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November 25, 2014

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1:00 PM | Lizard See, Lizard Do: First Evidence of Imitation in a...
Lizard See, Lizard Do: First Evidence of Imitation in a Reptile Episode 67 by Cris Felipe-Alves (Click here to directly access the MP3) Reptiles aren’t exactly known for the smarts. But maybe they’re just the victim of bad press. A new study shows lizards are capable of social learning through imitation, an ability previously thought to be limited to mammals and birds.  Listen to the Podcast to learn more! Further Reading: Kis, A., Huber, L., and Wilkinson, A. (2014). Social […]
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6:04 AM | Shayle Matsuda: My First Expedition As A Man
Marine biologist Shayle Matsuda adapts to his new identity as a transgender man while on assignment in the Philippines. Shayle Matsuda researches sea slugs as an MSc candidate at the California Academy of Sciences and San Francisco State University. When not in the lab, he hosts the interactive science happy hour series “Science, Neat” in San Francisco. He uses watercolors and digital media to make science more accessible to wider audiences, and creates and facilitates unique […]

November 24, 2014

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3:25 PM | Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia
An object at rest stays at rest, and object in motion tends to stay in motion. This is inertia, defined famously by Isaac Newton in his First Law of Motion. Ep. 356: Rotational Inertia Jump to Shownotes Jump to Transcript Show Notes Sponsors: 8th Light and Swinburne Astronomy Online Astronomy Cast on G+ CosmoAcademy Donate […]
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8:55 AM | The role of genes in our sexual orientation - podcast
What do the latest studies into sexual orientation reveal? Plus, can we win the fight against Ebola in West Africa, and what threat does the virus really pose to people in Europe and the US? Continue reading...

November 23, 2014

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6:34 PM | BacterioFiles 192 - Susceptibility Separates Streptococcus Strategies
This episode: Pathogenic and non-pathogenic microbes have different strategies for interacting with us, even when they have a common ancestor! Download Episode (14.9 MB, 16.3 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Bacteria can transfer electrons around even without nanowires (paper) Bacterial endophytes can inhibit/control plant pathogens (paper) Seemingly harmless virus may kill hard-to-treat breast cancer Bacteria protect fish from pathogen by preventing it from […]

November 22, 2014

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5:00 PM | Quirks & Quarks for Nov. 22, 2014
This week, we find out how lakes are turning to jelly; how the brain can remember a forgotten language; what's killing sea stars; how the forests may be saved by GMO trees; why butterflies have spots; and we get a new appreciation of...
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5:00 PM | Lakes Turning to Jelly
Acid rain has depleted calcium in lakes, leading to an overpopulation of jelly-coated organisms....
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5:00 PM | The Brain Remembers Forgotten Language
The brains of infants, who were adopted and raised without exposure to their birth language, still recognize it....
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5:00 PM | Sea Star Virus Identified
A mystery ailment that has been killing Pacific coast sea stars turns out to be a virus, but why it is so lethal is still mysterious....
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5:00 PM | Genetically Modified Chestnuts
A new GMO strain of the American Chestnut, which was wiped out by a fungal blight in the 20th century, might enable its return to the  forest....
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5:00 PM | Butterfly's Eyespots Are Targets
Insect eyespots serve not only to fool animals into thinking a large animal is there, but also as bulls-eyes to displace attacks....
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5:00 PM | The Dodo Was No Dodo
3D scanning of the rare remains of the extinct dodo suggests they weren't clumsy or awkward, but lean and fast....

November 21, 2014

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11:07 PM | Reporting on Science (Part 1) – extended with Elise Andrew of IFLS and Bill Nye
Take a journey beyond the headlines into the business of science journalism with Miles O’Brien, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice, and a new interview with Elise Andrew of IFLS and Bill Nye.
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