December 06, 2014

5:00 PM | Ants Perform Street Cleaner Role On Broadway
New York is cleaner, thanks to ants eating large amounts of garbage....
5:00 PM | Elephants Predict Rain from 300 Kilometres Away
Low frequency hearing allows elephants to detect thunderstorms over very long distances....
5:00 PM | Why Invasive Species Aren't All Bad
An ecologist makes the controversial case that we've overstated the dangers of invasive species....

December 05, 2014

8:56 PM | Treehoppers
The third pick by guest Mindy Weisberger! They thrum, hum, huff, warble, whoop, whistle, click, and trill; treehoppers, an insect group containing thousands of species, produce an impressive variety of sounds. You can listen to dozens of their charming vocalizations here, recorded by biologist Reginald Cocroft. Mindy Weisberger is writer and producer for Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History.
12:51 AM | SoT Special 015 - Curiosity Show
Professor Rob Morrison and Dr Deane Hutton are Australian science communication heroes. Together they hosted the children's science TV show Curiosity Show, which ran for 18 consecutive years from 1972 to 1990. Ed and Lucas caught up with them at TEDxCanberra to talk about the show and its recent new episode, what they've done since then, and their views on science communication and education.   Rob mentions Duck Quacks Don't Echo (UK) as an example of good current science television.

December 03, 2014

9:34 PM | The second pick by this week’s guest-picker, Mindy...
The second pick by this week’s guest-picker, Mindy Weisberger: Unedited “raw” video with no audio whatsoever can still be damn interesting to watch, especially when it reveals extraordinary animal behavior. Like this clip from the Patek Lab; filmed at 3,000 frames per second, it shows trap-jaw ants demonstrating a defense tactic that rivals Keanu Reeves’ moves in The Matrix. This tropical species sports hair-trigger jaws that spring together with […]
3:42 PM | Should We Welcome the Invaders?
In a new book - "Where Do Camels Belong?" - a veteran ecologist suggests that invasive species are not the villains we make them out to be. They're just another example of humans blaming nature for our own ecological sins.
2:52 AM | Episode 210 – Life is the Bubbles
0:00:00 – Abe and Ryan are joined by Vanessa Knutson, who studies nudibranchs at the California Academy of Sciences (where we’ve recorded before). She recently described a few new species of these beautiful citters, and published those results for anyone to read right here. We chat with her about the process of finding and describing a new […]

December 02, 2014

4:33 PM | The Diatomist (Aeon Video)
Welcome our guest picker for this week Mindy Weisberger!  Imagine building kaleidoscopic designs out of microscopic organisms. Victorian microscopists popularized art made from diatoms—symmetrical, single-cell algae—arranging them into complex patterns that emphasized the symmetry of the algae’s natural shapes. Klaus Kemp is one of the few remaining practitioners of this art form, and this short film by Matthew Killip beautifully highlights not only the […]
4:03 PM | Steve Zimmer: Less Than One Percent
Against the odds, animal-loving kid Steve Zimmer attempts to rescue tadpoles in jeopardy. An aging yuppie from the midwest, Steve Zimmer was originally an academic economist and is currently a programmer, but not before working 5 years in an NYU immunology lab. Steve began attending the Moth in 2004 and telling stories in 2006. He is a past Grandslam winner.

December 01, 2014

4:16 PM | Ep. 357: Modern Women: Vera Rubin
It’s time for another series. This time we’ll be talking about famous female astronomers. Starting with: Vera Rubin, who first identified the fact that galaxies rotate too quickly to hold themselves together, anticipating the discovery of dark matter. Ep. 357: Modern Women: Vera Rubin Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: 8th Light […]
6:00 AM | The multiverse in a nutshell - podcast
Is our universe just one of an unimaginably large number of parallel universes? Prof David Wallace from the University of Oxford and Dr Roberto Trotta of Imperial College, London, summarise the dizzying permutations and implications Continue reading...
12:53 AM | BacterioFiles 193 - Milk Modifies Monkey Microbes
This episode: Being raised with their mother and breastmilk vs. bottle-fed in a nursery significantly affects macaque microbiomes and their immune system profile! Download Episode (7.7 MB, 8.4 minutes)Show notes:News item/Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Figuring out which gut microbes correlate with susceptibility to C. difficile problems (paper) Phage communities in mouth may be linked to dental health (paper) Fecal transplant restores diverse gut community that looks like […]

November 29, 2014

7:22 PM | Outside Westgate
After a public tragedy, a reporter looks at the space between the stories of the people who experienced it and the official narrative. 
5:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Nov. 29, 2014
This week, Canada is failing to help failing species; killing wolves isn't help enough for woodland caribou; polar bears are short of ice; researchers explore the microbiology of kissing; scientists track down what hit Sudbury; and faces help recognition. ...
5:00 PM | Failing Grades on Failing Species
A new study suggests Canada's policies to help species at risk are not working....
5:00 PM | Can Wolf Cull Save Alberta Caribou?
A scheme to kill wolves to protect endangered woodland caribou is insufficient to help the caribou recover....
5:00 PM | Polar Bears on Thin Ice
Evidence mounts that climate warming and the decline of seasonal sea ice in the Arctic is harming polar bear populations....
5:00 PM | French Kissing Exchanges Passion and Bacteria
80 million bacteria come along for the ride when you swap spit....
5:00 PM | What Hit Sudbury?
Sudbury was smashed by a comet, 1.85 billion years ago....
5:00 PM | Faces Try to be Recognized
Human faces seem to have evolved for distinctiveness and ease of recognition....

November 27, 2014

7:08 PM | Reporting on Science (Part 2) – extended with Elise Andrew of IFLS and Bill Nye
Neil deGrasse Tyson and veteran science journalist Miles O’Brien discuss the conflict between journalism and corporate America. Plus, a new interview about science deniers with Elise Andrew and Bill Nye.
4:12 PM | Failing Grades on Endangered Species
A new study shows that more than 80% of legally protected species in Canada are either not improving or continuing to decline. Is the problem our policies - or our reluctance to enforce them?
1:57 PM | Best of Thanksgiving 2: Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face!
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect.     -- Read more on
1:57 PM | Best of Thanksgiving, Part 2: Let's Talk Stuffing--Your Face!
Cornell University's Brian Wansink talks about eating behavior and how mindless eating has us consuming way more calories than we suspect   -- Read more on
1:55 PM | Best of Thanksgiving 1: Let's Talk Turkey!
Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz of the University of Mississippi talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research.     -- Read more on
1:55 PM | Best of Thanksgiving, Part 1: Let's Talk Turkey!
Turkey scientist Rich Buchholz of the University of Mississippi talks about the turkey on your plate and his own turkey research    -- Read more on
1:07 AM | SoT 170: A Big Year For Zircon
More details on Philae's rough landings, and the future of the first probe to land on a comet. Professor Monica Grady's reaction to the landing, the sound of the landing, and the comet 'sings'.When a pair of scientists found their experiment contaminated from the DNA Isolation kits they were using, they set out to see if other experiments were similarly contaminated.Researchers at Australia's James Cook University have discovered tiny zircon crystals on […]
12:13 AM | TWiM #92: Flying biofilms
Vincent, Elio, Michael and Michele discuss the possible eradication of wild poliovirus type 3, and how microsporidian parasites prevent locust swarming behavior.  

November 26, 2014

8:23 PM | The American Museum of Natural History has a new video series...
The American Museum of Natural History has a new video series called Shelf Life and I’m super excited about it. This first episode is an introduction to their collection—which holds 33,430,000 specimens and artifacts—and a few of their curators. New episodes will premier monthly, and the next one is about turtles, so, it’s definitely going to be awesome. » Rose
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