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Science Podcast Episodes (Chronological)

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: 2022-Sep-28 12:10 UTC. Episodes: 608. Minimum length: 5 minutes. Hide descriptions. Switch to ranked view. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

podcast image2022-Sep-28 • 39 minutes
The math problem that could break the internet
Today's internet is built on a series of locks and keys that protect your private information as it travels through cyberspace. But could all these locks be broken? 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 (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Sep-28 • 34 minutes
On Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species"
Charles Dawin’s 1859 book The Origin of Species introduced his famous theory of evolution. Darwin developed his theories of life and evolution after a historic voyage circumnavigating the globe on the H.M.S. Beagle. Most people at the time believed what the naturalist theologians believed: that God had created organisms perfectly adapted to their environments. Darwin, however, saw life in a different way. He saw organisms as constantly evolving to better fit their environments. Robert Proctor is a professor... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-28 • 9 minutes
The Fungus That Killed Frogs—and Led to a Surge in Malaria
A global fungal pandemic wiped out amphibians, destroyed biodiversity, and ultimately increased human illness. Now a second similar pathogen is on the way. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-28 • 14 minutes
Grasslands: The Unsung Carbon Hero
What's in a grassland? There are all sorts of wildflowers, many insects, animals like prairie dogs, bison and antelope — and beneath the surface, there's a lot of carbon. According to some estimates, up to a third of the carbon stored on land is found in grasslands. But grasslands are disappearing — just like forests. Today, journalist Julia Rosen shares her reporting on the hidden majesty and importance of the grasslands.To learn more, including what colonialism has to do with disappearing grasslands, chec... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 151 minutes
Frans de Waal: Learning from Primates about ourselves: From Gender to Social Hierarchies
Frans de Waal is not only my favorite primatologist, he is one of my favorite scientist-communicators. His books on primates, particularly on Bonobos and Chimpanzees—from politics to child-rearing and even culture—reveal a tremendous amount about our closest genetic relatives, and hence about ourselves. His newest book, Different: Gender Through the Eyes of a Primatologist, tackles a particularly hot topic at the current time, but as is typical of his books, this one is both entertaining, and touching, an... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 33 minutes
What happens at zoos after dark?
In this episode we check out three different zoos after visitors leave and the gates are locked. We’ll hear about some adventurous penguins, learn how chimps tuck themselves in and find out why it’s important to smell a gorilla first thing in the morning. Oh, and did you know sometimes zoo animals need a ride from the airport? All this and a brand new mystery sound! | | This episode is sponsored by: | | Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per application pri... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 8 minutes
Why did Tonga's huge volcanic eruption affect Australia's surf?
It wasn't the first, second or even third issue to come up in the wake of this year's huge undersea volcanic eruption in Tonga. | | But the eruption, and the ensuing tsunamis, did have a far-reaching impact on the kingdom's neighbours and beyond — including on Australia's coastline. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 31 minutes
Sweeteners, seagrass, and sterilised plastic
How sweeteners could cause risk of cardiovascular disease, and a new antibiotic found in trees. (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 19 minutes
SciShow Tangents Classics - The Science of Scary Sounds - A SciShow Tangents Adventure
It's almost October, and SciShow Tangents is getting ready for its month-long Halloween blowout! While we make final arrangements, please enjoy this classic, sound-filled journey through Tangents Manor! Try not to get too scared!!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, ... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 9 minutes
The US Is Measuring Extreme Heat Wrong
Recent studies have revealed flaws in the heat index. With rising temperatures and humidity, maybe it’s time for a more holistic approach. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 8 minutes
What the Disease Feels Like, and Presidents Can't End Pandemics: COVID, Quickly, Episode 39
What the Disease Feels Like, and Presidents Can't End Pandemics: COVID, Quickly, Episode 39 (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 17 minutes
How a man and his dogs discovered the cause of narcolepsy
Madeleine Finlay speaks to one of the winners of this year’s Breakthrough prize, Prof Emmanuel Mignot, about how he uncovered the cause of narcolepsy, why it is similar to diabetes, and how his work may finally result in a treatment for the condition (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 89 minutes
The State of The Universe With Eric Weinstein
A conversation from the vault, back in Spring 2022. As relevant as ever, hear Eric's thoughts on sundry topics such as: The twin nuclei and the unleashing of great power Harry Truman vs Kamala Harris. The problems with our leadership. Distinguishing between "complicated" and "complex". Keating's pedagogy. What happened on September 12th, 2001? Are we in a death spiral? The acceleration of science and the role of engineering. What new fundamental theories should we focus on? Do a few people wield to... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-27 • 16 minutes
One Park. 24 Hours.
It's easy to take city parks for granted, or to think of them as separate from nature and from the Earth's changing climate. But the place where many of us come face-to-face with climate change is our local park. On today's episode, Ryan Kellman and Rebecca Hersher from NPR's Climate Desk team up with Short Wave producer Margaret Cirino to spend 24 hours in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-26 • 87 minutes
212 | Chiara Mingarelli on Searching for Black Holes with Pulsars
I talk with physicist Chiara Mingarelli about how we can use pulsar timing to detect gravitational waves and black holes. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Sep-26 • 54 minutes
Skeptic Check: Data Bias (rebroadcast)
Sexist snow plowing? Data that guide everything from snow removal schedules to heart research often fail to consider gender. In these cases, “reference man” stands in for “average human.” Human bias also infects artificial intelligence, with speech recognition triggered only by male voices and facial recognition that can’t see black faces. We question the assumptions baked into these numbers and algorithms. Guests: Caroline Criado-Perez - Journalist and author of “Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Des... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Sep-26 • 43 minutes
675: Harnessing the Power of Microbes to Clean Up Toxins and Recover Energy from Wastes - Dr. Gemma Reguera
Dr. Gemma Reguera is an Associate Professor in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, as well as Plant, Soil, and Microbial Science at Michigan State University. She studies bacteria that help us by cleaning up wastes and pollution. She learns about... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Sep-26 • 8 minutes
To Understand Brain Disorders, Consider the Astrocyte
Neurons get a lot of attention—but researchers think this star-shaped brain cell type could hold the key to treating some disorders. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-26 • 13 minutes
Asteroid Deflection Mission, Activate!
In movies, asteroids careening towards Earth are confronted by determined humans with nuclear weapons to save the world! But a real NASA mission wants to change the course of an asteroid now (one not hurtling towards Earth). The Double Asteroid Redirection Test, or DART, launched in 2021 and on Monday, September 26, 2022, makes contact with the celestial object. In 2021, NPR science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce talked about what it takes to pull off this mission and how it could potentially protect th... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-25 • 11 minutes
Smart technology: From clean room to your bedroom
Flexible. Innovative. Sensitive. | | They're attributes of the next generation of electronics. They're also great attributes in the people who are designing them. | | Madhu Bhaskaran is an engineer who embodies all the qualities we mentioned before – and she knows that coming up with new tech is only the first step in a long journey to market. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Sep-24 • 54 minutes
Should we mine the deep sea?
The first license of its kind has been granted for deep-sea mining. It will be used to run early tests to see whether the seabed could be good place to harvest rare earth materials in the future. These earth minerals are what powers much of our modern technology, and the demand is growing year on year. The license raises ethical questions about whether anyone has ownership over the seabed, and whether we could be disrupting ecosystems under the sea in doing so. We have two experts joining us to discuss the... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Sep-24
The Skeptics Guide #898 - Sep 24 2022
News Items: 2022 Ig Nobels, It's OK to Ask for Help, Bitcoin and Fedimints, Multivitamins for Memory, Refreezing the Poles, Neuro Emotional Technique; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Chess Cheating Follow Up; Science Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Sep-24
Cheap solar, materials to capture carbon dioxide and a cancer test based on breath
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 28 minutes
Why don’t some things burn?
CrowdScience listener Alix has a burning question - what’s actually happening inside the flames of a campfire to make it glow? And why do some materials burn easily, while others refuse to light at all? To find out, Alex Lathbridge travels to the Fire Research Centre at the University of Edinburgh to (safely) set various things ablaze. He learns about the fundamentals of fire and why things react differently to heat. He then heads to archives of the Royal Institution of London, to see an invention from the... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 48 minutes
Undersea Rovers, Swimming Sperm, Teen Inventor, Soil Judging. Sep 23, 2022, Part 2
Sperm Swim Together To Help Each Other Reach The Egg New research is complicating our understanding of how, exactly, sperm are able to reach eggs. The predominant theory is that sperm compete against each other, with the strongest swimmer fertilizing the egg. But a new study, using cow sperm, suggests that sperm might actually swim together, forming clusters to help each other swim upstream to reach the egg. Researchers created a device that has some of the features of a female reproductive tract, which the... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 48 minutes
Big Ideas In Physics, Saturn’s Rings, Soylent Green. Sep 23, 2022, Part 1
Biden Declares The COVID-19 Pandemic Over. Is It? During an interview with 60 minutes last weekend, President Joe Biden said “the pandemic is over.” “The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with covid, we’re still doing a lot of work on it. But the pandemic is over. If you notice, no one is wearing masks. Everybody seems to be in pretty good shape, “ Biden said at the Detroit auto show. This comment has prompted some dismay from the public health community. The World Health Organization hasn’t declare... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 35 minutes
Overachieving: Stories about going above and beyond
This week we’re being the opposite of overachievers and re-running some classic Story Collider stories. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers are dedicated to going the extra mile for science. Part 1: As a new, super competitive, graduate student Aditi Nadkarni thinks she has the perfect way to impress her advisor and labmates ... until one night it spirals a tiny bit out of control. This story originally aired on July 28, 2013. Part 2: While completing a community service requirement in high schoo... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 6 minutes
These Spiders Use Their Webs like Huge, Silky Ears
These Spiders Use Their Webs like Huge, Silky Ears (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 30 minutes
Terrestrials: The Mastermind
Lulu Miller, intrepid host and fearless mother of two, went off on her own and put together a little something for kids. All kids: hers, yours, and the one still living inside us all. Radiolab for Kids Presents: Terrestrials And it’s spellbinding. So much so, that we wanted to put this audio goodness in front of as many ears as possible. Which is why we’re running the first episode of that series here for you today. It’s called The Mastermind. In it, Sy Montgomery, an author and naturalist, shares the st... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 14 minutes
Rise Of The Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs ruled the earth for many millions of years, but only after a mass extinction took out most of their rivals. Just how that happened remains a mystery — sounds like a case for paleoclimatologist Celina Suarez! Suarez walks us through her scientific detective work, with a little help from her trusty sidekick, scientist-in-residence Regina G. Barber. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 7 minutes
How to Design the Perfect Queue, According to Crowd Science
The line to see Queen Elizabeth II lying in state is snaking across central London. Could it have been done better? (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-23 • 54 minutes
The Milky Way tells its story, raccoon criminal masterminds, back to the water, a medieval hate-crime and a city's summer smells.
A new book lets the Milky Way speak for itself - and it’s kind of a jerk; Watch out for the quiet ones – The smartest racoons are the most docile; 375 million years ago an animal crawled out of the water - then noped right back in; Seventeen bodies found in a medieval well were likely from a 12th century hate-crime; The science of a city’s summer smells; Quirks listener question - Food caching. (@CBCQuirks)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 27 minutes
Should we mine the deep sea?
The first license of its kind has been granted for deep-sea mining. It will be used to run early tests to see whether the seabed could be good place to harvest rare earth materials in the future. These earth minerals are what powers much of our modern technology, and the demand is growing year on year. The license raises ethical questions about whether anyone has ownership over the seabed, and whether we could be disrupting ecosystems under the sea in doing so. We have two experts joining us to discuss the... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 106 minutes
Falling in love with Science
This Week: IgNobel, Anxiety, Blue light, NASA News, Ants, Frogs & Mosquitos, Octopuses, Woodlice, Ancient opium, Microbial name calling, Alzheimer's, Moss, And Much More Science! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 25 minutes
Can wolves form close bonds with humans, and termites degrade wood faster as the world warms
On this week’s show: Comparing human-dog bonds with human-wolf bonds, and monitoring termite decay rates on a global scale | First up on the podcast this week, Online News Editor David Grimm talks with host Sarah Crespi about the bonds between dogs and their human caretakers. Is it possible these bonds started even before domestication? | Also this week, Sarah talks with Amy Zanne, professor and Aresty endowed chair in tropical ecology in the Department of Biology at the University of Miami. They discuss a ... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 27 minutes
Return of the ozone hole
Research on recent extreme fire events shows they have a direct effect on the size of the seasonal ozone hole over Antarctica. Climate scientist Jim Haywood is concerned more frequent and extreme fires predicted by climate models could negate all the work done to reduce the ozone depleting chemical pollutants which became such a concern more than 30 years ago. We look at two very different approaches to marine conservation , and discuss how the combination of monitoring and surveillance technology and e... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 27 minutes
#137 How to turn the shipping industry green; Enceladus passes habitability test
‘Get it Done’ is the theme for this year’s Climate Week in New York, with hundreds of events taking place across the city. Reporter James Dinneen is there, and brings us news about how to reduce the massive impact of the shipping industry on greenhouse gas emissions. NASA’s DART mission is the first real-world planetary defence mission. And on Monday a 500-kilogram satellite will smash into a small asteroid called Dimorphous to try and change its orbit. The team explains what the mission hopes to achie... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: what do fish bones tell us about the Ancestral Puebloans?
Archaeologists have developed new techniques to reconstruct the diet of the Ancestral Pueblo people in the southwestern United States. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 50 minutes
Cool Science Radio | September 22, 2022
This week on Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guests include:Leading business journalist (0:59) Mark Bergen. He writes exclusively about Google for Bloomberg, Businessweek and others. He discusses his new book Like, Comment, Subscribe: Inside YouTube’s Chaotic Rise to World Domination.Then, senior editor of space and physics at Scientific American magazine, (23:12) Lee Billings will discuss what the James Webb space telescope can tell us about Jupiter, Mars, and Earth itself - Now th... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 77 minutes
Fred Spier, "How the Biosphere Works: Fresh Views Discovered While Growing Peppers" (CRC Press, 2022)
How the Biosphere Works: Fresh Views Discovered While Growing Peppers (CRC Press, 2022) offers a simple and novel theoretical approach to understanding the history of the biosphere, including humanity’s place within it. It also helps to clarify what the possibilities and limitations are for future action. This is a subject of wide interest because today we are facing a great many environmental issues, many of which may appear unconnected. Yet all these issues are part of our biosphere. For making plans for ... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 8 minutes
Teaching ‘Selfish’ Wind Turbines to Share Can Boost Productivity
A software update can help turbines become less disruptive to their neighbors and distribute the wind more efficiently. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 17 minutes
Why is the NHS in crisis, and can it be fixed?
Ian Sample hears from acute medicine consultant Dr Tim Cooksley about what’s happening within the NHS, and speaks to the Guardian’s health policy editor, Denis Campbell, about how the UK’s health and social care systems ended up in crisis and whether they can be fixed (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-22 • 14 minutes
Working With Tribes To Co-Steward National Parks
In the final episode of Short Wave's Summer Road Trip series exploring the science happening in national parks and public lands, Aaron talks to National Park Service Director Charles Sams, who recently issued new policy guidance to strengthen the ways the park service collaborates with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes, the Native Hawaiian Community, and other indigenous peoples. It's part of a push across the federal government to increase the level of tribal co-stewardship over public lands. Aaron ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 57 minutes
Miguel Fuentes & Marco Buongiorno Nardelli on Music, Emergence, and Society
One way to frame the science of complexity is as a revelation of the hidden order under seemingly separate phenomena — a teasing-out of music from the noise of history and nature. This effort follows centuries of work to find the rules that structure language, music, and society. How strictly analogous are the patterns governing a symphony and those that describe a social transformation? Math and music are old friends, but new statistical and computational techniques afford the possibility of going even dee... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 20 minutes
Huge dataset shows 80% of US professors come from just 20% of institutions
A decade of data shows how a few institutions train most US professors, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 15 minutes
Did the Big Bang Happen? Brian Keating on The Morning Wire
Newly released photos from the James Webb Space Telescope have allowed scientists to view farther into space, and farther into the past, than ever before. The images emerging are raising questions about the origins of our universe. One viral article from independent scientist Eric Lerner made the rounds on social media in recent weeks with its provocative claim that the Big Bang never happened. We speak to UC San Diego Professor of Cosmology Brian Keating about what the images show, and what we can and can’... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 34 minutes
Jumping the gun
At the 2022 World Athletics Championships, sprinter TyNia Gaither was disqualified for false starting ... after the gun went off. Officials said she started faster than humanly possible. How can that be? 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 choice... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 48 minutes
Geology (ROCKS) Part 2 with Schmitty Thompson
We’re back! Listen to Part 1 first, then hit this follow-up with your favorite geologist Schmitty Thompson, who answers listener questions a-plenty. Such as: What is a geode? Are crystals in gift shops even real? Where’s the best place to look at rocks? Is ice a rock? Plus: rock puns, favorite rocks, best and worst rock names, long hikes, imposter syndrome, lab-grown diamonds, fossilized trees, space rocks, lead poisoning, and puns. Welcome back to Schmitty’s Geology Corner. We’ve been waiting for you. Schm... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 9 minutes
New Reservoirs Could Help Battle Droughts, but at What Cost?
Storing more water to deal with climate change seems like a no-brainer, but such reservoirs are complex undertakings with environmental issues of their own. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 19 minutes
Smologies #15: FAMILY TREES with Stephen Hanks
It’s a shorter, swear-free version of the wonderful Genealogy episode with author Stephen Hanks -- who teaches genealogy classes in Portland, Oregon and has contributed to PBS genealogy documentaries. We chat histories, mysteries, memories and families, plus what ignited his passion for learning about his own history. Also: how to find your family through census records, county archives, and death certificates; which DNA tests he’s taken; our most recent common ancestor; and whether or not he wears a detect... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Sep-21 • 19 minutes
Water Water Everywhere, But How Much Do You Really Need?
On this episode we produced with our colleagues at Life Kit, hosts Aaron Scott and Emily Kwong get to the reality behind the science of hydration. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 37 minutes
Where does your imagination come from?
Picture this: a pickle with a cowboy hat. It has cute little arms and legs -- let’s make them orange. And this pickle is riding a horse on the beach as the sun sets. #PickleLife, am I right? Now think about this: you just imagined that whole scene in your head! | | Imagination can engage every one of our senses. It sprouts from the things we’ve experienced in life, then collages itself into new thoughts… like a pickle on a horse. This episode goes into the far reaches of the brain and examines how imagina... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 88 minutes
Sean Carroll’s Biggest Ideas
Sean Carroll joins me to discuss his magnificent new book, The Biggest Ideas In the Universe. Sean is an American theoretical physicist and philosopher who specializes in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. He is the Homewood Professor of Natural Philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. He has been a contributor to the physics blog Cosmic Variance, and has published in scientific journals such as Nature as well as other publications, including The New York Times, Sky & Telescope and New S... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 7 minutes
The Solar System Is Weird
For a long time our home solar system was all we knew. But since we’ve gotten a better look at other systems near and far, it has become apparent... our solar system is weird. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 39 minutes
The Puzzle of the Plasma Doughnut
What do you get if you smash two hydrogen nuclei together? Helium and lots of energy. That’s no joke – it's nuclear fusion! Nuclear fusion is the power source of the sun and the stars. Physicists and engineers here on earth are trying to build reactors than can harness fusion power to provide limitless clean energy. But it’s tricky... Rutherford and Fry are joined by Dr Melanie Windridge, plasma physicist and CEO of Fusion Energy Insights, who explains why the fourth state of matter – plasma – helps g... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 39 minutes
Popular culture makes radiation seem pretty scary, and frequently it is. But we encounter way more radiation in our day-to-day life than you might think, from radio waves to visible light. Come explore the whole spectrum of radiation on this week's Tangents!And we talk a LOT about The Vampire Diaries, too!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 hel... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 59 minutes
Q&A: Deadly Lasers and Delicious Brains
How many calories are in a human brain? And what would happen if our planet stopped rotating? (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 10 minutes
The Legendary Frank Drake Shaped the Search for Alien Life
The influential astronomer led the hunt for extraterrestrial signals and helped make the field of astrobiology what it is today. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 18 minutes
How will Jacob Rees-Mogg tackle the energy and climate crises?
Against a backdrop of a cost of living crisis caused in part by soaring energy prices, the UK’s new prime minister, Liz Truss, appointed MP Jacob Rees-Mogg as secretary of state for business and energy. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Fiona Harvey about his plans to extract ‘every last drop’ of North Sea oil and gas, and the government’s commitment to green energy (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-20 • 12 minutes
Three Sisters And The Fight Against Alzheimer's Disease
Nearly a decade ago, Karen Douthitt and her sisters June Ward and Susie Gilliam set out to learn why Alzheimer's disease was affecting so many of their family members. Since then, each sister has found out whether she carries a rare gene mutation that makes Alzheimer's inescapable. Jon Hamilton talks to Emily about the sisters and how all three have found ways to help scientists trying to develop treatments for the disease. Thoughts or comments? Get in touch — we're on Twitter @NPRShortWave and on email at ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 10 minutes
Activated patients reduce implicit bias
Izzy Gainsburg and Veronica Derricks discuss how patient activation can disrupt implicit bias in physician-patient interactions. (@PNASNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 111 minutes
211 | Solo: Secrets of Einstein's Equation
Solo podcast explaining Einstein's Equation of general relativity, to celebrate publication of The Biggest Ideas in the Universe. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 54 minutes
Above the Arctic Circle, much of the land is underlaid by permafrost. But climate change is causing it to thaw. This is not good news for the planet. As the carbon rich ground warms, microbes start to feast… releasing greenhouse gases that will warm the Earth even more. Another possible downside was envisioned by a science-fiction author. Could ancient pathogens–released from the permafrost’s icy grip–cause new pandemics? We investigate what happens when the far north defrosts. Guests: Jacquelyn Gill – A... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 34 minutes
674: Piecing Together the Patterns and Processes that are Impacting Ecosystems - Dr. Madhur Anand
Dr. Madhur Anand is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph. She is an ecologist who examines the impacts of global ecological changes on ecosystems. This includes studying how things like climate change,... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 7 minutes
Forget Silicon. This Computer Is Made of Fabric
The jacket can raise and lower its own hood—without chips or batteries—and might one day help disabled wearers move. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-19 • 10 minutes
How Muggy Is It? Check The Dew Point!
Last week, Lauren Sommer talked with Short Wave about the dangerous combination of heat and humidity in the era of climate change and how the heat index can sometimes miss the mark in warning people how hot it will feel. That reminded us of producer Thomas Lu's conversation about relative humidity with Maddie Sofia. He digs into why some meteorologists say it's important to pay attention to dew point temperature and how moisture in the air and temperature influence the way our body "feels" when we're outsi... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-18 • 57 minutes
Science and the causes behind Pakistan’s floods
A new report by the World Weather Attribution consortium demonstrates the impact of global warming on flooding in Pakistan. The consortium are helping to assess the link between humanitarian disasters and global change, faster than ever before. The work, conducted by a team of statisticians, climate experts, and local weather experts, is part of an emerging field in science called Extreme Event Attribution, and can reliably provide assessments in the immediate aftermath of an extreme weather event The rep... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Sep-18 • 73 minutes
Proving the Big Bang Happened with Dr Brian Keating on The Fraser Cain Show
Fraser Cain, science youtuber and publisher www.universetoday.com interviews Dr. Brian Keating. They discussed the evidence for the Big Bang and the impact of James Webb Space Telescope on our current understanding of the Universe. See the video version here. www.universetoday.com Connect with me: 🏄‍♂️ 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://briankeati... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-18 • 12 minutes
When malaria policy gets personal
To say that malaria elimination is close to home for Varunika Ruwanpura is an understatement. | | Her mum literally gave birth to her while sick with malaria. | | Varunika is now lending a hand in the fight for elimination. | | She's chosen to focus on health policy – it might sound a little unsexy at first, but as she explains, it's a powerful tool many of us don't think about enough. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
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The Skeptics Guide #897 - Sep 17 2022
Is It Real: Ear Snake; News Items: What Children Believe, Health Effects of Gas Stoves, Neanderthal Brains, Synthetic Microbiome, UFO Videos Classified; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Climate Nihilism; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Sep-17
UN Peacekeepers train with virtual reality, drones for the battlefield and the transformation of Newcastle
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 28 minutes
Is there a language of laughter?
Laugh and the world laughs with you, or so you might think. But watch any good comedian on TV by yourself and chances are you’ll laugh a lot less than if you were sat in a lively comedy crowd watching the same comedian in the flesh. But why is that? Do people from different cultures and corners of the world all laugh at the same things? These are questions raised by CrowdScience listener Samuel in Ghana who wonders why he’s always cracking up more easily than those around him. Presenter Caroline Steel dig... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 47 minutes
Artemis Update, Stellar Art, AI for Mammography, Smoky Grapes, Harvesting Water From Air. Sept 16, 2022, Part 2
Pulling Water From Thin Air? It’s Materials Science, Not Magic. You’ve probably seen a magic trick in which a performer makes a playing card, coin, or even a rabbit appear out of thin air. Writing in the journal Nature Communications, researchers at UT Austin describe an experiment where they seem to pull water out of dry air—but it’s not magic, and it’s not a trick. Carefully applied materials science and engineering allows the team to extract as much as six liters of water per day from one kilogram of the... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 47 minutes
How Do Antidepressants Work, Genetic Testing For Depression. Sept 16, 2022, Part 1
Why The Owner of Patagonia Gave Away The Whole Company Earlier this week, the founder and owner of Patagonia Yvon Chouinard—the company known for their famous puffer jackets and outdoor gear—gave away the whole company. Who’d he give it to? The Earth. “Hopefully this will influence a new form of capitalism that doesn’t end up with a few rich people and a bunch of poor people,” Chouinard told David Gelles for The New York Times. “We are going to give away the maximum amount of money to people who are activel... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 34 minutes
Unconventional Friendships: Stories about unlikely pairs
Science is filled with weird and wonderful bonds, like Bubbles the African Elephant and Bella the Black Labrador or potassium and argon. In this week’s classic episode, both our storytellers share stories of times when they made an unexpected connection. Part 1: Journalist Jon Ronson is excited when he hears about some 'sentient' robots, but when he goes to interview them he finds both less and more than he ever expected. This story originally aired on March 10, 2013. Part 2: When The Colbert Report calls a... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 16 minutes
For many of us, quicksand was once a real fear — it held a vise grip on our imaginations, from childish sandbox games to grown-up anxieties about venturing into unknown lands. But these days, quicksand can't even scare an 8-year-old. In this short, we try to find out why. Then-Producer Soren Wheeler introduces us to Dan Engber, writer and columnist for Slate, now with The Atlantic. Dan became obsessed with quicksand after happening upon a strange fact: kids are no longer afraid of it. In this episode, Dan ... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 10 minutes
Why Pain Feels Worse at Night
Many people report that their aches and pains intensify when they’re trying to sleep, but new research into the circadian clock helps explain this mystery. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 54 minutes
10,000 steps really are good for you, Astronomers thrilled by JWST, garbage picking cockatoos, on thin ice with Canadian glaciologists and red skies at night?
Science says 10,000 steps are actually a health benefit sweet spot; What the James Webb Space Telescope really saw this summer; Garbage-picking Australian cockatoos are in an arms race with homeowners; Scientists get back to work on Canada’s Glaciers after COVID interruptions; Quirks listener question - Red sky at night? (@CBCQuirks)
podcast image2022-Sep-16 • 13 minutes
How Freaked Out Should We Be About Ukraine's Nuclear Plant?
The world has been warily watching the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine. The nuclear complex is being held by Russian forces, while the plant itself is being run by an increasingly ragged and exhausted Ukrainian workforce. Shells have fallen on the complex, and external power sources have been repeatedly knocked out, endangering the system that cools the nuclear reactors and raising the specter of a meltdown. NPR's Kat Lonsdorf reports from inside Ukraine. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 121 minutes
It's Time for Science Potty Talk
This Week: Vomit, Poop, Cells, Crying Babies, General Relativity, Cryptococcus Neoformans, Interview with Bryn Nelson RE: Poop!, Cockatoos VS Humans, Camouflage, Mimicking Exercise, Virtual Reality, And Much More Science! | The post 14 September, 2022 – Episode 892 – It’s Time for Science Potty Talk appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 30 minutes
Science and the causes behind Pakistan’s floods
A new report by the World Weather Attribution consortium demonstrates the impact of global warming on flooding in Pakistan. The consortium is helping to assess the link between humanitarian disasters and global change, faster than ever before. The work, conducted by a team of statisticians, climate experts, and local weather experts, is part of an emerging field in science called Extreme Event Attribution, and can reliably provide assessments in the immediate aftermath of an extreme weather event The repo... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 27 minutes
Testing planetary defenses against asteroids, and building a giant ‘water machine’
On this week’s show: NASA’s unprecedented asteroid-deflection mission, and making storage space for fresh water underground in Bangladesh | First up on the podcast this week, News Intern Zack Savitsky joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about the upcoming NASA mission, dubbed the Double Asteroid Redirection Test, that aims to ram a vending machine–size spacecraft into an asteroid and test out ideas about planetary defense. | Also this week, Sarah talks with Mohammad Shamsudduha, an associate professor in humani... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 31 minutes
A Possible Sequel to the Dinosaur Armageddon
Did the Chicxulub meteor that did for the dinosaurs have a smaller companion? Dr Uisdean Nicholson and Professor Sean Gulick talk to Vic Gill about the newly discovered Nadir Crater. Located on the other side of the Atlantic, it’s raising questions about whether Earth was bombarded with not one, but two, meteors on the day the dinosaurs were wiped out. Back in January, the Hunga-Tonga Hunga-Ha’apai volcano in Tonga erupted explosively, triggering a massive tsunami across the Pacific. Now, engineers are rem... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: This invasive plant is destroying the Great Salt Lake wetlands
A team of wetland researchers at Utah State University are extending the scientifically sound information to engage land managers and policymakers, bringing knowledge the importance of wetlands to arenas beyond academia. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 24 minutes
#136 A step towards building artificial life; solar-powered slugs
Ribosomes are tiny protein-making factories found inside cells, and a crucial component of life. And now a team of scientists has figured out how to make them self-replicate outside of cells. Without getting all Mary Shelley, the team says this is a step towards creating artificial life.On a trip to the Isles of Scilly, Rowan found a spectacular lifeform of the week. On the shores of Porthcressa beach on St Mary’s island, he found a solar-powered sea slug, with the help of Scott and Samaya of Scilly Rockpoo... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio | September 15, 2022
On today's Cool Science Radio, hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guests will be:(01:00) Russell Foster who has written Life Time: Your Body Clock and Its Essential Roles in Good Health and Sleep. A guide to using the science of the body clock to promote better sleep, better health, and better thinking.(29:09) Then, National Geographic Explorers Steve Winter and Sharon Guynup. Their new book: The Ultimate Book of Big Cats: Your Guide to The Secret Lives of These Fierce, Fabulous Felines. (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 21 minutes
Beronda L. Montgomery, "Lessons from Plants" (Harvard UP, 2021)
We know that plants are important. They maintain the atmosphere by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen. They nourish other living organisms and supply psychological benefits to humans as well, improving our moods and beautifying the landscape around us. But plants don't just passively provide. They also take action. Beronda L. Montgomery explores the vigorous, creative lives of organisms often treated as static and predictable. In fact, plants are masters of adaptation. They "know" what and who th... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 9 minutes
Humanity Is Doing Its Best Impression of a Black Hole
Daniel Holz studies the universe’s ultimate catastrophes. And he knows a thing or two about existential threats on Earth, since he helps set the Doomsday Clock. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 12 minutes
How air pollution is changing our view of cancer
A groundbreaking new study has revealed how air pollution can cause lung cancer, and promises to rewrite our understanding of the disease. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Hannah Devlin about how scientists uncovered the link (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-15 • 11 minutes
Heat Can Take A Deadly Toll On Humans
Heat—it's common in summer in much of the world, but it's getting increasingly more lethal as climate change causes more extreme heat. NPR climate correspondent Lauren Sommer talks with Short Wave's Regina G. Barber about how human bodies cope with extended extreme heat and how current information on how hot it feels need updating.Follow Short Wave on Twitter @NPRShortWave. Or email us — we're at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 20 minutes
Complex synthetic cells bring scientists closer to artificial cellular life
Researchers craft artificial cells from polymers and bacterial components, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 13 minutes
Graduate Student's Side Project Proves Prime Number Conjecture
Jared Duker Lichtman, 26, has proved a longstanding conjecture relating prime numbers to a broad class of “primitive” sets. To his adviser, it came as a “complete shock.” Read more at quantamagazine.org. Music is “Thought Bot” by Audionautix. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 63 minutes
Geology (ROCKS) Part 1 with Schmitty Thompson
What is a rock? How big is a boulder? Why are they pretty and heavy? It’s rock talk with a true enthusiast, the charming and beloved Geologist Schmitty Thompson. Schmitty walks us through different types of rocks, minerals, geological formations, roadside wonders, countertop crystals, stone skipping, and why you should stare lovingly into a pit of gravel. There were so many listener questions, we had to make this a two-parter people. So roll up a boulder, take a seat, and enjoy Schmitty’s Geology Corner. Al... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 38 minutes
An Alzheimer's uproar
This past July, a bombshell report in Science magazine suggested that a key Alzheimer’s study might have contained manipulated evidence. What does this mean for over a decade's worth of research? And where does the field go from here? 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 ... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 61 minutes
History, Space, and Getting Things Wrong
In today’s episode of How To Be Wrong we welcome Dr. Steven Dick, retired Chief Historian at NASA and one of the leading historians of space exploration. Our conversation ranges from Steve’s experiences having his initial dissertation proposal rejected as not focusing on a “legitimate” topic (the history of thinking about extraterrestrials) to his experiences at NASA following the Columbia disaster. Our conversation also moves into one of the more serious problems of our time—the growing tendency of science... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 10 minutes
This Follicle-Hacking Drug Could One Day Treat Baldness
Researchers are working on an injectable that could get dormant follicles growing again. Trials on mice show promise. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-14 • 11 minutes
What The Universe Is Doing RIGHT NOW
A century ago, astronomers were locked in a debate about the scope of our universe. Were we it? The answer is no. There are other galaxies beyond the Milky Way, and they are speeding away from us. Answering that question left astronomers with an even bigger puzzle. Why is everything sprinting away from us and what does that mean for the center of the universe? Today, Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber brings back astronomer Dr. Vicky Scowcroft for the final episode in our series on cosmic distances and... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 30 minutes
Where do accents come from?
Today we're looking at why there are so many different ways to pronounce the same words and where our accents come from. How did British and American accents become different? Why do some kids have different accents than their parents? We're going to answer these questions and find out how our accents tell the stories of our communities and our ancestors. Plus: A brand new mystery sound! | | This episode is sponsored by: | | Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions a... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 7 minutes
Doubling down — taking a second look at the mystery of doppelgängers
Dr Karl explains how artificial intelligence detects and distinguishes between look-alikes. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 42 minutes
From mighty lions to postal workers, presidents to pelicans, they all have one thing in common: they were once tiny little babies! And so, too, were all the Tangents panelists, who celebrate their humble, squishy, helpless origins this week by talking all things baby!Witness Hank learn about the "I'm baby" meme, thrill as you find out which Pokemon Yung Gravey most exemplifies, and almost puke at our grossest butt fact yet! Is this our best episode ever? Well, according to Hank it is! And he's the CEO of a ... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 37 minutes
The Riddle of Red-Eyes and Runny-Noses
Sneezes, wheezes, runny noses and red eyes - this episode is all about allergies. An allergic reaction is when your immune system reacts to something harmless – like peanuts or pollen – as if it was a parasitic invader. It’s a case of biological mistaken identity. Professor Judith Holloway from the University of Southampton guides our sleuths through the complex immune pathways that make allergies happen and tells the scary story of when she went into anaphylactic shock from a rogue chocolate bar. ... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 7 minutes
Greenland’s Melting Glaciers Spew a Complicated Treasure: Sand
Meltwater from the island’s ice sheet is loaded with the right kind of sand for concrete production—which further warms the planet. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 7 minutes
Unvaxxed Kids and 8 Days a Week (of Isolation): COVID, Quickly, Episode 38
This is our second back-to-school special episode of COVID. Quickly . Today we talk about two big issues: the low vaccination rates among the littlest kids and how long you should quarantine after being sick (actually). (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 31 minutes
You can't teach an old dogma new tricks
The institutionalised falsities that still plague scientific study today. (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 12 minutes
Why do we grieve the death of public figures?
Ian Sample talks to Prof Michael Cholbi about what grief is, how losing a public figure can have such a profound impact on our lives,​​ and why there’s value in grieving (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-13 • 11 minutes
When Should I Get My Omicron Booster Shot?
Updated COVID boosters are now available that target the Omicron subvariant and many Americans 12 and older are eligible for the shot. Host Emily Kwong and health correspondent Allison Aubrey talk about who should get it, when, and whether there's a case to be made for skipping this booster. You can read more about Allison's reporting at "Omicron boosters: Do I need one, and if so, when?" Follow Short Wave on Twitter @NPRShortWave. You can also email us at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 68 minutes
210 | Randall Munroe on Imagining What If...?
I talk with Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, about the art and science of answering wild hypothetical questions. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 70 minutes
Karen Hunger Parshall, "The New Era in American Mathematics, 1920–1950" (Princeton UP, 2022)
In The New Era in Mathematics, 1920-1950 (Princeton University Press, 2022) Karen Parshall explores the institutional, financial, social, and political forces that shaped and supported the American Mathematics community in the first half of the twentieth century. Drawing from extensive archival and primary-source research, Professor Parshall uncovers the key players in American mathematics who worked together to effect change. She highlights the educational, professional, philanthropic, and governmental ent... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 54 minutes
Like Lightning
Every second, lightning strikes 50 to 100 times somewhere. It can wreak havoc by starting wildfires and sometimes killing people. But lightning also produces a form of nitrogen that’s essential to vegetation. In this episode, we talk about the nature of these dramatic sparks. Ben Franklin established their electric origin, so what do we still not know? Also, why the frequency of lightning strikes is increasing in some parts of the world. And, what to do if you find someone hit by lightning. Guests: Thomas Y... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 39 minutes
673: Exploring Pain Science Education and Pain Management in Children - Dr. Joshua Pate
Dr. Joshua Pate is a Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia. He is also a pain researcher, Children's book author, and co-founder of One Thing, a video platform where pain experts share key insights that can help... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 7 minutes
To Fight Severe Drought, China Is Turning to Technology
The country is exploring cloud seeding, GM crops, and a multibillion-dollar water-transfer system to address its worst water shortages on record. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-12 • 13 minutes
Name That Tune! Why The Brain Remembers Songs
Why do some songs can stick with us for a long time, even when other memories start to fade? Science reporter (and former Short Wave intern) Rasha Aridi explains the neuroscience behind that surprising moment of, "Wow, how do I still remember that song?!" (Encore) (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-11 • 72 minutes
Brian Keating on the Abhijit Chavda Podcast: Big Bang Theory, Alien Life, Cosmology, and the Nobel Prize
Brian is interviewed by Abhijit Chavda. Abhijit is a theoretical physicist, technologist, writer and host of the #AskAbhijit podcast and youtube channel. His work in theoretical physics involves research on the topics of dark matter, dark energy, black hole physics, quantum gravity and physical cosmology. He has authored and co-authored several research papers on these topics. He discusses a variety of eclectic topics including: Indian & world history, science, geopolitics, power, culture, art, education, t... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-11 • 11 minutes
Pig-nosed turtles, rabid poodles and other adventures in ecology
What makes a pig-nosed turtle's flippers so special? | | What's the most dangerous creature you'll encounter on a research trip to the Amazon jungle? | | What's the optimum age for freaking your kids out with wildlife cosplay? | | Carla Eisemberg has the answers to all these questions and more as she gives us a tour of what it's like to be an ecology researcher and teacher. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Sep-11 • 63 minutes
The genetics of human intelligence
Early humans and Neanderthals had similar-sized brains but around 6 million years ago something happened that gave us the intellectual edge. The answer may lie in a tiny mutation in a single gene that meant more neurons could develop in a crucial part of the brain. Post-doctoral research scientist at the Max Plank Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Anneline Pinson, did the heavy lifting on the research under the supervision of Wieland Huttner. They discuss with Roland how this finding offers a maj... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Sep-10
Testing Einstein, designing a lunar rover and help for stretched emergency departments
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-10
The Skeptics Guide #896 - Sep 10 2022
Quickie with Bob: Frank Drake; News Items: MOXIE Follow Up, Talk More, EMDR Update, Did Giant Meteorites Create Continents, Death by Herbal Remedy; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Sep-10 • 31 minutes
Can animals count?
Mathematics and our ability to describe the world in terms of number, shape and measurement may feel like a uniquely human ability. But is it really? Listener Mamadu from Sierra Leone wants to know: can animals count too? CrowdScience presenter Marnie Chesterton goes on a hunt to uncover the numerical abilities of the animal kingdom. Can wild lions compare different numbers? Can you teach bees to recognise and choose specific amounts? And if the answer is yes, how do they do it? Marnie tries to find out j... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 47 minutes
Fish Kills, Potential Sulfuric Acid Shortage, Goats for Invasives Control. Sep 9, 2022, Part 1
COVID-19’s Lingering Toll On The Heart As new omicron-specific boosters against COVID-19 unroll in cities around the US, research is revealing more about the longterm consequences of even one infection with the SARS-CoV2 virus. Writing this week in Nature Medicine, a team of researchers from Germany describe finding long-lasting signs of heart disorders in the majority of recovered patients in their study group–even up to nearly a year later. FiveThirtyEight’s Maggie Koerth joins Ira to describe the researc... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 56 minutes
Remembering Frank Drake, History of Air Conditioning. Sep 9, 2022, Part 2
The Hot And Cold Past Of The Air Conditioner In the Northeast, the leaves have started changing colors, heralding the season of pumpkins, sweaters, and the smell of woodsmoke. But in some parts of the country, the heat hasn’t let up. In cities like Dallas, Phoenix, and Miami, temperatures were up in the high 80s and low 90s this week—and with climate change, the U.S. is only getting hotter. But humans have come up with an ingenious way to keep the heat at bay: air conditioning. Widely considered one of the ... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 8 minutes
Listen to Images from the James Webb Space Telescope
Listen to Images from the James Webb Space Telescope (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 40 minutes
Strength in Numbers: Stories from Latasha Wright
In this week’s episode, we have not one, but two stories from Story Collider’s board member Latasha Wright. This is her fourth story featured on our podcast and her fifth story she’s told for The Story Collider! Part 1: Biologist Latasha Wright is at work one day when she suddenly begins to experience intense pain. Part 2: Just before she leaves for her dream opportunity to teach marine science on the Red Sea, Latasha Wright gets a call that puts her plans in jeopardy. This story originally aired on Februar... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 30 minutes
40,000 Recipes for Murder
Two scientists realize that the very same AI technology they have developed to discover medicines for rare diseases can also discover the most potent chemical weapons known to humankind. Inadvertently opening the Pandora’s Box of WMDs. What should they do now? Special thanks to, Xander Davies, Timnit Gebru, Jessica Fjeld, Bert Gambini and Charlotte Hsu Episode Credits: Reported by Latif Nasser Produced by Matt Kielty Original music and sound design contributed by Matt Kielty Mixing help from Arianne Wack Fa... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: what makes these berries blue?
An exciting new paper has documented the biology and evolutionary history behind blue food, revealing the complex ways that plants have evolved their distinctive colors. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 13 minutes
Can a Particle Accelerator Trace the Origins of Printing?
Movable metal type is often traced back to Gutenberg’s workshop, but its history is far older in Asia. Researchers are using atomic-scale tools to rewrite the narrative. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 29 minutes
First known amputation uncovered in Borneo
And the rest of your weekly dose of science news and views... (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 54 minutes
Quirks & Quarks Science in the Field special
This week we launch our season with our Summer in the Field program. For many of us, summer is the time for things like beaches, bike rides, and BBQs. For many scientists, however, summertime is also when they are at their busiest, travelling to remote locations to get up close and personal with nature. | | On today’s show you’ll hear from a marine biologist studying the recovery of sea stars from a devastating wasting disease, wetland scientists working with indigenous land guardians to map landscapes for... (@CBCQuirks)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 13 minutes
The Race To Rescue The Guadalupe Fescue
Big Bend National Park in Texas is home to the only remaining Guadalupe fescue in the United States. The grass is tucked away in the Chisos Mountains, high above the Chihuahuan Desert. These mountaintops form a string of relatively wet, cool oases called "sky islands" — unique, isolated habitats. But as the planet warms, species that depend on "sky island" habitats tend to get pushed even higher up the mountain — until they eventually run out. Carolyn Whiting, Park Botanist at Big Bend, talks to host Aaron ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-09 • 119 minutes
Janice Fiamengo: Feminism, Anti-Feminism, and Common Sense
As I describe in the introduction to our discussion, I first learned about Janice Fiamengo by watching an incredible series of videos she produced called The Fiamengo Files. Not surprisingly, because they presented a well-reasoned approach to various hot-button social justice issues, these videos were taken down YouTube. No worries, like the proverbial Phoenix, The Fiamengo Files II emerged and can be found. Janice, a retired Professor of English at the University of Ottawa, calls herself an anti-feminis... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 114 minutes
What Is The Rain Shadow Effect?
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Patience, Galling Wasps, Albatross, Human Pollution, Stock Markets and Cannabis, Concussion Skull, Drumming Chimpanzees, Rain Shadow Effect, Plastic Pollution, Gut-Brain Circuits, Axolotl Brains, (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 31 minutes
The genetics of human intelligence
Early humans and Neanderthals had similar-sized brains but around 6 million years ago something happened that gave us the intellectual edge. The answer may lie in a tiny mutation in a single gene that meant more neurons could develop in a crucial part of the brain. Post-doctoral research scientist at the Max Plank Institute of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Anneline Pinson, did the heavy lifting on the research under the supervision of Wieland Huttner. They discuss with Roland how this finding offers a maj... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 24 minutes
Why the fight against malaria has stalled in southern Africa, and how to look for signs of life on Mars
On this week’s show: After years of steep declines, researchers are investigating why malaria deaths have plateaued, and testing the stability of biosignatures in space | First up on the podcast this week, freelance science journalist Leslie Roberts joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss why malaria deaths have plateaued in southern Africa, despite years of declines in deaths and billions of dollars spent. Leslie visited Mozambique on a global reporting grant from the Pulitzer Center where researchers are inves... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 28 minutes
Amplified Arctic Amplification and Microclot Clues to Post-Viral Disease
Professor Anna Hogg joins us on today’s programme for some polar explorations, we speak to one team recalculating arctic warming estimates and another who are storm chasing in Svalbard. Antii Lipponen from the Finnish Meterological Institute talks us through how quickly the arctic is really warming and Professor John Methven and PhD student Hannah Croad from the University of Reading send greetings from Svalbard where they’re chasing arctic storms. Also, new evidence for a possible biomarker of ME/Chronic ... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 28 minutes
#135 The Amazon passes a tipping point; a place to live only 100 light years away
The Amazon rainforest may have passed the tipping point that will flip it into savannah. A new report suggests that large portions of the rainforest have been either degraded or destroyed, which could have disastrous consequences. The team hears from the Science Panel for the Amazon, who say we must step in now to support regeneration efforts. If you’re looking for a drummer for your new band, you might want to hire a chimp. The team hears recordings of chimps drumming on the buttresses of tree roots i... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 51 minutes
Cool Science Radio | September 8, 2022
Today on Cool Science Radio hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek’s guests include:(0:56) Michael Kim, Chief Information Officer at a company called MultiPlan that develops artificial intelligence that uses machine learning to lower healthcare costs by reducing out-of-network claims and cost burdens.Then Pulitzer Prize finalist (26:00) Katherine Blunt who has written California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric -and what it means for America's Power Grid. In the book she adresses Pacific Gas & Ele... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 54 minutes
Elise Vernon Pearlstine, "Scent: A Natural History of Fragrance" (Yale UP, 2022)
Plants have long harnessed the chemical characteristics of aromatic compounds to shape the world around them. Frankincense resin from the genus Boswellia seals injured tissues and protects trees from invading pathogens. Jasmine produces a molecule called linalool that attracts pollinating moths with its flowery scent. Tobacco uses a similarly sweet-smelling compound called benzyl acetone to attract pollinators. Only recently in the evolutionary history of plants, however, have humans learned to co-opt their... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 31 minutes
On Thomas Kuhn's "The Structure of Scientific Revolutions"
In 1962, American philosopher of science Thomas Kuhn published The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn was struck by Aristotle’s beliefs about motion. Actually, he thought that those theories didn’t make any sense. But he also knew that Aristotle was one of the smartest philosophers of the ancient world. Kuhn realized that if Aristotle was stuck within his own way of seeing the world, then so are we. His ideas about scientific revolutions changed the way we perceive and teach science. Samuel J. Gershm... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 66 minutes
Oreamnology (MOUNTAIN GOATS ARE NOT GOATS) with Julie Cunningham
Mountain goats are not goats. And there’s only one living species, Oreamnos americanus. WHAT?? Montana-based wildlife biologist and Oreamnologist Julie Cunningham counts mountain goats from helicopters, traps and tests them for science, and spends even her off days searching for them on mountaintops. We cover their population, sensual mating habits, the feel of their wool, pungent goatwhiff, tips for hikers and how these animals defy gravity scaling near-vertical cliffs. Oh also, why your favorite trail mig... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 11 minutes
Is the Psychedelic Therapy Bubble About to Burst?
A new paper argues that excitement has veered into misinformation—and scientists should be the ones to set things straight. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 16 minutes
Could a new vaccine tackle rising rates of Lyme disease?
As cases of tick-borne Lyme disease grow around the world, a new vaccine will soon be tested on thousands of volunteers. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Dr Eoin Healy about what causes Lyme disease and how the vaccine works, and hears from a special guest about their own experience of getting ill with the disease. (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-08 • 13 minutes
Short Wave Goes To The Circus
Julia Ruth has a pretty cool job: it takes a lot of strength, a lot of balance, and a surprising amount of physics. As a circus artist, Julia 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. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 69 minutes
Nick Bostrom: Superintelligence
Nick Bostrom is a Swedish-born philosopher at the University of Oxford known for his work on existential risk, the anthropic principle, human enhancement ethics, superintelligence risks, and the reversal test. In 2011, he founded the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology and is the founding director of the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. In 2009 and 2015, he was included in Foreign Policy's Top 100 Global Thinkers list. Bostrom is the author of over 200 publications, a... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 22 minutes
Missing foot reveals world’s oldest amputation
A 31,000-year-old skeleton shows evidence of complex surgery, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 50 minutes
Georg Striedter, "Model Systems in Biology: History, Philosophy, and Practical Concerns" (MIT Press, 2022)
Biomedical research using various animal species and in vitro cellular systems has resulted in both major successes and translational failure. In Model Systems in Biology: History, Philosophy, and Practical Concerns (MIT Press, 2022), comparative neurobiologist Georg Striedter examines how biomedical researchers have used animal species and in vitro cellular systems to understand and develop treatments for human diseases ranging from cancer and polio to Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Although there ... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 51 minutes
Survival of the Leftest: Should We Embrace Behavioural Genetics?
Can genetics play a role in crafting left social policy? Or should we not touch those ideas ever again–even with a 10 foot pole? Paige Harden’s book, “The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality” makes a forceful case for an egalitarian politics informed by DNA. However, geneticist Joseph Graves critiqued the book, arguing that we do not need sophisticated genetic knowledge to make a more socially just world. On this episode managing producer Marc Apollonio guest hosts, talking to both. ———————... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 10 minutes
The Long, Leguminous Quest to Give Crops Nitrogen Superpowers
Farmers have to apply heaps of emissions-heavy fertilizer to provide crops with enough nitrogen. Scientists are looking to legumes for help. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-07 • 15 minutes
'Scallop Discos': How Some Glitzy Lights Could Lead To A Low-Impact Fishery
Scientists in the UK have discovered that if they take a pot meant for catching crabs and just add some bright lights, scallops flock through the door like it's Studio 54. Scallops are normally fished via trawling or dredging—methods that can cause lasting damage to delicate seafloor ecosystems. So this accidental discovery (the lights were initially added to attract crab) could have a significant impact on scallop fishing. We talk with one of the scientists, Robert Enever of Fishtek Marine, a company that ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 10 minutes
How bumblebees respond to noxious stimuli
Matilda Gibbons, Lars Chittka and Jonathan Birch discuss the possibility that bumblebees may feel pain. (@PNASNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 27 minutes
Get a whiff of that: Why you smell like you
Have you ever noticed that different people have different scents? Go on, sniff your friend, we’ll wait. Today’s episode dives nose-first into what makes up our personal scents. With the help of Candace, a one-of-a-kind candle maker interested in making podcast-scented candles, we get the lowdown on body odor. We’ll also hear about super-sniffing animals and some other creatures that thrive on stink. And there’s a new Mystery Sound -- this one is definitely not a stinker! | | This episode is sponsored by: ... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 7 minutes
Look twice — why it's worth doing a double-take on your doppelgänger
The term 'doppelgänger' goes back centuries, but in recent years the internet has made it much easier to find your look-alike (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 39 minutes
Coral Reefs
Summer is just about over, but we can all cling to those warm, tropical feelings for at least one more week as we strap on our scuba gear and take a dive into the wild world of coral reefs! Scuba!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/SciShowTangentsto 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 n... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 36 minutes
The Problem of Infinite Pi(e)
Hungry for pi? Chow down on this! Pi is the ratio between a circle’s diameter and its circumference. Sounds dull – but pi turns out to have astonishing properties and crop up in places you would never expect. For a start, it goes on forever and never repeats, meaning it probably contains your name, date of birth, and the complete works of Shakespeare written in its digits. Maths comedian Matt Parker stuns Adam with his ‘pie-endulum’ experiment, in which a chicken and mushroom pie is dangled 2.45m to fo... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 7 minutes
Swarms of Satellites Are Tracking Illegal Fishing and Logging
In some of the world’s most inaccessible places, tiny satellites are watching—and listening—for signs of destruction. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 13 minutes
What could go wrong at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant?
The recent shelling of attack of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant – Europe’s largest – has triggered international concern. But what are the risks of a nuclear disaster? Ian Sample speaks to Prof Claire Corkhill about what will happen if the plant loses power, and how a nuclear meltdown could be avoided (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 36 minutes
The Microbiome: Trust Your Gut?
How the bugs living inside us could contribute towards our health and disease (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-06 • 12 minutes
Surf's Always Up — In Waco, Texas
Some of the world's best artificial waves are happening hundreds of miles from the ocean—in Waco, Texas. They're so good, they're attracting top professionals, casual riders and a science correspondent named Jon Hamilton. Jon's been following the wave technology for years and says the progress is huge. These days, pro surfers come from all over to try the "Freak Peak" of Waco. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-05 • 84 minutes
209 | Brad DeLong on Why the 20th Century Fell Short of Utopia
I talk with economist Brad DeLong about his new economic history of the long 20th century. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Sep-05 • 89 minutes
John Measey, "How to Publish in Biological Sciences: A Guide for the Uninitiated" (CRC Press, 2022)
Listen to this interview of John Measey, Researcher at the Centre for Invasion Biology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. We talk about the needs of early-career researchers and also about our need for early-career researchers. John Measey : "What we really need to know is what a scientific journal is for and what we want it to be for. So, we know, more or less, what it was for and where it came from, but what do we want that to be in the twenty-first century, and how will the journal meet rigor, indep... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Sep-05 • 54 minutes
Coming to Our Animal Senses
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... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Sep-05 • 39 minutes
672: Scientific Simulations in Stream and Ecosystem Synergies - Dr. Naomi Tague
Dr. Christina (Naomi) Tague is an Associate Professor of ecoHydrology in the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Naomi is an ecohydrologist who studies how water, vegetation, and climate... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Sep-04 • 55 minutes
The China Heatwave and the New Normal
Hot on the tail of China’s heatwave comes the other side of the extreme coin – tragic flooding. Also, a coming global shortage of sulfur, while scientists produce useful oxygen on Mars in the MOXIE experiment. Prof Chunzai Wang is the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography in Guangzhou, China. He tells Roland about the surprising nature of the extreme temperatures and droughts much of China has been experiencing, and how they are connected to so many of the record-breaking weather ev... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Sep-04 • 11 minutes
The value of communicating science well
If a tree falls in a forest and there's no one around to hear it… you've heard this one before, haven't you? | | What about if someone does a groundbreaking bit of science, but no one finds out about it? | | Tom Carruthers makes the case for, not just good science, but good science communication. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Sep-03 • 43 minutes
How to Teach Maths
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Sara Pascoe and the very numerate Prof Hannah Fry, maths comedian Matt Parker and statistician Prof David Spiegelhalter for a unique maths class. Are some of us just innately bad at maths or can everyone get to grips with algebra and calculus? What do our panel wish they'd been taught at school, and what is the key to a life-long love of numbers? Get your calculators ready! Executive Producer: Alexandra Feachem (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Sep-03
2022 Eureka science awards, new insights in the giant dinos and AI concerns
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-03 • 63 minutes
Errors in the Big Bang Never Happened
There's been speculation in the popular press, primarily by Eric Lerner ( @LPPFusion ), claiming the Big Bang never happened. Supposedly, new data from the James Webb Space Telescope presents a 'crisis' for an old universe that emerged from a hot dense plasma, in favor of a much more ancient cosmology -- a plasma cosmology. Prof. Lewis and I will present flaws in Eric Lerner's article, loosely based on his 30-year-old book of nearly the same name, "The Big Bang Never Happened", and evidence that contradicts... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Sep-03
The Skeptics Guide #895 - Sep 3 2022
Interview with Dr. Seema Yasmin; News Items: Hot Summer, Tear Down this Paywall, Volcano Catastrophe, Solar Energy Update; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 71 minutes
Steven Teles & Rajiv Sethi on Jailbreaking The Captured Economy (EPE 04)
As the old nut goes, “To the victor goes the spoils.” But if each round of play consolidates the spoils into fewer hands, eventually it comes to pass that wealthy special interests twist the rules so much it undermines the game itself. When economic power overtakes the processes of democratic governance, growth stagnates, and the rift between the rich and poor becomes abyssal. Desperate times and desperate measures jeopardize the fabric of society. How might nonpartisan approaches to this wicked problem hel... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 41 minutes
What 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 ... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 47 minutes
New COVID Vaccines, “Nope” Creature, NJ Toxic Site, Germicidal Coating. Sep 2, 2022, Part 1
New, Extra Protective COVID Vaccines Are On The Way Earlier this week, the FDA approved brand new COVID-19 vaccines from both Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech that are designed to better protect people from the BA.4 and BA.5 omicron subvariants. At the same time, the U.S. is scaling back free testing and precautionary measures, putting more pressure on vaccines. Casey Crownhart, a climate and technology reporter at MIT Technology Review, joins Ira to talk about COVID updates and other science news of the week. T... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 47 minutes
When Life Begins, Open Access Research, Wasps. Sep 2, 2022, Part 2
Why Is It So Hard To Agree On When Human Life Starts? After decades of deliberations involving physicians, bioethicists, attorneys, and theologians, a U.S. presidential commission in 1981 settled on a scientifically derived dividing line between life and death that has endured, more or less, ever since: A person was considered dead when the entire brain—including the brainstem, its most primitive portion—was no longer functioning, even if other vital functions could be maintained indefinitely through artifi... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 29 minutes
COVID Vaccines and Coffee Cups in Hot Water
The Moderna vs Pfizer legal battle, why first impressions count and cancer risk in coffee drinkers explored (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 31 minutes
Phobias: Stories about fears
If someone tells you they’re not afraid of anything, they’re a liar. As the wise Nelson Mandela once said: "The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear." In this week’s episode, both our storytellers face their fears, no matter how irrational. Part 1: Steve Whyte decides to try exposure therapy to overcome his fear of germs. Part 2: Dave Kalema realizes he’s failed to outrun his lifelong fear of addiction. Steve Whyte thought he had it all figured out until he left the wo... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 33 minutes
Rodney v. Death
In the fall of 2004, Jeanna Giese checked into the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin with a set of puzzling symptoms... and her condition was deteriorating fast. By the time Dr. Rodney Willoughby saw her, he only knew one thing for sure: if Jeanna's disturbing breakdown turned out to be rabies, she was doomed to die. What happened next seemed like a medical impossibility. In this episode, originally aired in 2013, Producer Tim Howard tells Jeanna's story and talks to authors Monica Murphy and Bill Wasik, and... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 11 minutes
Satellites Keep the World’s Clocks on Time. What if They Fail?
Standardized time is broadcast by satellite networks around the world, but their signals are vulnerable to interference—so the UK is building a more resilient system. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-02 • 13 minutes
Worm Blobs From The Bowels Of The Earth
In the toxic waters of Sulphur Cave in Steamboat Springs, Colo. lives blood-red worm blobs that have attracted scientific interest from around the world. We don special breathing gear and go into the cave with David Steinmann, the spelunking scientist who first documented the worms, along with a trio of science students from Georgia Tech, to collect worms and marvel at the unique crystals and cave formations (ever heard of snottites??) that earned Sulphur Cave a designation as a National Natural Landmark in... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 100 minutes
31 August, 2022 – Episode 890 – How to Make an Embryo
This Week: Synthetic Embryos, Zombie Ice, Digital Self-Harm, Rearranging Evolution, Siberia Warming, Slime Time, Beetles with Pockets, Dolphins, Oxygen on Mars, Micro Break, Pattern Finding, Chronic Pain & Cancer, And Much More Science! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 28 minutes
The China heatwave and the new normal
Hot on the tail of China’s heatwave comes the other side of the extreme coin – tragic flooding. Also, a coming global shortage of sulfur, while scientists produce useful oxygen on Mars in the MOXIE experiment. Prof Chunzai Wang is the Director of the State Key Laboratory of Tropical Oceanography in Guangzhou, China. He tells Roland about the surprising nature of the extreme temperatures and droughts much of China has been experiencing, and how they are connected to so many of the record-breaking weather ev... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 40 minutes
Using free-floating DNA to find soldiers’ remains, and how people contribute to indoor air chemistry
On this week’s show: The U.S. government is partnering with academics to speed up the search for more than 80,000 soldiers who went missing in action, and how humans create their own “oxidation zone” in the air around them | First up on the podcast this week, Tess Joosse is a former news intern here at Science and is now a freelance science journalist based in Madison, Wisconsin. Tess talks with host Sarah Crespi about attempts to use environmental DNA—free-floating DNA in soil or water—to help locate the r... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 31 minutes
Shaun The Sheep Jumps Over The Moon, Bronze Age Kissing and PPE Rubbish
ESA announce that Shaun The Sheep will fly around the moon this month aboard Artemis-1 mission. Philippe Deloo tells Gaia Vince what's in store for the woolly astronaut this month. Philippe is the team lead on the European Service Module, the part of NASA's Orion spacecraft which will be the workhorse of the new moon missions, ferrying four astronauts at a time to the moon and perhaps even beyond one day. This first Artemis mission, slated for launch 29th August, will check all the engineering bravado of th... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio | September 1, 2022
On today's Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's guests will be:Theoretical physicist (01:01) Antonio Padilla who has written, Fantastic Numbers and Where to Find Them: A Cosmic Quest from Zero to Infinity. Padilla explores nine of the most extraordinary numbers in physics that illuminate the ultimate nature of reality.Then, (28:33) Dr. Gabby Wild, Wild is a NatGeo Kids educator and author, and her latest book, How to Speak Animal, helps kids understand how animals communicate through sound, body language, and... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: Is human intervention necessary to regenerate forests after a wildfire?
A recent study suggests that fire refugia – the green islands of live trees that remain after forest fires – can enhance forest regeneration. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 9 minutes
This Giant Sprinkler System Can Protect Cities from Wildfires
Two Spanish towns have built a network of towers that douse surrounding trees with recycled water—stopping fire in its tracks. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 14 minutes
100 days until Cop15: what next to save nature?
It is now less than 100 days until Cop15, the UN convention on biological diversity. With the Earth experiencing the largest loss of life since the dinosaurs, these talks will be critical for the future of the planet and humanity. Madeleine Finlay speaks to Phoebe Weston about how negotiations have been going so far, and what’s next on the road to Cop15 (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Sep-01 • 11 minutes
The Stars That Settled The Great Debate
It may seem obvious now that other galaxies lie beyond the Milky Way, but less than 100 years ago, some astronomers held a view of our universe that was a little more ... self-centered. In the 1920s, astronomers were locked in the "Great Debate" — whether Earth was center of the universe and if the universe was just the Milky Way. Today, Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber talks to Dr. Vicky Scowcroft about the stars that ended astronomy's Great Debate. Follow Short Wave on Twitter for more on everythin... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 27 minutes
Physicists Rewrite the Fundamental Law That Leads to Disorder
The second law of thermodynamics is among the most sacred in all of science, but it has always rested on 19th century arguments about probability. New arguments trace its true source to the flows of quantum information. Read more at quantamagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 26 minutes
#134 Artemis moon mission; decoding the dreams of mice
The launch of NASA’s Artemis moon rocket didn’t go to plan this week. The team looks at the problems that stopped this long-awaited launch. And with the launch rescheduled for Saturday, they find out what the mission hopes to achieve. Deep below the surface of the Earth live nearly half of all microbes on the planet. While studying life in the deep biosphere is tough, the team shares an exciting development. Researchers have managed to find and analyse a type of heat-loving bacteria, called thermophile... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 7 minutes
During a Heat Wave, You Can Blast the AC, but What Does a Squirrel Do?
During a Heat Wave, You Can Blast the AC, but What Does a Squirrel Do? (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 28 minutes
Salamander search party
One of the world’s most biodiverse aquifers is full of strange, blind creatures that have evolved in isolation for millions of years. But one is missing. This episode was reported by Benji Jones and Mandy Nguyen, who produced the episode. Editing from Meradith Hoddinott, Katherine Wells, Brian Resnick, and Noam Hassenfeld, who scored the episode. Mixing and sound design from Cristian Ayala. Fact-checking from Richard Sima. For more, go to http://vox.com/unexplainable It’s a great place to view show transcri... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 8 minutes
Egg and Sperm Donors Could Be Required to Share Their Medical Records
In much of the US, donors aren’t obliged to disclose potentially inheritable health conditions. A proposed law could change that. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 67 minutes
Diplopodology (MILLIPEDES & CENTIPEDES) with Dr. Derek Hennen
How many legs? Why so many legs? What's a millipede versus a centipede? And again WHY SO MANY LEGS. We have just the guy for that: Diplopodologist Dr. Derek Hennen. As a person who’s spent over a decade sorting through leaf litter and naming scores of new species, Derek is truly a champion for the multi-limbed little critters. If you liked what Casey Clapp brought to Dendrology, get ready to appreciate millipedes like you never thought you would. Also: mythology gossip, world records, Taylor Swift fandom, a... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Aug-31 • 14 minutes
Quiz Bowl! How Animals Sense The World
Put your animal knowledge to the test in this quiz show based on science writer Ed Yong's new book An Immense World. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 28 minutes
Why is glass see-through?
Glass is a magic thing that is both solid as a wall and clear as the air. It starts out as sand and with tons of heat, and a few key ingredients, it becomes the super useful material we know and love. In this episode we look at how glass is made, why it's clear and how nature makes glass too. Plus, hear about Sanden's latest invention and guess the all new Mystery Sound. | | This episode is sponsored by | | Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON - to start hiring now. Terms and conditions apply. Cost per ap... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 7 minutes
Can a coin falling from a great height be lethal?
There's a precise science behind the impact of small, falling objects. Some can be deadly. Others don't pack much of a punch. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 8 minutes
Back-to-School Special: Kids, Tests and Long COVID Reassurance: COVID, Quickly, Episode 37
Back-to-School Special: Kids, Tests and Long COVID Reassurance: COVID, Quickly, Episode 37 (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 28 minutes
A.N.A.G.R.A.M. - Unlocked Patreon Bonus Episode
Did you know that you can go to Patreon.com/SciShowTangents to become a Patron of the show and get cool stuff, like bonus episodes! See what you've been missing this week as we bring you an unlocked bonus episode featuring a devious game by Sam!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/SciShowTangentsto find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll g... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 39 minutes
The Suspicious Smell
Why are some smells so nasty and others so pleasant? Rutherford and Fry inhale the science of scent in this stinker of an episode. Our sleuths kick off with a guided tour of the airborne molecules and chemical receptors that power the sense of smell. Armed with a stack of pungent mini-flasks, Professor Matthew Cobb from the University of Manchester shows Hannah and Adam just how sensitive olfaction can be, and how our experience of some odours depends on our individual genetic make-up. Dr Ann-Sophie Ba... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 13 minutes
At Some Colleges, the Fall of Roe Will Weaken Student Health Care
As students return to school, many will find restricted campus access to abortion services and information—and perhaps reproductive care in general. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 32 minutes
All About Drought
How climate change will affect our future rainfall, and the technology that could help mitigate the effects. (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 12 minutes
What is raw sewage doing to the UK’s rivers and seas?
Raw sewage, containing wet wipes, excrement and used sanitary products, is being regularly discharged into British rivers and seas. Last year, water companies released untreated sewage into waterways for 2.7m hours. Madeleine Finlay speaks to reporter Helena Horton about why this is happening and the damage it is doing to the environment (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-30 • 14 minutes
The Man Who Shot The Moon
NASA's Artemis Moon mission was supposed to launch Monday. But it was delayed due to a problem one of the rocket engines. When it launches, it will be a giant step towards sending humans back to the moon. We're eager to know: What leaps in scientific knowledge will be gained?It's a question planted in our minds by the scientist Hal Walker, who led an experiment during the first lunar landing half a century ago. The goal: Beam a laser at the moon. This encore episode, Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-29 • 210 minutes
AMA | September 2022
Ask Me Anything episode for September 2022. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Aug-29 • 54 minutes
Skeptic Check: Heal Thyself (rebroadcast)
Do we still need doctors? There are umpteen alternative sources of medical advice, including endless and heartfelt health tips from people without medical degrees. Frankly, self-diagnosis with a health app is easier and cheaper than a trip to a clinic. Since we’re urged to be our own health advocate and seek second opinions, why not ask Alexa or consult with a celebrity about what ails us? Find out if you can trust these alternative medical advice platforms. Plus, lessons from an AIDS fighter about ignoring... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Aug-29 • 54 minutes
671: Dedicating Her Energy to Engineering Solutions to Fuel Our Future - Dr. Susan Krumdieck
Dr. Susan Krumdieck is a Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Advanced Energy and Material Systems Lab at the University of Canterbury. She is also Research Leader with the Geothermal Energy Conversion Research Group, Founder of the... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Aug-29 • 6 minutes
How Long Droughts Make Flooding Worse
Parched ground is less likely to absorb water and increases the risk of dangerous flash floods. But there are ways to mitigate these conditions. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-29 • 13 minutes
988: An Alternative To 911 For Mental Health
People experiencing a mental health crisis have a new way to reach out for help in the U.S. — calling or texting the numbers 9-8-8. Today, health correspondent Rhitu Chatterjee joins Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber to talk about how the hotline works, the U.S. mental health system and what this alternative to 911 means for people in crisis.Further Reading:- The new 988 mental health hotline is live. Here's what to know- Social Media Posts Criticize the 988 Suicide Hotline for Calling Police. Here's ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-28 • 54 minutes
Surprises from a Martian Lake Bed
The Jezero Crater on Mars was targeted by Nasa’s Perseverence rover because from orbit, there was strong evidence it had at some point contained a lake. When the Mars 2020 mission landed, it didn’t take long to spot rocks protruding from the bottom that looked for all the world like sedimentary rocks – implying they were laid down from the liquid water and maybe perhaps even contain signs of past life. This week, the science team have published some of their analysis from the first 9 months of the mission. ... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Aug-28 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: Scientists can now eavesdrop on whales
A breakthrough approach in marine acoustics that uses existing systems of underwater fiber optics now allows scientists to eavesdrop on whales. This innovative approach may reveal new insights about these beautiful and awe-inspiring animals. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Aug-28 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: what can 3D simulations of sheep tibia tell us about healing bone fractures?
A new study used virtual imaging techniques to lead to accurately diagnosing the many cases when healing fractures of bones fail to fuse. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Aug-28 • 61 minutes
Dark Matter Doesn't Exist? With Mordehai "Moti" Milgrom
Mordehai "Moti" Milgrom is an Israeli physicist and the Isidor Rabi Professor Emeritus of Physics in the department of Particle Physics and Astrophysics at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot, Israel. He received his B.Sc. degree from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1966. Later he studied at the Weizmann Institute of Science and completed his doctorate in 1972. In 1981, he proposed Modified Newtonian dynamics (MOND) as an alternative to the dark matter and galaxy rotation curve problems. Milgrom suggest... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-28 • 11 minutes
Could degraded soil be helping drive climate change?
When we think about climate change, we're usually looking up – towards the sky, where greenhouse gases form a heat-trapping blanket over the planet. | | But some people — including Freya Mulvey — say part of the global warming equation is found in the other direction… right beneath our feet. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Aug-27 • 42 minutes
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian Alan Davies and neuroscientists Prof Uta Frith and Prof Sophie Scott. They discover the secret to why humans are such social creatures and why two brains are definitely better than one. Our brains are wired to learn from and mimic other brains we come into contact with, even though most of the time we don't even realise that is what they/we are doing. The subtle cues we get from other people and the information in their brains, affects our own wiring and ex... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
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The Skeptics Guide #894 - Aug 27 2022
Report from Italy; News Items: Space-Based Solar Power, Theory of Decision Making, Urban Crops, Protons have Charm; Who's That Noisy; Dumbest Thing of the Week; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Aug-27
Australia’s megafauna, new building materials, and dung beetles
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 124 minutes
Richard Dawkins: From Selfish Gene to Flights of Fancy
Richard Dawkins needs no introduction. He is one of the world’s most well known scientists and science writers. He is also a good friend and colleague. As many of you may know, Richard and I have toured much of the world together on stage, often in dialogues about our disciplines, our views of the world, and of course the conflict between science and religion. When we decided to create The Origins Podcast, it was natural to consider early on having a dialogue between Richard and me. One fateful day, ou... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 47 minutes
Autistic Researchers Studying Autism, Canned Salmon Insights, Medieval Friars’ Parasites. August 26, 2022, Part 1
California Accelerates Its Push For Electric Cars This week, air pollution regulators in California voted to phase out sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles, with a complete ban on gas car sales by 2035. The decision could have a larger impact on the automobile industry, however, as many states choose to follow California’s lead with regard to air quality and emissions decisions. Sophie Bushwick, technology editor at Scientific American, joins guest host Roxanne Khamsi to help unpack the decision. They als... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 47 minutes
Endangered Birds, Urban Wildlife, Lyme Disease Test, Rodent Social Behavior. August 26, 2022, Part 2
Attracting Birds To Prime Habitat By Playing Recordings Of Their Calls How do you know a restaurant is good? If the parking lot is full of cars, that’s a pretty good indication. If it’s empty, you probably won’t bother stopping. In this case, the restaurant is a newly restored wetland in Michigan and the customers are rails. The birds migrate at night, so if they don’t hear other rail calls in an area, they’re not likely to stop. Researcher Dustin Brewer is broadcasting recorded rail calls to try to bring t... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 24 minutes
Audio long read: Hybrid brains – the ethics of transplanting human neurons into animals
Human cells transplanted into animal brains provide insights into development and disease but also raise ethical questions. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 33 minutes
Out of Place: Stories about feeling like an outsider
Not to get too emo and Simple Plan lyrics on you, but have you ever felt out of place? Like somehow you just don't belong and no one understands you? Well, you’re not alone. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share stories of a time when they felt like the odd person out in science and in life. Part 1: Kevin Allison’s ADHD diagnosis sheds new light on why he always feels like he’s left out of the loop. Part 2: Diana Li feels isolated while studying squid in Mexico. For photos, transcripts, and mo... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 50 minutes
A pizzeria owner in Kansas realizes that DoorDash is hijacking his pizzas. A Lyft driver conquers the streets of San Francisco until he unwittingly puts his family in danger. A Shipt shopper in Denton, Texas tries to crack the code of the delivery app that is slashing his pay. This week, Host Latif Nasser, Producer Becca Bressler, and Philosophy Professor Barry Lam dive into the ins and outs of a new and growing part of our world: the gig economy. Special thanks to, Julie Wernau, Drew Ambrogi, David Condos... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 112 minutes
How Big Could Lizards Get?
This Week: A Water World, Good news!, Color Blindness, Climate News, Drought, Schizophrenia & COVID, Long Covid, COVID Incubation, Pesticides, Super Frogs, Bipedal Old Times, Artificial Detection, Zapping Brains, Mouse Memory, And Much More Science! | The post 24 August, 2022 – Episode 889 – How Big Could Lizards Get? appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 34 minutes
Bite-sized vaccines and familiar faces
Breakthroughs in malaria vaccines, sewage in our coastal waters, and if we share genes with our doppelgangers (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-26 • 13 minutes
Experience The Quietest Place On Earth
In a crater at the top of a dormant volcano lies a place so quiet, the ambient sound is right near the threshold of human hearing. Visitors to the crater say they can hear their own heartbeats. This spot, in Haleakalā National Park, has been nicknamed the "quietest place on Earth."Getting there is no small feat--the ascent involves hiking upward through five different climate zones. But the reward is an experience of natural silence that is increasingly difficult to find.Conservationists, park scientists, a... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 26 minutes
Surprises from a Martian Lake Bed
The Jezero Crater on Mars was targeted by Nasa’s Perseverence rover because from orbit, there was strong evidence it had at some point contained a lake. When the Mars 2020 mission landed, it didn’t take long to spot rocks protruding from the bottom that looked for all the world like sedimentary rocks – implying they were laid down from the liquid water and maybe perhaps even contain signs of past life. This week, the science team have published some of their analysis from the first 9 months of the mission. ... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 34 minutes
Chasing Arctic cyclones, brain coordination in REM sleep, and a book on seafood in the information age
On this week’s show: Monitoring summer cyclones in the Arctic, how eye movements during sleep may reflect movements in dreams, and the latest in our series of books on the science of food and agriculture. | First up on the podcast this week, Deputy News Editor Eric Hand joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss the first airborne campaign to study summer cyclones over the Arctic and what the data could reveal about puzzling air-ice interactions. | Next on the show, Sarah talks with Yuta Senzai, a postdoctoral res... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 35 minutes
Heatwave: the consequences
The severity of last week's heatwave is changing the narrative. Gaia Vince talks to Simon Evans, deputy editor of the climate publication Carbon Brief, who has been following the media coverage of this heatwave, and Lorraine Whitmarsh, professor of environmental psychology at the university of Bath. What has the recent hot weather done to the plants in our gardens, and the crops in our fields? Dr Nicola Cannon from the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester tells us the low-down. Expect your potatoe... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 10 minutes
Understanding the Inner Workings of Stars [Sponsored]
Conny Aerts is an astrophysicist and a pioneer of asteroseismology. This year she shared the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics for her research and leadership that has laid the foundations of solar and stellar structure theory, and revolutionized our understanding of the interiors of stars. (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 6 minutes
New Evidence Points to the Moon Once Being Part of Earth
Gases trapped in lunar meteorites hint that the moon was formed out of material displaced from Earth after a planetary collision. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 16 minutes
What’s going on with UK teenagers’ mental health?
Todays’ teenagers don’t have it easy – they are faced with the aftermath of the pandemic, a cost of living crisis, the impacts of social media and an uncertain future caused by the climate crisis. It may be no surprise they are increasingly reporting mental health problems. But is this the full picture? And how do we best help adolescents? (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-25 • 12 minutes
Artemis: NASA's New Chapter In Space
Humans haven't set foot on the moon in 50 years, but NASA hopes to take one step closer with the launch of a new rocket and space capsule on Monday. Today, science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce joins Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber to talk about what NASA hopes to learn from this test flight and why it might be difficult to justify the program's cost.Planning to tune in for Monday's launch? Email us at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 40 minutes
Claim: The Big Bang NEVER Happened?
By popular demand, I'll present 10 reasons why I believe Eric Lerner's article, based on his 30 year old book of nearly the same name, "The Big Bang Never Happened" is wrong, as well as some legitimate claims he raises. Join me for some live questions and maybe some answers. Along the way, I'll provide insight into how I review such claims and how you can too even if you're not a professional cosmologist to judge for yourself Resources: https://iai.tv/arti... Professor Ned Wright: Errors in the "The Big Ba... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 31 minutes
How to make water that's full of holes
How to make water that's full of holes Embedded 'nanocages' help water dissolve large amounts of gas, and potential evidence that hominins walked on two legs seven million years ago. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 13 minutes
How we're reverse engineering the human brain in the lab | Sergiu P. Pasca
Neuroscientist Sergiu P. Pasca has made it his life's work to understand how the human brain builds itself -- and what makes it susceptible to disease. In a mind-blowing talk laden with breakthrough science, he shows how his team figured out how to grow "organoids" and what they call brain "assembloids" -- self-organizing clumps of neural tissue derived from stem cells that have shown the ability to form circuits -- and explains how these miniature parts of the nervous system are bringing us closer to demy... (@TEDTalks)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 45 minutes
Why and How Do We Dream?
Dreams are so personal, subjective and fleeting, they might seem impossible to study directly and with scientific objectivity. But in recent decades, laboratories around the world have developed sophisticated techniques for getting into the minds of people while they are dreaming. In the process, they are learning more about why we need these strange nightly experiences and how our brains generate them. In this episode, Steven Strogatz speaks with sleep researcher Antonio Zadra about how new experimental me... (@QuantaMagazine@stevenstrogatz)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 26 minutes
#133 A treatment for food allergies; predicting earthquakes
There may be a way of treating, or even preventing, food allergies. A promising new trial has used a fat molecule called butyrate to treat peanut allergies in mice. The problem is, butyrate smells like dog poo, so the team finds out how researchers are getting around that issue. We’ve long thought earthquakes happen randomly, but that may not be the case. A new modelling technique using old records and machine learning shows we may be able to predict earthquakes, which could save millions of lives. The... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 40 minutes
What did dinosaurs sound like?
They probably didn’t roar like lions. Their real voices were likely much, much weirder. We asked scientists to help us recreate these strange, extinct sounds. 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 Learn m... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 10 minutes
Searching The Ocean's Depths For Future Medicines
Plunge into the ocean off the west coast of Ireland...and then keep plunging, down to where there's no light and the temperature is just above freezing. That's where underwater chemist Sam Afoullouss sends a deep sea robot to carefully collect samples of marine organisms. The goal? To search for unique chemistry that may one day inspire a medicine. Sam talks giant sponges, dumbo octopuses and bubblegum coral with host Emily Kwong – how to use them as a source for drug discovery while also protecting their w... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-24 • 9 minutes
Is Oxygen the Answer to Long Covid?
Treatment options for lasting Covid symptoms are limited, but initial studies suggest hyperbaric oxygen could help. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 28 minutes
This Proves the Big Bang Happened: 30 Minute Thesis
There's been lots of speculation in the popular press claiming the Big Bang never happened. Supposedly, new data from the James Webb Space Telescope presents a crisis for an old universe that emerged from a hot dense plasma, in favor of a much more ancient cosmology -- a plasma cosmology. Yet the underpinnings of the Big Bang are more solid than ever, thanks in large part to the fossil evidence astrophysicists have found of primordial nucleosynthesis, also called BBN. Join me for a deep-dive into the physic... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 75 minutes
Critical Ecology (SOCIAL SYSTEMS + ENVIRONMENT) with Suzanne Pierre
How do societal structures affect the planet? Why should we get to know our neighbors? What’s the ecological price we pay for … stuff? Yep, there’s an -ology for that. We chat with the founder of Critical Ecology: biogeochemist, National Geographic Explorer, researcher and plant nerd, Dr. Suzanne Pierre. Dr. Pierre’s Critical Ecology Lab is involved with research on the biomes of former plantations, air pollution, agricultural runoff, and even asking questions about wildfire science and the prison system. S... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 10 minutes
A Lifelong Quest to Improve Mental Health among Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
A Lifelong Quest to Improve Mental Health among Cancer Patients [Sponsored] (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 26 minutes
Body Bonanza 2.0 - Your body questions answered
Today’s episode has something for everyBODY. It's the Body Bonanza where we answer a ton of your questions about our human bodies! This time around, we’ll hear from some of our favorite body parts: the heart beats, the stomach rumbles, the appendix writes a poem. The ear brings us a new Mystery Sound, a foot gives us the lowdown on how it falls asleep, the tongue sings a song… and there’s even an appearance from the “anti-mouth.” Wow! | | This episode was sponsored by: | | Indeed (Indeed.com/BRAINSON ... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 38 minutes
Tall buildings, subways, bodegas, rats. These are just some of the things you'll find in cities. Another thing you'll find? Science! From the smelly yet impressive sewers to the smelly yet impressive pigeons, we're covering big city science this week, baby!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/SciShowTangentsto find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool pe... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 39 minutes
The Wild and Windy Tale
How do winds start and why do they stop? asks Georgina from the Isle of Wight. What's more, listener Chris Elshaw is suprised we get strong winds at all: why doesn't air just move smoothly between areas of high and low pressure? Why do we get sudden gusts and violent storms? To tackle this breezy mystery, our curious duo don their anoraks and get windy with some weather experts. Dr Simon Clark, a science Youtuber and author of Firmament, convinces Adam that air flow is really about the physics of fluid... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 7 minutes
Earth is accelerating, Pt 3
The final installment of why the Earth is suddenly speeding up—after more than a billion years of slowing down. | | How do we measure the rate of the Earth’s revolution, and what happens when the time on our clocks doesn’t quite match up? (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 71 minutes
Peter Winkler, "Mathematical Puzzles" (A K Peters, 2020)
Peter Winkler has been collecting mathematical puzzles since childhood. He has had published two previous collections, and recently he compiled his largest curated collection to date. Mathematical Puzzles (A K Peters, 2021) also takes an alluring new approach to the genre: In the Roman-numbered front matter, 300+ puzzles are presented, roughly in order of increasing difficulty. Fuller discussions of the puzzles are then organized into 24 chapters according to the key insight that leads to their solutions. E... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 14 minutes
Sweating Buckets... of SCIENCE!
Sweating can be unpleasant, but consider the alternatives: You could roll around in mud. You could spend all day panting. You could have someone whip you up a blood popsicle. Sweating turns out to be pretty essential for human existence, AND arguably less gross than the ways other animals keep from overheating. On today's episode, a small army of NPR science reporters joins host Emily Kwong to talk about how humans developed the unique ability to perspire, how sweat works in space and the neat things other ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 7 minutes
As Wildfires Get More Extreme, Observatories Are at Greater Risk
Climate change is making fire season worse. Now astronomers are feeling the heat. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 15 minutes
How did mammals come to rule the world?
Mammals first appeared on Earth at least 178 million years ago, and have since shared the planet with dinosaurs, survived an asteroid, and made it through an ice age. Now, they’re facing their biggest threat yet – humans. Nicola Davis describes the incredible history of mammals and what it can tell us about their, and our, future (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-23 • 32 minutes
Spacewalk: the Scale of our Solar System
Take a tour of our planets faster than the speed of light (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 32 minutes
Interview - Dr. Kiki Interviews Dr. Moiya McTier
Special interview with Dr. Moiya McTier Check out the full video interview on YouTube or Twitch. And, remember that you can find TWIS in all the podcast directories. If you are looking for science podcasts on Spotify, we are there! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 71 minutes
208 | Rick Beato on the Theory of Popular Music
I talk with musician/producer/educator Rick Beato about music theory and how it affects our appreciation of popular songs. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 40 minutes
On Edwin Hubble’s "The Realm of the Nebulae"
Until the publication of Edwin Hubble’s 1936 book, The Realm of the Nebulae, astronomers believed that the Milky Way was the only galaxy in the universe. Hubble infinitely expanded our understanding of the cosmos and showed that what scientists thought was everything, was really just the beginning. In this episode, MIT professor emeritus Marcia Bartusiak unpacks Hubble’s findings and discusses how they impact the field of astronomy to this day. Marica Bartusiak is Professor of the Practice Emeritus of the G... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 54 minutes
Platypus Crazy (rebroadcast)
They look like a cross between a beaver and a duck, and they all live Down Under. The platypus may lay eggs, but is actually a distant mammalian cousin, one that we last saw, in an evolutionary sense, about 166 million years ago. Genetic sequencing is being used to trace that history, while scientists intensify their investigation of the habits and habitats of these appealing Frankencreatures; beginning by taking a census to see just how many are out there, and if their survival is under threat. Guests: ... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 46 minutes
670: Chemistry is Key: Studying Self Assembly and the Origins of Life - Dr. Lee Cronin
Dr. Lee Cronin is the Regius Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow. Lee is answering a variety of questions that involve chemistry. He is particularly interested in determining how life started and how we can make new life forms from... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 6 minutes
Doctors Are Pioneering a Better Way to Perform Autopsies on Kids
Hi-res imaging can help determine cause of death in very young babies—giving parents answers without the distress of an invasive autopsy. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-22 • 12 minutes
Micro Wave: How to Build a Sandcastle Dreamhouse!
Grab your towels and flip flops, because we're heading to the beach. Whether you love playing in the sand, or dread getting it off your feet, building a sandcastle is an often underappreciated art form. In today's encore episode, Emily Kwong asks, scientifically, what is the best way to make a sandcastle? What's the right mix of water and sand to create grand staircases and towers? Sedimentologist Matthew Bennett shares his research and insights. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-21 • 10 minutes
The art and science of taxidermy
There are a lot of fields that claim to fuse art and science. | | But while it might not be the first one that springs to mind, the field this week's speaker specialises in is arguably most worthy of the fusion. | | Jared Archibald has spent a large chunk of his career as a taxidermist. It's science for sure – a knowledge of anatomy and animal behaviour are essential – but there's an artistry to it too. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Aug-20 • 55 minutes
Deadly drought
East Africa has endured more than two years on continuous drought. The latest predictions suggest the drought is not likely to end any time soon. We look at why climate change and weather patterns in the Pacific and Indian oceans are largely to blame. Andrea Taschetto, chief investigator at the Centre on Climate Extremes at the University of New South Wales discusses the latest predictions Drought has also been an issue in Europe, comparable with events nearly 500 years ago. Chantal Camenisch at the Ins... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Aug-20 • 43 minutes
Brian Cox and Robin Ince look back at Planet Earth from the unique perspective of space with the help of astronauts Nicole Stott and Chris Hadfield, Space scientist Carolyn Porco and comedian and author Katy Brand. What can we learn about our own planet by looking back at it from space? The panel talk about the emotional response of looking back on earth, either from the ISS or via amazing photographs like Voyager's Pale Blue Dot, and the importance of realising our own place and significance in the vast ... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Aug-20 • 54 minutes
The story of mammals, how they coexisted with dinosaurs for 225 million years and survived when dinos couldn’t
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The Science Show
Unique insights into the latest scientific research and debate, from the physics of cricket to pr... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-20
The Skeptics Guide #893 - Aug 20 2022
Live from NECSS with guests Andrea JonesRooy and Kelly Burke; Perry DeAngelis Memorial; News Items: Earth Spinning Faster, Scientific Rigor, More Space Debris, The Alex Jones Trial; Special Segments: Chorizo Hoax, Audio Pareidolia; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
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FQXi August 20, 2022 Podcast Episode
Testing Time: Quantum physicists Fabrizio Piacentini and Laura Knoll discuss their recent experiment testing the predictions of Constructor Theory, a new meta-framework of physics that may encompass all other theories. The new framework could solve the mystery of why time marches in only one direction, even though the microscopic laws of physics are reversible. With Logan Chipkin (@FQXi)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 28 minutes
What is white?
Have you ever wondered why waterfalls appear white when still water is transparent? Why clouds, or snow, appear white when they too are essentially just water molecules in different states? What makes something white, opaque or transparent? These are the questions CrowdScience listener Gerardo has been pondering ever since taking in the beauty of fallen water on a hiking trail in his home of Cantabria, Northern Spain. Presenter Marnie Chesterton, sets off on a quest to find out the answers to all of those q... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 10 minutes
How Next-Generation Sequencing Can Enable Precision Oncology [Sponsored]
How Next-Generation Sequencing Can Enable Precision Oncology [Sponsored] (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 47 minutes
Back-To-School Health Concerns, Artemis Moon Mission, Designing A Better Lanternfly Trap. August 19, 2022, Part 2
Teen Innovator’s New AI Tool Helps Create Affordable Drugs The U.S. has some of the highest prescription drug prices in the world, which can push patients into bankruptcy over medications they cannot afford. More than three in four American adults think the prices of prescription drugs are unaffordable, prompting the Senate to recently pass a bill intended to help lower prescription drug costs for seniors. One young innovator set out to find his own solution. 17 year-old Rishab Jain developed ICOR, a tool t... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 47 minutes
How Viruses Shaped Our World, A Seagrass Oasis For Manatees. Aug 19, 2022, Part 1
Will A Colorado River Drought Dry Up Energy Supplies? This week, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, a federal agency that manages water in the Western U.S., started the process of cutting water use allotments along the Colorado River after seven states missed a deadline for coming up with their own reduction plan. The area has been under a long-running drought—and with water in demand for everything from drinking to agriculture to industry, and with the population of the area on the rise, agreements over water... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 30 minutes
Anomaly: Stories about rare diseases
It's almost unbelievable that a change in something as small as a cell or a gene can lead to such big consequences. In this week’s episode, our stories are about rare childhood illnesses from different perspectives. Part 1: As a kid, Lauren Soares can’t understand why her parents are making such a big deal out her brain tumour. Part 2: Gerry Downes sees his research in a new light when his daughter is diagnosed with a rare genetic disease. Lauren Soares is an artist and musician based in Brooklyn, New York.... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 8 minutes
Hawking, a Paradox and a Black Hole Mystery, Solved?
We do not have a theory to tell us everything about how a black hole works, but new research is shedding a least some light on one of their many mysteries. (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 26 minutes
9-Volt Nirvana
Learn a new language faster than ever! Leave doubt in the dust! Be a better sniper! Could you do all that and more with just a zap to the noggin? Maybe. Back in the early 2010s, Sally Adee, then an editor at New Scientist Magazine, went to a DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) conference and heard about a way to speed up learning with something called trans-cranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). A couple of years later, Sally found herself wielding an M4 assault rifle to pick off simulated... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 12 minutes
Eavesdropping On A Volcano
Volcanoes are "talking" to us all the time. Scientists say the sooner we learn to interpret their normal chatter, the quicker we'll know when something unusual — and potentially dangerous — is happening. But volcanoes often sit on protected land, so that detection work sometimes brings scientists into conflict with conservationists. Today, the tug-of-war over a sleeping giant in the Pacific Northwest. This episode is part of our series about the science happening on public lands, dropping every Friday the r... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 59 minutes
The Poison Paradigm: What a Toxic Chemical Tells us about the Politics of Science
We are exposed to thousands of toxic chemicals daily. This is no accident; it is by design. They are everywhere – coating our consumer products, in our food packaging, being dumped into our lakes and sewers, and in countless other places. However, for the most part, regulators say that we need not worry. That assessment is based on a simple 500-year-old adage, “the dose makes the poison.” The logic is simple: anything is poisonous, depending on how large a dose. Dosing yourself with a miniscule amount of le... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 10 minutes
What If Cells Kept Receipts of Their Gene Expression?
Researchers have found a new way to keep records of when a cell’s genes turn on and off—by harnessing systems that bacteria already use for self-defense. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 31 minutes
Bivalent Covid Boosters and Unbalanced Bees
In the news this week, a leap forward in making kidney transplants more accessible (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 83 minutes
Caleb Scharf on The Ascent of Information: Life in The Human Dataome
Chances are you’re listening to this on an advanced computer that fits in your pocket, but is really just one tentacle tip of a giant, planet-spanning architecture for the gathering and processing of data. A common sentiment among the smartphone-enabled human population is that we not only don’t own our data, but our data owns us — or, at least, the pressure of responsibility to keep providing data to the Internet and its devices (and the wider project of human knowledge construction) implicates us in the e... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Aug-19 • 123 minutes
17 August, 2022 – Episode 888 – Will We Return to The Moon?
This Week: Artemis, Curing, Sleepy Flies, Sponge Sneezes, Synthetic Circuits, Ancient Genes, Styrofoam Upcycling?, Long COVID, CDC Restructuring, Cannibalism, Social Connections, Misophonia, Sugar, Consciousness Solved??? And Much More Science! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 28 minutes
Deadly drought
East Africa has endured more than two years on continuous drought. The latest predictions suggest the drought is not likely to end any time soon. We look at why climate change and weather patterns in the Pacific and Indian oceans are largely to blame. Andrea Taschetto, chief investigator at the Centre on Climate Extremes at the University of New South Wales discusses the latest predictions Drought has also been an issue in Europe, comparable with events nearly 500 years ago. Chantal Camenisch at the Instit... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 25 minutes
Monitoring a nearby star’s midlife crisis, and the energetic cost of chewing
On this week’s show: An analog to the Maunder Minimum, when the Sun’s spots largely disappeared 400 years ago, and measuring the energy it takes to chew gum | We have known about our Sun’s spots for centuries, and tracking this activity over time revealed an 11-year solar cycle with predictable highs and lows. But sometimes these cycles just seem to stop, such as in the Maunder Minimum—a 70-year period from 1645 to 1715 with little or no sunspot activity. News Intern Zack Savitsky joins host Sarah Crespi to... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 28 minutes
Multiverses, melting glaciers and what you can tell from the noise of someone peeing
The Multiverse Laura Mersini-Houghton is an internationally renowned cosmologist and theoretical physicist and one of the world's leading experts on the multiverse and the origins of the universe. She talks to Gaia Vince about finding evidence that supports her multiverse theory as more than just a hypothetical collection of diverse universes, including the one that houses our planet. She also shares her story of growing up with the horrors of a brutal Albanian communist regime. Glacier Collapse In Italy ... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 50 minutes
Cool Science Radio | August 18, 2022
Today on Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's speak with (0:15) Dr. Mario Juric, an associate professor of Astronomy and the director of the Data-Intensive Research in Astronomy and Cosmology at the University of Washington. Mario works with large data sets and algorithms designed to discover undetected near-earth asteroids in our solar system.Then (27:49) Madeline Ostrander who has written At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth joins the show. From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, she... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 7 minutes
This Laser-Firing Truck Could Help Make Hot Cities More Livable
Scientists are driving around in a specialized observatory to better understand how urban heat varies not only block to block, but door to door. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 12 minutes
From the archive: Will Silicon Valley help us live to 200 and beyond? – podcast
Billions are being poured into scientific efforts to understand and stave off the effects of ageing. Ian Sample finds out about how Silicon Valley startups aim to keep the rich younger and healthier for longer (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-18 • 12 minutes
A Rising Demand for Coal Amidst War in Ukraine
Demand for coal in Europe is rising as Russia's invasion of Ukraine threatens the country's vast natural resource and fossil fuel reserves - and subsequently, the world's energy supply. With trillions of dollars of Ukrainian energy deposits now under Russian control, the effects of the war are being felt far beyond the country's borders. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 22 minutes
Do protons have intrinsic charm? New evidence suggests yes
A machine learning approach examines decades of data in the hunt for the proton’s charm, and the latest from the Nature Briefing. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 29 minutes
#132 Impact of drought; monkeys using sex toys
Droughts in many parts of Europe are the worst in 500 years. Even as temperatures begin to cool and some rain begins to fall, it may be a long time till we’re out of the woods. The team explores the impact the droughts are having on things like food production, energy and transport, and wildlife.Monkeys use sex toys too - who knew? Long-tailed macaques in a Balinese sanctuary have figured out how to use stone tools to masturbate. The team finds out what’s going on…Radiation exposure is one of the biggest is... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 30 minutes
Can ovaries make new eggs?
There's an old story scientists tell about human ovaries: that they are ticking clocks that only lose eggs, never gain them. Now that story might be changing, opening the door to new treatments for infertility and menopause. 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... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 56 minutes
Adam Nocek, "Molecular Capture: The Animation of Biology" (U Minnesota Press, 2021)
In Molecular Capture: The Animation of Biology (University of Minnesota Press, 2021), Adam Nocek, Assistant Professor in the Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies at Arizona State University, investigates the collusion between entertainment and scientific visualization in the case of molecular animation. “The very same tools that were invented to animate a character like Shrek or Nemo are now being applied to set in motion protein domains and cellular processes.” Opening with this quot... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 10 minutes
The Psychology of Inspiring Everyday Climate Action
Individual choices and habits help the climate. Understanding how people think can make it happen. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 15 minutes
Ode To The Manta Ray
On a trip to Hawaii, Short Wave host Emily Kwong encountered manta rays for the first time. The experience was eerie and enchanting. And it left Emily wondering — what more is there to these intelligent, entrancing fish? Today, Emily poses all her questions to Rachel Graham, the founder and executive director of MarAlliance, a marine conservation organization working in tropical seas. (encore)Have you been completely captivated by an animal too? Share your story with us at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-17 • 23 minutes
Secrets of the Moon's Permanent Shadows Are Coming to Light
Robots are about to venture into the sunless depths of lunar craters to investigate ancient water ice trapped there, while remote studies find hints about how water arrives on rocky worlds. Read more and explore infographics at quantamagazine.org. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 29 minutes
Can stress be helpful?
We've all had to deal with stress. It can feel bad and overwhelming, but it’s actually really important. In this episode, we'll hear why our bodies evolved to deal with danger in this way and how it still affects us today. We'll climb a metaphorical mountain to find out how stress can help us sometimes. Oh, and there are lots of monsters that suddenly showed up a Brains On headquarters and maybe they were released by an ancient artifact and no one can find the instruction manual and ohmigoodness... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 59 minutes
The Milky Way: An Autobiography with Dr. Moiya McTier
Astrophysicist and folklorist Dr. Moiya McTier channels The Milky Way in this approachable and utterly fascinating autobiography of the titular galaxy, detailing what humans have discovered about everything from its formation to its eventual death, and what more there is to learn about this galaxy we call home. After a few billion years of bearing witness to life on Earth, of watching one hundred billion humans go about their day-to-day lives, of feeling unbelievably lonely, and of hearing its own story tol... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-16
Earth is accelerating, Pt 2
Part 2 of the explanation about the accelerating spin of the Earth - which is against the trend of the last one-and-a-half billion years. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 41 minutes
Carbon gets a pretty bad rap these days, what with global climate change and, but every living thing on Earth owes their very existence to this multitalented little element! And heck, that's not even all it does! Click play to find out more. 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/SciShowTangentsto find out how you can help support SciShow Tangents, and see all the cool perks you’ll get ... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 37 minutes
The Case of The Missing Gorilla
DO WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION? Good! But how does that work!? Our intrepid science sleuths explore why some things immediately catch your eye - or ear - while others slip by totally unnoticed. Even, on occasion, basketball bouncing gorillas. Professor Polly Dalton, a psychologist who leads The Attention Lab at Royal Holloway University, shares her surprising research into ‘inattentional blindness’ - when you get so absorbed in a task you can miss striking and unusual things going on right in front of you.... (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 69 minutes
Thanatology — NEW Interview (GRIEF & MOURNING) with Cole Imperi + tips for Going Through It
If you have a physical body, or know someone who does, this episode is for you! Hello, we’re all going to die. And we’re probably all going to lose someone we love. Thanatologist Cole Imperi has become a dear friend and on July 17, 2022 we pulled up a street corner in LA to chat about what she’s been up to and how to cope with the loss of a loved one. Hear about the blooming of friendship and the passing of your Grandpod, then after the break it’s a solo advice dump from me – your internet dad – with all o... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 8 minutes
Swarms of Mini Robots Could Dig the Tunnels of the Future
The underground excavation industry is exploring mini robots, plasma torches, and superheated gas to replace the massive boring machines now in use. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 10 minutes
Monkeypox Update and Homing in on Long COVID: COVID, Quickly, Episode 36
Monkeypox Update and Homing in on Long COVID: COVID, Quickly, Episode 36 (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 25 minutes
Child's play: curtailing a health crisis
Sitting idle while the health of our children deteriorates is a dangerous game... (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 17 minutes
From the archive: What are the hidden costs of our obsession with fish oil pills?
A study found more than 1 in 10 capsules were rancid. Yet, these supplements are part of a billion-dollar industry mining one of the most productive marine ecosystems on Earth (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-16 • 12 minutes
How To Brew Amazing Coffee With Science
The perfect cup of joe might be a matter of taste, but knowing the science behind the coffee-making process could help you elevate your at-home brewing game. Today, barista champion Sam Spillman on the chemical processes behind coffee and her technical approach to the craft. Have your own approach to coffee chemistry? Tell us at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 11 minutes
Fueling Patients' Drive to Treatment [Sponsored]
Fueling Patients' Drive to Treatment [Sponsored] (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 25 minutes
Nature's Take: what's next for the preprint revolution
Nature editors take on the big topics that matter in science. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 21 minutes
Science of Misinformation
Researchers explore how misinformation spreads and what can be done to stop it. (@PNASNews)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 102 minutes
207 | William MacAskill on Maximizing Good in the Present and Future
I talk with philosopher William MacAskill about utilitarianism and longtermism. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 33 minutes
Can smells fill you up?
Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Doesn’t it make your mouth water? Now imagine the smell of a fish market on a warm day… still feeling hungry? CrowdScience listener Thanh from Vietnam is intrigued by the effects of smell on our appetite, and wants to know whether certain aromas can make us feel more full than others. Never averse to a food-based challenge, presenter Anand Jagatia takes us on a journey from the nose to the brain, where we find out what exactly happens when we get a whif... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 48 minutes
Joseph Mileti, "Modern Mathematical Logic" (Cambridge UP, 2022)
Today I had the pleasure of talking to Joe Mileti, associate professor of mathematics at Grinnell College. Even if you are not "into" math, you will enjoy this conversation. We talked about how math is not what you think it is. It's not just memorizing formulas and grinding. It's about thinking and, like all thinking, it involves abstraction, logic, using analogies and metaphors, and a bunch of imagination. We also talked about how math is about talking to other mathematicians and doing a kind of "brainstor... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 54 minutes
Rip Van Winkle Worm (rebroadcast)
Your shower pipes are alive. So are your sinks, books, and floorboards. New studies of our homes are revealing just what species live there – in the thousands, from bacteria to flies to millipedes. Meanwhile, life keeps surprising us by popping up in other unexpected places: the deep biosphere houses the majority of the world’s bacteria and the Arctic tundra has kept worms frozen, but alive, for 40,000 years. We embrace the multitude of life living on us, in us, and – as it turns out – in every possible eco... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 48 minutes
669: Conducting Research to Conserve Coral Reefs - Dr. Emily Darling
Dr. Emily Darling is Director of Coral Reef Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. Emily’s research focuses on how coral... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Aug-15 • 13 minutes
The Radio Wave Mystery That Changed Astronomy
In 1967 Jocelyn Bell Burnell made a discovery that revolutionized the field of 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 are pushing forward the field of astronomy today.Have cosmic queries and unearthly musings? Contact us at [email protected] We might open an intergalactic case file and reveal our findings in a future episo... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-14 • 55 minutes
Icelandic volcano erupts again
We talk to volcano scientist Ed Marshall in Iceland about working at the volcano which has burst into life spectacularly again after a year of quiet. Also in the programme, we'll be following migrating moths across Europe in light aircraft to discover the remarkable secrets of their powers of navigation, and hearing how synthetic biology promises to create smarter and more adaptable genetically engineered crops. Imagine waking up to the smell of freshly baked bread. Doesn’t it make your mouth water? ... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Aug-14
Using drones to deliver essential medical supplies
When a lot of us first heard of drones a couple of decades ago, it was about their use in military operations. | | Now people use them to take photos of their neighbours or maybe even get pizzas delivered. | | But Vanya Bosiocic has a much more important – and constructive – use for drones. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Aug-14 • 73 minutes
Alex Garland: Fundamental questions inspire art and science
Alex Garland is probably best known to the world for writing and directing the blockbuster film Ex Machina about the consequences of the coming of age of an AI humanoid robot. Before that, he wrote the film 28 days later, about the fictional aftermath of a mysterious incurable virus that spreads through the UK. Most recently he directed a television series for FX called Devs, about many things, but hinging on quantum mechanics and issues of a multiverse. The human implications of new technology seem to ... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Aug-13 • 42 minutes
Black Holes
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Monty Python's Eric Idle, and cosmologists Dr Netta Engelhardt and Dr Janna Levin as they tackle one of the biggest challenges in cosmology. What happens when you throw something (Robin!) into a black hole? Is the information about Robin lost forever, or is there a chance, sometime in the far future, a super intelligent alien civilisation could piece back some key information to discover proof he ever existed? Are Robin and his cardigans lost for all eternity? Ex... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Aug-13
Trees – allowing native species to return in Scotland, clearing them away in the Amazon, and seeing how they work in Tasmania
podcast image2022-Aug-13
The Skeptics Guide #892 - Aug 13 2022
Special Report: New Climate Change Bill; News Items: The Physics of Meteors, New Kind of Motion, Structured Water, Cryonic Horror Stories; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Photons Have Momentum; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 47 minutes
New Prosthetic Arm, CAR T Cell Therapy, Climate Games. August 12, 2022, Part 2
Some Grasses Can Stop Lead From Spreading In Soil Lead left behind in soil from mining and smelting poses a major health risk to people who live nearby. Researchers in Nebraska and Kansas believe plant life and organic material can limit lead’s spread. In parts of the Midwest where lead mining and smelting lasted for over a century, communities are still dealing with toxic waste left behind by the industry. Lead, a dangerous neurotoxin, persists in the environment, including in water and soil, where it can ... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 47 minutes
Insulin Price Plan, Monkeypox Facts, Milky Way Memoir. August 12, 2022, Part 1
A Plan to Cap Insulin Prices May Not Be Helpful 30 million people in the U.S. live with diabetes, and access to insulin can be expensive. More than 1 in 5 people with private insurance pay more than $35 a month for this necessary medication. The U.S. Senate has a plan to cap insulin prices for certain diabetics, but critics say this plan would not help make insulin affordable for a majority of people. Plus, many people have been following the discoveries of the James Webb Space Telescope, or JWST, with bait... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 33 minutes
Taken Seriously: Stories about wanting respect
While some people can fake it 'til they make it, others find that being taken seriously is a challenge, no matter what they do. In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share stories about trying to get the respect they deserve. Part 1: Adam Ruben desperately wants to be seen as more than a junior scientist in his lab. Part 2: When Larissa Zhou says she wants to make better food for outer space, no one takes her seriously. Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist. He has appeared on th... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 42 minutes
In August 2018, Boen Wang was at a work retreat for a new job. Surrounded by mosquitoes and swampland in a tiny campsite in West Virginia, Boen’s mind underwent a sudden, dramatic transformation that would have profound consequences—for his work, his colleagues, and himself. Special thanks to Grace Gilbert for voice acting and episode art, and to Professors Erin Anderson and Maggie Jones for editorial support. Episode credits: Reported and produced by Boen Wang Original Music provided by Alex Zhang Hungtai... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 7 minutes
Researchers Created a Potion That Turns Loud Lions into Placid Pussycats
Researchers Created a Potion That Turns Loud Lions into Placid Pussycats (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 11 minutes
Monkeypox Originated in Animals. Could It Spill Back Into Them?
The zoonotic disease is now spreading from person to person. But if it finds a home in new wildlife species, it could settle in to become a permanent risk. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 28 minutes
Hitting back against heatwaves
In the news, why medical experts are worried about polio again... (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-12 • 10 minutes
Tick Check! The Tiny Bloodsuckers In Our Backyards
Short Wave is going outside every Friday this summer! In this second episode of our series on the National Park system, we head to Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas. Among the trees and trails, researchers like Adela Oliva Chavez search for blacklegged ticks that could carry Lyme disease. She's looking for answers as to why tick-borne illnesses like Lyme disease are spreading in some parts of the country and not others. Today: What Adela's research tells us about ticks and the diseases they carry, and ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 101 minutes
10 August, 2022 – Episode 887 – Vlogs, Dogs, or Science?
This Week: Linking Gut to Heart, PFAS, Locusts, Restoring Hearing, Hold the Ice, Food Impacts, One Antibody to Rule Them All, Spiders Sleep, Sterile Mice, Rewilding the West, Montana Bison, Animal Aging, Sleepy Brains, And Much More Science! | The post 10 August, 2022 – Episode 887 – Vlogs, Dogs, or Science? appeared first on This Week in Science - The Kickass Science Podcast. (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 29 minutes
Icelandic volcano erupts again
We talk to volcano scientist Ed Marshall in Iceland about working at the volcano which has burst into life spectacularly again after a year of quiet. Also in the programme, we'll be following migrating moths across Europe in light aircraft to discover the remarkable secrets of their powers of navigation, and hearing how synthetic biology promises to create smarter and more adaptable genetically engineered crops. (Image: Lava spews from the volcano in Fagradalsfjall. Credit: Getty Images) Presenter... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio | August 11, 2022
In today's episode of Cool Science Radio John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with (01:16) renowned physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder who is the creator of the popular YouTube series Science without the Gobbledygook. She takes a no-nonsense approach to life’s biggest questions, and wrestles with what physics really says about the human condition in her new book, EXISTENTIAL PHYSICS: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions. Then, (26:43) Chris Larkin, Chief Technology Officer at Concord Technologies. ... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 23 minutes
Cougars caught killing donkeys in Death Valley, and decoding the nose
On this week’s show: Predators may be indirectly protecting Death Valley wetlands, and mapping odorant receptors | First up this week on the podcast, News Intern Katherine Irving joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about the first photos of cougars killing feral donkeys in Death Valley National Park. They also discuss the implications for native animals such as big horn sheep, and plans to remove donkeys from the park. | Also this week on the show, Paul Feinstein, professor of biology in the department of biol... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 28 minutes
Deep Space and the Deep Sea - 40 years of the International Whaling Moratorium.
The James Webb Space Telescope is finally in business - what further treasures will it find? Also, the origins of the International Moratorium on Whaling, 40 years old this month. This week NASA invited President Joe Biden to help them publish the first of five images of full scientific value from the newest super telescope now operating a million miles away from us. It is capable of gazing as far deep into the sky as humans have ever gazed. That first image, an upgrade of one of the Hubble Telescope's "De... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 30 minutes
#131 Why thinking hard tires you out; game-changing US climate bill
The US is about to pass an historic piece of climate legislation. The Inflation Reduction Act allocates $370 billion to climate mitigation, and the team explores how that money will be spent - plus why some people think the bill holds us hostage to fossil fuel.Do you ever get embarrassed talking to Siri when you’re out in public? Well, the team learns about an experimental new piece of tech called EarCommand, which may make communicating with your virtual assistant less awkward.Thinking hard is tiring - and... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: here's what the climate crisis is doing to our mental health
A global study found that children and young adults are distraught, afraid, sad, angry and ashamed about what is happening to our global climate. The study's leaders say that's a sign of nothing short of immense trauma. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 7 minutes
The Pigs Died. Then Scientists Revived Their Cells
A new system for keeping body tissues functional after death could help make more organs available for transplant. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 12 minutes
From the archive: Are western lifestyles causing a rise in autoimmune diseases?
Ian Sample investigates whether western lifestyles, from fast foods to urbanisation, could be behind the rapid rise in autoimmune diseases around the world (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-11 • 14 minutes
The Brazilian Scientists Inventing An mRNA Vaccine — And Sharing The Recipe
When Moderna and Pfizer first came out with their mRNA vaccines for COVID-19, supply was limited to rich countries and they did not share the details of how to create it. That left middle income countries like Brazil in the lurch. But for Brazilian scientists Patricia Neves and Ana Paula Ano Bom, that wasn't the end. They decided to invent their own mRNA vaccine. Their story, today: Aaron talks to global health correspondent Nurith Aizenman about the effort and how it has helped launch a wider global projec... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 22 minutes
Why low temperatures could help starve tumours of fuel
Cold exposure in mice activates brown fat to deny tumours glucose, and the future of extreme heatwaves. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 8 minutes
Reaching the Root of Disparities in Cancer Care [Sponsored]
Reaching the Root of Disparities in Cancer Care [Sponsored] (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 6 minutes
For Some Dolphins, the Key to Mating is Rolling with a Tight, Noisy Crew
For Some Dolphins, the Key to Mating is Rolling with a Tight, Noisy Crew (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 48 minutes
Will the eel (slim, shady) please have sex?
Where eels come from is a surprisingly difficult question to answer, in large part because scientists have never actually seen them reproduce in the wild. Gastropod explains why eels are somehow still so mysterious. 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 yo... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 90 minutes
Thanatology (DEATH & DYING) Updated Encore with Cole Imperi
As I round out my bereavement leave following your beloved Grandpod’s passing, we’re serving up a special updated Encore of an episode and an Ologist who changed my life. Hoooo boy. We get all up in death and dying's business and to my shock, it's not a bummer. Confront and perhaps OVERCOME existential anxiety as we discuss not only the science of death but the nature and goddang beauty of life. Everything from burial methods, the latest in eco funerals, what a funeral director hates most, how gnomes die, a... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 7 minutes
A Minimalist Approach to the Hunt for Dark Matter
In a new experiment, researchers looked for tiny flickers in the fundamental constants of nature. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 12 minutes
Twinkle, Twinkle, Shooting Star
Ahead of the peak of the Perseid meteor shower, we're re-airing our first episode with Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber. In it, Regina and planetary scientist Melissa Rice explore all things shooting star. They talk about the different types, where they come from and what they actually are (hint: not stars). Learn more about viewing the Persieds in the next few days here: Get ready to look up in the night sky at all those meteor showers. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-10 • 42 minutes
What Is Quantum Field Theory and Why Is It Incomplete?
Quantum field theory may be the most successful scientific theory of all time, predicting experimental results with stunning accuracy and advancing the study of higher dimensional mathematics. Yet, there’s also reason to believe that it is missing something. Steven Strogatz speaks with David Tong, a theoretical physicist at the University of Cambridge, to explore the open questions of this enigmatic theory. | “The Joy of Why” is a podcast from Quanta Magazine, an editorially independent publication support... (@QuantaMagazine@stevenstrogatz)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 33 minutes
Underwater volcanoes and lots of salt: A deep dive into the ocean
The ocean is huge and full of wonders, so it's no surprise our listeners have lots of question about it. In this episode we'll travel to the bottom of the ocean to find out what the ocean floor is made of, and learn how geologist Marie Tharp helped us understand how amazing it is. We'll also delve into why the ocean is salty but lakes and rivers aren't, and sing along with the Salty Sea Shanty. Plus a brand new mystery sound! | | | | | BrainsOnSaltySeaShanty | | | | | ... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 76 minutes
Sabine Hossenfelder Gets Existential Without the Gobbledygook
From renowned physicist and creator of the YouTube series “Science without the Gobbledygook,” a book that takes a no-nonsense approach to life’s biggest questions, and wrestles with what physics really says about the human condition Not only can we not currently explain the origin of the universe, it is questionable we will ever be able to explain it. The notion that there are universes within particles, or that particles are conscious, is as scientific, as is the hypothesis that our universe is a computer ... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 6 minutes
Earth is accelerating, Pt 1
Part 1 about how the Earth is unexpectedly speeding up, and has recorded its shortest day ever – 1.59 milliseconds shorter than the standard 86,400 seconds (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 40 minutes
When it comes to keeping all of your guts and blood inside, skin is second to none! Yet so often is it taken for granted. Today, we fix that by talking about skin for a whole 40 minutes! You're welcome, skin!If you know a kid who loves science, have we go the show for you! It's called SciShow Kids, and it has all the great, rigorously-researched content you expect from SciShow, but for kids! Plus, it has puppets! Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/scishowkids!SciS... Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.y... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 9 minutes
NASA is Crowdsourcing Cloud Research—on Mars
Space fans around the world can help analyze data collected by the Mars Climate Sounder. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 37 minutes
Reintroduction: Bringing Species Back
Saving species from the brink and adding them into existing environments to alter ecosystems (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 10 minutes
Silly Studies: The Pre-Series Tease
We asked you to send us the boldest, barmiest bits of published research you could find and, dear Curios, you didn't disappoint! It’s time for some silly science. (@AdamRutherford@FryRsquared)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 16 minutes
From the archive: Why are climate and conservation scientists taking to the streets?
Madeleine Finlay speaks to conservation scientist Dr Charlie Gardner about why many researchers around the world are leaving their labs to protest – and why he thinks civil disobedience is the only option left (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-09 • 13 minutes
How Monkeypox Became A Public Health Emergency
Today's show: Health reporter Pien Huang on how the monkeypox outbreak began and whether it can be stopped now. (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 79 minutes
Part 2: Sir Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff: What is Consciousness?
A conversation with Nobel Prize Winner and renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose and anesthesiologist Dr. Stuart Hameroff about consciousness and quantum mechanics. Sir Roger Penrose and Dr. Stuart Hameroff have tackled one of the most vexing problems in science -- how does consciousness work? Their theories of consciousness were selected by the Templeton Foundation for study. We will discuss Is the brain a sophisticated computer or an intuitive thinking device? Following on from their conferenc... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 77 minutes
206 | Simon Conway Morris on Evolution, Convergence, and Theism
Simon Conway Morris argues that there are some myths in the popular understanding of evolution. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 54 minutes
Webb Feat
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... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 45 minutes
668: Searching the Sediments to Uncover Sources of Food and Water for Early Humans - Dr. Gail Ashley
Dr. Gail Ashley is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Rutgers University. She is Undergraduate Program Director and Director of the Quaternary Studies Graduate Certificate Program. Early humans are known to... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 8 minutes
How to Prevent Another European Transport Meltdown
This summer’s heat wave knocked roads, railways, and runways out of action. But existing solutions could help shore up critical infrastructure. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-08 • 14 minutes
Carry The Two: Making Audio Magic With Math
Math is a complex, beautiful language that can help us understand the world. And sometimes ... math is also hard! Science communicator Sadie Witkowski says the key to making math your friend is to foster your own curiosity. That's the guiding principle behind her new podcast, Carry the Two. It's also today's show: Embracing all math has to offer without the fear of failure. --------Callout time! Do you have a favorite space fact? Send it to us in a voice memo in 20 seconds or less. Include your name and lo... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-07 • 57 minutes
Synthetic mouse embryos with brains and hearts
This week two research groups announced that they have made synthetic mouse embryos that developed brains and beating hearts in the test tube, starting only with embryonic stem cells. No sperm and eggs were involved. Previously, embryos created this way have never got beyond the stage of being a tiny ball of cells. These embryos grew and developed organs through 8 days – more than a third of the way through the gestation period for a mouse. Roland Pease talks to the leader of one of the teams, develo... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Aug-07 • 31 minutes
Part 1: Sir Roger Penrose & Stuart Hameroff: What is Consciousness?
A conversation with Nobel Prize Winner and renowned mathematical physicist Sir Roger Penrose and anesthesiologist Dr. Stuart Hameroff about consciousness and quantum mechanics. 00:00 Intro 01:00 Happy Birthday to Sir Roger! 05:00 Updates to The Emperor's New Mind 07:00 What about Schrödinger’s Cat? Part 2: https://youtu.be/OoDi856wLPM Sir Roger Penrose and Dr. Stuart Hameroff have tackled one of the most vexing problems in science -- how does consciousness work? Their theories of consciousness were s... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-07 • 11 minutes
Meet the dolphins and whales of the Top End
What's your favourite animal? It doesn't matter really — because this talk is about to change your mind. | | Carol Palmer, who's based in Darwin, studies marine megafauna. Yes, dolphins and whales live in the waters of northern Australia! And she's about to convince you that the most charming animal on the planet is the false killer whale. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Aug-06 • 43 minutes
The Wood Wide Web
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Ted Lasso's Brendan Hunt, Professor of forest ecology and author of "The Mother Tree", Suzanne Simard and botanist Mark Spencer to discover how trees and plants communicate and what they are saying. Suzanne's incredible discovery that trees form a wood wide web of communication has changed our entire understanding of forests and how they work. With the help of amazing fungi, this incredible network of communication allows the trees and plants in a forest to pass inf... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Aug-06 • 54 minutes
Vale James Lovelock
James Lovelock died last week on his 103rd birthday. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS) mainly for his brilliant work on technology for analysing gases. His small device was the ‘breakthrough’ for spotting freons. It was a thousand times more powerful than anything else available in the 1950s. He travelled to Antarctica and was able to detect chlorofluorocarbon gases there. They were causing a hole to form in the protective ozone layer in the south. Lovelock is also famous for his Gaia Hyp... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-06
The Skeptics Guide #891 - Aug 6 2022
Quickie with Bob: Friction; News Items: The Neuroscience of Politics, Cozy Lava Tubes, Video Games and Well-Being, Invisible Dark Matter; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Lord Kelvin, Green Methane, Universe Isotropy; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 28 minutes
Are humans naturally clean and tidy?
From dumping raw sewage into rivers to littering the streets with our trash, humans don’t have a great track record when it comes to dealing with our waste. It’s something that CrowdScience listener and civil engineer Marc has noticed: he wonders if humans are particularly prone to messing up our surroundings, while other species are instinctively more hygienic and well-organised. Are we, by nature, really less clean and tidy than other animals? Farming and technology have allowed us to live more densely a... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 47 minutes
Clean Energy Bill, Heatwave Infrastructure, Etana Teen Innovator. August 5th, 2022, Part 2
What’s Inside A Sudden, Second Chance At A Climate Bill Last week, climate activists received a surprise gift from Democratic Senators Chuck Schumer and Joe Manchin. It turns out they had been in secret negotiations to put out a spending package that might tackle some of the same climate mitigation projects as last year’s failed Build Back Better initiative. The $369 billion dollars for climate mitigation in the Inflation Reduction Act covers tax credits for renewable energy, methane leak reduction, and the... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 47 minutes
Cancer Vaccines, Planting Wildflowers, Eating Copi Fish. August 5th, 2022, Part 1
White House Declares Monkeypox Outbreak A Public Health Emergency The Biden administration declared the monkeypox outbreak a public health emergency on Thursday. Earlier in the week the White House appointed Robert Fenton, regional administrator at FEMA to direct the federal government’s response to the monkeypox outbreak, along with a deputy director from the CDC. This comes after criticism from activists and public health experts, who have said that the federal government has been dragging its feet on acc... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 35 minutes
Story Collider En Español: Historias científicas en español
En el episodio de esta semana, nuestros dos narradores comparten historias reales y personales sobre la ciencia en español. Parte 1: Ro Moran nos cuenta de un tiempo cuando él se hizo cargo de la vida de un animal y los corazones de sus compañeros de clase. Parte 2: En su primer semestre de ser profesora, Ana Maria Porras les enseña has sus estudiantes que es ser realmente poderosa y humilde. Ro is an award-winning chicken wing eater with a penchant for storytelling. His credits include Prose of Pie, Tiny T... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 67 minutes
This episode originally aired in 2012. An all-star lineup of producers — Pat Walters, Lynn Levy, and Sean Cole — bring you stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles, and staggering breakthroughs. We kick things off with a true escape artist — a man who’s broken out of jail more times than anyone alive. Why does he keep running... and will he ever stop? Next, the ingeniously simple question that led Isaac Newton to an enormous intellectual breakthrough: why doesn’t the moon fall out of the sky? In the... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 8 minutes
This Stamp-Sized Ultrasound Patch Can Image Internal Organs
Getting a scan usually means a visit to a doctor and some giant equipment. What if that gear was wearable? (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 30 minutes
Shorter Days and Binning Best Before Dates
Is the Earth spinning faster? And what impact could removing date labels from produce have on food waste? (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 92 minutes
None of This is Right, But Science
This Week: Dead Pig Society, Oldest evidence of people in North America, Spider silk, Embryo Progress, CBD for anxiety, Biological Electricity, Shrimpy cement, Whale eyes, Bumblebees, Global Warming, Dolphin Memory, Neanderthal Brains, And Much More Science! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Aug-05 • 14 minutes
A Tale Of Two Parks And The Bats Within Them
Buckle up! Short Wave is going on a road trip every Friday this summer. In this first episode of our series on the research happening in the National Park system, we head to Shenandoah National Park and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Some bats there are faring better than others against white-nose syndrome, a fungus that has killed more than 7 million bats in the last decade. Today — what researchers like Jesse De La Cruz think is enabling some bat species to survive. As we road trip, we w... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 30 minutes
Synthetic mouse embryos with brains and hearts
This week two research groups announced that they have made synthetic mouse embryos that developed brains and beating hearts in the test tube, starting only with embryonic stem cells. No sperm and eggs were involved. Previously, embryos created this way have never got beyond the stage of being a tiny ball of cells. These embryos grew and developed organs through 8 days – more than a third of the way through the gestation period for a mouse. Roland Pease talks to the leader of one of the teams, develo... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 35 minutes
If You Believe In God, Do This! A Conversation with Dennis Prager
Dennis Prager and Brian Keating discuss the findings and impact of the James Webb Space Telescope. Brian's Prager videos: Prager U-What's a Greater Leap of Faith: God or the Multiverse?: https://www.prageru.com/video/whats-a-gr... U-Follow The Sciene: https://www.prageru.com/video/follow-the... Keating on The Dennis Prager Show Ultimate Issues Hour, Sept 24 2019 https://youtu.be/uvU0FFt2rIY Dennis Prager interview with Professor Brian Keating: https://youtu.be/3E_6pIsQTjM Be Brian's friend: 🏄‍♂️ Twitt... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 24 minutes
Invasive grasses get help from fire, and a global map of ant diversity
On this week’s show: A special issue on grass, and revealing hot spots of ant diversity | This week’s special issue on grasses mainly focuses on the importance of these plants in climate change, in ecosystems, on land, and in the water. But for the podcast, Contributing Correspondent Warren Cornwall joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about their dark side: invasive grasses that feed fires and transform ecosystems. | Also this week on the show, Evan Economo, a professor in the biodiversity and biocomplexity uni... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 28 minutes
Robotic Thumbs, Mending Bones with Magnets, and the State of Science this Summer
Gaia Vince takes you for a mosey around his year's Summer Science Exhibition, held by London's Royal Society. Along the way, PRS Sir Adrian Smith talks of reforming A-Levels and a sorry international science collaboration situation as many european research grants are terminated amidst a Brexit withdrawal agreement stand-offs. The Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition is on until Sunday 10th July, it is free to attend and there are many activities and events online too. Presented by Gaia Vince Produced ... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 34 minutes
#130 How to reverse death; Neil Gaiman on Sandman; AlphaFold and biology’s revolution; life in the multiverse with Laura Mersini-Houghton
A new type of artificial blood has been created which, in the future, could bring people back from the dead - or what we think of now as dead, at least. This special fluid has been shown to preserve the organs of dead pigs, long after what was previously thought possible - which the team says could be a game-changer for organ transplants. Rowan talks to legendary writer Neil Gaiman about the new Netflix series, out this week, based on his smash-hit Sandman comics. They also discuss the function of drea... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio| August 4, 2022
On this week's Cool Science Radio, John and Lynn's guests will be:(01:21) Dr. Chantel Prat who has written The Neuroscience of You. Prat’s book draws on decades of research. She writes every brain is different and what this means for the individual, the collective, and the future of neuroscience.(25:48) Dr. Heidi Hammel, Interdisciplinary Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope. We will speak with Heidi about this remarkable instrument and what we have learned from it’s 1st pictures. (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: over 20 percent of reptiles are threatened with extinction
Over 20%, one out of five, of reptile species are now under threat of extinction. However, conservation efforts for birds, mammals and amphibians are unexpectedly good surrogates for the conservation of reptiles. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 9 minutes
NASA Delayed the Psyche Launch. Here’s Why That’s a Big Deal
Heavenly bodies are always in motion: Pushing back the asteroid probe’s blastoff date could require a new trajectory, longer travel time, and much more power. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 16 minutes
James Lovelock and the legacy of his Gaia hypothesis
Global environment editor Jonathan Watts describes the incredible legacy left behind by the scientist, inventor and maverick James Lovelock. Best known for the Gaia hypothesis of the Earth as a self-regulating system, Lovelock’s immense influence on the environmental movement will continue to be felt in the critical decades ahead (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-04 • 16 minutes
Abortion Laws in Texas are Disrupting Maternal Care
New abortion bans have made some doctors hesitant to provide care for pregnancy complications. That's led to life-threatening delays, and trapped families in a limbo of grief and helplessness. Today, senior health editor Carrie Feibel shares the story of one woman in Texas, whose pregnancy became a medical crisis because of the state's abortion laws.Read Carrie's full reporting: https://n.pr/3zpDXK0 (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 53 minutes
Daniel Lieberman on Evolution and Exercise: The Science of Human Endurace
Human beings are distinctly weird. We live for a very long time after we stop reproducing, move completely differently than all of our closest relatives, lack the power of chimpanzees and other primates but completely outdo most other terrestrial mammals in a contest of endurance. If we think about bodies as hypotheses about the stable features of their ancestral environments, what do the features of our unusual physiology say about what humans ARE, where we come from, the details of our origin story as a p... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 22 minutes
Deep Learning Poised to 'Blow Up' Famed Fluid Equations
For centuries, mathematicians have tried to prove that Euler’s fluid equations can produce nonsensical answers. A new approach to machine learning has researchers betting that “blowup” is near. Read more at quantamagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 11 minutes
A Source of Integrative Support for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Patients [Sponsored]
A Source of Integrative Support for Breast and Ovarian Cancer Patients [Sponsored] (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 23 minutes
Massive Facebook study reveals a key to social mobility
Friendships with people from different economic backgrounds could boost your income, and reviving pig organs after death. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 10 minutes
California Wants to Make Cheap Insulin. Here’s How It Could Work
The state plans to roll out “biosimilars” that mimic brand-name versions at a dramatically reduced price. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-03 • 11 minutes
The Secret History of DNA
It's been over 150 years since the first article was published about the molecular key to life as we know it — DNA. With help from researcher Pravrutha Raman, Short Wave producer Berly McCoy explains how DNA is stored in our cells and why the iconic double helix shape isn't what you'd see if you peeked inside your cells right now. (encore)Curious about all the other biology that defines us? Email the show at [email protected] — we're all ears ... and eyes and toes and ... a lot of things. Thanks, DNA! (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 27 minutes
Why can't we remember when we were babies?
You've probably seen photos from your first birthday. Or maybe you heard about the time you got spaghetti sauce all over the walls when you were two. The grown ups around you remember these things, so why can't you? In this episode, we'll find out how our brains store memories and why we can't hang on to those early ones. Plus: a brand new mystery sound and a preview of everyone's favorite soap opera, The Young and the Toothless. | | This episode was sponsored by: | | Indeed (Indeed.c... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 6 minutes
Electric battery = car + house
Electricity supply is shifting to renewables, so batteries are important. It might even be cheaper to power your house with the battery from your electric car, rather than batteries specifically designed for houses. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 55 minutes
Vaping Health Impacts: No Smoke Without Fire?
What are the hidden health costs of vaping? (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 43 minutes
10....9.... Hey gang, Kids Month is about ready to blast off into space ....8....7....6 but before it does, we have one more topic exploring the childlike wonder of science to cover ....5....4...3 Spaceships! And wouldn't you know it? There's one more seat on our rocket! Climb in! ....2...1.... Lift off!If you know a kid who loves science, have we go the show for you! It's called SciShow Kids, and it has all the great, rigorously-researched content you expect from SciShow, but for kids! Plus, it has puppet... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 8 minutes
How Common Are Reinfections? And How Trust Can Beat the Virus: COVID, Quickly, Episode 35
How Common Are Reinfections? And How Trust Can Beat the Virus: COVID, Quickly, Episode 35 (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 84 minutes
Cheloniology (SEA TURTLES) Encore with Camryn Allen
Hope you dug tortoises because we’re back, shellin’ out the good stuff, with this week’s encore of sea turtles, so get ready to become wildly obsessed with them. Cheloniologist Dr. Camryn Allen met up with Alie on a tropical island (ok, in a hotel room on a tropical island) to chat about flipper slappings, turtle rodeos, nesting BBs, current surfing, endangered statuses, field work, sleeping under water, world records, boopable noses, male:female ratios, mind-boggling navigation, what you can do to help the... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 12 minutes
Ring Vaccination Beat Smallpox. Could It Work for Monkeypox?
The strategy prioritizes inoculating an infected person’s closest contacts, but it can’t succeed without good contact tracing and enough vaccines. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 11 minutes
Is it time for a complete overhaul of car wreck rescue techniques?
Anand Jagatia speaks to Linda Geddes and Dr Tim Nutbeam about new research on the best way to free someone from a wreckage (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Aug-02 • 14 minutes
Wild Horses Could Keep Wildfire At Bay
Stephanie O'Neill reports that's the hope behind the Wild Horse Fire Brigade, a non-profit program piloted by William Simpson. Under a 1971 Congressional Act, the Bureau of Land Management has the right to round up wild horses on public lands. Oftentimes, those horses are shipped to holding facilities, where they are kept in captivity and separated from their families. William Simpson wants to change that. He wants to deploy the wild horses across public lands, to live and graze — and ultimately, prevent th... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 54 minutes
Building a Space Colony
Ready to become a space emigre? For half a century, visionaries have been talking about our future off-Earth – a speculative scenario in which many of us live in space colonies. So why haven’t we built them? Will the plans of billionaire space entrepreneurs to build settlements on Mars, or orbiting habitats that would be only minutes away from Earth, revive our long-held spacefaring dreams? And is having millions of people living off-Earth a solution to our problems… or an escape from them? Guests: Marianne... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 9 minutes
Bias and the placebo effect
Lauren Howe and Alia Crum explore the interactions of societal biases with the placebo effect. (@PNASNews)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 187 minutes
AMA | August 2022
Ask Me Anything episode of Mindscape for August 2022. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 49 minutes
Part 2 of 2: Quantum Physics and The End of Reality with Sabine Hossenfelder, Carlo Rovelli, and Eric Weinstein hosted by Brian Keating for the Institute for Art and Ideas
We imagine physics is objective. But quantum physics found the act of human observation changes the outcome of experiment. Many scientists assume this central role of the observer is limited to just quantum physics. But is this an error? As Heisenberg puts it, "what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning." In all our studies of reality and nature then, the observer plays a role -- not just in quantum physics. Should we recognize science can never access reality in... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 41 minutes
667: Roving Roots! Plants Behave More Like Animals than We May Realize - Dr. James Cahill
Dr. James (JC) Cahill is a Professor of Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. JC is an ecologist who studies interactions between plants and their environment. His research seeks to understand how plants... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 10 minutes
Nuclear Power Plants Are Struggling to Stay Cool
Climate change is reducing output and raising safety concerns at nuclear facilities from France to the US. But experts say adapting is possible—and necessary. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Aug-01 • 14 minutes
TASTE BUDDIES: The Controversial World Of Taste Science
Not much is known about why people experience tastes differently and why some people can detect certain tastes and not others. There also might be other tastes out there to add to the list beyond the five known ones now. In this finale to Short Wave's Taste Buddies series, we're tackling the science of the five tastes, and in this episode, we look at why there is so much more research to be done. Host Aaron Scott talks to Danielle Reed from the Monell Chemical Senses Center about the controversy in taste sc... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-31 • 39 minutes
Part 1 of 2: Quantum Physics and The End of Reality with Sabine Hossenfelder, Carlo Rovelli, and Eric Weinstein hosted by Brian Keating for the Institute for Art and Ideas
We imagine physics is objective. But quantum physics found the act of human observation changes the outcome of experiment. Many scientists assume this central role of the observer is limited to just quantum physics. But is this an error? As Heisenberg puts it, "what we observe is not nature in itself but nature exposed to our method of questioning." In all our studies of reality and nature then, the observer plays a role -- not just in quantum physics. Should we recognize science can never access reality in... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-31 • 9 minutes
Climate change and our health
We know climate change is bad for the health of the planet, and many of the species that live on it. That includes us humans. | | Bushfires, heat waves, flooding — they all have human health impacts. | | Sounds bleak, doesn't it? But today, we're hearing from someone who says if we're prepared to take a level look at this challenge, there are ways we can better meet it. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Jul-30 • 55 minutes
The first galaxies at the universe's dawn
In the last week, teams of astronomers have rushed to report ever deeper views of the universe thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope. These are galaxies of stars more than 13.5 billion light years from us and we see them as they were when the universe was in its infancy, less than 300 million years after the Big Bang. As University of Texas astronomer Steve Finkelstein tell us, there are some real surprises in these glimpses of the cosmic dawn. The super-distant galaxy that Steve's group has identified i... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Jul-30 • 43 minutes
Exploring the Deep
Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by comedian and musician Tim Minchin and oceanographers Diva Amon and Jon Copley to uncover what mysteries still lie at the bottom of our oceans. It is often said that we know more about the surface of the Moon then we do about our own ocean floor, but is that really true? What have modern-day explorers such as Diva and Jon discovered during their many expeditions to the deepest points of our oceans, and can they persuade Tim to join them on their next voyage? From ex... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Jul-30 • 54 minutes
Best approach for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere
Climate change to bring mass migration | Adrian Smith leads the Royal Society | Exhibition shows the role of microbes in chocolate production | Aussie Stem Stars - Emma Johnston | Prosthetic device offers help for people with damaged or missing fingers | We need to fix this. Fast. (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-30
The Skeptics Guide #890 - Jul 30 2022
What's The Word: Cladistics; News Items: Detecting Exoplanets, Too Hot, Overconfidence and Denial, Monkeypox Update; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Self-Advocacy vs Kibitzing; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 35 minutes
Coronapod: the open-science plan to unseat big Pharma and tackle vaccine inequity
Inequity has been a central feature of the COVID19 pandemic. From health outcomes to access to vaccines, COVID has pushed long-standing disparities out of the shadows and into the public eye and many of these problems are global. In this episode of Coronapod we dig into a radical new collaboration of 15 countries - co-led by the WHO, and modelled on open-science. The project, called the mRNA vaccine technology transfer hub, aims to create independent vaccine hubs that could supply the global south... (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 10 minutes
The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding Molecules [Sponsored]
Jacob Sagiv is a chemist who studies properties of self-assembled monolayers. This year, he shared The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience for his research. (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 46 minutes
Alzheimer’s Research Fraud, Extreme Heat Health, Piping Plovers, Octaglove. July 29, 2022, Part 1
Decades Of Alzheimer’s Research Could Be Based On Fraudulent Data Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating brain disorder that slowly affects memory and thinking skills. For many people who worry that loved ones may succumb to this disorder, the possibility of research in the field of Alzheimer’s is a balm of hope. However, a massive report from Science Magazine highlights a startling discovery: that decades of Alzheimer’s research are likely based on faulty data. Alzheimer's researchers are grappling with the ... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 47 minutes
Fire Of Love Film, Accessible Tech, Vagina Book. July 29, 2022, Part 2
For The Love Of Volcanoes A new documentary, “Fire of Love,” tells the story of French volcanologists Katia and Maurice Krafft. The married couple spent two decades chasing volcanic eruptions across the world. Katia was a geochemist and Maurice a geologist. Together, they studied the science of volcanoes and produced films showcasing their power. That is, until their deaths in 1991, when they were killed by the very thing they loved so much. Guest host Sophie Bushwick talks with Sara Dosa, director of the d... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 27 minutes
Anxiety: Stories about feelings of worry
As the great Greek philosopher Epictetus said: “Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems”. It’s comforting to know that even in ancient Greece anxiety was a thing. In this week’s episode, both storytellers share stories of a time where their fears got the better of them. Part 1: When biologist Melina Giakoumis can’t find a single sea star she starts to worry she’s not cut out to be a scientist. Part 2: One question from a conference attendee sends math tea... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 36 minutes
The Humpback and the Killer
Killer whales — orcas — eat all sorts of animals, including humpback calves. But one day, biologists saw a group of humpback whales trying to stop some killer whales from eating… a seal. And then it happened again. And again. It turns out, all across the oceans, humpback whales are swimming around stopping killer whales from hunting all kinds of animals — from seals to gray whales to sunfish. And of course while many scientists explain this behavior as the result of blind instincts that are ultimately selfi... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 69 minutes
The Science Wars: Post-Truth and the Nature of Science
Welcome to the final day of our weeklong deep dive into the politics of education. Today, we’ve got another episode of Cited for you. If you haven’t heard a Cited episode before, it’s the documentary show that came before Darts and Letters and it specialised in immersive storytelling. This piece takes us on a journey through a little-known, long-past set of debates on the nature of science in democratic society: the Science Wars. They may seem lost to time, but some scholars say the Science Wars might just ... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 7 minutes
Europe Has Descended Into the Age of Fire
Climate change has primed the landscape to burn. But human migration has made Europe’s wildfires increasingly catastrophic. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 113 minutes
Geoff Marcy: The Search for Exoplanets and Life Elsewhere in the Universe
Geoff Marcy has been pioneer in the search for extra-solar system planets since the first discovery of an exoplanet surround a main sequence star was made in 1995 by Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz. Within months, Marcy and his team had not only confirmed this result but detected numerous other exoplanets. Seventy of the first one hundred exoplanets were discovered by Marcy’s team, including the firs exoplanet located as far away from its star as Jupiter is to the Sun, and the first exoplanet discovered by... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Jul-29 • 14 minutes
Spice, Spice, Baby! Why Some Of Us Enjoy The Pain Of Spicy Foods
Today, we talk about spicy food and its intersection with pleasure and pain as part of our "Taste Buddies" series — Short Wave's ode to "taste." In this episode, Host Emily Kwong talks to food reporter Ruth Tam and researchers Julie Yu and Nadia Byrnes about the science behind our love for spicy foods and what drives some of us to seek out the pain. Follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyKwong1234. You can email Short Wave at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 9 minutes
Ben Shapiro REACTS to New NASA Facts!
In July NASA released the first images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope. Here's my discussion with @Ben Shapiro on this treasure trove of data including: Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, located approximately 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form. The Carina Nebula is home to many massive stars, several times larger than the Sun. WASP-96 b (spectrum). WASP-96 b is a giant... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 107 minutes
How Do AIs See The Universe?
This Week: Alternate Physics?, HIV, Necrobotics, RNA Zip Codes, Wildfires, Death By Lactose, Wildlife Photography, COVID Update, Monkeypox Emergency, Placenta, Nasa core mission on Mars, Victory Memo, Ant Networks, AI Analogies, And Much More Science! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 28 minutes
The first galaxies at the universe's dawn
In the last week, teams of astronomers have rushed to report ever deeper views of the universe thanks to the James Webb Space Telescope. These are galaxies of stars more than 13.5 billion light years from us and we see them as they were when the universe was in its infancy, less than 300 million years after the Big Bang. As University of Texas astronomer Steve Finkelstein tell us, there are some real surprises in these glimpses of the cosmic dawn. The super-distant galaxy that Steve's group has identifi... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 39 minutes
Probing beyond our Solar System, sea pollinators, and a book on the future of nutrition
On this week’s show: Plans to push a modern space probe beyond the edge of the Solar System, crustaceans that pollinate seaweed, and the latest in our series of author interviews on food, science, and nutrition | After visiting the outer planets in the 1980s, the twin Voyager spacecraft have sent back tantalizing clues about the edge of our Solar System and what lies beyond. Though they may have reached the edge of the Solar System or even passed it, the craft lack the instruments to tell us much about the ... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 35 minutes
10 Years of the Higgs Boson
In 1964 a theoretical physicist called Peter Higgs suggested a mechanism via which elementary particles of a new theoretical scheme could obtain mass. It had been a thorny mathematical stinker in the framework that today we now call the standard model of particle physics. Ten years ago this July, the particle this mechanism predicted, the Higgs Boson, was confirmed to exist in experiments conducted at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Prof Frank Close, whose new book - Elusive - is published this week, is... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 53 minutes
Cool Science Radio | July 28, 2022
On this week's edition of Cool Science Radio, John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek’s guests include: (01:14) Technology journalist Nate Anderson who advocates for a life of goal-oriented, creative exertion as being more meaningful, he says, than what our technological devices provide us. Anderson shares what 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche can teach us about joyful living in a tech-saturated world. (25:29) Then, Dr. Saurabh Gombar, founder and chief medical officer at Atropos Health and Adjunct Profes... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 45 minutes
#129 BlueDot special: Mysteries of the universe; stories of hope and joy; growing tiny human brains; solving global problems
Welcome to a special edition of the show recorded live at the bluedot music festival. On the panel are New Scientist journalists Rowan Hooper and Abby Beall, along with Emmy-nominated composer Hannah Peel and geoscientist and broadcaster Chris Jackson.With the awesome Lovell radio telescope dominating the sky above the festival, this episode begins with astronomy news, and in particular stories from the James Webb Space Telescope - including its mission to look at the atmosphere of rocky planets in the sear... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 10 minutes
Glacier Collapses Are a Growing but Hard-to-Predict Threat
After 11 people were killed and eight hospitalized by a glacier in early July, Italian scientists are asking how future tragedies can be avoided. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 13 minutes
Which Tory leadership candidate is the ‘greenest’?
Ian Sample chats to Fiona Harvey about which of the final two Tory leadership candidates is the ‘least bad’ when it comes to green policies, and why one of the world’s most urgent issues has taken a back seat in the contest (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-28 • 11 minutes
TASTE BUDDIES: No Sugarcoating How Sweet Affects The Brain
Our ancestors evolved the ability to taste the sweet goodness of foods like pastries and creamy chocolates. They were enticed to consume quick calories that might only be available sporadically. What does that mean today for our brains and bodies in a world where sugar is much more abundant? Host Aaron Scott talks to taste and smell researcher Paule Joseph about the sticky science of sugar and how we can have too much of a good thing.-Separately, we want to feature YOU in an upcoming episode! Is there a mom... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 38 minutes
Why Do We Get Old, and Can Aging Be Reversed?
Everybody gets older, but not everyone ages in the same way. For many people, late life includes a deterioration of health brought on by age-related disease. But that’s not true for everyone, and around the world, women typically live longer than men. Why is that? In this episode, Steven Strogatz speaks with Judith Campisi and Dena Dubal, two biomedical researchers who study the causes and outcomes of aging to understand how it works — and what scientists know about postponing or even reversing the aging pr... (@QuantaMagazine@stevenstrogatz)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 9 minutes
Transforming the Trajectory of Lung Cancer [Sponsored]
Lung cancer is the number-one cause of cancer deaths in the world. But how many lives would be saved if doctors could diagnose and treat it before it progresses? (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 28 minutes
How humans adapted to digest lactose — after thousands of years of milk drinking
How the ability to digest milk spread long after people started drinking it, and assessing therapeutic ketamine’s addiction potential. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 38 minutes
Yawn baby yawn
People yawn when they’re bored, right? So then why do athletes yawn before races? And why do so many animals yawn? … And why does reading this paragraph make you more likely to yawn? 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 podcastchoic... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 13 minutes
Gender-Affirming Care Improves Mental Health—and May Save Lives
Scores of bills in US states aim to block medical treatments for trans youth. But research shows that these bans could have dire consequences. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-27 • 14 minutes
TASTE BUDDIES: Feeling Salty?
Today, we're getting salty as we continue our series "Taste Buddies" — Short Wave's ode to taste buds. In this encore episode, Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber goes on a salty flavor journey with scientist Julie Yu. Along the way, Julie explains salt's essential role in our daily lives and how it affects our perception of food. Follow Regina on Twitter @ScienceRegina. Reach the show by sending an email to [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 74 minutes
Testudinology (TORTOISES) Encore with Amanda Hipps
We're bringing back one shell of an episode with today's encore. What's a tortoise? What's a turtle? Why do they live so dang long? What's up with their junk? Wildlife biologist and testudinologist Amanda Hipps studies gopher tortoises and dishes about turtle nomenclature, cliques, dicks, behavior, burrows, evolution, habitats and more. If you don't dig tortoises yet, you're about to fall deep into a turtle tunnel in love with them.Follow Amanda Hipps on Instagram or TwitterThis week's donation was made to ... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 8 minutes
Adventures in nose-picking
Nose-picking is something that people find disgusting—yet we still do it. And how about the gunk that’s in your nose—is it ok to eat that? (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 37 minutes
Kids Month floats on as we talk about possibly our lightest subject ever: bubbles! Pop in to learn what makes a simple soapy membrane so fascinating to kid and adult like! If you know a kid who loves science, have we go the show for you! It's called SciShow Kids, and it has all the great, rigorously-researched content you expect from SciShow, but for kids! Plus, it has puppets! Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/scishowkids!SciS... Tangents is on YouTube! Go to www.youtube.com/scishowtangents to check ... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 10 minutes
What Turtles Can Teach Humans About the Science of Slow Aging
7/26 New data shows that several types of the shelled reptiles can slow—and even stop—aging if the environmental conditions are right. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 57 minutes
A trip down the River Cam
You're invited aboard the Princess Charlotte on the River Cam for a Naked Scientists Summer Special (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 15 minutes
Learning how to cope with ‘climate doom’
Anand Jagatia speaks to psychotherapist Caroline Hickman about climate anxiety, and how we can turn feelings of doom into positive action (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-26 • 15 minutes
TASTE BUDDIES: Umami And The Redemption Of MSG
We're continuing our celebration of taste with another episode in our "Taste Buddies" series. Today: Umami.In the early 1900s a Japanese chemist identified umami, but it took a century for his work to be translated into English. In this encore episode, Short Wave host Emily Kwong talks with producer Chloee Weiner about why it took so long for umami to be recognized as the fifth taste.Follow Emily on Twitter @emilykwong1234. Reach the show by sending an email to [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 11 minutes
The future of fashion -- made from mushrooms | Dan Widmaier
Your closet is likely full of all kinds of materials -- leather, cotton, nylon and polyester, to name a few -- that contribute to fashion's sustainability crisis. Biomaterials investigator Dan Widmaier explains how we could look to nature for sustainable replacements for these much-used materials and introduces a leather alternative made from mushrooms that looks great and doesn't harm the environment. "We can make fashion sustainable, and we're going to do it with science," Widmaier says. (@TEDTalks)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 79 minutes
205 | John Quiggin on Interest Rates and the Information Economy
I talk with economist John Quiggin about how the information economy has affected the use of interest rates to influence economic activity. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 8 minutes
Why the Arctic Is Warming 4 Times as Fast as the Rest of Earth
The loss of sea ice is exposing darker waters, which absorb more of the sun’s energy. It’s a devastating feedback loop with major consequences for the planet. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 54 minutes
Skeptic Check: Shared Reality (rebroadcast)
One of the many shocking aspects of the Capitol attack was that it revealed how thoroughly the nation had cleaved into alternate realities. How did we get to this point? How did misinformation come to create beliefs embraced by millions? In this episode, experts in social media, cults, and the history of science join us for a discussion about how these alternative realities formed, why people are drawn to them, and the benefits of a shared reality. Guests: Joan Donovan – Research Director of the Shorens... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 39 minutes
666: Developing Nanomaterials to Help Solve Global Energy, Fuel, and Fresh Water Issues - Dr. Mita Dasog
Dr. Mita Dasog is an Associate Professor and the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Research Chair in the Department of Chemistry at Dalhousie University in Canada. Mita’s lab conducts basic research to examine how different nanomaterials form, what... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Jul-25 • 16 minutes
TASTE BUDDIES: Pucker Up! It's The Science Of Sour
This week Short Wave is celebrating our sense of taste with an entire week of themed episodes, covering everything from sugar and spice to what's beyond our classic ideas of taste. It's a series we're calling, "Taste Buddies."In today's encore episode with Atlantic science writer Katherine Wu, we take a tour through the mysteries of sourness — complete with a fun taste test. Along the way, Katie serves up some hypotheses for the evolution of sour taste because, as Katie explains in her article, "The Paradox... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-24 • 69 minutes
The Elephant In The Universe: Govert Schilling
In The Elephant in the Universe, Govert Schilling explores the fascinating history of the search for dark matter. Evidence for its existence comes from a wealth of astronomical observations. Theories and computer simulations of the evolution of the universe are also suggestive: they can be reconciled with astronomical measurements only if dark matter is a dominant component of nature. Physicists have devised huge, sensitive instruments to search for dark matter, which may be unlike anything else in the cosm... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-24 • 11 minutes
Better screening for autism
Do you know someone on the autism spectrum? Perhaps you are on it yourself. This episode, we're hearing from a speaker who says we need to be better at diagnosing autism as early as possible — not to medicalise people, but to ensure we're making a world that supports and includes them. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Jul-23 • 56 minutes
Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere
The extreme heat wave in western Europe over the last couple of weeks is just one of many in the Northern Hemisphere in 2022. How is global warming changing the atmosphere to make heat waves more frequent and more intense? We talk to climatologists Hannah Cloke, Friederike Otto and Efi Rousi. If we want to stabilise global warming to two degrees by the end of the century, how are we going to do that? One novel idea is to harness the world's vast railway infrastructure and equip freight and passenger trains... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Jul-23 • 43 minutes
Bats v Flies
Brian Cox and Robin Ince kick off the new series by tackling one of the greatest questions ever posed by science: which are better, bats or flies? Joining them for this unusual version of animal Top Trumps are a bat expert (Prof Kate Jones), a fly expert (Dr Erica McAlister) and Dave Gorman. Pitching arguably two of the least-lovable groups of creatures against each other, the battle for victory explores why we should favour flies or find bats beautiful. Although both are much maligned thanks to their ass... (@themonkeycage@ProfBrianCox@robinince)
podcast image2022-Jul-23 • 54 minutes
Celebrating Charles Todd and the overland telegraph
The Australian overland telegraph was a 3,200 km line connecting Port Augusta in South Australia to Darwin. It was completed in 1872 and allowed communication between Australia and the rest of the world. It was one of the great engineering feats of 19th-century Australia and was a significant milestone in Australia’s development. The line was built due to the determination of one man, a government employee, Charles Todd. As we celebrate 150 years since the line was completed, Sharon Carleton looks at the Ch... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-23
The Skeptics Guide #889 - Jul 23 2022
Interview with Brian Dunning about UFO Movie; Cara's Cancer Experience; News Items: Global Warming Technologies, SLS Launch, Periodic FRBs, Habitable Super Earths; Who's That Noisy; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 33 minutes
Why is this song stuck in my head?
You have probably experienced an ‘earworm’ - a catchy bit of music that plays round and round in your head and won’t go away – at least for a short while. But why did it pop up in the first place and how did it get stuck? CrowdScience listener Ryota in Japan wants us to dig into earworms, so presenter Datshiane Navanayagam bravely puts on her headphones to immerse herself in the world of sounds that stick. She meets with a composer of children’s songs as well as music psychologists to find out if there is ... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 47 minutes
Kahneman on ‘Noise,’ CHIPS Act, Great Salt Lake Dryness, Hybrid Toads. July 22, 2022, Part 2
When Times Get Tough, These Toads Make Hybrid Babies Scientists have long thought that when two animals from two different species mate, it’s a colossal error and the end of the road for the mismatched couple. It’s called interspecies breeding, and many hybrid offspring often end up sterile, such as zonkeys —a cross between a zebra and donkey. Or they can develop serious health problems, like ligers and tigons. One biologist even went as far to call interspecies breeding “the grossest blunder in sexual pref... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 47 minutes
Global Heat Wave, Indigenous Peoples Genetic History, Heat-Adaptive Plants. July 22, 2022, Part 1
Earth Faces A Global Heat Wave Temperatures are higher than normal for much of the planet this week—and while the heat wave in Europe has had much of the attention, over 100 million Americans in 28 states were under extreme heat advisories this week. Yasmin Tayag, a freelance science editor and writer based in New York, joins Ira to talk about the global heat wave and other stories from the week in science—including the president’s COVID diagnosis, an uptick in drug-resistant infections, and the question of... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 27 minutes
Good Intentions: Stories about meaning well
In this week’s episode, both our storytellers set out to do the right thing, but you know what they say about good intentions. Part 1: During the pandemic, science journalist Maddie Bender signs up to be a contact tracer. Part 2: Veterinarian Leslie Brooks decides to make an exception to the rules for one pet owner. Maddie Bender is an innovation reporter at The Daily Beast and a science journalist whose work has appeared in STAT, Scientific American, VICE, Smithsonian Magazine, and other outlets. She holds... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 26 minutes
You v. You
This episode, originally aired more than a decade ago, attempts to answer one question: how do you win against your worst impulses? Zelda Gamson tried for decades to stop smoking, but the part of her that wanted to quit couldn’t beat the part of her that refused to let go. Adam Davidson, a co-founder of the NPR podcast Planet Money, talked to one of the greatest negotiators of all time, Nobel Prize-winning Economist Thomas Schelling, whose tactical skills saw him through high-stakes conflicts during the Col... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 7 minutes
How Heat Waves Are Messing Up Your Sleep
Higher nighttime temperatures don’t just make it harder to drift off, they can disrupt your sleep cycles and leave you with low-quality rest. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-22 • 13 minutes
The Accelerated Approvals Process: Are Drugmakers Fulfilling Their Promises?
The Food and Drug Administration allows faster drug approvals based on preliminary study data if the drug fulfills an unmet medical need. But the speedy approval comes with a promise that the drugmaker does another clinical trial once the drug is on the market to prove it really works. If not, the FDA can rescind the approval. How are the companies doing and how well does the agency enforce that system? Pharmaceuticals correspondent Sydney Lupkin investigated the 30-year track record for accelerated approva... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 117 minutes
How to moonwalk
This Week: NASA Webb Results, Helpful Gonorrhea, Instruments and covid, Big Dino Era, Hot blooded ear wax, Sun & Satiety, Frozen rat livers, Vaccine's and menstruation patterns, Headbanging woodpeckers, Bean moms, Four-legged Fish, Red Deer Cave DNA, Volcanic Dark Matter, Emotional Memories, Imagination Language, And Much More (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 30 minutes
Heat waves in the Northern Hemisphere
The extreme heat wave in western Europe over the last couple of weeks is just one of many in the Northern Hemisphere in 2022. How is global warming changing the atmosphere to make heat waves more frequent and more intense? We talk to climatologists Hannah Cloke, Friederike Otto and Efi Rousi. If we want to stabilise global warming to two degrees by the end of the century, how are we going to do that? One novel idea is to harness the world's vast railway infrastructure and equip freight and passenger ... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 27 minutes
Million Bazillion: How do big video platforms make money?
We’re thrilled to share an episode from our pals at Million Bazillion. Take a peek at the fascinating world of online video makers and the role money plays. | | A listener wants to know how the creators of his favorite online videos get paid. It’s a surprisingly complicated question, and Ryan and Bridget have to go viral themselves to find out the answer. Accompanied by their new dog and a bunch of influencers, we’ll learn all about the wild economics of online videos. Put on your tap-dancing shoes, we’re ... (@Brains_On)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 42 minutes
Possible fabrications in Alzheimer’s research, and bad news for life on Enceladus
On this week’s show: Troubling signs of fraud threaten discoveries key to a reigning theory of Alzheimer’s disease, and calculating the saltiness of the ocean on one of Saturn’s moons | Investigative journalist Charles Piller joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss signs of fabrication in scores of Alzheimer’s articles brought to light by a neuroscientist whistleblower. | Next, researcher Wan Ying Kang talks with Sarah about Saturn’s bizarre moon Enceladus. Kang’s group wrote in Science Advances about modeling t... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 30 minutes
Engineering Around Mercury, Science Festivals, and The Rise of The Mammals
How hard is it to get to Mercury and why are we going? Also, do science festivals work? And why did mammals survive when dinosaurs died? Marnie Chesterton and guests dissect. As this programme went out, scientists and engineers eagerly wait for new images of the planet Mercury to arrive, snapped from a speeding probe passing just 200km from the surface, as it desperately tries to shed some velocity on its seven-year braking journey. ESA/JAXA's BepiColombo mission to Mercury is using gravitational swing-sho... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 23 minutes
#128 Extreme heatwaves; China’s space station launch; covid’s effects in pregnancy; a black hole symphony
Following scolding 40 degree record temperatures, it’s clear the UK is not set up to deal with such heat. But as extreme weather events become more common, how can we prepare for a hotter future? The team finds out, and looks to the US and Europe where hot temperatures are also wreaking havoc.China’s space plans are rocketing forward, as the country prepares to launch the second part of its space station into orbit on 24 July. With the third and final module due to launch in October, the team finds out what... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 50 minutes
Cool Science Radio | July 21, 2022
On this week's Cool Science Radio, hosts John and Lynn's guests include: (1:34) David McRaney comes on air to discuss his new book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. (24:44) Then, National Geographic Explorer Dr. Meg Lowman who joins the show to tell us about the 2023 National GEO Kids Almanac. The Almanac features animal stories, weird-but-true facts, and interviews with National Geographic Explorers (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: chemists put a new spin on the phrase 'tree of life'
A new study has revealed that the bark of a tall rainforest tree may provide a cornucopia of potentially useful drugs for people — drugs that could lead to positive neuroactive effects in the future. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 7 minutes
Can Reengineered Aluminum Help Fill the Demand for Copper?
As the world converts to electric vehicles and renewable energy, molecular tweaks to aluminum could improve its conductivity. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 55 minutes
Zymology (BEER) Encore with Quinton Sturgeon
Nothin' like crackin' open a cold one with the Ologites, amirite? If you like booze, you'll love... fungus! Alie goes Rogue and takes a field trip to a brewery in Newport, OR where she smells vats of bubbling beer slop and learns about the microorganisms that are the workhorses of the brewing industry. Learn about yeasts, how beer is made, the hardest part about being a beer maker, the thick history of beer, some home brewing tips and also a nugget about bungholes. Let's get yeasty.Special thanks to Shannon... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 13 minutes
Have Biden’s climate pledges just been killed off?
Ian Sample speaks to Prof Elizabeth Bomberg about recent developments that have hobbled the US government on climate action (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-21 • 12 minutes
Russia's War In Ukraine Is Hurting Nature
The war in Ukraine is devastating that nation's rich, natural environment - from chemical leaks poisoning water supplies and warships killing dolphins to explosions disrupting bird migrations. NPR Environmental Correspondent Nate Rott has been reporting from Ukraine. He sits down with Short Wave's Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber to talk about how the Russian invasion is harming the environment even beyond Ukraine's borders. Read more of Nate's reporting: https://n.pr/3PkuKcEWant to get in touch? Rea... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 73 minutes
Brian Keating with James Altucher
Have you ever thought about why Galileo Galilei, an Italian astronomer, physicist, and engineer was willing to risk his life to speak out about science against the will of the church at that time? How was science back then? How can America maintain its leadership in the sciences? Is it slipping? Dr. Brian Keating, an American physicist, podcaster, and author, talks to James Altucher about his project of making the first-ever audiobook that was written by Galileo Galilei, and we also brainstorm on how we cou... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 29 minutes
How researchers have pinpointed the origin of 'warm-blooded' mammals
Ancient inner ears give clues to when mammals evolved ‘warm-bloodedness’, and an efficient enzyme that pulls carbon dioxide out of the air. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 50 minutes
What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?
A lava planet, life on other worlds, the very first starlight in the universe — the most powerful space telescope ever built is ready to reveal many mysteries of the cosmos. 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/ad... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 45 minutes
Lisa Jean Moore, "Our Transgenic Future: Spider Goats, Genetic Modification, and the Will to Change Nature" (NYU Press, 2022)
The process of manipulating the genetic material of one animal to include the DNA of another creates a new transgenic organism. Several animals, notably goats, mice, sheep, and cattle are now genetically modified in this way. In Our Transgenic Future: Spider Goats, Genetic Modification, and the Will to Change Nature (NYU Press, 2022), Lisa Jean Moore wonders what such scientific advances portend. Will the natural world become so modified that it ceases to exist? After turning species into hybrids, can we ev... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 10 minutes
Texas’ Precarious Power Grid Exposes a Nasty Feedback Loop
Air conditioning saves lives. But as the planet warms, more AC use stresses the grid and drives up emissions, accelerating climate change. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-20 • 15 minutes
Keeping Score On Climate: How We Measure Greenhouse Gases
Host Emily Kwong wants to keep an eye on her carbon footprint. Most of it consists of greenhouse gas emissions from driving her car or buying meat at the grocery store. But it's not so obvious how to measure those emissions, or how factories, cargo ships, or even whole countries measure theirs.Enter: NPR science reporter Rebecca Hersher. Together, Rebecca and Emily break down how greenhouse gas emissions are tallied ... and why those measurements are so important in figuring out who's responsible for cleani... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 7 minutes
The number of humans between dawn and dusk
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 35 minutes
SciShow Tangents Classics - Candy
Sometimes, when you're making a podcast with 3 hosts, one of those hosts is going to get sick for two weeks and totally mess up Kids Month. So this week, we humbly present a classic episode that happens to be about something kids love: candy! Grab your favorite snack and join us on this sugary journey to the past!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/SciShowTangentsto find out how you ... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 14 minutes
‘Falling from the sky in distress’: the deadly bird flu outbreak sweeping the world
Avian influenza is sweeping across the world, killing millions of birds. In the UK, wild seabird populations are being hit hard. Phoebe Weston tells Madeleine Finlay about the devastating impact (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 55 minutes
The wine we drink and machines that can think
The best science news stories from the past month... (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 10 minutes
Venus And The 18th Century Space Race
In the 18th century the world was focused on Venus. Expeditions were launched in pursuit of exact measurements of Venus as it passed between Earth and the Sun. By viewing its journey and location on the Sun's surface, scientists hoped to make a massive leap in scientific knowledge. With a little help from math, Scientist in Residence Regina G. Barber recounts how humanity came closer to understanding our cosmic address — and relative distances to other planets — in the solar system. You can follow Regina on... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-19 • 22 minutes
Researchers Identify 'Master Problem' Underlying All Cryptography
The existence of secure cryptography depends on one of the oldest questions in computational complexity. Read more at QuantaMagazine.org. Music is “Transmission” by John Deley and the 41 Players. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 75 minutes
Aviv Bergman on The Evolution of Robustness and Integrating The Disciplines
Ask any martial artist: It’s not just where a person strikes you but your stance that matters. The amplitude and angle of a blow is one thing but how you can absorb and/or deflect it makes the difference. The same is true in any evolutionary system. Most people seem to know “the butterfly effect” where tiny changes lead to large results, but the inverse also works: complex organisms buffer their development against adverse mutations so that tiny changes cannot redirect the growth of limbs and other organs. ... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 13 minutes
Epigenetic clocks for humans and dogs
Steve Horvath and Elaine Ostrander explain the usefulness of epigenetic clocks in humans and dogs. (@PNASNews)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 75 minutes
204 | John Asher Johnson on Hunting for Exoplanets
I talk with astronomer John Johnson about how we can detect planets outside the solar system. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 54 minutes
Sci-Fi From the Future (rebroadcast)
Are you ready to defer all your personal decision-making to machines? Polls show that most Americans are uneasy about the unchecked growth of artificial intelligence. The possible misuse of genetic engineering also makes us anxious. We all have a stake in the responsible development of science and technology, but fortunately, science fiction films can help. The movies Ex Machina and Jurassic Park suggest where A.I. and unfettered gene-tinkering could lead. But even less popular sci-fi movies can help us ima... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 43 minutes
665: Researching Relationships and How They Impact Mental Health and Learning in Children - Dr. Jennifer Jenkins
Dr. Jennifer Jenkins is the Atkinson Chair of Early Child Development and Education and the Interim Academic Director of the Frazer Mustard Institute of Human Development at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on things that influence the... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 8 minutes
What Humans Can Learn From the Sea Cucumber’s Toxic Arsenal
Sea cucumbers are squishy and soft. They also employ lethal strategies to protect themselves. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-18 • 12 minutes
How Clarice Phelps Put Her Mark On The Periodic Table
As a kid, Clarice Phelps dreamed of being an astronaut, or maybe an explorer like the characters on Star Trek. And while her path to a career in science was different than what she expected, it led her to being a part of something big: the discovery of a new element on the periodic table. Clarice talks to host Aaron Scott about her role in creating Tennessine, one of the heaviest elements known to humankind.Do you have a great science discovery story? Tell us about it at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-17 • 36 minutes
James Webb Space Telescope First Results Q & A with Project Scientist John Mather, Nobel Prizewinner
@NASAWebb Senior Project Scientist, and @NobelPrize winner, John Mather answers questions about the JWST from listeners of Into The Impossible. 📺 Watch my #JWST explainer here https://youtu.be/1MjR_A5oDyI Please join my mailing list; for your chance to win 4 billion year old space dust click here 👉 briankeating.com/list 📝 Get your copy of Think Like a Nobel Prize Winner here: https://urlgeni.us/amzn/TLANPW Please join my mailing list to win cool prizes; click here 👉 briankeating.com/list 📝 Please subscrib... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-17 • 11 minutes
Hunting for a missing Aussie mouse
What does it take to bring an extinct species back from the dead? Well, sometimes — a Woman's Day magazine. | | This week, we're hearing from Tyrone Lavery, a detective who hunts — in a good way — for lost Australian mammals. And he's on particular lookout for a sweet little native mouse. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Jul-16 • 63 minutes
First images from the James Webb Space Telescope
Roland Pease talks to two astronomers who began working on the James Webb Space Telescope more than two decades ago and have now seen the first spectacular results of their labours. Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona and JWST's senior project scientist John Mather discuss the highlights of the first four images. Also in the programme, geologists discover precisely where on the Red Planet the most ancient Martian meteorite came from - we speak to Anthony Lagain whose detective work identified the cra... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Jul-16 • 54 minutes
The physics of music - part 6
In the final part of his series on the connections between developments in physic and music, the late Ian Johnston, physicist from The University of Sydney, explores developments in the twentieth century. In physics, communications technology saw valves come, and go, replaced by transistors, then silicon chips, leading to increased capacity and miniaturisation. In music, accepted conventions of harmony came under attack and composers experimented with more freedom. Musical styles developed using new electro... (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-16
The Skeptics Guide #888 - Jul 16 2022
News Items: Green Steel, T. Rex Arms, Getting Out The Vote, James Webb Latest Images; Who's That Noisy; Quote Quiz; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 32 minutes
Are viruses the key to fighting infections?
We are running out of ammunition against certain infections, as bacteria increasingly evade the antibiotics we’ve relied on for nearly a century. Could bacteriophages – viruses that hunt and kill bacteria – be part of the solution? In 2019, CrowdScience travelled to Georgia where bacteriophages, also known as phages, have been used for nearly a hundred years to treat illnesses ranging from a sore throat to cholera. Here we met the scientists who have kept rare phages safe for decades, and are constantly on... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 47 minutes
JWST Images, Solar System Exploration, Monkeypox. July 15, 2022, Part 2
Stunning JWST Images Show New Details Of The Universe After many delays, a Christmas launch, and a months-long period of travel and testing, the first science images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) were unveiled this week. The JWST has a huge multi-segmented mirror that allows it to gather faint light—and it sees in the infrared, allowing it to see through dust and gas and reveal details about the universe that were previously unseeable. On Monday, a short ceremony at the White House unveiled the... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 47 minutes
A Land Return, A COVID Update, Texas’ Power Grid, and A Gene-Editing Thriller. July 15, 2022, Part 1
1,000 Acres Of Ancestral Land Returned To Onondaga Nation Earlier this month, more than 1,000 acres of land in central New York were returned to the Onondaga Nation, the original steward of the land. This decision stems from a 2018 settlement between the Natural Resource Trustees and Honeywell International, Inc., which previously owned the land and polluted it with dangerous toxins, such as mercury and heavy metals. Under this agreement, Honeywell will fund and implement 18 restoration projects, and the On... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 36 minutes
Anticipation: Stories about expectations
In this week’s episode, both our storytellers will have you on the edge of your seat, shivering with anti…….ci……….PATION as they share stories of high stakes scientific events. Part 1: Science journalist Nicholas St. Fleur spends two years preparing for what is to be an epic solar eclipse. Part 2: Chemical engineer Jason Raines finds himself leading the underdog team in a high school underwater robotics competition. Nicholas St. Fleur is a science reporter at STAT covering racial health disparities and hos... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 49 minutes
The Gatekeeper
This week, Reporter Peter Smith and Senior Producer Matt Kielty tell the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that set the standard for scientific expertise in a courtroom, i.e., whether an expert can testify in a lawsuit. They also tell the story of the Daubert family — yes, the Dauberts of “Daubert v Merrell Dow” — whose win before the nine justices translated into a deeper loss. Special thanks to Leah Litman, Rachel Rebouche, Jennifer Mnookin, David Savitz, Brooke Borel, and Tom Zeller Jr. Credits: R... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 58 minutes
Rachael Pells, "Genomics: How Genome Sequencing Will Change Healthcare" (Random House, 2022)
Genome sequencing is one of the most exciting scientific breakthroughs of the past thirty years. But what precisely does it involve and how is it developing? In Genomics: How Genome Sequencing Will Change Healthcare (Random House, 2022), Rachael Pells explains the science behind genomics. She analyses its practical applications in medical diagnosis and the treatment of conditions that range from cancer to severe allergic reactions to cystic fibrosis. She considers its potential to help with advances in agri... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 8 minutes
Turkey Probably Hasn’t Found the Rare Earth Metals It Says It Has
The deposits discovered reportedly contain enough resources to meet global demand for 1,000 years—surpassing even China’s reserves. But experts are skeptical. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-15 • 14 minutes
The Universe's Baby Pictures (Squee!) From The James Webb Space Telescope
Earlier this week we got a look at one of the highest-profile scientific photo dumps of all time. The James Webb Space Telescope is the most powerful telescope ever sent into space, and it is producing some of the most detailed, rich, and far-reaching images of the universe we have seen – including the birth of stars, galaxies colliding, and the bending of space-time itself. Today, Host Emily Kwong talks with Short Wave Scientist-in-Residence Regina G. Barber and NPR's Joe Palca about these mind bending new... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 82 minutes
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: JWST, Gamer brains, Bee Waggle Dances, The anti-science brain, Sarlacc, Ancient Europeans, Foxes, Lice, Dinosaurs, Webbs, And Much More… Become a Patron! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 32 minutes
First images from the James Webb Space Telescope
Roland Pease talks to two astronomers who began working on the James Webb Space Telescope more than two decades ago and have now seen the first spectacular results of their labours. Marcia Rieke of the University of Arizona and JWST's senior project scientist John Mather discuss the highlights of the first four images. Also in the programme, geologists discover precisely where on the Red Planet the most ancient Martian meteorite came from - we speak to Anthony Lagain whose detective work identified the... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 34 minutes
The Webb Space Telescope’s first images, and why scratching sometimes makes you itchy
On this week’s show: The first images from the James Webb Space Telescope hint at the science to come, and disentangling the itch-scratch cycle | After years of delays, the James Webb Space Telescope launched at the end of December 2021. Now, NASA has released a few of the first full-color images captured by the instrument’s enormous mirror. Staff Writer Daniel Clery joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss these first images and what they mean for the future of science from Webb. | Next on the podcast, Jing Feng... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 28 minutes
Inside Sentience
Marnie Chesterton and guests mull over the saga of an AI engineer who believes his chatbot is sentient. Also, climate scientists propose a major leap in earth system modelling, that might cost £250m a year but would bring our predictive power from 100 km to 1km. And the story of a Malaysian Breadfruit species that turns out to be two separate strains - something locals knew all along, but that science had missed. Philp Ball's latest book, The Book of Minds, explores the work still to be done on our concept... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 174 minutes
Andy Knoll: The First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
Andy Knoll is a Renaissance Scientist. He is a geologist, paleobiologist, and geochemist and has applied key ideas from chemistry, biology, physiology and more to understanding the key developments associated with life on Earth—both how geology and chemistry have impacted on life, and vice versa. He has made ground breaking contributions to the understanding of almost every phase of life, from early Pre-Cambrian single cell life, to the emergence of more complex lifeforms, to mass extinctions. His group ... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 28 minutes
#127: Pig hearts transplanted into dead people; James Webb Space Telescope gives best-ever view of the universe; boosting wheat genetics to feed the world
After the first pig-human transplant patient died just 2 months after receiving his new heart, researchers are now testing modified pig hearts by transplanting them into recently deceased people on life support. The team discusses a new experiment which has shown very promising results.NASA has revealed stunning images of deep-space captured by the James Webb Space Telescope - and there’s so much more to come. The team explains how the telescope is like a time machine, helping us to peer back into the early... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: what happens when humans pass diseases back to animals?
We know that many viruses are passed from animals to humans. But there's another part of this story. We often give viruses back to animals. And this week, we're going to be talking about what happens after that happens. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio | July 14, 2022
In today's episode of Cool Science Radio John Well's and Lynn Ware Peek's guests include:One of the leading intellectuals of the digital age, (01:29) Jamie Susskind, who has outlined a plan to bring unregulated technology back into check — his new book is The Digital Republic: One Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century. Then, two experts on food science and soil biology: (27:35) David Montgomery, a geomorphologist and professor at the University of Washington, and biologist and environmental planner, Ann... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 8 minutes
Is There Good News for Monarch Butterflies? Scientists Disagree
A recent study suggests that gains during the summer breeding season are making up for losses during migration. But the insects’ fate is far from assured. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 15 minutes
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 (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-14 • 14 minutes
Making Space Travel Accessible For People With Disabilities
This week NASA released some of the sharpest images of space ever from the James Webb Space Telescope. The telescope's camera gives us a glimpse into distant galaxies and a picture of the makings of our universe. Tomorrow, we'll nerd out about those photos. But today, we're revisiting the idea of space travel. This encore episode, science correspondent Geoff Brumfiel talks to New York Times Disability Reporting Fellow Amanda Morris about one organization working to ensure disabled people have the chance to ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 29 minutes
Ancient mud reveals the longest record of climate from the tropics
A sediment core from Peru unlocks thousands of years of climate data, and the first glimpses from the James Webb Space Telescope. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 19 minutes
Astrophysics Professor Explains James Webb Space Telescope Results: What do they mean? What's next?
Watch this on Youtube! Today NASA released the first images and data from the James Webb Space Telescope. Here's my reaction to this treasure trove of light, including: Carina Nebula. The Carina Nebula is one of the largest and brightest nebulae in the sky, located approximately 7,600 light-years away in the southern constellation Carina. Nebulae are stellar nurseries where stars form. The Carina Nebula is home to many massive stars, several times larger than the Sun. WASP-96 b (spectrum). WASP-96 b is a gi... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 35 minutes
Vitamin X
Millions of Americans take dietary supplements — everything from vitamins and minerals to weight loss pills and probiotics. But because supplements are loosely regulated in the US, their makers don't have to prove that they work, or even that they are safe. 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 Vo... (@voxdotcom@nhassenfeld)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 81 minutes
Personality Psychology (PERSONALITIES) Encore with Simine Vazire
A few personal updates from your internet dad and then … WHO ARE WE? This one is a banger, folks. Personality researcher & psychology professor Dr. Simine Vazire dishes about introverts, extroverts, self-esteem, sociopaths, neuroticism, conscientiousness, Buzzfeed quizzes, yearbook inscriptions, trusting people, screwing up your kids, acting like your parents, changing personality traits through therapy or medication and astrology being put to the test. Also, Alie finds out what kind of dog she is. And than... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 22 minutes
Smologies #14: ALIENS with Kevin Peter Hand
A Smologies kid-friendly version of… ALIENS! EXTRATERRESTRIALS! MARTIANS! The phenomenal Dr. Kevin Peter Hand of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory dishes on the oceans of distant moons, methane rivers, ice crusts, the James Webb Space Telescope findings, what might be out there, aliens, what elements a planet needs to sustain life, and how finding extraterrestrial microbes would change the way we see life on this here tiny blue dot in space. More kid-safe Smologies episodes at alieward.com/smologiesDr. Kevin... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 9 minutes
Abortion Pills May Force States and the FDA Into a Standoff
Under the Constitution, federal laws overrule state ones. But challenges to medication abortion will test the agency’s ability to make nationwide regulations. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 14 minutes
Real Life 'Goonies'? A Mysterious Shipwreck Found Off the Oregon Coast
For centuries, mysterious blocks of beeswax and Chinese porcelain have washed up on the Oregon coast, leading to legends of pirates, treasure, and a sunken Spanish galleon. It became known as the Beeswax Wreck, and it inspired centuries of treasure hunters—and maybe even Steven Spielberg, as he created The Goonies. Now, researchers have found nearly 330-year-old timbers from the ship in a hard-to-access cave. This is the story of how a team of volunteer archeologists are working to solve one of the most end... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-13 • 28 minutes
How Do Mathematicians Know Their Proofs Are Correct?
How can anyone say something with certainty about infinity? What can we really know about the mysterious prime numbers without knowing all of them? Just as scientists need data to assess their hypotheses, mathematicians need evidence to prove or disprove conjectures. But what counts as evidence in the intangible realm of number theory? In this episode, Steven Strogatz speaks with Melanie Matchett Wood, a professor of mathematics at Harvard University, to learn how probability and randomness can help establi... (@QuantaMagazine@stevenstrogatz)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 6 minutes
Brain hotter than body
The highest standard for measuring body temperature is via a heart sensor—after that, it's from inside a body cavity; and you can do it from inside the mouth or the ear, but that's not as accurate, and even less so when measured on the skin. Measuring brain temperature is different again—and be astonished that the temperature of the human brain differs from the rest of the body. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 44 minutes
Kids month continues with maybe THE most-beloved-by-children scientific topic of all time: dinosaurs! Come on a journey back in time to learn about the giant guys who used to stomp around and eat each other all over planet Earth!And, as if that's not good enough, we're joined by Tangents editorial assistant Deboki Chakravarti! If you need more Deboki in your life, you can listen to her podcast, Tiny Matter, here: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/press... you know a kid who loves science, have we go the sh... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 7 minutes
Omicron's Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34
Omicron's Nasty New Variants and Better Boosters to Battle Them: COVID, Quickly, Episode 34 (@sciam)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 7 minutes
Scientists Are Trying to Grow Crops in the Dark
Powering plant growth with solar panels instead of photosynthesis could be a more efficient way of using the sun’s energy for food. But it’s not all good news. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 60 minutes
Gene-Editing: Food of the Future?
As the UK looks to relax the growth and sale of gene-edited crops, how could this impact the food we eat? (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 13 minutes
Why have Australian honeybees been put into lockdown? Podcast
Madeleine Finlay finds out why the varroa mite, a deadly parasite, poses such a threat and what it means to put bees into lockdown (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-12 • 8 minutes
BA.5: The Omicron Subvariant Driving Up Cases — And Reinfections
BA.5 is now the dominant SARS-CoV-2 subvariant in the United States. It's driving up COVID cases and hospitalizations across the country. It's also causing quicker reinfections. More people appear to be contracting the virus multiple times in relatively quick succession. Today, host Emily Kwong talks with science correspondent Allison Aubrey about this dominant subvariant: What it means for mask mandates, "long COVID" — and why infectious disease experts think this wave will be more manageable than last win... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 6 minutes
Introducing: Who Killed Daphne?
When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 15 minutes
The search for the invisible matter that shapes the universe | Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
The universe that we know, with its luminous stars and orbiting planets, is largely made up of elements we can't actually see -- like dark energy and dark matter -- and therefore don't fully understand. Theoretical physicist Chanda Prescod-Weinstein takes us inside the search for this cosmos-shaping invisible matter and explains how, with the help of a new generation of telescopes, we could be closer to demystifying it than ever before. "The universe is more queer and fantastical than it looks to the naked ... (@TEDTalks)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 84 minutes
203 | N.J. Enfield on Why Language is Good for Lawyers and Not Scientists
I talk with linguistic anthropologist N.J. Enfield on how language was originally developed for social, rather than descriptive, purposes. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 22 minutes
Higgs boson at 10: a deep dive into the mysterious, mass-giving particle
We discuss the discovery of the Higgs boson and the impact it's had on physics. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 65 minutes
Long Covid ‘brain fog’
Following a bout of Covid-19, a significant number of people suffer with weeks or months of 'brain fog' - poor concentration, forgetfulness, and confusion. This is one of the manifestations of Long Covid. A team of scientists in the United States has now discovered that infection in the lung can trigger an inflammatory response which then causes patterns of abnormal brain cell activity. It’s the kind of brain cell dysregulation also seen in people who experience cognitive problems following chemotherapy... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 68 minutes
Michela Massimi, "Perspectival Realism" (Oxford UP, 2022)
For many philosophers, the fact that scientists take different perspectives on the world is an obstacle to being a realist about the world. In Perspectival Realism (Oxford University Press, 2022), Michela Massimi argues that to the contrary the plurality of perspectives is the driving force behind realism. On her view, the scientific realism that emerges out of the perspectival nature of scientific representation takes perspectival models as inferential blueprints for exploring what is possible. The realist... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 54 minutes
Flush with Excitement (rebroadcast)
The toilet: A ubiquitous appliance that dates to the time of Shakespeare. But billions of people around the world still lack modern sanitation infrastructure. And the incentive to modernize includes the possibility that recycling human waste could help with conservation efforts, energy generation, and even medicine. Also, a sixth-grader puts lipstick on cats’ bottoms to map places their tush has touched, and in Michigan, why peeing on the peonies can be a good thing. Guests: Kaeden Henry – Sixth grade stu... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 51 minutes
664: Out of This World Research on Extrasolar Planets - Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman
Dr. Shawn Domagal-Goldman is a Research Space Scientist with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center. Shawn spends his days looking for ways to detect signs of alien life. He uses a wide variety of techniques, including mass spectrometers to measure... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 10 minutes
The Secrets of Covid ‘Brain Fog’ Are Starting to Lift
Scientists are getting closer to understanding the neurology behind the memory problems and cognitive fuzziness that an infection can trigger. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-11 • 15 minutes
Everything On A Bagel: A Conversation With Daniels
Directing Duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, (collectively: Daniels) are known for their first feature film Swiss Army Man and DJ Snake's and Lil Jon's music video "Turn Down For What." This year, they've taken their directing to a whole different universe. Host Emily Kwong chats with the Daniels about their new film Everything Everywhere All At Once and how their indie film about laundry and taxes melds the arts with sciences. You can follow Emily on Twitter @EmilyKwong1234. Email Short Wave at ShortWav... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-10 • 74 minutes
The Elusive Higgs Boson: Frank Close
Frank Close is Professor Emeritus of Theoretical Physics, and Fellow Emeritus at Exeter College. He was formerly Head of Theoretical Physics Division at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, vice President of the British Science Association and Head of Communications and Public Understanding at CERN. He was awarded the Kelvin Medal of the Institute of Physics for his 'outstanding contributions to the public understanding of physics' in 1996, an OBE for 'services to research and the public understanding of sci... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-10 • 11 minutes
Peeking inside unhappy Aussie knees
How are your knees feeling? There's a pretty good chance one or both of them are sore — after all, knee osteoarthritis is a leading cause of disability globally, and Australia's no exception. | | Trouble is, we don't really have any way of treating it. But never fear — this week we're hearing from someone who's bringing her engineering background to take a peek inside dodgy knees and see what it might take to fix them. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Jul-09
The physics of music - part 5
In the nineteenth century western music moved from classicism to romanticism, and our knowledge of physics progressed in electricity, electromagnetism and the wave properties of sound. We also began to understand how the ear and brain work allowing us to perceive and appreciate music. (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-09
The Skeptics Guide #887 - Jul 9 2022
Interview with Dr. Dave Stanton; Special Segment: The Fate of Fireworks; News Items: Universal Coronavirus Vaccine, Preserving Ukraine's Landmarks, Detecting Particles with Gravitational Waves, Who Owns the Moon; Your Questions and E-mails: What Is a Skeptic?; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 35 minutes
Are artistic brains different?
Artists can conjure up people, cities, landscapes and entire worlds using just a pencil or a paintbrush. But some of us struggle to draw simple stick figures or a circle that’s round. CrowdScience listener Myck is a fine artist from Malawi, and he’s been wondering if there’s something special about his brain. Myck takes Marnie Chesterton on a tour of his studio, where he paints onto huge canvases sewn from offcuts of local fabric. He’s a self-taught artist and he’s convinced he sees things differently to o... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 11 minutes
Coronapod: detecting COVID variants in sewage
Since early in the pandemic, scientists have searched for signals of SARS-CoV-2 transmission by sampling wastewater. This surveillance method has provided vital information to inform public health responses. But the approach has never been particularly specific - pointing to broad trends rather than granular information such as which variants are spreading where. But now a team from the University of California have created two new tools to sample waste water in much greater detail - and spot variants and t... (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 39 minutes
Healing: Stories about getting better
In this week’s episode, both our storytellers share tales of getting back on their feet, both literally and figuratively. Part 1: After Natalia Reagan gives up on her dreams of being a scientist, a devastating accident changes everything. Part 2: As Jaclyn Siegel researches eating disorders she struggles with her own. Natalia Reagan is an anthropologist, primatologist, comedian, science communicator, host, actress, producer, podcaster, professor, writer, and monkey chasing weirdo. She was a comedy writer a... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 47 minutes
Big Bang Debate History, Black Hole Sounds, Maggot Healthcare, Forest Lichens. July 8, 2022, Part 2
A Debate Over How The Universe Began Even though it’s commonly accepted today, the Big Bang theory was not always the universally accepted scientific explanation for how our universe began. In fact, the term ‘Big Bang’ was coined by a prominent physicist in 1949 to mock the idea. In the middle of the 20th century, researchers in the field of cosmology had two warring theories. The one we would come to call the Big Bang suggested the universe expanded rapidly from a primordial, hot, and ultra-dense cosmos. C... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 48 minutes
Bird Poop Importance, The Wonders Of Sweat, Invertebrate Butts. July 8, 2022, Part 1
We Need To Talk About Bird Poop Seabird poop—sometimes called guano—was the “white gold” of fertilizers for humans for millennia. Rich in nitrogen and phosphorus from birds’ fish-based diets, the substance shaped trade routes and powered economies until chemical fertilizers replaced it. But while people may no longer find bird poop profitable, these same poop deposits—often found on islands or coasts where the birds nest and rear their young—may also be nurturing ecosystems that would be left high and dry i... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 52 minutes
Baby Blue Blood Drive
This is an episode that first aired in 2018 and then again in the thick of the pandemic in 2020. Why? Because though Horseshoe crabs are not much to look at, beneath their unassuming catcher’s-mitt shell, they harbor a half-billion-year-old secret: a superpower that helped them outlive the dinosaurs, survive all the Earth’s mass extinctions, and was essential in the development of the COVID vaccines. And what is that secret superpower? Their blood. Their baby blue blood. And it’s so miraculous that for de... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 24 minutes
Reshaping the Politics of Science: Bioscience Governance in Indonesia
The last few years have brought to the fore the brilliant work of scientists as they worked to find a vaccine for Covid-19. But have you ever stopped to think about the role of biological materials in this and other science- and health-related research? In this episode of SSEAC Stories, Dr Natali Pearson is joined by Associate Professor Sonja van Wichelen to take a close look at the complex world of global health governance, with a particular focus on biotechnology and bioscience governance in Indonesia. Th... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 6 minutes
Why the Search for Life on Mars Is Happening in Canada’s Arctic
Scientists show how microbes living in a salty spring near the North Pole might resemble those that could have survived on the Red Planet—or in ocean worlds. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-08 • 14 minutes
Tiny Critter Week Finale: Nudibranchs Do It Better
We're wrapping up Tiny Critter Week with a reprise of one of our favorite episodes — nudibranchs. In this episode, Maddie and Emily got super nerdy, diving into the incredible world of nudibranchs. These sea slugs eye-catching for their colors, and some of them have evolved to "steal" abilities from other organisms — from the power of photosynthesis to the stinging cells of their venomous predators.We'd love to hear which tiny critters you love — and which leave you puzzled. Reach us by sending an email to ... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 30 minutes
Long Covid ‘brain fog’
Following a bout of Covid-19, a significant number of people suffer with weeks or months of 'brain fog' - poor concentration, forgetfulness, and confusion. This is one of the manifestations of Long Covid. A team of scientists in the United States has now discovered that infection in the lung can trigger an inflammatory response which then causes patterns of abnormal brain cell activity. It’s the kind of brain cell dysregulation also seen in people who experience cognitive problems following chemotherapy... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 31 minutes
Running out of fuel for fusion, and addressing gender-based violence in India
On this week’s show: A shortage of tritium fuel may leave fusion energy with an empty tank, and an attempt to improve police responsiveness to violence against women | First up this week on the podcast, Staff Writer Daniel Clery talks with host Sarah Crespi about a new hurdle for fusion: not enough fuel. After decades of delays, scientists are almost ready to turn on the first fusion reactor that makes more energy than it uses, but the fast-decaying fuel needed to run the reactor is running out. | Also this... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 33 minutes
Miscounting Carbon, EU Funding Stalemate, and How to Make a Royal Hologram
This week on inside science Marnie Chesterton is looking at how companies measure and account for their use of renewable energy, how politics is impacting science funding in the UK and the technology behind the Queen’s holographic stand in at jubilee celebrations. Dr Anders Bjorn from Concordia university in Montreal talks us through ‘Renewable Energy Certificates’ explaining how they can sometimes be disconnected from real-life reductions in emissions. As he explains in a paper in Nature Climate Change ... (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 30 minutes
#126: Are we stuck in a time loop? Legal action against climate change; covid fifth wave; time loop are we stuck?
Ten years since the discovery of the fabled Higgs boson, can the Large Hadron Collider ever make us that excited again? Physicists are now kind of bored by the Higgs - the hype has well and truly died down. So as the LHC kicks off its third period of operation, the team asks whether there will be anything new to get them fired up again.How do large hawks land without crashing? That’s what a team of researchers has been trying to find out. The team explains how their findings could help with future innovatio... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 52 minutes
Cool Science Radio | July 7, 2022
John and Lynn's guests on today's Cool Science Radio include: (01:31) Dr. Ashani Weeraratna who has written "Is Cancer Inevitable?" joins the show. A person born in America and over 60 has a 50% chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Her book explores new understandings about cancer cell interactions which will help doctors better control, and eventually cure, cancer. Then, (23:47) James Bridle who has written, Ways of Being. His new book is an exploration of different kinds of intelligence—plant, animal, h... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 24 minutes
UnDisciplined: could this new technology ensure clean water for everyone?
One in ten people across the planet still don't have access to clean water. But there may be a simpler way – a little trick of bioengineering that could assure safe water for all. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 58 minutes
The Death of Stars
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the abrupt transformation of stars after shining brightly for millions or billions of years, once they lack the fuel to counter the force of gravity. Those like our own star, the Sun, become red giants, expanding outwards and consuming nearby planets, only to collapse into dense white dwarves. The massive stars, up to fifty times the mass of the Sun, burst into supernovas, visible from Earth in daytime, and become incredibly dense neutron stars or black holes. In these moment... (@BBCInOurTime)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 61 minutes
Lutrinology (OTTERS) with Chris J. Law
YOU’RE NOT READY. But it’s time. Otters. Sea otters. River otters. Big beefy otters. Tiny otters. Giant river otters. Otters chasing you down the street. Dr. Chris J. Law, a professional Lutrinologist, shares tales about coastal vs. inland otters, otter terrorism, magical teeth, lustrous fur, rock pockets, kelp naps, otter terrorism, cautionary motherhood, toxic relationships, hand holding and why otters make you trust them, despite the fact that you should perhaps not trust an otter. Dr. Chris J. Law’s we... (@Ologies@alieward)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 9 minutes
What the DNA of Ancient Humans Reveals About Pandemics
Genomic analysis of ancient remains has shed light on the origins of the black death and offers insights into the coevolution of humans and diseases. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 16 minutes
Roe v Wade: why vasectomies are no answer to abortion restrictions
The US supreme court recently overturned Roe v Wade, making abortions illegal in roughly half the country. The ruling sparked debate around men’s reproductive choices and vasectomies as a contraceptive method. Madeleine Finlay explores the dark history of vasectomies and busts some myths around the procedure (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-07 • 12 minutes
Liquid Gold: The Wonder Of Honey
Honey bees know a lot about honey, and humans are starting to catch up. Scientists are now looking at how the chemicals in honey affect bee health. With the help of research scientist Bernarda Calla, Short Wave producer Berly Mccoy explains the chemical complexities of honey, how it helps keep honey bees resilient, and what role it may play in saving the bees. (encore) (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-06 • 17 minutes
Brain Chemical Helps Signal to Neurons When to Start a Movement
Dopamine, a neurochemical often associated with reward behavior, also seems to help organize precisely when the brain initiates movements. It’s the latest revelation about the power of neuromodulators. Read more at quantamagazine.org. Music is “Pulse” by Geographer. (@QuantaMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jul-06 • 30 minutes
Higgs boson turns ten: the mysteries physicists are still trying to solve
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Higgs boson’s discovery, and supporting scientists who stutter. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-06 • 93 minutes
Frank Close, "Elusive: How Peter Higgs Solved the Mystery of Mass" (Basic Book, 2022)
On July 4, 2012, the announcement came that one of the longest-running mysteries in physics had been solved: the Higgs boson, the missing piece in understanding why particles have mass, had finally been discovered. On the rostrum, surrounded by jostling physicists and media, was the particle's retiring namesake--the only person in history to have an existing single particle named for them. Why Peter Higgs? Drawing on years of conversations with Higgs and others, Close illuminates how an unprolific man becam... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-06 • 7 minutes
Behold the Weird Physics of Double-Impact Asteroids
Mars is littered with craters made by binary asteroids. These collisions are as intriguing as they are powerful. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-06 • 13 minutes
Spiders Can Fear Other Spiders
If you're not so fond of spiders, you may find kindred spirits in other spiders! Researcher Daniela Roessler worked with jumping spiders and found that they know to get away from the presence of other possible predator spiders, even if they've never encountered them before. She talks with host Maria Godoy about her research and what Halloween decorations do to the poor spiders, if arachnids can have arachnophobia. (Encore)Read Daniela's research and watch videos of the experiment: https://besjournals.online... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-05 • 6 minutes
What happens when you get winded?
Have you ever been winded? You suddenly lose the ability to do something you've done 15 times each minute of your life. It's one part anatomy, one part physiology, and one part don't panic. (@ABCscience@DoctorKarl)
podcast image2022-Jul-05 • 42 minutes
This month on SciShow Tangents, we're celebrating the sense of childlike wonder present in science by discussing a bunch of stuff kids like! We're calling it Kids Month, naturally, and we're kicking it off by talking about a thing all kids (and lots of animals) love to do: play! And if you know a kid who loves science, have we go the show for you! It's called SciShow Kids, and it has all the great, rigorously-researched content you expect from SciShow, but for kids! Plus, it has puppets! Check it out at htt... (@SciShowTangents@hankgreen@ceriley@itsmestefanchin@im_sam_schultz)
podcast image2022-Jul-05 • 59 minutes
Ghost pond resurrection
Ponds have been on the decline for a century, but restoring those we've lost doesn't have to be hard work (@NakedScientists)
podcast image2022-Jul-05 • 14 minutes
New Covid wave: Is this what ‘living with covid’ looks like?
Another wave of Covid has hit the UK, driven by even more transmissible variants of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5. Ian Sample asks whether this will translate into hospitalisations and deaths, and whether we should now expect ongoing cycles of Covid waves in the months and years to come (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-05 • 12 minutes
Against All Odds, The Pumpkin Toadlet Is
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 the skittle. At that scale, the frog's inner ear is so small, it's not fully functional. That means when the frog moves, it's haphazard and seems kind of drunk. And so today, with the help of Atlantic science writer Katie Wu, we investigate: If a frog can't jump well, is it still a frog?Read Katie's piece in The... (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jul-04 • 206 minutes
AMA | July 2022
Ask Me Anything episode for July 2022. (@seanmcarroll)
podcast image2022-Jul-04 • 54 minutes
Feet Don't Fail Me (rebroadcast)
Standing on your own two feet isn’t easy. While many animals can momentarily balance on their hind legs, we’re the only critters, besides birds, for whom bipedalism is completely normal. Find out why, even though other animals are faster, we’re champions at getting around. Could it be that our upright stance made us human? Plus, why arches help stiffen feet, the argument for bare-footin’, and 12,000-year old footprints that tell a story about an Ice Age mother, her child, and a sloth. Guests: Daniel Lieb... (@BiPiSci@SethShostak@mollycbentley)
podcast image2022-Jul-04 • 50 minutes
663: A Career Based on Pairing Research and Public Outreach to Identify Species via DNA - Dr. Karen James
Dr. Karen James is a staff scientist at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine. She is trained in genetics, and she applies her skills to environmental, conservation, and restoration research. In particular, Karen uses DNA to identify... (@PBtScience@PhDMarie)
podcast image2022-Jul-04 • 8 minutes
Forget Lasers. The Hot New Tool for Physicists Is Sound
From acoustic tweezers to holograms, engineers are taking inspiration from the field of optics—and riding the sound wave. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-03 • 59 minutes
Extreme heat death risk in Latin America
Audio for this episode was updated on 8th July. A new analysis of deaths in cities across Latin America suggests rising global temperatures could lead to large numbers of deaths in the region and elsewhere in the world. Even a 1-degree rise in extreme heat can add 6% to the risk of dying. Lead researcher Josiah Kephart at Drexel University tells Roland Pease the lessons from Latin America should apply to cities across the global south. Brazilian ecologist Andreas Meyer talks about the troubling prospects ... (@bbcworldservice)
podcast image2022-Jul-03 • 58 minutes
Is a rogue black hole lurking in the Milky Way? | Professor Jessica Lu
Today's guest, UC Berkeley Professor Jessica Lu, discusses the discovery of the first dark, isolated black hole or neutron star in the Milky Way using gravitational microlensing! This ‘ghost black hole’ is far from the center of the Milky Way. We also discussed: ⬛ dark matter and the future of multi-messenger astronomy w/ the Roman and James Webb Space telescope as well as the Vera Rubin Observatory. Finally, we answered your❓Questions -- you can always submit them on the "Community" tab for this channel. T... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-03 • 78 minutes
Does the Universe Bounce? A Conversation with Anna Ijjas
Was there a Big Bang? Did the universe emerge from a singularity? Is there any evidence for a Multiverse? Anna Ijjas and I explore these questions and much more, including her incredibly fascinating work on bouncing cosmological models. Anna Ijjas is a research faculty at New York University. Her research lies at the intersection of gravitational theory and cosmology. She has pioneered the application of mathematical and numerical relativity to cosmology with the goal of developing novel theories that expla... (@Into_Impossible@DrBrianKeating)
podcast image2022-Jul-03 • 12 minutes
Indigenous voices in water planning
What does it take to survive on the driest inhabited continent on Earth? Indigenous people have tens of thousands of years of knowledge about this, but their place in the conversations about water planning and management are often tokenistic at best, or worse, completely absent. | | Bradley Moggridge wants to change that. He's a Kamilaroi man and hydrogeologist, and he knows Indigenous knowledge needs to be central to Australia's water future. (@ABCscience@teegstar)
podcast image2022-Jul-02 • 82 minutes
Sara Walker on The Physics of Life and Planet-Scale Intelligence
What is life, and where does it come from? These are two of the deepest, most vexing, and persistent questions in science, and their enduring mystery and allure is complicated by the fact that scientists approach them from a myriad of different angles, hard to reconcile. Whatever else one might identify as universal features of all living systems, most scholars would agree life is a physical phenomenon unfolding in time. And yet current physics is notorious for its inadequacy with respect to time. Life appe... (@sfiscience@michaelgarfield)
podcast image2022-Jul-02 • 54 minutes
The physics of music - part 4
We continue our series of programs about the connections between physics and music presented by the late Ian Johnston from The University of Sydney. (@ABCscience)
podcast image2022-Jul-02
The Skeptics Guide #886 - Jul 2 2022
Quickie with Bob - Gamma Ray Burst Pauses; News Items: Mining the Sea, Science of Abortion, How Many Galaxies; Your Questions and E-mails: Can Dogs Talk; Science or Fiction (@SkepticsGuide@stevennovella)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 33 minutes
What is healthy hair?
Hair is an important part of our identities – straight, frizzy, long, not there at all – and our efforts to keep it styled and clean have created an $80 billion hair care industry. Many products offer to improve the life of the stuff on our heads, but isn't it all just dead protein? CrowdScience listener Toria wants to know what 'healthy' hair really means. To untangle the science behind hair, we zoom in to see how hair grows from the follicles in our scalp and explore how the hair growth process will chan... (@BBCScienceNews)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 29 minutes
Ed Yong on the wondrous world of animal senses
In the first of our new series, the award-winning science journalist joins us to discuss his book An Immense World. (@NaturePodcast)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 47 minutes
Summer Science Books, Effect of Roe on Obstetric Care, Female Athletic Injuries. July 1, 2022, Part 2
How Will Doctors Train For A Post-Roe World? It’s been one week since Roe v Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court. Many people are still wrapping their heads around what this overturn means for their states— and for their lives. For physicians and medical professionals, there’s another level of fear and concern about what practicing in a world without Roe v. Wade will mean. Questions are circulating about how training for OB/GYN’s may change, or if abortion care will stop being taught in medical school i... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 47 minutes
SCOTUS Restricts EPA, Scientist Rebellion Protests, Kansas Wheat Problems, Early Science Films. July 1, 2022, Part 1
Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Regulating Ability This week, in its final round of opinions for the term, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had not explicitly given the Environmental Protection Agency the power to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants under the terms of the Clean Air Act. “Capping carbon dioxide emissions at a level that will force a nationwide transition away from the use of coal to generate electricity may be a sensible ‘solution to the crisis of the day... (@scifri)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 139 minutes
Charles Murray: On Human Diversity
After writing the book, The Bell Curve, Charles Murray became a controversial figure in the US Social Science scene, and was much maligned in the public arena. His work has been misinterpreted as being racist and sexist, and at Middlebury College students forcibly stopped his guest lecture and rioted. As often the case with stereotypes, Murray is instead a thoughtful scholar who has tried to base his social science research on data from empirical science, something that should be standard, but isn’t. I ... (@LKrauss1@OriginsProject)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 33 minutes
Bodies: Stories about anatomy
The human body is fascinating and sometimes kinda gross. In this week’s episode both our storytellers are sharing tales of their blood, flesh, and bones. Part 1: When Rachel Gross winds up with a chronic vaginal infection she refuses to believe her new favorite IUD is the culprit. Part 2: Bryan Berlin discovers a mysterious bump on his butt but is too self-conscious to get it checked out. Rachel E. Gross is a science and health reporter who writes for The New York Times, Scientific American, and the BBC. S... (@storycollider)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 44 minutes
Daniel M. Davis, "The Secret Body: How the New Science of the Human Body Is Changing the Way We Live" (Princeton UP, 2022)
Imagine knowing years in advance whether you are likely to get cancer or having a personalized understanding of your individual genes, organs, and cells. Imagine being able to monitor your body's well-being, or have a diet tailored to your microbiome. The Secret Body reveals how these and other stunning breakthroughs and technologies are transforming our understanding of how the human body works, what it is capable of, how to protect it from disease, and how we might manipulate it in the future. Taking read... (@NewBooksSci)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 8 minutes
Covid Shots for Little Kids Are Finally Here. Now for the Hardest Part
Hesitancy, bureaucracy, inequity, and the need to explain new formulas could slow down vaccine delivery to the last unprotected group. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jul-01 • 14 minutes
If Monkeys Could Talk...
... Could a monkey host this podcast?Aaron Scott and Resident Neuroscience Nerd Jon Hamilton discuss the vocal capabilities of our primate relatives. From syllables and consonants to rhythm and pitch, certain monkeys and apes have more of the tools needed for speech than was once thought. Now scientists are looking to them for insights into the origins of human speech. What animal should we study next? Email the show at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 28 minutes
My Thymus, Myself
Today, we go to a spot that may be one of the most philosophical places in the universe: the thymus, an organ that knows what is you, and what is not you. Its mood may be existential, but its role is practical — the thymus is the biological training ground where the body learns to protect itself from outside invaders (think: bacteria, coronaviruses). But this training is not the humdrum bit of science you might expect. It’s a magical shadowland with dire consequences. Then, we’ll leave the thymus to visit ... (@Radiolab@lmillernpr@latifnasser)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 86 minutes
Smells Like Fresh Science!
What is in the This Week in Science Podcast? This Week: Arms and Karaoke skills, Friends of a Feather, Water, Plants, Wet Wood, Buggy Bite Strength, Go Dig a Well, Ancient Hominins, Missing Microbiomes, And Much More… Become a Patron! (@TWIScience@drkiki@Jacksonfly@blairsmenagerie)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 32 minutes
Extreme heat death risk in Latin America
A new analysis of deaths in cities across Latin America suggests rising global temperatures could lead to large numbers of deaths in the region and elsewhere in the world. Even a 1-degree rise in extreme heat can add 6% to the risk of dying. Lead researcher Josiah Kephart at Drexel University tells Roland Pease the lessons from Latin America should apply to cities across the global south. Brazilian ecologist Andreas Meyer talks about the troubling prospects for the health of ecosystems, particularly in tro... (@bbcworldservice@thescienceear)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 21 minutes
Former pirates help study the seas, and waves in the atmosphere can drive global tsunamis
On this week’s show: A boost in research ships from an unlikely source, and how the 2022 Tonga eruption shook earth, water, and air around the world | For decades, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society caused controversy on the high seas; now it’s turning its patrolling ships into research vessels. Online News Editor David Grimm discusses how this change of heart came about with host Sarah Crespi. | Also this week, how atmospheric waves can push tsunamis around the globe. Producer Meagan Cantwell talks with... (@ScienceMagazine)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 50 minutes
Cool Science Radio | June 30, 2022
On today's Cool Science Radio, Lynn Ware Peek and John Well's guests include:(01:02) National Geographic explorer, TED talker, and award-winning documentarian Lucy Cooke who explores a fierce, funny, and revolutionary look at the queens of the animal kingdom in her new book: Bitch: On The Female of The Species. Then, (25:39) Senior Editor at Scientific American Magazine, Tanya Lewis, who will discuss how an advisory committee voted unanimously to recommend authorizing the Moderna and Pfizer shots for the yo... (@KPCWRadio)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 39 minutes
A Reign of Science
Society itself and the ways we live have been transformed in 70 years of science. Marnie Chesterton, Andrea Sella, and Gemma Milne take a tour of the archive to evaluate some of the biggest hits on Inside Science's jubilee list. What did we miss? Presented by Marnie Chesterton. Assistant Producer Emily Bird Produced by Alex Mansfield (@BBCRadio4)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 26 minutes
UnDisciplined: nature improves mental health… but only for rich, white people?
A new study shows that the benefits of nature on mental health are based on studies that are strongly dominated by wealthy countries and Caucasian people, rather than drawing on the diversity of humans around the world. (@SoUndisciplined@mdlaplante@nalininadkarni)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 29 minutes
#125: Poo transplants cure IBS; climate change shrinks the human niche; CRISPR babies; monkeypox latest
The world’s first CRISPR babies are now toddlers. Now, nearly four years since the super-controversial experiment was announced, scientists in China want to set up a healthcare institute specifically to look after the three children. The team examines the ethics of it all.Humans thrive at particular temperatures, and that’s why we live where we live. But these areas of optimal climate are shrinking because of climate change. As we’re on course to hit 2.7 degrees of warming by the end of the century, the tea... (@newscientist)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 8 minutes
Do Birth Control Pills Affect Your Mood? Scientists Can’t Agree
Over 100 million women are estimated to use oral contraceptives, but studies on the pill’s mental health effects raise more questions than answers. (@WIREDScience)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 12 minutes
Is polio in our sewage as worrying as it sounds?
Ian Sample speaks to epidemiologist Nicholas Grassly to find out how worried we should be about poliovirus in London sewage, and what it means for the global effort to eradicate polio. (@guardianscience)
podcast image2022-Jun-30 • 9 minutes
Micro Wave: Scientists Discover GINORMOUS Bacteria
The Caribbean is home to gorgeous beaches, mangroves and ... the biggest bacteria known to humankind. Find out exactly how big from science correspondent Nell Greenfieldboyce in this Micro Wave. Then, stay for the listener mail, where we answer YOUR questions — all hosted by our new senior editor, Gabriel Spitzer!Do you have a question for Short Wave? Email us a voice memo at [email protected] (@NPR)
podcast image2022-Jun-30
FQXi June 30, 2022 Podcast Episode
Happy Higgs-versary! Particle physicist Kevin Black tells Zeeya Merali about the LHC's new quest. Also, time-travel at the LHC, an update on the W Boson tests with Frank Wilczek; Catalina Curceanu on testing the origin of consciousness; & Queensland physicists are building quantum clocks. (@FQXi)