Thu, 29 June 2017
A Stone Age skull cult, rogue Parkinson’s proteins in the gut, and controversial pesticides linked to bee deaths
Jen Golbeck is back with this month’s book segment. She interviews Alan Alda about his new book on science communication: If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?
Sarah Crespi talks to Jeremy Kerr about two huge studies that take a nuanced looked at the relationship between pesticides and bees.
Read the research in Science:
B.A. Woodcock et al.
[Image: webted/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Authors: Sarah Crespi; David Grimm
Thu, 22 June 2017
This week we have stories on the new capabilities of science balloons, connections between deforestation and drug trafficking in Central America, and new insights into the role ancient Egypt had in taming cats with Online News Editor David Grimm.
Sarah Crespi talks to Mary Caswell Stoddard about why bird eggs come in so many shapes and sizes.
[Image:; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 15 June 2017
This week we have stories on why it’s taking so long for research chimps to retire, boosting melanin for a sun-free tan, and tracking a mouse trail to find liars online with Online News Editor David Grimm.
Sarah Crespi talks to Allison Rubin about what we can learn from zircon crystals outside of a volcano about how long hot magma hangs out under a volcano.
[Image:Project Chimps; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Thu, 8 June 2017
How to weigh a star—with a little help from Einstein, toxic ‘selfish genes,’ and the world’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils
This week we have stories on what body cams reveal about interactions between black drivers and U.S. police officers, the world’s oldest Homo sapiens fossils, and how modern astronomers measured the mass of a star—thanks to an old tip from Einstein—with Online News Intern Ryan Cross.
Sarah Crespi talks to Eyal Ben-David about a pair of selfish genes—one toxin and one antidote—that have been masquerading as essential developmental genes in a nematode worm. She asks how many more so-called “essential genes” are really just self-perpetuating freeloaders?
Science Careers Editor Rachel Bernstein is also here to talk about stress and work-life balance for researchers and science students.
[Image: Chris Burns/Science; Music: Jeffrey Cook]
Authors: Sarah Crespi; Ryan Cross; Rachel Bernstein
Thu, 1 June 2017
Sarah Crespi talks to John Travis about postsurgical cognitive dysfunction—does surgery sap your brain power?