On this week’s show: visiting the trenches in the meta-analysis wars, and debunking myths about science
On this week’s show: Finding the strawberry’s sex-determining genes and testing the effectiveness of a Zika vaccine by intentionally infecting people
On this week’s show: How should we prioritize which endangered species to save, and how can complex molecules like soot assemble inside a flame?
On this week’s show: the latest social science replication study, the mechanisms behind human-induced earthquakes, and Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie’s The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect
On this week’s show: tiny satellites that go where no tiny satellite has gone before, and the irrigation efficiency paradox
On this week’s show: How finding a date for an ancient volcanic eruption may affect all radiocarbon calculations, and how robots might exert peer pressure on kids
On this week’s show: A fight over the global drought that defines our new geological age, and battling stink bugs with samurai wasps
On this week’s show: how kindness may have primed us for language, and the role of avoiding responsibility in leadership
On this week’s show: Radar readings from Mars suggest a large lake of water under one of the polar ice caps, how gender transition affects an athlete’s physiology and performance, and Andrew Lawler’s book The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession, and the S
On this week’s show: How mouth anatomy reveals the evolutionary history of suckling, and why researchers think gravity waves may be responsible for clearing immense clouds
On this week’s show: A neutrino caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe, and how deep-water rice keeps its head above water
On this week’s show: A vaccine-derived polio outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo leads to tough choices for public health experts, and new evidence points to Siberian origins for America’s first dogs.
On this week’s show: Will telling the public more about animal research win back their good opinion? And what does it mean that our risk of dying plateaus after 105?
On this week’s show: sonic attack or mass paranoia? New evidence suggests the mysterious illness affecting U.S. diplomats in Cuba is more than just a figment of the imagination. And newly uncovered bones in the tomb of China’s first emperor’s grandm
On this week’s show: Why do Nigeria, Russia, and Florida have growing HIV problems? And which parts of the brain are bigger in people who have bigger brains?
On this week’s show: Recommendations from our books editor for your summer reading list, and a new blood test for fetal gestational age and preterm birth risk
On this week’s show: A search through an archive of galaxy spectra reveals long-sought—but never detected—medium-size black holes, and a comprehensive survey of global food production shows how we can lessen its environmental impact
On this week’s show: Analyzing DNA from crime scenes to predict a suspect’s looks, and detecting Zika in mosquitos on the cheap
On this week’s show: What lead pollution from the Roman Empire that fell on Greenland can tell us, and the emergence of resistance to antifungal drugs challenges human health and food security