Topic: Wildlife

November 8, 2016 Ivory Forensics - Chemical analysis of poached ivory reveals that elephant slaughter is massive and recent.
November 3, 2016 Airborne Swifts - Small birds called common swifts remain airborne for months at a time.
October 21, 2016 Dolphin Stranding - Rescue volunteers respond to a stranded dolphin on Cape Cod.
September 19, 2016 Black Pig Preferences - Across the globe, humans have selected pigs with genetic mutations for black coats.
September 12, 2016 Giraffe Genetics - A DNA analysis reveals that giraffes make up four different species instead of just one.
September 5, 2016 Gambling Wolves & Dogs - Does their divergent evolution affect risk-taking behavior in dogs and wolves?
August 18, 2016 From Prairies to Corn - Market forces have recently converted large areas of sensitive North American prairies to cropland.
August 17, 2016 Living Fossil Squirrel - Scientists search for an arboreal African rodent that’s changed little in over thirty million years.
August 15, 2016 Long-Lived Sharks - The longest-lived vertebrate hangs out in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.
August 9, 2016 Cardinals vs. West Nile Virus - Northern cardinals may help protect people from West Nile Virus.
July 25, 2016 Humans & Honeyguides - African honeyhunters use a special call to get birds to lead them to the location of hives full of nutritious honey.
July 22, 2016 Rooting Out Pythons - An invasive python’s own social behaviors could be its undoing in Florida.
July 5, 2016 Frigatebird Migration - Solar transmitters on ocean-going frigatebirds reveal how they keep aloft for months at a time.
July 1, 2016 Wildlife Corridors - Wildlife corridors are needed to help organisms cope with climate change.
June 23, 2016 Birds, Litter, & Novelty - How do crows and other birds calculate the risks and benefits of human-dominated urban environments?
June 21, 2016 Manta Ray Homebodies - Oceanic manta rays don’t migrate long distances like other large sea creatures.
June 20, 2016 Snake Evolution - Some unrelated snake species have evolved major similarities even though they live halfway around the world from each other.
June 16, 2016 Glowing Slime - Glowing blue slime from the sea could be useful in biomedical research.
May 31, 2016 Harbor Porpoise Hunting - Harbor porpoises are championship hunters, eating nearly constantly day and night.
May 30, 2016 Rattlesnakes & Squirrels - Rattlesnake venom is more potent against local ground squirrels than those from other locales.
May 16, 2016 Ancient Florida - New evidence confirms that a prehistoric archaeological site in Florida is one of the continent’s oldest.
May 12, 2016 Aerodynamic Bat Ears - One bat species’ big ears may generate lift during flight.
May 9, 2016 Vampire Bat Calls - Vocal communication between vampire bats who know each other helps them survive when they don’t get enough to eat.
May 6, 2016 TB’s Unexpected Journey - Marine mammals brought tuberculosis to South Americans from Africa more than 1000 years ago.
April 14, 2016 Armadillo Vision - The armadillo’s poor eyesight is helping researchers understand the genes behind certain forms of blindness.
April 13, 2016 Half Earth - A famous biologist proposes protecting biodiversity by limiting the activities of Homo sapiens to just half the planet.
April 7, 2016 Pachyderms get the Point - Elephants, unlike mammals much more similar to us, seem to instinctively understand pointing gestures.
March 31, 2016 Thirsty Bats - How do bats find water in the dark?
March 21, 2016 Storks & Junk Food - Storks in Europe are forgoing migration to Africa because of the ready availability of human food from landfills.
March 7, 2016 Birds & Alligators - Though mortal enemies, alligators and water birds team up against raccoons in the Florida Everglades.
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.
December 17, 2015 Cheetah Genes - The African cheetahs we know today likely migrated there from North America around 100,000 years ago.
December 9, 2015 Fast-Aging Fish - Can super fast-paced fish reveal how humans could live longer?
December 1, 2015 Toads vs. Fungi - Scientists demonstrate that it’s possible to locally vanquish a fungal disease that’s been wiping out frogs, toads and salamanders around the world.
October 30, 2015 Alarm Call Mimics - A tiny Australian bird sets off false alarms to fool predators.
October 15, 2015 Cancer-Free Elephants - Elephants have a surprisingly low cancer rate.
September 17, 2015 Suburban Frogs - Genetically male tadpoles could be turning into female frogs because of the plants in your own backyard.
September 7, 2015 Road Noise & Migratory Birds - Road noise negatively impacts migratory birds.
August 24, 2015 Human Superpredators - Our unique predatory behavior puts other predators, as well as entire ecosystems, at risk.
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?
August 17, 2015 Marmoset Baby Talk - A new study suggests baby marmosets’ calls change as they grow up - questioning more than 50 years of conventional wisdom about primate vocalizations.
August 10, 2015 Venomous Frogs - A tropical frog delivers a painful surprise.
August 4, 2015 Saving Salamanders - A call to ban the sale of exotic pet salamanders to protect native populations.
July 30, 2015 Diabetic Dolphins - Dolphin diets provide insight about preventing diabetes.
July 15, 2015 Climate Change & Toxic Shellfish - Climate change is threatening India’s seafood industry.
July 13, 2015 Bats & Pitcher Plants - The echo of a pitcher plant helps bats find safety and helps the plant get food.
July 1, 2015 Wolves & Monkeys - An unusual relationship has formed between Ethiopian wolves and gelada baboons.
June 26, 2015 Frog Hibernation - Hibernation is the key to getting an endangered frog species to breed in captivity.
June 16, 2015 Animal Oceanographers - While going about their daily routines, marine animals outfitted with sensors can collect data on ocean conditions in places that would be dangerous for human oceanographers to venture.
June 15, 2015 Tracking Ocean Animals - Aquatic animal tracking via satellite telemetry leads to surprising discoveries about long-distance migratory behavior.