Topic: Communications

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.
February 4, 2016 Singing Fruit Flies - Scientists listen in on fruit fly courtship calls to study the neural underpinnings of communication.
November 30, 2015 Cell Phones & Income - Mobile phone data can help create maps of wealth and poverty.
October 9, 2015 The Universal “Huh?” - Regardless of culture and language, conversations have a lot in common.
April 21, 2015 Disaster Science - How can scientists better prepare for natural and man-made disasters?
December 9, 2014 3-D Talking Map - 3-D talking maps use a variety of sensory modalities to help people find their way around college campuses and other institutions.
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.
May 12, 2014 Phone Mood Prediction - Could analyzing phone conversations help predict mood?
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 10, 2013 Smartphone Microscope - A new attachment turns a smartphone into a powerful microscope.
October 9, 2013 Cell Phone Medicine Update - Using mobile phones for medical purposes, a new frontier when we reported on it in 2008, has become a huge field.
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.
January 17, 2013 Technology vs. Reading - Chinese children's reading development has gone downhill since electronic communication technologies became common.
December 18, 2012 The DNA Eaters - A group of microscopic animals get 10% of their active genes by eating the DNA of other species.
December 17, 2012 Flu Forecasting - Flu forecasts may soon become a news staple.
October 30, 2012 Whale Mimics Humans - A male beluga whale copied human speech patterns.
April 25, 2012 Baboon Words - Baboons can learn to distinguish English words from nonsense letter sequences.
March 22, 2012 Navigating With Smartphones - A combination of smartphones, GPS and radar could help the blind navigate the cities of the future.
February 23, 2012 Endangered Voices - Digital technology and social media are helping save endangered languages.
January 2, 2012 The Oldest Oldies - Some of the first sound recordings ever made are finally being heard again.
October 27, 2011 The E. Coli Code - Scientists have created a secret fluorescent code by inserting jellyfish genes into E. coli bacteria.
July 8, 2011 Podcast for 8 July 2011 - NOISE & NAVIGATION: Bats maneuver in the dark with the help of microscopic wing hairs, researchers expose a dolphin's secret sonar, killer whale ears inspire better microphones, and how a tiny bug with a big sound has eluded biologists for centuries. Also: Do humans have an internal compass?
March 4, 2011 Marketing & Politics Roundup - Certain brands and logos may influence risk-taking behavior.
January 7, 2011 E-Book Roundup - Electronic paper could bring video to newspapers and magazines.
November 12, 2010 Body Networks Roundup - Your body could one day act as a cell phone antenna.
October 22, 2010 Podcast - PSYCHOLOGY: Why listening to half of a cell phone conversation is so distracting, how we choose which hand to use, why we'll pay more if we can touch a product, and the mechanisms behind a fast-acting antidepressant.
October 8, 2010 Podcast - SPACE UPDATE: NASA prepares to launch a human-like robot into space, engineers are designing a more efficient system for launching payloads into orbit, why microwaves aren't as dangerous as some people think, and the physics behind the color of clouds.
August 27, 2010 Podcast - Cold weather heart attacks, a new test for ovarian cancer, high-elevation adaptations, what the numbers on a bottle of motor oil mean, and a telephone translator.
August 25, 2010 Translator Phones - A specialized telephone may serve as a translator for troops in Afghanistan.
June 4, 2010 Podcast - TECHNOLOGY UPDATE: Ecologically-friendly plastic, a cleaner way to produce hydrogen fuel, cell phone air sensors, the perils of spaceflight, the ethical implications of synthetic life, and more.
November 24, 2009 Satellites for Human Rights - Satellite imagery helps human rights teams assess destruction in war-torn regions of the world.
November 13, 2009 Podcast - Satellites for human rights, a sprinter's anatomical advantage, the face of aggression, and newborns with accents.
September 2, 2009 Asteroid Watch - Citizens can now track nearby asteroids online or via Twitter.
August 4, 2009 Space Storms - Space storms bombard the planet Mercury.
November 7, 2008 Podcast - Sled dogs defy fatigue, inside the musician's brain, fooling a GPS system, and more.
September 10, 2008 Optical Silk - Silk makes a good material for biodegradable sensors.
July 17, 2008 Seeing in STEREO - Solar physicists see the sun in 3-D with NASA's STEREO Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory.
March 25, 2008 People Power - A knee-mounted device harnesses electrical energy from everyday walking.
January 25, 2008 Podcast - Space Research Update: the 11-year solar storm cycle returns, the MESSENGER spacecraft reports back from Mercury, and the search for intelligent life in the universe continues with the help of your computer. Also: Unique animal and plant adaptations. This week's web links: Space Weather Network:; Latest MESSENGER photographs of Mercury:; Sign up for [email protected]:
Solar Storm Roundup - Early sun spots forecast rough weather ahead during new eleven-year solar storm cycle.
November 27, 2007 Nanoscale Radio - Scientists have invented the world's smallest radio.
August 6, 2007 Sparrow Song - Song dialects make a big difference when white-crowned sparrows choose mates and defend territories.
August 3, 2007 Podcast - Do women really talk more than men? Insects that explode to foil predators. Energy from vibrations. What happens to our brains when we get thirsty. A skin test to predict behavioral problems.
July 30, 2007 Talkative Men - Contrary to popular belief, men are just as talkative as women, according to new research.
June 29, 2007 Podcast - Why cows have four stomachs, a new development in wireless electricity, babies' surprising eye for language, a genetic typo detector, and an archaeological debunking.
January 26, 2007 Podcast - Small distractions could be big trouble, the effects of cell phone waves on our health, how nature cleans itself, eels and grouper hunt together, and squirrels and spruce trees outwit each other for seeds.
January 24, 2007 Cell Phones and Health - A listener asks: What's the effect of wireless devices on our health?
December 15, 2006 Podcast - Something unexpected at the North Pole, World Toilet Day and other toilet news, why golf balls have dimples but racecars don't, how a father's pheromones may control his daughter's growth, and using satellites for archaeology in Egypt.
December 14, 2006 Egypt Survey - Satellites are shedding light on ancient Egypt.