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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.

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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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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English


Episodes

Sharks Rule the Reef's Underwater Food Chain

12/10/2017
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When sharks prowl shallow waters, fish quit foraging and hide—sparing seaweed from being grazed in those areas. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Duration: 00:02:58


Ancient Women Had Awesome Arms

12/9/2017
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For thousands of years, women in agricultural societies seem to have had arms stronger than members of modern rowing teams.

Duration: 00:03:09


Invasive Frogs Don't Bug Hawaiian Birds

12/8/2017
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Coquí frogs are invasive species in Hawaii. But they don’t seem to bug the islands’ native and non-native birds. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Duration: 00:02:47


How Hospitals Can Dampen the Decibels

12/7/2017
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Hospitals consistently score low on quietness surveys. An acoustician suggests a few ways hospitals could keep the peace and quiet. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:17


Smarter Management Means More Inventions Get To Market

12/6/2017
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Rosemarie Truman, CEO of the Center for Advancing Innovation, says that a better system of governance for federally funded inventions could lead to many more good ones becoming commercialized.

Duration: 00:02:07


Computers Learn to Use Sound to Find Ships

12/5/2017
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Researchers trained machine-learning algorithms to pinpoint the location of a cargo ship simply by eavesdropping on the sound of its passing. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:20


Yeti Claims Don't Bear Up

12/3/2017
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Analysis of alleged yeti samples found them to be from less fantastic beasts, such as bears, but also shed light on the evolution of those local bear populations.

Duration: 00:02:16


Republican Voters Not in Denial About Climate

12/1/2017
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An analysis of voter opinions finds that half of Republican voters think climate change is happening, and would support regulating CO2 as a pollutant. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:01:31


Tech Honcho Wants Innovation For The Bottom Billion

11/30/2017
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At the World Conference of Science Journalists in October, Nathan Myhrvold, co-founder of Intellectual Ventures, charged innovation outfits with changing the lives of the world's most disadvantaged.

Duration: 00:02:28


Bumper Stickers Make Highways More Social

11/29/2017
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A social scientist studies how car stickers turn the roads into actual information highways.

Duration: 00:02:40


Chimps Able to Apprehend Another Chimp's Mindset

11/27/2017
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By listening to the calls of their brethren, chimps seem to be able to understand the mindsets and perspectives of other chimps. Jason Goldman reports.

Duration: 00:02:24


Even without Hands Honeybees Show Handedness

11/26/2017
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About half the honeybees in a test exhibited no sidedness, but the other half was split 50–50 between righties and lefties—perhaps to navigate obstacles more efficiently.

Duration: 00:02:35


Humpback Whale Flippers Do More Than Maneuver

11/25/2017
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Researchers attached cameras to humpback whales and found that they flap their flippers to help power forward swimming.

Duration: 00:02:17


A New Recipe for Counting Cranberries

11/22/2017
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Estimating cranberry harvests involves tedious hand counting. But microwave analysis could change all that. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:01:54


How Fit Is Bitcoin?

11/21/2017
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A new analysis treats bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies as species in an evolutionary model—and finds bitcoin has no selective advantage. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:01:48


Salmon Sex Changes Entire Landscape

11/20/2017
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Salmon excavate streambed holes in which to lay eggs, setting off a chain of events that has surprisingly large geographical effects.

Duration: 00:02:35


Ancient One-Percenters Were Beast Based

11/17/2017
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New World societies long ago likely had less income inequality than those in the Old World, and the difference might have been an oxen gap. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration: 00:02:07


Feathers Help This Bird Sound The Alarm

11/16/2017
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The crested pigeon, found in Australia, has a modified wing feather that helps produce an alarm signal sound to warn other birds when there's trouble.

Duration: 00:02:34


Put Space Cat On a Pedestal

11/15/2017
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A campaign calls for the creation of a statue to recognize Félicette, the first cat to be sent into to space.

Duration: 00:02:19


Polluted Water Whale Invents New Feeding Strategy

11/13/2017
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The Bryde's whale has come up with a passive but more efficient feeding strategy in the hypoxic waters of the Gulf of Thailand.

Duration: 00:02:24

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