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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

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Paired Comparisons Could Mean Better Witness Identifications

8/3/2020
Compared with traditional lineup techniques, a series of two-faces-at-a-time choices led to more accurate identification by study witnesses.

Duration:00:02:58

Foxes Have Dined on Our Leftovers for 30,000 Years

8/2/2020
An analysis of fox fossils found evidence that they scavenged from wolf and bear kills until Homo sapiens supplied plenty of horse and reindeer remains.

Duration:00:02:57

Mexico Caves Reveal Ancient Ocher Mining

7/31/2020
Now submerged caves in the Yucatán Peninsula contain remains of ocher-mining operations that date back at least 10,000 years.

Duration:00:03:16

In Bee Shortage, Bubbles Could Help Pollinate

7/27/2020
Soap bubbles are sticky enough to carry a pollen payload and delicate enough to land on flowers without harm.

Duration:00:02:22

Science News Briefs from around the Planet

7/26/2020
Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one about how a lizard population responded to hurricanes by developing larger and stickier toe pads on average.

Duration:00:02:05

Seismologists Find the World Quieted Down during Pandemic Lockdowns

7/26/2020
COVID-19-related lockdowns dampened human activity around the globe—giving seismologists a rare glimpse of the earth’s quietest rumblings. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:00

Old Art Offers Agriculture Info

7/24/2020
Art museums are filled with centuries-old paintings with details of plants that today give us clues about evolution and breeding practices.

Duration:00:03:31

How COVID-19 Decreases Weather Forecast Accuracy

7/23/2020
Meteorologists take advantage of weather data collected by commercial jetliners at different altitudes and locations. Fewer flights mean less data.

Duration:00:02:33

Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing

7/22/2020
The sword-tailed cricket can discern bats’ echolocation signals by only responding to calls of a certain volume—at which point it plummets out of their approach.

Duration:00:03:29

Speaker System Blocks City Noise

7/22/2020
The system works like noise-cancelling headphones but fits over an open window. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:10

Civil War Vaccine May Have Lessons for COVID-19

7/20/2020
Vaccination used against smallpox during the Civil War reveals the identity of the distantly related virus used to keep troops disease-free.

Duration:00:03:10

Can People ID Infectious Disease by Cough and Sneeze Sounds?

7/16/2020
Individuals aren’t very good at judging whether someone coughing or sneezing has an infectious condition or is simply reacting to something benign.

Duration:00:02:56

Why Some Birds Are Likely To Hit Buildings

7/13/2020
Those that eat insects, migrate or usually live in the woods are most likely to fly into buildings that feature a lot of glass.

Duration:00:02:27

Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change

7/11/2020
White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada.

Duration:00:03:03

Polynesians and Native South Americans Made 12th-Century Contact

7/10/2020
Scientists have found snippets of Native South American DNA in the genomes of present-day Polynesians, and they trace the contact to the year 1150. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:03:34

Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull

7/8/2020
Researchers saw a third fewer vehicle collisions with deer, elk, moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following COVID-19 shutdowns in three states they tracked.

Duration:00:03:19

Bat Says Hi as It Hunts

7/7/2020
Velvety free-tailed bats produce sounds that help them locate insect prey but simultaneously identify them to their companions.

Duration:00:02:51

Forests Getting Younger and Shorter

7/6/2020
Old, big trees are dying faster than in the past, leaving younger, less biodiverse forests that store less carbon worldwide.

Duration:00:02:22

Young Great White Sharks Eat off the Floor

7/2/2020
The stomach contents of young great white sharks show that they spend a lot of time patrolling the seafloor for meals.

Duration:00:02:56

Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19

7/1/2020
Political scientists analyzed congressional tweets and observed how Republicans and Democrats responded differently to the virus. Christopher Intagliata reports.

Duration:00:02:12