Oct. 23, 2009
Many scientists attribute the world's great extinction events to major catastrophes such as asteroid strikes and massive volcanic eruptions. We'll talk with researchers exploring an alternate theory -- that massive algal blooms led to mass extinctions.
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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food
We are fascinated by them, frightened by them, and can't live without them -- so...
- Surprise: Cockroaches Are Fastidious Groomers!
Why do cockroaches spend so much time cleaning themselves?
- Insects May Be the Taste of the Next Generation, Report Says
Can entomophagy, the eating of insects, help improve the world’s food resources?...
- The Superorganism
Ira talks with eminent biologist Edward O. Wilson and Bert Holldobler about ants...
- Tracking an Amphibious Caterpillar
Several newly-discovered species of caterpillar in Hawaii function equally well ...
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Age of Wonder
Ira talks with Richard Holmes, author of 'The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science.'