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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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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

871 Ratings
Average Ratings
627
131
46
25
42

terrific

By maryhaicool - Jun 19 2019
Read more
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.
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60-Second Science

Latest release on Feb 20, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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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: 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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Rank #14: 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 #15: 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 #16: 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 #17: 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 #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: 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 #20: When Neutron Stars Collide

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Astrophysicists have gotten a better glimpse at what happens to crashing neutron stars by listening in on the electromagnetic echoes of the collision. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Sep 07 2018

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