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.

 

#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


#1240

Quantum Computers Might Make All of Your Private Data Less Secure

Experts are starting to plan for the moment when a quantum computer large enough to crack the backbone of the math that keeps things secret will be turned on. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

31 Jan 2024

11 MINS

11:50

31 Jan 2024


#1239

For 60+ years, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccines have evaded scientists. But now that's cha...

This year, healthcare providers have tools to help prevent lower respiratory tract disease caused by RSV for older adults.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

30 Jan 2024

08 MINS

08:32

30 Jan 2024


#1238

New IVF Test Could Increase Chances of Pregnancy Success

Today’s episode covers a topic that many parents-to-be have struggled with: fertility. In vitro fertilization offers a path to pregnancy for people fortunate enough to be able to access it. But predicting the success of an implanted embryo is hard. Now researchers are developing a test that could make it easier. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Jan 2024

10 MINS

10:01

29 Jan 2024


#1237

How to Save Indigenous Languages

From Papua New Guinea to the Andaman Islands, Indigenous languages are under threat. An Indian linguist helped preserve one language family. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Jan 2024

12 MINS

12:00

27 Jan 2024


#1236

Can AI Predict When You Die?

A new study used machine learning on 6 million Danish people to "autocomplete" their life trajectories –— and when they might kick the bucket. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

23 Jan 2024

11 MINS

11:13

23 Jan 2024


#1235

The Best Way to Use Home COVID Tests Right Now

In today’s episode, we want to talk about some of the current challenges with using home COVID tests. When you first have symptoms, a change in how your body reacts to the virus could lead to a test result showing you’re negative when you’re actually infected.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

19 Jan 2024

09 MINS

09:44

19 Jan 2024


#1234

From Drunken Stupor to Sober with One (Hormone) Shot

We all have our tricks for sobering up after a night of drunken revelry: maybe a pot of black coffee or an ice-cold shower. But for mice in a certain lab in Texas, all it takes is a shot. No, not more alcohol—it’s an injection of a [hormone called fibroblast growth factor 21] (https://frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fphys.2019.00419/full) , or FGF21.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

17 Jan 2024

10 MINS

10:59

17 Jan 2024


#1233

How Does the World’s Largest Seabird Know Where to Fly?

Imagine for a moment that you’re a very hungry bird soaring over 30-foot ocean swells in high winds, with no land for thousands of miles. How do you know where you’re going? If you’re a wandering albatross, you listen. But listen to what, exactly? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

12 Jan 2024

09 MINS

09:45

12 Jan 2024


#1232

Without the Moon, You Wouldn't Exist (Probably)

The moon has guided our movements and cultures, and though we may think we know it well, it still guards some of its deepest secrets from us. A new book from Rebecca Boyle take us on a deep dive into our sister celestial orb. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Jan 2024

15 MINS

15:08

08 Jan 2024


#1231

The Strange and Beautiful Science Of Our Lives

Nell Greenfieldboyce discusses her new book Transient and Strange, the intimacy of the essays and the science that inspired them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

05 Jan 2024

16 MINS

16:09

05 Jan 2024


#1230

The Surprising Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Dogs are good for you, science says Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

03 Jan 2024

12 MINS

12:59

03 Jan 2024


#1229

Podcasts of the Year: Cleo, the Mysterious Math Menace

In 2013 a new user named Cleo took an online math forum by storm with unproved answers. Today she’s an urban legend. But who was she? 2023 editor's pick. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

29 Dec 2023

14 MINS

14:02

29 Dec 2023


#1228

Podcasts of the Year: Talking to Animals using Artificial Intelligence

Advanced sensors and artificial intelligence could have us at the brink of interspecies communication Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

27 Dec 2023

12 MINS

12:02

27 Dec 2023


#1227

How to Avoid Holiday Hangovers

The holidays are a time for indulgence, but there are ways to drink alcohol without suffering the painful effects. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

22 Dec 2023

09 MINS

09:42

22 Dec 2023


#1226

Podcasts of the Year: What Better Gift for the Holidays Than a Monstrous Mystery?

We’re looking back at 2023 for our favorite podcast shows and one about the largest bird to ever fly the skies just flew to the top of the list. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

20 Dec 2023

12 MINS

12:04

20 Dec 2023


#1225

Are Orca Whales Friends or Foes?

The stories we tell about orcas might say more about us than about them Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

18 Dec 2023

16 MINS

16:05

18 Dec 2023


#1224

Turns Out Undersea Kelp Forests Are Crucial to Salmon

The beloved fish that feed orcas and humans depend on kelp forests’ unique habitat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

15 Dec 2023

09 MINS

09:48

15 Dec 2023


#1223

Researchers Just Created the World's First Permafrost Atlas of the Entire Arctic

The Arctic Permafrost Atlas, which took years to create, is both beautiful and sobering, given the pace of climate change. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

13 Dec 2023

08 MINS

08:35

13 Dec 2023


#1222

A New Type of Heart Disease is on the Rise

Problems with the heart, kidneys and metabolic health are all connected Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

11 Dec 2023

09 MINS

09:04

11 Dec 2023


#1221

AI Can Now Read Your Cat's Pain

Thanks to researchers, new AI tech is delving into feline feelings to see when cats could need medical help.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit [megaphone.fm/adchoices] (https://megaphone.fm/adchoices) ... Read more

08 Dec 2023

09 MINS

09:39

08 Dec 2023