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Anne
 Aug 2, 2018
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 Jul 23, 2018

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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Episode Date
Join Blue Planet II Live-Tweet
00:01:27
Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix.
Dec 14, 2018
Big-Boned Chickens May Be Humans' Geologic Legacy
00:02:21
Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the "Anthropocene" will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Dec 13, 2018
Ancient Marine Reptiles Had Familiar Gear
00:02:07
Ichthyosaurs had traits in common with turtles and modern marine mammals, like blubber and countershading camouflage. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Dec 12, 2018
Little Aphids Ride Big Ones to Safety
00:02:49
When trouble lurks, juvenile aphids drop off of the plants they're eating and hitch a ride on bigger aphid escapees.
Dec 12, 2018
Utah's Deserts Are Bee Hotspots
00:02:08
The Trump administration is shrinking Utah's desert monuments, stripping some federal protections for wild pollinators. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Dec 09, 2018
Who's a Smart Dog?!
00:03:03
An estimate of dog intelligence requires looking at non-dogs as well to understand what's special to canines and what is just typical of the taxonomic groups they're in.
Dec 07, 2018
Data Reveals Most Influential Movies
00:01:53
By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Dec 06, 2018
Blue Whales Have Changed Their Tune
00:02:32
In the last few decades blue whale calls have been getting lower in pitch—and a rebound in their numbers may be the reason. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Dec 01, 2018
Smart Meters Speed Showers
00:02:14
Smart meters on showerheads encouraged hotel guests to conserve—even though they personally saved no money. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Nov 27, 2018
Mars Mission Makes Clean Landing
00:03:09
The sounds of the Mars InSight Mission control room during the tense minutes leading to the landing on the surface.
Nov 26, 2018
Do Wine over Those Brussels Sprouts
00:01:39
Taking a swig of red wine before eating Brussels sprouts appears to moderate Brussels sprouts' polarizing flavor. Christopher Intagliata reports
Nov 22, 2018
Rains Bring a Microbial Massacre to Chilean Desert
00:01:56
Freak heavy rainstorms in 2015 and 2017 wiped out many dry-adapted microbes in the Atacama Desert, useful info in the search for life off Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports.
Nov 20, 2018
Consensual Hugs Seem to Reduce Stress
00:02:13
People who had a conflict in a given day but also got hugged were not as affected by the negative interaction as were their unhugged counterparts.  
Nov 18, 2018
World's Largest Organism Faces Bleak Future
00:03:19
The single organism that is the Utah aspen grove known as Pando is on the decline due to herbivores wiping out its youngest tree outgrowths
Nov 17, 2018
U.S. Immigrants Leave Country—and Microbes—Behind
00:02:15
Immigrants to the U.S. lose their native mix of gut microbes almost immediately after arriving in the U.S.—which researchers can't quite explain. Christopher Intagliata reports. 
Nov 15, 2018