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60-Second Science
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Leading science journalists provide a daily minute commentary on some of the most interesting developments in the world of science. For a full-length, weekly podcast you can subscribe to Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American . To view all of our archived podcasts please go to www.scientificamerican.com/podcast

Latest Episodes

Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights

A slight temperature difference at night between a surface losing heat and the surrounding air can be harnessed to generate electricity to power lights.

2 MIN3 days ago
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Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights

Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels

Homo erectus used hand axes to butcher elephants and other game. But a new study suggests they also used finer, more sophisticated blades. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN4 days ago
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Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels

Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint

Microplastic particles are everywhere, but in freshwater systems, 60 percent of particles are clothing lint from laundry.

2 MIN5 days ago
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Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint

Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

A study finds no deleterious effects on mental health when kids spend their leisure time texting and engaging in other online activities.

3 MIN6 days ago
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Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity

As the little structures grow, their constituents specialize into different types of brain cells, begin to form connections and emit brain waves. They could be useful models for development and neurological conditions.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
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Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity

Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease

Squirrels constantly scan their surroundings for hawks, owls and other predators. But they also surveil for threats by eavesdropping on bird chatter. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
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Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease

Earth's Magnetic Field Initiated a Pole Flip Many Millennia before the Switch

Lava flow records and sedimentary and Antarctic ice core data show evidence of planetary magnetic field activity 20,000 years before the beginning of the last pole reversal.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
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Earth's Magnetic Field Initiated a Pole Flip Many Millennia before the Switch

Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub

At the Kermadec Islands, humpbacks from all over the South Pacific converge and swap songs. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
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Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub

Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers

Better food labeling could prevent people from throwing away a lot of “expired” food that’s still perfectly edible.

3 MIN1 weeks ago
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Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers

Farmland Is Also Optimal for Solar Power

The conditions of sunlight, temperature, humidity and wind that make cropland good for agriculture also maximize solar panel efficiency.

2 MIN2 weeks ago
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Farmland Is Also Optimal for Solar Power

Latest Episodes

Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights

A slight temperature difference at night between a surface losing heat and the surrounding air can be harnessed to generate electricity to power lights.

2 MIN3 days ago
Comments
Heat Loss to Night Sky Powers Off-Grid Lights

Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels

Homo erectus used hand axes to butcher elephants and other game. But a new study suggests they also used finer, more sophisticated blades. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN4 days ago
Comments
Early Butchers Used Small Stone Scalpels

Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint

Microplastic particles are everywhere, but in freshwater systems, 60 percent of particles are clothing lint from laundry.

2 MIN5 days ago
Comments
Microplastics in Fresh Water Are Mostly Laundry Lint

Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

A study finds no deleterious effects on mental health when kids spend their leisure time texting and engaging in other online activities.

3 MIN6 days ago
Comments
Kids Are Not Hurt by Screen Time

Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity

As the little structures grow, their constituents specialize into different types of brain cells, begin to form connections and emit brain waves. They could be useful models for development and neurological conditions.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Lab-Grown Human Mini Brains Show Brainy Activity

Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease

Squirrels constantly scan their surroundings for hawks, owls and other predators. But they also surveil for threats by eavesdropping on bird chatter. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Eavesdropping Puts Anxious Squirrels at Ease

Earth's Magnetic Field Initiated a Pole Flip Many Millennia before the Switch

Lava flow records and sedimentary and Antarctic ice core data show evidence of planetary magnetic field activity 20,000 years before the beginning of the last pole reversal.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Earth's Magnetic Field Initiated a Pole Flip Many Millennia before the Switch

Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub

At the Kermadec Islands, humpbacks from all over the South Pacific converge and swap songs. Christopher Intagliata reports.

2 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Humpback Whales Swap Songs at Island Hub

Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers

Better food labeling could prevent people from throwing away a lot of “expired” food that’s still perfectly edible.

3 MIN1 weeks ago
Comments
Food Expiration Dates May Mislead Consumers

Farmland Is Also Optimal for Solar Power

The conditions of sunlight, temperature, humidity and wind that make cropland good for agriculture also maximize solar panel efficiency.

2 MIN2 weeks ago
Comments
Farmland Is Also Optimal for Solar Power