Topic: Climate & Weather

January 8, 2015 Penguins & Climate Change - Comparing the evolutionary histories of Antarctica’s penguin species may predict how they’ll respond to climate change.
December 30, 2014 Science Breakthroughs of 2014: CubeSats - 2014 Science Breakthroughs of the Year: The rise of the pint-sized satellite.
December 25, 2014 Storm Detecting Birds - Some birds may use their excellent hearing to detect approaching storms.
December 2, 2014 Femtorisks - How can society keep small actions from growing into huge problems?
December 1, 2014 Yaupon Tea - Can you get a caffeine fix without growing your carbon footprint?
November 6, 2014 Mountain Legacy Project - Scientists are using the science of computer vision to document climate change in the Rocky Mountains.
September 24, 2014 Changing Foliage - Climate change may affect fall foliage in many different ways.
September 18, 2014 Yacht Data Collection - A plan to turn recreational sailors into citizen scientists.
June 16, 2014 Hurricane Names - Feminine hurricane names may lull people into inadequate preparations.
May 28, 2014 Cyclone Drift - Cyclones have been peaking in intensity closer and closer to the poles over the last 30 years.
April 29, 2014 Fish on Acid - Fish in acidified waters exhibit strange and often reckless behaviors.
April 28, 2014 Krypton & Ancient Ice - Scientists are using the radioactive properties of krypton to determine the age of Antarctic ice and reconstruct the ancient climate.
April 23, 2014 Clean Air Act Success - Samples from Greenland's ice cores suggest that the U.S. Clean Air Act has helped curtail acid rain.
April 9, 2014 GPS Weather Jets - GPS devices on commercial flights could predict hurricanes.
March 13, 2014 Wind Temperature - Moving air feels colder than still air, but what does the thermometer say?
March 5, 2014 Wind Farms & Hurricanes - Massive offshore wind farms could have a surprising fringe benefit: disrupting hurricanes.
February 25, 2014 ENCORE PRESENTATION - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY (Encore Presentation) - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.
February 19, 2014 Beluga Parasite - A parasite called toxoplasma gondii is invading Arctic beluga whale populations thanks to global warming.
February 12, 2014 Condors & Drones - Drone aircraft could help teach endangered California condors where to find food.
February 11, 2014 Storm Decisions - Can people ignore hype about the weather in order to protect themselves from real storm threats?
January 22, 2014 Walden Trees - Trees described by Henry David Thoreau in Walden are adapting to earlier spring thaws, but face stiff competition from invasive species.
January 20, 2014 Whales & Oil - The exploitation of natural resources in the Arctic due to melting sea ice has consequences for marine mammals.
December 31, 2013 Carbon Capture - Could injecting greenhouse gases into earth’s crust help curb global warming?
December 23, 2013 Coldest Place on Earth - Thermal satellite imaging has revealed the coldest spots on the planet.
December 20, 2013 Podcast for 20 December 2013 - HUMANS AND ANIMALS - 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.
December 17, 2013 Safer Cookstoves - Cleaner cookstoves could save millions of lives and slow global warming.
December 16, 2013 Arctic Pioneers - Like the pioneers of the American West, the birds that are now settling the Arctic frontier in response to climate change aren’t necessarily the biggest or the strongest, but may instead be castoffs from more hospitable settled areas.
October 23, 2013 Mountain Legacy Project - Scientists are using the science of computer vision to document climate change in the Rocky Mountains.
October 15, 2013 Ocean Quadcopter - A tiny but rugged unmanned helicopter helps researchers collect data in the stormy North Atlantic.
October 14, 2013 Changing Foliage - Climate change may affect fall foliage in many different ways.
October 11, 2013 Earth’s Tilt - A listener asks how the earth's tilt is measured.
October 2, 2013 Insect Weather Prediction - Insects may be able to “predict” the weather by changing their behavior when they sense changes in air pressure.
September 27, 2013 Natural Coastal Protection - Natural coastal ecosystems like sand dunes and mangrove forests help protect coasts from natural disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
August 30, 2013 Podcast for 30 August 2013 - PRE-HISTORIC SCIENCE - Is there a connection between hot weather and violence? And, were our ancestors really as warlike as we make them out to be? Also, did ancient Egyptians jewelry have extraterrestrial origins? And, were spices part of ancient European cuisine?
August 8, 2013 Climate & Conflict - Climate change may precipitate violence, according to a historical analysis.
July 11, 2013 Climate Change & Soil Microbes - Soil microbes are affected by climate change, which could be a big deal.
July 1, 2013 Pollution & Drought - Pollution in the Northern Hemisphere was largely responsible for deadly droughts in late 20th century Africa.
June 17, 2013 Toucans & Trees - When large animals like toucans are removed from tropical rainforests, the trees suffer.
June 14, 2013 Podcast for 14 June 2013 - WHEN SCIENCE MEETS HISTORY - Ocean temperature records from a 19th century research ship confirm global warming. Reviving plants hidden under glaciers for centuries. Tracing the genetic origins of the blight that started the Irish Potato Famine. And uncovering evidence of lead pollution in Spain from 4,000 years ago.
June 13, 2013 Climate Change Ship - Ocean temperature records from a ship that circumnavigated the globe 135 years ago confirm global warming.
June 11, 2013 Re-Awakened Plants - Plants that were frozen in glaciers 400 years ago are growing again as those glaciers melt away.
May 6, 2013 Changing Hare Color - Climate change could make snowshoe hare camouflage less protective.
April 9, 2013 Fairy Circles - Mysterious “fairy circles” on African plains are caused by termites, which destroy patches of grass but help the surrounding grass thrive.
March 14, 2013 Siberian Permafrost - Once the Earth warms to a critical temperature, permafrost in Siberia will melt, releasing massive amounts of carbon.
February 11, 2013 Podcast for 8 February 2013 - MICROBIAL LIFE - How antibiotic-resistant bacteria spread, tracing HIV back millions of years, and how life thrives among the storm clouds. Also, a listener's question about the common cold.
Storm Cloud Life - A world of bacterial life inhabits storm clouds high in the atmosphere.
February 5, 2013 Lightning & Migraine - Migraine headaches are associated with lightning storms.
December 21, 2012 Podcast for 21 December 2012 - THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT - What a scallop's cough can tell us about environmental health, how melting Arctic ice may have caused the earth's last big freeze, and why climate change may have undone the Maya empire. Also: using weather forecasting techniques to predict flu outbreaks, and revisiting the apocalypse myth surrounding the fictional planet Nibiru.
December 5, 2012 Climate Change & The Maya - Climate change may have unraveled the sophisticated Maya empire.
December 3, 2012 Water on Mercury - Scientists discover water on the planet Mercury.