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 Aug 2, 2018
makes me feel smarter in a short pod.

Rebecca Y.
 Jul 23, 2018


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Episode Date
Plants Dominate the Planet's Biomass
About 80 percent of Earth's biomass is plant life, with humans about equal to krill way down the heft chart.    
Aug 15, 2018
Solar Eclipse of 2017 Boosted Science Interest
The Michigan Scientific Literacy Survey of 2017 found that last year's total solar eclipse got Americans more interested in celestial science.   
Aug 14, 2018
Crickets Carve Tools to Amplify Their Chirps
The insects fashion and use "baffles"—sound controllers—made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports.
Aug 14, 2018
Computerized Chemical Toxicity Prediction Beats Animal Testing
Researchers programmed a computer to compare structures and toxic effects of different chemicals, making it possible to then predict the toxicity of new chemicals based on their structural similarity to known ones.  
Aug 11, 2018
Better Data Could Mean Better Dating
Both men and women tended to pursue mates just 25 percent more desirable than themselves — suggesting they are "optimistic realists." Christopher Intagliata reports.
Aug 10, 2018
To Evolve Baleen, Lose Your Teeth First
Whale ancestors probably never had teeth and baleen at the same time, and only developed baleen after trying toothlessness and sucking in prey.
Aug 09, 2018
Corn Variety Grabs Fertilizer from the Air
A variety of corn from Oaxaca, Mexico, has aerial roots that harbor nitrogen-fixing bacteria, allowing the corn to suck nitrogen straight from the air. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Aug 07, 2018
Birds Learn Safety from Other Kinds of Birds
Birds become good at avoiding danger by eavesdropping on the alarm calls of other birds—and the learning occurs without even seeing their peers or predators. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Aug 03, 2018
Microbes Share Your Morning Metro Commute
An analysis of the Hong Kong metro found microbes, including some with antibiotic resistance genes, freshly disperse throughout the system each day. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Aug 02, 2018
Oh Say Can You See Subtle Details?
Different people have differing aptitudes for observing small changes and particular features.
Aug 01, 2018
Some Crows Hit On Dead Companions
About 5 percent of crows will attempt to copulate with other crows that have joined the choir invisible .
Jul 31, 2018
Mouth Sets Healing Standard
Certain proteins that coordinate the healing response are present at higher levels in oral tissue—meaning wounds in the mouth fix faster. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Jul 30, 2018
Border Wall Could Disrupt Hundreds of Species
More than 2,500 scientists signed a letter saying that an expanded U.S.–Mexico border wall would threaten both biodiversity and scientific research. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Jul 26, 2018
Turn a Wall into a Touch Screen Cheap
Researchers used a couple of hundred dollars worth of materials to turn a wall into a giant touch screen
Jul 26, 2018
Ancient Tooth Tartar Traps Clues to Iron Age Diet
By analyzing the proteins in ancient dental plaque, archaeologists determined that British menus almost three millennia ago featured milk, oats and peas. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Jul 24, 2018