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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of astronomy and space exploration. 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 astronomy and space exploration. 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 astronomy and space exploration. 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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Episodes

Bacteria Got an Early Fix on Nitrogen

2/23/2015
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New evidence points to the evolution of the ability for bacteria to grab nitrogen from the atmosphere some 3.2 billion years ago, about 1.2 billion years earlier than thought—with implications for finding extraterrestrial life. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:02:13

Stars Reveal Hidden Galaxy

2/17/2015
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A dwarf galaxy near the Milky Way may consist of more dark matter than regular matter.* Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:22

Space Science Budget Gets Small Lift

2/10/2015
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NASA has to deal with the unexpected financial consequences of robotic missions that just keep going. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:01:41

5 Rocky Planets Found in Ancient, Distant Solar System

2/2/2015
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The oldest group of terrestrial worlds now known formed some 11.2 billion years ago, more than six billion years before our sun and planets. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:40

Long-Lost Lander Found on Mars

1/26/2015
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New images from a NASA orbiter reveal Beagle 2’s final resting place. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:01:36

Look Up to See Latest Comet Lovejoy

1/15/2015
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Australian amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy’s latest comet find is naked-eye visible in the southeast sky until January 24. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:25

SpaceX Will Try Launch, Then Soft-Land Returning Booster

12/31/2014
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The company hopes to send up a Falcon 9 rocket and then safely land the discarded first stage for reuse. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:01:48

Humans on Mars Soonish Says NASA Bigwig

12/10/2014
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John Grunsfeld, the former astronaut who now heads NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, thinks that traveling light could get people to Mars by the 2040s

Duration:00:01:55

UV Light Colors Great Red Spot

12/1/2014
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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is its particular crimson shade because of the interaction of ultraviolet light and specific chemical compounds in the gas giant's atmosphere. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:01:54

It’s Hard to Dust in Space

11/20/2014
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Over the summer researchers identified seven specks of dust returned to Earth by the Stardust spacecraft. But determining their true origin has been difficult. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:54

Comet Reeks of Cat Crap and Rotten Eggs

11/3/2014
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The Rosetta spacecraft has unexpectedly detected hydrogen sulphide and ammonia coming from Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Lee Billings reports

Duration:00:01:38

Track Cosmic Rays with Smartphone App

10/16/2014
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Take part in a citizen-science project by helping researchers track high-energy cosmic rays via a network of smartphone users. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:44

Star-Forming Clouds May Spit Out Life’s Building Blocks

10/9/2014
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Astronomers have discovered one of the largest and most complex organic molecules yet in a gaseous star-forming region of interstellar space. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:53

Dark Matter Looks WIMPy

9/24/2014
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Data from the International Space Station-based Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment supports the idea that dark matter consists of the invisible particles called weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs. Clara Moskowitz reports

Duration:00:01:52

Forensic Astronomer Dates Monet Vision

9/11/2014
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Texas State University astronomer Donald Olson combined solar, tidal and weather data to identify the likely moment of the image in the Monet work Impression, Sunrise

Duration:00:01:47