Category: Weekly Show

September 7, 2018 INSECTS & SPIDERS - INSECTS & SPIDERS (Encore Edition) - Could spider venom be the next insecticide? Why mosquitoes smell you better at night. And debunking the myth of extracting dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber. Also, insect legs that bear an uncanny resemblance to modern machinery.
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.
April 29, 2017 Ocean Science in the 21st Century - ENCORE PRESENTATION: OCEAN SCIENCE IN THE 21st CENTURY - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also, behind the untimely death of the octopus.
March 1, 2016 Podcast for 5 August 2011 - BATS & DOLPHINS (Encore Presentation): Dolphins that heal themselves, and dolphins that use electroreception in addition to echolocation. Also, How vampire bats find their prey, and how a Cuban plant takes advantage of a bat's ability to echolocate.
August 19, 2015 Podcast for 19 August 2015 - ANCIENT ANATOMY (Encore Presentation) - What dental records from the Mesozoic era can tell us about the lives of dinosaurs. How humans are uniquely adapted to throw baseballs. Also: an automated nature recording system that's monitoring environmental change. And, could vaccinating children protect the elderly as well?
March 14, 2015 LIFE ON THE EDGE - LIFE ON THE EDGE (Encore Presentation) - The challenges facing endangered California Condors when they return to the wild. Could armadillos help end blindness? How scientists can tell that sharks really are what they eat. Fuel from the sea. And, unraveling the mysteries of glowing blue slime.
February 23, 2015 SURVIVAL IN THE WILD - SURVIVAL (Encore Presentation) - Why female Komodo dragons die young, a whale that sounded like a person, and algae that flee their predators. Also: how the brain's insulation differs between us and chimpanzees, and why that insulation is so important to social development.
February 5, 2015 Science or Nonsense? - ENCORE PRESENTATION - From the Science Update archives: Science confronts alternative medicine and vaccine myths. Also: Can we learn anything from violent video games?
October 9, 2014 Podcast for 9 October 2014 - OCEAN SCIENCE (Encore Presentation) - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also, behind the untimely death of the octopus.
August 1, 2014 Podcast for 1 August 2014 - LESSONS FROM THE DEAD (Encore Presentation) - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circles" explained. Also: a miniature laboratory under the skin monitors blood chemistry.
June 18, 2014 Podcast for 18 June 2014 - CHANGING BRAINS (Encore Presentation) - Why London taxi drivers have bigger brains, how eye movements reveal what we've really seen, and why emulating the eye movements of experts produces better surgeons. And, what long-dead brains can tell us about mental illness. Also: how violent video games could be changing young men's brains.
March 31, 2014 EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - EVOLUTION & EXTINCTION - (Encore Presentation) What really happened to Australia's missing megafauna, how carnivores lost their sweet tooth, why lovelorn fruit flies resort to alcohol, strategic miscarriages in monkeys, and a new frog species is discovered in plain sight.
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.
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 7, 2013 Podcast for 6 December 2013 - LIFE ON THE EGDE - The challenges facing endangered California Condors when they return to the wild. Could armadillos help end blindness? How scientists can tell that sharks really are what they eat. Fuel from the sea. And, unraveling the mysteries of glowing blue slime.
November 15, 2013 Podcast for 15 November 2013 - YOUNG BRAINS - Just how long does the teenage brain take to mature? How teenagers with autism see things differently. And, scientists reverse autistic-like symptoms in adolescent mice. Also: can you put barcodes on brain cells? And, what casino rats can tell us about gambling addiction.
November 3, 2013 Podcast for 3 November 2013 - ANIMAL & HUMAN HEALTH - A special report on the relationship between animal and human health, from pet obesity to cancer in tigers. Also, why spiders have prompted a massive Toyota recall. And, a citizen science project that’s pretty batty.
October 25, 2013 Podcast for 25 October 2013 - OCEAN SCIENCE - Old warships become new habitats. An ocean quadcopter gives researchers a sky-high view of the stormy North Atlantic. And, autonomous underwater vehicles that search for sunken treasure. Also, behind the untimely death of the octopus.
October 18, 2013 Podcast for 18 October 2013 - PSYCHOLOGY & MEDICINE - Can literary fiction influence social astuteness? Why some people still fall for email spam. And, how sluggers' eyes can track fastballs in time to hit them. Also, how cell phones are transforming rural medicine.
October 4, 2013 Podcast for 4 October 2013 - CHILD HEALTH - Why premature babies have advanced vision, and, do all babies have a condition called synesthesia? We'll answer questions about kids' cavities and toddlers' toys. And, we'll tackle the science behind the recent resurgence in measles cases.
September 27, 2013 Podcast for 27 September 2013 - INSECTS & SPIDERS - Could spider venom be the next insecticide? Why mosquitoes smell you better at night. And debunking the myth of extracting dinosaur DNA from insects preserved in amber. Also, insect legs that bear an uncanny resemblance to modern machinery.
September 6, 2013 Podcast for 6 September 2013 - The Ugly Animal Preservation society uses humor to raise awareness about conservation. Why whales have to worry about sunburns. And an ancient terror bird that wasn't so terrible after all. Also: transplanting gut bacteria from obese humans makes mice fat.
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 24, 2013 Podcast for 23 August 2013 - IN THE KITCHEN - Why grapefruit and some medications don't mix. Is going gluten-free a good idea? How overeating affects the brain. And, is food coloring safe?
August 16, 2013 Podcast for 16 August 2013 - OCEAN LIFE - Scientists test a 3-D underwater microscope. How oxygen led to the rise of ocean carnivores. And why some fish are going back to school. Also, can computers be funny?
August 2, 2013 Podcast for 2 August 2013 - NATURE & HEALTH - Scientists look to the oceans for new antibiotics. The full moon affects sleep patterns. And, how paleo is the so-called "Paleo" diet? Also: How apes remember events.
July 19, 2013 Podcast for 19 July 2013 - ANCIENT ANATOMY - What dental records from the Mesozoic era can tell us about the lives of dinosaurs. How humans are uniquely adapted to throw baseballs. Also: an automated nature recording system that's monitoring environmental change. And, could vaccinating children protect the elderly as well?
July 12, 2013 Podcast for 12 July 2013 - AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS - Male lyrebirds groove to their own music. Young fairywrens learn who their enemies are by watching their parents. Robotic seals help improve the quality of life of dementia patients. Also, could rats could help people keep their voices strong in old age?
June 28, 2013 Podcast for 28 June 2013 - BRAINS & BEHAVIOR - When apes take a gamble. The value of precision in negotiations. And a new approach to targeting drug addiction in the brain. Also: what above-ground nuclear tests in the mid-20th century can tell scientists about the brain.
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 1, 2013 Podcast for 31 May 2013 - EAT OR BE EATEN - Cannibal baby sharks, ladybugs that eat other ladybugs, and monkeys that adopt the local cuisine. Also: how baby seals learn to hunt. And, why global warming could turn snowshoe hares into easy prey.
May 17, 2013 Podcast for 17 May 2013 - VISION SCIENCE - A camera modeled after the compound eyes of insects. How the brain compensates for worsening color vision as we age. And, could electrical simulation to the brain improve math performance? Also: Young people are still flocking to tanning booths, despite the risk of developing life-threatening melanoma.
May 10, 2013 Podcast for 10 May 2013 - EYES, EARS & THE BRAIN - How short-term hearing loss protects the ears. The brain's number hotspot. And: could lasers wipe out cocaine addiction? Also: A nanosponge that soaks up toxins in the body.
April 30, 2013 Podcast for 19 April 2013 - GIANT SNAILS & ANCIENT TREES - Giant aliens attack Florida, unsticking geckos, the worlds within carnivorous plants, and mapless migrant monarchs.
April 12, 2013 Podcast for 12 April 2013 - ATHLETES & ROBOTS - Elite athletes are far from dumb jocks. A common ingredient in energy drinks could promote heart disease. Also: Robots that learn by watching us, and robots that can walk on sand.
April 6, 2013 Podcast for 5 April 2013 - LESSONS FROM THE DEAD - Scientists attempt to bring back an extinct frog. Mummies showing signs of heart disease make researchers rethink assumptions about lifestyle and diet. The mysterious death zone within African "fairy circles" explained. Also: a miniature laboratory under the skin monitors blood chemistry.
March 29, 2013 Podcast for 29 March 2013 - EARLY HEALTH - A molecule that could make it possible to jumpstart the newborn immune system. Why too many brain cells could be a bad thing. And, could humidity affect flu transmission? Also: The effects of sleep deprivation on your genes.
March 15, 2013 Podcast for 15 March 2013 - An ancient pigment with futuristic applications, the hidden electricity between flowers and bees, and a new, improved anti-fog coating. Also: the unlikely history of camels.
March 8, 2013 Podcast for 8 March 2013 - INSECTS & ALCOHOL - Insects that arm their offspring with alcohol. Drinking may have a 10 million year history. And the importance of wild insects to the worldwide food supply. Also: prosthetic ears from a 3-D printer and seals that sleep with one eye open.
March 1, 2013 Podcast for 1 March 2013 - SWEET SCIENCE - What tomatoes can tell us about cutting back on sugar and a diabetes cure for dogs. Also, behind the mechanics of beatboxing, the evolution of whales, and writing your way to a better relationship.
February 16, 2013 Podcast for 16 February 2013 - 2013 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING, BOSTON, MA - Researchers are discussing how to treat psychological problems in chimpanzees, and why childbirth is such an ordeal in humans but not in apes. Also: scientific detectives have solved an art mystery. And researchers have unveiled ultrathin, wireless sensors that can monitor your brain activity.
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.
February 2, 2013 Podcast for 1 February 2013 - LIGHT - Lightning bugs inspire LED design. A new type of light makes others look dim by comparison. And, could lightning be related to migraine headaches?
January 25, 2013 Podcast for 25 January 2013 - MEDICINE & MEMORY - Scientists have developed a test for Parkinson's disease. Also, drugs for the condition may have beneficial side effects. There's good news about cancer. And, researchers say babies start learning their native tongue before they're even born. Also: why grown-ups don't form long-term memories as well as kids do.
January 17, 2013 Podcast for 18 January 2013 - HEARING & SOUND - Why hyenas are anything but funny. Can animals dance to a beat? Using sound to save the whales. And physical fitness worsens hearing, but estrogen improves it. Encore presentation from May 22, 2009.
January 5, 2013 Podcast for 4 January 2013 - OLD & NEW - Why we might be better tree climbers than we think, what ancient wells can tell us about Neolithic technology, and plants that sense pests. Also: exploring the growing link between fructose consumption and obesity.
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 7, 2012 Podcast for 7 December 2012 - ARE YOU WREN ENOUGH? Why fairy wrens require their babies to show ID, how coral reefs ask for help, and how one microscopic animal patches itself up with borrowed genes. Also: Host Bob Hirshon went down to NASA Headquarters to report on the discovery of water on the planet Mercury.
November 30, 2012 Podcast for 30 November 2012 - CHILD DEVELOPMENT - Are kids naturally stingy? Why children's self-control could depend on the adults around them. And why math anxiety "hurts". Also: What monsters from Dungeons & Dragons can tell us about the importance of eyes.
November 16, 2012 Podcast for 16 November 2012 - BIRDS, BUTTERFLIES & BEETLES - How radar helped solve a migration mystery, why malaria could be heading north, and how dung beetles cool themselves off. Also: a 21st century technology that's helping archaeologists crack an ancient code.