Science, Quickly podcast

Science, Quickly

Tune in every week for quick, fascinating new developments and dives in the world of science.

Tune in every week for quick, fascinating new developments and dives in the world of science.

 

#1268

Measles Is Back, and That’s Scary

Today we’re going to look at how [measles] (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/what-to-know-about-measles-outbreaks-in-the-u-s/) —a disease that was practically eliminated in the U.S.—has resurged in recent months, because people basically forgot how bad it was and got complacent about vaccines.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Apr 2024

10 MINS

10:11

12 Apr 2024


#1267

Did the Eclipse Give You the Amateur Astronomy Bug? Here’s How to Get Started

Dr. [Chanda Prescod-Weinstein] (https://chanda.science/) is a professional astronomer—with a passion for amateur astrophotography—and she's here to offer tips and tricks for want to get into capturing the night sky. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

10 Apr 2024

16 MINS

16:29

10 Apr 2024


#1266

A Veteran Eclipse Chaser Explains the Thrill of Totality

The feeling of a total solar eclipse is intense, and the sights, sensations and emotions can overwhelm you even if you think you know what's coming. And we sat down with Kate Russo, a psychologist, author and Eclipse Chaser, who's seen 13 total solar eclipses over the last 25 years, to talk about what to expect. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Apr 2024

06 MINS

06:29

08 Apr 2024


#1265

Three Times Eclipses Eclipsed Previous Science

From the discovery of new elements to the testing of novel theories of gravity, solar eclipses have helped spark scientific progress for centuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Apr 2024

18 MINS

18:08

05 Apr 2024


#1264

Humans Find Total Eclipses Startling. What About a Komodo Dragon?

Eclipses can affect animals, and biologists are preparing to see what happens during totality on April 8. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Apr 2024

11 MINS

11:01

03 Apr 2024


#1263

Inside the Race to Protect Artists from Artificial Intelligence

AI-generated art is creating new ethical issues—and competition—for digital artists. Nightshade and Glaze are two tools helping creators fight back. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Apr 2024

12 MINS

12:30

01 Apr 2024


#1262

The Tale of the Snail Slime Wrangler

Mucus is a miracle of evolution, and some researchers are trying to re-create what nature makes naturally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:11

29 Mar 2024


#1261

Mucus Saves Your Life Every Day

The slimy substance is so powerful that doctors once made hog stomach mucus milkshakes to treat ulcers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:33

27 Mar 2024


#1260

Magical Mucus: On the Benefits of Getting Slimed by a Hagfish

If you take a journey into the depths of the slime all around us, you find yourself starting to understand that mucus is a miracle. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

25 Mar 2024

09 MINS

09:12

25 Mar 2024


#1259

How Artificial Intelligence Helped Write this Award-Winning Song

Machine-learning algorithms allow composers to create all-new instruments. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Mar 2024

15 MINS

15:38

22 Mar 2024


#1258

Why Short Naps Are Good for You

A quick nap can boost your memory, your mood and even your creativity. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Mar 2024

09 MINS

09:45

20 Mar 2024


#1257

The Great Debate: Could We Ever Travel through Time?

Our space and physics editors go head-to-head over a classic mind-bending question. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Mar 2024

09 MINS

09:14

18 Mar 2024


#1256

The Science behind Humpback Whales’ Eerie Songs

Scientists have long wondered how baleen whales make their songs, and a new study has finally uncovered the anatomical workings behind their melodies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Mar 2024

08 MINS

08:27

15 Mar 2024


#1255

Large Study of ME/CFS Patients Reveals Measurable Physical Changes

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, long dismissed by doctors, causes immune system dysfunction and other problems. But treatments are lacking. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:33

14 Mar 2024


#1254

Hunger in Gaza Could Affect Survivors' Health for Decades

Epigenetics research reveals how famines can cause health problems later in life — and how these changes might be passed down to later generations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Mar 2024

10 MINS

10:41

11 Mar 2024


#1253

These Invasive Ants Are Changing How Lions Hunt

On the African savanna, a single invasive ant species has upset the delicate balance between predator and prey. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Mar 2024

11 MINS

11:39

08 Mar 2024


#1252

Should You Swab Your Throat Plus Your Nose for COVID?

Nose-plus-throat could increase test accuracy—but could create problems too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

04 Mar 2024

10 MINS

10:50

04 Mar 2024


#1251

Is This the Earliest Evidence of Human Cannibalism?

A newly-examined munch mark on a tibia has become a real pleistocene whodunit. By Natalia Raegan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

01 Mar 2024

16 MINS

16:18

01 Mar 2024


#1250

What Do You Mean, Bisexual People Are ‘Risk-Taking’? Why Genetic Studies about Sexuality Can Be Frau...

A recent GWAS investigation on risk-taking and bisexuality made some assumptions that some experts don’t agree with. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

28 Feb 2024

14 MINS

14:10

28 Feb 2024


#1249

Asexuality Research Has Reached New Heights. What Are We Learning?

A grassroots online movement has helped shift the way scientists think about asexuality. But much is still unknown. This is part four of a four-part series on the science of pleasure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Feb 2024

14 MINS

14:23

23 Feb 2024


#1248

How to Close the Orgasm Gap for Heterosexual Couples

Researchers once faced death threats for asking women what gives them pleasure. Now they’re helping individuals and couples figure it out themselves. Part three of a four-part series on the science of pleasure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

21 Feb 2024

14 MINS

14:11

21 Feb 2024


#1247

Dominatrices Are Showing People How to Have Rough Sex Safely

Research shows rough sex is becoming more common. Dominatrices are helping the general public catch up. Hosted by Meghan McDonough, this is part two of a four-part series on the science of pleasure. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

16 Feb 2024

13 MINS

13:53

16 Feb 2024


#1246

How to Explore Your Sexuality, according to Science

Part one of a four-part series on the science of pleasure, hosted by Meghan McDonough. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

14 Feb 2024

13 MINS

13:49

14 Feb 2024


#1245

You Can't Fix Burnout With Self-Care

Individual interventions for burnout don’t work. Researchers explain why. Hosted by Shayla Love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Feb 2024

10 MINS

10:38

12 Feb 2024


#1244

How April’s Eclipse Will Solve Solar Mysteries

On April 8, we’re in for a treat. A total solar eclipse will be visible across a broad swath of North America, giving us a view of the edges of the sun as the moon passes in front of its face.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

09 Feb 2024

10 MINS

10:36

09 Feb 2024


#1243

When Will We Finally Have Sex In Space?

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07 Feb 2024

13 MINS

13:58

07 Feb 2024


#1242

How Is This Ancient Cattle Breed Fighting Wildfires in Portugal?

Portugal is one of the most vulnerable countries in Europe to climate change. Straddling the Mediterranean and eastern Atlantic regions, it’s part of  [a climate change hot spot] (https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2006GL025734) . Some of the biggest fuels are shrubs. One  [study] (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0378112700003637)  found that shrubland covers 1.6 million hectares in Portugal—about 18 percent of the nation’s land area. And those shrubs are gaining ground. That’s because, for decades, people have been moving out of rural communities such as the one Tommy Ferreira lives in. Most leave to pursue better-paying jobs in the cities or in wealthier European Union countries. Portugal has lost 30 percent of its rural population since 1960. The same trend is occurring across the Mediterranean region. Abandoning these farmlands is increasing wildfire risk, according to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report released last spring. When people who work the land leave it, grazing pastures and farm fields become thick with fuels. But these ancient Maronesa cattle can help solve both of these modern-day problems. It was a solution hiding in plain sight. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

14 MINS

14:24

05 Feb 2024


#1241

The Government's Former UFO Hunter Has a Lot to Say

For the last decade, reports of UFO sightings have filled headlines and news broadcasts, and some of these have from a surprising place—the Pentagon. Former defense officials have made a number of claims about, and released videos of, strange sightings made by military pilots. These days, the objects are officially called “UAPs”—unidentified anomalous phenomena. But regardless of the new branding, Congress has demanded answers on them, especially after one former official this summer claimed that he believed that the U.S. possessed “nonhuman” spacecraft and possibly their “dead pilots.” We talk to the former intelligence official and physicist, Sean Kirkpatrick, who until December headed the  [All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office] (https://www.aaro.mil/) , the Pentagon office that Congress told to find some answers to all this. He recently published an op-ed in Scientific American called   ["Here's What I Learned as the U.S. Government's UFO Hunter"] (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/heres-what-i-learned-as-the-u-s-governments-ufo-hunter/) . Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Feb 2024

14 MINS

14:35

05 Feb 2024