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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute report on the science of the environment and the future of energy. Scientific American offers three other podcasts: the daily "60-Second Science" and the weekly "60-Second Psych" as well as "Science Talk." To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute report on the science of the environment and the future of energy. Scientific American offers three other podcasts: the daily "60-Second Science" and the weekly "60-Second Psych" as well as "Science Talk." To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

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Great jolt of science

By ArchaeoWebby - Jun 17 2014
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Like all the 60-Second podcasts, this one is quick and to the point. I love the single topic news presented succinctly.

Science Nibbles

By Eph109 - Feb 27 2012
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Even if you are trained in science, these are great tid bits to keep your mind fresh.

iTunes Ratings

70 Ratings
Average Ratings
43
13
3
5
6

Great jolt of science

By ArchaeoWebby - Jun 17 2014
Read more
Like all the 60-Second podcasts, this one is quick and to the point. I love the single topic news presented succinctly.

Science Nibbles

By Eph109 - Feb 27 2012
Read more
Even if you are trained in science, these are great tid bits to keep your mind fresh.
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60-Second Earth

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Leading science journalists provide a weekly one-minute report on the science of the environment and the future of energy. Scientific American offers three other podcasts: the daily "60-Second Science" and the weekly "60-Second Psych" as well as "Science Talk." To view all our archived podcasts please visit: www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Rank #1: Turning Coal to Liquid Fuel

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The U.S.--and the world--has an abundant supply of coal. So does it make sense to turn it into a replacement for oil? David Biello reports

Mar 27 2009

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Rank #2: Hurricanes Move Away from Equator with Expanding Tropics

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Since the 1970s the locations where tropical cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) reach their maximum intensities have shifted toward both poles at a rate of about 35 miles per decade. David Biello reports

May 15 2014

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Rank #3: Moon Base Work Yields Clean Steel Process

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A new method to make steel using electricity rather than flame could produce virtually no carbon emissions. David Biello reports

May 13 2013

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Rank #4: The Curious Case of Bees

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Honeybees: A European import vital to food production--or are they? David Biello reports

Apr 02 2009

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Rank #5: Who's Paying the Price for Global Warming?

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U.S. taxpayers have so far borne the brunt of climate change costs. David Biello reports

May 19 2013

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Rank #6: Can America's Trains Go High-Speed?

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The government is pushing for it, but are high speed trains even possible in the U.S.? David Biello reports

Jun 25 2009

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Rank #7: Plastic Bags Litter Seafloor

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A new survey reveals that trash from our activities on land litters the bottom of the ocean, from shallow to deep. David Biello reports

Jun 09 2013

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Rank #8: Give Thanks for Methods to Cut Back on Wasted Food

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The world wastes more food than all of sub-Saharan Africa produces. Can that be stopped? David Biello reports

Nov 27 2011

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Rank #9: The Price of Traffic in China

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It's not just the inconveniences of traffic jams that may last for months outside of Beijing, it's also the global climate. David Biello reports

Aug 30 2010

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Rank #10: Does Solar Power Need a Revolution?

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Some argue that major technical breakthroughs are needed to make electricity from sunshine cheap. Are they right? David Biello reports

Mar 21 2010

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Rank #11: Teaching Bankers about Climate Change

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Why is HSBC teaching its employees about global warming? David Biello reports

Feb 06 2011

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Rank #12: Does Drilling for Electricity Make Sense?

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Harnessing Earth's heat to make electricity is an underrated renewable resource. David Biello reports

Feb 14 2011

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Rank #13: Climate Change Getting Worse by the Minute

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The world is not on track to reduce, or even restrain global warming. David Biello reports

Jun 16 2013

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Rank #14: Climate Change Alters Soil Bacteria Distribution

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A warmer planet means that heat-seeking microbes will elbow out those that prefer life a bit more chilly, with unknown effects on the planet's ecology. Karen Hopkin reports

Jul 07 2013

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Rank #15: Global Warming Beliefs

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How we perceive the future of our Earth may depend on an individual's view of nature and on their own human nature. Christie Nicholson reports

Aug 02 2009

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Rank #16: Tropical Forests Pay Price for Gold Rush

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Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports

Jan 21 2015

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Rank #17: Is There a Formula for Better Cities?

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Mathematical rules could allow for better city planning, David Biello reports

Jun 30 2013

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Rank #18: Where's the Best Place to Put a Wind Farm?

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It's not just where it's windiest, according to new research. David Biello reports

Jul 14 2013

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Rank #19: How to Prevent Another Fukushima Explosion

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A new material for protecting nuclear fuel could cut down on the risk of explosions. David Biello reports

Jul 28 2013

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Rank #20: Desert Shrubs Could Suck Up Carbon

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Planting the shrub jatropha in arid regions worldwide could sequester enough carbon to offset the annual CO2 pollution of China, the E.U. and the U.S. combined. David Biello reports

Aug 04 2013

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New Map Knows Noise

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National Park Service researchers recorded ambient sound from all over the country to find out where there’s still stillness. David Biello reports

Feb 23 2015

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Oil-Eating Microbes Have Worldwide Underground Connections

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Life thrives even deep inside Earth and scientists are beginning to suspect extensive connections among those underground environments. David Biello reports

Feb 15 2015

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Siberian Winters See Temp Uptick

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The long-term winter warming of Russia’s far north has gotten a boost from industrialization. David Biello reports

Feb 08 2015

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Dig This: China Cuts Coal Production

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The biggest single source of global warming pollution actually started to shrink in 2014. David Biello reports

Feb 01 2015

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Is Recycling Worth the Effort?

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The value of recycling depends on the material in question and whether all hidden costs and benefits go into the analysis. David Biello reports

Jan 28 2015

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Tropical Forests Pay Price for Gold Rush

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Desire for gold has made mining in tropical forests financially worthwhile, leading to ecosystem destruction. Cynthia Graber reports

Jan 21 2015

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Cheap Oil Means Raise the Gas T-Word

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Low oil prices present an opportunity to come to grips with our crumbling infrastructure and the cost of climate change. David Biello reports

Jan 12 2015

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Meet the (Newest Known) Beetles!

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Researchers announced the discovery of 98 beetle species previously unknown to science. David Biello reports

Dec 30 2014

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Oil Spill Sullies World Heritage Site

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The Sundarbans, part of the world's largest mangrove forest and stretching across India and Bangladesh, have been tarnished by a 350,000-liter oil spill. David Biello reports

Dec 22 2014

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Plummeting Petroleum Price Gases Up Global Warming

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Good news for gas and oil consumers can be bad news for the environment. David Biello reports

Dec 15 2014

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Movies Can Boost Solar Power

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The pattern that stores a film on a Blu-ray disc also can help improve photovoltaics. David Biello reports

Nov 28 2014

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Sun's Magnetic Field Boosts Earth Lightning

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When the Sun's magnetic field is pointed away from Earth, lightning strikes in the U.K. go up 50 percent. Christopher Intagliata reports

Nov 24 2014

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Wildlife Crime? There's an App for That

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A new tool may help officials crack down on the illegal wildlife trade. David Biello reports

Nov 18 2014

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Protected Areas Get Short Shrift

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Protected land and sea areas serve the wildlife within them as well as the humans who live near them. But countries are backtracking on their financial commitments to these vital regions. Steve Mirsky reports

Nov 11 2014

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Clock Ticking on Climate Change Prevention

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The  United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 's new synthesis report adds urgency to the need to cut additional greenhouse gas pollution

Nov 02 2014

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Better E-Waste Handling Helps Environment and Health

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Plastic-removal machines will enable Ghana's e-waste recoverers to get at valuable metal guts without burning off the exteriors. David Biello reports

Oct 28 2014

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Bottling the Sun's Power on Earth

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A breakthrough in fusion could solve the world's energy problems, but remains improbable. David Biello reports

Oct 19 2014

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Ebola Gorilla Vaccine Could Prevent Human Outbreaks

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Infected gorillas and chimps butchered for meat may be behind Ebola outbreaks. David Biello reports

Oct 13 2014

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Wildlife Population Plummeted Since 1970

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A World Wildlife Fund report estimates losses of 40 percent of all individual land and sea animals, and a 70 percent population crash of all river animals, since 1970. David Biello reports

Oct 05 2014

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People Power Takes Aim at Climate Change

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Participlants in the People's Climate March in New York City September 21st hope to persuade world leaders at the U.N. Climate Summit that follows. David Biello reports

Sep 20 2014

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iTunes Ratings

70 Ratings
Average Ratings
43
13
3
5
6

Great jolt of science

By ArchaeoWebby - Jun 17 2014
Read more
Like all the 60-Second podcasts, this one is quick and to the point. I love the single topic news presented succinctly.

Science Nibbles

By Eph109 - Feb 27 2012
Read more
Even if you are trained in science, these are great tid bits to keep your mind fresh.