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Science Magazine Podcast

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Weekly podcasts from Science Magazine, the world’s leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary.


Fossilized dinosaur proteins, and making a fridge from rubber bands
Oct 10 • 21 min
Have you ever tried to scrub off the dark, tarlike residue on a grill? That tough stuff is made up of polymers—basically just byproducts of cooking—and it is so persistent that researchers have found similar molecules that have survived hundreds of…
An app for eye disease, and planting memories in songbirds
Oct 3 • 23 min
Host Sarah Crespi talks with undergraduate student Micheal Munson from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, about a smartphone app that scans photos in the phone’s library for eye disease in kids. And Sarah talks with Todd Roberts of the University of Texas…
Privacy concerns slow Facebook studies, and how human fertility depends on chromosome counts
Sep 26 • 37 min
On this week’s show, Senior News Correspondent Jeffrey Mervis talks with host Sarah Crespi about a stalled Facebook plan to release user data to social scientists who want to study the site’s role in elections. Sarah also talks with Jennifer Gruhn, a…
Cooling Earth with asteroid dust, and 3 billion missing birds
Sep 19 • 26 min
On this week’s show, science journalist Josh Sokol talks about a global cooling event sparked by space dust that lead to a huge shift in animal and plant diversity 466 million years ago. (Read the related research article in Science Advances.) And I talk…
Studying human health at 5100 meters, and playing hide and seek with rats
Sep 12 • 27 min
In La Rinconada, Peru, a town 5100 meters up in the Peruvian Andes, residents get by breathing air with 50% less oxygen than at sea level. International News Editor Martin Enserink visited the site with researchers studying chronic mountain sickness—when…
Searching for a lost Maya city, and measuring the information density of language
Sep 5 • 27 min
This week’s show starts with Contributing Correspondent Lizzie Wade, who spent 12 days with archaeologists searching for a lost Maya city in the Chiapas wilderness in Mexico. She talks with host Sarah Crespi about how you lose a city—and how you might go…
Where our microbiome came from, and how our farming and hunting ancestors transformed the world
Aug 29 • 30 min
Micro-organisms live inside everything from the human gut to coral—but where do they come from? Host Meagan Cantwell talks to Staff Writer Elizabeth Pennisi about the first comprehensive survey of microbes in Hawaii’s Waimea Valley, which revealed that…
Promising approaches in suicide prevention, and how to retreat from climate change
Aug 22 • 26 min
Changing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline from 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK) to a three-digit number could save lives—especially when coupled with other strategies. Host Meagan Cantwell talks to Greg Miller, a science journalist based in Portland,…
One million ways to sex a chicken egg, and how plastic finds its way to Arctic ice
Aug 15 • 22 min
Researchers, regulators, and the chicken industry are all united in their search for a way to make eggs more ethical by stopping culling—the killing of male chicks born to laying hens. Contributing Correspondent Gretchen Vogel talks with host Sarah Crespi…
Next-generation cellphone signals could interfere with weather forecasts, and monitoring smoke from wildfires to model nuclear winter
Aug 8 • 23 min
In recent months, telecommunications companies in the United States have purchased a new part of the spectrum for use in 5G cellphone networks. Weather forecasters are concerned that these powerful signals could swamp out weaker signals from water…
Earthquakes caused by too much water extraction, and a dog cancer that has lived for millennia
Aug 1 • 26 min
After two mysterious earthquake swarms occurred under the Sea of Galilee, researchers found a relationship between these small quakes and the excessive extraction of groundwater. Science journalist Michael Price talks with host Sarah Crespi about making…
Breeding better bees, and training artificial intelligence on emotional imagery
Jul 25 • 39 min
Imagine having a rat clinging to your back, sucking out your fat stores. That’s similar to what infested bees endure when the Varroa destructor mite comes calling. Some bees fight back, wiggling, scratching, and biting until the mites depart for…
Can we inherit trauma from our ancestors, and the secret to dark liquid dances
Jul 18 • 21 min
Can we inherit trauma from our ancestors? Studies of behavior and biomarkers have suggested the stress of harsh conditions or family separations can be passed down, even beyond one’s children. Journalist Andrew Curry joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss a…
The point of pointing, and using seabirds to track ocean health
Jul 11 • 23 min
You can learn a lot about ocean health from seabirds. For example, breeding failures among certain birds have been linked to the later collapse of some fisheries. Enriqueta Velarde of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Fisheries at the University of…
Converting carbon dioxide into gasoline, and ‘autofocal’ glasses with lenses that change shape on the fly
Jul 4 • 21 min
Chemists have long known how to convert carbon dioxide into fuels—but up until now, such processes have been too expensive for commercial use. Staff Writer Robert Service talks with host Sarah Crespi about using new filters and catalysts to close the gap…
Creating chimeras for organ transplants and how bats switch between their eyes and ears on the wing
Jun 27 • 31 min
Researchers have been making animal embryos from two different species, so-called “chimeras,” for years, by introducing stem cells from one species into a very early embryo of another species. The ultimate goal is to coax the foreign cells into forming an…
The why of puppy dog eyes, and measuring honesty on a global scale
Jun 20 • 21 min
How can you resist puppy dog eyes? This sweet, soulful look might very well have been bred into canines by their intended victims—humans. Online News Editor David Grimm talks with host Meagan Cantwell about a new study on the evolution of this endearing…
Better hurricane forecasts and spotting salts on Jupiter’s moon Europa
Jun 13 • 22 min
We’ve all seen images or animations of hurricanes that color code the wind speeds inside the whirling mass—but it turns out we can do a better job measuring these winds and, as a result, better predict the path of the storm. Staff Writer Paul Voosen talks…
The limits on human endurance, and a new type of LED
Jun 6 • 20 min
Cheap and easy to make, perovskite minerals have become the wonder material of solar energy. Now, scientists are turning from using perovskites to capture light to using them to emit it. Staff Writer Robert Service joins host Sarah Crespi to talk about…
Grad schools dropping the GRE requirement and AIs play capture the flag
May 30 • 39 min
Up until this year, most U.S. graduate programs in the sciences required the General Record Examination from applicants. But concerns about what the test scores actually say about potential students and the worry that the cost is a barrier to many have…
New targets for the world’s biggest atom smasher and wood designed to cool buildings
May 23 • 23 min
The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was built with one big goal in mind: to find the Higgs boson. It did just that in 2012. But the question on many physicists’ minds about the LHC is, “What have you done for me lately?” Host Sarah Crespi talks with Staff…
Nonstick chemicals that stick around and detecting ear infections with smartphones
May 16 • 22 min
The groundwater of Rockford, Michigan, is contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, chemicals found in everything from nonstick pans to dental floss to—in the case of Rockford—waterproofing agents from a shoe factory that shut down in 2009.…
Probing the secrets of the feline mind and how Uber and Lyft may be making traffic worse
May 9 • 23 min
Dog cognition and social behavior have hogged the scientific limelight for years—showing in study after study that canines have social skills essential to their relationships with people. Cats, not so much. These often-fractious felines tend to balk at…
The age-old quest for the color blue and why pollution is not killing the killifish
May 2 • 28 min
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 Kupferschmidt…
Race and disease risk and Berlin’s singing nightingales
Apr 25 • 28 min
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 in…
How dental plaque reveals the history of dairy farming, and how our neighbors view food waste
Apr 18 • 24 min
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 Planck…
A new species of ancient human and real-time evolutionary changes in flowering plants
Apr 11 • 21 min
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 about…
A radioactive waste standoff and science’s debt to the slave trade
Apr 4 • 23 min
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 brink…
Mysterious racehorse injuries, and reforming the U.S. bail system
Mar 28 • 36 min
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 and…
Vacuuming potato-size nodules of valuable metals in the deep sea, and an expedition to an asteroid 290 million kilometers away
Mar 21 • 19 min
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-size…
Mysterious fast radio bursts and long-lasting effects of childhood cancer treatments
Mar 14 • 23 min
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 this week,…
Clues that the medieval plague swept into sub-Saharan Africa and evidence humans hunted and butchered giant ground sloths 12,000 years ago
Mar 7 • 22 min
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 even…
Measuring earthquake damage with cellphone sensors and determining the height of the ancient Tibetan Plateau
Feb 28 • 20 min
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…
Spotting slavery from space, and using iPads for communication disorders
Feb 21 • 31 min
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…
How far out we can predict the weather, and an ocean robot that monitors food webs
Feb 14 • 16 min
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 approaching…
Possible potato improvements, and a pill that gives you a jab in the gut
Feb 7 • 26 min
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 complex…
Treating the microbiome, and a gene that induces sleep
Jan 31 • 20 min
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 behind…
Pollution from pot plants, and how our bodies perceive processed foods
Jan 24 • 32 min
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 sprung up…
Peering inside giant planets, and fighting Ebola in the face of fake news
Jan 17 • 23 min
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 host…
A mysterious blue pigment in the teeth of a medieval woman, and the evolution of online master’s degrees
Jan 10 • 27 min
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 pivoted…
Will a radical open-access proposal catch on, and quantifying the most deadly period of the Holocaust
Jan 3 • 18 min
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 on…
End of the year podcast: 2018’s breakthroughs, breakdowns, and top online stories
Dec 20, 2018 • 29 min
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 about the…
‘The Tragedy of the Commons’ turns 50, and how Neanderthal DNA could change your skull
Dec 13, 2018 • 22 min
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 ultimately…
Where private research funders stow their cash and studying gun deaths in children
Dec 6, 2018 • 24 min
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 talks…
The universe’s star formation history and a powerful new helper for evolution
Nov 29, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Exploding the Cambrian and building a DNA database for forensics
Nov 22, 2018 • 23 min
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…
The worst year ever and the effects of fasting
Nov 15, 2018 • 32 min
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 Cantwell…
A big increase in monkey research and an overhaul for the metric system
Nov 8, 2018 • 19 min
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…
How the appendix could hold the keys to Parkinson’s disease, and materials scientists mimic nature
Nov 1, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Children sue the U.S. government over climate change, and how mice inherit their gut microbes
Oct 25, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Mutant cells in the esophagus, and protecting farmers from dangerous pesticide exposure
Oct 18, 2018 • 21 min
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 causing…
What we can learn from a cluster of people with an inherited intellectual disability, and questioning how sustainable green lawns are in dry places
Oct 11, 2018 • 18 min
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 Sarah…
Odd new particles may be tunneling through the planet, and how the flu operates differently in big and small towns
Oct 4, 2018 • 18 min
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 oddball…
The future of PCB-laden orca whales, and doing genomics work with Indigenous people
Sep 27, 2018 • 31 min
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 Cantwell…
Metaresearchers take on meta-analyses, and hoary old myths about science
Sep 20, 2018 • 24 min
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 either…
The youngest sex chromosomes on the block, and how to test a Zika vaccine without Zika cases
Sep 13, 2018 • 20 min
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 splitting a…
Should we prioritize which endangered species to save, and why were chemists baffled by soot for so long?
Sep 6, 2018 • 19 min
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 freelance…
Science and Nature get their social science studies replicated—or not, the mechanisms behind human-induced earthquakes, and the taboo of claiming causality in science
Aug 30, 2018 • 27 min
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.…
Sending flocks of tiny satellites out past Earth orbit and solving the irrigation efficiency paradox
Aug 23, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Ancient volcanic eruptions, and peer pressure—from robots
Aug 16, 2018 • 19 min
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…
Doubts about the drought that kicked off our latest geological age, and a faceoff between stink bugs with samurai wasps
Aug 9, 2018 • 20 min
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: the…
How our brains may have evolved for language, and clues to what makes us leaders—or followers
Aug 2, 2018 • 25 min
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 News…
Liquid water on Mars, athletic performance in transgender women, and the lost colony of Roanoke
Jul 26, 2018 • 25 min
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 radar…
Why the platypus gave up suckling, and how gravity waves clear clouds
Jul 19, 2018 • 16 min
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’ skin to…
The South Pole’s IceCube detector catches a ghostly particle from deep space, and how rice knows to grow when submerged
Jul 12, 2018 • 24 min
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 picked…
A polio outbreak threatens global eradication plans, and what happened to America’s first dogs
Jul 5, 2018 • 17 min
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 Editor…
Increasing transparency in animal research to sway public opinion, and a reaching a plateau in human mortality
Jun 28, 2018 • 32 min
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 joins…
New evidence in Cuba’s ‘sonic attacks,’ and finding an extinct gibbon—in a royal Chinese tomb
Jun 21, 2018 • 19 min
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…
The places where HIV shows no sign of ending, and the parts of the human brain that are bigger—in bigger brains
Jun 14, 2018 • 23 min
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 evolving in…
Science books for summer, and a blood test for predicting preterm birth
Jun 7, 2018 • 18 min
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 with Mira…
The first midsize black holes, and the environmental impact of global food production
May 31, 2018 • 18 min
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 middlers.…
Sketching suspects with DNA, and using light to find Zika-infected mosquitoes
May 24, 2018 • 27 min
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 people in…
Tracking ancient Rome’s rise using Greenland’s ice, and fighting fungicide resistance
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
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 provides a…
Ancient DNA is helping find the first horse tamers, and a single gene is spawning a fierce debate in salmon conservation
May 10, 2018 • 17 min
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 the…
The twins climbing Mount Everest for science, and the fractal nature of human bone
May 3, 2018 • 25 min
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…
Deciphering talking drums, and squeezing more juice out of solar panels
Apr 26, 2018 • 29 min
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 with a…
Drug use in the ancient world, and what will happen to plants as carbon dioxide levels increase
Apr 19, 2018 • 23 min
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 evidence…
How DNA is revealing Latin America’s lost histories, and how to make a molecule from just two atoms
Apr 12, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Legendary Viking crystals, and how to put an octopus to sleep
Apr 5, 2018 • 20 min
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 also…
Chimpanzee retirement gains momentum, and x-ray ‘ghost images’ could cut radiation doses
Mar 29, 2018 • 29 min
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…
A possible cause for severe morning sickness, and linking mouse moms’ caretaking to brain changes in baby mice
Mar 22, 2018 • 20 min
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 better?…
How humans survived an ancient volcanic winter and how disgust shapes ecosystems
Mar 15, 2018 • 20 min
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 worldwide…
Animals that don’t need people to be domesticated; the astonishing spread of false news; and links between gender, sexual orientation, and speech
Mar 8, 2018 • 40 min
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 in the…
A new dark matter signal from the early universe, massive family trees, and how we might respond to alien contact
Mar 1, 2018 • 34 min
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 with…
Neandertals that made art, live news from the AAAS Annual Meeting, and the emotional experience of being a scientist
Feb 22, 2018 • 23 min
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 Crespi…
Genes that turn off after death, and debunking the sugar conspiracy
Feb 15, 2018 • 13 min
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. Sarah…
Happy lab animals may make better research subjects, and understanding the chemistry of the indoor environment
Feb 8, 2018 • 21 min
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 same…
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
Feb 1, 2018 • 18 min
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…
The dangers of dismantling a geoengineered sun shield and the importance of genes we don’t inherit
Jan 25, 2018 • 22 min
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 Big…
Unearthed letters reveal changes in Fields Medal awards, and predicting crime with computers is no easy feat
Jan 18, 2018 • 23 min
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. Sarah also…
Salad-eating sharks, and what happens after quantum computing achieves quantum supremacy
Jan 11, 2018 • 18 min
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 Writer Adrian…
Who visits raccoon latrines, and boosting cancer therapy with gut microbes
Jan 4, 2018 • 17 min
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 University…
Science’s Breakthrough of the Year, our best online news, and science books for your shopping list
Dec 21, 2017 • 30 min
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 why…
Putting the breaks on driverless cars, and dolphins that can muffle their ears
Dec 14, 2017 • 20 min
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—perhaps…
Folding DNA into teddy bears and getting creative about gun violence research
Dec 7, 2017 • 19 min
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 more…
Debunking yeti DNA, and the incredibly strong arms of prehistoric female farmers
Nov 30, 2017 • 20 min
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 try to…
The world’s first dog pictures, and looking at the planet from a quantum perspective
Nov 22, 2017 • 27 min
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 history…
Preventing psychosis and the evolution—or not—of written language
Nov 16, 2017 • 24 min
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…
Randomizing the news for science, transplanting genetically engineered skin, and the ethics of experimental brain implants
Nov 9, 2017 • 28 min
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 have…
How Earth’s rotation could predict giant quakes, gene therapy’s new hope, and how carbon monoxide helps deep-diving seals
Nov 2, 2017 • 21 min
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…
Building conscious machines, tracing asteroid origins, and how the world’s oldest forests grew
Oct 26, 2017 • 27 min
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 David…
LIGO spots merging neutron stars, scholarly questions about a new Bible museum, and why wolves are better team players than dogs
Oct 19, 2017 • 26 min
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 Catherine…
Evolution of skin color, taming rice thrice, and peering into baby brains
Oct 12, 2017 • 21 min
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 Crespi…
Putting rescue robots to the test, an ancient Scottish village buried in sand, and why costly drugs may have more side effects
Oct 5, 2017 • 18 min
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 News…
Furiously beating bat hearts, giant migrating wombats, and puzzling out preprint publishing
Sep 28, 2017 • 26 min
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 Crespi…
Cosmic rays from beyond our galaxy, sleeping jellyfish, and counting a language’s words for colors
Sep 21, 2017 • 23 min
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 Wagner talks to…
Cargo-sorting molecular robots, humans as the ultimate fire starters, and molecular modeling with quantum computers
Sep 14, 2017 • 28 min
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 about…
Taking climate science to court, sailing with cylinders, and solar cooling
Sep 7, 2017 • 21 min
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. Sarah…
Mysteriously male crocodiles, the future of negotiating AIs, and atomic bonding between the United States and China
Aug 31, 2017 • 24 min
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 population…
What hunter-gatherer gut microbiomes have that we don’t, and breaking the emoji code
Aug 24, 2017 • 17 min
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 Emoji…
A jump in rates of knee arthritis, a brief history of eclipse science, and bands and beats in the atmosphere of brown dwarfs
Aug 17, 2017 • 18 min
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 David…
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
Aug 10, 2017 • 18 min
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 mythical…
The biology of color, a database of industrial espionage, and a link between prions and diabetes
Aug 3, 2017 • 27 min
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 Catherine…
DNA and proteins from ancient books, music made from data, and the keys to poverty traps
Jul 27, 2017 • 27 min
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 talks to…
Paying cash for carbon, making dogs friendly, and destroying all life on Earth
Jul 20, 2017 • 28 min
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 about…
Still-living dinosaurs, the world’s first enzymes, and thwarting early adopters in tech
Jul 13, 2017 • 25 min
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…
Odorless calories for weight loss, building artificial intelligence researchers can trust, and can oily birds fly?
Jul 6, 2017 • 19 min
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 News Editor…
A Stone Age skull cult, rogue Parkinson’s proteins in the gut, and controversial pesticides linked to bee deaths
Jun 29, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Why eggs have such weird shapes, doubly domesticated cats, and science balloons on the rise
Jun 22, 2017 • 19 min
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. Sarah…
Slowly retiring chimps, tanning at the cellular level, and plumbing magma’s secrets
Jun 15, 2017 • 20 min
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 what we…
How to weigh a star—with a little help from Einstein, toxic ‘selfish genes,’ and the world’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils
Jun 8, 2017 • 31 min
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—with…
A new taste for the tongue, ancient DNA from Egyptian mummies, and early evidence for dog breeding
Jun 1, 2017 • 23 min
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—does…
How whales got so big, sperm in space, and a first look at Jupiter’s poles
May 25, 2017 • 27 min
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 talks to…
Preventing augmented-reality overload, fixing bone with tiny bubbles, and studying human migrations
May 18, 2017 • 23 min
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 Editor…
Our newest human relative, busting human sniff myths, and the greenhouse gas that could slow global warming
May 11, 2017 • 21 min
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 joins…
Podcast: Reading pain from the brains of infants, modeling digital faces, and wifi holograms
May 4, 2017 • 20 min
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 Matacic.…
Podcast: Where dog breeds come from, bots that build buildings, and gathering ancient human DNA from cave sediments
Apr 27, 2017 • 24 min
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—without…
Podcast: When good lions go bad, listening to meteor crashes, and how humans learn to change the world
Apr 20, 2017 • 26 min
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 Amel…
Podcast: Watching shoes untie, Cassini’s last dive through the breath of a cryovolcano, and how human bias influences machine learning
Apr 13, 2017 • 24 min
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. Aylin…
Podcast: Giant virus genetics, human high-altitude adaptations, and quantifying the impact of government-funded science
Apr 6, 2017 • 19 min
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 Crespi…
Podcast: Killing off stowaways to Mars, chasing synthetic opiates, and how soil contributes to global carbon calculations
Mar 30, 2017 • 31 min
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…
Podcast: Teaching self-driving cars to read, improving bike safety with a video game, and when ‘you’ isn’t about ‘you’
Mar 23, 2017 • 24 min
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 her…
Podcast: The archaeology of democracy, new additions to the uncanny valley, and the discovery of ant-ibiotics
Mar 16, 2017 • 24 min
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…
Podcast: Human pheromones lightly debunked, ignoring cyberattacks, and designer chromosomes
Mar 9, 2017 • 20 min
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…
Podcast: Breaking the 2-hour marathon barrier, storing data in DNA, and how past civilizations shaped the Amazon
Mar 2, 2017 • 24 min
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 that…
Podcast: Cracking the smell code, why dinosaurs had wings before they could fly, and detecting guilty feelings in altruistic gestures
Feb 23, 2017 • 31 min
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 human…
Podcast: Recognizing the monkey in the mirror, giving people malaria parasites as a vaccine strategy, and keeping coastal waters clean with seagrass
Feb 16, 2017 • 20 min
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 Lamb joins…
Podcast: Saving grizzlies from trains, cheap sun-powered water purification, and a deep look at science-based policymaking
Feb 9, 2017 • 24 min
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 David…
Podcast: An 80-million-year-old dinosaur protein, sending oxygen to the moon, and competitive forecasting
Feb 2, 2017 • 20 min
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 Billow…
Podcast: Bringing back tomato flavor genes, linking pollution and dementia, and when giant otters roamed Earth
Jan 26, 2017 • 29 min
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 week’s…
Podcast: Explaining menopause in killer whales, triggering killer mice, and the role of chromosome number in cancer immunotherapy
Jan 19, 2017 • 23 min
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. Plus,…
Podcast: A blood test for concussions, how the hagfish escapes from sharks, and optimizing carbon storage in trees
Jan 12, 2017 • 20 min
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…
Podcast: An ethics conundrum from the Nazi era, baby dinosaur development, and a new test for mad cow disease
Jan 5, 2017 • 29 min
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 Alexa…
Podcast: Our Breakthrough of the Year, top online stories, and the year in science books
Dec 22, 2016 • 27 min
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 breakthrough,…
The sound of a monkey talking, cloning horses for sport, and forensic anthropologists help the search for Mexico’s disappeared
Dec 15, 2016 • 22 min
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 writer…
Podcast: Altering time perception, purifying blueberries with plasma, and checking in on ocelot latrines
Dec 8, 2016 • 19 min
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 how we…
Podcast: What ants communicate when kissing, stars birthed from gas, and linking immune strength and social status
Dec 1, 2016 • 21 min
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 birth of…
Podcast: Scientists on the night shift, sucking up greenhouse gases with cement, and repetitive stress in tomb builders
Nov 24, 2016 • 22 min
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,…
Podcast: The rise of skeletons, species-blurring hybrids, and getting rightfully ditched by a taxi
Nov 17, 2016 • 20 min
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. Plus,…
Podcast: How farms made dogs love carbs, the role of dumb luck in science, and what your first flu exposure did to you
Nov 10, 2016 • 18 min
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 Billow…
Podcast: The impact of legal pot on opioid abuse, and a very early look at a fetus’s genome
Nov 3, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Podcast: A close look at a giant moon crater, the long tradition of eating rodents, and building evidence for Planet Nine
Oct 27, 2016 • 18 min
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 David…
Podcast: Science lessons for the next U.S. president, human high altitude adjustments, and the elusive Higgs bison
Oct 20, 2016 • 25 min
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. Plus, Sarah…
Podcast: When we pay attention to plane crashes, releasing modified mosquitoes, and bacteria that live off radiation
Oct 13, 2016 • 20 min
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 Editor David…
Podcast: Bumble bee emotions, the purpose of yawning, and new insights into the developing infant brain
Oct 6, 2016 • 21 min
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 Mercedes…
Podcast: Why we murder, resurrecting extinct animals, and the latest on the three-parent baby
Sep 29, 2016 • 23 min
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 global…
Podcast: An atmospheric pacemaker skips a beat, a religious edict that spawned fat chickens, and knocking out the ‘sixth sense’
Sep 22, 2016 • 24 min
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 regular phenomena in…
Podcast: A burning body experiment, prehistoric hunting dogs, and seeding life on other planets
Sep 15, 2016 • 25 min
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 of…
Podcast: Double navigation in desert ants, pollution in the brain, and dating deal breakers
Sep 8, 2016 • 20 min
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 pay…
Podcast: Ceres’s close-up, how dogs listen, and a new RNA therapy
Sep 1, 2016 • 23 min
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 asteroid…
Podcast: Quantum dots in consumer electronics and a faceoff with the quiz master
Aug 25, 2016 • 19 min
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 the…
Podcast: How mice mess up reproducibility, new support for an RNA world, and giving cash away wisely
Aug 18, 2016 • 25 min
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 combines…
Podcast: 400-year-old sharks, busting a famous scientific hoax, and clinical trials in pets
Aug 11, 2016 • 28 min
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 free-living…
Podcast: Pollution hot spots in coastal waters, extreme bees, and diseased dinos
Aug 4, 2016 • 21 min
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 discharged…
Podcast: Saving wolves that aren’t really wolves, bird-human partnership, and our oldest common ancestor
Jul 28, 2016 • 22 min
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 country from…
Podcast: An omnipresent antimicrobial, a lichen ménage à trois, and tiny tide-induced tremors
Jul 21, 2016 • 29 min
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 crept…
Podcast: The science of the apocalypse, and abstract thinking in ducklings
Jul 14, 2016 • 25 min
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 finding…
Podcast: An exoplanet with three suns, no relief for aching knees, and building better noses
Jul 7, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Podcast: Ending AIDS in South Africa, what makes plants gamble, and genes that turn on after death
Jun 30, 2016 • 26 min
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 South…
Podcast: A farewell to Science’s editor-in-chief, how mosquito spit makes us sick, and bears that use human shields
Jun 23, 2016 • 29 min
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 her…
Podcast: Treating cocaine addiction, mirror molecules in space, and new insight into autism
Jun 16, 2016 • 27 min
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 addiction is…
Podcast: Scoliosis development, antiracing stripes, and the dawn of the hobbits
Jun 9, 2016 • 22 min
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. Brian…
Podcast: Bionic leaves that make fuel, digging into dog domestication, and wars recorded in coral
Jun 2, 2016 • 18 min
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 leaf system…
Podcast: The economics of the Uber era, mysterious Neandertal structures, and an octopus boom
May 26, 2016 • 22 min
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 rising…
Podcast: Tracking rats in a city slum, the giraffe genome, and watching human evolution in action
May 19, 2016 • 20 min
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 joins host…
Podcast: Rocky remnants of early Earth, plants turned predator, and a new artificial second skin
May 12, 2016 • 20 min
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 Rosen to…
Podcast: Why animal personalities matter, killer whale sanctuaries, and the key to making fraternal twins
May 5, 2016 • 26 min
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 bold…
Podcast: Patent trolls, the earthquake-volcano link, and obesity in China
Apr 28, 2016 • 29 min
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 patent…
Podcast: Sizing up a baby dino, jolting dead brains, and dirty mice
Apr 21, 2016 • 25 min
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…
Podcast: Tracking Zika, the evolution of sign language, and changing hearts and minds with social science
Apr 14, 2016 • 21 min
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 they…
Podcast: Spreading cancer, sacrificing humans, and transplanting organs
Apr 7, 2016 • 19 min
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 Crespi…
Podcast: Building a portable drug factory, mapping yeast globally, and watching cliffs crumble
Mar 31, 2016 • 20 min
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…
Podcast: Battling it out in the Bronze Age, letting go of orcas, and evolving silicon-based life
Mar 24, 2016 • 26 min
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 in…
Podcast: The latest news from Pluto, a rock-eating fungus, and tracking storm damage with Twitter
Mar 17, 2016 • 24 min
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…
Podcast: Nuclear forensics, honesty in a sea of lies, and how sliced meat drove human evolution
Mar 10, 2016 • 26 min
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‘…
Podcast: Glowing robot skin, zombie frogs, and viral fossils in our DNA
Mar 3, 2016 • 24 min
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 discuss a…
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
Feb 25, 2016 • 25 min
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 discuss…
Podcast: Combatting malnutrition with gut microbes, fighting art forgers with science, and killing cancer with gold
Feb 18, 2016 • 22 min
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 microbes may…
Podcast: The effects of Neandertal DNA on health, squishing bugs for science, and sleepy confessions
Feb 11, 2016 • 20 min
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 human…
Podcast: Taking race out of genetics, a cellular cleanse for longer life, and smart sweatbands
Feb 4, 2016 • 29 min
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…
Podcast: Babylonian astronomers, doubly domesticated cats, and outrunning a T. Rex
Jan 28, 2016 • 24 min
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 Babylonian…
Podcast: A planet beyond Pluto, the bugs in your home, and the link between marijuana and IQ
Jan 21, 2016 • 17 min
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…
Podcast: Wounded mammoths, brave birds, bright bulbs, and more
Jan 14, 2016 • 15 min
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 arctic…
Podcast: Dancing dinosaurs, naked black holes, and more
Jan 8, 2016 • 31 min
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 Crespi.…
The Science breakthrough of the year, readers’ choice, and the top news from 2015.
Dec 17, 2015 • 38 min
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 Crespi.…
Artificial intelligence programs that learn concepts based on just a few examples and a daily news roundup
Dec 10, 2015 • 23 min
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 about…
How our gut microbiota change as we age and a daily news roundup
Dec 3, 2015 • 27 min
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
Nov 26, 2015 • 27 min
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]
Bioengineering functional vocal cords and a daily news roundup
Nov 19, 2015 • 26 min
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
Nov 12, 2015 • 19 min
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
Nov 5, 2015 • 22 min
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: NASA]
The origins of biodiversity in the Amazon and a daily news roundup
Oct 29, 2015 • 30 min
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 giant…
The neuroscience of reversing blindness and a daily news roundup
Oct 22, 2015 • 31 min
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 Susanne…
Pluto’s mysteries revealed and a daily news roundup
Oct 15, 2015 • 25 min
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, and…
Can math apps benefit kids? And a daily news roundup
Oct 8, 2015 • 20 min
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
Oct 1, 2015 • 24 min
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 literal…
3-parent gene therapy for mitochondrial diseases and a news roundup
Sep 24, 2015 • 22 min
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-NC…
How future elites view self-interest and equality and a news roundup
Sep 17, 2015 • 22 min
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. [Image…
Genes and the human microbiome and a news roundup
Sep 10, 2015 • 21 min
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 ants…
The state of science in Iran and a news roundup
Sep 3, 2015 • 28 min
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 / Demotix…
Moralizing gods, scientific reproducibility, and a daily news roundup
Aug 27, 2015 • 34 min
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 Crespi.…
Human superpredators and a news roundup
Aug 20, 2015 • 24 min
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 S…
Marmoset monkey vocal development and a news roundup
Aug 13, 2015 • 22 min
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. Hosted by…
Effective Ebola vaccines and a daily news roundup
Aug 6, 2015 • 17 min
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
Jul 30, 2015 • 19 min
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
Jul 23, 2015 • 19 min
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
Jul 16, 2015 • 20 min
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
Jul 9, 2015 • 16 min
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…
The scent of a rose and a news roundup
Jul 2, 2015 • 20 min
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.
Jun 25, 2015 • 18 min
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
Jun 18, 2015 • 31 min
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 North…
Tracking aquatic animals, cochlear implants, and a news roundup
Jun 11, 2015 • 34 min
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 news…
Friction at the atomic level, the acoustics of historical speeches, and a news roundup
Jun 4, 2015 • 29 min
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 Philipp…
Climate change and China’s tea crop and a news roundup
May 28, 2015 • 21 min
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 flickr]
Testosterone, women, and elite sports and a news roundup
May 21, 2015 • 29 min
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 Images]
Science in Cuba and a news roundup
May 14, 2015 • 23 min
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
May 7, 2015 • 25 min
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 stories.…
Sustainable seafood and a news roundup
Apr 30, 2015 • 25 min
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
Apr 23, 2015 • 23 min
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
Apr 16, 2015 • 23 min
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
Apr 9, 2015 • 22 min
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/Creative…
The Deepwater Horizon disaster: Five years later.
Apr 2, 2015 • 34 min
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…
Child abuse across generations and a news roundup
Mar 26, 2015 • 27 min
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. [Img:…
Robotic materials and a news roundup
Mar 19, 2015 • 20 min
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
Mar 12, 2015 • 18 min
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
Mar 5, 2015 • 21 min
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
Feb 26, 2015 • 23 min
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
Feb 19, 2015 • 16 min
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
Feb 12, 2015 • 28 min
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 to the…
Spatial neurons and a news roundup
Feb 5, 2015 • 18 min
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
Jan 29, 2015 • 24 min
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. [Img:…
How comets change seasonally and a news roundup
Jan 22, 2015 • 15 min
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/NAVCAM]
High-altitude bird migration and a news roundup
Jan 15, 2015 • 24 min
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. [Img:…
Deworming buffalo and a news roundup
Jan 8, 2015 • 17 min
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, and…
Measuring MOOCs
Jan 1, 2015 • 14 min
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
Dec 19, 2014 • 27 min
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.
Science Podcast - Lessons from the tsetse fly genome and a news roundup (18 April 2014)
Dec 14, 2014 • 17 min
Tsetse fly genetics; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
The oldest piece of Mars on Earth and a news roundup (21 November 2014)
Dec 14, 2014 • 18 min
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…
A flock of genomes and a news roundup (12 December 2014)
Dec 12, 2014 • 21 min
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…
The shocking predatory strike of the electric eel and a news roundup (5 December 2014)
Dec 5, 2014 • 24 min
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 sea…
Gendered brains and a news roundup (21 November 2014)
Nov 21, 2014 • 24 min
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. [Img:…
How hippos help and a news roundup (14 November 2014)
Nov 14, 2014 • 20 min
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…
A new way to study norovirus and a news roundup (7 November 2014)
Nov 7, 2014 • 18 min
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, and…
Changing minds on charitable giving and a news roundup (31 October 2014)
Oct 31, 2014 • 21 min
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. [Img:…
High altitude humans living ~11,000 years ago (24 October 2014)
Oct 24, 2014 • 13 min
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)
Oct 17, 2014 • 18 min
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, and…
Robot relations and a daily news roundup (10 October 2014)
Oct 10, 2014 • 18 min
The rights and responsibilities of robots.
Mapping the sea floor and a daily news roundup (3 October 2014)
Oct 3, 2014 • 17 min
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)
Sep 26, 2014 • 20 min
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)
Sep 19, 2014 • 9 min
Hindcasting weather over the ocean near the California coast for 600 years.
Engineering global health and a news roundup (12 September 2014)
Sep 12, 2014 • 23 min
Frugal engineering for global health; roundup of daily news.
Scaling up a biofuel and a news roundup (5 Sep 2014)
Sep 5, 2014 • 21 min
Bringing cellulosic ethanol to market; roundup of daily news.
The home microbiome and a news roundup (29 August 2014)
Aug 29, 2014 • 22 min
Sharing microbes around the house; roundup of daily news.
Censorship in China and a news roundup (22 August 2014)
Aug 22, 2014 • 18 min
Investigating web censorship practices in China; roundup of daily news.
Preconception parenting and a news roundup (15 Aug 2014)
Aug 15, 2014 • 21 min
Parenting from before conception; roundup of daily news.
Building brain-like computers (8 Aug 2014)
Aug 8, 2014 • 11 min
A new class of gamma ray sources; roundup of daily news.
Galactic gamma rays and a news roundup (1 Aug 2014)
Aug 1, 2014 • 14 min
A new class of gamma ray sources; roundup of daily news.
Science funding for people not projects and a news roundup (25 Jul 2014)
Jul 25, 2014 • 14 min
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)
Jul 18, 2014 • 18 min
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)
Jul 11, 2014 • 18 min
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)
Jul 4, 2014 • 17 min
Psychedelic research resurgence; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Pollen paths and a news roundup (27 Jun 2014)
Jun 27, 2014 • 17 min
Moths chasing odors; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Mind reading and a news roundup (20 Jun 2014)
Jun 20, 2014 • 21 min
Learning to read minds; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Mapping Mexico’s genetics and a news roundup (13 Jun 2014)
Jun 13, 2014 • 18 min
Mapping Mexico’s genetically diverse population; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Rethinking global supply chains and a news roundup (6 Jun 2014)
Jun 6, 2014 • 17 min
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)
May 30, 2014 • 19 min
The impact of Tiananmen Square on science in China; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Inequality and health and a news roundup (23 May 2014)
May 23, 2014 • 15 min
Inequality and health; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Evading back-action in a quantum system and a news roundup (16 May 2014)
May 16, 2014 • 17 min
Measuring minute motions; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast -Chine marine archaeology and a news roundup (9 May 2014)
May 9, 2014 • 18 min
Marine archaeology on the Silk Road; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Climate and corn and a news roundup (2 May 2014)
May 2, 2014 • 16 min
Climate and crops; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - A binary star system that includes a white dwarf and a news roundup (18 April 2014)
Apr 18, 2014 • 20 min
A distinctive binary star system; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Biomechanics of fruitflies on the wing and a news roundup (11 April 2014)
Apr 11, 2014 • 22 min
Fruitflies take evasive action; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Life under funding change and a news roundup (4 April 2014)
Apr 4, 2014 • 22 min
Money battles; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - A BRCA1 and breast cancer retrospective and a news roundup (28 Mar 2014)
Mar 28, 2014 • 23 min
BRCA1 turns 20; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Human odor discrimination and a news roundup (21 Mar 2014)
Mar 21, 2014 • 16 min
Human odor discrimination; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Checking the hubris of big data harvests and a news roundup (14 Mar 2014)
Mar 14, 2014 • 21 min
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)
Mar 7, 2014 • 31 min
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)
Feb 28, 2014 • 22 min
Treatment trials for Down Syndrome; roundup of daily news with David Grimm.
Science Podcast - Analyzing soundscapes and a news roundup (21 Feb 2014)
Feb 21, 2014 • 18 min
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)
Feb 14, 2014 • 20 min
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)
Feb 7, 2014 • 21 min
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)
Jan 31, 2014 • 26 min
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)
Jan 24, 2014 • 30 min
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 - The modern hunter-gatherer gut, fast mountain weathering, and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (17 Jan 2014)
Jan 17, 2014 • 29 min
Hunter-gatherer gut microbes, fast moving mountains, and a daily news roundup.
Science Podcast - Abundant bacterial vesicles in the ocean and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (10 Jan 2014)
Jan 10, 2014 • 21 min
Ocean-going vesicles; stories from our daily news site.
Science Podcast - Monstrous stone monuments of old and a rundown of stories from our daily news site (3 Jan 2014)
Jan 3, 2014 • 19 min
Britain’s prehistoric stone monuments; stories from our daily news site.
Science Podcast - Science’s breakthrough of the year, runners-up and the top content from our daily news site (20 Dec 2013)
Dec 20, 2013 • 23 min
Notable highlights from the year in science; Science’s breakthrough of the year and runners up.
Science Podcast - Fear-enhanced odor detection, the latest from the Curiosity mission, and more (13 Dec 2013)
Dec 13, 2013 • 30 min
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)
Dec 6, 2013 • 27 min
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)
Nov 29, 2013 • 27 min
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)
Nov 22, 2013 • 38 min
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)
Nov 15, 2013 • 43 min
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.