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Jan. 14, 2011

The Poles, They Are A Changin'

A Florida airport recently had to close its main runway to repaint directional signs, due to the changing location of magnetic north. We'll talk about the planet's magnetic field.

geomagnetism, geophysics, magnetic field

May. 06, 2011

Carl Zimmer Explores The Weird Lives Of Viruses

In A Planet of Viruses, Zimmer writes of viruses that cause cancer and others that cure disease.

virus phage bacteria carl zimmer

Nov. 18, 2011

Is A Moon Necessary For A Planet To Support Life?

Researchers are studying our moon's effects on the Earth to guide their search for habitable worlds elsewhere.

moon, space, seasons, obliquity, tilt, seti, astrobiology, exoplanets

Jun. 01, 2012

The Many Lifestyles of Muck-Dwelling Microbes

From barely-alive to bits of a biocomputer, a look at two different microbes and their unusual stories.

microbe, bacteria, microorganisms, magnetic bacteria, biocomputer, deep sea, marine life

Jul. 01, 2011

An Ocean Full Of ‘Sex, Drugs And Sea Slime’

A new book looks at the mucus-filled world of some of the oceans’ oddest inhabitants.

ocean sea biology marine prager

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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How Humpbacks Hunt With Bubbles

Humpback whales blow bubbles around schools of fish to concentrate them for easier capture. It's called a bubble net, says David Wiley, research coordinator for Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and it's visible as a ring of bubbles at the surface. Now, with underwater digital tracking tags and custom visualization software, whale researchers can see what the whales are doing underwater when they're bubble-netting.

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