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Sep. 30, 2013

Les Paul, Audio Pioneer

by Ira Flatow

We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.

Les Paul, guitar, sound, recording, eight-track tape recorder
Apr. 05, 2013

What's in a Label?

by Annette Heist

A new book looks at how the way we think and behave can be shaped by forces we aren't aware of.

adam alter, drunk tank pink, nyu, stern business school
Aug. 03, 2012

From the Archives: Talking with Sally Ride

by Annette Heist

Dr. Sally Ride died last month at age 61, of pancreatic cancer. In 2003 Science Friday spoke with Ride.

NASA, Sally Ride, space flight, astronauts,
Jul. 03, 2012

One Species at a Time: Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles

by Encyclopedia of Life

Cyprus is split in half, with a Turkish sector in the north and a Greek sector in the south. The unofficial division makes scientific collaboration in this Mediterranean island nation all but impossible; it also complicates management of the island's endangered sea turtles.

sea turtles, ecosystems, habitats, ocean, animals, nature, marine biology
Jun. 20, 2012

Bug Bytes: Chill Out

by The Bug Chicks

For this podcast, world renowned architect Mick Pearce joins us from Zimbabwe to talk about the design of the Eastgate Center in Harare. There are no electrical AC units in the building – instead, Pearce used termite mound structure as inspiration for the ventilation system!

bugs, insects, termites, convection, architecture
Jun. 19, 2012

Anole Lizards

by Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life fellow Rosario Castañeda takes us to the back rooms of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, searching through dozens of jars of pickled anole lizards to see the traces of evolution in action.

anole lizard, natural history, nature, reptile, lizard
Jun. 12, 2012

Fungi Podcast

by Encyclopedia of Life

This week’s EOL podcast begins with a riddle about a life form that’s all around us, yet rarely seen. Working under cover, it sends its ghostly tendrils into almost every corner of the terrestrial world. We associate it with death and decay, but life as we know it would be impossible without it.

fungi, nature, natural history, species,
Apr. 03, 2012

Ugandan Butterfly Podcast

by Encyclopedia of Life

Ugandan lepidopterist Perpetra Akite studies at a university in the capital city, far from the farm where she grew up. Since she began studying butterflies as a girl, the landscape of her homeland has changed radically, for butterflies as well as people. It’s change that can be measured in many ways—in the inches of rainfall, acres of forest cleared—or the span of a tiny butterfly’s wings. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Kigale.

butterflies, podcast, Uganda
Mar. 14, 2012

Tracking Insects

by The Bug Chicks

We're on our way back from an idyllic week in Costa Rica. We've been filming for a solid seven days and we can't even begin to tell you the things we've seen. Frogs, snakes, mammals and insects...oh the insects. When entomologists die, their souls go to Costa Rica.

Bug Bytes, Headline, Science
Feb. 08, 2012

Eat It: The Argument for Entomophagy

by The Bug Chicks

Insects as food is making headlines again. An article released by The Daily Mail in late January discussed how the European Union is spending 3 million Euro to explore insect protein as a food supplements, as well as using insects to combat food shortages. We decided to re-post our podcast about entomophagy (the eating of insects) in order to start the discussion here on Talking Science!

Bug Bytes, Science
Jan. 31, 2012

Sanibel Island Shells Podcast

by Encyclopedia of Life

In this podcast, Ari Daniel Shapiro joins the serious beachcombers along the high-tide line of Sanibel Island, Florida. These “shellers” come in search of beautiful sea shells, sometimes no bigger than a grain of rice, that are the remains of marine snails, bivalves, and other mollusks.

EOL, podcast, shells
Jan. 18, 2012

Bug Bytes - Break a Leg!

by The Bug Chicks

Parasitoid wasps are usually considered beneficial insects because they attack common pests. But according to research by the Scottish Crop Research Institute, there’s one species that may be causing more harm than good. When a good guy goes bad, it’s bound to get interesting.

Bug Bytes, Science
Jan. 11, 2012

Bug Bytes - Hold The Lettuce

by The Bug Chicks

Human obesity rates are soaring here in America. We take a very Bug Bytes look at how scientists are solving the problem, using insects! You’ll be surprised how insects regulate their body size and fitness. Do 10 jumping jacks and listen to this!

Bug Bytes, Science
Dec. 22, 2011

Bug Bytes -- The Insects' Christmas

by The Bug Chicks

For our first podcast, and just in time for the holidays, we explore the insect stop motion animation work of Ladislaw Starevitch, a Russian insect enthusiast. He created The Insects' Christmas, a lovely short film that’s perfect for the season. So leave out some cookies for Santa and some crumbs for the beetles and join us on Bug Bytes.

Bug Bytes
Nov. 09, 2011

Bug Bytes Podcast -- On The Fringe

by The Bug Chicks

You think you know what moths do at night, but there are some that operate outside the norm. And don’t even get us started on caterpillars. We’re looking at counter culture and strange societies in the insect world on this episode of Bug Bytes. So turn on the porch light and press play.

Bug Bytes
Oct. 12, 2011

Bug Bytes - Toil and Trouble

by The Bug Chicks

Look out, Harry Potter. This episode of Bug Bytes is all treats, no tricks! In this podcast, see how cultures around the world have used insects for centuries in magic and divination.

Bug Bytes, Science
Sep. 14, 2011

Bug Bytes - Mascots with Sting

by The Bug Chicks

Are you ready for some football?? The Bug Bytes team looks at what it takes to make a great mascot, and why yellow jackets are the most popular insect mascot. Hut!

Bug Bytes
Jun. 29, 2011

Bug Bytes - Gaga for Bugs

by The Bug Chicks

Pop artists get all the glory when it comes to dazzling performances and fabulous costumes - but the insects did it first! In this episode of Bug Bytes, we explore performance art in the insect world. It's insects and art like you've never heard it!

Bug Bytes, bugs, entymology, science & the arts
May. 25, 2011

Bug Bytes - Eat It: The Argument for Entomophagy

by The Bug Chicks

Entomophagy is a growing trend here in the U.S. but let’s face it – for the majority, the “ick” factor prevails. In this episode of Bug Bytes, the Bug Chicks take a bite out of the main reason people aren’t cool with bugs as food and highlight some of the people working to change their minds.

Bug Bytes, Bug Bytes, bugs, Entomophagy, Food
May. 11, 2011

Bug Bytes - Buzz Off!

by The Bug Chicks

Summer is right around the corner, and with the season comes mosquitoes. This podcast is dedicated to giving you the low-down on some of the most popular insect repellents, both chemical and natural, to keep you healthy and itch-free this season!

Bug Bytes, bugs, Insect Repellant, Mosquito
May. 02, 2011

Bug Bytes Podcast -- Ode to the Microscope

by The Bug Chicks

The microscope is an essential tool and scientists are pretty devoted to them. In this Bug Bytes podcast, learn a bit about the history of the scope and why looking through the lens can be an eye-opening experience.

Bug Bytes, Bug, Lens, microscope
Mar. 02, 2011

Bug Bytes Podcast - Luke, I Am Your Larvae...

by The Bug Chicks

Ever wonder where Hollywood gets some of its creatures for science fiction? Or if any of it could be true? This podcast explores some of the science behind the fiction, and why bugs are such popular scapegoats as the bad guys.

Bug Bytes
Feb. 02, 2011

Bug Bytes - Locomotion

by The Bug Chicks

Think insects have nothing to do with medicine? Think again. Scientists are using some of the most unlikely bugs to do great things in human medicine. Here we explore an insect we love to hate and how it can help the science of prosthetic limbs.

Bug Bytes
Feb. 02, 2011

Bug Bytes - Bugging Bees

by The Bug Chicks

In this episode of Bug Bytes, we explore new technologies for tracking insects as they are on the move. In South America, orchid bees are wearing radio backpacks, Bees are some of the most important organisms on the planet, and scientists have devised an interesting new way to find out more about them.

Bug Bytes
Dec. 02, 2010

Bug Bytes Podcast -- Sticky Stuff

by The Bug Chicks

Bug Bytes explores the competitive world of spider silk research. Cutting edge research is dissected and we breakdown some silk basics. From metal enhanced silk to some startling work with goats, you’ll quickly get caught in the web.

Bug Bytes

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