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Synopsis

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Episodes

  • Old Art Offers Agriculture Info

    Old Art Offers Agriculture Info

    24/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Art museums are filled with centuries-old paintings with details of plants that today give us clues about evolution and breeding practices.

  • How COVID-19 Decreases Weather Forecast Accuracy

    How COVID-19 Decreases Weather Forecast Accuracy

    23/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Meteorologists take advantage of weather data collected by commercial jetliners at different altitudes and locations. Fewer flights mean less data.

  • Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing

    Cricket Avoids Being Bat Food by Doing Nothing

    23/07/2020 Duration: 03min

    The sword-tailed cricket can discern bats’ echolocation signals by only responding to calls of a certain volume—at which point it plummets out of their approach.

  • Speaker System Blocks City Noise

    Speaker System Blocks City Noise

    22/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    The system works like noise-cancelling headphones but fits over an open window. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

  • Civil War Vaccine May Have Lessons for COVID-19

    Civil War Vaccine May Have Lessons for COVID-19

    20/07/2020 Duration: 03min

    Vaccination used against smallpox during the Civil War reveals the identity of the distantly related virus used to keep troops disease-free.

  • Can People ID Infectious Disease by Cough and Sneeze Sounds?

    Can People ID Infectious Disease by Cough and Sneeze Sounds?

    17/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Individuals aren’t very good at judging whether someone coughing or sneezing has an infectious condition or is simply reacting to something benign.

  • Why Some Birds Are Likely To Hit Buildings

    Why Some Birds Are Likely To Hit Buildings

    14/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Those that eat insects, migrate or usually live in the woods are most likely to fly into buildings that feature a lot of glass.

  • Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change

    Sparrow Song Undergoes Key Change

    11/07/2020 Duration: 03min

    White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada.

  • Polynesians and Native South Americans Made 12th Century Contact

    Polynesians and Native South Americans Made 12th Century Contact

    10/07/2020 Duration: 03min

    Scientists have found snippets of Native South American DNA in the genomes of present-day Polynesians, and they trace the contact to the year 1150. Christopher Intagliata reports.

  • Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull

    Animals Appreciate Recent Traffic Lull

    09/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Researchers saw a third fewer vehicle collisions with deer, elk, moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following COVID-19 shutdowns in three states they tracked.

  • Bat Says Hi as It Hunts

    Bat Says Hi as It Hunts

    07/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Velvety free-tailed bats produce sounds that help them locate insect prey but simultaneously identify them to their companions.

  • Forests Getting Younger and Shorter

    Forests Getting Younger and Shorter

    07/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Old, big trees are dying faster than in the past, leaving younger, less biodiverse forests that store less carbon worldwide.

  • Young Great White Sharks Eat off the Floor

    Young Great White Sharks Eat off the Floor

    03/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    The stomach contents of young great white sharks show that they spend a lot of time patrolling the seafloor for meals.

  • Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19 

    Tweets Reveal Politics of COVID-19 

    01/07/2020 Duration: 02min

    Political scientists analyzed congressional tweets and observed how Republicans and Democrats responded differently to the virus. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

  • Natures Goods and Services Get Priced

    Nature's Goods and Services Get Priced

    01/07/2020 Duration: 03min

    The gross ecosystem product, or GEP, tries to take into account the contribution of nature to the economy.

  • Animal Migrations Track Climate Change

    Animal Migrations Track Climate Change

    30/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    Many species are known to have changed their migration routes in response to the changing climate. They now include mule deer and Bewick’s swans.

  • Science Briefs from around the World

    Science Briefs from around the World

    25/06/2020 Duration: 01min

    Here are some brief reports about science and technology from around the planet, including one about a 70-million-year-old mollusk fossil that reveals years back then had a few more days than we have now.

  • Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions

    Stiffer Roads Could Drive Down Carbon Emissions

    20/06/2020 Duration: 02min

    By hardening the nation’s streets and highways, trucks would use less fuel and spare the planet carbon emissions. Christopher Intagliata reports.

  • Unicorns of the Sea Reveal Sound Activities

    Unicorns of the Sea Reveal Sound Activities

    19/06/2020 Duration: 03min

    Narwhals, recognizable by their large single tusk, make distinct sounds that are now being analyzed in depth by researchers.

  • Human Speech Evolution Gets Lip-Smacking Evidence

    Human Speech Evolution Gets Lip-Smacking Evidence

    17/06/2020 Duration: 03min

    A study of our closest evolutionary relatives finds that the chimp behavior known as lip smacking occurs in the same timing range as human mouths during speech.

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