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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute 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 . 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 science. 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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By 1point5x - May 29 2020
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Love this podcast. Quick hits on quirky science. Good topics, pitched at a good level, well-written (and read).

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By hashemiamin8866 - May 21 2020
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Please don’t speak about politics.

iTunes Ratings

941 Ratings
Average Ratings
673
138
50
28
52

Great Show

By 1point5x - May 29 2020
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Love this podcast. Quick hits on quirky science. Good topics, pitched at a good level, well-written (and read).

Hi

By hashemiamin8866 - May 21 2020
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Please don’t speak about politics.
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60-Second Science

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute 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 . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Rank #1: Moon's Tug Doesn't Cause Big Quakes

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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.

Jan 20 2018

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Rank #2: Some Habitable Zone Exoplanets May Get X-Rayed Out

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Red dwarfs are a popular place to hunt for small exoplanets in the habitable zone—but the stars' radiation bursts might fry chances for life as we know it. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Apr 12 2018

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Rank #3: Holiday Cheer Leads to Birth-Rate Spike

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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.

Feb 02 2018

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Rank #4: Smart Meters Speed Showers

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Smart meters on showerheads encouraged hotel guests to conserve—even though they personally saved no money. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Nov 27 2018

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Rank #5: Science News You Might Have Missed

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Very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe.

Jul 14 2018

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Rank #6: How Fit Is Bitcoin?

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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.

Nov 22 2017

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Rank #7: Data Reveals Most Influential Movies

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By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Dec 06 2018

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Rank #8: Piano Lessons Tune Up Language Skills

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Six months of piano lessons can heighten kindergartners' brain responses to different pitches, and improve their ability to tell apart two similar-sounding words. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 26 2018

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Rank #9: Dolphins Dumb Down Calls to Compete with Ship Noise

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Bottlenose dolphins simplify and raise the pitch of their whistles to be heard above underwater shipping noise. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Oct 30 2018

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Rank #10: Bird's Song Staying Power Implies Culture

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Certain motifs in swamp sparrow songs can last hundreds, even thousands of years—evidence of a cultural tradition in the birds. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 22 2018

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Rank #11: Primate Conflicts Play Out in the Operating Room

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By analyzing 200 surgeries, anthropologists found mixed-gender operating room teams exhibited the highest levels of cooperation. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jul 05 2018

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Rank #12: Humans Can Size One Another Up with a Roar

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Listeners to a person letting loose with a roar can accurately estimate the size and formidability or the human noise maker. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 29 2018

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Rank #13: Nice People Have Emptier Wallets

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A study correlating personality traits with financial data found that agreeable people had lower savings, higher debt and higher bankruptcy rates. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Oct 16 2018

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Rank #14: Malaria Mosquitoes Are Biting before Bed-Net Time

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Mosquitoes that like to bite at night are being thwarted by bed nets, leading to the rise of populations that prefer to bite when the nets are not up yet.

May 22 2020

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Rank #15: The Internet Needs a Tune-Up

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Princeton University's Jennifer Rexford talks about optimizing the internet for the uses it got drafted into performing.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #16: Republican Voters Not in Denial about Climate

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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.

Dec 02 2017

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Rank #17: Birds Learn Safety from Other Kinds of Birds

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Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Aug 03 2018

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Rank #18: How Hospitals Can Dampen the Decibels

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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.

Dec 08 2017

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Rank #19: Smart Mouth Guard Senses Muscle Fatigue

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A prototype flexible electronic mouth guard can measure lactate levels in an athlete’s saliva, tracking muscle fatigue during training and performance.

Jul 13 2018

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Rank #20: We're Being Tested

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President Trump pointed out yesterday that if we didn't do any testing for the virus we would have very few cases, which forces us to confront the issues posed by testing in general.

May 15 2020

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Young Great White Sharks Eat Off the Floor

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The stomach contests of young great white sharks showed that they spend a lot of time patrolling the sea floor for meals.

Jul 03 2020

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Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19 

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Political scientists analyzed congressional tweets and observed how Republicans and Democrats responded differently to the virus. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jul 01 2020

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Nature's Goods and Services Get Priced

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The gross ecosystem product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy.

Jul 01 2020

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Animal Migrations Track Climate Change

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Many species are known to have changed their migration routes in response to the changing climate, now including mule deer and Bewick's swans.

Jun 30 2020

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Science Briefs from around the World

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Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about a 70-million-year-old mollusk fossil that reveals years back then had a few more days than we have now.

Jun 25 2020

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Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions

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By hardening the nation’s streets and highways, trucks would use less fuel and spare the planet carbon emissions. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 20 2020

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Unicorns of the Sea Reveal Sound Activities

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Narwhals, recognizable by their large single tusk, make distinct sounds that are now being analyzed in depth by researchers.

Jun 19 2020

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Human Speech Evolution Gets Lip-Smacking Evidence

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A study of our closest evolutionary relatives finds that the chimp behavior known as lip smacking occurs in the same timing range as human mouths during speech.

Jun 17 2020

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Printed Coral Could Provide Reef Relief

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Three-dimensional printed coral-like structures were able to support the algae that live in real corals, which could help restore reefs and grow algae for bioenergy production.

Jun 16 2020

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'Snot Palaces' Reveal Undersea Creature Secrets

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Scientists are studying the delicate mucus houses built by creatures called larvaceans to better understand how they live. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 12 2020

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Helping Kids Cope with COVID-19 Worries

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The psychological state of children may need special attention during COVID-19 impacts and isolation.

Jun 10 2020

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Ancient DNA Rewrites Dead Sea Scroll History

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By sequencing DNA from the dust of dead sea scrolls, scientists were able to glean new clues about the ancient manuscripts. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 09 2020

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Whale Protections Need Not Cause Lobstering Losses

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Right whales, other whales and turtles get caught in lobster trap lines, but fewer lines can maintain the same lobster catch levels.

Jun 08 2020

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How to Keep COVID-19 Conspiracies Contained

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An expert on climate denial offers tips for inoculating people against coronavirus conspiracy notions.

Jun 07 2020

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Bioluminescence Helps Prey Avoid Hungry Seals

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Prey animals flash biochemically produced light to confuse elephant seals hunting in the dark. But at least one seal turned the tables.

Jun 03 2020

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3 Words Mislead Online Regional Mood Analysis

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Analyzing keywords on Twitter can offer a loose measure of the subjective well-being of a community, as long as you don’t count three words: good, love and LOL.

Jun 02 2020

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COVID Has Changed Soundscapes Worldwide

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The Silent Cities project is collecting sound from cities around the planet during the coronavirus pandemic to give researchers a database of natural sound in areas usually filled with human-generated noise.

Jun 01 2020

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Science News Briefs from All Over

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Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about an incredibly well-preserved horned lark ( Eremophila alpestris ), like the one pictured, that lived 46,000 years ago.

May 28 2020

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Colorful Corals Beat Bleaching

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Exposed to mildly warmer waters, some corals turn neon instead of bleaching white. The dramatic colors may help coax symbiotic algae back. Christopher Intagliata reports.

May 28 2020

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Skinny Genes Tell Fat to Burn

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A gene whose mutated form is associated with cancer in humans turns out to have a role in burning calories over a long evolutionary history.

May 23 2020

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iTunes Ratings

941 Ratings
Average Ratings
673
138
50
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52

Great Show

By 1point5x - May 29 2020
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Love this podcast. Quick hits on quirky science. Good topics, pitched at a good level, well-written (and read).

Hi

By hashemiamin8866 - May 21 2020
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Please don’t speak about politics.