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The age-old quest for the color blue and why pollution is not killing the killifish

28:08 | May 2nd

Humans have sought new materials to make elusive blue pigments for millennia—with mixed success. Today, scientists are tackling this blue-hued problem from many different angles. Host Sarah Crespi talks with contributing correspondent Kai Kupferschmi...Show More
Race and disease risk and Berlin’s singing nightingales

28:15 | Apr 25th

Noncancerous tumors of the uterus—also known as fibroids—are extremely common in women. One risk factor, according to the scientific literature, is “black race.” But such simplistic categories may actually obscure the real drivers of the disparities ...Show More
How dental plaque reveals the history of dairy farming, and how our neighbors view food waste

24:39 | Apr 18th

This week we have two interviews from the annual meeting of AAAS in Washington D.C.: one on the history of food and one about our own perceptions of food and food waste.  First up, host Sarah Crespi talks with Christina Warinner from the Max Planc...Show More
A new species of ancient human and real-time evolutionary changes in flowering plants

21:08 | Apr 11th

The ancient humans also known as the “hobbit” people (Homo floresiensis) might have company in their small stature with the discovery of another species of hominin in the Philippines. Host Sarah Crespi talks to Contributing Correspondent Lizzie Wade ...Show More
A radioactive waste standoff and science’s debt to the slave trade

23:32 | Apr 4th

A single factory in Malaysia supplies about 10% of the world’s rare earth oxides, used in everything from cellphones to lasers to missiles. Controversy over the final resting place for the slightly radioactive byproducts has pushed the plant to the b...Show More
Mysterious racehorse injuries, and reforming the U.S. bail system

36:39 | Mar 28th

Southern California’s famous Santa Anita racetrack is struggling to explain a series of recent horse injuries and deaths. Host Meagan Cantwell is joined by freelance journalist Christa Lesté-Lasserre to discuss what might be causing these injuries an...Show More
Vacuuming potato-size nodules of valuable metals in the deep sea, and an expedition to an asteroid 290 million kilometers away

19:10 | Mar 21st

Pirate’s gold may not be that far off, as there are valuable metals embedded in potato-size nodules thousands of meters down in the depths of the ocean. Host Meagan Cantwell talks with Staff Writer Paul Voosen about the first deep-sea test of a bus-s...Show More
Mysterious fast radio bursts and long-lasting effects of childhood cancer treatments

23:50 | Mar 14th

Host Sarah Crespi talks with Staff Writer Daniel Clery about the many, many theories surrounding fast radio bursts—extremely fast, intense radio signals from outside the galaxy—and a new telescope coming online that may help sort them out. Also th...Show More
Clues that the medieval plague swept into sub-Saharan Africa and evidence humans hunted and butchered giant ground sloths 12,000 years ago

22:43 | Mar 7th

New archaeological evidence suggests the same black plague that decimated Europe also took its toll on sub-Saharan Africa. Host Sarah Crespi talks with Contributing Correspondent Lizzie Wade about diverse medieval sub-Saharan cities that shrank or ev...Show More
Measuring earthquake damage with cellphone sensors and determining the height of the ancient Tibetan Plateau

20:57 | Feb 28th

In the wake of a devastating earthquake, assessing the extent of damage to infrastructure is time consuming—now, a cheap sensor system based on the accelerometers in cellphones could expedite this process. Host Sarah Crespi talks with Contributing Co...Show More
Spotting slavery from space, and using iPads for communication disorders

31:43 | Feb 21st

In our first segment from the annual meeting of AAAS (Science’s publisher) in Washington, D.C., host Sarah Crespi talks with Cathy Binger of University of New Mexico in Albuquerque about her session on the role of modern technology, such as iPads and...Show More
How far out we can predict the weather, and an ocean robot that monitors food webs

16:53 | Feb 14th

The app on your phone tells you the weather for the next 10 days—that’s the furthest forecasters have ever been able to predict. In fact, every decade for the past hundred years, a day has been added to the total forecast length. But we may be approa...Show More
Possible potato improvements, and a pill that gives you a jab in the gut

26:18 | Feb 7th

Because of its genetic complexity, the potato didn’t undergo a “green revolution” like other staple crops. It can take more than 15 years to breed a new kind of potato that farmers can grow, and genetic engineering just won’t work for tackling comple...Show More
Treating the microbiome, and a gene that induces sleep

20:02 | Jan 31st

Orla Smith, editor of Science Translational Medicine joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about what has changed in the past 10 years of microbiome research, what’s getting close to being useful in treatment, and how strong, exactly, the research is behin...Show More
Pollution from pot plants, and how our bodies perceive processed foods

32:12 | Jan 24th

The “dank” smelling terpenes emitted by growing marijuana can combine with chemicals in car emissions to form ozone, a health-damaging compound. This is especially problematic in Denver, where ozone levels are dangerously high and pot farms have spru...Show More
Peering inside giant planets, and fighting Ebola in the face of fake news

23:32 | Jan 17th

It’s incredibly difficult to get an inkling of what is going on inside gas giants Saturn and Jupiter. But with data deliveries from the Cassini and Juno spacecraft, researchers are starting to learn more. Science Staff Writer Paul Voosen talks with h...Show More
A mysterious blue pigment in the teeth of a medieval woman, and the evolution of online master’s degrees

27:09 | Jan 10th

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) provide free lectures and assignments, and gained global attention for their potential to increase education accessibility. Plagued with high attrition rates and fewer returning students every year, MOOCs have pivo...Show More
Will a radical open-access proposal catch on, and quantifying the most deadly period of the Holocaust

18:52 | Jan 3rd

Plan S, an initiative that requires participating research funders to immediately publish research in an open-access journal or repository, was announced in September 2018 by Science Europe with 11 participating agencies. Several others have signed o...Show More
End of the year podcast: 2018’s breakthroughs, breakdowns, and top online stories

29:24 | Dec 20th, 2018

First, we hear Online News Editor David Grimm and host Sarah Crespi discuss audience favorites and staff picks from this year’s online stories, from mysterious pelvises to quantum engines. Megan Cantwell talks with News Editor Tim Appenzeller abou...Show More
‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ turns 50, and how Neanderthal DNA could change your skull

22:45 | Dec 13th, 2018

In 1968, Science published the now-famous paper “The Tragedy of the Commons” by ecologist Garrett Hardin. In it, Hardin questioned society’s ability to manage shared resources, concluding that individuals will act in their self-interest and ultimatel...Show More
Where private research funders stow their cash and studying gun deaths in children

24:17 | Dec 6th, 2018

A new Science investigation reveals several major private research funders—including the Wellcome Trust and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation—are making secretive offshore investments at odds with their organizational missions. Host Meagan Cantwell ...Show More
The universe’s star formation history and a powerful new helper for evolution

25:37 | Nov 29th, 2018

In a fast-changing environment, evolution can be slow—sometimes so slow that an organism dies out before the right mutation comes along. Host Sarah Crespi speaks with Staff Writer Elizabeth Pennisi about how plastic traits—traits that can alter in re...Show More
Exploding the Cambrian and building a DNA database for forensics

23:02 | Nov 22nd, 2018

First, we hear from science writer Joshua Sokol about his trip to the Cambrian—well not quite. He talks with host Megan Cantwell about his travels to a remote site in the mountains of British Columbia where some of Earth’s first animals—including a m...Show More
The worst year ever and the effects of fasting

32:06 | Nov 15th, 2018

When was the worst year to be alive? Contributing Correspondent Ann Gibbons talks to host Sarah Crespi about a contender year that features a volcanic eruption, extended darkness, cold summer, and a plague. Also on this week’s show, host Meagan Ca...Show More
A big increase in monkey research and an overhaul for the metric system

19:00 | Nov 8th, 2018

A new report suggests a big increase in the use of monkeys in laboratory experiments in the United States in 2017. Online News Editor David Grimm joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss which areas of research are experiencing this rise and the possible r...Show More
How the appendix could hold the keys to Parkinson’s disease, and materials scientists mimic nature

27:28 | Nov 1st, 2018

For a long time, Parkinson’s disease was thought to be merely a disorder of the nervous system. But in the past decade researchers have started to look elsewhere in the body for clues to this debilitating disease—particularly in the gut. Host Meagan ...Show More
Children sue the U.S. government over climate change, and how mice inherit their gut microbes

27:34 | Oct 25th, 2018

A group of children is suing the U.S. government—claiming their rights to life, liberty, and property are under threat from climate change thanks to government policies that have encouraged the use and extraction of fossil fuels. Host Meagan Cantwell...Show More
Mutant cells in the esophagus, and protecting farmers from dangerous pesticide exposure

21:59 | Oct 18th, 2018

As you age, your cells divide over and over again, leading to minute changes in their genomes. New research reveals that in the lining of the esophagus, mutant cells run rampant, fighting for dominance over normal cells. But they do this without caus...Show More
What we can learn from a cluster of people with an inherited intellectual disability, and questioning how sustainable green lawns are in dry places

18:33 | Oct 11th, 2018

A small isolated town in Colombia is home to a large cluster of people with fragile X syndrome—a genetic disorder that leads to intellectual disability, physical abnormalities, and sometimes autism. Spectrum staff reporter Hannah Furfaro joins host S...Show More
Odd new particles may be tunneling through the planet, and how the flu operates differently in big and small towns

18:43 | Oct 4th, 2018

Hoping to spot subatomic particles called neutrinos smashing into Earth, the balloon-borne Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA) detector has circled the South Pole four times. ANITA has yet to detect those particles, but it has twice seen od...Show More
The future of PCB-laden orca whales, and doing genomics work with Indigenous people

31:57 | Sep 27th, 2018

Science has often treated Indigenous people as resources for research—especially when it comes to genomics. Now, Indigenous people are exploring how this type of study can be conducted in a way that respects their people and traditions. Meagan Cantwe...Show More
Metaresearchers take on meta-analyses, and hoary old myths about science

24:14 | Sep 20th, 2018

Meta-analyses—structured analyses of many studies on the same topic—were once seen as objective and definitive projects that helped sort out conflicts amongst smaller studies. These days, thousands of meta-analyses are published every year—many eithe...Show More
The youngest sex chromosomes on the block, and how to test a Zika vaccine without Zika cases

20:51 | Sep 13th, 2018

Strawberries had both male and female parts, like most plants, until several million years ago. This may seem like a long time ago, but it actually means strawberries have some of the youngest sex chromosomes around. What are the advantages of splitt...Show More
Should we prioritize which endangered species to save, and why were chemists baffled by soot for so long?

19:57 | Sep 6th, 2018

We are in the middle of what some scientists are calling the sixth mass extinction and not all at-risk species can be saved. That’s causing some conservationists to say we need to start thinking about “species triage.” Meagan Cantwell interviews free...Show More
<i>Science</i> and <i>Nature</i> get their social science studies replicated—or not, the mechanisms behind human-induced earthquakes, and the taboo of claiming causality in science

27:48 | Aug 30th, 2018

A new project out of the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia, found that of all the experimental social science papers published in Science and Nature from 2010–15, 62% successfully replicated, even when larger sample sizes were used...Show More
Sending flocks of tiny satellites out past Earth orbit and solving the irrigation efficiency paradox

20:17 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Small satellites—about the size of a briefcase—have been hitching rides on rockets to lower Earth orbit for decades. Now, because of their low cost and ease of launching, governments and private companies are looking to expand the range of these “sat...Show More
Ancient volcanic eruptions, and peer pressure—from robots

19:44 | Aug 16th, 2018

Several thousand years ago the volcano under Santorini in Greece—known as Thera—erupted in a tremendous explosion, dusting the nearby Mediterranean civilizations of Crete and Egypt in a layer of white ash. This geological marker could be used to tie ...Show More
Doubts about the drought that kicked off our latest geological age, and a faceoff between stink bugs with samurai wasps

20:12 | Aug 9th, 2018

We now live in the Meghalayan age—the last age of the Holocene epoch. Did you get the memo? A July decision by the International Commission on Stratigraphy, which is responsible for naming geological time periods, divided the Holocene into three ages...Show More
How our brains may have evolved for language, and clues to what makes us leaders—or followers

25:28 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Yes, humans are the only species with language, but how did we acquire it? New research suggests our linguistic prowess might arise from the same process that brought domesticated dogs big eyes and bonobos the power to read others’ intent. Online New...Show More
Liquid water on Mars, athletic performance in transgender women, and the lost colony of Roanoke

25:40 | Jul 26th, 2018

Billions of years ago, Mars probably hosted many water features: streams, rivers, gullies, etc. But until recently, water detected on the Red Planet was either locked up in ice or flitting about as a gas in the atmosphere. Now, researchers analyzing ...Show More
Why the platypus gave up suckling, and how gravity waves clear clouds

16:54 | Jul 19th, 2018

Suckling mothers milk is a pretty basic feature of being a mammal. Humans do it. Possums do it. But monotremes such as the platypus and echidna—although still mammals—gave up suckling long ago. Instead, they lap at milky patches on their mothers’ ski...Show More
The South Pole’s IceCube detector catches a ghostly particle from deep space, and how rice knows to grow when submerged

24:55 | Jul 12th, 2018

A detection of a single neutrino at the 1-square-kilometer IceCube detector in Antarctica may signal the beginning of “neutrino astronomy.” The neutral, almost massless particle left its trail of debris in the ice last September, and its source was p...Show More
A polio outbreak threatens global eradication plans, and what happened to America’s first dogs

17:58 | Jul 5th, 2018

Wild polio has been hunted to near extinction in a decades-old global eradication program. Now, a vaccine-derived outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is threatening to seriously extend the polio eradication endgame. Deputy News Edi...Show More
Increasing transparency in animal research to sway public opinion, and a reaching a plateau in human mortality

32:21 | Jun 28th, 2018

Public opinion on the morality of animal research is on the downswing in the United States. But some researchers think letting the public know more about how animals are used in experiments might turn things around. Online News Editor David Grimm joi...Show More
New evidence in Cuba’s ‘sonic attacks,’ and finding an extinct gibbon—in a royal Chinese tomb

19:17 | Jun 21st, 2018

Since the 2016 reports of a mysterious assault on U.S. embassy staff in Cuba, researchers have struggled to find evidence of injury or weapon. Now, new research has discovered inner-ear damage in some of the personnel complaining of symptoms. Former ...Show More
The places where HIV shows no sign of ending, and the parts of the human brain that are bigger—in bigger brains

23:25 | Jun 14th, 2018

Nigeria, Russia, and Florida seem like an odd set, but they all have one thing in common: growing caseloads of HIV. Science Staff Writer Jon Cohen joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about this week’s big read on how the fight against HIV/AIDS is evolvin...Show More
Science books for summer, and a blood test for predicting preterm birth

18:25 | Jun 7th, 2018

What book are you taking to the beach or the field this summer? Science’s books editor Valerie Thompson and host Sarah Crespi discuss a selection of science books that will have you catching comets and swimming with the fishes. Sarah also talks wi...Show More
The first midsize black holes, and the environmental impact of global food production

18:34 | May 31st, 2018

Astronomers have been able to detect supermassive black holes and teeny-weeny black holes but the midsize ones have been elusive. Now, researchers have scanned through archives looking for middle-size galaxies and found traces of these missing middle...Show More
Sketching suspects with DNA, and using light to find Zika-infected mosquitoes

27:59 | May 24th, 2018

DNA fingerprinting has been used to link people to crimes for decades, by matching DNA from a crime scene to DNA extracted from a suspect. Now, investigators are using other parts of the genome—such as markers for hair and eye color—to help rule peop...Show More
Tracking ancient Rome’s rise using Greenland’s ice, and fighting fungicide resistance

27:06 | May 17th, 2018

Two thousand years ago, ancient Romans were pumping lead into the air as they smelted ores to make the silvery coin of the realm. Online News Editor David Grimm talks to Sarah Crespi about how the pollution of ice in Greenland from this process provi...Show More
Ancient DNA is helping find the first horse tamers, and a single gene is spawning a fierce debate in salmon conservation

17:40 | May 10th, 2018

Who were the first horse tamers? Online News Editor Catherine Matacic talks to Sarah Crespi about a new study that brings genomics to bear on the question. The hunt for the original equine domesticators has focused on Bronze Age people living on t...Show More
The twins climbing Mount Everest for science, and the fractal nature of human bone

25:02 | May 3rd, 2018

To study the biological differences brought on by space travel, NASA sent one twin into space and kept another on Earth in 2015. Now, researchers from that project are trying to replicate that work planet-side to see whether the differences in gene e...Show More
Deciphering talking drums, and squeezing more juice out of solar panels

29:11 | Apr 26th, 2018

Researchers have found new clues to how the “talking drums” of one Amazonian tribe convey their messages. Sarah Crespi talks with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic about the role of tone and rhythm in this form of communication. Getting poked w...Show More
Drug use in the ancient world, and what will happen to plants as carbon dioxide levels increase

23:30 | Apr 19th, 2018

Armed with new data, archaeologists are revealing that mind-altering drugs were present at the dawn of the first complex societies some 5000 years ago in the ancient Middle East. Contributing writer Andrew Lawler joins Sarah Crespi to discuss the evi...Show More
How DNA is revealing Latin America’s lost histories, and how to make a molecule from just two atoms

20:59 | Apr 12th, 2018

Geneticists and anthropologists studying historical records and modern-day genomes are finding traces of previously unknown migrants to Latin America in the 16th and 17th centuries, when Asians, Africans, and Europeans first met indigenous Latin Amer...Show More
Legendary Viking crystals, and how to put an octopus to sleep

20:27 | Apr 5th, 2018

A millennium ago, Viking navigators may have used crystals known as “sunstones” to navigate between Norway and Greenland. Sarah Crespi talks with Online News Editor David Grimm about how one might use a crystal to figure out where they are. Sarah ...Show More
Chimpanzee retirement gains momentum, and x-ray ‘ghost images’ could cut radiation doses

29:45 | Mar 29th, 2018

Two of the world’s most famous research chimpanzees have finally retired. Hercules and Leo arrived at a chimp sanctuary in Georgia last week. Sarah Crespi checks in with Online News Editor David Grimm on the increasing momentum for research chimp ret...Show More
A possible cause for severe morning sickness, and linking mouse moms’ caretaking to brain changes in baby mice

20:15 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Researchers are converging on which genes are linked to morning sickness—the nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy—and the more severe form: hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). And once we know what those genes are—can we help pregnant women feel be...Show More
How humans survived an ancient volcanic winter and how disgust shapes ecosystems

20:14 | Mar 15th, 2018

When Indonesia’s Mount Toba blew its top some 74,000 years ago, an apocalyptic scenario ensued: Tons of ash and debris entered the atmosphere, coating the planet in ash for 2 weeks straight and sending global temperatures plummeting. Despite the worl...Show More
Animals that don’t need people to be domesticated; the astonishing spread of false news; and links between gender, sexual orientation, and speech

40:12 | Mar 8th, 2018

Did people domesticate animals? Or did they domesticate themselves? Online News Editor David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about a recent study that looked at self-domesticating mice. If they could go it alone, could cats or dogs have done the same i...Show More
A new dark matter signal from the early universe, massive family trees, and how we might respond to alien contact

34:23 | Mar 1st, 2018

For some time after the big bang there were no stars. Researchers are now looking at cosmic dawn—the time when stars first popped into being—and are seeing hints of dark matter’s influence on supercold hydrogen clouds. News Writer Adrian Cho talks wi...Show More
Neandertals that made art, live news from the AAAS Annual Meeting, and the emotional experience of being a scientist

23:56 | Feb 22nd, 2018

We talk about the techniques of painting sleuths, how to combat alternative facts or “fake news,” and using audio signposts to keep birds from flying into buildings. For this segment, David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with host Sarah C...Show More
Genes that turn off after death, and debunking the sugar conspiracy

13:18 | Feb 15th, 2018

Some of our genes come alive after we die. David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about which genes are active after death and what we can learn about time of death by looking at patterns of postmortem gene expression. ...Show More
Happy lab animals may make better research subjects, and understanding the chemistry of the indoor environment

21:01 | Feb 8th, 2018

Would happy lab animals—rats, mice, even zebrafish—make for better experiments? David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about the potential of treating lab animals more like us and making them more useful for science at the...Show More
Following 1000 people for decades to learn about the interplay of health, environment, and temperament, and investigating why naked mole rats don’t seem to age

18:15 | Feb 1st, 2018

David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about the chance a naked mole rat could die at any one moment. Surprisingly, the probability a naked mole rat will die does not go up as it gets older. Researchers are looking at the ...Show More
The dangers of dismantling a geoengineered sun shield and the importance of genes we don’t inherit

22:09 | Jan 25th, 2018

Catherine Matacic—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about how geoengineering could reduce the harshest impacts of climate change, but make them even worse if it were ever turned off. Sarah also interviews Augustine Kong of the...Show More
Unearthed letters reveal changes in Fields Medal awards, and predicting crime with computers is no easy feat

23:59 | Jan 18th, 2018

Freelance science writer Michael Price talks with Sarah Crespi about recently revealed deliberations for a coveted mathematics prize: the Fields Medal. Unearthed letters suggest early award committees favored promise and youth over star power. Sar...Show More
Salad-eating sharks, and what happens after quantum computing achieves quantum supremacy

18:19 | Jan 11th, 2018

David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about two underwater finds: the first sharks shown to survive off of seagrass and what fossilized barnacles reveal about ancient whale migrations. Sarah also interviews Staff Write...Show More
Who visits raccoon latrines, and boosting cancer therapy with gut microbes

17:00 | Jan 4th, 2018

David Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about a long-term project monitoring raccoon latrines in California. What influence do these wild bathrooms have on the ecosystem? Sarah also interviews Christian Jobin of the Univ...Show More
<i>Science</i>’s Breakthrough of the Year, our best online news, and science books for your shopping list

30:55 | Dec 21st, 2017

Dave Grimm—online news editor for Science—talks with Sarah Crespi about a few of this year’s top stories from our online news site, like ones on a major error in the monarch butterfly biological record and using massive balloons to build tunnels, and...Show More
Putting the breaks on driverless cars, and dolphins that can muffle their ears

20:12 | Dec 14th, 2017

Whales and dolphins have incredibly sensitive hearing and are known to be harmed by loud underwater noises. David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about new research on captive cetaceans suggesting that some species can naturally muffle such sounds—perh...Show More
Folding DNA into teddy bears and getting creative about gun violence research

19:20 | Dec 7th, 2017

This week, three papers came out describing new approaches to folding DNA into large complex shapes—20 times bigger than previous DNA sculptures. Staff Writer Bob Service talks with Sarah Crespi about building microscopic teddy bears, doughnuts, and ...Show More
Debunking yeti DNA, and the incredibly strong arms of prehistoric female farmers

20:59 | Nov 30th, 2017

The abominable snowman, the yeti, bigfoot, and sasquatch—these long-lived myths of giant, hairy hominids depend on dropping elusive clues to stay in the popular imagination—a blurry photo here, a big footprint there—but what happens when scientists t...Show More
The world’s first dog pictures, and looking at the planet from a quantum perspective

27:23 | Nov 22nd, 2017

About 8000 years ago, people were drawing dogs with leashes, according to a series of newly described stone carvings from Saudi Arabia. Online News Editor David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about reporting on this story and what it says about the hi...Show More
Preventing psychosis and the evolution—or not—of written language

24:27 | Nov 16th, 2017

How has written language changed over time? Do the way we read and the way our eyes work influence how scripts look? This week we hear a story on changes in legibility in written texts with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Sarah Crespi also i...Show More
Randomizing the news for science, transplanting genetically engineered skin, and the ethics of experimental brain implants

28:25 | Nov 9th, 2017

This week we hear stories on what to do with experimental brain implants after a study is over, how gene therapy gave a second skin to a boy with a rare epidermal disease, and how bone markings thought to be evidence for early hominid tool use may ha...Show More
How Earth’s rotation could predict giant quakes, gene therapy’s new hope, and how carbon monoxide helps deep-diving seals

21:02 | Nov 2nd, 2017

This week we hear stories on how the sloshing of Earth’s core may spike major earthquakes, carbon monoxide’s role in keeping deep diving elephant seals oxygenated, and a festival celebrating heavily researched yet completely nonsensical theories with...Show More
Building conscious machines, tracing asteroid origins, and how the world’s oldest forests grew

27:01 | Oct 26th, 2017

This week we hear stories on sunlight pushing Mars’s flock of asteroids around, approximately 400-million-year-old trees that grew by splitting their guts, and why fighting poverty might also mean worsening climate change with Online News Editor Davi...Show More
LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are better team players than dogs

26:48 | Oct 19th, 2017

This week we hear stories about the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory’s latest hit, why wolves are better team players than dogs, and volcanic eruptions that may have triggered riots in ancient Egypt with Online News Editor Catherin...Show More
Evolution of skin color, taming rice thrice, and peering into baby brains

21:50 | Oct 12th, 2017

This week we hear stories about a new brain imaging technique for newborns, recently uncovered evidence on rice domestication on three continents, and why Canada geese might be migrating into cities, with Online News Editor David Grimm.   Sarah Cr...Show More
Putting rescue robots to the test, an ancient Scottish village buried in sand, and why costly drugs may have more side effects

18:02 | Oct 5th, 2017

This week we hear stories about putting rescue bots to the test after the Mexico earthquake, why a Scottish village was buried in sand during the Little Ice Age, and efforts by the U.S. military to predict posttraumatic stress disorder with Online Ne...Show More
Furiously beating bat hearts, giant migrating wombats, and puzzling out preprint publishing

26:14 | Sep 28th, 2017

This week we hear stories on how a bat varies its heart rate to avoid starving, giant wombatlike creatures that once migrated across Australia, and the downsides of bedbugs’ preference for dirty laundry with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah C...Show More
Cosmic rays from beyond our galaxy, sleeping jellyfish, and counting a language’s words for colors

23:19 | Sep 21st, 2017

This week we hear stories on animal hoarding, how different languages have different numbers of colors, and how to tell a wakeful jellyfish from a sleeping one with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic, Brice Russ, and Sarah Crespi.   Andrew Wagne...Show More
Cargo-sorting molecular robots, humans as the ultimate fire starters, and molecular modeling with quantum computers

28:57 | Sep 14th, 2017

This week we hear stories on the gut microbiome’s involvement in multiple sclerosis, how wildfires start—hint: It’s almost always people—and a new record in quantum computing with Online News Editor David Grimm. Andrew Wagner talks to Lulu Qian ab...Show More
Taking climate science to court, sailing with cylinders, and solar cooling

21:38 | Sep 7th, 2017

This week we hear stories on smooth sailing with giant, silolike sails, a midsized black hole that may be hiding out in the Milky Way, and new water-cooling solar panels that could cut air conditioning costs with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sa...Show More
Mysteriously male crocodiles, the future of negotiating AIs, and atomic bonding between the United States and China

24:26 | Aug 31st, 2017

This week we hear stories on involving more AIs in negotiations, tiny algae that might be responsible for killing some (not all) dinosaurs, and a chemical intended to make farm fish grow faster that may be also be causing one area’s crocodile populat...Show More
What hunter-gatherer gut microbiomes have that we don’t, and breaking the emoji code

17:02 | Aug 24th, 2017

Sarah Crespi talks to Sam Smits about how our microbial passengers differ from one culture to the next—are we losing diversity and the ability to fight chronic disease? For our books segment, Jen Golbeck talks with Vyvyan Evans about his book The ...Show More
A jump in rates of knee arthritis, a brief history of eclipse science, and bands and beats in the atmosphere of brown dwarfs

18:57 | Aug 17th, 2017

This week we hear stories on a big jump in U.S. rates of knee arthritis, some science hits and misses from past eclipses, and the link between a recently discovered thousand-year-old Viking fortress and your Bluetooth earbuds with Online News Editor ...Show More
Coddled puppies don’t do as well in school, some trees make their own rain, and the Americas were probably first populated by ancient mariners

18:27 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week we hear stories on new satellite measurements that suggest the Amazon makes its own rain for part of the year, puppies raised with less smothering moms do better in guide dog school, and what DNA can tell us about ancient Greeks’ near mythi...Show More
The biology of color, a database of industrial espionage, and a link between prions and diabetes

27:02 | Aug 3rd, 2017

This week we hear stories on diagnosing Alzheimer’s disease in chimps, a potential new pathway to diabetes—through prions—and what a database of industrial espionage says about the economics of spying with Online News Editors David Grimm and Catherin...Show More
DNA and proteins from ancient books, music made from data, and the keys to poverty traps

27:35 | Jul 27th, 2017

This week we hear stories on turning data sets into symphonies for business and pleasure, why so much of the world is stuck in the poverty trap, and calls for stiffening statistical significance with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi ta...Show More
Paying cash for carbon, making dogs friendly, and destroying all life on Earth

28:29 | Jul 20th, 2017

This week we have stories on the genes that may make dogs friendly, why midsized animals are the fastest, and what it would take to destroy all the life on our planet with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi talks to Seema Jayachandran ab...Show More
Still-living dinosaurs, the world’s first enzymes, and thwarting early adopters in tech

25:41 | Jul 13th, 2017

This week, we have stories on how ultraviolet rays may have jump-started the first enzymes on Earth, a new fossil find that helps date how quickly birds diversified after the extinction of all the other dinosaurs, and a drug that may help reverse the...Show More
Odorless calories for weight loss, building artificial intelligence researchers can trust, and can oily birds fly?

19:26 | Jul 6th, 2017

This week we have stories on the twisty tree of human ancestry, why mice shed weight when they can’t smell, and the damaging effects of even a small amount of oil on a bird’s feathers—with Online News Editor David Grimm.  Sarah Crespi talks to New...Show More
A Stone Age skull cult, rogue Parkinson’s proteins in the gut, and controversial pesticides linked to bee deaths

31:42 | Jun 29th, 2017

This week we have stories on what the rogue Parkinson’s protein is doing in the gut, how chimps outmuscle humans, and evidence for an ancient skull cult with Online News Editor David Grimm. Jen Golbeck is back with this month’s book segment. She i...Show More
Why eggs have such weird shapes, doubly domesticated cats, and science balloons on the rise

19:18 | Jun 22nd, 2017

This week we have stories on the new capabilities of science balloons, connections between deforestation and drug trafficking in Central America, and new insights into the role ancient Egypt had in taming cats with Online News Editor David Grimm. ...Show More
Slowly retiring chimps, tanning at the cellular level, and plumbing magma’s secrets

20:27 | Jun 15th, 2017

This week we have stories on why it’s taking so long for research chimps to retire, boosting melanin for a sun-free tan, and tracking a mouse trail to find liars online with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi talks to Allison Rubin about...Show More
How to weigh a star—with a little help from Einstein, toxic ‘selfish genes,’ and the world’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils

31:50 | Jun 8th, 2017

This week we have stories on what body cams reveal about interactions between black drivers and U.S. police officers, the world’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils, and how modern astronomers measured the mass of a star—thanks to an old tip from Einstein—w...Show More
A new taste for the tongue, ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies, and early evidence for dog breeding

23:53 | Jun 1st, 2017

This week we have stories on how we taste water, extracting ancient DNA from mummy heads, and the earliest evidence for dog breeding with Online News Editor David Grimm. Sarah Crespi talks to John Travis about postsurgical cognitive dysfunction—do...Show More
How whales got so big, sperm in space, and a first look at Jupiter’s poles

27:12 | May 25th, 2017

This week we have stories on strange dimming at a not-so-distant star, sending sperm to the International Space Station, and what the fossil record tells us about how baleen whales got so ginormous with Online News Editor David Grimm. Julia Rosen ...Show More
Preventing augmented-reality overload, fixing bone with tiny bubbles, and studying human migrations

23:45 | May 18th, 2017

This week we have stories on blocking dangerous or annoying distractions in augmented reality, gene therapy applied with ultrasound to heal bone breaks, and giving robots geckolike gripping power with Online News Editor David Grimm. Deputy News Ed...Show More
Our newest human relative, busting human sniff myths, and the greenhouse gas that could slow global warming

21:45 | May 11th, 2017

This week we have stories on ancient hominids that may have coexisted with early modern humans, methane seeps in the Arctic that could slow global warming, and understanding color without words with Online News Intern Lindzi Wessel. John McGann jo...Show More
Podcast: Reading pain from the brains of infants, modeling digital faces, and wifi holograms

20:40 | May 4th, 2017

This week, we discuss the most accurate digital model of a human face to date, stray Wi-Fi signals that can be used to spy on a closed room, and artificial intelligence that can predict Supreme Court decisions with Online News Editor Catherine Mataci...Show More
Podcast: Where dog breeds come from, bots that build buildings, and gathering ancient human DNA from cave sediments

24:57 | Apr 27th, 2017

This week, a new family tree of dog breeds, advances in artificial wombs, and an autonomous robot that can print a building with Online News Editor David Grimm.   Viviane Slon joins Sarah Crespi to discuss a new way to seek out ancient humans—with...Show More
Podcast: When good lions go bad, listening to meteor crashes, and how humans learn to change the world

26:47 | Apr 20th, 2017

This week, meteors’ hiss may come from radio waves, pigeons that build on the wings of those that came before, and a potential answer to the century-old mystery of what turned two lions into people eaters with Online News Editor David Grimm. Elise...Show More
Podcast: Watching shoes untie, Cassini’s last dive through the breath of a cryovolcano, and how human bias influences machine learning

24:29 | Apr 13th, 2017

This week, walk like an elephant—very far, with seeds in your guts, Cassini’s mission to Saturn wraps up with news on the habitability of its icy moon Enceladus, and how our shoes manage to untie themselves with Online News Editor David Grimm. Ayl...Show More
Podcast: Giant virus genetics, human high-altitude adaptations, and quantifying the impact of government-funded science

19:11 | Apr 6th, 2017

This week, viruses as remnants of a fourth domain of life, a scan of many Tibetan genomes reveals seven new genes potentially related to high-altitude life, and doubts about dark energy with Online News Editor David Grimm. Danielle Li joins Sarah ...Show More
Podcast: Killing off stowaways to Mars, chasing synthetic opiates, and how soil contributes to global carbon calculations

31:11 | Mar 30th, 2017

This week, how to avoid contaminating Mars with microbial hitchhikers, turning mammalian cells into biocomputers, and a look at how underground labs in China are creating synthetic opioids for street sales in the United States with Online News Editor...Show More
Podcast: Teaching self-driving cars to read, improving bike safety with a video game, and when ‘you’ isn’t about ‘you’

24:06 | Mar 23rd, 2017

This week, new estimates for the depths of the world’s lakes, a video game that could help kids be safer bike riders, and teaching autonomous cars to read road signs with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Ariana Orvell joins Sarah Crespi to discuss...Show More
Podcast: The archaeology of democracy, new additions to the uncanny valley, and the discovery of ant-ibiotics

24:39 | Mar 16th, 2017

This week, what bear-mounted cameras can tell us about their caribou-hunting habits, ants that mix up their own medicine, and feeling alienated by emotional robots with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Lizzie Wade joins Sarah Crespi to discuss new...Show More
Podcast: Human pheromones lightly debunked, ignoring cyberattacks, and designer chromosomes

20:36 | Mar 9th, 2017

This week, how Flickr photos could help predict floods, why it might be a good idea to ignore some cyberattacks, and new questions about the existence of human pheromones with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Sarah Richardson joins Alexa Billow to...Show More
Podcast: Breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier, storing data in DNA, and how past civilizations shaped the Amazon

24:55 | Mar 2nd, 2017

This week, we chat about the science behind breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier, storing data in DNA strands, and a dinosaur’s zigzagging backbones with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. And Carolina Levis joins Alexa Billow to discuss evidence...Show More
Podcast: Cracking the smell code, why dinosaurs had wings before they could fly, and detecting guilty feelings in altruistic gestures

31:36 | Feb 23rd, 2017

This week, we chat about why people are nice to each other—does it feel good or are we just avoiding feeling bad—approaches to keeping arsenic out of the food supply, and using artificial intelligence to figure out what a chemical smells like to a hu...Show More
Podcast: Recognizing the monkey in the mirror, giving people malaria parasites as a vaccine strategy, and keeping coastal waters clean with seagrass

20:06 | Feb 16th, 2017

This week, we chat about what it means if a monkey can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, injecting people with live malaria parasites as a vaccine strategy, and insect-inspired wind turbines with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Joleah Lam...Show More
Podcast: Saving grizzlies from trains, cheap sun-powered water purification, and a deep look at science-based policymaking

24:44 | Feb 9th, 2017

This week, we chat about why grizzly bears seem to be dying on Canadian railway tracks, slow-release fertilizers that reduce environmental damage, and cleaning water with the power of the sun on the cheap, with Online News Editor David Grimm. And ...Show More
Podcast: An 80-million-year-old dinosaur protein, sending oxygen to the moon, and competitive forecasting

20:59 | Feb 2nd, 2017

This week, we chat about how the Earth is sending oxygen to the moon, using a GPS data set to hunt for dark matter, and retrieving 80-million year old proteins from dinosaur bones, with Online News Editor David Grimm. And Philip Tetlock joins Alexa B...Show More
Podcast: Bringing back tomato flavor genes, linking pollution and dementia, and when giant otters roamed Earth

29:10 | Jan 26th, 2017

This week, we chat about 50-kilogram otters that once stalked southern China, using baseball stats to show how jet lag puts players off their game, and a growing link between pollution and dementia, with Online News Editor David Grimm. Also in this...Show More
Podcast: Explaining menopause in killer whales, triggering killer mice, and the role of chromosome number in cancer immunotherapy

23:38 | Jan 19th, 2017

This week, we chat about a surprising reason why killer whales undergo menopause, flipping a kill switch in mice with lasers, and Fukushima residents who measured their own radiation exposure[link tk], with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Plu...Show More
Podcast: A blood test for concussions, how the hagfish escapes from sharks, and optimizing carbon storage in trees

20:52 | Jan 12th, 2017

This week, we chat about a blood test that could predict recovery time after a concussion, new insights into the bizarre hagfish’s anatomy, and a cheap paper centrifuge based on a toy, with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow...Show More
Podcast: An ethics conundrum from the Nazi era, baby dinosaur development, and a new test for mad cow disease

29:54 | Jan 5th, 2017

This week, we chat about how long dinosaur eggs take—or took—to hatch, a new survey that confirms the world’s hot spots for lightning, and replenishing endangered species with feral pets with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Plus, Science’s A...Show More
Podcast: Our Breakthrough of the Year, top online stories, and the year in science books

27:22 | Dec 22nd, 2016

This week, we chat about human evolution in action, 6000-year-old fairy tales, and other top news stories from 2016 with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to News Editor Tim Appenzeller about this year’s breakthroug...Show More
The sound of a monkey talking, cloning horses for sport, and forensic anthropologists help the search for Mexico’s disappeared

22:48 | Dec 15th, 2016

This week, we chat about what talking monkeys would sound like, a surprising virus detected in ancient pottery, and six cloned horses that helped win a big polo match with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to news ...Show More
Podcast: Altering time perception, purifying blueberries with plasma, and checking in on ocelot latrines

19:27 | Dec 8th, 2016

This week, we chat about cleaning blueberries with purple plasma, how Tibetan dogs adapted to high-altitude living, and who’s checking ocelot message boards with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Joe Paton about...Show More
Podcast: What ants communicate when kissing, stars birthed from gas, and linking immune strength and social status

21:17 | Dec 1st, 2016

This week, we chat about kissing communication in ants, building immune strength by climbing the social ladder, and a registry for animal research with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Bjorn Emonts about the bi...Show More
Podcast: Scientists on the night shift, sucking up greenhouse gases with cement, and repetitive stress in tomb builders

22:33 | Nov 24th, 2016

This week, we chat about cement’s shrinking carbon footprint, commuting hazards for ancient Egyptian artisans, and a new bipartisan group opposed to government-funded animal research in the United States with Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, ...Show More
Podcast: The rise of skeletons, species-blurring hybrids, and getting rightfully ditched by a taxi

20:18 | Nov 17th, 2016

This week we chat about why it’s hard to get a taxi to nowhere, why bones came onto the scene some 550 million years ago, and how targeting bacteria’s predilection for iron might make better vaccines, with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Plu...Show More
Podcast: How farms made dogs love carbs, the role of dumb luck in science, and what your first flu exposure did to you

18:21 | Nov 10th, 2016

This week, we chat about some of our favorite stories—is Bhutan really a quake-free zone, how much of scientific success is due to luck, and what farming changed about dogs and us—with Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa...Show More
Podcast: The impact of legal pot on opioid abuse, and a very early look at a fetus’s genome

20:32 | Nov 3rd, 2016

This week, news writer Greg Miller chats with us about how the legalization of marijuana in certain U.S. states is having an impact on the nation’s opioid problem. Plus, Sarah Crespi talks to Sascha Drewlo about a new method for profiling the DNA of...Show More
Podcast: A close look at a giant moon crater, the long tradition of eating rodents, and building evidence for Planet Nine

18:44 | Oct 27th, 2016

This week, we chat about some of our favorite stories—eating rats in the Neolithic, growing evidence for a gargantuan 9th planet in our solar system, and how to keep just the good parts of a hookworm infection—with Science’s Online News Editor Davi...Show More
Podcast: Science lessons for the next U.S. president, human high altitude adjustments, and the elusive Higgs bison

25:12 | Oct 20th, 2016

This week, we chat about some of our favorite stories—jumping spiders that can hear without ears, long-lasting changes in the human body at high altitudes, and the long hunt for an extinct bison—with Science’s Online News Intern Jessica Boddy. Plu...Show More
Podcast: When we pay attention to plane crashes, releasing modified mosquitoes, and bacteria that live off radiation

20:25 | Oct 13th, 2016

This week, we chat about some of our favorite stories -- including a new bacterial model for alien life that feeds on cosmic rays, tracking extinct “bear dogs” to Texas, and when we stop caring about plane crashes -- with Science’s Online News Edi...Show More
Podcast: Bumble bee emotions, the purpose of yawning, and new insights into the developing infant brain

21:43 | Oct 6th, 2016

This week, we chat about some of our favorite stories—including making bees optimistic, comparing yawns across species, and “mind reading” in nonhuman apes—with Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm. Plus, Science’s Alexa Billow talks to Merced...Show More
Podcast: Why we murder, resurrecting extinct animals, and the latest on the three-parent baby

23:53 | Sep 29th, 2016

Daily news stories Should we bring animals back from extinction, three-parent baby announced, and the roots of human violence, with David Grimm.   From the magazine Our networked world gives us an unprecedented ability to monitor and respond to gl...Show More
Podcast: An atmospheric pacemaker skips a beat, a religious edict that spawned fat chickens, and knocking out the ‘sixth sense’

24:59 | Sep 22nd, 2016

A quick change in chickens’ genes as a result of a papal ban on eating four-legged animals, the appeal of tragedy, and genetic defects in the “sixth sense,” with David Grimm.   From the magazine  In February of this year, one of the most regula...Show More
Podcast: A burning body experiment, prehistoric hunting dogs, and seeding life on other planets

25:32 | Sep 15th, 2016

News stories on our earliest hunting companions, should we seed exoplanets with life, and finding space storm hot spots with David Grimm.  From the magazine Two years ago, 43 students disappeared from a teacher’s college in Guerrero, Mexico. Months...Show More
Podcast: Double navigation in desert ants, pollution in the brain, and dating deal breakers

20:21 | Sep 8th, 2016

News stories on magnetic waste in the brain, the top deal breakers in online dating, and wolves that are willing to “risk it for the biscuit,” with David Grimm.   From the magazine How do we track where we are going and where we have been? Do you ...Show More
Podcast: Ceres’s close-up, how dogs listen, and a new RNA therapy

23:52 | Sep 1st, 2016

News stories on what words dogs know, an RNA therapy for psoriasis, and how Lucy may have fallen from the sky, with Catherine Matacic.  From the magazine In early 2015, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft entered orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the a...Show More
Podcast: Quantum dots in consumer electronics and a faceoff with the quiz master

19:56 | Aug 25th, 2016

Sarah Crespi takes a pop quiz on literal life hacking, spotting poverty from outer space, and the size of the average American vocabulary with Catherine Matacic.   From the magazine You can already buy a quantum dot television, but it’s really just t...Show More
Podcast: How mice mess up reproducibility, new support for an RNA world, and giving cash away wisely

25:05 | Aug 18th, 2016

News stories on a humanmade RNA copier that bolsters ideas about early life on Earth, the downfall of a pre-Columbian empire, and how a bit of cash at the right time can keep you off the streets, with Jessica Boddy.   From the magazine This story c...Show More
Podcast: 400-year-old sharks, busting a famous scientific hoax, and clinical trials in pets

28:54 | Aug 11th, 2016

News stories on using pets in clinical trials to test veterinarian drugs, debunking the Piltdown Man once and for all, and deciding just how smart crows can be, with David Grimm.   From the magazine It’s really difficult to figure out how old a fr...Show More
Podcast: Pollution hot spots in coastal waters, extreme bees, and diseased dinos

21:08 | Aug 4th, 2016

News stories on bees that live perilously close to the mouth of a volcano, diagnosing arthritis in dinosaur bones, and the evolution of the female orgasm, with David Grimm.  From the magazine Rivers deliver water to the ocean but water is also dis...Show More
Podcast: Saving wolves that aren’t really wolves, bird-human partnership, and our oldest common ancestor

22:17 | Jul 28th, 2016

Stories on birds that guide people to honey, genes left over from the last universal common ancestor, and what the nose knows about antibiotics, with Devi Shastri.  The Endangered Species Act—a 1973 U.S. law designed to protect animals in the coun...Show More
Podcast: An omnipresent antimicrobial, a lichen ménage à trois, and tiny tide-induced tremors

29:07 | Jul 21st, 2016

Stories on a lichen threesome, tremors caused by tides, and a theoretical way to inspect nuclear warheads without looking too closely at them, with Catherine Matacic.   Despite concerns about antibiotic resistance, it seems like antimicrobials have...Show More
Podcast: The science of the apocalypse, and abstract thinking in ducklings

25:07 | Jul 14th, 2016

What do we know about humanity-ending catastrophes? Julia Rosen talks with Sarah Crespi about various doomsday scenarios and what science can do to save us. Alex Kacelnik talks about getting ducklings to recognize “same” and “different”—a striking fi...Show More
Podcast: An exoplanet with three suns, no relief for aching knees, and building better noses

17:55 | Jul 7th, 2016

Listen to stories on how once we lose cartilage it’s gone forever, genetically engineering a supersniffing mouse, and building an artificial animal from silicon and heart cells, with Online News Editor David Grimm.  As we learn more and more about e...Show More
Podcast: Ending AIDS in South Africa, what makes plants gamble, and genes that turn on after death

26:33 | Jun 30th, 2016

Listen to stories on how plants know when to take risks, confirmation that the ozone layer is on the mend, and genes that come alive after death, with Online News Editor David Grimm.   Science news writer Jon Cohen talks with Julia Rosen about So...Show More
Podcast: A farewell to <i>Science</i>’s editor-in-chief, how mosquito spit makes us sick, and bears that use human shields

29:35 | Jun 23rd, 2016

Listen to how mosquito spit helps make us sick, mother bears protect their young with human shields, and blind cave fish could teach us a thing or two about psychiatric disease, with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic. Marcia McNutt looks back on h...Show More
Podcast: Treating cocaine addiction, mirror molecules in space, and new insight into autism

27:47 | Jun 16th, 2016

Listen to stories on the first mirror image molecule spotted in outer space, looking at the role of touch in the development of autism, and grafting on lab-built bones, with online news editor David Grimm.   Karen Ersche talks about why cocaine ad...Show More
Podcast: Scoliosis development, antiracing stripes, and the dawn of the hobbits

22:43 | Jun 9th, 2016

Listen to stories on lizard stripes that trick predators, what a tiny jaw bone reveals about ancient “hobbit” people, and the risks of psychology’s dependence on online subjects drawn from Mechanical Turk, with online news intern Patrick Monahan. ...Show More
Podcast: Bionic leaves that make fuel, digging into dog domestication, and wars recorded in coral

18:13 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Listen to stories on new evidence for double dog domestication, what traces of mercury in coral can tell us about local wars, and an update to a classic adaptation story, with online news editor David Grimm.   Brendan Colón talks about a bionic lea...Show More
Podcast: The economics of the Uber era, mysterious Neandertal structures, and an octopus boom

22:07 | May 26th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on underground rings built by Neandertals, worldwide increases in cephalopods and a controversial hypothesis for Alzheimer’s disease.   Glen Weyl joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss academics’ role in r...Show More
Podcast: Tracking rats in a city slum, the giraffe genome, and watching human evolution in action

20:27 | May 19th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on finding clues to giraffes’ height in their genomes, evidence that humans are still evolving from massive genome projects, and studies that infect humans with diseases on purpose.  Warren Cornwall jo...Show More
Podcast: Rocky remnants of early Earth, plants turned predator, and a new artificial second skin

20:46 | May 12th, 2016

Online News Editor Catherine Matacic shares stories how the Venus flytrap turned to the meat-eating side, a new clingy polymer film that shrinks up eye bags, and survey results on who pirates scientific papers and why.   Hanika Rizo joins Julia Ro...Show More
Podcast: Why animal personalities matter, killer whale sanctuaries, and the key to making fraternal twins

26:27 | May 5th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on a proposal for an orca sanctuary in the sea, the genes behind conceiving fraternal twins, and why CRISPR won’t be fixing the sick anytime soon.   Elizabeth Pennisi joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss ...Show More
Podcast: Patent trolls, the earthquake-volcano link, and obesity in China

29:05 | Apr 28th, 2016

Online News Editor Catherine Matacic shares stories on how earthquakes may trigger volcanic eruptions, growing obesity in China’s children, and turning salty water sweet on the cheap.   Lauren Cohen joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss the rise of pa...Show More
Podcast: Sizing up a baby dino, jolting dead brains, and dirty mice

25:14 | Apr 21st, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on a possibledebunking of a popular brain stimulation technique, using “dirty” mice in the lab to simulate the human immune system, and how South American monkeys’ earliest ancestors used rafts to get to ...Show More
Podcast: Tracking Zika, the evolution of sign language, and changing hearts and minds with social science

21:48 | Apr 14th, 2016

Online news editor Catherine Matacic shares stories on the evolution of sign language, short conversations than can change minds on social issues, and finding the one-in-a-million people who seem to be resistant to certain genetic diseases—even if th...Show More
Podcast: Spreading cancer, sacrificing humans, and transplanting organs

19:36 | Apr 7th, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on evidence for the earth being hit by supernovae, record-breaking xenotransplantation, and winning friends and influencing people with human sacrifice.   Staff news writer Jocelyn Kaiser joins host Sarah...Show More
Podcast: Building a portable drug factory, mapping yeast globally, and watching cliffs crumble

20:44 | Mar 31st, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on yeasty hitchhikers, sunlight-induced rockfalls, and the tiniest gravity sensor.   Andrea Adamo joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss a revolutionary way of making drugs using a portable, on-demand, and re...Show More
Podcast: Battling it out in the Bronze Age, letting go of orcas, and evolving silicon-based life

26:33 | Mar 24th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on SeaWorld’s plans for killer whales, the first steps toward silicon-based life, and the ripple effect of old dads on multiple generations.   Andrew Curry joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss a grisly find...Show More
Podcast: The latest news from Pluto, a rock-eating fungus, and tracking storm damage with Twitter

24:02 | Mar 17th, 2016

News intern Nala Rogers shares stories on mineral-mining microbes, mapping hurricane damage using social media, and the big takeaway from the latest human-versus-computer match up.   Hal Weaver joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss five papers from New ...Show More
Podcast: Nuclear forensics, honesty in a sea of lies, and how sliced meat drove human evolution

26:02 | Mar 10th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on the influence of governmental corruption on the honesty of individuals, what happened when our ancestors cut back on the amount of time spent chewing food, and how plants use sand to grind herbivores‘ ...Show More
Podcast: Glowing robot skin, zombie frogs, and viral fossils in our DNA

24:47 | Mar 3rd, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on zombification by a frog-killing fungus, relating the cosmological constant to life in the universe, and ancient viral genes that protect us from illness.   Chris Larson joins host Sarah Crespi to discu...Show More
Podcast: A recipe for clean and tasty drinking water, a gauge on rapidly rising seas, and fake flowers that can fool the most discerning insects

25:25 | Feb 25th, 2016

Online News Editor Catherine Matacic shares stories on what we can learn from 6million years of climate data, how to make lifelike orchids with 3D printing, and crowdsourced gender bias on eBay.   Fernando Rosario-Ortiz joins host Sarah Crespi to dis...Show More
Podcast: Combatting malnutrition with gut microbes, fighting art forgers with science, and killing cancer with gold

22:36 | Feb 18th, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on how our abilities shape our minds, killing cancer cells with gold nanoparticles, and catching art forgery with cat hair.   Laura Blanton joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss how nourishing our gut microb...Show More
Podcast: The effects of Neandertal DNA on health, squishing bugs for science, and sleepy confessions

20:46 | Feb 11th, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on confessions extracted from sleepy people, malaria hiding out in deer, and making squishable bots based on cockroaches.   Corinne Simonti joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss whether Neandertal DNA in the...Show More
Podcast: Taking race out of genetics, a cellular cleanse for longer life, and smart sweatbands

29:19 | Feb 4th, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on killing cells to lengthen life, getting mom’s microbes after a C-section, and an advanced fitness tracker that sits on the wrist and sips sweat.   Michael Yudell joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss an i...Show More
Podcast: Babylonian astronomers, doubly domesticated cats, and outrunning a T. Rex

24:58 | Jan 28th, 2016

Online news editor David Grimm shares stories on 66-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex tracks, a signature of human consciousness, and a second try at domesticating cats. Mathieu Ossendrijver joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss newly translated Babylo...Show More
Podcast: A planet beyond Pluto, the bugs in your home, and the link between marijuana and IQ

17:10 | Jan 21st, 2016

Online News Editor David Grimm shares stories on studying marijuana use in teenage twins, building a better maze for psychological experiments, and a close inspection of the bugs in our homes. Science News Writer Eric Hand joins host Sarah Crespi to ...Show More
Podcast: Wounded mammoths, brave birds, bright bulbs, and more

15:02 | Jan 14th, 2016

In this week’s podcast, David Grimm talks about brave birds, building a brighter light bulb, and changing our voice to influence our emotions. Plus, Ann Gibbons discusses the implications of a butchered 45,000-year-old mammoth found in the Siberian a...Show More
Podcast: Dancing dinosaurs, naked black holes, and more

31:24 | Jan 8th, 2016

What stripped an unusual black hole of its stars? Can a bipolar drug change ant behavior? And did dinosaurs dance to woo mates? Science's Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science's Multimedia Producer Sarah Cresp...Show More
The Science breakthrough of the year, readers' choice, and the top news from 2015.

38:47 | Dec 17th, 2015

Robert Coontz discusses Science's 2015 Breakthrough of the Year and runners-up, from visions of Pluto to the discovery of a previously unknown human species. Online news editor David Grimm reviews the top news stories of the past year with Sarah Cres...Show More
Artificial intelligence programs that learn concepts based on just a few examples and a daily news roundup

23:56 | Dec 10th, 2015

Brenden Lake discusses a new computational model that rivals the human ability to learn new concepts based on just a single example; David Grimm talks about attracting cockroaches, searching for habitable planets, and looking to street dogs to learn ...Show More
How our gut microbiota change as we age and a daily news roundup

27:41 | Dec 3rd, 2015

Paul O'Toole discusses what happens to our gut microbes as we age; David Grimm talks about competent grandmas, our tilted moon, and gender in the brain. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Dhinakaran Gajavarathan CC BY 2.0, via flickr]
Can "big data" from mobile phones pinpoint pockets of poverty? And a news roundup

27:44 | Nov 26th, 2015

Joshua Blumenstock discusses patterns of mobile phone use as a source of "big data" about wealth and poverty in developing countries; David Grimm talks about gene drives, helpful parasites, and electric roses. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: A.A. JAMES...Show More
Bioengineering functional vocal cords and a daily news roundup

26:14 | Nov 19th, 2015

Jennifer Long explains how scientists have engineered human vocal cords; Catherine Matacic talks about vanquishing a deadly amphibian fungus, pigeons that spot cancer, and more. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Jaime Bosch MNCN-CSIC]
The consequences of mass extinction and a daily news roundup

19:26 | Nov 12th, 2015

Lauren Sallan discusses the consequences of a mass extinction event 359 million years ago on vertebrate body size; David Grimm talks about grandma's immune system, gambling on studies, and killer genes. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: Robert Nicholls]
The evolution of Mars' atmosphere and a daily news roundup

22:13 | Nov 5th, 2015

Bruce Jakosky discusses where Mars' once-thick, CO2-ish atmosphere went and the first data from the MAVEN mission to study the Red Planet; David Grimm talks about worm allergies, fake fingerprints, and toilets for all. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: N...Show More
The origins of biodiversity in the Amazon and a daily news roundup

30:19 | Oct 29th, 2015

Lizzie Wade discusses whether the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon Basin was the result of massive flooding, or the uplift of the Andes mountain range. David Grimm talks about microbes aboard the International Space Station, the fate of juvenile gi...Show More
The neuroscience of reversing blindness and a daily news roundup

31:50 | Oct 22nd, 2015

Rhitu Chatterjee discusses Project Prakash and the neuroscience behind reversing blindness in children, teenagers, and adults in rural India; David Grimm talks about where dogs came from, when life first evolved, and holes in the brain. Hosted by Sus...Show More
Pluto's mysteries revealed and a daily news roundup

25:00 | Oct 15th, 2015

Alan Stern discusses the first scientific results from the New Horizons July 14 flyby of Pluto, which revealed details about the dwarf planet's geology, surface composition, and atmosphere; Catherine Matacic talks about dino temps, Paleo-sleeping, an...Show More
Can math apps benefit kids? And a daily news roundup

20:03 | Oct 8th, 2015

Talia Berkowitz discusses the use of a math app at home to boost math achievement at school, Catherine Matacic talks about the fate of animals near Chernobyl, a potential kitty contraceptive, and where spiders got their knees. Hosted by Sarah Crespi.
Safer jet fuels and a daily news roundup

24:34 | Oct 1st, 2015

Julia Kornfield discusses the design of safer jet fuel additives using polymer theory to control misting and prevent fires, David Grimm talks about building a better sunscreen, cultures that don't count past four, and does empathy mean feeling litera...Show More
3-parent gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases and a news roundup

22:20 | Sep 24th, 2015

Kimberly Dunham-Snary discusses the long-term health considerations of gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases and David Grimm talks about the smell of death, Mercury crashing, and animal IQ. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Image credit: Ben Gracewood CC BY...Show More
How future elites view self-interest and equality and a news roundup

22:49 | Sep 17th, 2015

Daniel Markovits discusses the preferences for fairness and equiality among potential future US leaders and David Grimm talks about finding fluorine's origins, persistant lone wolves, and the domestiction of the chicken. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Imag...Show More
Genes and the human microbiome and a news roundup

21:21 | Sep 10th, 2015

Seth Bordenstein discusses how our genes affect the composition of our microbiome, influencing our health, and David Grimm talks with Sarah Crespi about the origins of the Basque language, the benefits of being raised in a barn, and how some flying a...Show More
The state of science in Iran and a news roundup

28:02 | Sep 3rd, 2015

Rich Stone discusses science in Iran in the face of economic sanctions. David Grimm brings stories on sleep deprivation and the common cold, plastic in birds, and counting trees. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Image credit: Credit: Alessandro Marongiu / De...Show More
Moralizing gods, scientific reproducibility, and a daily news roundup

34:27 | Aug 27th, 2015

Brian Nosek discusses the reproducibility of science, Lizzie Wade delves into the origin of religions with moralizing gods. David Grimm talks about debunking the young Earth, a universal flu vaccine, and short, sweet paper titles. Hosted by Sarah Cre...Show More
Human superpredators and a news roundup

24:25 | Aug 20th, 2015

Chris Darimont discusses the impact of humans' unique predatory behavior on the planet and Catherine Matacic talks with Sarah Crespi about whistled languages, Neolithic massacres, and too many gas giants. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Image credit: Andrew...Show More
Marmoset monkey vocal development and a news roundup

22:27 | Aug 13th, 2015

Asif Ghazanfar discusses how marmoset parents influence their babies' vocal development and Hanae Armitage talks with Sarah Crespi about the influence of livestock on biodiversity hotspots, trusting internet search results, and ant-like robots. Hoste...Show More
Effective Ebola vaccines and a daily news roundup

17:22 | Aug 6th, 2015

Andrea Marzi discusses a vaccine that is effective against Ebola in monkeys and David Grimm talks about weigh-loss surgery, carbon suckers, and sexist HVAC. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: NIAID]
Comet chemistry and a news roundup

19:57 | Jul 30th, 2015

Fred Goesmann discusses Philae's bumpy landing on Comet 67P, and the organic compounds it detected there, and Hanae Armitage talks with Sarah Crespi about this week’s online news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: NAVCAM/ESA/Rosetta]
Ancient DNA and a news roundup

19:44 | Jul 23rd, 2015

Elizabeth Culotta discusses the ancient DNA revolution and David Grimm brings online news stories about rising autism numbers, shark safety, and tiny cloudmakers. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: Alexander Maklakov]
AI therapists and a news roundup

20:05 | Jul 16th, 2015

John Bohannon discusses using artificial intelligence in the psychologist's chair and David Grimm brings online news stories about the age of human hands, deadly weather, and biological GPS. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img:Nils Rinaldi/Flickr]
Jumping soft bots and a news roundup

16:29 | Jul 9th, 2015

Nick Bartlett discusses the challenges of building a jumping soft robot and David Grimm brings online news stories about drug violence in Mexico, pollution's effect on weather, and drugging away our altruism. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: Stephen Wol...Show More
The scent of a rose and a news roundup

20:49 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Silvie Baudino discusses the biosynthesis of the compounds responsible for the scents of roses and David Grimm brings online news stories about hearing fractals, muon detectors, and bobcat burials. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: liz west/Flickr]
Metallic hydrogen and a daily news roundup.

18:44 | Jun 25th, 2015

Marcus Knudson discusses making metallic hydrogen and how it can better our understanding of gas giant planets and David Grimm brings online news stories about kid justice, part-time dieting, and bird brains. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: NASA/ESA]
Tracking ivory with genetics, the letter R, and a news roundup

31:57 | Jun 18th, 2015

Samuel Wasser discusses using genetics to track down sources of elephant ivory, Suzanne Boyce talks with Susanne Bard about why it's so hard to say the letter R, and David Grimm brings online news stories about declining devils, keeping dinos out of ...Show More
Tracking aquatic animals, cochlear implants, and a news roundup

34:31 | Jun 11th, 2015

Sara Iverson discusses how telemetry has transformed the study of animal behavior in aquatic ecosystems, and Monita Chatterjee discusses the impact of cochlear implants on the ability to recognize emotion in voices, and David Grimm discusses daily ne...Show More
Friction at the atomic level, the acoustics of historical speeches, and a news roundup

29:26 | Jun 4th, 2015

Alexei Bylinskii discusses friction at the atomic level and Braxton Boren talks about the acoustics of historical spaces, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories with Sarah Crespi. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Pericles' Funeral Oration by Phili...Show More
Climate change and China's tea crop and a news roundup

21:00 | May 28th, 2015

Christina Larson discusses the impact of climate change on China's tea and other globally sensitive crops, and Emily Conover discusses daily news stories with Sarah Crespi. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Yosomono/Creative Commons License BY 2.0, via f...Show More
Testosterone, women, and elite sports and a news roundup

29:23 | May 21st, 2015

Katrina Karkazis discusses the controversial use of testosterone testing by elite sports organizations to determine who can compete as a woman, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Im...Show More
Science in Cuba and a news roundup

23:56 | May 14th, 2015

Richard Stone discusses science in Cuba: isolation, innovation, and future partnerships, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Garry Balding/Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 2.0, via flickr]
How the measles virus disables immunity to other diseases and a news roundup

25:09 | May 7th, 2015

Michael Mina discusses how measles destroys immunity to other infectious diseases and why the measles vaccine has led to disproportionate reductions in childhood mortality since its introduction 50 years ago, and David Grimm discusses daily news stor...Show More
Sustainable seafood and a news roundup

25:50 | Apr 30th, 2015

James Sanchirico discusses the challenges of creating sustainable fisheries in developing countries, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: © Simon Bush]
Hubble's 25th anniversary and a news roundup

23:09 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Hubble at 25: Daniel Clery discusses the contributions of the Hubble Space Telescope to our understanding of the universe, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: NASA]
The bond between people and dogs and a news roundup

23:22 | Apr 16th, 2015

Evan MacLean discusses the role of oxytocin in mediating the relationship between dogs and people, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Teresa Alexander-Arab/flickr/Creative Commons BY-ND 2.0]
Mountain gorilla genomes and a news roundup

22:29 | Apr 9th, 2015

Chris Tyler-Smith discusses what whole genome sequencing reveals about the genetic diversity and evolutionary history of endangered mountain gorillas, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Berzerker/flickr/Creati...Show More
The Deepwater Horizon disaster: Five years later.

34:08 | Apr 2nd, 2015

5th Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster: Marcia McNutt discusses the role of science in responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Warren Cornwall examines the state of ecological recovery 5 years later. Hosted by ...Show More
Child abuse across generations and a news roundup

27:53 | Mar 26th, 2015

Cathy Spatz Widom discusses whether child abuse is transmitted across generations. Angela Colmone has a round-up of advances in immunotherapy from Science Translational Medicine, and David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [...Show More
Robotic materials and a news roundup

20:02 | Mar 19th, 2015

Nikolaus Correll discusses the future of robotic materials inspired by nature. Emily Conover discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Nick Dragotta]
The politics of happiness and a news roundup

18:57 | Mar 12th, 2015

Sean Wojcik discusses the relationship between happiness and political ideology. Emily Conover discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Erik Hersman/flickr/CC BY 2.0]
Antimicrobial resistance and a news roundup

21:01 | Mar 5th, 2015

Stephen Baker discusses the challenges faced by lower-income countries when fighting antimicrobial resistant infections. Emily Conover discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: Merton Wilton/flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0]
Sexual trait evolution in mosquitoes and a news roundup

23:59 | Feb 26th, 2015

Sara Mitchell discusses the co-evolution of sexual traits in mosquitoes and their influence on malaria transmission. David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: © Sam Cotton]
Maternal effects in songbirds and a news roundup

16:20 | Feb 19th, 2015

Renée Duckworth discusses the role of maternal effects on species replacement in ecological communities shaped by forest fires. David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: © Alex Badyaev]
The planetary boundaries framework, marine debris, and a news roundup

28:17 | Feb 12th, 2015

Will Steffen discusses the processes that define the planetary boundaries framework: a safe operating space within which humanity can still thrive on earth. Jenna Jambeck examines the factors influencing how much plastic debris a nation contributes t...Show More
Spatial neurons and a news roundup

18:36 | Feb 5th, 2015

Gyorgy Buzsáki discusses how two types of neurons in the brain's hippocampus work together to map an animal's environment. David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: © Isaac Planas-Sitjà]
Mathematicians and the NSA and a news roundup

24:38 | Jan 29th, 2015

John Bohannon discusses the growing rift between mathematicians and the National Security Agency following Edward Snowden's 2013 revelations of massive eavesdropping on U.S. citizens. David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. ...Show More
How comets change seasonally and a news roundup

15:48 | Jan 22nd, 2015

Myrtha Hässig discusses variability and heterogeneity of the coma of comet 67P as part of Science's special issue on the Rosetta spacecraft. Meghna Sachdev discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Susanne Bard. [Img: European Space Agency/Rosetta/NAVC...Show More
High-altitude bird migration and a news roundup

24:53 | Jan 15th, 2015

Charles Bishop discusses the "roller-coaster" flight strategy of bar-headed geese as they migrate across the Himalayas between their breeding and wintering grounds. Online news editor David Grimm discusses daily news stories. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. ...Show More
Deworming buffalo and a news roundup

17:37 | Jan 8th, 2015

Vanessa Ezenwa discusses the complex relationship between parasitic infections and tuberculosis in African buffalo and what it can tell us about human health. Online news editor David Grimm dicusses coloration in lizards, weighing earth-like planets,...Show More
Measuring MOOCs

14:25 | Jan 1st, 2015

Justin Reich discusses the brief history of MOOCs and their impact on teaching online and offline. [Img: GARY WATERS/GETTYIMAGES]
Our breakthrough of the year and this year's top news stories

27:46 | Dec 19th, 2014

Robert Coontz discusses this year's Breakthrough and letting readers have their say. Online news editor David Grimm brings the top news stories of 2014 and takes an audio news quiz. Hosted by Sarah Crespi.
The oldest piece of Mars on Earth and a news roundup (21 November 2014)

18:35 | Dec 15th, 2014

Eric Hand discusses the winding history of the Black Beauty meteorite--a 4.4 billion-year-old piece of Mars. Online news editor David Grimm brings stories on bacteria's role in the blood-brain barrier, the "ice-pocalypse", and why only 10 percent of ...Show More
A flock of genomes and a news roundup (12 December 2014)

21:39 | Dec 12th, 2014

Erich Jarvis sums up the findings from sequencing 40+ bird genomes. Online news editor David Grimm brings stories capturing comet dust, the origins of life, and losing the Y chromosome. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: Copyright © Flip de Nooyer/Foto Na...Show More
The shocking predatory strike of the electric eel and a news roundup (5 December 2014)

24:41 | Dec 5th, 2014

Kenneth Catania takes a close look at how exactly electric eels stun their prey. Online news editor David Grimm brings stories on pushing back the earliest abstract art by a few millennia, how our primate ancestors handled their liquor, and murderous...Show More
Gendered brains and a news roundup (21 November 2014)

24:22 | Nov 21st, 2014

Cordelia Fine discusses the prevalence of "neurosexism" in the study of the human brain. Online news editor David Grimm brings stories on climbing walls like a gecko, human hand transplants, and measuring altruism in the lab. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. ...Show More
How hippos help and a news roundup (14 November 2014)

20:47 | Nov 14th, 2014

David Grimm and Meghna Sachdev discuss robots that can induce ghostly feelings, the domestication of cats, and training humans to echolocate. Elizabeth Pennisi discusses overcoming hippos' dangerous reputation and oddly shaped bodies to study their i...Show More
A new way to study norovirus and a news roundup (7 November 2014)

18:59 | Nov 7th, 2014

Stephanie Karst discusses her team's successful efforts to culture norovirus in the lab and what this new system means for treatment and prevention. David Grimm brings daily news stories on counting virtual friends, drama at the center of the galaxy,...Show More
Changing minds on charitable giving and a news roundup (31 October 2014)

21:40 | Oct 31st, 2014

Ayelet Gneezy discusses trends in charitable giving and how to maximize donations. David Grimm brings stories on an algal virus found in humans, how to stop zooming human population growth, and an avalanche on an asteroid. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Im...Show More
High altitude humans living ~11,000 years ago (24 October 2014)

13:46 | Oct 24th, 2014

Kurt Rademaker discusses his work exploring the Andean plateau for artifacts of the earliest high-altitude humans, Paleoindians that lived at 4500 meters more than 11,000 years ago. Hosted by Sarah Crespi. [Img: David-Stanley/Flickr]
Plants and predators and a daily news roundup (17 October 2014)

18:06 | Oct 17th, 2014

Adam Ford discusses linking plants, their herbivores, and their predators on the East African savannah. Science daily news editor David Grimm brings stories on storing CO2 underground for millions of years, why fruit flies like yeast and vice versa, ...Show More
Mapping the sea floor and a daily news roundup (3 October 2014)

17:27 | Oct 3rd, 2014

Satellite data helps map the last unexplored terrain on planet Earth.
The spread of an ancient technology and a daily news roundup (26 September 2014)

20:39 | Sep 26th, 2014

New evidence reveals the complicated history of stone tool use 400,000 - 200,000 years ago.
Monitoring 600 years of upwelling off the California coast (19 September 2014)

09:59 | Sep 19th, 2014

Hindcasting weather over the ocean near the California coast for 600 years.
Engineering global health and a news roundup (12 September 2014)

23:53 | Sep 12th, 2014

Frugal engineering for global health; roundup of daily news.
Scaling up a biofuel and a news roundup (5 Sep 2014)

21:33 | Sep 5th, 2014

Bringing cellulosic ethanol to market; roundup of daily news.
The home microbiome and a news roundup (29 August 2014)

22:04 | Aug 29th, 2014

Sharing microbes around the house; roundup of daily news.
Censorship in China and a news roundup (22 August 2014)

18:47 | Aug 22nd, 2014

Investigating web censorship practices in China; roundup of daily news.
Preconception parenting and a news roundup (15 Aug 2014)

21:37 | Aug 15th, 2014

Parenting from before conception; roundup of daily news.
Building brain-like computers (8 Aug 2014)

11:51 | Aug 8th, 2014

A new class of gamma ray sources; roundup of daily news.
Galactic gamma rays and a news roundup (1 Aug 2014)

14:04 | Aug 1st, 2014

A new class of gamma ray sources; roundup of daily news.
Science funding for people not projects and a news roundup (25 Jul 2014)

14:03 | Jul 25th, 2014

NIH opts to back researchers rather than research; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Altering genes in the wild and a news roundup (18 Jul 2014)

18:58 | Jul 18th, 2014

Controlling populations in the wild through genetic manipulation; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Oceans of plastic and a news roundup (11 Jul 2014)

18:22 | Jul 11th, 2014

The fate of plastic that ends up at sea; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Psychedelic research resurgence and a news roundup (4 Jul 2014)

17:48 | Jul 4th, 2014

Psychedelic research resurgence; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Pollen paths and a news roundup (27 Jun 2014)

17:03 | Jun 27th, 2014

Moths chasing odors; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Mind reading and a news roundup (20 Jun 2014)

21:13 | Jun 20th, 2014

Learning to read minds; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Mapping Mexico's genetics and a news roundup (13 Jun 2014)

18:17 | Jun 13th, 2014

Mapping Mexico's genetically diverse population; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Rethinking global supply chains and a news roundup (6 Jun 2014)

17:37 | Jun 6th, 2014

Taming the unwieldy web of global supply chains; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
25 years after Tiananmen and a news roundup (30 May 2014)

19:11 | May 30th, 2014

The impact of Tiananmen Square on science in China; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast -Chine marine archaeology and a news roundup (9 May 2014)

18:25 | May 9th, 2014

Marine archaeology on the Silk Road; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Checking the hubris of big data harvests and a news roundup (14 Mar 2014)

21:47 | Mar 14th, 2014

What Google's Flu Trends can teach us about the pitfalls of big data; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - 100 years of crystallography, linking malaria and climate, and a news roundup (7 Mar 2014)

31:26 | Mar 7th, 2014

Celebrating crystallography's centennial; how climate pushes malaria uphill; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Treating Down Syndrome and a news roundup (28 Feb 2014)

22:40 | Feb 28th, 2014

Treatment trials for Down Syndrome; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Analyzing soundscapes and a news roundup (21 Feb 2014)

18:02 | Feb 21st, 2014

Eavesdropping on ecosystems; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Termite-inspired robots and cells with lots of extra genomes (14 Feb 2014)

20:25 | Feb 14th, 2014

Termite-inspired builder robots; why some mammalian cells have so many copies of their chromosomes.
Science Podcast - Tracing autism's roots in developlement and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (7 Feb 2014)

21:02 | Feb 7th, 2014

Tackling the role of early fetal brain development in autism; daily news stories with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Quantum cryptography, salt's role in ecosystems, and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (31 Jan 2014)

26:01 | Jan 31st, 2014

Should we worry more about quantum decryption in the future or the past, how salt's role as a micronutrient may effect the global carbon cycle, and a daily news roundup.
Science Podcast - The genome of a transmissible dog cancer, the 10-year anniversary of Opportunity on Mars, and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (24 Jan 2014)

30:14 | Jan 24th, 2014

The genome from a cancerous cell line that's been living for millenia, Opportinty's first 10 years on Mars, and a daily news roundup.
Science Podcast - Fear-enhanced odor detection, the latest from the Curiosity mission, and more (13 Dec 2013)

30:28 | Dec 13th, 2013

Fear-enhanced odor detection with John McGann; the latest from Curiosity’s hunt for traces of ancient life on Mars with Richard Kerr; and more.
Science Podcast - Noisy gene expression, the Tohoku-oki fault, and snake venom as a healer (6 Dec 2013)

27:59 | Dec 6th, 2013

Discussing the origin of transcriptional noise with Alvaro Sanchez; examining results from a drilling expedition at the Tohoku-oki fault; and looking at the potential benefits of snake venom with Kai Kupferschmidt.
Science Podcast - 2013 science books for kids, newlywed happiness, and authorship for sale in China (29 Nov 2013)

27:15 | Nov 29th, 2013

Talking kids' science books with Maria Sosa; predicting happiness in marriage with James McNulty; investigating questionable scholarly publishing practices in China with Mara Hvistendahl.
Science Podcast - Replacing the Y chromosome, the future of U.S. missile defense, the brightest gamma-ray burst, and more (22 Nov 2013)

38:24 | Nov 22nd, 2013

The minimum requirements for a Y chromosome with Monika Ward; Eliot Marshall checks in on U.S.'s missile interception program 30 years later; Sylvia Zhu breaks down observations from the brightest gamma-ray burst.
Science Podcast - Canine origins, asexual bacterial adaptation, perovskite-based solar cells, and more (15 Nov 2013)

43:55 | Nov 15th, 2013

The origin of dog domestication in Europe with Robert Wayne; Richard Lenski tracks the adaptation of bacteria over 50,000 generations; Robert Services describes the prospects of a new contender in solar technology.