60-Second Science

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Chemically functionalized soap bubble on a _Campanula_ flower ( _Campanula persicifolia_ ).
Turks and Caicos anole ( _Anolis scriptus_ ).
COVID-19-related lockdowns dampened human activity around the globe--giving seismologists a rare glimpse of the earth's quietest rumblings. Christopher Intagliata reports. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=84VOgaLOTNQ:3f_ylw_EztY:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/84VOgaLOTNQ)
_The Harvesters,_ by Peter Bruegel the Elder; 1565.
Meteorologists take advantage of weather data collected by commercial jetliners at different altitudes and locations. Fewer flights mean less data. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=Oun7NsikmYM:QVjTpDysiXo:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/Oun7NsikmYM)
Sword-tailed cricket.
The system works like noise-cancelling headphones but fits over an open window. Christopher Intagliata reports. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=rFTpZRO4BPQ:NLAJDaozL2A:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/rFTpZRO4BPQ)
Smallpox vaccination kit used during the Civil War, now kept at the Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.
Individuals aren't very good at judging whether someone coughing or sneezing has an infectious condition or is simply reacting to something benign. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=O7v1DmxoahI:NeohF_S39Sg:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/O7v1DmxoahI)
Those that eat insects, migrate or usually live in the woods are most likely to fly into buildings that feature a lot of glass. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=SyM677hC5r8:odIRh4coCbU:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/SyM677hC5r8)
White-throated sparrows made a change to their familiar call that quickly spread across Canada. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=HkhDxQgJaHY:ZaohA41bt0E:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/HkhDxQgJaHY)
Scientists have found snippets of Native South American DNA in the genomes of present-day Polynesians, and they trace the contact to the year 1150. Christopher Intagliata reports. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=grNzg9cDUt0:NsrAxS7SwdY:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/grNzg9cDUt0)
Researchers saw a third fewer vehicle collisions with deer, elk, moose and other large mammals in the four weeks following COVID-19 shutdowns in three states they tracked. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=7_zYchrfhgM:wEZHRuMScVw:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/7_zYchrfhgM)
Velvety free-tailed Bat ( _Molossus molossus_ ).
Wistman's Wood in England's Dartmoor National Park.
We're gonna need a bigger idea about what great white sharks eat.
Political scientists analyzed congressional tweets and observed how Republicans and Democrats responded differently to the virus. Christopher Intagliata reports. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=UuYko-1gv0Q:EjQ6jh2tjOE:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/UuYko-1gv0Q)
Yangtze River.
Many species are known to have changed their migration routes in response to the changing climate. They now include mule deer and Bewick's swans. \-- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=l6gmwiTKsz0)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:l6gmwiTKsz0) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?i=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:gIN9vFwOqvQ) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=ZC7T4KBF6Nw)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:ZC7T4KBF6Nw) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=I9og5sOYxJI)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:I9og5sOYxJI) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?d=xQlvkV3S7Ew)](http://rss.sciam.com/~ff/sciam/60secsciencepodcast?a=ltxrCrZyO-c:fdMh_nO1z74:xQlvkV3S7Ew) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/sciam/60secsciencepodcast/~4/ltxrCrZyO-c)