Topic: Biology

February 18, 2018 SuperAgers - Researchers are learning about aging from people over 80 who haven’t experienced cognitive decline.
February 12, 2018 3D Mantis Vision - Praying mantises have a unique 3D visual system.
February 2, 2018 HUMANS AND ANIMALS – Encore Edition - HUMANS AND ANIMALS - Encore Edition - The origins of ancient house cats in China. Crows that hold grudges. And, how global warming is creating a new breed of Arctic explorers - of the avian variety. Also: the lengths squirrels will go to to hide their nuts.
January 26, 2018 Arthropods Among Us - Researchers attempt to inventory all of the insects and other creepy crawlies in people’s homes for the first time.
January 24, 2018 Why Are Plants Green? - The dominance of green chlorophyll on Earth may have come after a more purple period.
January 18, 2018 Living Cells - You probably have heard that hair is made up of dead cells. But are living cells really "alive"?
January 17, 2018 Wisdom Teeth - Why do we get wisdom teeth if they often don’t even fit in our jaws?
January 3, 2018 Halitosis Gene - Researchers sniff out a halitosis gene.
December 25, 2017 Hibernation Adaptation - Some rodents have an impaired ability to sense the cold, allowing them to hibernate in winter.
December 4, 2017 Nucleic Acid Dipstick - Scientists develop a device that can purify genetic material from any organism right in the field.
November 22, 2017 Orangutan Curiosity - Orangutans living in captivity are much more curious than their wild counterparts.
November 21, 2017 Body Clock Healing - Time of day, along with our internal body clock, could affect how fast our wounds heal.
October 23, 2017 Blue Halos - Blue halos on some flowers attract pollinators like bees.
October 20, 2017 Beak Evolution - More than a century of backyard bird feeding may have lengthened one bird species’ beaks.
October 19, 2017 Science Through Filmmaking - A film project reveals the secret behind sperm locomotion.
October 10, 2017 Sooty Birds - Soot on museum bird feathers provide an accurate record of air pollution in 19th and 20th century North American industrial cities.
October 9, 2017 Identical Triplets - A listener asks if identical triplets are possible.
October 6, 2017 Drug Prices & Nocebos - Can a drug’s price tag influence its side effects?
October 5, 2017 Origins of RNA - Ephemeral pools of water may have been the cradle of life.
October 2, 2017 Pumpkin Toadlet Hearing - Tiny orange frogs called pumpkin toadlets can’t hear their own calls.
September 29, 2017 Tsunami Rafts - Japan’s 2011 tsunami carried hundreds of tiny species to the west coast of the United States by on manmade plastic objects.
September 27, 2017 Sleeping Jellyfish - Snoozing jellyfish help scientists understand the origins of sleep.
September 22, 2017 Poison Frogs - Why don’t poison frogs poison themselves?
September 21, 2017 Bash the Bug - Citizen scientists help search for the best treatments for tuberculosis.
September 20, 2017 Sizing Up Extinction - Being the “right-size” helps protect species from extinction.
September 19, 2017 Butterfly Wing Patterns - Butterfly wings help reveal the genetics underlying coloration patterns.
September 6, 2017 Seafloor Biodiversity - Unexpected biodiversity on the seafloor may play a big role in marine food webs.
July 17, 2017 Raven Planning - Ravens, like some great apes, plan ahead.
July 14, 2017 Fanged Furball - Paleontologists have discovered a tiny mammal from the age of the dinosaurs that sported tusks.
July 7, 2017 Neonics and Bees - New evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides are hurting bees.
June 16, 2017 Science Comics - Communicating about science through comics.
May 1, 2017 Human DNA in Sediment - Scientists develop a new technique for finding ancient DNA in rock sediments.
April 24, 2017 Star-Nosed Moles - What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.
March 10, 2017 Avian Athletes - Scientists are learning from birds’ amazing metabolisms to help human athletes perform better on the ground.
March 1, 2017 Seagrass Fights Disease - Underwater seagrass meadows combat disease.
February 20, 2017 The Body’s Sense of Taste - Taste receptors are actually located all over the body, not just in the mouth.
February 9, 2017 Camping Improves Sleep - More time spent outdoors resets circadian rhythms to help us get a full night’s sleep.
February 1, 2017 Illness & Sleepiness - A primitive neural switch may explain why illness makes us sleepy.
January 31, 2017 Long-Lasting LSD - Scientists decipher the key to LSD’s staying power.
January 18, 2017 Goal-directed Brain Cells - Bats have specialized neurons that help them navigate towards a target.
January 17, 2017 Monkey Metamemory - Neuroscientists investigate how humans ponder what we’ve learned by studying the brains of monkeys.
January 16, 2017 Killer Mice - Scientists discover a vertebrate brain circuit that triggers hunting, pouncing and biting.
January 6, 2017 Eyelid Twitching - A listener asks: What causes eyelid twitching?
January 4, 2017 Bee Stings - A listener asks: Do honeybees really die after they sting you?
January 3, 2017 Insects in Winter - A listener asks: Where do all the insects go in winter?
January 2, 2017 Arctic Camels - Camels seem perfectly suited to life in the desert, but they may have evolved those traits in the high Arctic.
December 30, 2016 Sizing Up Dogs II - A listener asks whether it's true that large dogs don't live as long as small dogs.
December 29, 2016 Sizing Up Dogs I - A listener asks whether large dogs are more intelligent than small dogs.
December 28, 2016 Sled Dog Endurance - Champions of endurance, sled dogs can run for over a thousand miles without fatigue.
December 27, 2016 Plant Drug Factories - Stressing out plant cells can coax them into revealing medically-useful chemistry.