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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Language:

English


Episodes

River Ecosystem Restoration Can Mean Just Add Water

10/20/2020
Planners returned water to Arizona's Santa Cruz River's dry bed in 2019, and various species began showing up the same day.

Duration:00:03:14

3,000-Year-Old Orbs Provide a Glimpse of Ancient Sport

10/18/2020
Researchers say three ancient leather balls, dug up from the tombs of horsemen in northwestern China, are the oldest such specimens from Europe or Asia. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:45

Humans Make Wild Animals Less Wary

10/16/2020
From mammals to mollusks, animals living among humans lose their antipredator behaviors.

Duration:00:03:11

Play Helped Dogs Be Our Best Friends

10/13/2020
The ancestors of today’s dogs already exhibited some playfulness, which became a key trait during domestication.

Duration:00:03:16

Neandertal DNA May Be COVID Risk

10/11/2020
A stretch of Neandertal DNA has been associated with some cases of severe COVID-19, but it’s unclear how much of a risk it poses. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:19

Nobelist Talks CRISPR Uses

10/8/2020
New Nobel laureate in chemistry Jennifer Doudna talks about various applications of the gene-editing tool CRISPR.

Duration:00:03:17

Blue Whale Song Timing Reveals Time to Go

10/7/2020
Blue whales off California’s coast sing at night—until it’s time to start migrating, and they switch to daytime song.

Duration:00:03:23

New Nobel Laureate Talks Today's Virology

10/5/2020
Charles Rice, who today shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for the discovery of the hepatitis C virus, talked about how rapidly research now occurs, compared with his early work.

Duration:00:03:12

Greenland Is Melting Faster Than Any Time in Past 12,000 Years

10/4/2020
Researchers determined that Greenland is on track to lose more ice this century than during any of the previous 120 centuries. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:12

Sloths Slowly Cavort by Day Now

10/2/2020
The disappearance of their predators in a disturbed ecosystem has turned Atlantic forest sloths from night creatures to day adventurers.

Duration:00:04:29

Dinosaurs Got Cancer, Too

9/28/2020
Researchers seeking evidence for cancer in dinosaurs found it in a collection of bones at a paleontology museum in Alberta.

Duration:00:03:21

Fluttering Feathers Could Spawn New Species

9/25/2020
Fork-tailed flycatchers make a fluttering sound with their wings—but separate subspecies have different “dialects” of fluttering. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:23

Science News from around the World

9/22/2020
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from Israel about what DNA reveals about the Dead Sea Scrolls’ parchment.

Duration:00:02:11

These Small Mammals Snort to a Different Tune

9/18/2020
Hyraxes, which live in Africa and the Middle East, punctuate their songs with snorts. And the snorts appear to reflect the animals’ emotional state. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Duration:00:03:34

Ice Age Temperatures Help Predict Future Warming

9/17/2020
Scientists determined that temperatures were 11 degrees cooler during the last ice age—and that finding has implications for modern-day warming. Julia Rosen reports.

Duration:00:02:49

High-Elevation Hummingbirds Evolved a Temperature Trick

9/15/2020
Hummingbirds in the Peruvian Andes enter a state of torpor at night to conserve energy, dipping their body temperature to as low as 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:08

Why Pet Pigs Are More like Wolves Than Dogs

9/14/2020
Given an impossible task, a dog will ask a human for help, but a wolf will not seek help—and neither will a pet pig.

Duration:00:04:27

Bricks Can Be Turned into Batteries

9/10/2020
Pumping cheap iron-oxide-rich red bricks with specific vapors that form polymers enables the bricks to become electrical-charge-storage devices.

Duration:00:02:02

Leftovers Are a Food-Waste Problem

9/10/2020
Researchers found that leftovers are likely to end up in the trash, so they advise cooking smaller meals in the first place to avoid food waste. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:46

Some Dinosaurs Probably Nested in Arctic

9/8/2020
The finding of a baby dinosaur fossil in the Arctic implies that some dinos nested in the region, which was milder than today but not toasty.

Duration:00:03:23