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    This Gargantuan Bird Weighed as Much as a Sports Car

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2023 8:52

    The elephant bird was the heaviest bird to ever walk the earth. Also, its eggs were 150 times the size of chicken eggs, and thick as a dinner plate.

    This Massive Scientific Discovery Sat Hidden in a Museum Drawer for Decades

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2023 10:03

    The fossil was a prehistoric bird is called Pelagornis sandersi,  and its wings stretched out twice as wide as those of the great albatross. 

    The Kavli Prize Presents: Understanding the Machinery of the Cell [Sponsored]

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2023 9:25

    James Rothman shared The Kavli Prize in Neuroscience in 2010 for discovering the molecular basis of neurotransmitter release. How did a biochemist come to win such a prestigious prize in neuroscience?

    What the End of the COVID Emergency Means for You

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2023 9:49

    What you pay for tests, vaccines, and medicine will change

    Heat Waves Are Breaking Records. Here's What You Need to Know.

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2023 5:40

    From North America to South Asia, summer heat waves are becoming longer, stronger, and more frequent with climate change

    Why We're Worried About Generative AI

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2023 16:45

    From upsetting jobs and causing intellectual property issues to models that make up fake answers to questions — here's why we're concerned about Generative AI.

    Dismantling the PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Legacy [Sponsored]

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2023 7:50

    More sustainable ways of removing persistent chemicals known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from the environment are on the horizon.

    Understanding Dissociative Identity Disorder through the 'Community' of Ella

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2023 14:58

    We learn the story of “Ella,” a patient with 12 different personalities, or “parts,” and of her therapist, who helped her form a peaceful community—many selves in one body and mind.

    Is Time Travel Even Possible?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2023 7:26

    Two SciAm editors duke it out to see if wormholes and multiverses could in fact exist.

    Parrot Babies Babble Just Like Us

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2023 6:19

    Parrot nestlings spend time stringing together jumbled mixtures of sound—a rehearsal for more adult conversations  

    A 19th-Century Obscenity Law Is Being Used Again to Limit Abortion

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2023 8:45

    Recent rulings on the abortion pill cite the Comstock Act, a 150-year-old law that’s still on the books

    These Mini-Ecosystems Existed Underfoot of Dinosaurs, but Our Parking Lots Might Pave Them to Extinction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2023 8:35

    Vernal Pools are safe havens for creatures like the fairy shrimp, who have lived through the end of the dinosaurs, the breakup of Pangea, and multiple ice ages, but humans are paving them over.

    This $600-Million Room Contains the World's Largest Collection of These Tiny Endangered Animals

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2023 8:16

    Inside a vault at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles lies a microscopic population of immense value—the repository for vernal pool fairy shrimp.

    Surviving in the Ephemeral Pools of Life

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2023 9:16

    Carpets of gold, burrowing toads and fairy shrimp all depend on vernal pools—habitats that, most of the time, do not exist.

    This Fleeting Ecosystem is Magical, and You Have Probably Never Heard of It

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2023 7:35

    Vernal pools are home to spectacular residents, like the fairy shrimp, but these unusual natural wonders are under threat.

    Do We Need To Save the Whales Again?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2023 7:10

    A scientist who does whale necropsies — or in layman's terms, whale autopsies — tells us why so many dead whales are washing up on beaches. 

    The Bad Side of 'Good' Cholesterol

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2023 7:59

    Very high HDL cholesterol levels almost double your risk of heart problems.

    AI Chatbots and the Humans Who Love Them

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2023 12:24

    Humans are building meaningful relationships with AI chatbots. What will the consequences be?

    A Mission to Jupiter's Strange Moons Is Finally On its Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2023 7:29

    The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) and Europa Clipper will search for signs of habitability on three of Jupiter's potentially ocean-bearing moons

    The Surprising Backstory behind Witch Hunts and Reproductive Labor

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2023 7:16

    Two of the foremost experts on witch hunts talk about the link between the formation of domestic labor and the rise of witch hunting.

    What You Need to Know about GPT-4

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2023 9:27

    The AI GPT-4 has emergent abilities—but that’s not why it’s scary. 

    Good News for Coffee Lovers

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2023 9:51

    A careful new study reveals coffee is generally safe for your heart and may boost your daily step count.

    Meet the Magnificent Microbes of the Deep Unknown

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2023 12:16

    These two researchers journey toward the center of the earth–via windows to the crust–to find bacteria that can breathe iron, arsenic and other metals that would kill us pretty quick.

    How Zombifying Fungi Became Master Manipulators

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2023 11:52

    The real-life fungi that inspired The Last of Us hijack the bodies of ants, wasps, cicadas, and more.

    Science Has New Ideas about 'Oumuamua's Weirdness

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2023 4:55

    Our first known interstellar visitor is now long gone, but new research has some ideas about why it moved the way it did while it was in our cosmic neighborhood.

    Open Offices Aren't Working, so How Do We Design an Office That Does?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2023 11:29

    Insights from Deaf and autistic communities could finally make office spaces better for everyone. 

    Cosmos, Quickly: Remembering the Genius of Vera Rubin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2023 10:42

    Vera Rubin went from a teenager with a cardboard telescope to the "mother of dark matter." Some of her colleagues and mentees weigh in on her fascinating life, and how she was a champion for women in astronomy.

    Long COVID's Roots in the Brain: Your Health Quickly, Episode 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2023 8:33

    Post-COVID symptoms can linger for months or years, and more and more evidence points to problems with the nervous system.

    If AI Starts Making Music on Its Own, What Happens to Musicians?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2023 15:02

    Music made with artificial intelligence could upend the music industry. Here’s what that might look like.

    Music-Making Artificial Intelligence is Getting Scary Good

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2023 15:31

    Google’s new AI model can generate entirely new music from text prompts. Here’s what they sound like.

    Artificial Intelligence Helped Make the Coolest Song You've Heard This Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2023 13:24

    Machine-learning algorithms are getting so good that they can translate Western instruments into Thai ones with ease.

    Space Force Humor, Laser Dazzlers, and the Havoc a War in Space Would Actually Wreak

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2023 13:52

    In the inaugural episode of Cosmos, Quickly, we blast off with Lt. Gen. Nina Armagno of the Space Force, who is charged with protecting our space in space, particularly from Russia and China.

    Squeak Squeak, Buzz Buzz: How Researchers Are Using AI to Talk to Animals

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2023 10:06

    The burgeoning field of “digital bioacoustics” is helping us understand animals like never before.

    RSV Vaccines Are Coming At Last: Your Health, Quickly, Episode 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2023 9:07

    A vaccine pioneer tells us that shots to protect against RSV—a dangerous virus for babies and older people—are finally nearing approval.

    If the Mathematical Constant Pi Was a Song, What Would It Sound Like?

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2023 9:43

    Every year on Pi Day, we have a reason to celebrate one of math’s most famous symbols. But this year we speak to someone who has captured it in song.

    How To Stop a (Potentially Killer) Asteroid

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2023 7:53

    We slammed a $330-million spaceship the size of a dairy cow into an asteroid the size of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Here’s what we’re learning about how our first step in planetary defense could save us in the future.

    The Scientific Secret to Soothing Fussy Babies

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2023 4:46

    Some animal's babies physically relax when their parents whisk them away from danger. The same thing works for tiny wailing humans.

    How Helper Sharks Discovered the World's Largest Seagrass Ecosystem

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2023 5:40

    Scientists partnered with tiger sharks to map seagrasses—the unsung hero of ocean conservation.

    How the Woolly Bear Caterpillar Turns into a Popsicle to Survive the Winter

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2023 6:09

    Some caterpillars have evolved with antifreeze in their body cavity, allowing them to become cater-Popsicles to survive cold winters. But climate change could threaten that.

    The Pandemic's Mental Toll, and Does Telehealth Work? Your Health Quickly, Episode 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2023 10:38

    Hosts Josh Fischman and Tanya Lewis explore the pandemic’s mental health toll on teens and young adults. They also delve into the effectiveness of telehealth, which has been booming since the start of the pandemic.

    Does Not Being Able to Picture Something in Your Mind Affect Your Creativity?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2023 5:55

    Researchers who study aphantasia, or the inability to visualize something in your "mind's eye," are starting to get a sense of how to accurately measure the condition, and what it may mean for those who have it.

    Sorry, UFO Hunters--You Might Just Be Looking at a Spy Balloon

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2023 7:34

    From space aliens to foreign surveillance, we spoke to experts to find out what’s really going on with the balloon brouhaha.

    Building Resilience in the Face of Climate Change [Sponsored]

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2023 5:48

    Successfully mitigating the impacts of climate change will rely heavily on innovation in science and technology.

    How Do We Find Aliens? Maybe Unlearn What We Know About 'Life' First

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2023 8:31

    Science might be redefining what “life out there” might really mean.

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