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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

How Baby Birds Learn to Duet

2/23/2018
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Recordings of songbird duets reveal that baby birds learn conversational turn-taking like we do: gradually, and from adults. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:54

Mosquitoes Learn the Smell of Danger

2/22/2018
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The bloodsuckers lose their appetite for attractive scents when they associate those aromas with a likelihood of being swatted. Karen Hopkin reports.

Duration:00:02:28

Needed: Info on Biodiversity Change Over Time

2/20/2018
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Understanding an ecosystem means following changes in the abundances and identities of the species present as the clock ticks. The BioTIME database should help.

Duration:00:01:45

Undersea Recordings Reveal A Whale's Tale

2/19/2018
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By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:22

Seabird Feathers Reveal Less Resilient Ocean

2/15/2018
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By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:30

Beetle Liberation Due to Regurgitation

2/13/2018
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The bombardier beetle can spray its hot brew of toxic chemicals even after bring swallowed, to force a predator into vomiting it back out.

Duration:00:02:40

Old Trees Are Ecosystem Gold

2/12/2018
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David Lindenmayer of the Australian National University College of Science in Canberra says that older trees play outsized roles in maintaining landscapes and ecosystems.

Duration:00:01:37

Boat Noise Means Fish Can't Learn Their Lessons

2/11/2018
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Damselfish had trouble learning to avoid predators, when that lesson was accompanied by a soundtrack of buzzing boat engines. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:34

Woodpeckers Drum to their Own Tune

2/7/2018
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The length and spacing of woodpecker drum rolls varies enough to tell woodpeckers apart--which could be useful to conservation biologists. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:23

Homebodies Economize on Energy Use

2/6/2018
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Today’s work-from-home, on-demand culture means more days at home—and translates into greater energy savings too. Karen Hopkin reports.

Duration:00:02:45

Killer Whale Culture Revealed By Mimicking Us

2/2/2018
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Orcas can imitate calls from other whales and even human speech—suggesting they can transmit cultural practices, such as unique dialects. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:47

Holiday Cheer Leads to Birth Rate Spike

2/1/2018
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During feel-good holiday periods like Christmas and Eid-Al-Fitr, romance strikes—leading to a boom in births nine months later. Karen Hopkin reports.

Duration:00:03:40

Ticks on the Uptick As Big Game Declines

1/31/2018
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Areas of Kenya without large wildlife saw tick populations rise as much as 370 percent—meaning more danger to humans. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Duration:00:02:22

Wildfires Spike Wine with Smoky Notes

1/30/2018
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Chemists are working on ways for wildfire-affected winemakers to avoid creating smoky wines. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:19

Lion Conservation Challenges Giraffe Protection

1/26/2018
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Having lions and giraffes together in protected areas means far lower survival rates for juvenile giraffes. Jason Goldman reports.

Duration:00:02:49

Nobelist Crafts Light-Switchable Antibiotics

1/25/2018
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Drugs modified by chemistry Nobel laureate Ben Feringa can be turned on and off by light, which could help keep bacteria from developing antibiotic resistance.

Duration:00:01:38

Catching Flu Also Boosts Heart Risk

1/24/2018
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Researchers found a six-fold increase in heart attacks in patients in the week following a flu. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:44

Worldwide Effort Says Together Science Can

1/23/2018
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Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, talked about worldwide scientific collaboration today at the World Economic Forum.

Duration:00:01:19

Canada Geese Taking a Winter Staycation

1/22/2018
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The geese are wintering further and further north, in urban areas like Chicago—which may help them avoid hunters. Emily Schwing reports.

Duration:00:02:35

Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes

1/19/2018
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An analysis of more than 200 earthquakes over the past four centuries concludes there's no connection between moon phases and big earthquakes. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:01:52

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