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Science Podcast Episodes

A composite list of episodes from the past 90 days of physics, math, and astronomy podcasts. Also see episode list for general science podcasts.

Updated: 2023-Feb-04 13:15 UTC. Episodes: 622. Minimum length: 5 minutes. Hide descriptions. Rank is based on the episode age and the number of science writers following the podcast's Twitter account as indicated on the podcast series list. Switch to chronological view. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
podcast imageAliens are NOT here! With Sarah Scoles
Sarah Scoles, Journalist and Author of “They Are Already Here UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers” joins us to discuss alternatives to the SETI visitation phenomenon. www.sarahscoles.com twitte... with Professor Keating: 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 🔔 Subscribe https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?s... Join my mailing list; just click here http://briankeating.com/list ✍️ Detailed Blog posts here: https://briankeating.com/blog.php ... (2023-Feb-04 • 47 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageThe Future of Nuclear Fusion: A Discussion with Sharon Ann Holgate
How useful will nuclear fusion be? In a major breakthrough last year at the National Ignition Facility in California, 192 lasers achieved fusion – and created energy - for the first time. It was clearly an important moment. But might the development of fusion technology come too late? Owen Bennett Jones speaks with Sharon Ann Holgate, author of Nuclear Fusion: The Race to Build a Mini Sun on Earth (Icon Books, 2022). Owen Bennett-Jones is a freelance journalist and writer. A former BBC correspondent and pr... (2023-Feb-04 • 38 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageTim Palmer: The Primacy of Doubt
Tim Palmer graduated from Oxford with a PhD in mathematical physics, working on general relativity, and got a postdoc to work with Stephen Hawking. He turned it down and moved into the field of meteorology, and then moved on to Climate Change studies, where he pioneered the development of what is called ‘ensemble forecasting’ to predict both long term climate change, as well as short term weather predictions. This technique has now become a standard in the field, and is necessary to properly account for p... (2023-Feb-04 • 131 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageA tour of the antimatter factory and John Wheeler remembered
Carl Smith takes us to the Antimatter factory. (2023-Feb-04 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageThe Mars Helicopter That Would Not Die
The star attraction of NASA’s Mars 2020 mission is the Perseverance rover. But bolted to its underside was a stowaway: A tiny, 19-inch helicopter called Ingenuity. She was intended to fly five times on Mars, as a wild experiment to see if anything could fly in Mars’s incredibly thin atmosphere. But as the speed, altitude, length, and usefulness of Ingenuity’s flights improved, her mission was extended indefinitely. Ingenuity is still flying, nearly a year after its original mission was to end—and now, NASA ... (2023-Feb-03 • 47 minutes • @Pogue)
podcast imageWill the Dodo Fly?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Maps, Black Bears, Bigfoot, Asteroid Asymmetry, Squids, Fungus, Vaccines, Dodo Birds, Fly Sperm, Hydrogen, Neander Skulls, Drinking & IVF, And Much More Science! Become a Patron! (2023-Feb-03 • 111 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageDolphins help human fishers, Arctic foxes are tremendous travelers, Neanderthals hunted super-elephants, rubble pile asteroid threat and how particle physics helped us understand what was the matter
For a century dolphins and fishers have been cooperating, and the benefits are now clear | Arctic foxes are tremendous travellers | Elephant graveyard shows Neanderthals were more cooperative than we thought | Asteroid sample shows just what we need to deflect a surprise killer impactor | A new book looks at the experiments that gave us the modern picture of matter (2023-Feb-03 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageHow bad is our noise problem?
We generate a huge amount of noise, whether it’s our rumbling roads, pumping parties, or talkative tourists. And the topic of noise also generates a lot of questions from our listeners. In this episode we explore three of them, with the help of acoustic scientist Kurt Fristrup and neuropsychologist Catherine Loveday. Listener Dominique finds it hard to experience even one minute of a natural soundscape without some intrusion of human-made noise. He wonders how noise pollution is affecting both the natural ... (2023-Feb-03 • 35 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageExtra Mile: Stories about going over and above
If you've thought that you've ever gone above what is expected in your life, you haven't heard this week's stories. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers give new meaning to going the extra mile. Part 1: Jack Walsh exaggerates the severity of his brain tumor to get out of buying a timeshare. Part 2: Laura Fukumoto goes above and beyond trying to make a special mushroom dish from her grandmother’s childhood. Jack Walsh is an award-winning educational television producer as well as a writer, performer... (2023-Feb-03 • 36 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageMedieval monks were, in many ways, the original LinkedIn power users
Focusing wasn’t much easier in the time before electricity or on-demand TV. In fact, you probably have a lot in common with these super-distracted monks. (2023-Feb-03 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageTransplanting brain cells & the Big Birdwatch
Also, machine learning algorithm proves more efficient at searching for aliens, and results from the sugar tax (2023-Feb-03 • 26 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageScience Of ‘The Last Of Us’ Fungi, New U.S. Nuclear Power. Feb 3, 2023, Part 1
Wind And Solar Were Europe’s Top Energy Sources In 2022 The European Union reached a major renewable energy milestone in 2022. For the first time, wind and solar generated more energy in the European Union than any other power source. Ira talks with science writer Roxanne Khamsi about Europe’s energy future and other top science stories of the week, including deer harboring old COVID strains, an endangered marsupial who’s losing a lot of sleep in search of sex, and why mammals live longer in groups. U.S. ... (2023-Feb-03 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageClimate Change Music, Industrial Animal Husbandry, Grief Book. Feb 3, 2023, Part 2
How Grief Rewires The Brain Being a human can be a wonderful thing. We’re social creatures, craving strong bonds with family and friends. Those relationships can be the most rewarding parts of life. But having strong relationships also means the possibility of experiencing loss. Grief is one of the hardest things people go through in life. Those who have lost a loved one know the feeling of overwhelming sadness and heartache that seems to well up from the very depths of the body. To understand why we feel t... (2023-Feb-03 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageUkraine: The Handoff
We continue the story of a covert smuggling operation to bring abortion pills into Ukraine, shortly after the Russian invasion. In this episode, reporters Katz Laszlo and Gregory Warner go to Ukraine, landing on a fall night during a citywide blackout, to pick up the trail of the pills and find out about the doctors and patients who needed them. But as they follow the pills around the country, what they learn changes their understanding of how we talk about these pills, and how we talk about choice, in a wa... (2023-Feb-03 • 32 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageA Dirty Snowball, Cancer-Sniffing Ants And A Stressed Out Moon
A green comet, cancer-sniffing ants, stealthy moons ... hang out with us as we dish on some of the coolest science stories in the news! Today, Short Wave co-hosts Emily Kwong and Aaron Scott are joined by editor Gabriel Spitzer. Together, they round up headlines in this first installment of what will be regular newsy get-togethers in your feed. Have suggestions for what we should cover in our next news roundup? Email us at [email protected] (2023-Feb-03 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | February 2, 2023
Author Mike Rucker talks about how the pursuit of joy and wonder can change your life. His book is grounded in current research, accessible science and practical recommendations. (00:00) Then creator Marc Abrahams discusses the Ig Nobel Prize designed to honor the science and research that makes us laugh and then think. (27:17) (2023-Feb-02 • 54 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageA Fatal Virus With Pandemic Potential
The Nipah virus is on the World Health Organization's short list of diseases that have pandemic potential and therefore pose the greatest public health risk. With a fatality rate at about 70%, it is one of the most deadly respiratory diseases health officials have ever seen. But as regular outbreaks began in the early 2000s in Bangladesh, researchers were left scratching their heads. Initially, the cause of the outbreaks was unknown to them. But once they identified the virus, a second, urgent question aros... (2023-Feb-02 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe UK's first satellite launch
The UK's first satellite launch faced several delays in 2022, but Virgin Orbit's Cosmic Girl is prepped for imminent take off. BBC science correspondent Jonathan Amos has been following the activity in Newquay and, alongside Melissa Thorpe head of Spaceport Cornwall, describes the potential this launch has to promote and bolster the UK's space industry. Is laziness a particularly human trait? Apparently not according to Dr Daniella Rabaiotti from the Zoological Society of London. Her research shows many an... (2023-Feb-02 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageAliens are Out There! Lisa Kaltenegger
Lisa Kaltenegger is the founding director of the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell. In 2009, Kaltenegger realized that a telescope like JWST would see only tiny signals from atmospheric gases during each transit, so in order to achieve any statistical certainty, astronomers would need to observe dozens or even hundreds of transits, which would take years. Acting on this insight, astronomers started to seek Earths in close orbits around dimmer, colder red dwarf stars, where atmospheric signals will be less dro... (2023-Feb-02 • 91 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image#165 Water dowsing to detect leaks; Astroforge going asteroid mining; AI discovers new bacteria-killing proteins – the latest news in science
An ancient and debunked method of searching for water leaks is still being used by some of the UK’s water companies. The team finds out why water dowsing is still in practice, despite being scientifically discredited. But they also find out how it might actually work - just not in the way you think.People have sometimes complained that the chimps in the various Planet of the Apes films have unrealistic eyes - because they have whites around the iris, like humans. But it turns out real chimps actually do hav... (2023-Feb-02 • 25 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageScience on ice
Pull on an extra layer and stay toasty whilst Science in Action braces for a deep freeze. Whilst we know plenty about the ice on the Earth’s poles, Roland is on a chilling journey to see what can be found in deep space. Professor Christoph Salzmann and Professor Andrea Sella at University College London have produced a new phase of ice. Roland heads to the laboratory to see how the usual crystalline ice, found in ice cubes and icebergs, can be broken down and arranged into a new structure. The James W... (2023-Feb-02 • 33 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageVisiting a mummy factory, and improving the IQ of … toilets
On this week’s show: New clues to the chemicals used for mummification, and the benefits and barriers to smart toilets | First up this week: What can we learn from a mummy factory? Contributing Correspondent Andrew Curry talks with host Sarah Crespi about mummy chemistry and why we don’t know much about what was used to preserve these ancient bodies. Online News Editor Michael Price makes a special appearance. | Next up, how having a smart toilet can contribute to your health. Seung-Min Park, an instructor ... (2023-Feb-02 • 26 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageScientific Fraud Is Slippery to Catch—but Easier to Combat
Fakery spans “beautified” data, photoshopped images, and “paper mills.” Experts and institutions are employing tools to spot deceptive research and mitigate its reach. (2023-Feb-02 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: Surprising and often accidental discoveries that changed the world
The "project of physics" will never be complete, but some scientists in the 19th century thought there was little left to explore. Thankfully, that wasn't the case. (2023-Feb-02 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageCan we restore England’s lost wildlife?
This week the government published a major environmental improvement plan for England, including pledges on green spaces, wildlife habitat restoration and tackling sewage spills. Madeleine Finlay speaks to the Guardian’s environment editor, Fiona Harvey, about the state of nature in the UK, what this plan promises to do and whether it’s likely to deliver. (2023-Feb-02 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageHow mummies were prepared: Ancient Egyptian pots spill secrets
Analysis of substances uncovered in embalming workshop gives insight into the mummification process, and how CAR T therapies could turbocharge cancer treatments. (2023-Feb-01 • 30 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageWe booped an asteroid
Last fall, a NASA spacecraft slammed into an asteroid to test a way to avert a disaster on Earth. So are we safe now? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices (2023-Feb-01 • 22 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageThe Ancient Night Sky And The Earliest Astronomers
Moiya McTier says the night sky has been fueling humans' stories about the universe for a very long time, and informing how they explain the natural world. In fact, Moiya sees astronomy and folklore as two sides of the same coin. "To me, science is any rigorous attempt at understanding and explaining the world around you," she explained to Short Wave's Aaron Scott. "You can see that they knew enough about the world around them to predict eclipses, to predict annual floods in Egypt, for example. I think that... (2023-Feb-01 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHigh-Temperature Superconductivity Understood at Last
A new atomic-scale experiment all but settles the origin of the strong form of superconductivity seen in cuprate crystals, confirming a 35-year-old theory. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Quasi Motion” by Kevin MacLeod. (2023-Feb-01 • 15 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageLaryngology (VOICE BOXES) Part 2 with Ronda Alexander
Part 2 is here! Pull up a seat for singing techniques, baby talk, baritones, whistle notes, stroke recovery, vibrato, Julie Andrews, crying jags, throat singing, accents and much more with your new favorite Laryngologist, Dr. Ronda Alexander. We just… we love her so much. Listen to Laryngology Part 1 here Follow Dr. Alexander on Instagram and TwitterA donation went to Myeloma.org and to the Laryngology Education Foundation Health Equity Grant via this linkMore episode sources and linksOther episodes you may... (2023-Feb-01 • 55 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageSciShow Tangents Classics - Artificial Intelligence
Original Airdate: February 19, 2019It seems like everyone's using Artificial Intelligence these days, so we thought we'd dip back into our archives for a little refresher on just what the heck AI even is. Plus, meet the character find of 2023: President Smartest Dog in the World! (2023-Jan-31 • 38 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageWhy hangovers happen, Part 2
Continuing the story about the effects of alcohol we arrive at the “drunchies”—short for the “drunken munchies”. They’re what occur after a bout of too much drinking. You become very hungry and much your way through any fast food within reach. | | Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (2023-Jan-31 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageThe Tonga Eruption Is Still Revealing New Volcanic Dangers
One year later, researchers are still marveling at the power of the Hunga Tonga explosion—and wondering how to monitor hundreds of other undersea volcanoes. (2023-Jan-31 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe Resurrection Quest
‘Can we bring back extinct species?’ wonders listener Mikko Campbell. Well, Professor Fry is pretty excited by the prospect of woolly mammoths roaming the Siberian tundra once more. And everyone is impressed with the science that might make it happen. But Dr Rutherford comes out STRONGLY against the whole thing. Can our expert guests win him over? Dr Helen Pilcher shares the tale of Celia the lonely mountain goat, and makes the case for cloning to help protect species at risk of extinction. Professor Bet... (2023-Jan-31 • 39 minutes • @AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast imageHow to spot the exotic green comet (and what might get in the way)
This week star gazers will be hoping to catch sight of an exotic green comet that last passed by Earth 50,000 years ago. But, unlike the view our Neanderthal ancestors would have had, light pollution will make witnessing this celestial event an impossibility for many. Ian Sample speaks to astronomy journalist Dr Stuart Clark about how best to see the comet, and why it’s time to rethink our relationship with the night sky (2023-Jan-31 • 12 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageSatellites: forging metal and finding cholera
We examine some of the surprising capabilities that satellites have and the dangers satellites face in orbit (2023-Jan-31 • 32 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imagePutting Einstein to the TEST: Jim Gates
#einstein #relativity #gravity In 1911, a relatively unknown physicist named Albert Einstein published his preliminary theory of gravity. But it hadn't been tested. To do that, he needed a photograph of starlight as it passed the sun during a total solar eclipse. So began a nearly decade-long quest by seven determined astronomers from observatories in four countries, who traveled the world during five eclipses to capture the elusive sight. Over the years, they faced thunderstorms, the ravages of a world war... (2023-Jan-31 • 38 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageCan you teach a computer common sense?
Over the past decade, AI has moved right into our houses - onto our phones and smart speakers - and grown in sophistication. But many AI systems lack something we humans take for granted: common sense. In this episode Emily talks to MacArthur Fellowship-winner Yejin Choi, one of the leading thinkers on natural language processing, about how she's teaching machines to make inferences about the real world. (2023-Jan-31 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageAudio long read: The ‘breakthrough’ obesity drugs that have stunned researchers
A slew of remarkable trials have raised the profile of a class of weight loss drugs, but there are concerns about cost and weight stigma. (2023-Jan-30 • 18 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageGas Stoves: Sorting Fact From Fiction
Gas stoves are found in around 40% of homes in the United States, and they've been getting a lot of attention lately. A recent interview with Richard Trumka, the commissioner of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), quickly became fodder for outrage, viral disinformation and political fundraising after he proposed regulating the appliance. The proposal stems from a growing body of research suggesting gas stoves are unhealthy — especially for those with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary dis... (2023-Jan-30 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThis Seriously Hipster Bean Is Coffee’s Best Hope for Survival
Climate change is straining the world’s two favorite coffee species. Could a resilient 19th-century alternative solve the brew’s existential crisis? (2023-Jan-30 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast image693: Using Engineering and Systems Approaches to Understand Aging, Neurodegeneration, and Stress - Dr. Adriana San Miguel
Dr. Adriana San Miguel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at North Carolina State University. Adriana conducts research using a small roundworm called Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). They use this... (2023-Jan-30 • 32 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageRevisiting the history of animal extinctions
Researchers document animal extinctions in the Ediacaran Period that may have preceded the earliest known mass extinction. (2023-Jan-30 • 8 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast imageSkeptic Check: Understanding UAPs
The newest Pentagon report on UAPs – or Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon – reflects long standing public interest about what’s in our skies. Now, NASA is investigating for themselves. Should we assume that what we can’t identify is alien visitation? In our regular look at critical thinking, we look at the history of UFO sightings, visit Roswell on the 75th anniversary of the crash, and ask how our desire to believe influences our interpretation of evidence. Guests: Paul Hynek - Teacher at Pepperdine Universi... (2023-Jan-30 • 55 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image225 | Michael Tomasello on The Social Origins of Cognition and Agency
I talk with psychologist Michael Tomasello about how humans developed cognition and agency to better be social. (2023-Jan-30 • 82 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast image#164 The Last of Us: the science of a fungal zombie apocalypse
The new HBO series The Last of Us is making waves, raking in a steady stream of high reviews. Based on a game of the same name, it’s set in a world where a parasitic fungus called Cordyceps has mutated to infect and zombify humans.In this bonus episode of the podcast, Bethan Ackerley asks if this could actually happen in real life. She’s joined by fungal pathogens expert Professor Matthew Fisher of Imperial College London. To read about these subjects, Beth’s review of The Last of Us, and much more, yo... (2023-Jan-30 • 19 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageBird flu (H5N1) outbreak in mink
An outbreak of pathogenic bird flu, H5N1, in a Spanish mink farm could be a cause for concern. Some experts fear the virus may now spill over to other mammals without strict surveillance. Marion Koopmans, professor of virology at Erasmus Medical Centre, talks Roland through the potential risks. India’s caste system affects all aspects of society, but how does the hierarchy influence representation of marginalised groups in academia? Science journalist Ankur Paliwal believes that, despite efforts to combat ... (2023-Jan-29 • 51 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageTheatre and community health: the unexpected duo
How do you organise a community health program when no one speaks the same language? | | When researcher Renly was faced with this question, she worked on a creative solution. | | This week, Renly Lim explores using theatre to communicate science. | | The next Ockham's Razor live podcast event is coming up soon! We'll be in Perth in February. You can find details and tickets here. (2023-Jan-29 • 11 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageDissecting Morality: What do Scientists Have To Say About Ethics? (Part 2)
Linking morality and science can conjure up disturbing histories around social Darwinism, eugenics, and genetically engineered humans. But scientists today are making discoveries that moral agents shouldn’t ignore: how to overcome aggression and tribalism, and how to sustain cooperation in a modern pluralist world. Guests: Diane Paul, professor emerita of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and research associate at the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology. Ben Allen, associate professor o... (2023-Jan-28 • 27 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageHope from COP27 and atmospheric research from Germany’s highest peak
Hope from COP27 and atmospheric research from Germany’s highest peak (2023-Jan-28 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #916 - Jan 28 2023
What's the Word: Aposematism; News Items: NASA Experimental Technology, Procrastination, Bacteria that Eat Plastic, Rubble Pile Asteroids, Traumatic Brain Injury; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Aptera Solar Car; Science or Fiction (2023-Jan-28 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageAccessible Birding, Human Water Consumption, Road Salt Impacts, Terraformers Book. Jan 27, 2023, Part 2
Meet The Blind Birder Reimagining Accessibility In The Outdoors For many blind and low vision people, accessing outdoor spaces like parks can be challenging. Trails are often unsafe or difficult to navigate, signs don’t usually have Braille, guides generally aren’t trained to help disabled visitors, and so on. But nature recordist Juan Pablo Culasso, based in Bogata, Colombia, is changing that. He’s designed a system of fully accessible trails in the cloud forests of southwest Colombia that are specifically... (2023-Jan-27 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageWhere does the sand in a desert come from?
From Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars via tales of intrepid adventurers traversing lonely sand-swept landscapes, deserts have always had a powerful pull on the popular imagination. But if a desert is full of sand, where did all that sand come from in the first place? That is what CrowdScience listener Andy wants to know, so presenter Caroline Steel heads off into the dunes to find out. She begins by finding out what a desert is anyway and whether it is always sandy, as well as tracing the flow of material a... (2023-Jan-27 • 28 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageThe Key to California's Survival Is Hidden Underground
The state is ping-ponging between severe drought and catastrophic flooding. The solution to both? Making the landscape spongier. (2023-Jan-27 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageDissecting Morality: What do Scientists Have To Say About Ethics? (Part 1)
Linking morality and science can conjure up disturbing histories around social Darwinism, eugenics, and genetically engineered humans. But scientists today are making discoveries that moral agents shouldn’t ignore: how to overcome aggression and tribalism, and how to sustain cooperation in a modern pluralist world. Guests: Diane Paul, professor emerita of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and research associate at the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology. Ben Allen, associate professor o... (2023-Jan-27 • 31 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageArt Crime Science, Long Covid Update, Earth's Slowing Core. Jan 27, 2023, Part 1
What’s Behind The Strange Slowing Of The Earth’s Core? Even though some days feel more chaotic than others, the rotation of the surface of the planet proceeds at a pretty constant rate—about one full rotation every 24 hours. But the rotational speed of the inner core is less stable, and has been known to shift over time. Now, researchers are reporting in the journal Nature Geoscience that according to seismic data, the Earth’s inner core may have recently paused its rotation, and could even go on to reverse... (2023-Jan-27 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imagePlastic-eating bugs & paying you to power off
Is paying people to turn off their appliances the precursor to a digital control of our energy consumption? (2023-Jan-27 • 31 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageWho Wants to Play Asteroids?
This Week: Earth's Core, The next Pandemic, Screen time bad, outside good, Old Asteroids, Music and stress, Artic Primates, Sea Spiders, Talking chimp, Knowing Dogs, T.gondii, Just Bad News, Antidepressants, Emotional Blunting, The Terminator, And Much More Science! (2023-Jan-27 • 102 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageHumans understand ape gestures, wolves eat sea otters, ‘Golden Boy’ mummy, polar pre-primate, Black in science update and domestication and taming.
Humans intuitively understand ape gestural communication; Wolves on an Alaskan island ate all the deer, so now are preying on sea otters; A unique mummy is digitally unwrapped to reveal historical treasures; 52 million years ago Canada’s Arctic was home to pre-primates; Black in Science: have recent years of activism made a difference?; Quirks & Quarks listener question. (2023-Jan-27 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageBirthstory
You know the drill — all it takes is one sperm, one egg, and blammo — you’ve got yourself a baby. Right? Well, in this 2015 episode, conception takes on a new form — it’s the sperm and the egg, plus: two wombs, four countries, and money. Lots of money. This is the story of an Israeli couple, two men, who go to another continent to get themselves a baby — three, in fact — by hiring surrogates to carry the children for them. As we follow them on their journey, an earth-shaking revelation shifts our focus fro... (2023-Jan-27 • 61 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageMeet The Bony-Eared Assfish And Its Deep Sea Friends
Yi-Kai Tea, a biodiversity research fellow at the Australian Museum in Sydney, has amassed a social media following as @KaiTheFishGuy for his sassy writing and gorgeous photos of fish and other wildlife. Kai recently returned from an expedition aboard an Australian research ship to explore the deep seas surrounding a new marine park in the Indian Ocean. Led by the Museums Victoria Research Institute, dozens of scientists aboard mapped the ocean floor and, using nets dropped to as deep as six kilometers, gat... (2023-Jan-27 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageVolunteered: Stories about unwanted jobs
In this week’s episode, both of our storytellers share times where they got stuck with jobs they never signed up for. Part 1: Ted Olds finds himself an unwilling participant in his son’s school assignment to look after an electronic baby doll. Part 2: Cadré Francis is less than thrilled when finds out he’s been volunteered to do demonstrations at a STEM camp. Ted Olds is a mechanical engineer and patent lawyer. He has worked on protecting technologies as wide ranging as Pratt and Whitney's geared aircraft e... (2023-Jan-27 • 27 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageJustin Gregg, "If Nietzsche Were a Narwhal: What Animal Intelligence Reveals About Human Stupidity" (Little, Brown, 2022)
What if human intelligence is actually more of a liability than a gift? After all, the animal kingdom, in all its diversity, gets by just fine without it. At first glance, human history is full of remarkable feats of intelligence, yet human exceptionalism can be a double-edged sword. With our unique cognitive prowess comes severe consequences, including existential angst, violence, discrimination, and the creation of a world teetering towards climate catastrophe. What if human exceptionalism is more of a cu... (2023-Jan-26 • 32 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageHow will ChatGPT transform creative work?
Ian Sample speaks to Prof John Naughton about how ChatGPT works, hears from author Patrick Jackson about how it will change publishing, and asks where the chatbot technology could end up (2023-Jan-26 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageWolves hunting otters, and chemical weathering in a warming world
On this week’s show: When deer are scarce these wolves turn to sea otters, and chemical weathering of silicates acts as a geological thermostat | First up on this week’s show we have a story about a group of Alaskan wolves that has switched to eating sea otters as deer populations have dwindled. Science journalist Jack Tamisiea tells host Sarah Crespi about some of the recently published work on this diet shift, and wildlife biologist Gretchen Roffler weighs in on the conditions on the island where this is ... (2023-Jan-26 • 23 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageWhy the Search for Life in Space Starts With Ancient Earth
Need to estimate, from trillions of miles away, how likely another world is to host life? There’s a flowchart for that. (2023-Jan-26 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageBird flu (H5N1) outbreak in mink
An outbreak of pathogenic bird flu, H5N1, in a Spanish mink farm could be a cause for concern. Some experts fear the virus may now spill over to other mammals without strict surveillance. Marion Koopmans, professor of virology at Erasmus Medical Centre, talks Roland through the potential risks. India’s caste system affects all aspects of society, but how does the hierarchy influence representation of marginalised groups in academia? Science journalist Ankur Paliwal believes that, despite efforts to comba... (2023-Jan-26 • 28 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image#163 Antidepressants; Exoplanets; California’s megadroughts – the latest news in science
A vaccine for the respiratory virus RSV may be ready this year. In fact, after decades of efforts, successful vaccines have arrived like buses, with three of them on the way. As a particularly devastating virus for young children and the elderly, the team explains just how impactful these new vaccines will be.You may have read headlines that Earth’s core is changing direction - but the team explains why it’s not all it’s cracked up to be. They also bring less-than-thrilling news for the existence of life in... (2023-Jan-26 • 23 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageDo We Live in a Mirror Universe? Oliver Philcox
Also available as a video on Youtube: https://youtu.be/y0_ePN7c1gw What is parity and how can it be violated? A striking asymmetry in the arrangements of galaxies in the sky has been announced. If confirmed, the finding would point to features of the unknown fundamental laws that operated during the Big Bang. “If this result is real, someone’s going to get a Nobel Prize,” said Marc Kamionkowski, a physicist at Johns Hopkins University who was not involved in the analysis. Brian Keating and Oliver Philcox di... (2023-Jan-26 • 42 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image6 Doctors Swallow Lego Heads ... What Comes Out?
As an emergency physician at Western Health, in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Andy Tagg says he meets a lot of anxious parents whose children have swallowed Lego pieces. Much like Andy so many years ago, the vast majority of kids simply pass the object through their stool within a day or so. But Andy and five other pediatricians wondered, is there a way to give parents extra reassurance ... through science? So the doctors devised an experiment. "Each of them swallowed a Lego head," says science journalist Sabri... (2023-Jan-26 • 16 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageOf Chestnuts, Cherry Trees, and Mushroom Catsup: Flora Patterson, the Woman who Kept Devastating Blights from U.S. Shores
Flora Wambaugh Patterson, a widowed mother of two, played a crucial role in keeping fungal blights from U.S. shores. (2023-Jan-26 • 24 minutes • @LostWomenofSci)
podcast imageGame changers
Nations are racing to protect 30% of the planet by 2030 in an attempt to halt biodiversity loss, but one novel approach may be able to safeguard species under threat of imminent extinction. Vic visited Nature’s Safe in May, a cryogenic biobank, storing the genetic information of at risk species in futuristic biological freezers. But will it serve as a viable tool to bring wildlife back from the brink if the ecosystems in which these animals reside are degraded beyond repair? The Greenland ice sheet is mel... (2023-Jan-26 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: How do we prevent a dead pool in the Colorado River Basin?
Sometime in the next few years, the water level in Lake Powell may drop so low that it will be impossible for the lake’s dam to continue producing electricity. (2023-Jan-26 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageThe Math And Science Powering 'Everything Everywhere All At Once'
Directors Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (collectively: Daniels) on the starring role science plays in their film Everything Everywhere All At Once. (2023-Jan-25 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe US Just Greenlit High-Tech Alternatives to Animal Testing
Lab animals have long borne the brunt of drug safety trials. A new law allows drugmakers to use miniature tissue models or "organs on chips" instead. (2023-Jan-25 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageYour creepy, crawly roommates
Our houses are homes to hidden worlds of bugs. And the more ecologists explore those worlds, the more they realize that some of our tiny roommates actually have a lot to teach us. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices... (2023-Jan-25 • 28 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageDani Bassett & Perry Zurn on The Neuroscience & Philosophy of Curious Minds
This is a podcast by and for the curious — and yet, in over three years, we have pointed curiosity at nearly every topic but itself. What is it, anyway? Are there worse and better frames for understanding how desire and wonder, exploration and discovery play out in both the brain and in society? How is scientific research like an amble through the woods? What juicy insights bubble up where neuroscientists, historians, philosophers, and mathematicians meet to answer questions like these? And how long of a pa... (2023-Jan-25 • 81 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageAmino acid slows nerve damage from diabetes, in mouse study
Experiments show the role that serine may play in a common diabetes complication. (2023-Jan-25 • 19 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast image#162 How to trigger positive tipping points to tackle climate change
On this special episode of the show, host Rowan Hooper and environment reporter Madeleine Cuff chat with climate scientist Tim Lenton of the University of Exeter.Tim has just contributed to a research paper that suggested governments could trigger a mass shift to plant-based diets, simply by serving more vegan burgers in schools and hospitals. We discuss with Tim the power of leveraging so-called positive tipping points to bring about large-scale change.Topics in a wide-ranging and fascinatin... (2023-Jan-25 • 27 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageLaryngology (VOICE BOXES) with Ronda Alexander, Part 1
Voices! Singing! Anxiety busters! Breathing! The absolutely magnetic, charismatic Laryngologist and surgeon Dr. Ronda Alexander makes her long-awaited Ologies debut to chat about why we sound the way we do, hormones and voices, Elvis accents, opera singing, kid voices, turning back time vocally, coughing, sleep apnea, acid reflux, vocal fry, Mariah and more in this stellar two-parter. Come back next week when we answer so many burning questions.Follow Dr. Alexander on Instagram and TwitterA donation went to... (2023-Jan-25 • 62 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageRubber
You can bounce it, you can stretch it, heck... some people even chew it! That's right, it's rubber! And at long last, the Tangents team is finally talking about it! You all really wanted an episode about rubber, right? Well, we made it anyway, so you have to listen. SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all ... (2023-Jan-24 • 38 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageOvercoming burnout: a psychologist’s guide
The resignation of New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has prompted a renewed focus on burnout. Madeleine Finlay speaks to cognitive scientist Professor Laurie Santos about its symptoms, causes, and the best ways to recover (2023-Jan-24 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageOur Perception Of Time Shapes The Way We Think About Climate Change
Most people are focused on the present: today, tomorrow, maybe next year. Fixing your flat tire is more pressing than figuring out if you should buy an electric car. Living by the beach is a lot more fun than figuring out when your house might be flooded by rising sea levels.That basic human relationship with time makes climate change a tricky problem.Host Emily Kwong talks to climate correspondent Rebecca Hersher about how our obsession with the present can be harnessed to tackle our biggest climate proble... (2023-Jan-24 • 10 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWhy hangovers happen, Part 1
Alcohol in small quantities can make people sociable; but too much of it can mean hangovers and associated consumption of non-nutritional foodstuffs. There's a whole chemical family of 'alcohols', so what's the deal with the one that humans kinda like—ethanol. (2023-Jan-24 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageChatGPT: The chatbot changing how we work
Large language models are ushering in a new era of idea generation... (2023-Jan-24 • 31 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageThe Puzzle of the Pyramids
The Great Pyramids of Giza are awesome feats of engineering and precision. So who built them - and how? Was it a mysteriously super-advanced civilization now oddly extinct? Was it even aliens? Nah, course not! Rutherford and Fry investigate how these inspiring monuments were really constructed, and learn about the complex civilisation and efficient bureaucracy that made them possible. Professor Sarah Parcak busts the myth that they were built by slaves. In fact, she reveals, it was gangs of well-paid b... (2023-Jan-24 • 36 minutes • @AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast imageWhat This Fearsome Weapon Reveals About Early Americans
The hottest West Coast tech 16,000 years ago was a “projectile point” for hunting game. Though tiny, the artifact tells an outsize tale. (2023-Jan-24 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast image692: Keeping a Close Eye On Channels and Vesicle Trafficking in Plant Cell Membranes - Dr. Mike Blatt
Dr. Mike Blatt is the Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Glasgow and Adjunct Professor at Pennsylvania State University. Mike is a cell biologist and physiologist who studies cells to understand how the parts fit together to accomplish... (2023-Jan-23 • 43 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageThis Book Sent Galileo To JAIL!
The Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo) is a 1632 Italian-language book by Galileo Galilei comparing the Copernican system with the traditional Ptolemaic system. It was translated into Latin as Systema cosmicum (English: Cosmic System) in 1635 by Matthias Bernegger. The book was dedicated to Galileo's patron, Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, who received the first printed copy on February 22, 1632. Download your copy of Galileo's Di... (2023-Jan-23 • 31 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageMeet the Earth’s Lawyers
ClientEarth helps shape new laws and enforce old ones to protect the planet and its most vulnerable inhabitants. (2023-Jan-23 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageFossil CSI: Cracking The Case Of An Ancient Reptile Graveyard
This mystery begins in 1952, in the Nevada desert, when a self-taught geologist came across the skeleton of a massive creature that looked like a cross between a whale and a crocodile. It turned out to be just the beginning. Ichthyosaurs were bus-sized marine reptiles that lived during the age of dinosaurs, when this area of Nevada was underwater. Yet paleontologists found few other animals here, which raised the questions: Why were there so many adult ichthyosaurs, and almost nothing else? What could have ... (2023-Jan-23 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageVaccine Inequity
A radical plan could solve a historic global health inequity. Countries in the global south who waited for more than a year for ample supplies of Covid vaccines have banded together to make mRNA vaccines locally. If successful, they could end a dangerous dependency on wealthy nations and help stop pandemics before they start. In a special episode, supported by the Pulitzer Center, journalist Amy Maxmen shares her reporting from southern Africa about the inspiring project led by the WHO that’s made fast prog... (2023-Jan-23 • 58 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image224 | Edward Tufte on Data, Design, and Truth
I talk with Edward Tufte about data visualization and how it interacts with larger questions of design and truth. (2023-Jan-23 • 76 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast image#161 What they don’t tell you about the climate crisis with Assaad Razzouk
In this bonus episode of the podcast, hear Rowan Hooper’s extended interview with Assaad Razzouk, author of Saving the Planet Without the Bullshit: What they don’t tell you about the climate crisis.For a refreshing take on the climate crisis, find out why Assaad believes we need to feel less guilty about our personal actions when it comes to tackling climate change. In this episode he argues things like going vegan and flying less are just distractions, and explains where he believes the real battle lies.To... (2023-Jan-23 • 19 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageClimate science activism
Climate researcher, Rose Abramoff took to the stage at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meetings, not as a guest speaker but in protest. Whilst her demonstration only lasted 15 seconds, she found her employment terminated from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and research stripped from the AGU programme. She was attempting to persuade other climate scientists to ‘get out of the lab and into the street’. Whilst Rose’s protest hit the headlines in the media, potentially less attention was paid to the se... (2023-Jan-22 • 54 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageThe surprising Huxley family, certainty, and climate prospects for 2023
From T. H. Huxley - ‘Darwin’s Bulldog’ – to author Aldous Huxley to Nobel Prize winner Andrew Huxley, a new book tells the tale of this remarkable scientific family. (2023-Jan-21 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #915 - Jan 21 2023
News Items: Intermittent Fasting, Tech Devices and Brain Development, Latest Cancer Statistics, Short Sleeper Syndrome, Hungriest Black Hole, Webb's First Exoplanet; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Coffee Pods; Science or Fiction (2023-Jan-21 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageWhy do we get jealous?
When falling in love or fancying someone, one emotion can dominate over the rest: jealousy. Some may try to play it cool and act aloof, but seeing - or even thinking - of a romantic partner engaging with others can lead people to act completely out of character. The green-eyed monster can hijack thoughts for days to weeks on end, spending precious energy ruminating on situations that may never arise. So why is it that humans feel jealousy? Do people experience this emotion differently? And are there ways to... (2023-Jan-20 • 30 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageLaser-Guided Lightning, Very, Very Frightening!
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Predicting Solar Flares, Laser-guided lightning, Toddlers & Dogs, Bird Vagrants, Concrete, Phantom Credits, Tree Tossing, Echidna, Stem Cells, Rebooting Age, And Much More Science! (2023-Jan-20 • 106 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageEvolution: Stories about our changing relationship with science
In this week’s episode, both of our storytellers explore their ever changing relationships with science over the course of their lives. Part 1: All throughout his life, Chris Wade has a love-hate relationship with science, with very little love. Part 2: After Caroline Hu’s parents make her choose between art and science at age 17, she struggles with her choice. Chris Wade is a native Washingtonian and a retired police officer. He is married to his best friend and adores his children. Chris enjoys storytelli... (2023-Jan-20 • 24 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageClimate Enforcers Need Hard Evidence. Friederike Otto Has It
World Weather Attribution ties disasters and extreme conditions to climate change—providing crucial leverage for legal and policy battles. (2023-Jan-20 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageChildren’s Antibiotics Shortage, Bat Vocalizations, Life’s Biggest Questions. January 20, 2023, Part 1
Why Are Children’s Antibiotics So Hard To Find Right Now? Mary Warlo has been extremely worried lately. Her baby Calieb, who is six months old, has sickle cell disease. In early December he went for a few days without liquid penicillin, a medication that he—and thousands of other children in the U.S.—rely on to prevent potentially life threatening infections. Warlo couldn’t easily find a pharmacy in Indianapolis that had the medicine in stock. She and her husband frantically drove around for hours, stopping... (2023-Jan-20 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageFork-headed trilobite, echidnas blow snot bubbles, Perseverance delivery drop-off, farming fish lose their fertilizer and inoculation against misinformation.
An ancient sea creature sported a massive fork on its head — what for?; Echidnas blow snot bubbles to keep cool under the Australian sun; The Mars Perseverance rover is caching samples for return to Earth; Farming fish lose their fertilizer to invasive rats; How to fight an infodemic with cognitive vaccines. (2023-Jan-20 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageUkraine: Under the Counter
In the weeks following the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, a young doctor in Germany sees that abortion pills are urgently needed in Ukraine. And she wants to help. But getting the drugs into the country means going through Poland, which has some of the strictest abortion laws in Europe. So, she gets creative. What unfolds is a high-stakes, covert-operation run by a group of strangers. With everyone deciding: who to trust? In collaboration with NPR’s Rough Translation (https://zpr.io/9UpCwb2Smjzw), we find ... (2023-Jan-20 • 43 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageNew Tech Targets Epilepsy With Lasers, Robots
About three million people in the United States have epilepsy, including about a million who can't rely on medication to control their seizures. For years, those patients had very limited options. But now, in 2023, advancements in diagnosing and treating epilepsy are showing great promise for many patients, even those who had been told there was nothing that could be done. Using precise lasers, microelectronic arrays and robot surgeons, doctors and researchers have begun to think differently about epilepsy ... (2023-Jan-20 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageGas Stoves, Next Gen Vaccines, Printed Violins. January 20, 2023, Part 2
Why Are Gas Stoves Under Fire? If you were online at all last week, you probably encountered conversations about gas stoves. The sudden stove discourse was sparked by a comment made by a commissioner on the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) to a Bloomberg reporter, in which the commissioner discussed plans to regulate gas stoves. Those comments morphed via repetition into inaccurate rumors of an impending ban on stoves fueled by ‘natural gas,’ or methane, currently used in around 38% of US homes. T... (2023-Jan-20 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageLasers lure lightning and carbon computing
Hair follicles remodel scar tissue, and mature brain cells grown in the lab (2023-Jan-20 • 30 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageAI and the End of Writing
In early 2023 ChatGPT blew up the internet. It’s an AI app that can create any piece of writing you ask for. Poems, homework, lyrics, essays, outlines, recipes, interview questions, and even code. All are indistinguishable from something written by a person, all instantaneous and free. In schools, cheaters began cheating immediately. Educators were horrified, calling it the end of homework, college-entrance essays, and even writing skills. New York City schools banned it. Experts called it a potential fact... (2023-Jan-20 • 32 minutes • @Pogue)
podcast imageCould the return of El Niño in 2023 take us above 1.5C of warming?
Scientists have predicted the return of the El Niño climate phenomenon later this year. Its arrival will result in even higher global temperatures and supercharged extreme weather events. Ian Sample speaks to environment editor Damian Carrington about what we can expect from El Niño and whether we’re prepared (2023-Jan-19 • 12 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageClimate science activism
Climate researcher, Rose Abramoff took to the stage at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meetings, not as a guest speaker but in protest. Whilst her demonstration only lasted 15 seconds, she found her employment terminated from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and research stripped from the AGU programme. She was attempting to persuade other climate scientists to ‘get out of the lab and into the street’. Whilst Rose’s protest hit the headlines in the media, potentially less attention was paid to the se... (2023-Jan-19 • 29 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: What Lula's election means for Brazil's rainforests
What Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva does now about the Amazon may impact every person on this planet. (2023-Jan-19 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageWhat Cities Should Learn From California's Flooding
Winter storms have flooded parts of California, broken levees and forced thousands to evacuate. Climate change is altering the historic weather patterns that infrastructure like reservoirs and waterways were built to accommodate. Urban planners and engineers are rethinking underlying assumptions baked into buildings and water systems in order to adapt to the changing climate. Today, NPR climate correspondent Lauren Sommer walks us through three innovations happening around the country to help cities adapt t... (2023-Jan-19 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWhy Do You Get Sick in the Winter? Blame Your Nose
A new study shows that as temperatures drop, nasal cells release fewer of the tiny protectors that bind and neutralize invading germs. (2023-Jan-19 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageA Scientifically Superior Christmas Dinner
How many Scientists does it take to cook Christmas dinner? Marnie seeks help from a food scientist, a geneticist, a doctor and a botanist to create the perfect festive feast. (2023-Jan-19 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast image#160 Rejuvenation treatments; world to breach 1.5 degrees of global heating
A cure for ageing, without the price-tag? It might sound too good to be true, but the team digs into new evidence that shows low-frequency ultrasound may rejuvenate cells in our body which are thought to cause age-related diseases. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is missing half of its matter - and the team asks where it’s all gone. They also discuss NASA’s ShadowCam which has taken pictures of Shackleton Crater on the south pole of the Moon, a region of particular interest if humans are to settle on the Lu... (2023-Jan-19 • 27 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageBad stats overturn ‘medical murders,’ and linking allergies with climate change
Statisticians fight bad numbers used in medical murder trials, and the state of allergy science | First up on this week’s show, we have a piece on accusations of medical murder. Contributing Correspondent Cathleen O’Grady joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss her story on how statisticians are weighing in on cases where nurses and doctors are convicted of murdering patients based on bad statistics. This segment was produced by Kevin McLean with sound design by James Rowlands. | Also on this week’s show: Allerg... (2023-Jan-19 • 37 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | January 19, 2023
A Westminster College microbiologist and the co-founder and director of the Great Salt Lake Institute talks about the crisis of evaporation of Great Salt Lake. The Scientific American tech editor tells us what was behind the FAA grounding all planes on Jan. 11, resulting in thousands of canceled and delayed flights. (2023-Jan-19 • 51 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageAperiology (MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY) Encore with Joseph Saunders
Lights! Cameras! Arachnids! And lizards and bees and beetles. Macro photography is like magic: curved glass gives an entirely new take on the world, from dust on a cricket’s brow to a curious mantid stare to the elegant symmetry of spider whiskers. Joseph Saunders is an Oklahoma-based wildlife photographer whose larger-than-life photos of bugs and reptiles will make you realize just how little we appreciate the creatures on our window sills and skittering up our porches. We talk shop about cameras, bug hunt... (2023-Jan-18 • 85 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageTime Is So Much Weirder Than It Seems
Time is a concept so central to our daily lives. Yet, the closer scientists look at it, the more it seems to fall apart. Time ticks by differently at sea level than it does on a mountaintop. The universe's expansion slows time's passage. "And some scientists think time might not even be 'real' — or at least not fundamental," says NPR science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel. Geoff joined Short Wave Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber to bend our brains with his learnings about the true nature of time. Along... (2023-Jan-18 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageRecord-Breaking Robot Highlights How Animals Excel at Jumping
Robots can surpass the limitations on how high and far animals can jump, but their success only underscores nature’s ingenuity in making the most of what’s available. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Pixel Peeker Polka” by Kevin MacLeod. (2023-Jan-18 • 20 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageLaser 'lightning rod' diverts strikes high in the Alps
After decades of research, experiment shows potential for using lasers to protect large infrastructure. (2023-Jan-18 • 20 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageHenrietta Leavitt and the end of the universe
In the early 1900s, Henrietta Leavitt made one of the most important discoveries in the history of astronomy: a yardstick to measure distances to faraway stars. Using this tool, scientists eventually transformed our understanding of the universe. They realized space was expanding, that this expansion was accelerating, and that ultimately, everything will end. This episode originally ran on June 30, 2021. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more a... (2023-Jan-18 • 33 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageIs There A MIND Behind the Big Bang? Luke Barnes on Brian Keating’s INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast
See the video of this episode here: https://youtu.be/bRCLzMS8Rck Is there evidence for God in the origin of Universe? What were Aristolte’s contributions to science? How does a scientist come from a Young Earth Creationist background. Luke Barnes co-authored with Geraint Lewis, of A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos published by Cambridge University Press. The book explores the last forty years of scientific evidence that if the Universe had been forged with even slightly different propertie... (2023-Jan-18 • 44 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageDrug Shortages Aren’t New. The Tripledemic Just Made You Look
Flu meds and prescription drugs have been in short supply all winter—but the problem goes back over a decade. (2023-Jan-18 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCan we feed ourselves without devouring the planet? | George Monbiot
Farming is the worst thing humanity has ever done to the planet, says journalist George Monbiot. What's more: the global food system could be heading toward collapse. Detailing the technological solutions we need to radically reshape food production -- from lab-grown, protein-rich foods to crops that don't require plowing -- Monbiot shares a future-focused vision of how humanity could feed itself without destroying the planet. (2023-Jan-18 • 16 minutes • @TEDTalks)
podcast imageThe Magnetic Mystery
Magnets are inside loads of everyday electronic kit - speakers, motors, phones and more - but listener Lucas is mystified: what, he wonders, is a magnetic field? Our sleuths set out to investigate the mysterious power of magnets, with the help of wizard / physicist Dr Felix Flicker - author of the The Magick of Matter - and materials scientist Dr Anna Ploszajski. They cover the secrets of lodestones - naturally occurring magnetic rocks - and how to levitate crystals, frogs and maybe even people. Matthe... (2023-Jan-17 • 44 minutes • @AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast imageDry January: is giving up booze beneficial?
The past, present, and future of our relationship with alcohol (2023-Jan-17 • 30 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageHow to snap spaghetti: Pt 2
For some snapping spaghetti is sacrilege — but for others it’s science. (2023-Jan-17 • 5 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageIn the Next Pandemic, Let’s Pay People to Get Vaccinated
Data from Sweden and the US suggests cash incentives increase uptake without denting people’s trust in vaccines or future willingness to get them. (2023-Jan-17 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageA Course Correction In Managing Drying Rivers
Historic drought in the west and water diversion for human use are causing stretches of the Colorado and Mississippi rivers to run dry. "The American West is going to have to need to learn how to do more with less," says Laurence Smith, a river surveyor and environmental studies professor at Brown University. He recently dropped in for a chat with Short Wave co-host Emily Kwong about how scientists are turning a new page on managing two of The United States's central waterways, the Colorado and Mississippi ... (2023-Jan-17 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWhat’s the reality behind the ‘Love Island smile’?
As the ninth series of ITV show Love Island kicked off yesterday, viewers may have noticed contestants’ perfectly straight, white teeth. But are there risks associated with achieving a flawless smile? Madeleine Finlay speaks to dentist Paul Woodhouse about some of the dangers of dental tourism (2023-Jan-17 • 12 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageTails
From a bunny’s seemingly-useless fluffy li’l puffball to a scorpion’s practical and deadly venom-filled stinger, the world is filled with all sorts of wonderful tails! And heck, some of them aren’t even tails at all, but that’s ok!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return,... (2023-Jan-17 • 39 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022 Wasn't the Hottest on Record. That's Nothing to Celebrate
Last year was one of the warmest measured, say NASA and NOAA. It would have been even more sweltering if not for La Niña, which will soon fade away. (2023-Jan-16 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe music of Mesozoic bush crickets
Bo Wang and Chunpeng Xu describe how fossilized katydids provide insight into the role of insect sounds in the Mesozoic. (2023-Jan-16 • 10 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast image691: Using Science and Engineering to Create New Nature-Inspired Materials and Structures - Dr. David Kaplan
Dr. David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University, a Distinguished University Professor, and Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. He also holds faculty appointments in the School of Medicine,... (2023-Jan-16 • 49 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image223 | Tania Lombrozo on What Explanations Are
I talk with psychologist Tania Lombrozo about the nature of explanations and how we seek them. (2023-Jan-16 • 71 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageHow You Can Support Scientific Research
We're off today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. In the meantime, we want to share this episode from our friends at NPR's Life Kit podcast about how to become a community scientist — and better scientific research. (2023-Jan-16 • 21 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageTesting Your Metal (rebroadcast)
Catalytic converters are disappearing. If you’ve had yours stolen, you know that precious and rare earth metals are valuable. But these metals are in great demand for things other than converters, such as batteries for electric cars, wind farms and solar panels. We need rare earth metals to combat climate change, but where to get them? Could we find substitutes? One activity that could be in our future: Deep sea mining. But it’s controversial. Can one company’s plan to mitigate environmental harm help? Gues... (2023-Jan-16 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image#159 Aboriginal stories describe ancient climate change and sea level rise in Australia
In this bonus episode of the podcast, hear an extended interview with Cassie Lynch, a descendent of the Noongar people of south west Australia who’s been studying their storytelling tradition.Find out how ancient accounts of rising sea levels from the end of the ice age around 7000 years ago have been passed down through aboriginal stories. And discover what we can learn from the events of the past in surviving the current climate crisis.Interviewing Cassie is writer and theatre maker David Finnigan. Find o... (2023-Jan-16 • 19 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageAtmospheric rivers
Flood warnings in parts of California have seen some of the state’s best known celebrities flee their homes. The current weather conditions are in part the result of ‘Atmospheric rivers’ – literally fast flowing rivers of water vapor in the atmosphere. Marty Ralph from the Scripps Institute has been studying this phenomenon for years, he explains what atmospheric rivers are, and tells us how a greater understanding of the phenomenon is now informing weather forecasting and evacuation plans. Over the past y... (2023-Jan-15 • 61 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageSETI and Beyond: A discussion with Brian Keating, Paul Davies, Jim Benford and Mat Kaplan - Replay
This brain trust of SETI experts was hosted in February of 2020, back when live, in-studio conversations happened, and discussions of alien artifacts and UAPs was fringe science. The discussion includes James Benford's strategy for finding ETI artifacts and a proposition for both passive and active observations by optical and radio listening, radar imaging and launching probes. A debate on the implications of our own technosignatures. And what if we find nothing? A profound result: suggesting that, perhaps,... (2023-Jan-15 • 44 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageElizabeth Kolbert: Can human technology solve unintended consequences of human technology
Note: Due to internet difficulties due to storms in California delaying uploading of the video, the video post of this podcast will be delayed by a few hours. We are thus releasing the audio version now. (Usually these are released at the same time.) Seven years ago I invited Elizabeth Kolbert to participate in a dialogue about Extinctions at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, following the publication of her Pulitzer Prizewinning masterpiece, The Sixth Extinction. Once we began The Origins Podcast, I kne... (2023-Jan-14 • 139 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #914 - Jan 14 2023
Dumbest Thing of the Week: Sock Potatoes; News Items: Roman Concrete, Neuroimaging and Mental Health, Using Tumor Cells to Kill Tumors, Planet Spirals Into Star; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Damascus Steel; Science or Fiction (2023-Jan-14 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageThe evolution of galaxies and chasing the big cosmological questions
A cosmological Science Show and competition emerging for Haydn’s Creation! (2023-Jan-14 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageLab-Grown Meat Progress, Early Human Migration Updates. January 13, 2023, Part 1
Early Migration To North America Likely Wasn’t A One-Way Road The story of how early humans migrated to North America might not be as simple as we once thought. The prevailing theory was that ancient peoples traveled from Siberia to modern-day Alaska using the Bering strait as a land bridge. But new genomic research, published in Current Biology, reveals movement in the opposite direction, back to Asia, as well. Ira talks with Sophie Bushwick, technology editor at Scientific American, about the new research... (2023-Jan-13 • 46 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageShouting dolphins and failed rocket launches
Marine noise causes dolphins to yell, and what went wrong at Spaceport Cornwall... (2023-Jan-13 • 29 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageTech To Watch, Pests. January 13, 2023, Part 2
Technology Trends to Watch in 2023 The start of a new year is often a time to contemplate the future and what might lie ahead on the horizon. This week, the magazine MIT Technology Review unveiled its annual list of 10 technologies to watch—innovations that it thinks are on the verge of rapid adoption or causing significant cultural changes, or already in the process of creating such a shift. This year’s list includes items from the amazing astronomy enabled by JWST, to the ‘inevitable’ electric vehicle, as... (2023-Jan-13 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageGames
In this episode, first aired in 2011, we talk about the meaning of a good game — whether it's a pro football playoff, or a family showdown on the kitchen table. And how some games can make you feel, at least for a little while, like your whole life hangs in the balance. This hour of Radiolab, Jad and Robert wonder why we get so invested in something so trivial. What is it about games that make them feel so pivotal? We hear how a recurring dream about football turned into a real-life lesson for Stephen Dubne... (2023-Jan-13 • 56 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageWhat happens to insects in the winter?
When CrowdScience listener Eric spotted a few gnats flying around on a milder day in mid-winter it really surprised him - Eric had assumed they just died out with the colder weather. It got him wondering where the insects had come from, how they had survived the previous cold snap and what the implications of climate change might be for insect over-wintering behaviour? So he asked CrowdScience to do some bug investigation. CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton takes up the challenge and heads out into ... (2023-Jan-13 • 28 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageMisinterpretation: Stories about misreading the situation
To err is human, even if you’re a scientist. In this week’s episode, both storytellers share moments about a time when they got things a bit wrong. Part 1: As a newly minted postdoc, Eric Jankowski has the perfect solution for helping his mentees. Part 2: Science journalist Eric Boodman gets in a little too deep on an assignment about a senior care home. Eric Jankowski is an associate professor in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering at Boise State University, where he helps students use c... (2023-Jan-13 • 27 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageExxon’s excellent climate science, dolphins drowned out by ocean noise, supersonic but boomless, climate change and insects, and designing Canada’s lunar rover.
ExxonMobil knew — and they knew really, really well; Dolphins yell to be heard over human noise, but the message doesn’t get across; Where’s the Kaboom? NASA’s new quiet supersonic plane is getting ready for lift off; Is climate change driving an “insectageddon”?; Canada on the moon: A Canadian-made rover will pave the way for the next astronauts. (2023-Jan-13 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageThe Problem With General Relativity with Prof. Brian Keating and Event Horizon Host John Michael Godier: Part 1 of 2
Do We know if Einstein's General Relativity is right? Can We Ever Fully Solve General Relativity? There are Issues with Modern Science and Prof. Brian Keating has a unique point of view on themIs Science Ever Settled? Part one of a two-part discussion with Brian Keating. Event Horizon links https://www.youtube.com/c/JohnMic... Membership: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz3q...... https://anchor.fm/john-michael-godier...... https://apple.co/3CS7rjT Connect with Professor Keating: 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://tw... (2023-Jan-13 • 43 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageLet’s Go to Mars. Let’s Not Live There
Space agencies and companies aim to send people to the Red Planet. But settling there would be hell on—well, you know what we mean. (2023-Jan-13 • 13 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThings Could Be Better
Are humans ever satisfied? Two social psychologists, Ethan Ludwin-Peery and Adam Mastroianni, fell down a research rabbit hole accidentally answering a version of this very question. After conducting several studies, the pair found that when asked how things could be different, people tend to give one kind of answer, regardless of how the question is asked or how good life felt when they were asked. Short Wave's Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber digs into the research—and how it might reveal a fundame... (2023-Jan-13 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast image2023 Science Predictions!
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Predictions from 2022, Predictions for 2023, Lemurs, Bonobos, Algae Bandaids, Even Older Native Americans, Dino Brains, AI voice mimic, Webb Findings, Memory Drug?, Animal Testing, (2023-Jan-12 • 112 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageCancer cure, Strep A research and hopes for biodiversity
Base editing is a technique for substituting the building blocks of DNA. It has only been around for a few years, so its use to apparently cure cancer was all the more remarkable, as BBC Health Correspondent James Gallagher tells us. We take a trip down the river Wye with ecologist Steve Ormerod who tells us why the river is a microcosm for some of the global issues being discussed at the UN Biodiversity summit in Montreal. BBC Environment Correspondent Victoria Gill gives us the latest on the state of neg... (2023-Jan-12 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageThe Climate Change Scientist: A Conversation with Dr. Shuang-Yu Wu
What is the difference between global warming and climate change? This episode explores: What led Dr. Wu into STEM, and to the study of climate change. Why the term global warming is misleading, and potentially confusing. Why weather around the world is getting more extreme. What she foresees for the future, and what we can do to change that. Why human choices matter on much a larger scale than most people realize. A discussion of the article “Looking Back on America’s Summer of Heat, Floods, and Clim... (2023-Jan-12 • 61 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast image#157 Computer lawyer takes first court case; brains speed up with age
Will artificial intelligence replace lawyers in the future? The team learns about a new, chat-bot style bit of tech that fights your legal battles for you, and is about to be tested in a real court room. But is it ethical, or even legal?Gibbons love to sing, but what we’ve just learnt is male and female gibbons also enjoy belting out synchronised musical duets. The team plays some of these delightful sounds, and finds out what this tells us about the evolution of rhythmic capabilities in humans.There’s good... (2023-Jan-12 • 25 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast image#158 Exxon’s 1970s predictions for climate change were super accurate
Scientists working for oil giant Exxon between 1977 and 2003 accurately predicted the pace and scale of climate change and warned of the harm of burning fossil fuels, while firm’s executives played down the risk. Now Exxon’s quantitative climate projections have been assessed for the first time. On this special episode of the podcast, host Rowan Hooper discusses the Exxon science with New Scientist environment reporter Madeleine Cuff, and climate scientist Peter Stott. Peter is the author of Hot Air, T... (2023-Jan-12 • 17 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageChallenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America
Andrew Jewett is the author of Science Under Fire: Challenges to Scientific Authority in Modern America (2020) and Science, Democracy, and the American University: From the Civil War to the Cold War (2012). He has taught at Harvard, Yale, NYU, Vanderbilt, and Boston College and held fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Cornell Society for the Humanities, the National Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adch... (2023-Jan-12 • 62 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageAtmospheric rivers
Flood warnings in parts of California have seen some of the state’s best known celebrities flee their homes. The current weather conditions are in part the result of ‘Atmospheric rivers’ – literally fast flowing rivers of water vapor in the atmosphere. Marty Ralph from the Scripps Institute has been studying this phenomenon for years, he explains what atmospheric rivers are, and tells us how a greater understanding of the phenomenon is now informing weather forecasting and evacuation plans. Over the past ... (2023-Jan-12 • 35 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: The 2000-year-old modern scholar
Plutarch's work continues to find relevance today on pretty much every issue under the sun. (2023-Jan-12 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageBehold! The Mysterious Ice Worm
Inside the mountaintop glaciers of the Pacific Northwest lives a mysterious, and often, overlooked creature. They're small, black, thread-like worms that wiggle through snow and ice. That's right, ice worms! Little is known about them. But one thing scientists are sure of? They can't really handle freezing temperatures. In this episode, NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce talks to Emily about how ice worms survive in an extreme environment and why scientists don't understand some of the most basi... (2023-Jan-12 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageA Complicated Woman: Leona Zacharias
A blindness epidemic among premature babies, and a brilliant biologist whose story hits close to home here at Lost Women of Science. (2023-Jan-12 • 36 minutes • @LostWomenofSci)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | January 12, 2023
Learn the story of General Electric with William Cohen who has written "Power Failure: The Rise and Fall of an American Icon."Then, we delve into the science of piracy on the high seas with historian Dr. Daphne Geanacopoulos. (2023-Jan-12 • 55 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageHow did we save the ozone layer?
A UN report has found the Earth’s ozone layer is on course to be healed within the next 40 years. Madeleine Finlay speaks to atmospheric scientist Paul Newman about this momentous achievement and whether it really is the end of the story (2023-Jan-12 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imagePeering beyond the haze of alien worlds, and how failures help us make new discoveries
Data on hazes and clouds may be key to understanding exoplanets, and NextGen letter writers share the upside of failure | Hazes and clouds could keep exoplanets’ secrets hidden, unless researchers can re-create them here on Earth. After celebrating JWST and its ability to look far back in time and help us look for habitable exoplanets as the 2022 Science Breakthrough of the Year, News Intern Zack Savitsky talks with host Sarah Crespi about an overlooked problem with using telescopes to examine exoplanets’ a... (2023-Jan-12 • 31 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageYou Don’t Need to Fear a World of 8 Billion Humans
Some environmentalists warn the planet can’t handle so many people, but we may need to rethink our approach to rising populations. (2023-Jan-12 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imagePlants with eyes?
In the temperate rainforests of Chile, there is a vine that can shapeshift to copy the look of other plants. But how? Can it... see them? Or is something weirder happening? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adc... (2023-Jan-11 • 28 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageAlison Gopnik on Child Development, Elderhood, Caregiving, and A.I.
Humans have an unusually long childhood — and an unusually long elderhood past the age of reproductive activity. Why do we spend so much time playing and exploring, caregiving and reflecting, learning and transmitting? What were the evolutionary circumstances that led to our unique life history among the primates? What use is the undisciplined child brain with its tendencies to drift, scatter, and explore in a world that adults understand in such very different terms? And what can we transpose from the stud... (2023-Jan-11 • 68 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageOneirology Part 2 (DREAMS) with G. William Domhoff
Part 2 is here: Lucid dreaming! Teeth falling out! Medications and dreaming! The source of creativity! Even how to clean your brain. Dr. G. William Domhoff has studied dreams for decades and returns to answer an absolute deluge of questions with his wisdom and aplomb. By the end, you’ll know to sleep better, why it’s important, how to relax like a fish, if cheese alters your subconscious, why your dog flaps their paws during naps, and rejoice about a freshly discovered part of the brain. Ooooh, it’s an inst... (2023-Jan-11 • 91 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageHow Glaciers Move
There's always a moment of intense isolation when Jessica Mejía gets dropped off on the Greenland ice sheet for a multi-week research stint. "You know you're very much alone," said Jessica, a postdoctoral researcher in glaciology at the University of Buffalo. Glaciers such as those that cover Greenland are melting due to climate change, causing sea levels to rise. That we know. But these glaciers are also moving. What we don't know is just how these two processes – melting and movement – interact and ultima... (2023-Jan-11 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHere’s What’s Next for Pig Organ Transplants
2022 was a breakthrough year for xenotransplantation, a procedure that could be a lifeline for patients in desperate need of a donor. (2023-Jan-11 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe science stories you missed over the past four weeks
We highlight some stories from the Nature Briefing, including climate promises from Brazil’s President Lula, how glass frogs hide their blood, and a new statue of Henrietta Lacks. (2023-Jan-11 • 24 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageIntroducing SUSPECT: Vanished in the Snow
Wondery and Campside Media’s shocking true crime podcast SUSPECT, is back for a second season. (2023-Jan-10 • 6 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageHow to snap spaghetti: Pt 1
From spaghetti strands to trees to nanotubes — we need to know about the physics of rod-like structures. (2023-Jan-10 • 5 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageGas
From precious oxygen to the lowly fart, every day we’re all wallowing around in an invisible soup of gas! Exciting, isn’t it? Tune in to go into an exciting adventure into the world of gas with Sam, Ceri, and Dr. Tubeboy!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonu... (2023-Jan-10 • 39 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageThe Case of the Blind Mind's Eye
Close your eyes and think of a giraffe. Can you see it? I mean, *really* see it - in rich, vivid detail? If not - you aren’t alone! We’ve had scores of messages from listeners who report having a ‘blind mind’s eye’. They don’t see mental images at all and they want to know why. Jude from Perth wants to know what makes her brain different, and Diane from Scotland wonders whether it affectes her ability to remember family holidays. Our sleuths learn that this is a condition recently termed ‘aphantasia’. ... (2023-Jan-10 • 43 minutes • @AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast imageQ&A: How to avoid being squashed by a whale
Putting your questions, from the cosmic to the microscopic, to our panel of expert guests... (2023-Jan-10 • 62 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageZircon: The Keeper Of Earth's Time
The mineral zircon is the oldest known piece of Earth existing on the surface today. The oldest bits date back as far as 4.37 billion years — not too far from the age of Earth itself at about 4.5 billion years old. And, unlike other minerals, zircon is hard to get rid of. This resilience enables scientists to use zircon to determine when major geological events on Earth happened. As part of our series on time, host Aaron Scott talks to science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about why this mineral is oft... (2023-Jan-10 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe Year in Astronomy & Physics!
What a year we just had in physics and astronomy! I'll review some of my top highlights and your suggestions for runner ups. 00:00 Introduction 05:00 Audience and Capture phenomena 17:00 Let the topics begin! 20:00 Astronomy’s greatest hits 35:00 New physics that wasn’t 49:00 What to look forward to in 2023 Also on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmXH_mo... with Professor Keating: 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 🔔 Subscr... (2023-Jan-10 • 53 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageEating Too Much Salt Could Cause Stress Levels to Rise
Holiday feasts tend to be salt-heavy—but early animal experiments are finding that overindulging in the condiment could take an emotional toll. (2023-Jan-10 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageOur science predictions for 2023
Ian Sample and science correspondent Hannah Devlin discuss the major stories they are expecting to hit the headlines in 2023. (2023-Jan-10 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageA More Elegant Form of Gene Editing Progresses to Human Testing
Instead of cutting out chunks of the genome to disable malfunctioning genes, base editing makes a smaller, more precise swap. (2023-Jan-09 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageRedlining's Ripple Effects Go Beyond Humans
When Dr. Chloé Schmidt was a PhD student in Winnepeg, Canada, she was studying wildlife in urban areas. She and her advisor Dr. Colin Garroway came across a 2020 paper that posed a hypothesis: If the echos of systemic racism affect the human residents of neighborhoods and cities, then it should affect the wildlife as well. Short Wave Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber talks to Chloé and Colin about their findings of how redlining and biodiversity are intertwined. (2023-Jan-09 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageMelting Down (rebroadcast)
Climate change isn’t waiting for us to act. We’ve missed several deadlines to mitigate the dangers of this existential threat, which suggests we prefer to avert our gaze rather than deal with the problem. It’s similar to the way society reacts to an incoming comet in the movie “Don’t Look Up!” As a major Antarctic ice sheet shows signs of collapse, it’s no wonder we feel some “climate anxiety.” Can we leverage this emotion to spur action? That, and where hope lies, in this episode. Guests: Joellen Russell ... (2023-Jan-09 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image690: Developing Drugs to Defeat Rare Muscle Diseases - Dr. Barry Byrne
Dr. Barry Byrne is the Earl and Christy Powell University Chair in Genetics, Associate Chair of Pediatrics, Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center, and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology at the University of Florida.... (2023-Jan-09 • 39 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image222 | Andrew Strominger on Quantum Gravity and the Real World
I talk with physicist Andrew Strominger about the state of quantum gravity and how to connect it to the real world. (2023-Jan-09 • 85 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageWrite it Down: Writing as a Step Toward Better Research
Listen to this interview of Gang Wang, Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We talk about using the writing to research better. Gang Wang : "I personally view writing as a very useful process to polish my own thinking. For example, when my group are on a project, until we actually put things in writing, we won't find little flaws in the design, or jumped steps in the argumentation, or missing experiments in the study. But when we put things i... (2023-Jan-08 • 80 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageOne year on from the Tonga eruption
We’re taking a look back at the January 2022 eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, which literally sent shockwaves around the world. One year on, and we’re still uncovering what made the volcano so powerful, as well as unpacking its long lasting impacts. Roland is joined by Professor Shane Cronin from the University of Auckland and Dr Marta Ribó from the Auckland University of Technology to share their findings from their latest trip to survey the volcano. The impacts of the eruption weren’t just felt on... (2023-Jan-08 • 57 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #913 - Jan 7 2023
Psychic Predictions for 2022; News Items: Hydration Myths, Bioplastics, GPS on the Moon, Russia Fears Western Psychics; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction (2023-Jan-07 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageCelebrating Gregor Mendel the father of genetics
Following experiments with peas and other plants, Gregor Mendel proposed a theory of inheritance which became the basis of modern biology. (2023-Jan-07 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageAn Atmospheric River Runs Through It
From space, it looks almost elegant: a narrow plume cascading off the Pacific Ocean, spilling gently over the California coast. But from the ground, it looks like trouble: flash flooding, landslides and power outages. California is enduring the effects of an atmospheric river, a meteorological phenomenon where converging air systems funnel wet air into a long, riverine flow that dumps large amounts of rain when it makes landfall. "Atmospheric rivers can transport volumes of water many times that of the Miss... (2023-Jan-06 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageTrial and Error: Stories about problem solving
The new year is the time to try something new and in this week’s episode, both our storytellers approach their scientific problems in the most science-y way possible – through trial and error. It’s also how Story Collider is going to approach this year as we make a few small changes to the podcast. We can only hope to be as successful as our storytellers in our experiments. Happy New Year! Part 1: Computational biologist Francis Windram is determined to figure out how to make spider webs glow in the dark. P... (2023-Jan-06 • 30 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageHappy New Year of Science!
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Cancer Vaccine, Microplastic, Lucky Pigs, Wasps, Glass Frogs, Seeing Voices, Hairy Research, And Much More Science… Become a Patron! Check out the full episode of our science podcast on YouTube an... (2023-Jan-06 • 85 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageScience in 2023: what to expect this year
In this episode, reporter Miryam Naddaf joins us to talk about the big science events to look out for in 2023. We'll hear about vaccines, multiple Moon missions and new therapeutics, to name but a few.News: the science events to look out for in 2023Subscribe to Nature Briefing, an unmissable daily round-up of science news, opinion and analysis free in your inbox every weekday. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information. (2023-Jan-06 • 15 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageHow do you balance on a bicycle?
ow do we stay up when we ride a bicycle? Lots of us can do it without even thinking about it, but probably very few of us can say exactly HOW we do it. Well, CrowdScience listener Arif and his children Maryam and Mohammed from India want to understand what’s going on in our heads when go for a cycle, and how we learn to do it in the first place. Presenter Marnie Chesterton is on the case, tracking down a neuroscientist studying how our brains and bodies work together to keep us balanced whether we’re walki... (2023-Jan-06 • 28 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageA real viral video, is scientific innovation stagnating, rocks from the Oort cloud, constipated scorpions, nature and nurture and why we try to cool fevers.
A real viral video shows a microscopic virus attempting to infect a cell; A new study suggests scientific innovation has been stagnating; Studying the sex lives of constipated scorpions; We thought the Oort cloud threw snowballs at us — but it’s throwing rocks too; A biologist explains animal behaviour by tossing out the old nature/nurture debate; Quirks & Quarks listener question. (2023-Jan-06 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageScience Comedy, Shifting Rules For Abortion Pills. Jan 6, 2023, Part 1
FDA Expands Pharmacy Options for Abortion Pills This week, the FDA finalized rules that would allow more retail pharmacies to stock and fill prescriptions for the abortion drug mifepristone. Previously, the medication had been available only via certain specialty pharmacies or via mail order. Now, major retail pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens can apply for permission to fill prescriptions for the medications, which now account for about half of all abortions performed in the United States. The immediate... (2023-Jan-06 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageThe Bittersweet Defeat of Mpox
The epidemic has largely subsided, but largely because queer men seem to have learned more from AIDS and Covid-19 than the authorities did. (2023-Jan-06 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageRedlining and Baltimore Trees, The Root Of A Gopher Mystery, Cold and the Nose, Glass Frogs. Jan 6, 2023, Part 2
How Redlining Shaped Baltimore’s Tree Canopy Redlining was pervasive in American cities from the 1930s through the late 1960s. Maps were drawn specifically to ensure that Black people were denied mortgages. These discriminatory practices created a lasting legacy of economic and racial inequality which persists today. Less obvious is how redlining has shaped nature and the urban ecosystem. A recent study found that previously redlined neighborhoods in Baltimore have fewer big old trees and lower tree diversi... (2023-Jan-06 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageHow to harness the ancient partnership between forests and fungi | Colin Averill
If we want to better understand the environment and combat climate change, we need to look deep underground, where diverse microscopic fungal networks mingle with tree roots to form symbiotic partnerships, says microbiologist Colin Averill. As we learn more about which of these fungi are most beneficial to forest health, we can reintroduce them into the soil -- potentially enhancing the growth and resilience of carbon-trapping trees and plants. Hear more about the emerging science aiming to supercharge fore... (2023-Jan-06 • 12 minutes • @TEDTalks)
podcast imageUniverse In Verse
For a special New Year’s treat, we take a tour through the history of the universe with the help of… poets. Our guide is Maria Popova, who writes the popular blog The Marginalian (formerly Brain Pickings), and the poetry is from her project, “The Universe in Verse” — an annual event where poets read poems about science, space, and the natural world. Special thanks to all of our poets, musicians, and performers: Marie Howe, Tracy K. Smith, Rebecca Elson, Joan As Police Woman, Patti Smith, Gautam Srikishan, Z... (2023-Jan-06 • 32 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageBiodiversity
The UN Convention on Biological Diversity summit, currently taking place in Montreal Canada, intends to develop ways of reducing the global loss of biological diversity by drawing up a series of international commitments to help humanity to live more harmoniously with nature. The scientific evidence paints a grim picture of species decline and extinction, pollution and destruction of natural habitats. The aim of the meeting is to find ways to stop and even reverse such decline. We meet leading figures inv... (2023-Jan-05 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageThe Period Talk (For Adults)
Every month, 1.8 billion people menstruate globally. For those people, managing periods is essential for strong reproductive and emotional health, social wellbeing and bodily autonomy. But a lot of people haven't been educated about periods or the menstrual cycle since they were kids — if at all.This episode, a period manual in four parts: How periods work, the different stages of the menstrual cycle, how to know when something's wrong, and whether to have a period in the first place. (2023-Jan-05 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | January 5, 2023
Dr. Herman Pontzer, professor of evolutionary anthropology at Duke University, reveals new insight on how we burn calories. The good news? Our metabolisms don't gradually slow down as previously thought! (01:00) Then paleontologist Randy Irmis from the Natural History Museum of Utah discusses the long-unsolved mystery of why marine reptiles were fossilized in the Great Basin of Nevada 230 million years ago. (27:35) (2023-Jan-05 • 53 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageSilly Studies: The Pre-Series Teaser
The new series kicks off very soon! As a little aperitif, Hannah and Adam review some surprising studies published in scientific journals. Warning: contains fruity language and grisly medical scenarios… (2023-Jan-05 • 12 minutes • @AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast imageOne year on from the Tonga eruption
We’re taking a look back at the January 2022 eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, which literally sent shockwaves around the world. One year on, and we’re still uncovering what made the volcano so powerful, as well as unpacking its long lasting impacts. Roland is joined by Professor Shane Cronin from the University of Auckland and Dr Marta Ribó from the Auckland University of Technology to share their findings from their latest trip to survey the volcano. The impacts of the eruption weren’t just felt on... (2023-Jan-05 • 29 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image#156: What you need to know in science and culture for 2023
To see in the New Year, host Rowan Hooper and the team look ahead to their science and cultural highlights for the coming months.We start with 2 big planetary science missions due for launch in 2023. JUICE, which will be visiting Jupiter to study some of its moons, and Psyche, which is making a journey to an asteroid made completely of iron.With covid still causing a huge burden of disease around the world, we find out how treatment of the disease is set to evolve this year, and what we can expect from the ... (2023-Jan-05 • 26 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: How Donald Trump exploited the discourse of American exceptionalism
Scholars Jason Gilmore and Charles Rowling have argued that Trump has taken American exceptionalism and turned it on its head. (2023-Jan-05 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageVertical Farming Has Found Its Fatal Flaw
Europe’s energy crisis is forcing companies to switch strategies or close down. The industry’s future hangs in the balance. (2023-Jan-05 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageA controversial dam in the Amazon unites Indigenous people and scientists, and transplanting mitochondria to treat rare diseases
Keeping an eye on the largest hydroelectric project in the Amazon basin, and helping patients with deletions in their mitochondrial DNA | We are starting off the new year with producer Kevin McLean and freelance science journalist Sofia Moutinho. They discuss a controversial dam in the Brazilian Amazon and how Indigenous peoples and researchers are trying to monitor its impact. | Then, host Sarah Crespi speaks with Elad Jacoby, an expert in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Sheba Medical Center and T... (2023-Jan-05 • 24 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageBest of 2022: James Webb space telescope – thousands of galaxies in a grain of sand
Astronomer Prof Ray Jayawardhana speaks to Ian Sample about the first spectacular images from the JWST – and what they tell us about the cosmos (2023-Jan-05 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageSamantha Muka, "Oceans Under Glass: Tank Craft and the Sciences of the Sea" (U Chicago Press, 2022)
In Oceans Under Glass: Tank Craft and the Sciences of the Sea (University of Chicago Press, 2022), Samantha Muka, Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Stevens Institute of Technology, dives into the unexpected world of tank crafting. Throughout the book, Muka tells the stories behind the development of various kinds of aquariums, such as photography tanks and reef tanks. She explains how the knowledge and ingenuity of a variety of actors have been contributing to furthering our knowled... (2023-Jan-04 • 51 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageRussia Has Turned Eastern Ukraine Into a Giant Minefield
Vast swathes of the country have been vindictively laced with explosives, threatening the civilian population both physically and mentally. (2023-Jan-04 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageA Good Memory or a Bad One? One Brain Molecule Decides.
When the brain encodes memories as positive or negative, one molecule determines which way they will go. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Retro” by Wayne Jones. (2023-Jan-04 • 20 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageHouston, We Have Short Wave On The Line
Speaking to Short Wave from about 250 miles above the Earth, Josh Cassada outlined his typical day at work: "Today, I actually started out by taking my own blood," he said. The astronauts aboard the International Space Station are themselves research subjects, as well as conductors of all sorts of science experiments: Gardening in microgravity, trapping frigid atoms, examining neutron stars. Then, there's the joy of walks into the yawning void of space. Speaking from orbit, Cassada told fellow physicist and... (2023-Jan-04 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageOneirology Part 1 (DREAMS) with G. William Domhoff
WHY do we dream? What do dreams mean? What parts of our brain are working after-hours? We sought out UC Santa Cruz researcher and professor Dr. G. William Domhoff, a world expert on the topic, for this dream-come-true episode. Learn about historical dream research, dream researchers collect dream reports, how neurodivergence affects dreaming, why you should set an alarm to go to bed, how remembering dreams can help solve problems, and more about REM myths! We’ll be back next week to answer all your question... (2023-Jan-04 • 75 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageUnexplainable or Not: Bikes, planes, ice skates
Our game show is back! This week, Avery Trufelman, host of the Articles of Interest podcast, tries to guess which of these three mysteries of movement have been solved and which are still unexplainable. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices... (2023-Jan-04 • 31 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageTrees have senses too
How do trees face an incoming threat if they can't move, see, or hear? (2023-Jan-03 • 6 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageMemory
It's the time of year for old acquaintances to be forgot, but SciShow Tangents has never been one to bow to convention! So this week, we're remembering all our dang acquaintances and way more as we dive deep on the concept of Memory! Want more Deboki? Check her out at https://twitter.com/okidoki_boki to find info on all of the many projects she works on!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreo... (2023-Jan-03 • 40 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageJohn P. Gluck, "Voracious Science and Vulnerable Animals: A Primate Scientist's Ethical Journey" (U Chicago Press, 2016)
The National Institute of Health recently announced its plan to retire the fifty remaining chimpanzees held in national research facilities and place them in sanctuaries. This significant decision comes after a lengthy process of examination and debate about the ethics of animal research. For decades, proponents of such research have argued that the discoveries and benefits for humans far outweigh the costs of the traumatic effects on the animals; but today, even the researchers themselves have come to ques... (2023-Jan-03 • 78 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageWhy are Insects so Scary? On Insects in Films.
This episode from the Vault is a lecture by May Berenbaum about why insects are so scary. Professor Berenbaum is an American entomologist whose research focuses on the chemical interactions between herbivorous insects and their host plants. She teaches entomology at the University of Illinois, and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 2014. She is also the organizer of the annual Insect Fear Film Festival. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a p... (2023-Jan-03 • 43 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageTime Cells Don't Really Care About Time
Time is woven into our personal memories. If you recall a childhood fall from a bike, your brain replays the entire episode in excruciating detail: The glimpse of wet leaves on the road ahead, that moment of weightless dread and then the painful impact. This exact sequence has been embedded into your memory thanks to some special neurons known as time cells. Science correspondent Jon Hamilton talks to Emily about these cells — and why the label "time" cells is kind of a misnomer.Concerned about the space-ti... (2023-Jan-03 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHow a neural network taught itself chess
Tom McGrath describes how the neural network AlphaZero taught itself how to play chess without observing a human game. (2023-Jan-03 • 7 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast imageThe best of 2022!
Some of our favourite stories from the past 12 months (2023-Jan-03 • 54 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageBest of 2022: Why aren’t women being diagnosed with ADHD?
In this episode first broadcast in May 2022, Madeleine Finlay speaks to Jasmine Andersson about her experience of getting a late ADHD diagnosis, and asks Prof Amanda Kirby why the condition is so often missed in women and girls (2023-Jan-03 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageComing to Our Animal Senses (rebroadcast)
Animals experience the world differently. There are insects that can see ultraviolet light, while some snakes can hunt in the dark thanks to their ability to sense infrared. Such differences are not restricted to vision: Elephants can hear subsonic sounds, birds navigate by magnetism, and your dog lives in a world marked by odors. In this episode, we speak to science journalist Ed Yong about how other creatures sense the world. Could we ever understand what it’s like to have the hearing of a bat or the sigh... (2023-Jan-02 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageA Look Back on 2022 in Science With Brian Keating and Special Guest Eric Weinstein
Here’s a recording of my X-mas day Twitter space. It was a discussion of a wide variety of topics including a few X-mas themes — the launch and controversy around the James Webb Space Telescope, inflation, dark matter vs. Monday and more. Eric Weinstein joined in towards the end. Follow me so you don't miss the next one 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating Eric’s youtube @EricWeinsteinPhD Find Eric on twitter https://twitter.com/EricRWeinstein 00:0... Let the Space begin 01:00 X-mas science ... (2023-Jan-02 • 68 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image689: Examining the Neuroscience Behind Food Selection, Diet, and Addiction - Dr. Alexandra DiFeliceantonio
Dr. Alex DiFeliceantonio is an Assistant Professor at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion School as well as Associate Director of the Center for Health Behaviors Research. Alex’s research examines why we eat what we... (2023-Jan-02 • 44 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image221 | Adam Bulley on How Mental Time Travel Makes Us Human
I talk with psychologist Adam Bulley about the origin and importance of our ability to imagine ourselves at different times. (2023-Jan-02 • 81 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageA New Year's Mad Lib!
To ring in the new year, producer Berly McCoy brings host Emily Kwong this homemade science mad lib! (2023-Jan-02 • 7 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe Mystery of Nevada’s Ancient Reptilian Boneyard
Whale-sized shonisaurs dominated the ocean 230 million years ago. A fossil cluster offers a fascinating glimpse at how they lived—based on where they died. (2023-Jan-02 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe James Webb Space Telescope - the first 6 months
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has produced amazing images in its first 5 months, but amazing science as well. Roland hears from one of the leading astronomers on the JWST programme, Dr Heidi Hammel, as well as other experts on what they are already learning about the first galaxies in the Universe, the birth places of stars, the strange behaviour of some other stars, and the first view of Neptune's rings in over 30 years. Over the past 12 months, CrowdScience has travelled the world, from arctic glacie... (2023-Jan-01 • 64 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageFQXi December 31, 2022 Podcast Episode
The Year in Physics Review Part 3: Concluding our countdown of the biggest stories in physics, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham. (2022-Dec-31 • @FQXi)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #912 - Dec 31 2022
2022 Year in Review; | with Guest Rogue: Ian Callanan; | Best Science of the Year; Best SGU Segments of the Year; Skeptical Hero of the Year; Skeptical Jackass of the Year; In Memorium; Science or Fiction (2022-Dec-31 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageWhat's Important for the 2nd Half of Your Life? James Altucher & Brian Keating Part 2 of 2
Today's episode with Dr. Brian Keating - concluding our conversation from last week. Brian and James delve into the perils of fame-seeking ambition and how their world views have changed after recently cresting age 50. Brian also gives some business ideas he's been ruminating on and asks for James' feedback: • "Yellowstone" but Based Around the Biblical Patriarchy (00:11:53) • Anti-Doxing as a Service (00:21:36) • Deepfake & Chatbot Detectors (00:23:11) https://BrianKeating.com/list... with Professor Keatin... (2022-Dec-31 • 47 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageCelebrating Charles Todd and the overland telegraph
The overland telegraph connecting Australia to the world was completed 150 years ago. It was built due to the dedication of a public servant, Charles Todd. (2022-Dec-31 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageBonus Episode: Secrets, Advice + Ask-Me-Anything
It’s a weird rambling bonus episode for the lonely week between the holidays and New Years! I thought I’d serve up a mellow hang full of secrets, a retrospective of the things that kept me relatively sane this past year, life hacks, science-backed ways to improve your mood, and a jaunty Q&A from Patrons. It’s not a normal episode, but just a little hello and check-in from your internet dad. Happy 2023, kiddos. Be good to yourself. Follow Alie’s TikTok: A donation went to the Trevor ProjectMore episode sourc... (2022-Dec-31 • 54 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageSport Science: Stories about the athletic side of science
In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share stories about the science-y side of sports and physical recreation. Part 1: Daniel Engber risks derailing his PhD by constant daydreaming, until his neuroscience research gives him an idea that will revolutionize the NBA. Part 2: Doomed to be the waterboy after tearing his ACL, engineering student Baratunde Cola is determined to make it back to his college's football team. Daniel Engber is a columnist for Slate.com and Popular Science, and a regular contri... (2022-Dec-30 • 35 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageFQXi December 30, 2022 Podcast Episode
The Year in Physics Review Part 2: Continuing our countdown of the biggest stories in physics, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham. (2022-Dec-30 • @FQXi)
podcast imageDecember 31 Question show
To finish out the year, we’ve got another edition of our ever-popular Listener Question Show, where we find the experts to answer your burning science questions. (2022-Dec-30 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageI'm Crying Cuz... I'm Human
From misty eyeballs to full-on waterworks, what are tears? Why do we shed them? And what makes humans' ability to cry emotional tears unique? Hosts Emily Kwong and Aaron Scott get into their feelings in this science-fueled exploration of why we cry. (encore) To see more of Rose-Lynn Fisher's images from Topography of Tears, visit her website. (2022-Dec-30 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageAstronaut Food, Nope Creature, Nature Soundscapes. Dec 30, 2022, Part 2
This Soundscape Artist Has Been Listening To The Planet For Decades Jim Metzner is one of the pioneers of science radio—he’s been making field recordings and sharing them with audiences for more than 40 years. He hosted shows such as “Sounds of Science” in the 1980s, which later grew into “Pulse of the Planet,” a radio show about “the sound of life on Earth.” Over the decades, Metzner has created an incredible time capsule of soundscapes, and now, his entire collection is going to the Library of Congress. J... (2022-Dec-30 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageNew Normal
This episode —first released in 2009 and then again in 2015, with an update — asks, what is “normal”? Maybe it exists, maybe not. We examine peace-loving baboons with Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, talk to Stu Rasmussen, whose preferred pronouns were he/him (https://zpr.io/nUdsZawNmhwt), and his neighbors in Silverton, Oregon about how a town chooses its community over outsider opinions. And lastly, we speak with an evolutionary anthropologist, Duke University’s own Brian Hare, and an evolutionary... (2022-Dec-30 • 68 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageBio-Based Plastics Aim to Capture Carbon. But at What Cost?
Growing crops to make plastic could theoretically reduce reliance on fossil fuels and even pull carbon out of the atmosphere, but at an enormous environmental cost. (2022-Dec-30 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageChampagne Fizzics, Last Days of the Dinosaurs, Vole Girl. Dec 30, 2022, Part 1
Keeping The Bubbly In Your Holidays, With Fizzical Science As the year winds to a close, you may be attending gatherings where a festive flute of champagne is offered. Champagne production starts out with a first fermentation process that turns ordinary grape juice into alcoholic wine. A second fermentation in the wine bottle produces the dissolved carbon dioxide responsible for the thousands of fizzy bubbles that are a distinctive part of the experience of drinking champagne and other sparkling wines. In ... (2022-Dec-30 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageBullying Parrots and Glacial Cocktails
Over the past 12 months, CrowdScience has travelled the world, from arctic glacierscapes to equatorial deserts, to answer listeners’ science queries. Sometimes, the team come across tales that don’t quite fit with the quest in hand, but still draw a laugh, or a gasp. In this show, Marnie Chesterton revisits those stories, with members of the CrowdScience crew. Alex the Parrot was a smart bird, with an impressive vocabulary and the ability to count and do basic maths. He was also intimidating and mean to ... (2022-Dec-30 • 30 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | December 29, 2022
Astronaut Mark Vande Hei about the record breaking 355-day mission aboard the International Space Station (1:31)Dr. Rama Chellappa, who along with Eric Niiler has written "Can we Trust AI?" discusses the book (23:16) (2022-Dec-29 • 47 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageHow Far Can You Fly a Battery-Powered Jumbo Jet?
The answer explains why electric cars are everywhere, but electric aircraft are still a novelty. (2022-Dec-29 • 13 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: On outliving our parents
Many of us will be having the experience of not only outliving our parents, but growing to ages they never saw, and living those years without their examples. (2022-Dec-29 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageAre we finally nearing a treatment for Alzheimer’s?
Back in November, researchers hailed the dawn of a new era of Alzheimer’s therapies. After decades of failure, a clinical trial finally confirmed that a drug, lecanemab, was able to slow cognitive decline in patients with early stages of the disease. Ian Sample speaks to Prof Nick Fox about what these results mean, and what it could mean for the future of Alzheimer’s disease treatments. (2022-Dec-29 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageHoliday Edition Part 2, Science Matters: How the Universe Made your Holiday Gifts
In December it was announced that the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory National Ignition facility has achieved its first goal of “Ignition”, in which 192 powerful lasers focused on a small pellet of fuel led to a sustained fusion reaction for a fraction of a second that released more energy than it received from the incident laser light. Following on requests from many readers, I describe the science behind this experiment, and the wishful thinking associated with it, regarding the possible use of fu... (2022-Dec-29 • 31 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageThe Woman Behind A Mystery That Changed Astronomy
In 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell made a discovery that revolutionized astronomy. She detected the radio signals emitted by certain dying stars called pulsars. Today, Jocelyn's story. Scientist-in-residence Regina G. Barber talks to Jocelyn about her winding career, her discovery and how pulsars continue to push the field of astronomy today. (encore) (2022-Dec-29 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe James Webb Space Telescope: The first six months
Nasa's James Webb Space Telescope has produced amazing images, and amazing science, in its first five months. Roland Pease hears from one of the leading astronomers on the JWST programme, Dr Heidi Hammel, as well as other experts on what they are already learning about the first galaxies in the Universe, the birthplaces of stars, the strange behaviour of some other stars, and the first view of Neptune's rings in over 30 years. Producer: Roland Pease Assistant producer: Sophie Ormiston Image: An image fro... (2022-Dec-29 • 33 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageKiller smog
For a week at the beginning of December 1952, London was under a blanket of deadly smog. As a result, the Clean Air Act came into force a few years later banning smoky sulphurous fuels. However air pollution researchers are now concerned that rising emissions from wood burners may be undoing many of the gains from the Clean Air Act. We hear from Dr Gary Fuller, air pollution scientist at Imperial College London and author of The Invisible Killer, the Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution and How We can Figh... (2022-Dec-29 • 32 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageSmologies #19: EVOLUTION with John McCormack
Another G-rated edit of a classic! This Smologies with Dr. John McCormack of Occidental College is all about evolution, Darwinism, birds, bacteria, natural selection and how our mutations can be our greatest strengths. Also: breaking down terms like genetic drift and Linnaean taxonomy and why Charles Darwin had to face haters under his own roof. (For the adult version, the full-length episode is linked below.)Follow John McCormack on Twitter or the Moore Lab of Zoology on InstagramFull length (not classroom... (2022-Dec-29 • 22 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageDoes Dark Matter Exist? Stacy McGaugh
Stacy McGaugh is an American astronomer and professor at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. His primary focus has been in physics problems related to the distribution of matter and the dynamics of galaxies. He's a proponent of Modified Newtonian Dynamics (MOND), which tweaks our understanding of gravity to allow galaxies to form and move without the need of a traditional dark matter halo. The theory was originally published in 1983 by Israeli physicist Mordehai Milgrom. MOND has been effect... (2022-Dec-29 • 71 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageHow the UN’s ‘Sex Agency’ Uses Tech to Save Mothers’ Lives
Big Data, drones, diagnostics—the United Nations and other groups hope to innovate the world out of a maternal and reproductive health crisis. (2022-Dec-28 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe Nature Podcast’s highlights of 2022
The team select some of their favourite stories from the past 12 months. (2022-Dec-28 • 51 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageFQXi December 28, 2022 Podcast Episode
The Year in Physics Review Part 1: Beginning our countdown of the biggest stories in physics, as chosen by quantum physicist Ian Durham. We start with a discussion about whether a wormhole really was created in a quantum computer, in the lab? (2022-Dec-28 • @FQXi)
podcast imagePumpkin Toadlet: Neither Pumpkin, Nor Toad
Being small has its advantages - and some limitations. One organism that intimately knows the pros and cons of being mini is the pumpkin toadlet.As an adult, the animal reaches merely the size of a chickpea. At that scale, the frog's inner ear is so small, it's not fully functional. That means the frog's movements seem haphazard. Today, with the help of Atlantic science writer Katie Wu, we investigate: If a frog can't jump well, is it still a frog? (encore)Read Katie Wu's piece in The Atlantic, A Frog So Sm... (2022-Dec-28 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageLaser Fusion: Is it Hype? Professor Charles Seife
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and DOE’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently announced the achievement of fusion ignition at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) — a major scientific breakthrough decades in the making that will pave the way for advancements in national defense and the future of clean power. On Dec. 5, a team at LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) conducted the first controlled fusion experiment in history to reach this milestone, also known as scientif... (2022-Dec-27 • 56 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageExploded heads and missing fingers: Dame Sue Black on her most memorable cases
From a fragment of skull in a washing machine to a finger bone found by a dog walker, forensic anthropologist Prof Dame Sue Black has investigated a lot of strange and mysterious evidence. Nicola Davis hears from Sue Black about giving the Royal Institution Christmas lectures this year, the most unforgettable cases she helped solve, and the secret scientific clues hidden in our bodies (2022-Dec-27 • 18 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageTrees are made from air
Trees are solid and dense. However, they're made from air. Wait, what? (2022-Dec-27 • 6 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageIs it possible to clone yourself?
Imagine an exact copy of you, someone with the same hair, eyes and DNA. That’s a clone. Scientists have been able to make clones of some animals. In this episode, we’ll hear the story of Dolly the sheep, the most famous clone ever! We’ll also talk about why people think it would be ethically wrong to clone humans. But natural human clones DO exist! They’re called identical twins and even though they share the same DNA, they can be quite different. We’ll meet two identical twins to talk about their differenc... (2022-Dec-27 • 38 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageTikTok's favorite zoologist quizzes us on the most dangerous animals
Mamadou Ndiaye uses comedy to teach animal facts, but there's nothing funny about these deadly ones. (2022-Dec-27 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageSciShow Tangents Classics - Sleep
There are no two ways about it: winter is a great time to sleep. In fact, the Tangents crew all decided to sleep this entire week, which is what this episode is a rerun! See you next week/year!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly new... (2022-Dec-27 • 33 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image688: Resistance on the Rise: Researching the Arms Race of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and Potential Transfers from Livestock to Humans - Dr. Tara Smith
Dr. Tara C. Smith is an Associate Professor in Epidemiology at Kent State University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Iowa. She works with bacteria that can be transferred between animals and people, and she often... (2022-Dec-26 • 51 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageA Holiday Fact Exchange!
Host Emily Kwong and editor Gisele Grayson exchange the gift of facts - in this quick hello from us to you, our wonderful listeners! (2022-Dec-26 • 5 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWebb Feat (rebroadcast)
The James Webb Space Telescope has turned its golden eye on the cosmos. The largest, most sensitive telescope put in space since the Hubble Space Telescope is already producing new photos of far-off galaxies and other cosmic phenomena. In this episode: astronomers share their reactions to these stunning images, the project scientist on JWST describes how infrared cameras capture phenomena that are invisible to shorter wavelengths, and a plan to investigate the very stardust that created everything, includin... (2022-Dec-26 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageMosquito pesticide failing
Mosquito pesticide failing - prevention of dengue fever and other diseases at risk. Dangerous bird flu evolving fast - researchers are learning why bird flu is persisting and spreading fast round the world, and assess the threat to humans. Drilling for ancient ice in the Antarctic - Roland talks to one of the team drilling kilometres into an ancient, frozen record of past climate. Martian rock store opens - NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is stashing rock samples future missions could bring back to Ea... (2022-Dec-25 • 59 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageOrigins Podcast Wishful-Thinking Holiday Edition Part 1: A Dialogue with Augusten Burroughs: A Witch or Not A Witch
I want to be upfront. I love Augusten Burroughs. I fell in love with him when I first read Running with Scissors, and every time I have picked up anything he has written, I have that warm feeling knowing I will delight in the scrumptious experience that is associated with reading his work. Shortly after creating the Origins Podcast in 2019, I discovered that Augusten was going to have a new book coming out, and I contacted him to ask if he might come by the studio and do a podcast if his book tour passed ... (2022-Dec-25 • 126 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image#155: Our five favourite New Scientist long-reads from 2022
A holiday special of the podcast and a free-gift giveaway this week, as we celebrate five of New Scientist’s best front-page features of 2022. As well as discussing the features and why they chose to tackle them, the team chats about the beautiful cover artwork for each story.First up is the news that AI is helping to decode the lost stories of ancient Mesopotamia, revealing the secrets of ancient cuneiform texts - the world’s first known writing.Next are the blips recorded by the Large Hadron Collider whic... (2022-Dec-25 • 27 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #911 - Dec 24 2022
Live from Phoenix; News Items: Fusion Breakthrough, Closed Loop Pumped Hydro, Jibber Jabber, Artemis I Returns, Bright Satellites, Cuttlefish Pass Marshmallow Test; Science or Fiction (2022-Dec-24 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageA portrait of Dame Miriam Rothschild
She was a world expert on fleas. Despite being self-taught, she was awarded doctorates from Cambridge and Oxford. (2022-Dec-24 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageWhy does wine taste good?
For this special Christmas episode, Brian Cox and Robin Ince visit the Australian Wine Research Institute in Adelaide to find out what science can teach us about wine. They are joined by stand-up comedian Tim Minchin, Nobel Prize winner and vineyard owner Brian Schmidt, flavour chemist Mango Parker and sensory and consumer scientist Patricia Williamson. The panel are put through their paces as they sample a variety of wines, learning the hard way that the majority of wine’s flavour isn’t down to molecular ... (2022-Dec-24 • 42 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageAmbition, Accolades, Life Advice, and the Paradox of Striking Graduate Students: Brian Keating and James Altucher in Conversation
An open and revealing conversation with host Brian Keating Ph.D. and James Altucher. Imposter syndrome, winning and losing prestigious awards, and whether it's more charitable to donate anonymously or influence others to do so publicly. https://jamesaltucher.com/ h... with Professor Keating: 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 🔔 Subscribe https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?s... Join my mailing list; just click here http://briankeating.c... (2022-Dec-24 • 68 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageThe Grim Origins of an Ominous Methane Surge
During the coronavirus lockdowns, emissions of the potent greenhouse gas somehow soared. The culprit wasn't humans—but the Earth itself. (2022-Dec-23 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageGlitter, Chestnuts, DNA Data Art, Mistletoe. Dec 23, 2022, Part 2
Glitter Gets An Eco-Friendly Glimmer Glitter—it’s everywhere this time of year. You open up a holiday card, and out comes a sprinkle of it. And that glitter will seemingly be with you forever, hugging your sweater, covering the floor. But glitter doesn’t stop there. It washes down the drain, and travels into the sewage system and waterways. Since it’s made from microplastics, it’s never going away. As it turns out, all that glitters is not gold—or even biodegradable. But what if you could make glitter that ... (2022-Dec-23 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageThe Flight Before Christmas
At any given moment, nearly 500,000 people are crammed together in a metal tube, hurtling through the air. In this episode, we look at the strange human experiment that is flying together. Special thanks to Natalie Compton, Julia Longoria, Mike Arnot, and everyone at Gate Gourmet. EPISODE CREDITS: Reported by - Matt Kielty, Simon Adler and Rachael Cusick Produced by - Matt Kielty, Simon Adler and Rachael Cusick With Production help from - Sindhu Gnanasambandan Original music and sound design contributed by... (2022-Dec-23 • 44 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageClimate Change Stresses Out These Chipmunks. Why Are Their Cousins So Chill?
Kwasi Wresnford describes the subjects of his research as "elfin": skittish little squirrel-cousins with angular faces, pointy ears and narrow, furry tails. He studies two species in particular: the Alpine chipmunk and the Lodgepole chipmunk. As the climate warms, these two chipmunks have developed different ways of coping. The Alpine chipmunk has climbed higher, in search of cooler habitat, while the Lodgepole chipmunk continues to thrive in its historic habitat. On this episode, Kwasi explains to Emily Kw... (2022-Dec-23 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageTop Science Stories Of 2022, Beavers, Christmas Tree Care. Dec 23, 2022, Part 1
A Look Back At The Top Science Stories of 2022 2022 was chock full of big science news. Scientists announced an important milestone toward the feasibility of nuclear fusion. Doctors transplanted a pig heart into a human for the very first time. And NASA returned to the moon with the successful launch of the Artemis I mission. Ira recaps the year in science news with Tim Revell, deputy United States editor of New Scientist, including what the James Webb Space telescope has taught us about our universe, the s... (2022-Dec-23 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageThe Road to Science: Stories about winding paths to science
The journey to science is rarely straightforward and clear cut. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share their tales of how they came to science. Part 1: With her truck stuck in the mud in the Serengeti, Aerin Jacob learns three important lessons. Part 2: At four years old, Daniel Miller became one of the youngest people in the state of Texas ever to testify in court -- against his own mother, for sexual assault. As an adult, he struggles for stability, but finds hope in physics. (Warning: this s... (2022-Dec-23 • 38 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageWhy are my parents so annoying?
Does your mum’s singing make you cringe with embarrassment? Do your dad’s jokes make you want to scream - and not with laughter? Or maybe you are the parent driving your offspring round the bend with rules and curfews? If so, you are not alone. CrowdScience listener Ilixo, age 11, has been wondering why it is that our parents become so annoying as we become teenagers. Is it something that is changing in his brain or are they actually becoming more annoying as they age? Presenter Marnie Chesterton consults... (2022-Dec-23 • 31 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageP-22: The Life & Death of an L.A. Cougar with Miguel Ordeñana & Beth Pratt
Very special episode for a very special cat. The day after the legendary Los Angeles mountain lion P-22 took his last breath, we talked with Natural History Museum wildlife biologist Miguel Ordeñana about his decade-long study of P-22 after discovering him in Griffith Park. Beth Pratt of #SaveLACougars and the National Wildlife Federation also shares how P-22 fueled her passion for saving this species from extinction — and we hear what one animal meant to millions of Angelenos. Learn all about how a cougar ... (2022-Dec-23 • 83 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageChristopher M. Palmer, "Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health" (Benbella Books, 2022)
Christopher M. Palmer's book Brain Energy: A Revolutionary Breakthrough in Understanding Mental Health (Benbella Books, 2022) will forever change the way we understand and treat mental health. If you or someone you love is affected by mental illness, it might change your life. We are in the midst of a global mental health crisis, and mental illnesses are on the rise. But what causes mental illness? And why are mental health problems so hard to treat? Drawing on decades of research, Harvard psychiatrist Dr. ... (2022-Dec-23 • 56 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageRicard Solé on Liquid and Solid Brains and Terraforming The Biosphere
What does it mean to think? What are the traits of thinking systems that we could use to identify them? Different environmental variables call for different strategies in individual and collective cognition — what defines the threshold at which so-called “solid” brains transition into “liquids”? And how might we apply these and related lessons from ecology and evolution to help steward a diverse and thriving future with technology, and keep the biosphere afloat?Welcome to COMPLEXITY, the official podcast of... (2022-Dec-22 • 73 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageUnDiscplined: Does the canine coat reflect immunity to a deadly disease?
A team of researchers noticed that as you go south along the Rockies, the number of black coated wolves will increase. But what does this have to do with the deadly canine distemper disease? (2022-Dec-22 • 25 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageThe Challenger Expedition 1872-1876
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the voyage of HMS Challenger which set out from Portsmouth in 1872 with a mission a to explore the ocean depths around the world and search for new life. The scale of the enterprise was breath taking and, for its ambition, it has since been compared to the Apollo missions. The team onboard found thousands of new species, proved there was life on the deepest seabeds and plumbed the Mariana Trench five miles below the surface. Thanks to telegraphy and mailboats, its vast disc... (2022-Dec-22 • 51 minutes • @BBCInOurTime)
podcast imageScience funding
The UK has the opportunity to access European science funding. However disagreements over the Northern Ireland protocol are preventing the UK from joining the multi billion pound Horizon Europe project which funds scientific partnerships between European institutions. BBC Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh has been following developments. Spending time in green spaces has been linked to mental and physical health benefits. But just how green is your nearest city centre? New research has ranked urban centr... (2022-Dec-22 • 30 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageYear in review 2022: Best of online news, and podcast highlights
On this week’s show: A rundown of our favorite online news stories, and some of our favorite moments on the podcast this year | This is our last show of the year and it’s a fun one! Dave Grimm, our online news editor, gives a tour of the top online stories of the year, from playful bumble bees to parasite-ridden friars. | Then, host Sarah Crespi looks back at some amazing conversations from the podcast this year, including answers to a few questions she never thought she’d be asking. Highlights include why ... (2022-Dec-22 • 30 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageShohini Ghose on revolutions – quantum and social
Shohini Ghose is a professor of quantum science at Wilfrid Laurier University. She is also the founder and director of Laurier’s Centre for Women in Science (WinS) and an NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. In this episode, she takes Lauren and Colin on a journey into the subatomic realm to explore concepts like entanglement, superposition, and her personal favourite quantum quandary: uncertainty. She explains how ideas in quantum science can translate to questions of identity, and how that dr... (2022-Dec-22 • 59 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageMosquito pesticide failing
Mosquito pesticide failing - prevention of dengue fever and other diseases at risk. Dangerous bird flu evolving fast - researchers are learning why bird flu is persisting and spreading fast round the world, and assess the threat to humans. Drilling for ancient ice in the Antarctic - Roland talks to one of the team drilling kilometres into an ancient, frozen record of past climate, Martian rock store opens - NASA's Mars Perseverance rover is stashing rock samples future missions could bring back to Earth. ... (2022-Dec-22 • 28 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageThe science of how to give better gifts
As Christmas approaches, many of us will have spent weeks trying to pick out the perfect presents for our friends and family. But what does science say about how to avoid unwanted gifts and unpleasant surprises? Ian Sample speaks to Julian Givi about his research unwrapping what we all really want under the tree (2022-Dec-22 • 13 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageCan COP 15 Save Our Planet's Biodiversity?
This week, the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) wrapped up in Montreal, Canada. Nations from around the world came together to establish a new set of goals to help preserve the planet's biodiversity and reduce the rate of loss of natural habitats. The last time biodiversity targets were set was in 2010, at COP 10. In the 12 years since, the world collectively failed to meet any of those biodiversity benchmarks.Aaron Scott talks to Giuliana Viglione, an editor at Carbon Brief covering food, land and natur... (2022-Dec-22 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageTesting reindeer hearing, a river runs under Antarctica, saving sharks with electricity and cougars and grizzlies return to Manitoba
Figuring out what reindeer can hear to understand the impact from industrial sounds; Scientists discover massive river flowing under the Antarctic Ice; A shocking solution to accidental killing of sharks in fisheries; Clawing back: How cougars and grizzlies are reintroducing themselves in Manitoba, (2022-Dec-22 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | December 22, 2022
We speak with Pulitzer Prize winner Edward Humes about the bizarre world of genetic genealogy and how after three decades of one murder going unsolved, in two hours an amateur with access to a site like "23 and Me" found the killer. (01:11) Then, a new bipartisan bill aims to improve the relationship between poor maternal health outcomes and access to Telehealth. (26:32) (2022-Dec-22 • 52 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageTop 11 of 2022!
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: What does This Week in Science think were the year’s top science stories? This end-of-year episode counts down the Top 11 science news stories of 2022, and much more science… Become a Patron! (2022-Dec-22 • 105 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageAntihelium Offers Hope in the Search for Dark Matter
An experiment at the Large Hadron Collider suggests there’s a chance of catching this elusive evidence as it floats through our galactic neighborhood. (2022-Dec-22 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageA Smart Way to Get Ahead of the Next Flu Surge
Internet-connected thermometers can quickly show how influenza is spreading—so measures to control the disease can be targeted more effectively. (2022-Dec-21 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageYour gut's feelings
How we feel emotionally may be influenced by unseen troves of microbial life that live inside us. Is it possible to harness this gut power? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices (2022-Dec-21 • 28 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageLove & Math: Edward Frenkel
Edward Frenkel’s latest book Love and Math, a New York Times bestseller, was named one of the Best Books of the year by both Amazon and iBooks, and won the Euler Book Prize from the Mathematical Association of America. The book reveals a side of math seldom seen, suffused with all the beauty and elegance of a work of art. Mathematics, he writes, directs the flow of the universe, lurks behind its shapes and curves, holds the reins of everything from tiny atoms to the biggest stars. Love and Math is also abou... (2022-Dec-21 • 62 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image#154: News review 2022 - stand-out moments and funniest stories
Recorded live online for New Scientist subscribers, in this holiday special the team takes you through their stand out moments of the year, the funniest stories to hit the headlines, and their hopes for 2023 - and they answer questions from the audience too.For stand-out highlights of 2022, the team discusses Deepmind and its transformative AI AlphaFold which predicted the structures of most known proteins. They celebrate the successes of the James Webb Space Telescope and a recent nuclear fusion experiment... (2022-Dec-21 • 31 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageThe Nature Podcast Festive Spectacular 2022
Games, seasonal science songs, and Nature’s 10. (2022-Dec-21 • 35 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageBrain Scientists Are Tripping Out Over Psychedelics
Psychedelic drugs – like LSD, salvia, ayahuasca, Ibogaine, MDMA (AKA ecstasy), or psilocybin (AKA 'magic mushrooms' or 'shrooms') – are experiencing a resurgence of interest in their potential medical benefits. At the Neuroscience 2022 meeting held by the Society of Neuroscience, the appetite for psychedelic research permeated the sessions, discussions, and even after-hours barroom talk — drawing in researchers, neuroscientists, companies, reporters, and advocates alike. "In the last couple of years there h... (2022-Dec-21 • 11 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageOld Problem About Mathematical Curves Falls to Young Couple
Eric Larson and Isabel Vogt have solved the interpolation problem — a centuries-old question about some of the most basic objects in geometry. Some credit goes to the chalkboard in their living room. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Good Times” by Patrick Patrikios. (2022-Dec-21 • 21 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageThe Real Fusion Energy Breakthrough Is Still Decades Away
US nuclear scientists have achieved the long-sought goal of a fusion ignition—but don't expect this clean technology to power the grid yet. (2022-Dec-20 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageDark matter
About 95 per cent of the mass in the universe seems to be missing — what's going on!? (2022-Dec-20 • 6 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageIs Your Phone Actually Draining Your Brain?
Is Your Phone Actually Draining Your Brain? (2022-Dec-20 • 7 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageConfessions Of A Math Convert
Math is a complex, beautiful language that can help people understand the world. And sometimes math is hard! Science communicator Sadie Witkowski says the key to making math your friend is to foster your own curiosity and shed the fear of sounding dumb. That's the guiding principle behind her podcast, Carry the Two and it's today's show: Embracing all math has to offer without the fear of failure. We encore this episode in between Carry the Two's seasons - their second one starts on January 3, 2023!This epi... (2022-Dec-20 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageReplay - Who Was James Webb? An honest conversation with Hakeem Oluseyi
This is a replay of the discussion with Hakeem Oluseyi on the controversy surrounding the naming of the James Webb Space Telescope. It continues! Today the New York Time published an opinion piece entitled: How Naming the James Webb Telescope Turned Into a Fight Over Homophobia: Did the former head of NASA discriminate against gay people? One physicist tried to rebut the accusation, only to find himself the target of attacks. https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12... James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is NASA’s nex... (2022-Dec-20 • 54 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageCold
Jack frost ain't just nipping at our noses where we live, he's basically biting them off! Ouch! So we thought we'd learn a little about what "cold" even is, and you may not be too surprised to hear that the answer is way, way more complicated than you'd think. Bundle up and take a listen!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow ... (2022-Dec-20 • 38 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageTom McLeish, "The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art" (Oxford UP, 2021)
What human qualities are needed to make scientific discoveries, and which to make great art? Many would point to 'imagination' and 'creativity' in the second case but not the first. Tom McLeish's The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art (Oxford UP, 2021) challenges the assumption that doing science is in any sense less creative than art, music or fictional writing and poetry, and treads a historical and contemporary path through common territories of the creative process. The... (2022-Dec-20 • 35 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageWhat does Cop15’s buzzword ‘nature positive’ mean?
One of the key guiding phrases for the Cop15 summit has been becoming ‘nature positive’. But what does this really mean? Madeleine Finlay speaks to biodiversity reporter Phoebe Weston and biodiversity professor EJ Milner-Gulland about ‘nature positive’ and how to stop it becoming another way to greenwash. (2022-Dec-20 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageA deep dive into oceanography
How data on our oceans is collected, and what we then do with it... (2022-Dec-20 • 31 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageJames D. Stein, "Seduced by Mathematics: The Enduring Fascination of Mathematics" (World Scientific, 2022) Math
Seduction is not just an end result, but a process -- and in mathematics, both the end results and the process by which those end results are achieved are often charming and elegant.This helps to explain why so many people -- not just those for whom math plays a key role in their day-to-day lives -- have found mathematics so seductive. Math is unique among all subjects in that it contains end results of amazing insight and power, and lines of reasoning that are clever, charming, and elegant. James D. Stein'... (2022-Dec-19 • 87 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageHow Do You Prove There’s Ice on the Moon? With a Lunar Flashlight
A briefcase-sized satellite will ping lasers at the lunar South Pole to locate ice and map it for future human explorers. (2022-Dec-19 • 6 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageYour Multivitamin Won't Save You
Dietary supplements — the vitamins, herbs and botanicals that you'll find in most grocery stores — are everywhere. More than half of U.S. adults over 20 take them, spending almost $50 billion on vitamins and other supplements in 2021. Yet decades of research have produced little evidence that they really work. Aaron Scott talks to Dr. Jenny Jia about the science of dietary supplements: which ones might help, which ones might hurt, and where we could be spending our money instead. (2022-Dec-19 • 10 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageSkeptic Check: 5G (rebroadcast)
5G, the latest mobile network standard, is coming. As new cell towers sprout around the world, do we know enough to confidently claim that this new technology is safe? After all, older networking standards relied on microwaves, radiation which has wavelengths of inches to a foot or so. 5G operates at much higher frequencies, with millimeter wavelengths. Some are worried that being subjected to millimeter radiation could cause cancers. But what does science say? 5G: the promise and the perils. Guests: Jon Sa... (2022-Dec-19 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image687: Studying the Formation and Function of the Gut to Understand Mechanisms of Disease - Dr. Michele Battle
Dr. Michele Battle is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Michele’s research is focused on studying how organs in the gut form and function in normal health in order to understand how... (2022-Dec-19 • 41 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageHoneybees: Nature’s puzzle solvers
Orit Peleg, Golnar Fard and Francisco López Jiménez explain how honeybees overcome geometric constraints to construct honeycombs. (2022-Dec-19 • 7 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast imageBack to Titanic Part 2
In “Back to Titanic” Part 1, David Pogue told of his invitation to join an expedition to visit the wreck of the Titanic in a custom submersible. The company, OceanGate, ordinarily charges $250,000 per person, as part of a new wave in adventure travel. Bad weather immediately canceled the dive that Pogue and the “CBS Sunday Morning” crew were scheduled to join—but the CEO offered a consolation dive to the Grand Banks. The sights were said to include shark breeding grounds, towering underwater cliffs, and ... (2022-Dec-19 • 35 minutes • @Pogue)
podcast imageHoliday Message 2022: Thinking Really Slowly
Traditional end-of-year holiday message. (2022-Dec-19 • 48 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageHarnessing microbes to fight bowel cancer
Susan Woods wants you to put her out of a job. | | And she's not even asking that much of you – in fact you may have already done your bit. | | Susan is a gut cancer researcher. If everyone who was eligible did their bowel screening test, she'd probably be unemployed. | | But just in case, she's looking into solutions for the worst prognosis bowel cancers and conscripting certain microbes to help her do it. | | Speaker: | | Dr Susan Woods | Senior research fellow, Gut Cancer Group, SAHMRI | | Host: |... (2022-Dec-18 • 10 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageWhat is friction?
CrowdScience listener David was playing snooker in Thailand when he started thinking how such a smooth ball was dependent on the rough green baize of the table to bring it to a stop. Would it be possible to play snooker at all in a completely frictionless universe? Sometimes friction produces heat. Could we ever control it completely? We try to reduce friction in some cases by using lubricants, whilst at other times like braking at a traffic junction we depend upon friction entirely. Anand Jagatia heads to ... (2022-Dec-18 • 36 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageFusion milestone
Fusion milestone - the science behind the headlines. Laser fusion expert Kate Lancaster walks us through the technology that produced energy gain at the US's National Ignition Facility NIF Whirlwinds on Mars What the sounds of a dust devil passing over NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover tells us about the Martian atmosphere 75 years of the transistor electronics revolution - where next for Moore's Law? December 16th 1947 was the day the first ever transistor device passed an electrical current. Trillions are ... (2022-Dec-18 • 68 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #910 - Dec 17 2022
Interview with AI Specialist Mark Ho; What's the Word: Science Fiction Terms; News Items: Electric Planes, Zetawatt Laser, Solar Sails; Live Q&A; Science or Fiction (2022-Dec-17 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageThe Deep Space Network
Brian Cox and Robin Ince visit Canberra for the first of 4 special episodes recorded in Australia. This week they visit the amazing Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre where scientists communicate with, and track the 200 or so spacecraft that are currently exploring our vast solar system and even beyond. They are joined by Astrophysicists Mark Cheung and Alan Duffy, Nobel prize winner Brian Schmidt and comedian Alice Fraser as they track legendary space craft like Voyager, still sending back messages... (2022-Dec-17 • 43 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageHuman impact on and response to changing climate
By mid-century, human activity will have doubled atmospheric greenhouse gases compared to the pre-industrial level. (2022-Dec-17 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageThe Hope For Slowing Amazon Deforestation
Brazil's president-elect, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is renewing calls to protect the Amazon and reign in the deforestation. Climate scientists are encouraged but so far there aren't a lot of specifics of how this might happen. NPR's Kirk Siegler traveled to a remote Amazonian research station that is also threatened by illegal logging and talks to host Aaron Scott about his trip. (2022-Dec-16 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageNuclear fusion, and magnetic air pollution
A breakthrough in nuclear fusion energy, but what does it mean? (2022-Dec-16 • 26 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageOur annual holiday book show, including the health hazards of space and more… A history of COVID-19 and the neuroscience of religion.
A Canadian astronaut explains the toll space travel takes on the human body; A neuroscientist asks: Do we long for a divine creator or do we just want our mommies?; A medical historian looks at the historical echoes of the past in the pandemic of the present. (2022-Dec-16 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageWelcome To The Science Monkey House
This Week: Fusion, Jaguars, Cell Control, Cancer Cures, Chaperone Proteins, Microplastics, Snakes, Migrators, Just Good News, Slime Mold, The 6th Sense, Microbial Motivation, And Much More Science! | The post 14 December, 2022 – Episode 905 – Welcome To The Science Monkey House appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (2022-Dec-16 • 140 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageFlora: Stories from the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Without plants, we wouldn’t have air to breathe, and we also wouldn’t have these great stories inspired by the leafy green vegetation. This week’s episode, produced in partnership with The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, features two stories from scientists of the cutting-edge research institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who had plants impact their life and science. Part 1: While everyone around Anthony Digrado is impressed with his plant PhD research, he isn’t sure if he a... (2022-Dec-16 • 33 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageImproving Care For Disabled Patients, Transistor Anniversary, Whale Strikes. December 16, 2022, Part 2
Medicine Is Failing Disabled Patients. Meet The Doctors Pushing For Change “More than sixty-one million Americans have disabilities, and increasing evidence documents that they experience health care disparities.” That’s the conclusion of a series of studies, in which researchers pulled back the curtain on how doctors perceive disabled patients. A study from last year found that more than half of surveyed physicians do not feel fully confident that they can provide disabled and non-disabled patients the sam... (2022-Dec-16 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageNull and Void
This episode, first aired in 2017, has Reporter Tracie Hunte and Editor Soren Wheeler exploring a hidden power in the U.S. Court System that is either the cornerstone of our democracy or a trapdoor to anarchy. Should a juror be able to ignore the law? From a Quaker prayer meeting in the streets of London to riots in the streets of Los Angeles, we trace the history of a quiet act of rebellion and struggle with how much power “We the People” should really have. Special thanks to Darryl K. Brown, professor of ... (2022-Dec-16 • 61 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageFusion Advance, Cancer Clinical Trial, Christmas Trees And Climate, Best Video Games. December 16, 2022, Part 1
Scientists Reach Breakthrough In Nuclear Fusion This week, researchers announced a big breakthrough in the field of nuclear fusion. Scientists have been slamming atoms into each other for decades in the hope that they will fuse together, and release more energy than was put in. And for the first time ever, scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory did just that in early December, using very powerful lasers. But just how quickly will the mission to develop scalable nuclear fusion become a real... (2022-Dec-16 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageThe Orion Moon Capsule Is Back. What Happens Next?
The craft survived a 26-day voyage and a scorching descent. Now it’s time for NASA engineers to learn what went wrong—and what went right. (2022-Dec-16 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageBreakthrough of the Year, and the best in science books
On this week’s show: Science’s Breakthrough of the Year and runners-up, plus the top books in 2022 | You might not be surprised by this year’s breakthrough, but hopefully you won’t guess all our runners-up. Producer Meagan Cantwell is joined by Greg Miller, who edited the section this year. The two discuss the big winner and more. | In our second segment, host Sarah Crespi is joined by Science Books Editor Valerie Thompson to chat about the best books in science from this year, and one movie. | Books mentio... (2022-Dec-15 • 30 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: Military veterans can offer lessons on cultivating inner peace
For veterans post traumatic stress is real, but so is post traumatic growth. (2022-Dec-15 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageClimate science and politics
As the COP27 environment summit draws to a close we look at some of the issues still to be resolved. BBC Environment correspondents Victoria Gill and Georgina Rannard join us from the meeting. And we head to the houses of parliament in the company of a group of teenagers who are putting their concerns over climate change to a panel of politicians. Julia Ravey went to meet them. We hear from author Nick Davidson about how the discoveries of 3 unlikely characters in the 19th century formed the basis of ge... (2022-Dec-15 • 28 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: Man's best friend in life and art
We’re doing a deep dive on dogs in art, and what that relationship means about dogs and humans alike. (2022-Dec-15 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | December 15, 2022
Colleen Begg, a South African conservation ecologist and managing director of the Niassa Carnivore Project in South Africa, shares how it facilitates a peaceful coexistence between individual people, communities of people, lions and other carnivores. (01:29) NASA image restorer Andy Saunders explains his work taking newly-available digital scans of 50-year-old analog photos and applying painstaking care and cutting-edge enhancement techniques to create the highest quality Apollo photographs ever produced. (... (2022-Dec-15 • 51 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast image‘Nothing is impossible’: the major breakthrough in nuclear fusion
This week, American researchers achieved a major breakthrough in nuclear fusion – successfully generating more energy from a fusion reaction than was used to start it. Ian Sample speaks to Alain Bécoulet how close we are to using nuclear fusion to power our homes, and whether it will become the clean, safe, and abundant source of energy the world so desperately needs. (2022-Dec-15 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imagePedro Vieira on a theory of all quantum field theories
Pedro Vieira is a faculty member at Perimeter Institute, where he holds the Clay Riddell Paul Dirac Chair in Theoretical Physics. In this episode, he tells Lauren and Colin about his work on a kind of uber-theory that encompasses all quantum field theories, as well as what separates the easy and hard problems in this field. It’s a complicated topic to be sure, but Vieira is a master of explaining complex topics with relatable examples and anecdotes – something Lauren discovered as a student when she took a ... (2022-Dec-15 • 75 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageSeeing Truth in Variability, Creativity, and Building Biological Collections
In this episode, scientists speak back to ideas about collection building, knowledge making, and the role of art and creativity in research. Bernard Goffinet and Eric Schultz, professors in the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut, discuss their roles in building and maintaining UConn’s Biodiversity Research Collections and their vision for how scientific knowledge, data, and research will shape our future. Learn more about the Seeing Truth exhibition at our websit... (2022-Dec-15 • 44 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageA Step Closer To Nuclear Fusion Energy
On Dec. 5 at 1 o'clock in the morning local time, researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California used lasers to zap a tiny pellet of hydrogen fuel. The lasers hit their target with 2.05 megajoules of energy, and the pellet released roughly 3.15 megajoules. It's a major milestone, and one that the field of fusion science has struggled to reach for more than half a century: producing a fusion reaction that generates more energy than it consumes. While progress, the technology is stil... (2022-Dec-15 • 8 minutes • @NPR)
podcast image‘Solar Twins’ Reveal the Consistency of the Universe
Physicists study starlight to find whether the fine structure constant, whose value makes our universe possible, really is the same everywhere. (2022-Dec-15 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: The forgotten wives of Joseph Smith
Many of Joseph Smith's wives have been lost to history due to early secrecy and reluctance to discuss these marriages. Historian Todd Compton is trying to change that. (2022-Dec-15 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image#153: Fusion breakthrough; COP15 report; Shakespeare and climate change
There’s been an exciting breakthrough in nuclear fusion. For the first time on Earth, a controlled fusion reaction has generated more power than it requires to run, bringing us closer than ever before to a viable way of producing clean energy for the world. So, what’s the catch? The team finds out.The New Scientist team reports from a worryingly quiet COP15. It’s hoped the biodiversity conference will be an opportunity to set ambitious global goals for nature, to reach the goal of restoring it by 2030. But ... (2022-Dec-15 • 34 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageFusion milestone
Fusion milestone - the science behind the headlines. Laser fusion expert Kate Lancaster walks us through the technology that produced energy gain at the US's National Ignition Facility NIF Whirlwinds on Mars What the sounds of a dust devil passing over NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover tells us about the Martian atmosphere 75 years of the transistor electronics revolution - where next for Moore's Law? December 16th 1947 was the day the first ever transistor device passed an electrical current. Trillions are... (2022-Dec-15 • 33 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageThe Next Great Overdose-Reversing Drug Might Already Exist
Fentanyl-related substances have a bad reputation, but they could also save lives. In the US, a legislative battle to expedite research is heating up. (2022-Dec-14 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageAlaska's Protective Sea Ice Wall Is Crumbling because of the Climate Crisis
Alaska's Protective Sea Ice Wall Is Crumbling because of the Climate Crisis (2022-Dec-14 • 7 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageNuclear fusion breaks through
Back in January, we spoke to a scientist at the National Ignition Facility about how close they were to achieving what’s been called “one of the most impressive scientific feats of the 21st century.” This week, they announced they’ve finally done it. A version of this episode originally ran on January 5, 2022. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support ... (2022-Dec-14 • 31 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageFrom Scientific Exile To Gene Editing Pioneer
Gene editing was a new idea in the mid-1970s. So when Harvard and MIT planned new research in recombinant DNA, alarm bells went off. "People were worried about a 'Frankengene,'" says Lydia Villa-Komaroff, then a freshly minted PhD. Amidst a political circus, the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts banned research into recombinant DNA, forcing scientists like Villa-Komaroff into exile. But that turned out to be just the prelude to a breakthrough. In this episode, Dr. Villa-Komaroff tells Emily Kwong the story o... (2022-Dec-14 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageCOVID deaths: three times the official toll
An estimate of the deaths associated with COVID-19, and the lack of ethnic diversity in UK academia. (2022-Dec-14 • 29 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageFollow Science, Not Scientists: Jay Bhattacharya
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya is a Professor of Health Policy at Stanford University and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research. He directs Stanford’s Center for Demography and Economics of Health and Aging. Dr. Bhattacharya’s research focuses on the health and well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the role of government programs, biomedical innovation, and economics. He has published 135 articles in top peer-reviewed scientific journals. He holds an MD and Ph... (2022-Dec-14 • 94 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageMeteorology (WEATHER & CLIMATE) with Marshall Shepherd
Bomb cyclones! Polar vortices! Atmospheric rivers! And rained out barbecues. One of the world’s leading Meteorologists, Dr. Marshall Shepherd – a former NASA scientist and current Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia – is here to field a downpour of questions. We chat about percentages in forecasts, hail, sleet, storm chasing, heatwaves, fluid dynamics, TV weather people, climate change delayism and his favorite weather-themed movies. Also: what not to do with a weath... (2022-Dec-14 • 72 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageYou Know That Gut Feeling You Have?...
TFW when you're so excited you get those butterflies in your stomach - or maybe when you see something icky, you feel ill. On today's show, producer Berly McCoy looks at this relationship between our gut and our brain. Berly talks to host Emily Kwong about how the organs evolved to have a tight connection - connections that go beyond transient feelings of excitement or disgust. In fact, an increasing body of research shows links between the gut and conditions we typically associate mostly with the brain – l... (2022-Dec-13 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHow is concrete made? And why does it matter?
Concrete is so much more than just a sidewalk. We use it to build playgrounds and skateparks and even musical instruments! But how does it go from a powder to a sludge to the strong building material that we use all over the world? And can we come up with new recipes that are better for the environment? | To celebrate this superlative substance, Molly and cohost Mark are joined by special guest Concreature, a being from the concrete dimension! Tune in for a dose of history, some magnificent moss, and some ... (2022-Dec-13 • 27 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageTesting New Games with Deboki Chakravarti
sniff sniff... What is that awful smell? Ah, it's our stinky, old games! I mean, just look at Truth or Fail! It's all covered in mold! Good thing Deboki's here this week to try out some fresh, exciting new games with us!scWant more Deboki? Check her out at https://twitter.com/okidoki_boki to find info on all of the many projects she works on!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciSho... (2022-Dec-13 • 42 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageTumours and tectonics: magnets making a mark
How magnets, quite literally, shape the world we live in... (2022-Dec-13 • 29 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageElastin in our skin and body
Our skin is like a personal space suit protecting us from the outside world. Skin is best when you are a child—because of the elastic protein keeping it fresh and supple—but, unfortunately, that freshness doesn’t last. | | Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki | | Producer: Diane Dean (2022-Dec-13 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageWill Cop15 tackle the growing problem of invasive species?
Invasive species are one of the key drivers of biodiversity loss around the world, and often have a large economic impact on the areas they inhabit. At the UN’s biodiversity Cop15 countries will be discussing how best to tackle this growing issue. Ian Sample gets an update on how Cop15 is progressing from biodiversity reporter Patrick Greenfield, and speaks to Prof Helen Roy about why invasive species pose such a massive risk to native wildlife (2022-Dec-13 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageThe Extraordinary Shelf Life of the Deep Sea Sandwiches
How did a lunch last underwater for 10 months? The answer relates to how carbon moves in the deep sea, and has implications for fighting climate change. (2022-Dec-13 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast image686: Battling Antibiotic Resistance Through Development and Discovery of Novel Antibacterial Agents - Dr. Erin Carlson
Dr. Erin E. Carlson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota. Research in Erin’s lab focuses on microbes. They are interested in how these organisms interact with one another, humans, and the... (2022-Dec-12 • 38 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image220 | Lara Buchak on Risk and Rationality
I talk with philosopher Lara Buchak about how to incorporate considerations of risk into rational decision-making. (2022-Dec-12 • 77 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageTomb with a View
A century ago, British archaeologist Howard Carter opened the only surviving intact tomb from ancient Egypt. Inside was the mummy of the boy king Tutankhamun, together with “wonderful things” including a solid gold mask. Treasure from King Tut’s crypt has been viewed both in person and virtually by many people since. We ask what about Egyptian civilization so captivates us, thousands of years later. Also, how new technology from modern physics allows researchers to “X-Ray” the pyramids to find hidden chambe... (2022-Dec-12 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageThis Low-Cost Test for Hearing Loss Lives on a Smartphone
Audiology screening can be inaccessible for kids in low-resource areas. By utilizing off-the-shelf products, these scientists are trying to change that. (2022-Dec-12 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageThe Myth of Plastic Recycling
For many, recycling feels like a tangible way to personally combat climate change and to positively affect the environment. But after a years long investigation, NPR correspondent Laura Sullivan finds that reality is generally the opposite: Only a small fraction of plastic is ultimately recycled. Moreover, plastic production is on the rise.Further reading:- Recycling plastic is practically impossible — and the problem is getting worse- How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled (2022-Dec-12 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageJim Tour: Darwin's Deception!?
James (Jim) Tour is a renowned chemist and nanotechnologist and is the T.T. and W.F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Comp. Sci., Materials Science & NanoEngineering, at Rice University in Houston, Texas. He conducts research at the Smalley-Curl Institute & NanoCarbon Center. Dr. Tour has been the source of many well-publicized debates on and offline, including with Prof. Lee Cronin: Are we close to discovering the Origin Of Life? James Tour vs Lee Cronin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DHvN...... research has... (2022-Dec-11 • 45 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageAn echidna investigation
Sometimes science requires getting a little messy. | | Researcher Tahlia has been working with citizen scientists through a slightly strange request... Sending her echidna poo. | | Today, Tahlia explains the challenges in conserving echidnas and what we can do to help. | | Speaker: | Dr Tahlia Perry | Postdoctoral Researcher | University of Adelaide | | Host: | Tegan Taylor | | Producer: | Tegan Taylor, Rose Kerr (2022-Dec-11 • 11 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageAncient warmth in Greenland
Two-million-year-old molecular fossils reveal flourishing woodlands and widespread animals in Greenland's pre-Ice-Age past, and give hints to the Arctic’s future under global warming. We hear from a molecular palaeontologist and a climate modeller. DNA also reveals the enduring genetic influence of our extinct Denisovan cousins on disease immunity in modern Island Southeast Asians. And the art and science of 3D-printing violins If your home is drafty, filling in holes and cracks can help tackle rising en... (2022-Dec-11 • 63 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageNancy J. Nersessian, "Interdisciplinarity in the Making: Models and Methods in Frontier Science" (MIT Press, 2022)
Based on examining physics and the practices of physicists, philosophers of science often see models in science as representational intermediaries between scientific theories and the world. But what do scientists do when they don’t yet have the models or the theories? In Interdisciplinarity in the Making: Models and Methods in Frontier Science (MIT Press, 2022), Nancy Nersessian reveals the bootstrapping creation of models in two biomedical engineering and two integrated system biology labs. Based on her c... (2022-Dec-10 • 69 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageSmart cameras watch for anomalies, Prime Minister’s awards for top science teachers and DNA reveals the history of disease
DNA analysis suggests tuberculosis may have jumped to humans from seals. (2022-Dec-10 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageGlen Weyl & Cris Moore on Plurality, Governance, and Decentralized Society (EPE 05)
In his foundational 1972 paper “More Is Different,” physicist Phil Anderson made the case that reducing the objects of scientific study to their smallest components does not allow researchers to predict the behaviors of those systems upon reconstruction. Another way of putting this is that different disciplines reveal different truths at different scales. Contrary to long-held convictions that there would one day be one great unifying theory to explain it all, fundamental research in this century looks more... (2022-Dec-10 • 78 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageThe Age of Conspiracy?
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and author David Baddiel, psychologist Prof Karen Douglas, biologist Prof Matthew Cobb and philosopher Dr Timotheus Vermeulen to discover why conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists seem to be booming. From flat earthers to moon hoaxers and holocaust deniers, is there something about society today that encourages beliefs that seem to go against all evidence and reason? Or are conspiracies just part of the human condition, and each to their own? Why do som... (2022-Dec-10 • 43 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #909 - Dec 10 2022
News Items: Square Kilometer Array, Mantle Plume on Mars, Swimming Dinosaurs, Ancient Environmental DNA, Cat Domestication; Who's That Noisy; Potent Quotables; Your Questions and E-mails: Rocketry Advance; Science or Fiction (2022-Dec-10 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageThe Future Of Birds In North America, 190th Birthday For Tortoise. December 9, 2022, Part 1
Wish A Happy 190th Birthday To Jonathan The Tortoise A birthday should always be celebrated. For Jonathan the tortoise, who turned 190 this week, that celebration involved a salad cake and a three-day party. Jonathan is the oldest known living animal, hatched in 1832. Jonathan, who calls the island of St. Helena home, may be blind and unable to smell, but he maintains a good quality of life and even continues to mate with his companions. Jonathan’s ripe old age surpasses the typical tortoise life expectancy... (2022-Dec-09 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageDinosaurs go clubbing, the sounds of swearing, detecting 2 million year old DNA, dancing really is all about the bass and is it too late for fusion?
Ankylosaurs go clubbing. Armoured dinosaurs with tail weapons fought each other | Ankylosaurs were squat, armoured living tanks with long tails tipped by a wicket bony club. And new research suggests that they used that weapon not just to defend against predators like T.rex, but to smash against each other in contests that might have been about mates, food or territory. Victoria Arbour, of the Royal BC Museum, led the work, which was published in Biology Letters | | Fiddlesticks! Researchers find swearing... (2022-Dec-09 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageThe Middle of Everything Ever
After graduating from high school, without a clear plan for what to do next, Laura Andrews started asking herself a lot of questions. A spiral of big philosophical thoughts that led her to sit down and write to us with a question that was… oddly mathematical. What is the most average size thing, if you take into account everything in the universe. So, along with mathematician Steven Strogatz, we decided to see if we could sit down and, in a friendly throwdown of guesstimates and quick calculations, rough o... (2022-Dec-09 • 28 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageMedicinal Psychedelics Study, AI Art. December 9, 2022, Part 2
The Science Behind The Psychedelics Boom There’s been an explosion of new research into therapeutic uses for psychedelics. This includes drugs like psilocybin, the hallucinogenic chemical found in “magic mushrooms,” and ketamine—which was originally used as an anesthetic, and later became a popular party drug also known as “special K.” Esketamine, a form of ketamine, was approved by the FDA in 2019 for use in treatment resistant depression. And just last month Colorado residents voted to legalize medicinal ... (2022-Dec-09 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageAn Origins Podcast EXCLUSIVE: A Dialogue with Cormac McCarthy About Science, on the occasion of his newest book releases
Cormac McCarthy is a literary icon. Winner of the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award for his novel All the Pretty Horses, and the Pulitzer Prize for his apocalyptic novel The Road, Norma’s earlier novel, Blood Meridian has been labelled The Great American Novel. Many people did not know that this cultural giant is also fascinated by, and amazingly knowledgeable about science. Reading his newest books, The Passenger and Stella Maris (released this week!), however, and that bec... (2022-Dec-09 • 65 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageAI passes Turing Test, and new drug for Covid
Plus, the unusual new link between death metal singers and bats... (2022-Dec-09 • 27 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageElectronic Second Skins Are the Wearables of the Future
Flexible e-skins could be used to measure wearers’ blood pressure, temperature, and oxygen levels in real time, assisting with diagnoses and health care. (2022-Dec-09 • 5 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCould my house run out of air?
If your home is drafty, filling in holes and cracks can help tackle rising energy bills, and lower your carbon footprint. But is there a limit to how airtight we should make our homes? That’s what CrowdScience listeners Jeff and Angie wondered when weatherproofing their doors and sealing up cracks for the winter. Once every last gap is blocked, will enough air get in for them to breathe properly? How would they know if they’ve gone too far? With Covid-19 making us more aware than ever of the importance of ... (2022-Dec-09 • 32 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageDART: The Impacts Of Slamming A Spacecraft Into An Asteroid
If an asteroid were hurling through space, making a beeline straight to Earth, how would humans prevent it from doing what it did to the dinosaurs? Would we bomb it? Would we shoot lasers at it like a scene from Hollywood's latest sci-fi flick? Well, the folks at NASA have designed and tested a theory."The DART mission, the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, is essentially our first test of a kinetic impact for planetary defense." says Cristina Thomas, assistant professor of Astronomy and Planetary Science a... (2022-Dec-09 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageBody Image: Stories about physical appearance
In this week’s episode, both our stories are about how we see our bodies and the often complex relationship we have with them. Part 1: With the looming possibility of a double mastectomy, Connie Henderson considers her options for reconstruction. Part 2: Growing up Dhruti Shah struggles to accept her dark body hair. Connie Henderson lives in Vancouver, Washington where she practices law with her husband Paul and son Jordan. Her practice focuses on representing people who have been injured as a result of med... (2022-Dec-09 • 32 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageIt's the Bass That Makes Us Boogie
Concertgoers danced more when music was supplemented with low-frequency bass tones. (2022-Dec-09 • 5 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageThe Era of One-Shot, Multimillion-Dollar Genetic Cures Is Here
Gene therapies promise long-term relief from intractable diseases—if insurers agree to pony up. (2022-Dec-08 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageHow can you science your way out of a lying toddler?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Paleo Feud?, DNA, Club Competition, ADHD, Lying Toddlers, Cold Noses, Lady Locust, Animal Sounds, Just Good News, Ancient Kid Crafts, Neuralink Concerns, And Much More Science! Become a Patron! (2022-Dec-08 • 99 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageAncient warmth in Greenland
Two-million-year-old molecular fossils reveal flourishing woodlands and widespread animals in Greenland's pre-Ice-Age past, and give hints to the Arctic’s future under global warming. We hear from a molecular palaeontologist and a climate modeller. DNA also reveals the enduring genetic influence of our extinct Denisovan cousins on disease immunity in modern island South East Asians. And the art and science of 3D-printing violins Producer: Roland Pease Assistant producer: Sophie Ormiston (Image: Landscap... (2022-Dec-08 • 31 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | December 8, 2022
Author and professor Matthew Cobb discusses the morally-complex field of genetic engineering. (00:56)Chief Medical Officer of Mindstrong, Dr. Holly Dubois, talks about the virtual behavioral health organization that provides licensed therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in treating hard-to-reach patients with difficult-to-treat conditions. (27:52) (2022-Dec-08 • 53 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageThe state of science in Ukraine, and a conversation with Anthony Fauci
On this week’s show: The impact of war on science in Ukraine, and a conversation with Anthony Fauci as he prepares to step down | Some scientists in Ukraine have been risking their lives to protect scientific facilities, collections, and instruments amid the war. Contributing Correspondent Richard Stone traveled to Kharkiv and Chornobyl earlier this year to meet researchers living and working through the conflict. He spoke with host Sarah Crespi to share some of their stories. | Then we have a conversation ... (2022-Dec-08 • 33 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageThe Biologist Who Talks With Cells
The human body is made up of more than 30 trillion cells, but how do they all work together? It's all about communication! "They talk through molecules going from one cell to the adjacent cell," says Dr. Sandra Murray, a professor of cell biology and physiology at the University of Pittsburgh who studies how cells communicate with each other to do complex tasks, like close a wound or deliver a baby. This year, Dr. Murray became the first person of color elected as president of the American Society for Cell ... (2022-Dec-08 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageGanapathy Baskaran on physics, biology, and global science
Ganapathy Baskaran is an acclaimed physicist known for his foundational contributions to condensed matter physics, strongly correlated quantum materials, and high-temperature superconductivity. He is an Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences in Chennai, India, and a Distinguished Visiting Research Chair at Perimeter. He is also a masterful storyteller who, in this episode, tells Lauren and Colin about his upbringing in India, the people who inspire him, and his time in the developing w... (2022-Dec-08 • 64 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageCOP27
One key issue on the agenda at the COP27 environment summit in Egypt is how to fund damage from the effects of man made climate change. Often the effects of climate change are felt the strongest in countries least responsible for creating the emissions. This year we’ve seen a range of extreme weather events including drought and flooding which scientists have attributed to man-made climate change. The idea of providing funding for such human-induced disasters has long been discussed informally at COP sum... (2022-Dec-08 • 33 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageHow the Physics of Nothing Underlies Everything
The key to understanding the origin and fate of the universe may be a more complete understanding of the vacuum. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer. (2022-Dec-07 • 17 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageDavid Lindsay, "Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words" (CSIRO Publishing, 2020)
Listen to this interview of David Lindsay, emeritus professor of the University of Western Australia. We talk about his book Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words (CSIRO Publishing, 2020) and how your hypothesis can save the communication of your research. David Lindsay : "It's quite unfortunate that we're training our undergraduates in science this way. I mean, undergraduates know that when they write something, for example, a protocol to be graded—undergraduates know that their professors are seeking to ... (2022-Dec-07 • 77 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageA Proactive Way to Detect Cancer at Its Earliest Stages
Medtech firm Earli is working on a way to make tumors announce themselves as they appear—and even provide directions to where they are in the body. (2022-Dec-07 • 5 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast image‘The biggest meeting for humanity’: Why Cop15 has to succeed
Yesterday, negotiators from around the world landed in Montreal, Canada for Cop15. The UN’s biodiversity conference comes at a critical time for nature: a million species are currently at risk of extinction and wildlife populations have plunged by an average of 69% between 1970 and 2018. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Prof Alexandre Antonelli about his passion for plants, concerns for biodiversity, and hopes for Cop15. (2022-Dec-07 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast image#152 Ancient species of human could control fire; complete brain map of fly
An extinct species of ancient human may have been much more advanced than we first realised. First discovered 10 years ago, Homo neladi had a brain about a third the size of ours and yet it may have done complex things like burying its dead and controlling fire. The team learns about the latest finding from the Rising Star cave near Johannesburg.Mars has long been described as geologically dead, but new evidence shows it may still be volcanically active. The team learns about a new theory which might explai... (2022-Dec-07 • 31 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageWhat Makes Hawaii's Erupting Volcanoes Special
Just after Thanksgiving, for the first time in almost 40 years, Hawaii's Mauna Loa volcano erupted. It's one of several ongoing eruptions – including Kilauea, also on Hawaii, and Indonesia's Mount Semeru. At just over half the size of the big island of Hawaii, Mauna Loa is the world's biggest active volcano. Today, volcanologist Alison Graettinger talks to Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber about what makes Mauna Loa's eruption different than Indonesia's and others around the Pacific, and what it reve... (2022-Dec-07 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageOldest DNA reveals two-million-year-old ecosystem
Mastodon DNA found in ancient Greenland permafrost, and modelling the climate emissions of the plastics sector. (2022-Dec-07 • 18 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageBasic instinct
How do animals know how to do things like spin a web or build a dam? A neuroscientist argues it's not “instinct.” Something bigger is going on. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices (2022-Dec-07 • 29 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image8 billion: an overpopulation crisis?
How did we cross this milestone, what are the implications, and is depopulation a viable solution? (2022-Dec-06 • 31 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageEnigmatology (WORD PUZZLES) with David Kwong
Crosswords! Puzzles! Wordles! Magic? Ah yes, world-renowned Enigmatologist David Kwong drops in to chat about the intersection of sleight of hand and brain games, covering everything from Scrabble strategies to how to get away with a surprise party unsuspected. Also: crosswords and dementia, how puzzles are like hot sauce, a secret group of Hollywood magicians, his most clever clues, cryptic crosswords, international slang, Wordle’s many derivatives, and how to get over your intimidation of all those empty ... (2022-Dec-06 • 71 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageWhy are children in the UK at risk of serious strep A infections?
At least eight children in England and Wales have now died after contracting the Group A streptococci bacteria, and parents across the UK are being urged to look out for possible infections in their children. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Chrissie Jones about Strep A symptoms, and hears from Shiranee Sriskandan on how the bacteria evades our immune systems and if a vaccine could be on the horizon (2022-Dec-06 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageJames A. Geraghty, "Inside the Orphan Drug Revolution: The Promise of Patient-Centered Biotechnology" (Cold Springs Harbor Lab Press, 2022)
Advances in medicine have made possible better treatments for widespread, familiar human illnesses like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Yet there are thousands of much less common diseases, most of genetic origin, each classed as rare because it afflicts only a small number of people. These patient groups were long ignored by a pharmaceutical industry that judged them too small to provide a return on the investment needed to develop an effective remedy. Yet these orphaned diseases collectively caused m... (2022-Dec-06 • 43 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast image'One Mississippi...' How Lightning Shapes The Climate
When lightning strikes a giant tree in the tropical rainforest, there's usually no fire, no blackened crater — you might not even notice any damage. But come back months later, as Evan Gora does, and you may find that tree and dozens around it dead. Gora, a forest ecologist who studies lightning in tropical forests, says we are just beginning to understand how lightning actually behaves in these forests, and what its implications are for climate change. On today's episode, Evan Gora tells Aaron Scott about ... (2022-Dec-06 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imagePoison
It's said that the dose makes the poison, but that doesn't change the fact that some poison is just more poison-y than others. This week, we get a lethal dose of venomous knowledge!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get in return, like bonus episodes and a monthly newsletter!And ... (2022-Dec-06 • 39 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageThe number of humans ever born
An interesting demographics exercise is to add up the number of humans who've existed. This is different from how many people are in a population—which in late November 2022, is about 8 billion. But using data going back as far as possible, the number of people who've existed is reckoned at over 100 billion. | | Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki (2022-Dec-06 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageHow Vaccines Saved Money and Lives and China's Zero-COVID Protests: COVID, Quickly Podcast, Episode 44
Vaccines saved New York City billions of dollars, and China faces public fury over its strict virus-control policies. (2022-Dec-06 • 8 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageAMA | December 2022
Ask Me Anything episode of Mindscape for December 2022. (2022-Dec-05 • 196 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast image685: Conserving Species in Extreme Environments - Dr. Joel Berger
Dr. Joel Berger is the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair of Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University. He is also a longtime Senior Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the author of multiple books, including most recently... (2022-Dec-05 • 40 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageMary-Frances O'Connor, "The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss" (HarperOne, 2022)
For as long as humans have existed, we have struggled when a loved one dies. Poets and playwrights have written about the dark cloak of grief, the deep yearning, how devastating heartache feels. But until now, we have had little scientific perspective on this universal experience. In The Grieving Brain: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss (HarperOne, 2022), neuroscientist and psychologist Mary-Frances O’Connor, PhD, gives us a fascinating new window into one of the hallmark experiences... (2022-Dec-05 • 52 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageCultural identity in sperm whales
Taylor Hersh explores how patterns of clicks produced by sperm whales suggest the exchange of cultural information between the whales. (2022-Dec-05 • 10 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast imageKeeping Humans in the Loop (rebroadcast)
Modern technology is great, but could we be losing control? As our world becomes more crowded and demands for resources are greater, some people worry about humanity’s uncertain prospects. An eminent cosmologist considers globe-altering developments such as climate change and artificial intelligence. Will we be able to stave off serious threats to our future? There’s also another possible source of danger: our trendy digital aids. We seem all-too-willing to let algorithms classify and define our wants, our ... (2022-Dec-05 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageDon't Call It Dirt: The Science Of Soil
It's easy to overlook the soil beneath our feet, or to think of it as just dirt to be cleaned up. But soil wraps the world in an envelope of life: It grows our food, regulates our climate, and makes our planet habitable. "What stands between life and lifelessness on our planet Earth is this thin layer of soil that exists on the Earth's surface," says Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, a soil scientist at the University of California-Merced. Just ... don't call it dirt. "I don't like the D-word," Berhe says. Berhe says s... (2022-Dec-05 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imagePliocene-Like Monsoons Are Returning to the American Southwest
As carbon concentrations rise, conditions are becoming more like they were 3 million years ago, when the area was wetter and the rain was heavier. (2022-Dec-05 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCOVID spreads in China
Hong Kong health expert Professor Malik Peiris relates the lessons from the devastation there earlier this year. UK virologist Dr Tom Peacock reveals the unusual origins and evolution of omicron, and explains the risks of dangerous new variants. New studies from China are revealing further SARS-like viruses in the wild; Professor Eddie Holmes says they underline the risk of further pandemics. What are the clouds like where you are? When you look upwards can you see great tufts of cotton wool, or do th... (2022-Dec-04 • 65 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageThe magic of storytelling in… maths?
Looking at a maths equation, do you see numbers or characters in a story? | | If you're thinking of numbers, there might be another way to see the full picture. | | Today, Associate Professor Amie Albrecht explores the unexpected combination of maths and storytelling. | | Speaker: | Amie Albrecht | Associate Professor of Mathematics | Interim Dean of Programs (Education Futures) | University of South Australia | | Host: | Tegan Taylor | | Producer: | Tegan Taylor, Rose Kerr (2022-Dec-04 • 11 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageBalaji Srinivasan: The Network State Is Eternal
Balaji S. Srinivasan is an American entrepreneur and investor. He holds a Ph.D. from Stanford university and sports several high scale financial successes; he was the co-founder of Counsyl, the former Chief Technology Officer of Coinbase, and former general partner at the venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. twitter.com/balajis www.amazon... with me: 🏄‍♂️ Twitter: https://twitter.com/DrBrianKeating 📸 Instagram: https://instagram.com/DrBrianKeating 🔔 Subscribe https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianKeating?s... (2022-Dec-04 • 104 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imagePM’s Prizes for Science, koalas, COP27 and Catherine the Great
PM’s Prizes for Science, koalas, COP and Catherine the Great (2022-Dec-03 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageCan we cure ageing?
Brian Cox and Robin Ince tackle the thorny issue of their own differing experiences of ageing, as they find out why Robin seems to be doing it so much more quickly than Brian and whether science might have the answer. They are joined by comedian Sarah Kendall, Professor Dame Linda Partridge, world-renowned expert on the biology of ageing, and Dr Andrew Steele, author of "Ageless: The new science of getting older without getting old." Can the scientists answer the age-old monkey cage question of why Robin l... (2022-Dec-03 • 42 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #908 - Dec 3 2022
Quickie with Bob: Milky Way Stellar halo; News Items: Plan to Occupy Moon, Cannabis for Pain, Acupuncture for Backpain, New SI Units, 911 Call Analysis; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Science or Fiction Protocol; Science or Fiction (2022-Dec-03 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image'Chatty Turtles' Flip the Script on the Evolutionary Origins of Vocalization in Animals
Recordings of more than 50 species of turtles and other animals help scientists reassess the origins of acoustic communication in vertebrates. (2022-Dec-02 • 7 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageDoes This Wormhole Go To Science Town?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Holographic Wormholes, Monkey see, human see chimp…?, Carbon Removal, Cannabis Contradiction, Cocaine, Death Metal, Wolf Pack Parasite, Singing Bats, Canadian Geese, Meteorite Minerals, Emperors, Octopuses, Bird Jaws, And Much More Science! Become a Patron! Check out the full episode of our science podcast on […] | The post 30 November, 2022 – Episode 903 – Does This Wormhole Go To Science Town? appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Scie... (2022-Dec-02 • 129 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageXenotransplantation, Internet of Things, Sea Life Essays, Water Taste-Testing. Dec 2, 2022, Part 2
Consider Empathy For The Yeti Crab (And Other Sea Creatures, Too) It’s easy to empathize with certain animals: soft fur, big eyes, and family units make it simple to relate to creatures like panda bears, cats, and dogs. Even some undersea critters like dolphins and whales have large fan bases among land-dwelling humans. But the ocean is filled with many more creatures than just mammals, and many of them fall in the category of “weird.” Defector staff writer Sabrina Imbler thinks a lot about these critters t... (2022-Dec-02 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast image'Gold Hydrogen’ Is an Untapped Resource in Depleted Oil Wells
The fuel can be produced by adding bacteria to spent drill holes—meaning there are thousands of potential hydrogen sources worldwide. (2022-Dec-02 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageNew Alzheimer's treatment, and mussel memory
A promising breakthrough in Alzheimer's treatment, but with some troubling side effects (2022-Dec-02 • 29 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageGrowling bats, seeing an exoplanet’s atmosphere, making lab coats fabulous, milking an ant and finding the symbolic site of the anthropocene
Bats growl like death metal singers to communicate with each other; James Webb Space Telescope sees into the atmosphere of a distant gas giant; Lab coats don’t fit and aren’t functional. This researcher wants to make them fabulous; Ants produce ‘milk’ during metamorphosis to feed the colony; Pinpointing the Anthropocene. Where is the signature of the age of humans? (2022-Dec-02 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageAll-Star: Stories from our All-Star Slam challengers
In the lead up to our special Story Collider All-Star Slam on December 6, 2022, we’re featuring two past stories from our challengers on this week’s episode. If their old stories are this good, we can only imagine how awesome they’re gonna be competing for the title of Ultimate Science Storyteller. You won’t want to miss this online event! Register for free here. Part 1: A college course forces John Rennie to confront a furious rat, and himself. Part 2: As a kid, comedian Gastor Almonte seeks answers about ... (2022-Dec-02 • 39 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageThe Ashes on the Lawn
A global pandemic. Thousands dying. A passive government. An afflicted group fueled by grief and anger. In this episode, first aired in 2020, Reporter Tracie Hunte wanted to understand this moment of pain and confusion. As she looked back three decades, she found a complicated answer to a simple question: when nothing seems to work, how do you make change? Special thanks to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Episode Credits: Reported by Tracie Hunt Produced by Matt Kielty Our newsletter comes out every Wednesday. It includ... (2022-Dec-02 • 55 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageWhat gives clouds their shapes?
What are the clouds like where you are? When you look upwards can you see great tufts of cotton wool, or do they stretch off into the distance, flat like sheets. Are they dark greys and purples, bringing the promise of rain or maybe there aren’t any at all. For listener John from Lincolnshire in the UK clouds looking up at the clouds is a favourite pastime and he wants to know why they look the way they do and why they are so different from one day to the next. Join Presenter Marnie Chesterton as we turn o... (2022-Dec-02 • 29 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageGaia Vince on how climate change will shape where people live
The award-winning science writer joins us to discuss her book Nomad Century. (2022-Dec-02 • 26 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageHawai'i's Volcanic Eruption, Science Of Chemistry Nobel, What Is ‘Swing’ In Jazz? Dec 2, 2022, Part 1
Hawai’i’s Mauna Loa Volcanic Eruption Sparing Homes For Now Hawai’i’s famed Mauna Loa volcano began to erupt this past weekend, after weeks of increasing small earthquakes. So far the flow of lava is posing no risk to homes in nearby Hilo, though that could change rapidly. But in the meantime, an important climate research lab is without power and unable to make measurements. And as lava flows and cools into new rock formations, one unusual product, called Pele’s Hair, looks uniquely soft and straw-like—whi... (2022-Dec-02 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageArts Week: Physics Meets The Circus
Julia Ruth's job takes a lot of strength, a lot of balance, and a surprising amount of physics. She's a circus artist — and has performed her acrobatic Cyr wheel routine around the world. But before she learned her trade and entered the limelight, she was on a very different career path — she was studying physics. Julia talks with Emily (who also shares a past life in the circus) about her journey from physicist to circus artist, and how she learned her physics-defining acts. (2022-Dec-02 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageCOVID spreads in China
Hong Kong health expert Professor Malik Peiris relates the lessons from the devastation there earlier this year. UK virologist Dr Tom Peacock reveals the unusual origins and evolution of omicron, and explains the risks of dangerous new variants. New studies from China are revealing further SARS-like viruses in the wild; Professor Eddie Holmes says they underline the risk of further pandemics. (Photo: Kevin Frayer/Getty Images) (2022-Dec-01 • 35 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageMonkeypox
A new study published in the British Medical Journal suggests monkey pox might be passed from person to person before symptoms show. Esther Freeman, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School and Director of Global Health Dermatology at Massachusetts General Hospital, has been following the current wave of transmission and gives us her analysis of this latest finding, The COP 27 climate summit kicks off next week. To discuss some of the issues we are joined by Simon Lewis, Professor of ... (2022-Dec-01 • 35 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | December 1, 2022
Cool Science Radio’s personal astrophysicist Neil deGrasse discusses using the rationality of the scientific mind to look at the political and cultural issues we talk about every day. Also, Professor Russell Foster explains using the science of the body clock to promote better sleep, better health and better thinking. (2022-Dec-01 • 51 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast image#151 COP15: the meeting to save life on Earth; anti-ageing properties of urine
Following repeated delays, the COP15 biodiversity conference is finally going ahead. On December 7th representatives from most of the countries in the world will meet to reach an agreement on how to address the global biodiversity crisis. There’s already a draft agreement in place, and the team explains the ambitions it lays out. But is this event likely to move the needle?A species of rat which should have gone extinct has somehow managed to keep going - and now we know why. In a story worthy of Margaret A... (2022-Dec-01 • 26 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageNicole Yunger Halpern on quantum steampunk
Nicole Yunger Halpern reenvisions 19th-century thermodynamics for the 21st century, using the mathematical toolkit of quantum information theory. She is a fellow of the Joint Center for Quantum Information and Computer Science (QuICS), a theoretical physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. She is also the author of Quantum Steampunk: The Physics of Yesterday’s Tomorrow, a book that blends the topic of quantum th... (2022-Dec-01 • 59 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageA genetic history of Europe’s Jews, and measuring magma under a supervolcano
On this week’s show: A medieval German cemetery yields clues to Jewish migrations in Europe, and supercomputers help researchers estimate magma under Yellowstone | First up this week on the podcast, we explore the genetic history of Jewish people in Europe. Contributing Correspondent Andrew Curry talks with host Sarah Crespi about researchers working with rabbis and the local Jewish community to apply new techniques to respectfully study remains in a medieval Jewish cemetery in Germany. | We also have a sto... (2022-Dec-01 • 26 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast image‘A possible extinction event’: the UK’s worst bird flu outbreak
The UK is in the middle of its worst outbreak of bird flu. To find out how both wild and captive bird populations are coping, Ian Sample speaks with Phoebe Weston, a biodiversity writer for the Guardian, and Paul Wigley, a professor in animal microbial ecosystems at the University of Bristol (2022-Dec-01 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageSpecial Ep: Mycology (MUSHROOMS) Tom Volk Memorial Encore
In celebration of Dr. Tom Volk’s life: Mushrooms! Psilocybin! Humongous fungus! Black mold! Foraging! The incredibly charming and warm Dr. Tom Volk, world-renowned mushroom expert, welcomes Alie into his office to dive deep into the underground world of fungal enthusiasts and touch on pathogens and medicinal therapies. Dr. Volk himself was a heart transplant patient, and shared how his life had been changed since a donor saved it. Also: Alie holds his old heart in her hands. Dr. Tom Volk passed away on Nove... (2022-Dec-01 • 79 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageArts Week: The Life Cycle Of A Neuron
An exhibit that blended science and technology for an immersive art experience went on display in Washington, DC and New York City in 2021 and 2022. It invited visitors to explore the cells in their brain. The installation was a partnership between the Society for Neuroscience and technology-based art space, ARTECHOUSE. In this encore episode, producer Thomas Lu talks to neuroscientist John Morrison and chief creative officer Sandro Kereselidze about the Life of a Neuron.Curious about other ways science in... (2022-Dec-01 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageBONUS: The Woman Who Knocked Science Sideways
A special guest episode from Portraits (2022-Dec-01 • 28 minutes • @LostWomenofSci)
podcast imageFor Alzheimer’s Scientists, the Amyloid Debate Has No Easy Answers
For years, potential therapies that attack this brain protein have failed to help patients in clinical trials. Now—surprisingly—a new drug shows promise. (2022-Dec-01 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageTardigrades, an Unlikely Sleeping Beauty
Researchers put this ancient critter through a subzero gauntlet to learn more about what happens to their internal clock while surviving the extreme. (2022-Nov-30 • 6 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageArts Week: The Literary Magazine Dissecting Health And Healing
New York's Bellevue Hospital is the oldest public hospital in the country, serving patients from all walks of life. It's also the home of a literary magazine, the Bellevue Literary Review, which is now more than 20 years old. In today's encore episode, NPR arts correspondent Neda Ulaby tells Emily how one doctor at Bellevue Hospital decided a literary magazine is essential to both science and healing. As always, you can reach the show by emailing [email protected] (2022-Nov-30 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWhy we cry
Humans seem to be the only animals that cry from emotion. What makes our tears so special? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices (2022-Nov-30 • 25 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageFrancis Halzen: Catching Neutrinos at the South Pole
Francis Halzen is the Hilldale and Gregory Breit Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University Wisconsin-Madison and principal investigator for the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, the world's largest neutrino detector, he is the Director of the Institute for Elementary Particle Physics, and the Hilldale and Gregory Breit Distinguished Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A theoretician studying problems at the interface of particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, Halzen has been work... (2022-Nov-30 • 90 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageMysterious fluid from ant pupae helps feed colony
A previously unobserved source of ant nutrition, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. (2022-Nov-30 • 20 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageHow were people mummified?
Ancient Egyptians did lots of amazing things, from building pyramids to inventing a form of writing called hieroglyphics. They also mummified important people after they died. In this episode, we’ll explain how that process was done and why. We’ll also meet a museum curator who thinks it might be time to rethink how we study mummified people. | Plus, we’ll find out why so many things from ancient Egypt are still around, meet a biker club that loves respecting other cultures and hear an all new Mystery Soun... (2022-Nov-29 • 36 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageWhat are leap seconds, and why have we scrapped them?
Scientists and government officials recently voted to scrap leap seconds, which are added to synchronise atomic time and astronomical time. Madeleine Finlay speaks to scientist JT Janssen about what can go wrong when this happens (2022-Nov-29 • 11 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageCrystals with Tyler Thrasher
In a universe of chaos, one scrappy form of highly-ordered solid matter dares to be different: crystals! And crystal expert Tyler Thrasher is here to tell us all we need to know about them!Want more Tyler Thrasher (and who wouldn't?!)? Check out https://tylerthrasher.com to learn more about his myriad of other projects!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out h... (2022-Nov-29 • 42 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageArts Week: How Art Can Heal The Brain
Arts therapies appear to ease a host of brain disorders from Parkinson's to PTSD. But these treatments that rely on music, poetry or visual arts haven't been backed by rigorous scientific testing. Now, artists and brain scientists have launched a program to change that. NPR's brain correspondent Jon Hamilton tells us about an initiative called the NeuroArts Blueprint in this encore episode. If you want to know more about the neuroaesthetics research Aaron mentioned participating in, you can read the paper T... (2022-Nov-29 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHow to Use a Laser to Kick an Electron out of a Molecule
By firing pulses quintillionths of a second long, physicists study the fleeting motion of an electron leaving two bonded atoms. (2022-Nov-29 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imagePersonality testing: no wrong answers?
The artificial intelligence standing between you and your dream job... (2022-Nov-29 • 29 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageWhy we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 2
One might imagine that face masks work because the multiple layers will stop a virus getting through. But no, that's not it—they use a high-tech 'melt-blown' material, developed from a technique first noticed in volcano eruptions. | | Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki | | Producer: Diane Dean (2022-Nov-29 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageBrian Keating: Probing the Early Universe and Communicating about Science
Find Brian’s INTO THE IMPOSSIBLE Podcast on Apple Podcasts https://apple.co/39UaHlB and on Spotify here spoti.fi/3vpfXok Brian Keating is an observational cosmology whose work has focused on measuring a possible imprint on the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation (CMBR) that could have come from the earliest moments of the Big Bang, and could even give possible indirect evidence for a multiverse. Indeed, an experiment he worked, called BICEP 2, in 2014 announced a possible result which electrified the scie... (2022-Nov-29 • 116 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageTurns Out Fighting Mosquitoes With Mosquitoes Actually Works
New evidence indicates that an effort to stamp out disease-carrying insects is working. The key? Mosquitoes genetically engineered to kill off their own kind. (2022-Nov-28 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageJoseph Silk, "Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind" (Princeton UP, 2022)
Just over half a century since Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the lunar surface, a new space race to the Moon is well underway and rapidly gaining momentum. Laying out a vision for the next fifty years, Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind (Princeton UP, 2022) is astrophysicist Joseph Silk's persuasive and impassioned case for putting scientific discovery at the forefront of lunar exploration. The Moon offers opportunities beyond our wildest imaginings, and plans to return are rapidly g... (2022-Nov-28 • 36 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast image684: Accumulating Evidence on the Contribution of Free Radicals in Protein Aggregation - Dr. Ohara Augusto
Dr. Ohara Augusto is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Institute of Chemistry at the University of São Paulo. In addition, she is the Director of a network studying the redox process in biomedicine. Ohara seeks to understand how... (2022-Nov-28 • 34 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image219 | Dani Bassett and Perry Zurn on the Neuroscience and Philosophy of Curiosity
I talk with neuroscientist Dani Bassett and philosopher Perry Zurn about how curiosity works and what forms it takes. (2022-Nov-28 • 63 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageArts Week: Harnessing Bacteria For Art
Pull out your art supplies because it's time to get crafty—with agar! We're beginning Arts Week at the intersection of biology and art. Therein lies a creative medium that's actually alive. Scientists and artists practice etching designs on petri dishes with bacterial paint that can grow and multiply. This encore episode, Aaron talks with science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce about her foray into the agar art world. Love the science powering another craft? Email the show at [email protected] (2022-Nov-28 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageIs Life Inevitable [rebroadcast]
A new theory about life’s origins updates Darwin’s warm little pond. Scientists say they’ve created the building blocks of biology in steaming hot springs. Meanwhile, we visit a NASA lab where scientists simulate deep-sea vent chemistry to produce the type of environment that might spawn life. Which site is best suited for producing biology from chemistry? Find out how the conditions of the early Earth were different from today, how meteors seeded Earth with organics, and a provocative idea that life arose ... (2022-Nov-28 • 55 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageBack to Titanic Part 1
The wreck of the Titanic lies about 2.4 miles below sea level. Only five submersibles in the world can carry people to that depth—and four of them have been retired or reassigned. The one remaining sub is something special. First, it holds five people comfortably (instead of two or three uncomfortably). Second, it’s the only one made of carbon fiber. And third, you can buy your way onto it. For $250,000, OceanGate Expeditions will take you down to visit the world’s most famous shipwreck. Deep sea is the new... (2022-Nov-27 • 37 minutes • @Pogue)
podcast imageA distant planet’s atmosphere
A distant planet's atmosphere - NASA's JWST space telescope has unpicked the chemical contents and state of the atmosphere of planet WASP-39b 700 light years away. Astronomer Hannah Wakeford explains. Earth's atmospheric haze and global warming - meteorologist Laura Wilcox warns that atmospheric haze over China and South Asia is masking some of the effects of global warming. Pregnancy brain fog explained - loss of memory and other mental changes during pregnancy have been traced to structural changes in t... (2022-Nov-27 • 55 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageThe ideology of wilderness 'destroying this continent'
This episode was first released in June 2022. | | What does a natural landscape look like to you? Maybe you think of a dense forest, or a sparkling body of water. Somewhere untouched by humans, right? Maybe the word "wilderness" comes to mind. | | Today we're hearing from someone who wants you to think twice about this idea of wilderness. | | Michael-Shawn Fletcher is a geographer and a descendant of the Wiradjuri – and he wants to challenge the idea that country that's untouched by humans is a good thi... (2022-Nov-27 • 11 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #907 - Nov 26 2022
What's the Word: Geophony; News Items: Artemis I Launch, Skin-Like Electronics, Homoploid Sympatric Speciation, Lab Grown Blood, Water Meteorite | ; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction (2022-Nov-26 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageWho's Thankful for Science?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Bat, Global Warming, Bird Weather, Floaters Vs Sinkers, Waste not, want not, Plant Memory, Baby Fish, Frogs, Chimps, Whales, Extinctions, Self-medicating Birds, Makeup, And Much More Science! (2022-Nov-26 • 105 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageRecovering aluminium from tailings, aluminium formate to absorb carbon dioxide from power station exhausts, and a Neanderthal family like us
The Science Show gives Australians unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate. (2022-Nov-26 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageHunting for Exoplanets
Brian Cox and Robin Ince continue their LA science adventure as they visit Caltech in Pasadena to meet the scientists hunting for planets orbiting distant stars in solar systems far far from our own. They are joined in their quest by Python Legend Eric Idle and Exo-planet hunters Dr Jessie Christiansen from Caltech and Dr Tiffany Kataria from NASA's JPL who are using the latest telescopes to identify distant planets outside of our own solar system. Despite their distance from us, incredible new technique... (2022-Nov-26 • 43 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageHow do we behave in crowds?
As someone who dislikes crowds, listener Graham is curious about them. Crowds gather in all sorts of places, from train stations and football matches, to religious events and protest marches. But is there a science behind how they move and behave? To find out, Anand Jagatia speaks to some actual crowd scientists. He learns about the psychology of social identity, which influences everything from how close we stand to others to how we react in emergencies. He visits the Athens marathon, and hears about the... (2022-Nov-25 • 26 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageTurtles under ice, fungal electronics, airplane radiation, black wolf viral resistance, hailstorm chasers and where the water’s going.
Researchers spy on turtles to see how they survive winter under the ice; Myco-computing – scientists substitute fungus for circuit boards in electronics; Airplane passengers are getting extra doses of radiation — and now we know its source; Basic black looks good on wolves exposed to disease; A record-setting hailstorm in Alberta was a bonanza for scientific hail chasers; Listener question: With glaciers and ice caps melting, where’s the water going? (2022-Nov-25 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageThe SCIENCE of ALIENS: Garry Nolan & Avi Loeb
Garry Nolan is a professor at Stanford University School of Medicine. His research is in microbiology, immunology, bio-computation, and analysis of UFO artifacts, materials, and he is actively investigating reports of UFO encounters. Avi Loeb is an astrophysicist at Harvard, the director of the Galileo Project, and the author of Extraterrestrial. In 1993 he moved to Harvard University where he was tenured three years later. He is now the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science and former chair of the depart... (2022-Nov-25 • 133 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageDisease breath tests, and Perseverance papers
Plus, using artificial enzymes to attack COVID, and how low frequency noises make us want to dance (2022-Nov-25 • 32 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageBest Science Books For Kids, Indigenous Science, Ignobel Prizes. November 25, 2022, Part 1
From Tiny Krill To Concrete Jungles: 2022’s Best Science Books For Kids The holidays are right around the corner, which means for those who give gifts in December, now is the time to start putting together that shopping list. If you have a young person in your life who loves science, why not expand their library and get a book or two? Joining Ira to give their recommendation for the best children’s science books of the year—both fiction and nonfiction—are Melissa Stewart, science book author based in Boston... (2022-Nov-25 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageMore Perfect: The Political Thicket
When U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren was asked at the end of his career, “What was the most important case of your tenure?”, there were a lot of answers he could have given. He had presided over some of the most important decisions in the court’s history — cases that dealt with segregation in schools, the right to an attorney, the right to remain silent, just to name a few. But his answer was a surprise: he said “Baker v. Carr,” a 1962 redistricting case. On this 2016 episode, part of our seri... (2022-Nov-25 • 47 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageUnlikely Paths: Stories from the Institute for Genomic Biology
There’s rarely an expected path in science. This week’s episode, produced in partnership with The Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology, features two stories from scientists of their cutting-edge research institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who took unexpected journeys to get where they are today. Part 1: After a troubling personal experience with the health care system, Heng Ji decides to try to fix it. Part 2: When Brendan Harley is diagnosed with leukaemia in high school, it ch... (2022-Nov-25 • 27 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageAudio long read: Science and the World Cup — how big data is transforming football
Researchers are showing their skills to help soccer coaches improve players and develop winning tactics. (2022-Nov-25 • 16 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageLargest Animal Crossing, First Complete Human Genome, Exoplanet Discoveries. November 25, 2022, Part 2
Building The World’s Largest Animal Crossing Outside of LA There’s a spot on Highway 101 in Agoura Hills, it’s pretty inconspicuous. There’s brown and green rolling hills on either side of the highway. Homes are sprinkled here and there. And then a small metal gate that leads off on a hiking trail. You probably wouldn’t know it, but soon this spot will be the location of the world’s largest animal crossing. This crossing will reconnect habitats that have been cut off from each other for three quarters of a ... (2022-Nov-25 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageTurtle Voices, a Pandemic Retrospective and a Nose-Picking Primate
New recordings featuring the voices of 53 species of turtle, caecilian and tuatara previously thought to be silent have illuminated the evolutionary origins of vocal communication. Gabriel Jorgevich-Cohen a PhD student at the University of Zurich has travelled the world collecting recordings and summarised his findings in Nature Communications this week. He spoke to BBC science correspondent Georgina Rannard who explains his findings, what they mean, and shows us some of her favourite turtle sounds. What ... (2022-Nov-24 • 31 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageA distant planet’s atmosphere
Nasa's JWST space telescope has unpicked the chemical contents and state of the atmosphere of planet WASP-39b 700 light years away. Astronomer Hannah Wakeford explains. Meteorologist Laura Wilcox warns that atmospheric haze over China and South Asia is masking some of the effects of global warming. Loss of memory and other mental changes during pregnancy have been traced to structural changes in the brain, possibly due to hormone effects. Neuroscientist Elseline Hoekszema speculates. Improving lab coats... (2022-Nov-24 • 28 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageArtificial intelligence takes on Diplomacy, and how much water do we really need?
On this week’s show: Meta’s algorithm tackles both language and strategy in a board game, and measuring how much water people use on a daily basis | First up this week on the podcast, artificial intelligence (AI) wins at the game Diplomacy. Freelance science journalist Matthew Hutson joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about the advances needed for an AI to win a game that requires cooperation and trust between human and AI players. | Next, we hear about how much water people need to stay hydrated. It’s not the... (2022-Nov-24 • 24 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageDustin Lang on big data from a big universe
Dustin Lang is a computational scientist at Perimeter Institute who develops techniques for finding needles in the cosmic haystack. He works on several large sky survey projects, tackling the statistical data analysis required to discern meaningful insights from huge datasets gathered by telescopes. In this conversation with Lauren and Colin, he shares his experiences mapping galaxies with the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), and hunting for mysterious fast radio bursts (FRBs) with the Canadian ... (2022-Nov-24 • 70 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageTiny Aerosols Pose a Big Predicament in a Warming World
Fossil fuels are rapidly heating the planet, but their aerosols also help cool it. Just how much, though, is a major uncertainty in climate science. (2022-Nov-24 • 6 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCosmic Insignificance Therapy
Just a few thoughts on 'cosmic insignificance therapy', popularized in the book "Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals" Oliver Burkeman, brought to my attention in this blog post by Tim Ferriss https://tim.blog/2021/12/15/the-liberati... with some additional thoughts on the philosophy of Sam Harris and Scott Galloway as well. I hope you enjoy and I thank you for being along on this cosmic adventure with me! Please subscribe to my YouTube Channel, just click here 👉 https://www.youtube.com/DrBrianK... (2022-Nov-24 • 15 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image#150 Megadrought in the US; how to move an elephant
The southwestern US is currently in the midst of a megadrought - the worst in 1200 years. And it has put the Colorado River in crisis, an essential source of water for more than 40 million people. Can it be saved? Chelsea Whyte investigates.The team unveils the fun new names that have been chosen to define incomprehensibly massive and incredibly tiny numbers. These prefixes describe measurements that have more than 27 zeroes, created as part of the International System of Units.Like mac and cheese but hate ... (2022-Nov-24 • 26 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageHow should we prepare for an ageing global population?
Last week the world’s population reached 8 billion, according to the UN. A lot of that growth has been among older age groups. So what happens when humanity gets older, and eventually begins to decline? Ian Sample speaks to Prof Vegard Skirbekk about how we got here and how we prepare for demographic change (2022-Nov-24 • 14 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageThree Takeaways From The COP27 Climate Conference
The climate meeting known as COP27 has wrapped. Representatives from almost 200 countries attended to talk about how to tackle climate change and how to pay for the costs of its effects that the world is already seeing. Rebecca Hersher and Michael Copley from NPR's Climate Desk talk with Emily about why the meeting went into overtime, three big things that came out of it, and the long and bumpy road still ahead to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (2022-Nov-23 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThe satellite-free alternative to GPS
A new positioning system that doesn’t rely on satellites, and the outcomes of COP27. (2022-Nov-23 • 24 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageGeometric Analysis Reveals How Birds Mastered Flight
Partnerships between engineers and biologists have begun to reveal how birds evolved their superb maneuverability. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Running Out” by Patrick Patrikios. (2022-Nov-23 • 18 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageJohn Krakauer Part 2: Learning, Curiosity, and Consciousness
What makes us human? Over the last several decades, the once-vast island of human exceptionalism has lost significant ground to wave upon wave of research revealing cognition, emotion, problem-solving, and tool-use in other organisms. But there remains a clear sense that humans stand apart — evidenced by our unique capacity to overrun the planet and remake it in our image. What is unique about the human mind, and how might we engage this question rigorously through the lens of neuroscience? How are our gif... (2022-Nov-23 • 49 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageA Burned Redwood Forest Tells a Story of Climate Change, Past, Present and Future
From the ashes of the giants of Big Basin Redwoods State Park arise a history of fire suppression and real questions about what happens to the forests in a drought-stricken West Coast going forward. (2022-Nov-23 • 7 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageAlfred S. Posamentier, "The Secret Lives of Numbers: Numerals and Their Peculiarities in Mathematics and Beyond" (Prometheus Books, 2022)
Alfred S. Posamentier's The Secret Lives of Numbers: Numerals and Their Peculiarities in Mathematics and Beyond (Prometheus Books, 2022) is the first book I’ve ever seen written by a mathematician that will absolutely, definitely, certainly appeal to people who love numbers and who don’t love mathematics. I would urge all listeners to tell everyone they know who has a fascination with numbers to listen to this podcast, especially if they don’t love mathematics because they will definitely love this book. Ho... (2022-Nov-23 • 55 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageIndigenous Pedology (SOIL SCIENCE) with Lydia Jennings
Soil! Dirt! Earth. Dr. Lydia Jennings, aka Native Soil Nerd, breaks down the stuff under our feet and explains everything from mining to why soil can be different colors. Also: medicine from microbes, giving back to the land after extractive processes, collecting samples in urban rivers, elders’ ecological knowledge, planting hot Cheetos, potting soil mysteries, lung fungus, the smell of rain and why gardening makes you happy. Oh and running hundreds of miles for your science. Follow Dr. Lydia Jennings on T... (2022-Nov-23 • 73 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageWill the Qatar World Cup really be carbon neutral?
It’s supposed to be the first ever carbon neutral World Cup, according to organisers Fifa and host Qatar. But with several new stadiums and fans flying in from around the world, that claim has come under scrutiny. Madeleine Finlay hears from sports reporter Paul MacInnes about the environmental impact of the tournament and asks whether football is ready to face up to its carbon footprint (2022-Nov-22 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageA Taste Of Lab-Grown Meat
The idea came to Uma Valeti while he was working on regrowing human tissue to help heart attack patients: If we can grow tissue from cells in a lab, why not use animal cells to grow meat? Food production accounts for as much as a third of the world's greenhouse gas emissions. The idea behind cultivated meat is to help feed the world while dramatically reducing human contributions to global warming and avoiding killing animals. NPR Health Correspondent Allison Aubrey has been visiting production facilities a... (2022-Nov-22 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageDo insects see the world in slow motion? Looking through animal eyes
Do insects see the world in slow motion? Do animals see the same rainbow we do? How do eagles see so far away? Our listeners have a lot of questions about the way animals see the world, and this episode tackles lots of them. We'll visit a lab where scientists are observing predatory insects to find out how their brains work, we'll drop in on the Eyes Open Wider support group for animals, and give you a catchy melody that will help you remember the electromagnetic spectrum -- that's all the light... (2022-Nov-22 • 24 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageSmologies #18: FEASTS with Katherine Spiers
Kid-friendly and quick! It’s another Smologies G-rated cut of a classic episode. Loosen your belts and tuck a napkin under your chin because feasting season is here. Katherine Spiers -- journalist, food anthropologist, editor of HowtoEatLA.com and host of the culinary history podcast Smart Mouth -- lets Alie belly up for a buffet of questions about winter gatherings, Thanksgiving myths, green bean casseroles, the hazards of deep frying, holy eels and more.Follow Katherine Spiers on Twitter and InstagramHer ... (2022-Nov-22 • 23 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageWhy we wear masks—and the N95 is a good one, Part 1
Nowadays we're pretty familiar with wearing a face mask to reduce infection rates, and that some masks are better than others.But understanding why the N95 mask is a really good mask one came as a surprise. | | Host: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki | | Producer: Diane Dean (2022-Nov-22 • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageWings with Stefan Chin
It's just about Thanksgiving here in the US; a special time during which we count our blessings. And this year, Tangents is giving you an extra thing to be thankful for: Stefan's our special guest! Our long lost co-host returns to talk to us about wings: birds love to use 'em, people love to eat 'em, and planes need them too, I guess. Sit around the table with us, won't you, as we pass out some heaping helpings of science knowledge. Pass the gravy!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scisho... (2022-Nov-22 • 39 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageProbability
In this episode of High Theory, Justin Joque talks with Júlia Irion Martins about Probability. This conversation is part of our High Theory in STEM series, which tackles topics in science, technology, engineering, and medicine from a highly theoretical perspective. If you want to learn more about the philosophical, technical, and economic implications of probability, check out Justin’s new book, Revolutionary Mathematics: Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, and the Logic of Capitalism (Verso, 2022). Justin... (2022-Nov-22 • 18 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageYour Phone Can Determine If a Bridge Is Busted
Any smartphone in any car can pick up a span’s unique vibrations. Tracking how that changes over time reveals hidden structural problems. (2022-Nov-22 • 7 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageQ&A: How did we outpace the big bang?
Why do black holes spin, and what makes glue so sticky? (2022-Nov-22 • 60 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageAnn-Christine Duhaime, "Minding the Climate: How Neuroscience Can Help Solve Our Environmental Crisis" (Harvard UP, 2022)
Why is it so difficult to adopt a more sustainable way of life, even when convinced of the urgency of the environmental crisis? If adopting new behaviors beneficial for the environment is so challenging at the individual level, no wonder it is even harder at the community or governmental levels. Seeing individual and collective behaviors not changing, or not rapidly enough, eventually leads to the belief that nothing can be done and that human beings are just “hard-wired” that way. This is where, quite unex... (2022-Nov-22 • 59 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast image683: Synthesizing Self-Healing Materials Using Squid Proteins - Dr. Melik Demirel
Dr. Melik Demirel is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at The Pennsylvania State University. Melik is fascinated by complexity in living and nonliving systems. He works at the intersection of biology, materials science, and... (2022-Nov-21 • 29 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageEurope’s Cities Are Getting More Crowded—That’s a Good Thing
The sprawling mass of suburbia has been a disaster for the environment. But now smaller, denser cities herald a renaissance in city living. (2022-Nov-21 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast image218 | Raphael Bousso on Black Holes and the Holographic Universe
I talk with physicist Raphael Bousso about black holes, holography, and what we know about quantum spacetime. (2022-Nov-21 • 82 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageA Deeply Personal Race Against A Fatal Brain Disease
In the mornings, Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel's first job is to get their two garrulous kids awake, fed and out the door to daycare and kindergarten. They then reconvene at the office and turn their focus to their all-consuming mission: to cure, treat, or prevent genetic prion disease. Prions are self-replicating proteins that can cause fatal brain disease. For a decade, Sonia Vallabh has been living with the knowledge that she has a genetic mutation that will likely cause in her the same disease that cla... (2022-Nov-21 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageVaccine Inequity
A radical plan could solve a historic global health inequity. Countries in the global south who waited for more than a year for ample supplies of Covid vaccines have banded together to make mRNA vaccines locally. If successful, they could end a dangerous dependency on wealthy nations and help stop pandemics before they start. In a special episode, supported by the Pulitzer Center, journalist Amy Maxmen shares her reporting from southern Africa about the inspiring project led by the WHO that’s made fast prog... (2022-Nov-21 • 58 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageNiall Ferguson: DOOM!
Niall Ferguson’s most recent book is Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe. In this book he posits that disasters are inherently hard to predict. Pandemics, like earthquakes, wildfires, and financial crises. and wars, are not normally distributed; there is no cycle of history to help us anticipate the next catastrophe. But when disaster strikes, we ought to be better prepared than the Romans were when Vesuvius erupted, or medieval Italians when the Black Death struck. Yet in 2020 the responses of many develop... (2022-Nov-20 • 80 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageThe Secret of Baby Carrots
If you type the word “carrot” into Google Images, you get thousands of photos of the classic root vegetable. They’re all full-length, orange, straight, and pointy. Which is a little odd, because 70% of all the carrots we buy are, in fact, baby carrots. Or at least we think they’re baby carrots. Turns out baby carrots aren’t baby at all. And the story of their creation is twisty, uplifting, and super satisfying. It’s all about a California carrot farmer with a distaste for waste—and a frustrated ex-wife. S... (2022-Nov-20 • 26 minutes • @Pogue)
podcast imageOnline harassment of Covid scientists
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, scientists studying the virus have become targets of online harassment, and more recently, death threats. Roland speaks to Dr Angela Rasmussen, virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, about her experiences. Spyros Lytras, PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, talks Roland through the evolutionary history of the virus that causes Covid-19 and how there isn’t just one ancestor, but several. Anti-Asian sentimen... (2022-Nov-20 • 62 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageSleeping your way to better relationships
When you're tired, are you grumpy? Maybe stressed? Feel like you can't socialise? | | We know we need to get good sleep for our own health, but it's also really important in our social lives. | | Today, Joel Raymond explores what happens in our relationships when we don't get enough sleep. | | Speaker: | Joel Raymond | PhD candidate, School of Psychology and Brain and Mind Centre | The University of Sydney | | Host: | Tegan Taylor | | Producer: | Tegan Taylor, Gemma Conroy | | Next live show: | | T... (2022-Nov-20 • 10 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #906 - Nov 19 2022
Dumbest Thing of the Week: Volcanic CO2; News Items: Developing New Antibiotics, China Completes Space Station, 8 Billion People, New SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Psychogeneology; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and e-mails: Clinically Proven, Billion Dollar Disasters; Science or Fiction (2022-Nov-19 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageExploring our solar system
The Infinite Monkey Cage teleports to California for this special episode recorded at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They are joined by comedian and talk-show host Conan O'Brien, alongside JPL's Dr Katie Stack Morgan and Dr Kevin Hand, and discuss the incredible missions that are hunting for signs of life within our own solar system. From the iconic Mars Rovers currently exploring the martian surface, to amazing future missions to Jupiter's icy moon Europa, the panel discuss the tantalising prospect of... (2022-Nov-19 • 43 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageBest Australian Science Writing winners and prospects for computing
Subconsciously humans learn from their experiences. Giving this same information to computers is a big challenge. (2022-Nov-19 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageNASA Artemis Mission Launches To The Moon, Science Behind Thanksgiving Meals. November 18, 2022, Part 2
The Science Behind Your Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and for many people, that means it’s time to start thinking about what will be on the menu for dinner that night. Many people will opt for a classic turkey: others, a vegetarian-focused meal. Regardless of the plan, preparing food for the holiday can take some planning, and there’s a lot of science that goes into it. Cookbook author Kenji López-Alt thinks about the science behind cooking a lot. He’s the author of T... (2022-Nov-18 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageScience Couldn't Save Her, So She Became A Scientist
The first time Sonia Vallabh understood something was very wrong with her mother Kamni was on the phone on her mom's 52nd birthday. She wasn't herself. By the end of that year, after about six months on life support, Kamni had died. The disease she died from would upend Sonia and her husband Eric's lives, and send them on a careening journey toward a completely new calling: to prevent or cure the disease that's stalking Sonia's family." Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel join Short Wave to tell their story in t... (2022-Nov-18 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageBorders: Stories about divisions
In this week’s episode, both our storytellers explore the divisions and limits that influence how we understand and operate in the world and in science. Part 1: César Nufio's childhood experience as a Guatamalan immigrant shapes his life in science. Part 2: Seeking acceptance as a child of Kurdish immigrants in Denmark, Cansu Karabiyik decides to become a scientist. César Nufio is a scientist and educator who is passionate about understanding the natural world and working to increase diversity and inclusion... (2022-Nov-18 • 32 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageWhat Is The Metaverse, Missouri Groundwater Contamination, Eight Billion People On Earth. November 18, 2022, Part 1
There Are Now Eight Billion People On Earth. What’s Next? Humankind just hit a big milestone this week: a world population of eight billion people. A hundred years ago, there were less than two billion, and now we’ve more than quadrupled that. But after decades of quick population growth, what will the next few decades hold? Sophie Bushwick, technology editor at Scientific American, explains this to Ira live from the studio. They also talk about other science news this week, like a new initiative from COP 2... (2022-Nov-18 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageWhat's Up Doc?
Mel Blanc was known as “the man of 1,000 voices,” but, to hear his son tell it, the actual number was closer to 1,500. Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety, Barney Rubble, Woody Woodpecker, Sylvester, Foghorn Leghorn — all Mel. These characters made him one of the most beloved men in the United States. In this episode from 2012, Mel Blanc’s son Noel tells Producer Sean Cole how his father’s entire body would transform to bring life to these characters. But on a fateful day of 1961, after a crash left M... (2022-Nov-18 • 23 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageOctopus chucking, Mayan ruins mercury contamination, neighborhood black hole, climate makes shrimp snap, discovering T. Rex and how loons see through the murk
Octopuses throw stuff at each other. Why not with all those arms?; Mayan ruins are heavily contaminated with mercury; Climate change driving shrimp to snap; A black hole in our galactic neighborhood; The tall tale of the discovery of the T-Rex; How are loons able to see into murky water? (2022-Nov-18 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageRobert P. Crease with Peter D. Bond, "The Leak: Politics, Activists, and Loss of Trust at Brookhaven National Laboratory" (MIT Press, 2022)
In 1997, scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory found a small leak of radioactive water near their research reactor. Brookhaven was--and is--a world-class, Nobel Prize-winning lab, and its reactor was the cornerstone of US materials science and one of the world's finest research facilities. The leak, harmless to health, came from a storage pool rather than the reactor. But its discovery triggered a media and political firestorm that resulted in the reactor's shutdown, and even attempts to close the en... (2022-Nov-18 • 55 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageNo, Qatar’s World Cup Can’t Be Classed as Carbon-Neutral
Despite efforts to reduce emissions, the 2022 FIFA tournament is highly carbon-intensive. And its road to net-zero relies on questionable carbon credits. (2022-Nov-18 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageWhy don’t we fall out of bed when we’re asleep?
Why don’t we fall out of bed when we’re asleep? That’s the question that’s been keeping CrowdScience listener Isaac in Ghana awake, so presenter Alex Lathbridge snuggles up with some experts to find the answer. We get a lot of emails about sleep, so we’ve gathered together some of our favourite questions and put them to academics working on the science of snoozing. We’re wondering why some people laugh in their sleep, why some people remember their dreams and not others, and why we need to sleep at all -... (2022-Nov-18 • 34 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageKiller Proteins: The Science Of Prions
Prions are biological anomalies – self-replicating, not-alive little particles that can misfold into an unstoppable juggernaut of fatal disease. Prions don't contain genes, and yet they make more of themselves. That has forced scientists to rethink the "central dogma" of molecular biology: that biological information is always passed on through genes. The journey to discovering, describing, and ultimately understanding how prions work began with a medical mystery in a remote part of New Guinea in the 1950s.... (2022-Nov-17 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageCop27: where do climate scientists find hope?
Last year at Cop26 we heard from two climate scientists, Peter Stott and Katharine Hayhoe about their thoughts on progress. A year on, Ian Sample calls them back up to find out how they’re feeling now (2022-Nov-17 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageThe Fish-Tetrapod Transition
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss one of the greatest changes in the history of life on Earth. Around 400 million years ago some of our ancestors, the fish, started to become a little more like humans. At the swampy margins between land and water, some fish were turning their fins into limbs, their swim bladders into lungs and developed necks and eventually they became tetrapods, the group to which we and all animals with backbones and limbs belong. After millions of years of this transition, these tetrapod d... (2022-Nov-17 • 56 minutes • @BBCInOurTime)
podcast imageOnline harassment of Covid scientists
Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, scientists studying the virus have become targets of online harassment, and more recently, death threats. Roland speaks to Dr Angela Rasmussen, virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization at the University of Saskatchewan, about her experiences. Spyros Lytras, PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, talks Roland through the evolutionary history of the virus that causes Covid-19 and how there isn’t just one ancestor, but several. Anti-Asian sentimen... (2022-Nov-17 • 27 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageThe BBC at 100
Recorded in front of an audience at Bradford’s National Museum of Science and Media, we’re delving into the next 100 years of broadcasting, examining the science and technology behind what we’ll watch and listen to. And what the seismic technological shifts mean for all of us. Victoria Gill is joined on stage by four people who give us an audio tour of that media future. Lewis Pollard the curator television and broadcast at the museum. Dr Karen Thornton programme leader teaching film and television p... (2022-Nov-17 • 51 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageWill Leprosy Save our Lives?
This Week: Vertebrate Gene Drive, Leprosy, Deaf Mosquitos, Artemis Launches!, Ancient Cooking, Nature, Nurture, or?, Termites, Ancient footprints, Just Good News, Hippocampal Connections, Psilocybin Activation, Brain Router, And Much More Science! | The post 16 November, 2022 – Episode 901 – Will Leprosy Save our Lives? appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (2022-Nov-17 • 88 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageSavas Dimopoulos on the universe’s biggest unsolved puzzles
Savas Dimopoulos is an influential particle physicist based at Stanford University, who also holds the Coril Holdings Archimedes Visiting Chair in Theoretical Physics at Perimeter Institute. He worked at CERN during the 1990s, and was featured in Particle Fever, a 2013 documentary about the hunt for the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider. In this episode, he talks with Lauren and Colin about how he approaches the grand, open questions that keep him up at night – including two particularly fundamental ... (2022-Nov-17 • 62 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | November 17, 2022
Oncologist and Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, a Pulitzer Prize winner in non-fiction for his book, "The Emperor of All Maladies," explores medicine and the radical new ability to manipulate cells in his new book, "The Song of the Cell."Gastroenterologist Dr. Shilpa Ravella shares a riveting investigation of inflammation―the hidden force at the heart of modern disease―and how we can prevent, treat and even reverse it. Her book is, "A Silent Fire." (2022-Nov-17 • 53 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: Researchers unraveled the mystery of European eel migration
We're talking to the researchers who tracked European eels to solve 100 year mystery. (2022-Nov-17 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image#149 COP27 treaty emerges; a method to discover wormholes
Cheering greeted Brazil’s president-elect, Lula da Silva, when he appeared at COP27 this week. Madeleine Cuff brings us a report from the climate conference in Egypt, where Lula has made bold promises to protect the Amazon. She also tells us what we can expect from this year’s draft treaty - and why the text has been causing quite a stir.There’s plenty going on in Space, with NASA’s Artemis mission now finally launching to the Moon. And the news that we may be able to look for wormholes (if they exist). The... (2022-Nov-17 • 32 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageThe Feminist Test We Keep Failing
There's a test that we at Lost Women of Science seem to fail again and again: the Finkbeiner Test. (2022-Nov-17 • 21 minutes • @LostWomenofSci)
podcast imageMammoth ivory trade may be bad for elephants, and making green electronics with fungus
On this week’s show: The potentially harmful effects of prehistoric ivory on present-day elephants, and replacing polymers in electronics with fungal tissue | First up this week on the podcast, we hear about the effect of mammoth and mastodon ivory on the illegal elephant ivory trade. Online News Editor Michael Price joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss how as melting permafrost has uncovered fossilized ivory from these extinct creatures, more has entered the ivory trade. The question is: Does the availabilit... (2022-Nov-17 • 25 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageCan we live in space?
NASA just launched the Artemis program, a series of missions that will eventually take humans back to the moon, and beyond. But can humans actually survive in space long-term? For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/... (2022-Nov-16 • 31 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imageHow a key Alzheimer's gene wreaks havoc in the brain
The mechanism of how a specific gene is implicated in Alzheimer’s, and the latest news from COP27. (2022-Nov-16 • 28 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageBrace Yourself for a Triple Wave of Seasonal Viruses
Many people haven’t been exposed to common respiratory viruses following the pandemic, meaning they might be more vulnerable to getting ill this year. (2022-Nov-16 • 9 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCountries Hit Hardest by Climate Change May Finally Get Their Due
After 30 years of talk about forcing wealthy polluters to compensate those bearing the brunt of climate damage, the COP27 conference seems poised to act. (2022-Nov-16 • 10 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageWhere Do Climate Negotiations Stand At COP27?
Climate negotiations continue at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Tens of thousands of attendees from around the world have gathered in the seaside resort town. They've come to discuss some of the key issues to figure out how to combat climate change, remedy its effects, and to focus on implementing the big changes discussed last year in Glasgow. Correspondent Nathan Rott joins Emily Kwong to walk through the biggest debates at this year's COP, like loss and damage payments. And, he talks about how the war ... (2022-Nov-16 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageSteven N. Austad, "Methuselah's Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us about Living Longer, Healthier Lives" (MIT Press, 2022)
Opossums in the wild don't make it to the age of three; our pet cats can live for a decade and a half; cicadas live for seventeen years (spending most of them underground). Whales, however, can live for two centuries and tubeworms for several millennia. Meanwhile, human life expectancy tops out around the mid-eighties, with some outliers living past 100 or even 110. Is there anything humans can learn from the exceptional longevity of some animals in the wild? In Methuselah's Zoo: What Nature Can Teach Us ab... (2022-Nov-15 • 73 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageReproducibility: science's consistency issue
What use are the scientific findings if they can't be reproduced? (2022-Nov-15 • 30 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageCop27: has there been any progress in Sharm el-Sheikh?
As we head into the second week of Cop27, Madeleine Finlay hears from biodiversity reporter Patrick Greenfield about what it’s been like in Sharm el-Sheikh, and from environment editor Fiona Harvey about whether we could see any progress on staying within 1.5C of global heating (2022-Nov-15 • 16 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageThis Gulp of Engineered Bacteria Is Meant to Treat Disease
A small study of people with a rare disorder that prevents them from processing protein is an early attempt at creating “living” medicines. (2022-Nov-15 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageNuclear war would be pointless
Nuclear weapons carry enormous destructive power in a very small package. A nuclear weapon weighing about a quarter of a ton can release as much energy as exploding 1.2 million tons of TNT – that’s a multiplication factor of about five million. During the Cold War the combined numbers of US and Soviet nuclear weapons reached about 70,000. There are not so many these days but there are still enough to end civilisation as we know it. (2022-Nov-15 • 8 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageA Honeybee Swarm Has as Much Electric Charge as a Thundercloud
A Honeybee Swarm Has as Much Electric Charge as a Thundercloud (2022-Nov-15 • 5 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageSearching For A New Life
Today, we pass the mic to our colleagues at All Things Considered to share the first piece in their series on the impact of climate change, global migration and far-right politics. They begin with the story of Mamadou Thiam, a Senegalese man living in a temporary shelter created by the United Nations. He is from a family of fishermen, but floods have destroyed his home. In the past when there was flooding, people could relocate for a few months and then return. But more flooding means leaving may become ... (2022-Nov-15 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageBryology (MOSS) Encore with Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer
It’s November and you need chill vibes. And Native American Heritage Month is the perfect time to encore this classic. World-renowned author, botanist, Indigenous ecology professor and bryologist Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer, author of “Gathering Moss” and “Braiding Sweetgrass,” talks about her passion for moss. Cozy up for the most beautifully doled-out information about hidden worlds, overlooked mysteries, botanical drama, forests in miniature, Native peoples’ uses for moss and philosophies about science and ... (2022-Nov-15 • 74 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageSight
Before you listen, just take a moment to think about how sight works: Light comes out of the sun, bounces off of a tree (or whatever), goes inside of your head, and hits some nerves which send signals to your brain which turns that into an image of a tree (or whatever)... I wouldn't believe it if I weren't looking at this screen and typing these words right now! Also, what better medium to talk about seeing stuff than a podcast!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check o... (2022-Nov-15 • 38 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageSpace: The ultimate intergalactic game show
Do you like games? Do you like space? Then this is the episode for you! We’ve got five space-inspired games for you: Cosmic Couplets, Infini-Trivia, First Things First, Stars in Space or Pasta Shapes and, of course, Mystery Sounds! Plus we’ll hear some of the super catchy, dance-your-pants-off space jingles you’ve been sending to us! Get your astronaut gear on, gaze up at the cosmos and get ready to play along! | | This episode was sponsored by: | | | Elfster (Elfster.com/podcast - Set up a free Secret S... (2022-Nov-15 • 35 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageThis Personalized Crispr Therapy Is Designed to Attack Tumors
In a small study, researchers modified patients’ immune cells to target their particular cancer—but it only worked for a third of volunteers. (2022-Nov-14 • 6 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCorey Gray Is Picking Up Cosmic Vibrations
A pivotal week in Corey Gray's life began with a powwow in Alberta and culminated with a piece of history: the first-ever detection of gravitational waves from the collision of two neutron stars. Corey was on the graveyard shift at LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory in Hanford, Washington, when the historic signal came. Corey tells Short Wave Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber about the discovery, the "Gravitational Wave Grass Dance Special" that preceded it, and how he got his Bl... (2022-Nov-14 • 14 minutes • @NPR)
podcast image682: Examining How Microbes Shape Our World by Influencing Evolution and Ecology - Dr. Rosie Alegado
Dr. Rosie Alegado is an Associate Professor of Oceanography and Sea Grant at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa where she is Director for the Center of Ulana ʻIke Center of Excellence and a member of the Center for Microbial Oceanography:... (2022-Nov-14 • 41 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageDr. Kiki Interviews Professor Matthew Cobb
Professor Matthew Cobb is a British zoologist and professor of zoology at the University of Manchester. He has written several popular science books, including his latest "AS GODS: A moral history of the genetic age", which comes out in print on November 15th. (2022-Nov-14 • 36 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageAudio long read: She was convicted of killing her four children. Could a gene mutation set her free?
Kathleen Folbigg has spent 19 years in prison and was dubbed ‘Australia’s worst female serial killer’. Now, an inquiry into her case will look at clinical genetics in a whole new way. (2022-Nov-14 • 31 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast image217 | Margaret Levi on Moral Political Economy
I talk with political scientist Margaret Levi about trust in government and how we can make our political systems more responsive to moral concerns. (2022-Nov-14 • 81 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast imageThe wheat field that could change the world | Guntur V. Subbarao
Crop physiologist Guntur V. Subbarao and his team have developed an antibiotic-infused strain of wheat that naturally combats harmful, fertilizer-eating bacteria -- a "monster" contributor to climate change. Learn more about how this breakthrough could once again revolutionize agriculture, increasing crop yields and protecting our planet at the same time. (2022-Nov-14 • 11 minutes • @TEDTalks)
podcast imageYour Inner Tree (rebroadcast)
Declining biodiversity is a problem as fraught as climate change. Loss of habitat, monoculture crops, and the damming of waterways all lead to massive species extinction. They tear at life’s delicate web, and threaten a balance established by four billion years of evolution. Can we reassess our relationship to Nature? We consider logging efforts that make elephants part of the work force, and how to leverage the cooperative behavior of trees. Becoming Nature’s ally, rather than its enemy. Guests: Suzanne ... (2022-Nov-14 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast imageTuning into nature’s music
Researchers discuss what animal soundscapes can tell us about the health of ecosystems. (2022-Nov-14 • 19 minutes • @PNASNews)
podcast imageNeurons that restore walking in paralysed patients
Researchers have identified which neurons, when electrically stimulated, can restore the ability to walk in paralysed patients. Professor Jocelyne Bloch, Associate Professor at the Université de Lausanne, tells Roland how the technology works. Astronomers have discovered the closest black hole to Earth. Researchers led by Kareem El-Badry, astrophysicist at Harvard University, identified the celestial body when they spotted a Sun-like star orbiting a dark, dense object. The origins of eels have been mystif... (2022-Nov-13 • 68 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageBernardo Kastrup: Consciousness & Superdeterminism Doubts
Bernardo Kastrup is the executive director of Essentia Foundation. His work has been leading the modern renaissance of metaphysical idealism, the notion that reality is essentially mental. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy (ontology, philosophy of mind) and another Ph.D. in computer engineering (reconfigurable computing, artificial intelligence). As a scientist, Bernardo has worked for the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the ‘Casimir Effect’ of Quant... (2022-Nov-13 • 83 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast imageHow terms like "anti-vax" can be unhelpful
How many times do you think you've heard the words "anti-vax" in the last 3 years? What about, "vaccine hesitant"? | | It would probably be countless. | | But are these terms actually helpful in communicating the need for vaccines? | | Associate Professor Holly Seale explores how language and listening are essential in having meaningful conversations about vaccination. | | Speaker: | Associate Professor Holly Seale | School of Population Health | University of New South Wales | | Host: | Tegan Taylor |... (2022-Nov-13 • 12 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageNew technology brings added value to museum collections
More than 5 million specimens have been digitised at London's Natural History Museum. Just 75 million to go. It’s a slow journey, but the benefits will be immense. (2022-Nov-12 • @ABCscience)
podcast imageThe Skeptics Guide #905 - Nov 12 2022
Dumbest Thing of the Week: Alternative Medicine; News Items: Climate Change in the Classroom, Effects of Climate in US, Closest Black Hole, AWARE II Study of NDEs; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Astrology; Science or Fiction (2022-Nov-12 • @SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast imageWhat have we learnt from Covid?
Brian Cox and Robin Ince return for a new series with an illustrious panel of experts to discuss what scientists have learnt from Covid and what we have all learnt about the nature of science by watching it happen so spectacularly over the course of the pandemic. They are joined by Dame Sarah Gilbert, creator of one of the very first Covid vaccines, Immunologist Prof Dan Davis and Dr Chris Van Tulleken, infectious disease clinician and broadcaster. They discuss the incredible speed of vaccine delivery ... (2022-Nov-12 • 43 minutes • @themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast imageThe US Battles RSV, Neural Connections, La Brea Tar Pits. Nov 11, 2022, Part 2
How Past Extinctions At The La Brea Tar Pit Can Teach Us About Our Climate Future If you drive through Los Angeles, you’ll pass by some of California’s most iconic sites—the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, the Santa Monica Pier. But if you don’t look for it, you may miss the La Brea tar pits—a place where Ice Age life from around 50 thousand years ago got trapped and preserved in sticky black ooze. Visitors can see megafauna, including skeletons of saber tooth cats and dire wolves, along with a v... (2022-Nov-11 • 48 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageButt Stuff
Why do we have a butt? Well, it’s not just for the convenience of a portable seat cushion. This week, we have a conversation with our Contributing Editor Heather Radke, who has spent the last several years going deep on one of our most noticeable surface features. She’s been working on a book called Butts, a Backstory and in this episode, she tells us about a fascinating history she uncovered that takes us from a eugenicist’s attempt in the late 1930s to concretize the most average human, to the rise of the... (2022-Nov-11 • 35 minutes • @Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast imageWhere do we go when the seas rise?
After learning how long it will take the Earth's ice sheets to melt in the previous episode, we continue our journey in Greenland. As world leaders gather in Egypt for the annual UN climate conference, listener Johan isn't too optimistic about governments' ability to curb greenhouse gas emissions and get a handle on climate change. So from his coastal perch in Denmark, he has asked where we should live when the poles have melted away and coastlines creep inland. Along with the help of BBC correspondents ar... (2022-Nov-11 • 37 minutes • @BBCScienceNews)
podcast imageDr. Fauci’s Exit Interview, Goodnight Oppy Mars Film, Science On The Ballot. Nov 11, 2022, Part 1
Science Was Big On The Ballot This Week. Here’s What Went Down Another chaotic election week has come and gone. Across the U.S., science was on the ballot, and people cast their votes on issues like healthcare, climate change infrastructure, conservation, and abortion policy. Nsikan Akpan, health and science editor at WNYC in New York City, joins Ira to talk about how the science ballot initiatives panned out this week. They discuss the outcomes of the abortion initiatives, California’s move to ban flavored... (2022-Nov-11 • 47 minutes • @scifri)
podcast imageUnDisciplined: What can be done to save this 80,000-year-old aspen forest?
Some parts of the Pando tree forest are thriving, others are nearly gone. And it's not clear what could or should be done to save it. (2022-Nov-11 • 26 minutes • @SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast imageHow Peaceful Crowds Turn Into a Deadly Crush
It doesn’t take stampeding or unruly behavior to result in massive tragedies like the one in Itaewon. (2022-Nov-11 • 6 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imagePain: Stories about unpleasant physical sensations
Pain is really weird, scientifically speaking. It’s not just a message from injured tissues to be accepted at face value, but a complex experience that can be influenced by your brain. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers explore the aches, pains, and discomfort that come with life. Part 1: While Renee Joshua-Porter is in labor, she starts feeling a horrible stabbing pain in her back. Part 2: Despite being in excruciating pain, Gretchen Douma worries getting a knee replacement will ruin her blossom... (2022-Nov-11 • 31 minutes • @storycollider)
podcast imageAlexandr Draganov, "Mathematical Tools for Real-World Applications: A Gentle Introduction for Students and Practitioners" (MIT Press, 2022)
I’ve never read a book like Mathematical Tools for Real-World Applications: A Gentle Introduction for Students and Practitioners (MIT Press, 2022) – it’s a book about how engineers and scientists see math, and I found it fascinating. What intrigued me about this book was not that it just presents and solves a bunch of interesting problems, it shows how scientists and engineers differ in their approach to problem solving from mathematicians. Shame on me, but as a mathematician, I’ve always been a little unco... (2022-Nov-11 • 55 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageJohn Krakauer Part 1: Taking Multiple Perspectives on The Brain
The brain is arguably one of the most complex objects known to science. How best to understand it? That is a trick question: brains are organized at many levels and attempts to grasp them all through one approach — be it micro, macro, anatomical, behavioral — are destined to leave out crucial insights. What more, thinking “vertically” across scales, one might miss important angles from another discipline along the “horizontal” axis. For inquiries too big to sit within one field of knowledge, maybe it is tim... (2022-Nov-11 • 51 minutes • @sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast imageClimate Tipping Points And The Damage That Could Follow
If Earth heats up beyond 1.5 degrees, the impacts don't get just slightly worse--scientists warn that abrupt changes could be set off, with devastating impacts around the world. As the 27th annual climate negotiations are underway in Egypt and the world is set to blow past that 1.5°C warming threshold, Emily Kwong talks to climate correspondents Rebecca Hersher and Lauren Sommer about three climate tipping points--points of no return that could cause big changes to the Earth's ecosystems. Email the show at ... (2022-Nov-11 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageKaren Bakker, "The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants" (Princeton UP, 2022)
The natural world teems with remarkable conversations, many beyond human hearing range. Scientists are using groundbreaking digital technologies to uncover these astonishing sounds, revealing vibrant communication among our fellow creatures across the Tree of Life. At once meditative and scientific, The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants (Princeton UP, 2022)shares fascinating and surprising stories of nonhuman sound, interweaving insights from te... (2022-Nov-11 • 56 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageGrowing blood in the lab, and talking to ET
How red blood cells can be grown from stem cells, and how will we commuincate with aliens? (2022-Nov-11 • 29 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast image#148 Climate action from COP27; world population reaches 8 billion
Warnings over the world’s mad dash to create new supplies of fossil fuels, discussions about climate loss and damage, and talk about nature-based solutions. COP27 in Egypt is in full swing. Our reporter Madeleine Cuff brings us the latest, direct from Sharm el Sheikh.This week’s Sci-fi alert is the unusual discovery of a star with a solid surface. The team explains how on this magnetar (the dense corpse of an exploded star), gravity would be immense and time would behave really weirdly - that’s if you’d be ... (2022-Nov-10 • 28 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast image900 Weeks of Science!
This 900th Week: World Science Day, Greenland, Music, Fertilizer Fields, Plants, Cosmic Spin Cycle, Vaccine Hoarding, Vaccine Choice, Pigs, Fish, Octopuses, Ötzi, Canaanite Comb, Get Low, Get Some Sleep!, And Much More Science! | The post 09 November, 2022 – Episode 900 – 900 Weeks of Science! appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (2022-Nov-10 • 112 minutes • @TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast imageThe Sci-Fi Dream of a ‘Molecular Computer’ Is Getting More Real
Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools. (2022-Nov-10 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageCool Science Radio | November 10, 2022
Tom Chamberlain, founder and CEO of EdLogics, explains EdLogics is a digital health communications company focused on transforming the way people learn about health. He said improvement in health literacy translates to better health decisions, better health outcomes and lower costs. (01:15) Anne Williams, general editor for National Geographic, shares her latest project, "Treasures of Egypt: A Legacy in Photographs from the Pyramids to Cleopatra." This book celebrates the vibrant beauty and rich cultural he... (2022-Nov-10 • 53 minutes • @KPCWRadio)
podcast imageRocket debris falling to Earth, non-compostable plastic, animal vocalization, illegal fishers use ‘stealth mode’ and Earth’s population hits 8 billion
Proliferation of rockets raises fears that the sky is falling; Compostable plastics may not be compostable, and likely aren’t being composted; Many more animals make vocal sounds than we thought – which means its very ancient; Tracking illegal fishing by watching when ships go into stealth mode; Next week there will be 8 billion of us, and that’s already too many. (2022-Nov-10 • 54 minutes • @CBCQuirks)
podcast imageAvian flu
Avian or bird flu is normally seasonal, disappearing as migratory birds leave for winter. However a new strain which seems to spread more easily between wild birds and into poultry has led to the deaths of far more birds than usual. David Steel, Nature Reserve Manager on the Isle of May relates his observations of the effects on seabirds. And Nicola Lewis, Director of the Worldwide Influenza Centre at the Francis Crick Institute tells us why this particular stain is so severe. Climategate was a strange k... (2022-Nov-10 • 29 minutes • @BBCRadio4)
podcast imageNeurons that restore walking in paralysed patients
Researchers have identified which neurons, when electrically stimulated, can restore the ability to walk in paralysed patients. Professor Jocelyne Bloch, Associate Professor at the Université de Lausanne, tells Roland how the technology works. Astronomers have discovered the closest black hole to Earth. Researchers led by Kareem El-Badry, astrophysicist at Harvard University, identified the celestial body when they spotted a Sun-like star orbiting a dark, dense object. The origins of eels have been mystif... (2022-Nov-10 • 31 minutes • @bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast imageLee Smolin on a lifetime of big questions
Lee Smolin is a founding faculty member at Perimeter Institute and one of the world’s best-known voices in theoretical physics. He is a co-founder of loop quantum gravity, together with Abhay Ashtekar and Carlo Rovelli. Smolin is also the author of numerous popular science books, including The Trouble with Physics, The Life of the Cosmos, and Einstein’s Unfinished Revolution: The Search for What Lies Beyond the Quantum. In this conversation with Lauren and Colin, Smolin shares his philosophical outlook on q... (2022-Nov-10 • 47 minutes • @Perimeter@laurenehayward@Call_me_Colin)
podcast imageDepression And Alzheimer's Treatments At A Crossroads
Researchers are launching a make-or-break study to test the conventional wisdom about what causes Alzheimer's disease. And in a recent small study, the antidepressant effects of ketamine lasted longer when an intravenous dose was followed with computer games featuring smiling faces or words aimed at boosting self-esteem. As science correspondent Jon Hamilton heads to the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, he talks to Aaron Scott about his most recent reporting on depression and Alzheimer's, and pre... (2022-Nov-10 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageKurt Vonnegut’s contribution to science, and tunas and sharks as ecosystem indicators
On this week’s show: How sci-fi writer Kurt Vonnegut foresaw many of today’s ethical dilemmas, and 70 years of tunas, billfishes, and sharks as sentinels of global ocean health | First up this week on the podcast, we revisit the works of science fiction author Kurt Vonneugt on what would have been his 100th birthday. News Intern Zack Savitsky and host Sarah Crespi discuss the work of ethicists, philosophers, and Vonnegut scholars on his influence on the ethics and practice of science. | Researchers featured... (2022-Nov-10 • 40 minutes • @ScienceMagazine)
podcast imageA Caustic Shift Is Coming for the Arctic Ocean
Scientists have already begun to observe the ecological effects of acidifying oceans on sea life. The changes ahead may be more drastic. (2022-Nov-09 • 8 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageDiscard Anthropology (GARBAGE) with Robin Nagle
Landfills! Treasures in the trash! Corporate conspiracies! Composting! An instantly classic conversation with the incredibly knowledgeable, frank and wonderful Dr. Robin Nagle of New York University’s Liberal Studies! She is a clinical professor, author, TED speaker and former New York City sanitation worker and truly the best person on Earth to trash talk with. We cover what you can and can’t actually recycle, sticky mustard bottles, drugs in the trash, Swedish Death Cleaning, mobsters and landfills, Bitco... (2022-Nov-09 • 89 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imageMolecular cages sift 'heavy' water from near-identical H2O
A new method to separate out heavy water, and how smartphone data could help check the health of bridges. (2022-Nov-09 • 25 minutes • @NaturePodcast)
podcast imageCop27: Is it time to rethink endless economic growth?
Many of the world's economies depend on growth, and an ever-increasing GDP. But is this really possible on a rapidly warming planet with finite resources? Ian Sample speaks to environmental economist Tim Jackson about reimagining economic growth, and what a sustainable economy could look like (2022-Nov-09 • 15 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageHow the 'Diamond of the Plant World' Helped Land Plants Evolve
Structural studies of the robust material called sporopollenin reveal how it made plants hardy enough to reproduce on dry land. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Redwood Trail” by Audionautix. (2022-Nov-09 • 17 minutes • @QuantaMagazine)
podcast imageWhy Do We Cry?
Last month, Short Wave explored the evolutionary purpose of laughter. Now, we're talking tears. From glistening eyeballs to waterworks, what are tears? Why do we shed them? And what makes our species' ability to cry emotional tears so unique? (2022-Nov-09 • 13 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageHolding on to power
A mountain, a tower, a thermos full of molten salt: These are the batteries that could power our renewable future. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcripts and read more about the topics on our show. Also, email us! [email protected] We read every email. Support Unexplainable by making a financial contribution to Vox! bit.ly/givepodcasts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices (2022-Nov-09 • 32 minutes • @voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast imagePain
This week, we investigate one of the more complicated, fraught, mysterious, and downright unpleasant ways we and lots of other living things navigate the world: pain.From headaches to scorpion stings, there's lots of ways to get hurt, but is anything as painful as Hank's Liam Neeson impression? Let's find out!SciShow Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check out this episode with the added bonus of seeing our faces! Head to www.patreon.com/SciShowTangents to find out how you can... (2022-Nov-08 • 39 minutes • @SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast imageSmologies #17: FLAGS with E. Tory Laitila
A kid-friendly, shortened version of our classic episode on …flags! E. Tory Laitila, a textile expert who has also handled Honolulu's flag protocol, gives the skinny on the oldest flags, skull and crossbone Jolly Rogers, his favorite state flag, Scandinavian simplicity, the hardest flags to draw, who designed our modern American flag and how you too can have ... fun with flags all year round. A donation went to: Connecting to Collections via CulturalHeritage.org More Smologies episodes! Full length Vexillol... (2022-Nov-08 • 23 minutes • @Ologies@alieward)
podcast imagePsychedelics to treat eating disorders?
Eating disorders are extremely complicated to treat, leaving people potentially struggling for decades. But there's a new contender in the treatment field: psychedelic drugs. | | Sarah-Catherine Rodan talks us through how the active ingredient in magic mushrooms – used in a very particular way – could help people with anorexia. | | The nature of this talk means we're going to be hearing about eating disorders, so if that's not going to be helpful for you, feel free to skip this episode. | | Speaker: | Sa... (2022-Nov-06 • 11 minutes • @ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast imageFlush! Where does our poo and pee go?
Every time you flush, your poo and pee start an epic journey. From the toilet, to the sewers, to a treatment plant, our waste travels quite a distance only to end up cleaner by the end. We'll hear from a "PooTube" star about her experience with "the flush." We'll also hear about ancient sewers, a "fatberg" under London and a toilet that cleans waste on site. Plus, our Moment of Um answers why you can feel your heart beating in your neck of all places. | | This episode ... (2022-Nov-08 • 32 minutes • @Brains_On)
podcast imageHow to Detect a Man-Made Biothreat
The US government is funding tech to determine whether genetic alterations in a virus or pest are an evolutionary quirk—or a lab-engineered danger. (2022-Nov-08 • 11 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageNeil deGrasse Tyson: Starry Messages, Science, Culture, and Life
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the most recognizable faces of science in the world, and for good reason. He has thought a lot about how to engage people in the wonder and joy of science, something that is also near and dear to my own heart, and to the spirit of many of my own activities, including The Origins Podcast. I was so happy that Neil agreed to return to have another dialogue on the podcast following the release of his new book, Starry Messenger, because it provided us with the opportunity to have... (2022-Nov-06 • 94 minutes • @LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast imageCop27: Who are the real climate leaders?
At Cop27 yesterday, world leaders began making speeches about carbon targets and the impacts of climate breakdown. But offstage, indigenous leaders are still trying to get their voices heard. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Nina Lakhani about the need for climate justice, and hears from Nonhle Mbuthuma about her fight to protect South Africa’s Wild Coast (2022-Nov-08 • 17 minutes • @guardianscience)
podcast imageThe Viral Triple Threat and Why You Need a Booster: COVID, Quickly, Episode 42
The Viral Triple Threat and Why You Need a Booster: COVID, Quickly, Episode 42 (2022-Nov-08 • 7 minutes • @sciam)
podcast imageTraditional Plant Knowledge Is Not A Quick Fix
Regina G. Barber talks with Dr. Rosalyn LaPier about ethnobotany--what it is and how traditional plant knowledge is frequently misunderstood in the era of COVID and psychedelics. And, how it's relevant and important for reproductive health today. (2022-Nov-08 • 15 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageWhat peat can tell us about our future
The Congo Basin is home to the world’s largest peatland. Simon Lewis, Professor of Global Change Science at UCL and the University of Leeds, tells Roland how peatlands all around the world are showing early alarm bells of change. From the boreal Arctic forests to the Amazon, Simon helps us understand how they could action huge change in the climate. Simon is joined by Dr Ifo Averti, Associate Professor in Forest Ecology at Universite Marien Ngouabi in the Congo who helps us understand what this landscape is... (2022-Nov-06 • 54 minutes • @bbcworldservice)
podcast imageGamma ray bursters, Part 2
The further adventures of some of the most powerful events in our Universe: Gamma Ray Bursts. The biggest one recorded was in October 2022, in a galaxy far, far away. What would have happened if it had exploded inside our Milky Way galaxy? (2022-Nov-08 • 7 minutes • @ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast imageTuberculosis: tackling the troubling uptick
Covid has slowed progress in fighting TB. So what options are scientists weighing up? (2022-Nov-08 • 27 minutes • @NakedScientists)
podcast imageCan Science Save Us? Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees
In his most recent book If Science is to Save Us, Astronomer Royal Martin Rees argues that, in his expert and personal analysis of the scientific endeavor on which we all depend, that we need to think globally, we need to think rationally and we need to think long-term, empowered by twenty-first-century technology but guided by values that science alone cannot provide. In this timely work, Lord Rees details how there has never been a time when ‘following the science’ has been more important for humanity. He... (2022-Nov-08 • 110 minutes • @Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image#147 The oldest yew trees in Europe – and how to save them
In a special episode of the podcast, host Rowan Hooper visits Newlands Corner in the North Downs in southern England, the site of one of the oldest and most significant populations of wild yews growing anywhere in the world.Yew trees are familiar from churchyards and are also revered by pagans and shamans. They can live for many hundreds of years. The grove at Newlands Corner is an exceptional ecosystem, with yews over 1000 years old, but they are declining, losing their needles and slowly dying. Rowan meet... (2022-Nov-07 • 11 minutes • @newscientist)
podcast imageCOP-out: Who's Liable For Climate Change Destruction?
World leaders have gathered in Egypt this week to begin climate talks at the 27th Conference of the Parties. However, there are still outstanding questions about who should pay for climate change losses and damages. Vulnerable countries hit hardest by climate change are asking the wealthier countries most responsible for these damages for compensation.Climate change correspondent Lauren Sommer joins Emily Kwong to talk about this debate — and the case one island nation is making to seek payment. (2022-Nov-07 • 12 minutes • @NPR)
podcast imageThis Platform Makes Sure Companies Stick to Their Climate Pledges
Lubomila Jordanova explains how her carbon-reporting firm—Plan A—uses relentless data analysis to guarantee businesses aren’t greenwashing. (2022-Nov-07 • 6 minutes • @WIREDScience)
podcast imageAMA | November 2022
Ask Me Anything episode for November 2022. (2022-Nov-07 • 180 minutes • @seanmcarroll)
podcast image681: Food for Thought: Research to Reduce Foodborne Disease and Improve Food Safety - Dr. Haley Oliver
Dr. Haley Oliver is an Associate Professor of Food Science at Purdue University, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University. The overall goal of Haley’s research is to reduce foodborne disease. She studies bacteria that make people... (2022-Nov-07 • 36 minutes • @PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast imageThom van Dooren, "A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions" (MIT Press, 2022)
In this time of extinctions, the humble snail rarely gets a mention. And yet snails are disappearing faster than any other species. In A World in a Shell: Snail Stories for a Time of Extinctions (MIT Press, 2022), Thom van Dooren offers a collection of snail stories from Hawai'i--once home to more than 750 species of land snails, almost two-thirds of which are now gone. Following snail trails through forests, laboratories, museums, and even a military training facility, and meeting with scientists and Nativ... (2022-Nov-07 • 66 minutes • @NewBooksSci)
podcast imageFuhgeddaboudit (rebroadcast)
A thousand years ago, most people didn’t own a single book. The only way to access knowledge was to consult their memory. But technology – from paper to hard drives – has permitted us to free our brains from remembering countless facts. Alphabetization and the simple filing cabinet have helped to systematize and save information we might need someday. But now that we can Google just about any subject, have we lost the ability to memorize information? Does this make our brains better or worse? Guests: Jud... (2022-Nov-07 • 54 minutes • @BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)

Questions in Podcast Episode Descriptions

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How useful will nuclear fusion be?
... But might the development of fusion technology come too late?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
Have suggestions for what we should cover in our next news roundup?
Is laziness a particularly human trait?
What can we learn from a mummy factory?
So are we safe now?
Can our expert guests win him over?
Should we assume that what we can’t identify is alien visitation?
India’s caste system affects all aspects of society, but how does the hierarchy influence represent...
How do you organise a community health program when no one speaks the same language?
But if a desert is full of sand, where did all that sand come from in the first place?
The solution to both?
What’s Behind The Strange Slowing Of The Earth’s Core?
Right?
What if human intelligence is actually more of a liability than a gift?
Need to estimate, from trillions of miles away, how likely another world is to host life?
India’s caste system affects all aspects of society, but how does the hierarchy influence represent...
https://youtu.be/y0_ePN7c1gw What is parity and how can it be violated?
through science?
But will it serve as a viable tool to bring wildlife back from the brink if the ecosystems in which...
What is it, anyway?
... Are there worse and better frames for understanding how desire and wonder, exploration and discover...
... How is scientific research like an amble through the woods?
... What juicy insights bubble up where neuroscientists, historians, philosophers, and mathematicians m...
You all really wanted an episode about rubber, right?
So who built them - and how?
... Was it a mysteriously super-advanced civilization now oddly extinct?
... Was it even aliens?
Why were there so many adult ichthyosaurs, and almost nothing else?
So why is it that humans feel jealousy?
... Do people experience this emotion differently?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
Why Are Children’s Antibiotics So Hard To Find Right Now?
who to trust?
Why Are Gas Stoves Under Fire?
How many Scientists does it take to cook Christmas dinner?
A cure for ageing, without the price-tag?
https://youtu.be/bRCLzMS8Rck Is there evidence for God in the origin of Universe?
... What were Aristolte’s contributions to science?
what, he wonders, is a magnetic field?
But are there risks associated with achieving a flawless smile?
We need rare earth metals to combat climate change, but where to get them?
... Could we find substitutes?
... Can one company’s plan to mitigate environmental harm help?
And what if we find nothing?
What is it about games that make them feel so pivotal?
It got him wondering where the insects had come from, how they had survived the previous cold snap ...
ExxonMobil knew — and they knew really, really well; Dolphins yell to be heard over human noise, bu...
Do We know if Einstein's General Relativity is right?
... Can We Ever Fully Solve General Relativity?
... There are Issues with Modern Science and Prof. Brian Keating has a unique point of view on themIs S...
Are humans ever satisfied?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
What is the difference between global warming and climate change?
Will artificial intelligence replace lawyers in the future?
But one thing scientists are sure of?
But how?
... see them?
... Or is something weirder happening?
Why do we spend so much time playing and exploring, caregiving and reflecting, learning and transmi...
... What were the evolutionary circumstances that led to our unique life history among the primates?
... What use is the undisciplined child brain with its tendencies to drift, scatter, and explore in a w...
Exciting, isn’t it?
Can you see it?
... I mean, *really* see it - in rich, vivid detail?
It’s similar to the way society reacts to an incoming comet in the movie “Don’t Look Up!” As a maj...
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
ow do we stay up when we ride a bicycle?
The good news?
WHY do we dream?
... What do dreams mean?
... What parts of our brain are working after-hours?
Want more Deboki?
From misty eyeballs to full-on waterworks, what are tears?
... Why do we shed them?
... And what makes humans' ability to cry emotional tears unique?
This episode —first released in 2009 and then again in 2015, with an update — asks, what is “normal...
If a frog can't jump well, is it still a frog?
Does your mum’s singing make you cringe with embarrassment?
... Do your dad’s jokes make you want to scream - and not with laughter?
... Or maybe you are the parent driving your offspring round the bend with rules and curfews?
... Is it something that is changing in his brain or are they actually becoming more annoying as they a...
But what causes mental illness?
... And why are mental health problems so hard to treat?
What does it mean to think?
... What are the traits of thinking systems that we could use to identify them?
... Different environmental variables call for different strategies in individual and collective cognit...
But just how green is your nearest city centre?
But what does science say about how to avoid unwanted gifts and unpleasant surprises?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
... What does This Week in Science think were the year’s top science stories?
Is it possible to harness this gut power?
Did the former head of NASA discriminate against gay people?
What human qualities are needed to make scientific discoveries, and which to make great art?
But what does this really mean?
As new cell towers sprout around the world, do we know enough to confidently claim that this new te...
... But what does science say?
Would it be possible to play snooker at all in a completely frictionless universe?
... Could we ever control it completely?
Laser fusion expert Kate Lancaster walks us through the technology that produced energy gain at the...
Should a juror be able to ignore the law?
So, what’s the catch?
Laser fusion expert Kate Lancaster walks us through the technology that produced energy gain at the...
But how does it go from a powder to a sludge to the strong building material that we use all over t...
... And can we come up with new recipes that are better for the environment?
What is that awful smell?
... Good thing Deboki's here this week to try out some fresh, exciting new games with us!scWant more De...
How did a lunch last underwater for 10 months?
Are we close to discovering the Origin Of Life?
But what do scientists do when they don’t yet have the models or the theories?
From flat earthers to moon hoaxers and holocaust deniers, is there something about society today th...
... Or are conspiracies just part of the human condition, and each to their own?
But is there a limit to how airtight we should make our homes?
... Once every last gap is blocked, will enough air get in for them to breathe properly?
... How would they know if they’ve gone too far?
If an asteroid were hurling through space, making a beeline straight to Earth, how would humans pre...
... Would we bomb it?
... Would we shoot lasers at it like a scene from Hollywood's latest sci-fi flick?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
The human body is made up of more than 30 trillion cells, but how do they all work together?
How do animals know how to do things like spin a web or build a dam?
Magic?
Modern technology is great, but could we be losing control?
... Will we be able to stave off serious threats to our future?
What are the clouds like where you are?
Looking at a maths equation, do you see numbers or characters in a story?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
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when nothing seems to work, how do you make change?
What are the clouds like where you are?
What makes our tears so special?
And crystal expert Tyler Thrasher is here to tell us all we need to know about them!Want more Tyler...
The key?
Love the science powering another craft?
Which site is best suited for producing biology from chemistry?
| | What does a natural landscape look like to you?
... Somewhere untouched by humans, right?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast?
But is there a science behind how they move and behave?
If you have a young person in your life who loves science, why not expand their library and get a b...
Can it be saved?
So what happens when humanity gets older, and eventually begins to decline?
What makes us human?
... What is unique about the human mind, and how might we engage this question rigorously through the l...
If we can grow tissue from cells in a lab, why not use animal cells to grow meat?
Do insects see the world in slow motion?
... Do animals see the same rainbow we do?
... How do eagles see so far away?
Why is it so difficult to adopt a more sustainable way of life, even when convinced of the urgency ...
When you're tired, are you grumpy?
... Maybe stressed?
... Feel like you can't socialise?
What’s Next?
... But after decades of quick population growth, what will the next few decades hold?
Why don’t we fall out of bed when we’re asleep?
| The post 16 November, 2022 – Episode 901 – Will Leprosy Save our Lives?
But can humans actually survive in space long-term?
Is there anything humans can learn from the exceptional longevity of some animals in the wild?
Do you like games?
... Do you like space?
Can we reassess our relationship to Nature?
How many times do you think you've heard the words "anti-vax" in the last 3 years?
... What about, "vaccine hesitant"?
... | | But are these terms actually helpful in communicating the need for vaccines?
Why do we have a butt?
How best to understand it?
But is this really possible on a rapidly warming planet with finite resources?
From glistening eyeballs to waterworks, what are tears?
... Why do we shed them?
pain.From headaches to scorpion stings, there's lots of ways to get hurt, but is anything as painfu...
But now that we can Google just about any subject, have we lost the ability to memorize information
... Does this make our brains better or worse?