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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 maryhaicool - Jun 19 2019
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i hear it everyday and it give me many information about the science

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By Old F'er - Feb 01 2019
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It’s fun to listen to each episode. I’m learning new things.

iTunes Ratings

864 Ratings
Average Ratings
623
130
46
24
41

terrific

By maryhaicool - Jun 19 2019
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i hear it everyday and it give me many information about the science

Cool stuff

By Old F'er - Feb 01 2019
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It’s fun to listen to each episode. I’m learning new things.
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60-Second Science

Latest release on Feb 15, 2020

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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: 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 #5: 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 #6: Galaxies Far, Far Away Send Us Highest-Energy Cosmic Rays

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

Sep 21 2017

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Rank #7: 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 #8: 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 #9: 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 #10: 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 #11: 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 #12: When We Fly to Mars, Microbes Will, Too

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The microbes that live in and on our bodies will colonize a human-manned spacecraft to Mars—but will the spacecraft's microbiome be safe? Christopher Intagliata reports.

Oct 06 2017

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Rank #13: 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 #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: Ancient Clan War Explains Genetic Diversity Drop

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Some 5,000 to 7,000 years ago, the diversity of Y chromosomes plummeted. A new analysis suggests clan warfare may have been the cause. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jun 06 2018

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Rank #18: Sometimes Mosquitoes Are Just Thirsty

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Mosquitoes want your blood for its proteins...or simply to hydrate on a hot, dry day.

Aug 24 2018

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Rank #19: Little Aphids Ride Big Ones to Safety

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When trouble lurks, juvenile aphids drop off of the plants they're eating and hitch a ride on bigger aphid escapees.

Dec 12 2018

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Rank #20: Rotting Flesh Offers Insight on Fossilization

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To learn more about decay and fossilization, researchers conduct unorthodox experiments—like dissecting decomposing animals in the lab. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Mar 26 2018

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'Fight or Flight' Nerves Make Mice Go Gray

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A new study in mice concludes stress can cause gray hair—and credits overactive nerves with the change in hue. Karen Hopkin reports.

Feb 15 2020

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Espresso May Be Better when Ground Coarser

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A very fine grind can actually hamper espresso brewing, because particles may clump more than larger particles will.

Feb 14 2020

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Feral Dogs Respond to Human Hand Cues

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Most feral dogs that did not run away from humans were able to respond to hand cues about the location of food—even without training.

Feb 11 2020

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Neandertals Tooled Around with Clams

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Neandertals ate clams and then modified the hard shells into tools for cutting and scraping.

Feb 08 2020

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Fingering Fake Whiskeys with Isotopes

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Whiskeys claimed to be from the 19th century are revealed to be made with much more recently grown barley, thanks to the unique isotopic fingerprint of the nuclear-testing era.

Feb 07 2020

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Having an Albatross around Your Boat

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By outfitting 169 albatrosses with GPS data loggers, scientists were able to track fishing boats apparently trying to hide their location. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Feb 06 2020

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Science News Briefs from All Over

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Here are a few brief reports about international science and technology from around the world, including one from the Democratic Republic of the Congo about a toad that has evolved coloring that makes it look like a deadly snake’s head.

Feb 04 2020

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Facts about Groundhogs Other Than Their Poor Meteorology

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Groundhogs are less accurate at weather forecasting than are coin flips, but they are nonetheless pretty interesting critters.

Feb 02 2020

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Did Animal Calls Start in the Dark?

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One hypothesis says the ability to vocalize arose in nocturnal animals—and a new evolutionary analysis suggests there may be some truth to it. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Feb 01 2020

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Sign Languages Display Distinct Ancestries

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Well more than 100 distinct sign languages exist worldwide, with each having features that made it possible for researchers to create an evolutionary tree of their lineages.

Jan 31 2020

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Docs Given Updated Opioid Prescribing Habit

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Researchers dialed down the default number of opioids in two hospitals’ prescription systems—and doctors ended up prescribing fewer pills. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 27 2020

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Some Wolf Pups Show Innate Fetching Talent

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Some wolf pups will play fetch with a stranger, suggesting that an ability to playfully interact with people could have come before, and played a role in, dog domestication.

Jan 26 2020

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Barred Owls Invade the Sierra Nevada

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By listening to the sounds of the forest, biologists were able to identify an invasion of barred owls in spotted owl habitat. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 25 2020

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Curiosity Killed the ... Mouse?

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The cat parasite Toxoplasma gondii boosts curiosity in mice—which makes them more likely to be caught by cats, thus continuing the parasite’s life cycle. Karen Hopkin reports.

Jan 24 2020

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This Fish Knows How to Stick Around

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The remora clings to other fish—and appears to use an unusual sense of touch to do so. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 17 2020

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Antarctic Is Ripe for Invasive Species

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Mussels and crabs are two of the creatures most likely to invade Antarctica in the next 10 years, a panel of scientists say. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 16 2020

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Bacteria Helped Plants Evolve to Live on Land

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Soil bacteria may have taken residence in early algal species, gifting the algae with the ability to withstand drier conditions on land. Annie Sneed reports.

Jan 14 2020

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Meteorite Contains Material Older Than Earth

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The Murchison meteorite, which screamed to Earth 50 years ago, carried with it stardust that's seven billion years old. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 13 2020

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Loss of Large Mammals Stamps Out Invertebrates, Too

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Hunted areas of Gabon have fewer large mammals and a thicker forest understory—but they also have fewer termites. Jason G. Goldman reports.

Jan 12 2020

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Brittle Stars Can "See" without Eyes

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The starfish relatives can recognize patterns using photoreceptors on their arms—and their color-changing abilities could have something to do with it. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Jan 10 2020

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iTunes Ratings

864 Ratings
Average Ratings
623
130
46
24
41

terrific

By maryhaicool - Jun 19 2019
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i hear it everyday and it give me many information about the science

Cool stuff

By Old F'er - Feb 01 2019
Read more
It’s fun to listen to each episode. I’m learning new things.