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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute of 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.

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Building a Better Mirror for Telescopes

9/22/2017
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More reflective telescope mirrors allow astronomers to capture more photons —and do more science. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:00


Galaxies Far, Far Away Send Us Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays

9/21/2017
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A new study hints that the most energetic particles ever seen come from far beyond the Milky Way.

Duration: 00:02:10


Springtime Now Arrives Earlier for Birds

9/20/2017
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A trove of scientific notes from the early 1900s suggests a warming climate is driving birds to migrate earlier to New York’s Mohonk Preserve. Julia Rosen reports.

Duration: 00:02:42


Warming Puts Squeeze on Ancient Trees

9/18/2017
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As temperatures rise, the treeline moves upslope. But ancient bristlecone pines are losing that upslope race to faster-colonizing neighbors. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:32


Rising CO2 Pushes Plants To Drink Sparingly

9/16/2017
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As carbon dioxide levels rise, plants are sipping water more efficiently—which could come in handy in a drier future. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:31


Cannibalism Quells Contagion Among Caterpillars

9/12/2017
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Cannibalistic caterpillars prevent disease from decimating their populations by removing infected individuals. Emily Schwing reports.

Duration: 00:02:06


Feds Want to Know Who's Protesting Trump

9/11/2017
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Internet hosting company DreamHost is battling the U.S. Justice Department over requests for information about people visiting a website for organizing protests. Larry Greenemeier reports.

Duration: 00:02:03


Windows Vex Bats' Echolocating Abilities

9/7/2017
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Smooth vertical surfaces like windows reflect sound waves away from bats—meaning bats can't 'see' windows and similar obstacles with echolocation. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:25


Wetlands Could Save Cities--And Money, Too

9/6/2017
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Using insurance industry models, researchers determined that wetlands prevented some $625 million in damages due to Hurricane Sandy. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:13


Rabbit Relatives Reel from Climate Change

9/2/2017
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Pikas, a hampster-size rabbit relative, have disappeared from a 64-square-mile plot in the northern Sierra Nevada—and climate change is a likely culprit. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:09


Winking Star Six Centuries Ago Explained

9/1/2017
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A star that appeared and then vanished in 1437 was an explosion in a binary star system—which now reveals clues about the life cycle of certain stars. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:49


Grazing Cattle Trim the Menu for Birds

8/30/2017
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When cattle graze the desert's natural landscape, birds face changes in food availability—and some species are unable to adapt. Jason Goldman reports.

Duration: 00:02:42


Climate Change Might Shrink Fish

8/29/2017
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Warmer water boosts fishes' demand for oxygen—and their bodies may shrink in response. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:01:34


A Fruitful Experiment in Land Conservation

8/25/2017
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In 1998, an orange juice maker dumped 12,000 tons of orange peels on degraded pastureland in Costa Rica—transforming it into vine-rich jungle. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:40


Recycle Your Eclipse Glasses

8/23/2017
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Astronomers Without Borders wants to share your used eclipse glasses with kids in other parts of the world for the 2019 total solar eclipse.

Duration: 00:01:47


Seeing One Solar Eclipse May Not Be Enough

8/19/2017
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David Baron, author of the new book American Eclipse, talks about how seeing his first total solar eclipse turned him into an eclipse chaser.

Duration: 00:02:23


Solar Eclipse in 1097 May Be Rock Carving Subject

8/18/2017
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A petroglyph spotted in Chaco Canyon may depict a total solar eclipse witnessed by the Pueblo people.

Duration: 00:02:27


Social Media Sites Can Profile Your Contacts

8/17/2017
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Why you should think twice before you give an app access to your phone’s address book.

Duration: 00:02:00


"Textalyzer" Aims At Deadly Distracted Driving

8/14/2017
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A new device promises to tell police when a driver has been sending messages while behind the wheel, but is it legal? Larry Greenemeier reports.

Duration: 00:01:55


Climate Change Fires Up Polar Bear Treadmill

8/10/2017
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Sea ice is drifting faster in the arctic—which means polar bears need to walk farther to stay in their native range. Emily Schwing reports.

Duration: 00:02:07

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