Oct-22 • 2 minutes
Funky Cheese Rinds Release an Influential Stench
Funky Cheese Rinds Release an Influential Stench
2020-Oct-21 • 3 minutes
Dinosaur Asteroid Hit Worst-Case Place
Dinosaur Asteroid Hit Worst-Case Place
2020-Oct-20 • 3 minutes
River Ecosystem Restoration Can Mean Just Add Water
River Ecosystem Restoration Can Mean Just Add Water
2020-Oct-18 • 2 minutes
3,000-Year-Old Orbs Provide a Glimpse of Ancient Sport
Researchers say three ancient leather balls, dug up from the tombs of horsemen in northwestern China, are the oldest such specimens from Europe or Asia. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Oct-16 • 3 minutes
Humans Make Wild Animals Less Wary
From mammals to mollusks, animals living among humans lose their antipredator behaviors.
2020-Oct-13 • 3 minutes
Play Helped Dogs Be Our Best Friends
Play Helped Dogs Be Our Best Friends
2020-Oct-10 • 2 minutes
Neandertal DNA May Be COVID Risk
Neandertal DNA May Be COVID Risk
2020-Oct-08 • 3 minutes
Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses
Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses
2020-Oct-07 • 3 minutes
Blue Whale Song Timing Reveals Time to Go
Blue Whale Song Timing Reveals Time to Go
2020-Oct-05 • 3 minutes
New Nobel Laureate Talks Today's Virology
Charles Rice, who today shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, talked about how rapidly research now occurs, compared with his early work.
2020-Oct-03 • 2 minutes
Greenland Is Melting Faster Than Any Time in Past 12,000 Years
Researchers determined that Greenland is on track to lose more ice this century than during any of the previous 120 centuries. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Oct-02 • 4 minutes
Sloths Slowly Cavort by Day Now
The disappearance of their predators in a disturbed ecosystem has turned Atlantic forest sloths from night creatures to day adventurers.
2020-Sep-28 • 3 minutes
Dinosaurs Got Cancer, Too
Dinosaurs Got Cancer, Too
2020-Sep-24 • 2 minutes
Fluttering Feathers Could Spawn New Species
Fluttering Feathers Could Spawn New Species
2020-Sep-22 • 2 minutes
Science News from around the World
Science News from around the World
2020-Sep-17 • 4 minutes
These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune
These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune
2020-Sep-16 • 3 minutes
Ice Age Temperatures Help Predict Future Warming
Ice Age Temperatures Help Predict Future Warming
2020-Sep-15 • 2 minutes
High-Elevation Hummingbirds Evolved a Temperature Trick
High-Elevation Hummingbirds Evolved a Temperature Trick
2020-Sep-14 • 4 minutes
Why Pet Pigs Are More like Wolves Than Dogs
Why Pet Pigs Are More like Wolves Than Dogs
2020-Sep-10 • 2 minutes
Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries
Pumping cheap iron-oxide-rich red bricks with specific vapors that form polymers enables the bricks to become electrical-charge-storage devices.
2020-Sep-09 • 2 minutes
Leftovers Are a Food-Waste Problem
Researchers found that leftovers are likely to end up in the trash, so they advise cooking smaller meals in the first place to avoid food waste. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Sep-08 • 3 minutes
Some Dinosaurs Probably Nested in Arctic
The finding of a baby dinosaur fossil in the Arctic implies that some dinos nested in the region, which was milder than today but not toasty.
2020-Sep-03 • 2 minutes
Star Systems Can Be Born Topsy-Turvy
Astronomers observed an odd triple-star system that offers clues about misaligned planetary orbits. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Sep-02 • 2 minutes
Death by Lightning Is Common for Tropical Trees
A study estimates that 200 million trees in the tropics are mowed down by lightning annually.
2020-Aug-31 • 2 minutes
Science Briefs from around the World
Science Briefs from around the World
2020-Aug-28 • 3 minutes
Alaska's Salmon Are Shrinking
Alaska's Salmon Are Shrinking
2020-Aug-27 • 3 minutes
End of 'Green Sahara' May Have Spurred a Megadrought in Southeast Asia
That drought may have brought about societal shifts in the region 5,000 years ago. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Aug-26 • 3 minutes
White Rhinos Eavesdrop to Know Who's Who
White Rhinos Eavesdrop to Know Who's Who
2020-Aug-21 • 2 minutes
Prehistoric Marine Reptile Died after a Giant Meal
Prehistoric Marine Reptile Died after a Giant Meal
2020-Aug-19 • 3 minutes
Cows with Eye Images Keep Predators in Arrears
Butterflies, fish and frogs sport rear-end eyespots that reduce predation. Painting eye markings on cows similarly seems to ward off predators.
2020-Aug-18 • 3 minutes
Warbler Species Fires Up Song Diversity
Hermit warblers in California have developed 35 different song dialects, apparently as a result of wildfires temporarily driving them out of certain areas.
2020-Aug-12 • 2 minutes
Why Lava Worlds Shine Brightly (It's Not the Lava)
Why Lava Worlds Shine Brightly (It's Not the Lava)
2020-Aug-11 • 3 minutes
Aardvarks Are Ailing amid Heat and Drought
Aardvarks Are Ailing amid Heat and Drought
2020-Aug-07 • 3 minutes
The World's Highest-Dwelling Mammal Lives atop a Volcano
Scientists spotted a mouse at the summit of Llullaillaco, a 22,000-foot-tall volcano on the border of Chile and Argentina. Julia Rosen reports.
2020-Aug-05 • 1 minutes
Dampening of the Senses Is Linked to Dementia Risk
A decline in smell was the sense loss most strongly associated with such risk in a recent study. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Aug-04 • 3 minutes
Translucent Frog Optics Create Camo Color
Translucent Frog Optics Create Camo Color
2020-Aug-03 • 3 minutes
Paired Comparisons Could Mean Better Witness Identifications
Compared with traditional lineup techniques, a series of two-faces-at-a-time choices led to more accurate identification by study witnesses.
2020-Aug-02 • 3 minutes
Foxes Have Dined on Our Leftovers for 30,000 Years
Foxes Have Dined on Our Leftovers for 30,000 Years
2020-Jul-31 • 3 minutes
Mexico Caves Reveal Ancient Ocher Mining
Mexico Caves Reveal Ancient Ocher Mining
2020-Jul-27 • 2 minutes
In Bee Shortage, Bubbles Could Help Pollinate
Soap bubbles are sticky enough to carry a pollen payload and delicate enough to land on flowers without harm.
2020-Jul-26 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Planet
Science News Briefs from around the Planet
2020-Jul-25 • 2 minutes
Seismologists Find the World Quieted Down during Pandemic Lockdowns
Seismologists Find the World Quieted Down during Pandemic Lockdowns
2020-Jul-24 • 3 minutes
Old Art Offers Agriculture Info
Art museums are filled with centuries-old paintings with details of plants that today give us clues about evolution and breeding practices.
2020-Jul-23 • 3 minutes
How COVID-19 Decreases Weather Forecast Accuracy
How COVID-19 Decreases Weather Forecast Accuracy
2020-Jul-22 • 3 minutes
Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing
Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing
2020-Jul-21 • 2 minutes
Speaker System Blocks City Noise
Speaker System Blocks City Noise
2020-Jul-20 • 3 minutes
Civil War Vaccine May Have Lessons for COVID-19
Vaccination used against smallpox during the Civil War reveals the identity of the distantly related virus used to keep troops disease-free.
2020-Jul-16 • 3 minutes
Can People ID Infectious Disease by Cough and Sneeze Sounds?
Can People ID Infectious Disease by Cough and Sneeze Sounds?
2020-Jul-13 • 2 minutes
Why Some Birds Are Likely To Hit Buildings
Those that eat insects, migrate or usually live in the woods are most likely to fly into buildings that feature a lot of glass.
2020-Jul-11 • 3 minutes
Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change
White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada.
2020-Jul-09 • 4 minutes
Polynesians and Native South Americans Made 12th-Century Contact
Scientists have found snippets of Native South American DNA in the genomes of present-day Polynesians, and they trace the contact to the year 1150. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Jul-08 • 3 minutes
Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull
Researchers saw a third fewer vehicle collisions with deer, elk, moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following COVID-19 shutdowns in three states they tracked.
2020-Jul-07 • 3 minutes
Bat Says Hi as It Hunts
Bat Says Hi as It Hunts
2020-Jul-06 • 2 minutes
Forests Getting Younger and Shorter
Old, big trees are dying faster than in the past, leaving younger, less biodiverse forests that store less carbon worldwide.
2020-Jul-02 • 2 minutes
Young Great White Sharks Eat off the Floor
Young Great White Sharks Eat off the Floor
2020-Jul-01 • 2 minutes
Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19
Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19
2020-Jun-30 • 3 minutes
Nature's Goods and Services Get Priced
The gross ecosystem product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy.
2020-Jun-29 • 3 minutes
Animal Migrations Track Climate Change
Animal Migrations Track Climate Change
2020-Jun-24 • 2 minutes
Science Briefs from around the World
Science Briefs from around the World
2020-Jun-19 • 2 minutes
Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions
Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions
2020-Jun-18 • 3 minutes
Unicorns of the Sea Reveal Sound Activities
Narwhals, recognizable by their large single tusk, make distinct sounds that are now being analyzed in depth by researchers.
2020-Jun-16 • 3 minutes
Human Speech Evolution Gets Lip-Smacking Evidence
A study of our closest evolutionary relatives finds that the chimp behavior known as lip smacking occurs in the same timing range as human mouths during speech.
2020-Jun-15 • 3 minutes
Printed Coral Could Provide Reef Relief
Three-dimensional printed coral-like structures were able to support the algae that live in real corals, which could help restore reefs and grow algae for bioenergy production.
2020-Jun-11 • 2 minutes
'Snot Palaces' Reveal Undersea Creature Secrets
'Snot Palaces' Reveal Undersea Creature Secrets
2020-Jun-09 • 3 minutes
Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19 Worries
Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19 Worries
2020-Jun-08 • 3 minutes
Ancient DNA Rewrites Dead Sea Scroll History
By sequencing DNA from the dust of dead sea scrolls, scientists were able to glean new clues about the ancient manuscripts. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Jun-07 • 3 minutes
Whale Protections Need Not Cause Lobstering Losses
Right whales, other whales and turtles get caught in lobster trap lines, but fewer lines can maintain the same lobster catch levels.
2020-Jun-06 • 3 minutes
How to Keep COVID-19 Conspiracies Contained
An expert on climate denial offers tips for inoculating people against coronavirus conspiracy notions.
2020-Jun-02 • 3 minutes
Bioluminescence Helps Prey Avoid Hungry Seals
Prey animals flash biochemically produced light to confuse elephant seals hunting in the dark. But at least one seal turned the tables.
2020-Jun-01 • 3 minutes
3 Words Mislead Online Regional Mood Analysis
3 Words Mislead Online Regional Mood Analysis
2020-May-31 • 3 minutes
COVID Has Changed Soundscapes Worldwide
The Silent Cities project is collecting sound from cities around the planet during the coronavirus pandemic to give researchers a database of natural sound in areas usually filled with human-generated noise.
2020-May-28 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about an incredibly well-preserved horned lark ( Eremophila alpestris ), like the one pictured, that lived 46,000 years ago.
2020-May-27 • 2 minutes
Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching
Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching
2020-May-22 • 3 minutes
Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn
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.
2020-May-21 • 3 minutes
Malaria Mosquitoes Are Biting before Bed-Net Time
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.
2020-May-15 • 2 minutes
We're Being Tested
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.
2020-May-14 • 3 minutes
Barn Owl Babies Can Be Helpful Hatch Mates
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.
2020-May-12 • 3 minutes
Donut Sugar Could Help Stored Blood Last
Donut Sugar Could Help Stored Blood Last
2020-May-11 • 3 minutes
Lemur Flirting Uses Common Scents
Lemur Flirting Uses Common Scents
2020-May-07 • 3 minutes
Flamingos Can Be Picky about Company
Flamingos Can Be Picky about Company
2020-May-05 • 3 minutes
Horses Recognize Pics of Their Keepers
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.
2020-May-01 • 3 minutes
Tapirs Help Reforestation via Defecation
Tapirs Help Reforestation via Defecation
2020-Apr-30 • 3 minutes
Virus-Infected Bees Practice Social Distancing
Virus-Infected Bees Practice Social Distancing
2020-Apr-29 • 3 minutes
New Data on Killer House Cats
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.
2020-Apr-28 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the World
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.
2020-Apr-22 • 3 minutes
Birds on Rhinos' Back Help Them Avoid Poachers
Oxpeckers riding on rhinoceroses feast on ticks, and their calls warn the nearsighted herbivores about approaching humans.
2020-Apr-21 • 3 minutes
Jane Goodall: We Can Learn from This Pandemic
Jane Goodall: We Can Learn from This Pandemic
2020-Apr-20 • 2 minutes
Our 3,000th Episode
Our 3,000th Episode
2020-Apr-17 • 3 minutes
How Herbivore Herds Might Help Permafrost
Introducing herds of large herbivores in the Arctic would disturb surface snow, allowing cold air to reach the ground and keep the permafrost frosty.
2020-Apr-15 • 3 minutes
Lung Cancer Screen Could Be Easy Pee-sy
In mice, a test for lung cancer involves nanoprobes that recognize tumors and send reporter molecules into the urine for simple analysis.
2020-Apr-14 • 2 minutes
Obama Talks Some Science Policy
As he endorsed Joe Biden today, former president Barack Obama touched on some environmental, economic and science matters.
2020-Apr-13 • 3 minutes
Red-Winged Blackbirds Understand Yellow Warbler Alarms
Researchers studying yellow warbler responses to the parasitic cowbird realized that red-winged blackbirds were eavesdropping on the calls and reacting to them, too.
2020-Apr-10 • 3 minutes
Waiter, What's This Worm Doing in My Sushi?
Waiter, What's This Worm Doing in My Sushi?
2020-Apr-09 • 3 minutes
What's a Narwhal's Tusk For?
Although the tusk can be a weapon, the variation in tusk length among animals of similar body size points to it being primarily a mating status signal.
2020-Apr-07 • 2 minutes
Coronavirus Misinformation Is Its Own Deadly Condition
Pulitzer-winning Laurie Garrett, author of The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, talks about the dangers of politicians offering coronavirus misinformation.
2020-Apr-06 • 3 minutes
Coronavirus Can Infect Cats
Coronavirus Can Infect Cats
2020-Apr-02 • 3 minutes
Squid's Glowing Skin Patterns May Be Code
Humboldt squid can rapidly change the pigmentation and luminescence patterns on their skin by contracting and relaxing their muscles, possibly to communicate.
2020-Apr-01 • 3 minutes
Bird Fossil Shared Earth with T. rex
Bird Fossil Shared Earth with T. rex
2020-Mar-31 • 3 minutes
City Birds: Big-Brained with Few Offspring or Small-Brained with a Lot
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.
2020-Mar-30 • 3 minutes
Coyotes Eat Everything from Fruits to Cats
Coyotes Eat Everything from Fruits to Cats
2020-Mar-29 • 3 minutes
Tiny Wormlike Creature May Be Our Oldest Known Ancestor
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.
2020-Mar-28 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Planet
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.
2020-Mar-26 • 3 minutes
Help Researchers Track COVID-19
Help Researchers Track COVID-19
2020-Mar-25 • 3 minutes
Sick Vampire Bats Restrict Grooming to Close Family
Sick Vampire Bats Restrict Grooming to Close Family
2020-Mar-24 • 4 minutes
Exponential Infection Increases Are Deadly Serious
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.
2020-Mar-21 • 3 minutes
Swamp Wallaby Reproduction Give Tribbles a Run
Swamp Wallaby Reproduction Give Tribbles a Run
2020-Mar-19 • 3 minutes
Ocean Plastic Smells Great to Sea Turtles
Ocean Plastic Smells Great to Sea Turtles
2020-Mar-17 • 2 minutes
Ancient Clam Shell Reveals Shorter Day Length
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.
2020-Mar-11 • 2 minutes
Snapping Shrimp Make More Noise in Warmer Oceans
As oceans heat up, the ubiquitous noise of snapping shrimp should increase, posing issues for other species and human seagoing ventures.
2020-Mar-10 • 3 minutes
Stress from Undersea Noise Interferes with Crab Camouflage
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.
2020-Mar-04 • 3 minutes
Indigenous Amazonians Managed Valuable Plant Life
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.
2020-Mar-03 • 3 minutes
Computers Confirm Beethoven's Influence
Computers Confirm Beethoven's Influence
2020-Mar-02 • 3 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the World
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.
2020-Feb-25 • 3 minutes
Jet Altitude Changes Cut Climate-Changing Contrails
Jet Altitude Changes Cut Climate-Changing Contrails
2020-Feb-24 • 3 minutes
Thoroughbred Horses Are Increasingly Inbred
Inbreeding in Thoroughbreds has increased significantly in the past 45 years, with the greatest rise occurring in the past 15 or so of them.
2020-Feb-20 • 3 minutes
Pablo Escobar's Hippos Could Endanger Colombian Ecology
Pablo Escobar's Hippos Could Endanger Colombian Ecology
2020-Feb-19 • 3 minutes
Wasp Nests Help Date Aboriginal Art
Art created by Australian Aboriginal people used organic carbon-free pigments, but wasp nests above or below the art can be used for radiocarbon dating that supplies boundaries for the age of artworks.
2020-Feb-18 • 3 minutes
Industrial Revolution Pollution Found in Himalayan Glacier
Industrial Revolution Pollution Found in Himalayan Glacier
2020-Feb-15 • 3 minutes
Fight-or-Flight Nerves Make Mice Go Gray
Fight-or-Flight Nerves Make Mice Go Gray
2020-Feb-13 • 4 minutes
Espresso May Be Better when Ground Coarser
A very fine grind can actually hamper espresso brewing, because particles may clump more than larger particles will.
2020-Feb-11 • 3 minutes
Feral Dogs Respond to Human Hand Cues
Feral Dogs Respond to Human Hand Cues
2020-Feb-07 • 3 minutes
Neandertals Tooled Around with Clams
Neandertals ate clams and then modified the hard shells into tools for cutting and scraping.
2020-Feb-06 • 2 minutes
Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes
Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes
2020-Feb-05 • 2 minutes
Having an Albatross around Your Boat
By outfitting 169 albatrosses with GPS data loggers, scientists were able to track fishing boats apparently trying to hide their location. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Feb-03 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
Science News Briefs from All Over
2020-Feb-02 • 3 minutes
Facts about Groundhogs Other Than Their Poor Meteorology
Groundhogs are less accurate at weather forecasting than are coin flips, but they are nonetheless pretty interesting critters.
2020-Feb-01 • 2 minutes
Did Animal Calls Start in the Dark?
Did Animal Calls Start in the Dark?
2020-Jan-30 • 3 minutes
Sign Languages Display Distinct Ancestries
Well more than 100 distinct sign languages exist worldwide, with each having features that made it possible for researchers to create an evolutionary tree of their lineages.
2020-Jan-26 • 2 minutes
Docs Given Updated Opioid Prescribing Habit
Docs Given Updated Opioid Prescribing Habit
2020-Jan-25 • 2 minutes
Some Wolf Pups Show Innate Fetching Talent
Some wolf pups will play fetch with a stranger, suggesting that an ability to playfully interact with people could have come before, and played a role in, dog domestication.
2020-Jan-24 • 3 minutes
Barred Owls Invade the Sierra Nevada
By listening to the sounds of the forest, biologists were able to identify an invasion of barred owls in spotted owl habitat. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Jan-23 • 4 minutes
Curiosity Killed the ... Mouse?
Curiosity Killed the ... Mouse?
2020-Jan-17 • 2 minutes
This Fish Knows How to Stick Around
This Fish Knows How to Stick Around
2020-Jan-15 • 2 minutes
Antarctic Is Ripe for Invasive Species
Mussels and crabs are two of the creatures most likely to invade Antarctica in the next 10 years, a panel of scientists say. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Jan-14 • 3 minutes
Bacteria Helped Plants Evolve to Live on Land
Bacteria Helped Plants Evolve to Live on Land
2020-Jan-13 • 2 minutes
Meteorite Contains Material Older Than Earth
Meteorite Contains Material Older Than Earth
2020-Jan-12 • 4 minutes
Loss of Large Mammals Stamps Out Invertebrates, Too
Loss of Large Mammals Stamps Out Invertebrates, Too
2020-Jan-09 • 3 minutes
Brittle Stars Can "See" without Eyes
Brittle Stars Can "See" without Eyes
2020-Jan-07 • 2 minutes
Atlantic Puffins Spotted Using Tools
Atlantic Puffins Spotted Using Tools
2020-Jan-06 • 3 minutes
Traffic Cameras Show Why the Yankees Should Suffer Fewer Injuries in 2020
Traffic Cameras Show Why the Yankees Should Suffer Fewer Injuries in 2020
2020-Jan-05 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Indonesia to Spain, including one from Brazil about the highest-voltage electric eel ever discovered.
2020-Jan-03 • 2 minutes
Part of Real Paleo Diet: It's a Tuber
In South Africa archaeologists found the charred remains of a roasted root vegetable. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2020-Jan-02 • 1 minutes
You Traveled Far in 2019
Getting around the sun last year was some trip.
2019-Dec-27 • 2 minutes
Fido's Human Age Gets New Estimates
By comparing how DNA gets altered over the lifetimes of people and dogs, researchers came up with a new way to compare canine years with human years.
2019-Dec-26 • 1 minutes
Gift Wrapping Is Effective Future Trash
Research suggests people value gifts more when they have to unwrap them. But how do we avoid all the wasted paper? Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Dec-24 • 3 minutes
Superstrong Fibers Could Be Hairy Situation
Human hair tested stronger than thicker fibers from elephants, boars and giraffes, providing clues to materials scientists hoping to make superstrong synthetic fibers.
2019-Dec-20 • 2 minutes
Flaky Scalps Have a Unique Fungal Microbiome
Flaky Scalps Have a Unique Fungal Microbiome
2019-Dec-19 • 3 minutes
Moths Flee or Face Bats, Depending on Toxicity
Tiger moth species that contain bad-tasting and toxic compounds are nonchalant in the presence of bats, while edible moth species evade their predators.
2019-Dec-18 • 2 minutes
Ancient Seawall Found Submerged
Ancient Seawall Found Submerged
2019-Dec-14 • 3 minutes
Citizen Scientists Deserve Journal Status Upgrade
Citizen Scientists Deserve Journal Status Upgrade
2019-Dec-13 • 3 minutes
Not All Hydropower Is Climate-Considerate
While some hydropower facilities release almost no greenhouse gases, others can actually be worse than burning fossil fuels.
2019-Dec-12 • 2 minutes
Certain Zip Codes Pick Losers
Certain Zip Codes Pick Losers
2019-Dec-11 • 3 minutes
Linguists Hear an Accent Begin
Residents of an overwintering station in Antarctica provided linguists with evidence of the first small changes in speech that may signal the development of a new accent.
2019-Dec-10 • 2 minutes
Romans Would Roam for Wood
Romans Would Roam for Wood
2019-Dec-09 • 3 minutes
When the Bellbird Calls, You Know It
When the Bellbird Calls, You Know It
2019-Dec-05 • 2 minutes
Fishy Trick Lures Life Back to Coral Reefs
Playing the sounds of a healthy reef near damaged corals may help bring the fish community back. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Dec-04 • 3 minutes
Rain Forest Dwellers and Urbanites Have Consistently Different Microbiomes
A study done in South America found that with increasing population density, humans had more diversity of fungi on the skin but less microbial diversity in the gut.
2019-Dec-03 • 2 minutes
Internet Cables Could Also Measure Quakes
Internet Cables Could Also Measure Quakes
2019-Dec-02 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Mexico to Tanzania, including one about the need to quarantine bananas in Colombia that are potentially infected by a fungus.
2019-Nov-29 • 2 minutes
Subtle Ancient Footprints Come to Light
Ground-penetrating radar can detect tiny density differences that lead to images of ancient footprints impossible to discern by eye.
2019-Nov-25 • 2 minutes
Ancient Rock Art Got a Boost From Bacteria
Ancient Rock Art Got a Boost From Bacteria
2019-Nov-24 • 3 minutes
Ick Factor Is High Hurdle for Recycled Drinking Water
Recycled wastewater can be cleaner than bottled water, but people still avoid drinking it because of their disgust over its past condition.
2019-Nov-21 • 3 minutes
Bots Outperform Humans if They Impersonate Us
Bots Outperform Humans if They Impersonate Us
2019-Nov-20 • 3 minutes
Implanting Memories in Birds Reveals How Learning Happens
Implanting Memories in Birds Reveals How Learning Happens
2019-Nov-19 • 2 minutes
Dogs Like Motion That Matches Sound
Dogs Like Motion That Matches Sound
2019-Nov-16 • 3 minutes
Egyptian Vats 5,600 Years Old Were For Beer Brewing
Archaeologists working in the ancient city of Hierakonpolis discovered five ceramic vats containing residues consistent with brewing beer.
2019-Nov-13 • 3 minutes
Famously Fickle Felines Are, in Fact, Clingy
Cats are clingier to their human owners than their reputation would suggest. Karen Hopkin reports.
2019-Nov-12 • 2 minutes
Aversion to Broccoli May Have Genetic Roots
Aversion to Broccoli May Have Genetic Roots
2019-Nov-09 • 3 minutes
Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change
Marine Mammal Epidemic Linked to Climate Change
2019-Nov-07 • 3 minutes
Ant Colonies Avoid Traffic Jams
Researchers tracked thousands of individual ants to determine how they move in vast numbers without stumbling into gridlock.
2019-Nov-06 • 3 minutes
Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents
Ranking Rise May Intimidate Opponents
2019-Nov-05 • 3 minutes
Familiar Tunes Rapidly Jog the Brain
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.
2019-Nov-01 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
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.
2019-Oct-31 • 3 minutes
We Owe Our Pumpkins to Pooping Megafauna
We Owe Our Pumpkins to Pooping Megafauna
2019-Oct-29 • 2 minutes
Bird Egg Colors Are Influenced by Local Climate
Bird Egg Colors Are Influenced by Local Climate
2019-Oct-28 • 2 minutes
Crabs Do a Maze
Crabs Do a Maze
2019-Oct-24 • 3 minutes
Odd Bird Migrates Twice to Breed
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.
2019-Oct-23 • 3 minutes
Piranha-Proof Fish Gives Inspiration for Body Armor
Piranha-Proof Fish Gives Inspiration for Body Armor
2019-Oct-22 • 3 minutes
Galloping Ant Beats Saharan Heat
The Saharan silver ant feeds on other insects that have died on the hot sands, which it traverses at breakneck (for an ant) speeds.
2019-Oct-21 • 2 minutes
Some Mosquito Repellents Act like Invisibility Cloaks
Some Mosquito Repellents Act like Invisibility Cloaks
2019-Oct-17 • 3 minutes
Your Skull Shapes Your Hearing
Your Skull Shapes Your Hearing
2019-Oct-16 • 3 minutes
Tardigrade Protein Protects DNA from Chemical Attack
The Dsup protein protects DNA under conditions that create caustic free radical chemicals.
2019-Oct-15 • 3 minutes
"Mars-quakes" Could Reveal How Mars Was Built
"Mars-quakes" Could Reveal How Mars Was Built
2019-Oct-10 • 2 minutes
Artificial Intelligence Learns to Talk Back to Bigots
Artificial Intelligence Learns to Talk Back to Bigots
2019-Oct-09 • 3 minutes
Nobel in Chemistry for Lightweight Rechargeable Batteries
Nobel in Chemistry for Lightweight Rechargeable Batteries
2019-Oct-08 • 3 minutes
Nobel in Physics for Exoplanets and Cosmology
Nobel in Physics for Exoplanets and Cosmology
2019-Oct-07 • 3 minutes
Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels
Nobel in Physiology or Medicine for How Cells Sense Oxygen Levels
2019-Oct-06 • 3 minutes
Teeth Tell Black Death Genetic Tale
DNA from the teeth of medieval plague victims indicates the pathogen likely first arrived in eastern Europe before spreading across the continent.
2019-Oct-05 • 2 minutes
Tiny Worms Are Equipped to Battle Extreme Environments
Tiny Worms Are Equipped to Battle Extreme Environments
2019-Oct-02 • 2 minutes
Heat Changes Insect Call, but It Still Works
Tiny insects called treehoppers produce very different mating songs at higher versus lower temperatures, but the intended recipient still finds the changed songs attractive.
2019-Oct-01 • 2 minutes
Corals Can Inherit Symbiotic Adaptations to Warming
Corals Can Inherit Symbiotic Adaptations to Warming
2019-Sep-30 • 2 minutes
Brains of Blind People Adapt in Similar Fashion
The brains of those who are blind repurpose the vision regions for adaptive hearing, and they appear to do so in a consistent way.
2019-Sep-29 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the World
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Hungary to Japan, including one about a wine grape in France that DNA testing shows has been cultivated for almost a millennium.
2019-Sep-25 • 3 minutes
Musical Note Perception Can Depend on Culture
Musical Note Perception Can Depend on Culture
2019-Sep-24 • 2 minutes
Nature Docs Avoid Habitat Destruction
Nature Docs Avoid Habitat Destruction
2019-Sep-19 • 3 minutes
Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights
A slight temperature difference at night between a surface losing heat and the surrounding air can be harnessed to generate electricity to power lights.
2019-Sep-18 • 2 minutes
Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels
Homo erectus used hand axes to butcher elephants and other game. But a new study suggests they also used finer, more sophisticated blades. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Sep-17 • 2 minutes
Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint
Microplastic particles are everywhere, but in freshwater systems, 60 percent of particles are clothing lint from laundry.
2019-Sep-16 • 3 minutes
Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time
A study finds no deleterious effects on mental health when kids spend their leisure time texting and engaging in other online activities.
2019-Sep-13 • 3 minutes
Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity
As the little structures grow, their constituents specialize into different types of brain cells, begin to form connections and emit brain waves. They could be useful models for development and neurological conditions.
2019-Sep-12 • 2 minutes
Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease
Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease
2019-Sep-11 • 3 minutes
Earth's Magnetic Field Initiated a Pole Flip Many Millennia before the Switch
Lava flow records and sedimentary and Antarctic ice core data show evidence of planetary magnetic field activity 20,000 years before the beginning of the last pole reversal.
2019-Sep-10 • 3 minutes
Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub
Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub
2019-Sep-09 • 3 minutes
Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers
Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers
2019-Sep-05 • 2 minutes
Farmland Is Also Optimal for Solar Power
The conditions of sunlight, temperature, humidity and wind that make cropland good for agriculture also maximize solar panel efficiency.
2019-Sep-04 • 2 minutes
Chemical Tweak Recycles Polyurethane into Glue
Chemical Tweak Recycles Polyurethane into Glue
2019-Sep-03 • 3 minutes
Cholesterol Climbs after Crows Chomp Cheeseburgers
Cholesterol Climbs after Crows Chomp Cheeseburgers
2019-Aug-30 • 3 minutes
How Hurricanes Influence Spider Aggressiveness
As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, consider that feeding style means that aggressive tangle-web spider colonies produce more offspring after severe weather, while docile colonies do better in calm conditions.
2019-Aug-28 • 2 minutes
Graphene Garment Blocks Blood-Sucking Skeeters
Graphene Garment Blocks Blood-Sucking Skeeters
2019-Aug-26 • 2 minutes
Martian Winds Could Spread Microbe Hitchhikers
Martian Winds Could Spread Microbe Hitchhikers
2019-Aug-21 • 3 minutes
Including Indigenous Voices in Genomics
Including Indigenous Voices in Genomics
2019-Aug-19 • 3 minutes
West Point Uniforms Signify Explosive Chemistry
West Point Uniforms Signify Explosive Chemistry
2019-Aug-14 • 2 minutes
Secrets of the Universe Trapped in Antarctic Snow
Secrets of the Universe Trapped in Antarctic Snow
2019-Aug-13 • 2 minutes
Certain Personality Types Are Likely to Make a "Foodie Call"
Certain Personality Types Are Likely to Make a "Foodie Call"
2019-Aug-12 • 2 minutes
Artificial Intelligence Sniffs Out Unsafe Foods
Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to read Amazon reviews for hints that a food product would be recalled by the FDA. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Aug-09 • 2 minutes
A Computer Tells Real Smiles from Phonies
Slight changes around the eyes are indeed a giveaway as to whether a smile is sincere or faked.
2019-Aug-08 • 2 minutes
Stare Down Gulls to Avoid Lunch Loss
Researchers slowed the approach of greedy gulls by an average of 21 seconds by staring at the birds versus looking elsewhere. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Aug-07 • 3 minutes
Real Laughs Motivate More Guffaws
Honest, involuntary laughter cued people to laugh more at some really bad jokes than they did when hearing forced laughter.
2019-Aug-05 • 2 minutes
Extinction Wipes Out Evolution's Hard Work
Extinction Wipes Out Evolution's Hard Work
2019-Aug-03 • 2 minutes
London Is Crawling with Drug-Resistant Microbes
Nearly half of bacteria gathered in public settings around the city were resistant to two or more commonly used antibiotics, such as penicillin and erythromycin. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Aug-01 • 2 minutes
Male Black Widows Poach Rivals' Approaches
Male Black Widows Poach Rivals' Approaches
2019-Jul-31 • 3 minutes
Babies Want Fair Leaders
Babies Want Fair Leaders
2019-Jul-30 • 3 minutes
Parrots Are Making the U.S. Home
Parrots Are Making the U.S. Home
2019-Jul-29 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Guatemala to Australia, including one about the first recorded tornado in Nepal.
2019-Jul-25 • 2 minutes
Tourist Photographs Help African Wildlife Census
Tourist Photographs Help African Wildlife Census
2019-Jul-23 • 2 minutes
For Ants, the Sky's the Compass
For Ants, the Sky's the Compass
2019-Jul-20 • 3 minutes
Why Two Moonships Were Better Than One
Engineer John Houbolt pushed for a smaller ship to land on the lunar surface while the command module stayed in orbit around the moon.
2019-Jul-19 • 4 minutes
One Small Scoop, One Giant Impact for Mankind
Just before Neil Armstrong climbed back into the lunar module, he scooped up a few last-minute soil samples--which upturned our understanding of planetary formation. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jul-18 • 2 minutes
Investigating the Zombie Ant's "Death Grip"
Investigating the Zombie Ant's "Death Grip"
2019-Jul-16 • 3 minutes
Attractive Young Females May Have Justice Edge
Attractive Young Females May Have Justice Edge
2019-Jul-15 • 3 minutes
Tobacco Plants Made to Produce Useful Compounds
A proof-of-concept study got transgenic tobacco plants to make a useful enzyme in their chloroplasts, not nuclei, minimizing chances for transfer to other organisms.
2019-Jul-11 • 4 minutes
Rhinos and Their Gamekeepers Benefit from AI
Rhinos and Their Gamekeepers Benefit from AI
2019-Jul-10 • 2 minutes
Backpack Harvests Energy as You Walk
Backpack Harvests Energy as You Walk
2019-Jul-09 • 3 minutes
Why Baseballs Are Flying in 2019
An analysis of the 2019 edition of the Major League baseball points to reasons why it's leaving ballparks at a record rate.
2019-Jul-03 • 2 minutes
Some Hot Dog Histology
Some Hot Dog Histology
2019-Jul-01 • 3 minutes
Mind and Body Benefit from Two Hours in Nature Each Week
Mind and Body Benefit from Two Hours in Nature Each Week
2019-Jun-30 • 3 minutes
Scientist Encourages Other Women Scientists to Make Themselves Heard
Geneticist Natalie Telis noticed few women asking questions at scientific conferences. So she publicized the problem and set about to make a change. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jun-27 • 2 minutes
Male Bats Up Mating Odds with Mouth Morsels
Males that allow females to take food right out of their mouths are more likely to sire offspring with their dining companions.
2019-Jun-26 • 2 minutes
Scientists Fool Flies with "Virtual Tastes"
By switching fruit flies' sensory neurons on and off with light, scientists were able to create the sensation of sweet or bitter tastes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jun-25 • 2 minutes
Wheat Plants "Sneeze" and Spread Disease
Wheat Plants "Sneeze" and Spread Disease
2019-Jun-24 • 3 minutes
Elite Runners' Microbes Make Mice Mightier
Mice that were fed bacteria isolated from elite athletes logged more treadmill time than other mice that got bacteria found in yogurt.
2019-Jun-23 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the World
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Canada to Kenya, including one about how humans thousands of years ago in what is now Argentina butchered and presumably ate giant ground sloths.
2019-Jun-21 • 2 minutes
Antiperspirant Boosts Armpit and Toe-Web Microbial Diversity
Rather than wiping microbes out, antiperspirants and foot powders increased the diversity of microbial flora in armpits and between toes. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jun-17 • 2 minutes
Monkey Cousins Use Similar Calls
Monkey Cousins Use Similar Calls
2019-Jun-16 • 3 minutes
How Millipedes Avoid Interspecies Sexual Slips
Millipedes, often blind, have come up with clever physical signals to ward off sexual advances from members of wrong species.
2019-Jun-13 • 3 minutes
You Contain Multitudes of Microplastics
People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate.
2019-Jun-12 • 3 minutes
A Biodegradable Label Doesn't Make It So
A Biodegradable Label Doesn't Make It So
2019-Jun-06 • 2 minutes
High School Cheaters Nabbed by Neural Network
Researchers trained a neural network to scrutinize high school essays and sniff out ghostwritten papers. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jun-04 • 2 minutes
Preserved Poop Is an Archaeological Treasure
Anthropologists found parasite eggs in ancient poop samples, providing a glimpse of human health as hunter-gatherers transitioned to settlements. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Jun-03 • 2 minutes
Remembering Murray Gell-Mann
Murray Gell-Mann, 1969 Nobel Laureate in Physics who identified the quark, died May 24th.
2019-May-29 • 2 minutes
Bonobo Mothers Supervise Their Sons' Monkey Business
Bonobo Mothers Supervise Their Sons' Monkey Business
2019-May-28 • 3 minutes
Music May Orchestrate Better Brain Connectivity in Preterm Infants
Preterm babies who listened to music in the neonatal intensive care unit had brain activity that more closely resembled that of full-term babies. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-May-23 • 2 minutes
Icy Room Temperatures May Chill Productivity
A new study suggests women's performance on math and verbal tasks increases as room temperature rises, up to about the mid 70s F. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-May-22 • 2 minutes
Bird Beak Shapes Depend on More Than Diet
Bird Beak Shapes Depend on More Than Diet
2019-May-20 • 2 minutes
Ancient Gum Gives Archaeologists Something to Chew On
Chewing gums discovered in western Sweden contain the oldest human DNA found in Scandinavia. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-May-17 • 3 minutes
Nobelist: Harness Evolution as a Problem-Solving Algorithm
Frances Arnold, the Caltech scientist who shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, says evolution can show us how to solve problems of sustainability.
2019-May-16 • 3 minutes
Unread Books at Home Still Spark Literacy Habits
Growing up in a home filled with books enhances enhances intellectual capacity in later life, even if you don't read them all.
2019-May-15 • 3 minutes
Kid Climate Educators Open Adult Eyes
A study finds that kids, especially daughters, are effective at teaching their parents about climate issues.
2019-May-14 • 2 minutes
Penguin Poop Helps Biodiversity Bloom in Antarctica
Penguin Poop Helps Biodiversity Bloom in Antarctica
2019-May-13 • 3 minutes
Ancient Whiz Opens Archaeology Window
Ancient Whiz Opens Archaeology Window
2019-May-08 • 2 minutes
U.S. Coral Reefs Do $1.8 Billion of Work Per Year
U.S. Coral Reefs Do $1.8 Billion of Work Per Year
2019-May-06 • 2 minutes
Could Air-Conditioners Help Cool the Planet?
Could Air-Conditioners Help Cool the Planet?
2019-May-02 • 3 minutes
Chemists Investigate Casanova's Clap
Chemists Investigate Casanova's Clap
2019-May-01 • 3 minutes
Software Sniffs Out Rat Squeaks
Software Sniffs Out Rat Squeaks
2019-Apr-30 • 2 minutes
New Model Aims to Solve Mystery of the Moon's Formation
Scientists propose that the moon could have formed when a Mars-sized object slammed into an Earth covered in magma seas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Apr-29 • 2 minutes
Cats Recognize Their Names—but May Not Respond
Cats Recognize Their Names—but May Not Respond
2019-Apr-27 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from All Over
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Liberia to Hawaii, including one on the discovery in Northern Ireland of soil bacteria that stop the growth of MRSA and other superbugs.
2019-Apr-26 • 3 minutes
Hurricane Maria Rain Amount Chances Are Boosted by Climate Change
The likelihood of an event like Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and of its massive precipitation, is fivefold higher in the climate of today than it would have been some 60 years ago
2019-Apr-25 • 3 minutes
Harder-Working Snakes Pack Stronger Venom
Snake venom toxicity depends on snake size, energy requirements and environmental dimensionality more than on prey size.
2019-Apr-24 • 2 minutes
River Dolphins Have a Wide Vocal Repertoire
Freshwater dolphins are evolutionary relics, and their calls give clues to the origins of cetacean communication in general. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Apr-23 • 2 minutes
Honeybees Can Put Two and Two Together
The tiny brain of a honeybee is apparently able to calculate small numbers' addition and subtraction. Annie Sneed reports.
2019-Apr-20 • 3 minutes
4/20 Traffic Accidents Claim Curbed
4/20 Traffic Accidents Claim Curbed
2019-Apr-19 • 2 minutes
Hyena Society Stability Has Last Laugh
Hyena Society Stability Has Last Laugh
2019-Apr-18 • 2 minutes
Gluten-Free Restaurant Foods Are Often Mislabeled
Gluten-Free Restaurant Foods Are Often Mislabeled
2019-Apr-17 • 3 minutes
What Chickens Can Teach Hearing Researchers
What Chickens Can Teach Hearing Researchers
2019-Apr-16 • 3 minutes
Nobelist Says System of Science Offers Life Lessons
At an April 9th event sponsored by the Kavli Foundation and produced by Scientific American that honored Nobel and Kavli Prize winners, economist Paul Romer talked about how the social system of science offers hope for humanity and for how we can live with each other.
2019-Apr-12 • 1 minutes
Squeezed Potassium Atoms Straddle Liquid and Solid
Squeezed Potassium Atoms Straddle Liquid and Solid
2019-Apr-11 • 3 minutes
Urban Coyote Evolution Favors the Bold
Urban Coyote Evolution Favors the Bold
2019-Apr-10 • 2 minutes
Computers Turn an Ear on New York City
Computers Turn an Ear on New York City
2019-Apr-09 • 2 minutes
Whitening Strips Alter Proteins in Teeth
Hydrogen peroxide in whitening treatments penetrates enamel and dentin, and alters tooth proteins. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Apr-08 • 2 minutes
Infrared Light Offers a Cooler Way to Defrost
Infrared Light Offers a Cooler Way to Defrost
2019-Apr-04 • 2 minutes
Spider Monkeys Optimize Jungle Acoustics
Spider Monkeys Optimize Jungle Acoustics
2019-Apr-02 • 2 minutes
Tennessee Whiskey Relies on Missing Ingredients
Food chemists precisely measured how charcoal filtration contributes to Tennessee whiskey's smoother flavor. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Apr-01 • 2 minutes
There's a Word for Today
English lacks some words that other languages pack with meaning.
2019-Mar-28 • 2 minutes
Bumblebee Queens Prefer Layovers to Nonstop Flights
Bumblebee Queens Prefer Layovers to Nonstop Flights
2019-Mar-26 • 2 minutes
Scenic City Sights Linked to Higher Happiness
Scenic City Sights Linked to Higher Happiness
2019-Mar-25 • 2 minutes
Tech's Brain Effect: It's Complicated
We don't yet know what the immersion in technology does to our brains, but one neuroscientist says the answer is likely to be that there's good, there's bad, and it's complex.
2019-Mar-22 • 3 minutes
Daylight Brings Toxic Beetles Together for Safety
During daylight hours, hundreds of bombardier beetles of multiple species will congregate together to more effectively ward off any predators not afraid of a lone beetle's toxic spray.
2019-Mar-19 • 3 minutes
Solar Jets Cause Standing Waves in Earth's Magnetic Field
Solar Jets Cause Standing Waves in Earth's Magnetic Field
2019-Mar-18 • 3 minutes
Sing Solo for Higher Fidelity
Sing Solo for Higher Fidelity
2019-Mar-14 • 2 minutes
Edible Insect Breeding Led to Larger but Not Necessarily Better Larvae
Researchers aiming to lower the cost of mealworms were able to double the worms' size, but the larger larvae had fewer eggs and weaker offspring. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Mar-12 • 2 minutes
Busting Earth-Bound Asteroids a Bigger Job Than We Thought
Busting Earth-Bound Asteroids a Bigger Job Than We Thought
2019-Mar-11 • 3 minutes
Weekday–Weekend Sleep Imbalance Bad for Blood Sugar Regulation
Weekday sleep deprivation with weekend make-up sleeping seems to be worse for blood sugar control than even chronic sleep deprivation alone.
2019-Mar-07 • 3 minutes
Warm-Blooded Animals Lost Ability to Heal the Heart
Thyroid hormone, which helps warm-blooded animals regulate body temperature, also appears to put a halt on heart regeneration. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Mar-06 • 2 minutes
Animal Migrations Track with Wikipedia Searches
By analyzing nearly 2.5 billion Wikipedia page views, researchers found species searches reflect seasonal animal migrations and plant blooming. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Mar-05 • 2 minutes
Baseball Commish Talks Big Data
At a sports technology conference, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred addressed issues including an automated strike zone and advanced analytics.
2019-Mar-04 • 3 minutes
Background Music Might Stifle Creativity
Background Music Might Stifle Creativity
2019-Mar-03 • 2 minutes
Science News Briefs from around the Globe
A few brief reports about international science and technology from Greenland to Palau, including one on the discovery of a trove of mummified cats in Egypt.
2019-Feb-28 • 2 minutes
Budding Yeast Produce Cannabis Compounds
Biologists have taken the genes that produce cannabinoids in weed and plugged them into yeast, making rare and novel compounds more accessible. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-26 • 3 minutes
Who Has "the Right Stuff" for Mars?
Humans traveling to Mars will be required to operate with a degree of autonomy human astronauts have never had, due to communication delays. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-25 • 2 minutes
Grandma's Influence Is Good for Grandkids
Grandma's Influence Is Good for Grandkids
2019-Feb-23 • 3 minutes
Should Robots Have a License to Kill?
Artificial intelligence experts, ethicists and diplomats debate autonomous weapons. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-20 • 2 minutes
Warming Climate Implies More Flies—and Disease
The incidence of foodborne illness could jump in a warming world, due to an increase in housefly activity. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-19 • 3 minutes
Light-Skin Variant Arose in Asia Independent of Europe
A new genetic study of Latin Americans provides evidence that gene variants for lighter skin color came about in Asia as well as in Europe. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-18 • 2 minutes
Teach Science Process over Findings
Seismologist and policy advisor Lucy Jones says science education needs to teach how science works more than just what it finds out.
2019-Feb-16 • 3 minutes
Human Diet Drugs Kill Mosquitoes' Appetite, Too
When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports.
2019-Feb-15 • 2 minutes
Grazing Deer Alter Forest Acoustics
Grazing Deer Alter Forest Acoustics
2019-Feb-14 • 3 minutes
Elephant Weight Cycles with New Teeth
Elephants have six sets of teeth over their lives, sometimes two sets at once. At those times, they can extract more nutrition from food and put on weight.
2019-Feb-13 • 2 minutes
Finally Over for Mars Rover
The rover Opportunity has called it quits after working for more than 14 years on Mars.
2019-Feb-11 • 3 minutes
Our Brains Really Remember Some Pop Music
Although millennials' memory of recent pop tunes drops quickly, their ability to identify top hits from the 1960s through 1990s remains moderately high. Christopher Intagliata reports.
2019-Feb-08 • 2 minutes
Biologists Track Tweets to Monitor Birds
Conservation biologists can track the whereabouts of endangered species by the sounds they make, avoiding cumbersome trackers and tags. Christopher Intagliata reports.