Big-Boned Chickens May Be Humans' Geologic Legacy

Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the ‘Anthropocene’ will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

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By SLPundit On Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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People Living on Mountains Face Avalanche of Climate Risks

Climate science tells us the world’s coastal zones are in trouble from storm surges and sea-level rise. Food-producing regions are at risk of drought, disease and climate-hardy pests. But what about the More...

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Heart Rate Variability (HRV): What It Is and How to Improve It

A few weeks ago, listener Megan wrote to me on Facebook and said: "Hey Brock, would you explain heart rate variability (HRV) in layman’s terms? I’ve heard a lot about it, but don’t More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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A Math Function Describes How Whole Societies Remember–and Forget

In a paper that deftly bridges the divide between the humanities and the sciences—C. P. Snow’s much-vaunted two cultures—researchers from the MIT Media Lab document the underlying dynamics of More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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Five Years of Record Warmth Intensify Arctic's Transformation

The Arctic experienced its second-warmest year on record between October 2017 and September 2018, according to the annual Arctic Report Card. And average air temperatures in this frigid region have hit record More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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The Arctic Is Breaking Climate Records, Altering Weather Worldwide

Editor’s Note (12/12/18): On Tuesday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that the past five years have been the warmest on record in the Arctic and that the region is warming at More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Ancient Marine Reptiles Had Familiar Gear

Ichthyosaurs had traits in common with turtles and modern marine mammals, like blubber and countershading camouflage. Christopher Intagliata reports. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Baby Gene Edits Could Affect a Range of Traits

Chinese scientist He Jiankui’s extraordinary claim two weeks ago that he had helped to make the first babies—twin girls—with edited genomes shocked the world. Many questions remain about More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying “click” she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view. Her reflection swims before her in a silvery More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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The End of DACA Would Be a Blow to Science

On November 5, the eve of midterm elections, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), bypassing three federal courts—California, District of Columbia, More...