Thu, 27 October 2016
Podcast: A close look at a giant moon crater, the long tradition of eating rodents, and building evidence for Planet Nine
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 Grimm. Plus, Alexa Billow talks to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Maria Zuber about NASA’s GRAIL spacecraft, which makes incredibly precise measurements of the moon’s gravity. This week’s guest used GRAIL data to explore a giant impact crater and learn more about the effects of giant impacts on the moon and Earth.
[Image: Ernest Wright, NASA/GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 20 October 2016
Podcast: Science lessons for the next U.S. president, human high altitude adjustments, and the elusive Higgs bison
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 Crespi talks to Deputy News Editor David Malakoff about six science lessons for the next U.S. president.
[Image: Gil Menda at the Hoy Lab; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 13 October 2016
Podcast: When we pay attention to plane crashes, releasing modified mosquitoes, and bacteria that live off radiation
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 Grimm. Plus, Alexa Billow talks to Staff Writer Kelly Servick about her feature story on the releasing modified mosquitoes in Brazil to combat diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Her story is part of a package on mosquito control.
[Image: © Alex Wild; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 6 October 2016
Podcast: Bumble bee emotions, the purpose of yawning, and new insights into the developing infant brain
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 Paredes about her research on the developing infant brain.
Listen to previous podcasts
[Image: mdmiller/iStockphoto; Music: Jeffrey Cook]